What We Do and Don't Do with Personal Information You Give Us
First and foremost, we respect your privacy and will not trade, sell or exchange your personal information with anyone.
Information We Gather, and What We Do with It
Because we want to communicate with people who visit our website, we ask visitors to subscribe to receive CPR materials on various subjects. Those subscriptions are free, and you subscribe by giving your email address. If you give us your email address in this fashion, we will assume you meant us to use it to send you information. We will send periodic updates to subscribers, letting them know about new CPR publications, what our scholars have been doing on Capitol Hill and elsewhere, what events are upcoming and so on. They’re fairly brief.
Because we are a nonprofit and rely on donations, those emails sometimes include a brief request for support – usually in the form of a one-sentence reminder that you may make a donation on our website, if you so choose. We may occasionally send an email that is a more direct request for your support. Our assumption is that if you are interested in our work, you might also be interested in supporting it. You are, of course, under no such obligation, and if you do not make a donation, we will still happily send you our materials.
If we ask for your postal mailing address, and you give it to us, we will make similar assumptions about your wishes, and may send you similar materials and an occasional request for support by mail. Again, you are under no obligation, and whether you do or don’t give will have no bearing on whether we continue to send you materials.
If you ask us to stop sending you materials, we will. (You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
We sometimes use contractors to mail or email materials for us. When we do that, we share our list with those contractors for the specific and sole purpose of distributing those materials to our list in that specific instance. We do not permit them to use our lists for any other purpose, or to harvest our list for names.
Browsing the Site
We do not ask you to register with us to visit our site, nor is there any such facility on our site. When you visit our website, we collect information about your session (e.g. session length, pages visited, files downloaded). But we do not trace that information back to individual users. We may also collect aggregate information about the domain names of users on our site, so that we can tell what types of users are visiting – those from university domains, or agencies of the government, for example. But again, we do not trace that information back to individual users.
Our website may use “cookies” – small text files stored by your computer’s browser to aid and simplify use of a website. You may change your browser settings to not accept cookies from our site (or all sites), and you may periodically delete cookies from your browser. Cookies cannot capture your e-mail address, retrieve any data from your hard drive, or pass on a computer virus (so far as we know).
When you donate to CPR, whether online, by mail, or on the phone, we ask for your name, address, email address, phone number, and payment method. If you send us a check, we will keep a photocopy of your check, and we will keep your contact information so that we can be back in touch with you in the future. For online donations, we use a vendor that specializes in processing charitable donations. The vendor will ask you for your credit card number on our behalf, but will not store your credit card number. Neither will we store your credit card information.
However donors contribute, we keep track of who gives us money. If you give us money, we will not bombard you with frequent requests for more money, but we will be back in touch periodically on the assumption that you continue to support our work and might want to make another donation. If you ask us to remove your name from our list and stop making these occasional requests, we will stop. If you still want to receive our publications and materials, we will continue to send them, regardless of whether you contribute.
Commenting on a Blog Post or Other Content
You are welcome and encouraged to comment on our blog, CPRblog.org. You do not need to register to do this, you only need to supply your name, your comment, and your email address. We ask for your email address so that we may follow up with you, if we think that’s necessary. We may ask you to clarify your comment in some way, or perhaps alert you to someone else’s response. If you comment on our blog, we may send you an email message thanking you for participating in the blog. That message may include a request that you subscribe to our lists on related issues.
Only the name you supply and your comment will be displayed on the site to the public. This information is stored by the host of our website.
Our blog is a forum for the exchange of ideas, and we hope to foster intelligent, interesting and respectful discussion. Anyone is free to post in the comments sections of our blogs; we do not apply an ideological screen. However, we reserve the right to remove blog posts we deem inappropriate for any reason, particularly for language that we deem to be in the nature of a personal attack or otherwise offensive. If we remove a comment you’ve posted, and you want to know why, ask us (email@example.com) and we will tell you. If you see a post you regard as offensive, please let us know. We will review the post, and let you know what we think.
Forwarding an Item
Throughout our websites and email newsletters, we offer the option for you to forward items to someone you know. If you give us their email address, we will use it only to send the material you requested we send them. We will not store their address or send them future mailings, unless they request us to. In our initial mailing to someone whose email address you supply to us, we will suggest that they subscribe to our lists and receive future mailings. They are under no obligation to do so.
Links to Other Sites
This site contains links to other sites. CPR is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such sites.