We at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. ("PPFA" or "Planned Parenthood") want this Website to be a safe and private place for users. We will do our part by not requiring you to register or provide any information at all to use most sections and features of this Website. In turn, you can do your part by reading this policy and taking the steps outlined below.
You should be aware that we use third-party vendors to provide services on this Website and in our offline operations. The information that you submit on this Website may be provided to those vendors on a confidential basis so that those vendors can provide services on our behalf.
Information Automatically Collected and Stored
As is true of most web sites, we automatically collect and store some information about your computer and your visit and store it in log files. This information includes information such as your computer’s (or your ISP’s) Internet Protocol (IP) address (this is not your e-mail address); the domain from which you access the Internet (e.g., "verizon.net" or "Stanford.edu"); the name, version, and specifications of your computer and your computer’s operating system; the Internet address of the web site, if any, from which you came to our Website; the date and time you arrived at our Website; how long you spent on this Website; and which pages you visited.
We use this information to formulate statistics (possibly with the help of outside experts) that show the number of visitors to the different sections of this Website and to help us make this Website more useful to visitors. For example, we use the browser information to help us design this Website so that as many people as possible will be able to view the pages correctly. These statistics do not reveal personal information.
Cookies are small text files that are either placed on your computer’s hard drive ("persistent cookies") or in your computer’s Random Access Memory ("session cookies"). We use both persistent cookies and session cookies for various sections of our Website.
Unless you opt-in to change these session cookies to persistent cookies (see "Persistent Cookies" below), the information is only used for the duration of your browser session. Once you close your browser window, the session cookie times out. If you open a new browser window and return to our Website, your personal information fields will not be pre-populated.
Persistent Cookies: We use persistent cookies in some sections of our Website to provide greater accuracy in our analysis of the information that is automatically collected about your visit to our site. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time. These cookies do not collect personal information. We do not link the information collected through these cookies with other personal data that you provide to us.
In certain circumstances, you may be given the option to turn a session cookie into a persistent cookie on your computer (e.g., "Would you like us to remember your password?" messages). If you opt to turn a session cookie into a persistent cookie, that persistent cookie will remember your personal information and will not time out at the end of your browser session. See "Your Help is Needed" for more information.
Disabling Cookies: Persistent cookies leave a record on your computer that you have visited our Website. However, you have the ability to remove cookies from your computer. Your Internet browser’s "Help" section will give you information on how to delete cookies. In addition, there are many web sites that provide browser- and operating system-specific information on how to delete cookies. When thinking about whether you want to delete cookies, you should be aware that some sites require cookies to function properly. If you delete cookies, you may have to re-register with some sites or you may notice difficulty in browsing some sites after you delete cookies.
Clear Gifs (Web Beacons)
We may employ a software technology called clear gifs (a.k.a. Web Beacons) that help us better manage content on our Website by informing us what content is effective. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, clear gifs are embedded invisibly on Web pages and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. We do not link the information gathered through clear gifs with other personal data that you provide to us.
Your Help Is Needed
Although we do our best to protect your privacy on our Website, we need your help.
You have control over your own privacy. Think carefully before providing any personal information online.
When you write to us or send us submissions, if you desire to remain anonymous, you should not tell us your name, the names of other users, or of your friends. To fully protect your privacy, you should try to keep out any information that you think may identify you or others.
You should be aware that in some areas of this Website we utilize personalization measures designed to make your Website experience more enjoyable (i.e., allowing you to fill in data fields to be pre-populated with certain personal information that will be passed through to our affiliated websites if you take certain actions). We need your help to protect the information you provide in these data fields on our Website. You should always keep your information secure and not allow others to access your e-mail account or other private information you might provide.
How to Contact Us About Your Information
If you wish to comment on this policy or have questions about information gathered on this Website, please contact our staff (see below).
You may contact us by mail, e-mail, or telephone, as follows:
Mail: Member Services, PPFA, 434 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001
Policy Last Updated: September 29, 2009
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