This policy explains why we collect particular information and how we will protect your personal privacy within our web sites. The following also discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the web sites located at www.americares.org, www.americaresindia.org, www.americares.org/elsalvador and www.americaresfreeclinics.org. These are collectively referred to below as “the Site.”
- What personally identifiable information of yours is collected through the Site
- Who collects such information
- How such information is used
- With whom your information may be shared
- What choices you have regarding collection, use and distribution of your information
- What kind of security procedures are in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of information under our control
- How you can correct any inaccuracies in your information or "Opt-Out"
“Cookies” make your Web-surfing experience easier by performing certain usage and record-keeping functions such as saving your passwords or your personal preferences regarding your use of a Web site and to make sure that, for example, you don't see the same ad repeatedly. Cookies are generally considered to be an industry standard
All online transactions and all information provided to AmeriCares are transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a proven, industry standard coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt or scramble data before you send it to us. Donation pages carry the VeriSign symbol, signifying that the Site has a VeriSign SSL certificate. On secure donation pages, the user will notice the website address at the top of the browser screen starts with an "https" instead of an "http", and a closed lock symbol appears at the end of the address window. We do not store sensitive information from our visitors or donors, such as credit cards or social security numbers. We also protect account information by placing it on a secure portion of the Site that is only accessible by certain qualified employees of AmeriCares.
Protecting your information is of great importance to AmeriCares and something we take very seriously. While our methods are the accepted industry standard for security protocol, and make it extremely difficult for your credit card data to be intercepted by anyone else, no data transmission over the Internet, is ever 100% secure. So while we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of such information. If you prefer to donate by mail, please send your check to AmeriCares 88 Hamilton Ave. Stamford, Ct 06902, or to make a credit card donation over the phone, please call us at (800) 486-4357
AmeriCares does not rent, or sell your email or postal address; however we may from time to time share your name and postal address with other similar charitable non-profit organizations unless you opt-out. If you would prefer that your name not be shared with other organizations, please send us a request by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (800) 486-4357.
The only exceptions to Opting Out where AmeriCares could disclose personal information would involve instances required by a law or a regulatory authority. Additionally information could be disclosed in rare cases if we have reason to believe that disclosure of this information is necessary to contact and/or bring legal action against a person(s) who may be inflicting injury or interfering with AmeriCares rights, personnel, and property, AmeriCares web site users or anyone who could be potentially harmed by such activities, whether intended or not.