Your Personal Information
Personal Information Collected via the Web, Direct Response Envelopes, and Any Other Manner
In most cases, when making a donation to Rare via the mail, you provide contact information such as name, address, telephone number or email address. It is the strict policy of Rare to never publish, share or sell this information to any other organization. When you visit our web sites and access information, you remain anonymous. At present, we do not require you to register or provide personal information to us to view our web site. However, on those occasions when we will ask for additional information, such as when you sign up to receive the Rare Report e-newsletter or make an online donation, the information, as described above, will remain completely anonymous and will not be shared under any circumstances.
What Information We Collect and How We Use That Information
Our donation and registration forms ask users to provide contact information that may include name, e-mail address, format preference (HTML vs. plain text), physical address, interests, and similar information. Typically only minimal and necessary information is required (name and email address, for instance, in the case of the Rare Report). All other information offered is optional. We do this to better understand and respond to your needs, and provide you with information that may be valuable to you. Unless specifically requested by the visitor for convenience, we do not store sensitive information, such as social security or credit card numbers. We will never pass the information you provide to Rare on to any other organization.
Internet Protocol Address
An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. We collect an IP address from all visitors to our web site. We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our web site, analyze usage trends, track users' interactions with the web site, and gather broad demographic information
Links to Third-Party Web Sites
We provide links to third party web sites existing outside of Rare. Since we do not control the content or functionality of these web sites, we encourage you to review the privacy policies posted on these third-party web sites. Any link from http://www.rare.org to a third-party web site does not denote an affiliation with the web site or an endorsement of its viewpoint(s) or mission(s).
Unsubscribing from the Rare Report e-newsletter
If at any time you wish to stop receiving our electronic newsletter, Rare Report, please click on the "unsubscribe" link found in the bottom the Rare Report email. Rare never shares your e-mail address with any other organizations.
Security of Your Information
All sensitive information (such as your credit card information) provided to Rare is transmitted using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption. SSL is a proven coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us. We also protect account information by placing it on a secure portion of our web site that is only accessible by certain qualified employees of Rare. Please note: Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can ever be 100% secure. While we strive to protect your information to the fullest extent, we cannot ensure or completely guarantee the security of such information.
The VeriSign Secure Site Badge
The globally recognized VeriSign Secure Site Program allows you to learn more about the web sites that you visit before you submit any confidential information. Rare's investment in this advanced technology ensures that the web page you are visiting is authentic, secure, and that any data or information you submit will be protected by 128-bit SSL encryption. Whenever you see the VeriSign Secure Site badge on our web sites, you can personally verify that the web page in question is both secure and administered directly by Rare. You may, therefore, submit personally identifiable information and/or sensitive data (such as credit card numbers) with the assurance that:
Rare's web site has a VeriSign Secure Server ID
VeriSign has verified the organizational name and that Rare has the proof of right to use it
The web site legitimately runs under the auspices of Rare
All information sent to the web site, if in an SSL session, is encrypted, protecting against disclosure to third parties
Learn more about the VeriSign Secure Site Seal program.
Your Credit Card Information
When you enter your credit card information into a form on http://www.rare.org. your credit card information is encrypted and transmitted securely to Rare. Rare does not store your credit card information on a permanent basis; your credit card information is only used for the duration of the transaction and is then deleted from our records.
We take the utmost precaution to keep your credit card information safe and secure. But if you are uncomfortable submitting your credit card information online, you can also contribute to Rare by printing out the online form and mailing it to:
1310 North Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201
You can also call our offices between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., EST at (703) 522-5070.
Our Compliance with Federal Law
Rare complies fully with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA).
None of the web sites covered by this policy knowingly collect identifiable personal information from children under age 13. If we discover that a person under the age of 13 has provided us with any personally identifiable information, we will delete that information from our systems. We are unable to reply to information requests from children under the age of 13, if so identified. A parent or guardian must initiate any requests for information from children under the age of 13 on their behalf. We encourage parents to supervise children when they browse the Internet. Learn more about COPPA.
Rare complies fully with the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003 (CAN-SPAM Act). To this end, Rare:
- Always offers recipients of e-mail marketing and e-newsletters a clear means of opting-out from the receipt of future messages
- Always includes a link to Rare's physical address within the body of all e-mail messages
- Never uses false or misleading header information in any e-mail message
- Never attempts to deceive e-mail recipients by using deceptive subject lines
- Never uses automated means to harvest e-mail addresses from web sites or web services
- Never generates e-mail addresses using programmatic methods
- Never shares e-mail addresses with any other organizations
- Learn more about CAN-SPAM.
Rare welcomes comments and questions on this policy. We are dedicated to protecting your personal information, and will make every reasonable effort to keep that information secure.
If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com or call our offices between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EST at (703) 522-5070.
You can help Rare maintain the accuracy of your information by notifying us of any changes to your address, title, phone number or e-mail address. To update your information, contact us online, or write us at:
Attn: Member Services
1310 North Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201
Any information that you provide to us via the web, e-mail, fax, or mail is covered by this policy.
Last revised: November 14, 2012