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Privacy Policy

NOTICE: The Emily X Site and content on the URL (“this Website” or “our Website”) belong to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. ("PPFA").  Use of this Website is subject to your agreement to comply with the "Terms of Use" and "Privacy Policy." Please read them both now and check for future modifications.

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.

Personal Information

When you comment or give feedback on this blog, you are able to provide personal information as a result of your own initiative. Any time you provide personal information in comments, this privacy policy governs our use of the information you have provided.  However, we will not use that information for commercial purposes or share that information with other organizations or entities, except as described in this policy. We will update this privacy policy as we deem necessary. You should be sure to reread this policy in its entirety from time to time.  By submitting information to us for use on this Website, you give us permission to receive it, review it, edit it, store it, post it on this Website, and use it in appropriate settings designed to illustrate the importance of reproductive health and rights. To protect your privacy, please do not include any identifying information in your comments, and make sure you have thought through the possible consequences of appearing on any video posted on the Website.

Some options available on this Website, such as those under the headings "Pledge-A-Protester", "Write a Note to Planned Parenthood Workers", or "Got More Time Than Money?", contain direct or indirect links to other sites affiliated with PPFA, such as pages where you can make donations to PPFA or learn about volunteer opportunities. When you take action under any of those headings, your actions are governed by the policies of the sites linked to those actions.  Therefore, you should read the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy of those websites prior to submitting any personal or financial information. 

Finally, if you are making a submission to this Website, your submission is subject to Section 7, “User Rules” in our “Terms of Use” policy, your signed Permission and Release, and other applicable policies.

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.

Other than as described in this privacy policy, in your Permission and Release, or as may be necessary to protect the rights, property, and safety of our organization, our clients, or others, or as may be necessary to comply with applicable law, we will not give or sell the personal information you provide online.  We reserve the right to share personal information you provide with legal authorities if it is, in our sole opinion, necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected fraud, situations involving threats or potential harm, or if required by law (such as by a subpoena, court order, or other legal means).

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., "" or ""); 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.

Use of Cookies

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.

Session Cookies: We use session cookies to make it easier for you to navigate certain sections of our Website. If you choose to provide personal information by using an interactive application on our Website, we place a session cookie on your computer so that you will be recognized as you move around our Web pages, including, which has a separate Terms of Use and Privacy Policy governing actions that you might perform on that website. You should read those policies if you navigate away from this Website and onto 

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.

Online Advertisements

From time to time, we may run online advertisements on third-party web sites to attract visitors to our Website or to alert our supporters to special opportunities. Our advertising partners may use cookies and clear GIFs on this Website and on the third-party sites on which our ads appear, which allow the advertising partner to track certain information about user behavior, such as "click-stream data." Any use of information by an advertising partner would be governed by their terms of use and privacy policy, so be sure to be familiar with these policies prior to responding to online advertisements.

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.

Remember that we cannot protect your privacy once you leave our Website, such as by "hyperlink." So when you visit other web sites, check each one’s privacy policy yourself, and be careful about the information you submit or share.

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.

You may be given the option to turn on a persistent cookie on your computer (see "Use of Cookies" above). Remember that once you have set a persistent cookie that is linked to your personal information, anyone can access your personal information by using your computer.

In addition to the records left on your computer by cookies, your browser and operating system contain other records of your Web browsing and other actions (e.g., browser history). As with cookies, you can find information about how to clear these history trails in your browser’s "Help" section or through other web sites that provide detailed information for each browser and operating system. See "Use of Cookies — Disabling Cookies" above.

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


Phone: 1-800-430-4907

Policy Last Updated: September 29, 2009

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes here, so that you are continually aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. We reserve the right to modify our privacy policy at any time, so please review it frequently.

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