Privacy Policy

Our Commitment to Privacy

The MINDS Foundation knows that you care how information about you is used and shared, and we appreciate you trusting that we will do so carefully and sensibly. To better protect your privacy, we provide this Privacy Policy explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used on this website. The information below explains our policy regarding your privacy and the www.mindsfoundation.org website. By visiting www.mindsfoundation.org, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Notice.

Our www.mindsfoundation.org website is maintained by The MINDS Foundation, with headquarters at 231 Pine Hill Circle, Waltham, MA 02451, U.S. telephone (424) MINDS-04.

Collection of Personally Identifiable Information

When you visit our website, you may provide us with personal information (such as name, address, email address, telephone numbers and/or credit/debit card information) that you knowingly choose to disclose, which is collected on an individual basis for various purposes. These purposes include registering to receive email newsletters or other materials, requesting further information from us about projects and services, donating to us, ordering merchandise, making requests, submitting a form on our website, or simply asking a question. We receive and store any information you enter on our website or give us in any other way. We ask for personal information so that we can fulfill your request and return your message. This information is retained and used in accordance with existing laws, rules, regulations, and other policies. The MINDS Foundation does not collect personal information from you unless you provide it to us. If you choose not to provide any of that information, we may not be able to fulfill your request or complete your order, but you will still be free to browse the other sections of the websites owned and administered by The MINDS Foundation. This means that you can visit our site without telling us who you are or revealing any personally identifiable information about yourself.

How We Use Information

When you supply information about yourself for a specific purpose, we use the information for only that purpose (such as to provide the service or information you have requested). For example, you may be asked to give us individual information to receive information, to make a donation, to purchase merchandise, or to apply for a job. Similarly, we use information you provide about yourself or someone else when placing a merchandise order only to ship the merchandise and to confirm delivery. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order.

You can register with our website if you would like to receive updates on our new projects and services or on our merchandise. Information you submit on our website will not be used for this purpose unless you fill out the registration form.

We use return email addresses to answer the email we receive. Such addresses are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties.

The MINDS Foundation does not sell, rent, give-away or share its email addresses or other information with outside sources.

Should any material changes be made to the ways in which we use personally identifiable information, The MINDS Foundation will take commercially reasonable measures to obtain email consent from you. We will also post the changes to our use of personally identifiable information on our site at least 30 days prior to a change.

Data Security

Personally identifiable information is stored on our server and is not publicly accessible. Further, personally identifiable information is only accessed by The MINDS Foundation personnel on a “need to know” basis. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. Additionally, sensitive data such as credit card numbers are encrypted using SSL and other industry standard measures, to provide an additional level of security.

Choice/Opt-out

If you have registered to receive email communications from us and later change your mind, you may contact us to have your name removed from our distribution lists. You have the following options to do this:

You can send an email to: info@mindsfoundation.org

You can send mail to the following address:

The MINDS Foundation
231 Pine Hill Circle
Waltham, MA 02451

Correct/Update

If you would like to verify the data we have received from you or to make corrections to it, you may contact us directly at the email and mail addresses provided above.

Anonymous Information

Anonymous information is collected for every visitor to this site. This includes pages viewed, date and time, and browser type. IP numbers are not stored, but are temporarily used to determine domain type and in some cases, geographic region. We do not make any association between this information and a visitor’s identity.

Automatic Information

When you visit our website, our servers make a log of basic information corresponding to the sites and pages you have visited. This information is stored primarily to track the effectiveness of our website and individual sections and pages within them.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

We comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (“COPPA”). COPPA requires that web site operators never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without requesting verifiable parental consent.

In accordance with COPPA, we do not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. We recommend that no one under the age of 18 submit personally identifiable information to our Site. In the event that we determine that a user of this Site is under the age of 13, we will not maintain or use his or her personally identifiable information. We will then delete any such Personally Identifiable Information from our records.

Links and 3rd Party Websites

This Policy applies solely to information collected by the Site. The Site contains hyperlinks or “links” to other sites, including access to content, products and services of our affiliated and non-affiliated sites. For example, online donations to MINDS are facilitated by our non-affiliated service provider. When you follow links to make such a donation, you will be linked to our service provider’s web site, which is subject to separate privacy and other terms and conditions. In some cases, these other web sites are made available via “framing technology”, and may appear to be part of our Site. We urge you to familiarize yourself with the individual privacy and other terms for each linked or framed site prior to submitting any Personally Identifiable Information. We are not responsible for the data collection, privacy and information sharing policies and procedures or the content of such web sites.

Usage of Cookies

Cookies are simple text files stored by your web browser that provide a method of distinguishing among visitors to the website. The MINDS Foundation uses cookies to identify your browser as you visit pages on the The MINDS Foundation website or sites in the The MINDS Foundation media network. Cookies created on your computer by using our website do not contain personally identifiable information and do not compromise your privacy or security. Cookies allow The MINDS Foundation to gather anonymous information. Cookies also allow The MINDS Foundation to provide more relevant, targeted content as you travel through sites in the The MINDS Foundation media network as appropriate and are used on our ordering website to keep track of the items in your shopping cart.

Online Registration Information

You will provide us with information about yourself and your organization when you register for fundraising, donations, and listservs or to buy products. This information is not used for any other purpose than to fulfill your request and is not shared with outside parties. However, visitors should be aware that information collected through The MINDS Foundation web site may be subject to examination and inspection if such information is a public record or not otherwise protected from disclosure.

Email Links

We use email links located on this site to allow you to contact us directly via email. We use the information provided in your email to respond to your questions or comments. We may also store your comments for future reference.

Email Communications

We publish an e-newsletter that is sent periodically to persons on a listserv. The e-newsletter is distributed by email, although back issues may also be viewed on our website. You may subscribe to or unsubscribe from the email listserv at any time. Occasionally we may send announcements about our events or merchandise to the mailing listserv. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Changes to this Privacy Statement

Changing business practices and circumstances may require that we make changes to this privacy policy from time to time. Any changes will be reflected on this website. The MINDS Foundation reserves the right to modify its website and/or this Privacy Policy at any time and users are deemed to be apprised of and bound by any such modifications. Our goal is to provide all services to visitors to the The MINDS Foundation website in an accessible, efficient and friendly manner while maintaining their privacy. If you have comments or questions regarding privacy, please contact us.

Legal Disclaimer

We may disclose personal information when required by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary in order to conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on The MINDS Foundation.

For More Information

If you have any questions, concerns or comments about privacy at our mindsfoundation.org website, please send us a description of your concern via email to info@mindsfoundation.org or call the main telephone number at (424) MINDS-04.

Last Updated April 7, 2013