Last update as of June 1, 2020
How we collect information about you
Information you voluntarily provide
HSI collects and maintains certain personal information about you when you send us an e-mail or complete any of our online forms, such as when you request information from us, make a donation, subscribe to one of our online newsletters, or forward a web page, electronic postcard, electronic ballot, or electronic newsletter. Depending on how you choose to interact with us, such information may include your name, phone number, mailing address, e-mail address, campaign interests and preferences; it may also include the names and e-mail addresses of those to whom you forward HSI electronic content, and any other information collected in the forms. You may be asked to provide credit card information to contribute to HSI, purchase certain information or materials from HSI, or subscribe to various HSI publications. To collect payment from you, we enable the collection of your payment information (which comprises the credit/debit card’s number, the card holder’s name and CVV); however these are provided direct to our authorized payment providers, and are not stored or accessible by us.
HSI.org also collects certain usage information to better understand how visitors use our web site, which includes your IP address, Url you are coming from before visiting the web site. HSI.org logs these IP addresses, url’s, device information such as identifier, name and type of operating system, mobile network information and web information such as browser type and pages accessed on the HSI web site, and aggregates them for system administration and to monitor the use of our site. We use the aggregated information to measure the number of visits to our site, the average time spent on our site, the number of pages viewed, and various other site statistics. This monitoring helps us to provide a more useful and engaging online experience to HSI.org visitors, and helps us to improve the quality of our content.
HSI and other third-party vendors, including Facebook and Google, use first-party and third-party cookies and similar technology together to inform and serve ads based on a visitor’s past visits to our website, where you may see an ad for HSI based on past visits to our website displayed on other sites you visit.
Ways information about you is used
We may use the information you voluntarily provided to contact you regarding animal-related issues we feel you may be interested in, to keep you updated regarding HSI’s programs, and to extend an invitation to you to support our programs. We may also directly upload voluntarily provided information into third-party platforms that have provided us with assurances that they process personal information under suitable data protection arrangements and security controls, such as Facebook and Google, in order to serve content-specific advertisements. We may also send such information to the people whose e-mail addresses you provide when forwarding HSI electronic content. When we do so, our sole intent is to enlarge our family of informed animal advocates and organizational supporters. Every recipient of our electronic communications can quickly and easily “opt out” of future such communications by following the instructions on any electronic communication we send.
From time to time, we may make the information you have voluntarily given to us, excluding credit card information (which will never be disclosed), available to third parties for marketing purposes, including HSI’s affiliate organizations or sponsors and licensees that provide special programs or services we think you might find interesting or beneficial. HSI uses very strict standards in determining which reputable companies become sponsors and licensees, to ensure that such organizations are committed to the protection of visitors’ privacy and committed to the goals of HSI. If your volunteered personal information will be used in any manner other than as stated above, such use shall be specifically posted. If you wish to update or remove your information, or if you do not wish your information to be shared with affiliated third parties, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also unsubscribe at any time in every issue of our newsletters.
From time to time, HSI may link to other websites not affiliated with HSI. HSI attempts to link only to those websites which also respect a visitor’s privacy and the goals of HSI. However, HSI cannot be responsible for the content or policies of third-party websites. Please check with these third-party organizations or companies for their specific privacy policies. If you find inoperable links or are concerned about any of the sites that HSI currently links to, please inform HSI by contacting us at email@example.com.
HSI uses generally accepted, industry-standard security systems, software, and encryption technologies — Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) — for the secure transfer of personal and financial data and to protect against unauthorized access to HSI servers, equipment, and other components of our online presence. This includes using industry-standard security systems to protect credit card processing information. Our web servers are hosted off-site at multiple, physically secure facilities with limited access.