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Center for Public Integrity, Bill Allison.
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site. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways
different from what is disclosed in this statement. The Center for Public
Integrity collects information from our users at several different points on
We request information from the user on our order form. Here a user must
provide contact information (like name and shipping address) and financial
information (like credit card number, expiration date). This information is
used for billing purposes and to fill customer's orders. If we have trouble
processing an order, this contact information is used to get in touch with the
A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's hard drive containing
information about the user. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any
personally identifiable information while on our site. Once the user closes
their browser, the cookie simply terminates. For instance, by setting a
cookie on our site, the user would not have to log in a password more than
once, thereby saving time while on our site. If a user rejects the cookie,
they may still use our site. The only drawback to this is that the user will
be limited in some areas of our site.
We use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track user's
movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP
addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.
We use an outside
shipping company to ship orders, and a credit card processing company to bill
users for goods and services. These companies do not retain, share, store or
use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes.
This web site contains
links to other sites. Please be aware that we, The Center for Public
Integrity, are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites.
We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the
privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally
identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to
information collected by this Web site.
If a user wishes to
subscribe to our newsletter, we ask for contact information such as name and
If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about
our site, we ask them for the friend's name and email address. The Center for
Public Integrity will automatically send the friend a one-time email inviting
them to visit the site. The Center for Public Integrity stores this
information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email. The friend
may contact The Center for Public Integrity at www.publicintegrity.org to
request the removal of this information from the database.
The Center for Public Integrity takes every precaution to protect our users'
information. When users submit sensitive information via the website, their
information is protected both online and off-line.
registration/order form asks users to enter sensitive information (such as
credit card number and/or social security number), that information is
encrypted and is protected with the best encryption software in the industry -
SSL. While on a secure page, such as our order form, the lock icon on the
bottom of Web browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet
Explorer becomes locked, as opposed to un-locked, or open, when just
While we use
SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also do everything
in our power to protect user-information off-line. All of our users'
information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted
in our offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific
job (for example, our billing clerk or a customer service representative) are
granted access to personally identifiable information.
If you have
any questions about the security at our website, you can send an email to
Established members will
occasionally receive information on products, services, special deals, and a
newsletter. Out of respect for the privacy of our users we present the option
to not receive these types of communications. Please see our choice and
Our users are given the opportunity to �opt-out� of having their
information used for purposes not directly related to our site at the point
where we ask for the information. For example, our order form has an
�opt-out� mechanism so users who buy a product from us, but don�t want any
marketing material, can keep their email address off of our lists.
Users who no
longer wish to receive our newsletter may opt-out of receiving these
communications by sending an e-mail to email@example.com, in
the body of the message enter �unsubscribe public-i�; without the quotes.
Once the request has been processed an acknowledgment message will be sent.
Notification of Changes
If we decide to change
are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under
circumstances, if any, we disclose it. When we do, we will also revise the
�last updated� date at the bottom of the privacy statement.
This document was last updated August 22, 2002