What Information is Foundation Beyond Belief gathering about visitors, and how is it being used?
Every computer connected to the Internet is provided with a domain name (e.g. cnn.com) and an IP Address (e.g. 22.214.171.124). When a visitor requests a page from within the foundationbeyondbelief.org website, our Web Servers automatically identify and log the HTTP request that is made to our Web Server. This information reveals nothing personal about you. The only information that is automatically gathered and logged is as follows:
- The IP address of the site that referred you, if any;
- Your IP address;
- The web page that you linked to us from, if any;
- The product identifier for version and make of browser (e.g. Internet Explorer 4.5);
- The operating system platform you are running (e.g. Macintosh or Windows);
- Search words or terms that are passed from a search engine (e.g. Google, Yahoo, or Lycos).
The practice of collecting this data has been generally standardized by virtually every web server on the Internet today. Other personal information, including email and mailing addresses and donor history, will not be shared with any third party without the express permission of the individual members in question.
The purpose for this information is twofold. One, Foundation Beyond Belief has found it advantageous to examine visitor traffic in its aggregate to ensure maximum compatibility for the various browsers and operating systems that visit our site. Additionally, as any business should attest, it is our desire to generate greater amounts of visitor traffic. By analyzing visitation patterns, referring URLs and search engine terms, we can strategically enhance our exposure on the internet.
What about cookies?
Cookies are small pieces of data that are transferred to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser from our Web Server. A cookie cannot read data from your hard disk or read cookie files that may have been created from other sites. The foundationbeyondbelief.org website and all subdomains associated with the foundationbeyondbelief.org website utilize cookies as a means of providing personalization features to our visitors. For example, we utilize cookies to remember settings and preferences that you may have made at our website.
You can choose whether to accept cookies by changing the settings of your browser. Typically, by accessing the browser’s help feature you can obtain information on how to prevent your browser from accepting all cookies or to notify you when a cookie is being sent. If you choose not to accept these cookies, your experience at our website and other websites may be diminished and some features may not work as intended.
What other information does Foundation Beyond Belief request?
We may also request your e-mail address or mailing address for the purposes of conducting a survey, adding you to our mailing list, or by your request to have someone contact you for additional information. Whenever we request the identity of a visitor, we will clearly indicate the purpose of the inquiry before the information is requested. We maintain a strict “No Spam” policy that means we do not intend to sell, rent, or otherwise give your e-mail address to a third-party, without your consent.
Will Foundation Beyond Belief disclose the information collected to third parties?
Foundation Beyond Belief will not disclose your personal information or any of its log file information unless compelled by law or in the good-faith belief that such actions are necessary to:
- Conform to the edicts of the law or comply with a legal process served on Foundation Beyond Belief;
- Protect and defend the rights or property of Foundation Beyond Belief, or visitors of foundationbeyondbelief.org and its associated subdomains;
- Identify persons who may be violating the law, the legal notice, or the rights of third parties;
- Cooperate with the investigations of purported unlawful activities.
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