What personally identifiable information does Ceres collect?
In various places on our website, we gather email addresses and other basic contact information for the purpose of allowing people to subscribe to Ceres newsletters, Ceres Conference emails or other communications. We also gather contact information from individuals who choose to donate to us via our website in order to process their donations, acknowledge them in a timely manner, and keep donors informed about the impact of our work.
Our website may set “cookies” for the purpose of collecting aggregate statistics about the total number of visitors to our website. We do not store any personally identifiable information in cookies.
Some of our online publications use coded hyperlinks to identify and track personally identifiable information about individuals’ interactions with our website.
How does Ceres use personally identifiable information?
Ceres partners with third-party service providers to host our website and other online publications. Third-party service providers are not permitted to use or share any personally identifiable information that we provide to them. Ceres does not share any of the personally identifiable information we collect with other outside parties, unless we have received your specific permission to do so.
Ceres uses personally identifiable records of people’s interactions with our online publications as a means for better understanding their interest in our work. At some point in time, this information may be used to personalize the publications and other information individuals receive from Ceres.
Like most website operators, our web servers create log files. These track data on Internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and number of clicks to enable us to administer the site, analyze trends, track user movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. Server log files do not contain personally identifiable information.
How does Ceres protect personally identifiable information?
Ceres 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.
When our website asks users to enter sensitive information (such as credit card numbers), that information is encrypted and is protected with the best encryption software in the industry -- Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).
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 are granted access to personally identifiable information. All of our databases are password-protected to ensure that unauthorized users cannot access sensitive data.
What choices do I have in interacting with Ceres?
You can opt out of receiving communications from us. You may request access to personally identifiable information we collect about you through our electronic communications and you may request corrections to that information. For any of these requests or for more information about our privacy policies and practices, please contact us or call us at 617.247.0700.