Changes to the Policy
What Information Does HSDC Collect?
In several areas of the Websites, HSDC collects user-submitted personally identifiable information, such as your name, home address, email address, and telephone number.
HSDC also collects anonymous demographic information, which cannot identify you personally, such as ZIP code, gender, or interests. We may append to the data you provide additional data from publicly available sources in an effort to enhance your relationship with HSDC.
We may collect information about your interaction with the Websites. For example, we may use website analytic tools on the Websites to retrieve information such as the site you came from or the keywords you used to find the Websites. We will also use technologies, such as cookies and pixel-based tracking, to collect information about the pages you view, the links you click on and other actions you take on the Websites. We use the aggregated information to provide a more useful and engaging experience to Website visitors. This information will sometimes be used to display content to you on our Websites or Social Media Sites.
In order to access certain areas on our Websites, you may need to first complete certain steps to become either a registered user or a subscriber. During these steps, you may be required to provide us with personally identifiable information such as your name, ZIP code and email address. This information is used to help us understand who uses our Websites, to operate and improve our Websites, and to deliver the services or carry out the transactions you have requested.
Communication to Children
The Websites and Social Media Sites are directed at a general audience. Please note that website programs such as personal fundraising and animal sponsorships may only be used under the supervision of an adult.
How Does HSDC Secure My Information?
HSDC provides Website visitors with a secure experience when making a donation or purchasing merchandise through our Websites. We work with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) compliant vendors. When personal information is transmitted, it is protected through the use of industry-standard security technology, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.
Even with these measures in place, users should use special caution when using publicly accessible computer terminals or transmitting personal information over unsecured wireless networks.
In addition, on certain Website pages like blogs and news stories, we offer visitors the opportunity to provide comments or other user-generated content. Any information that you disclose when posting a message to these areas, along with the screen name or ID used, becomes public. We are not responsible for any personally identifiable information that you choose to disclose in the public areas of our Websites or Social Media Sites.
How Does HSDC Use My Personal Information?
HSDC collects and uses your personal information to circulate news about HSDC and its programs, to promote events, to acquire new members and subscribers, to operate the HSDC Websites, and for other internal marketing, promotional, and fundraising purposes.
HSDC may release personal information if we believe that the law or legal process served on HSDC requires it, to protect and defend the rights or property of HSDC, or in an emergency, to protect the personal safety of an identifiable visitor or the public.
The HSDC Websites use "cookies" to ensure the integrity of the registration and transactional processes and to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard drive by a Web page server. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the HSDC services or Websites you visit.
To protect our visitors, cookies do not save payment or credit card information. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies.
How Does HSDC Use My Email Address?
HSDC sends email to opted-in addresses only. An individual who receives email from us may opt-out of email at any time by following the opt-out instructions contained in any HSDC email.