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Effective Date: May 15, 2018; updated in May 2020; last updated: November 24, 2020
Changes since May 2020
Table of Contents
- Changes since May 2020
- Collection and use of personal information
- Website visitor information
- Special notes on privacy laws
Collection and use of personal information
If you make a donation, either online or otherwise, we will request certain personally identifiable information about you (such as your name, address, telephone number, email address, and credit card information). We use this information to process your donation and communicate with you about it. We also receive personally identifiable information from partner organizations when you make a donation through them and elect to share your information with us. We also use publicly available information about our donors from third-party sources to personalize communications with donors and improve donor retention. We check in with donors throughout the year about whether you are interested in donating again. In addition, we may use this information to keep you updated about our work if you explicitly indicate that you would like us to do so. You can choose to stop receiving check-in and update information by following the unsubscribe instructions included in the materials or by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We may use such information to market GiveWell or evaluate the success of our marketing and promotional efforts, analyze website usage, and improve our website's content, layout, and services. If you would like to opt out of sharing your information with our service providers for GiveWell’s marketing purposes, please fill out this form and indicate your preferences.
GiveWell employs vendors to assist us with such functions as hosting our donor information database, sending email, modeling our data, marketing and promoting GiveWell to donors and new audiences, and processing online and mail donations and credit card payments. In addition, GiveWell consults advisors in making organizational decisions and developing long-term plans. These companies and advisors have access to donor personally identifiable information as needed to perform their functions. GiveWell requires that they keep such information confidential and that they not use such information for purposes other than the functions they are assisting us with. (See Security section below.)
We do not sell, rent, or give donor personally identifiable information to any other party not under the employ of, or in a direct advisory or vendorship role to, GiveWell, with one exception: if you give us permission to share your name, contact information, and details of your donation with one or more of our recommended charities. We will not share your information with these organizations unless you explicitly give us permission to do so.
We may disclose to third parties aggregate statistics regarding donations, but these statistics do not include any personally identifying information. The information given includes total number of donors and total amount of donations for specific periods of time.
Other information submitted
Through our site or otherwise, you may decide to submit personally identifiable information (such as your name, postal address, and email address) for purposes other than donating (such as receiving an email newsletter or further information as to a particular topic, or commenting on our blog). We collect and store this information and use it for the purposes for which you submitted it.
We may use such information for our marketing and promotional efforts, to analyze website usage, and to improve our website's content, layout, and services. We do not share this information with any third parties except those that assist us with certain functions, as described above. GiveWell requires that these third parties keep such information confidential and that they not use such information for purposes other than the functions they are assisting us with. (See Security section below.) If you’d like to opt out of receiving newsletters or other communications from us, you can follow the unsubscribe instructions in the materials or contact us at email@example.com.
In connection with seeking employment or a volunteer position with GiveWell, you may decide to submit, through our sites or otherwise, personally identifiable information (including your name, address, telephone number, email address, and any other personally identifiable information requested on our online and offline forms, as well as an electronic or paper copy of your resume/CV). All information entered into any online or offline forms related to employment or volunteering will be viewed only for human resources purposes by GiveWell and third parties that assist us with certain functions (see above). This information may be used to assess your qualifications as an employee or volunteer for GiveWell, or to analyze general patterns in applications for positions or hiring at GiveWell.
Please be advised that we may disclose your personal information, as required by law, to the government or to third parties pursuant to law enforcement inquiries, court orders, subpoenas, and similar lawful demands or legal processes. In addition, we may disclose your personal information with or without a formal subpoena if we believe in good faith that such disclosure is necessary or appropriate (a) in connection with any activity that violates the law, (b) in the event of a legal dispute, (c) to prevent or stop activity we believe may pose a risk of being illegal or unethical or that may expose us to liability, or (d) to protect the safety of the public or any person, or the rights of GiveWell. In addition, we may sell, assign, transfer, or otherwise share some or all of our assets, including your personal information, in connection with a business transfer such as a merger, acquisition, sale of assets, or reorganization, or in the event of bankruptcy.
Some features of our website (such as commenting on our blog) may allow you to elect to share information publicly, in which case we would make such information available in accordance with the options you elect.
We require that the vendors we work with to process your online donation payments use industry-standard encryption and security protocols, and that all vendors processing check and credit card transactions received on our behalf meet all industry standards, certify their compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), and are audited to meet the Statement on Auditing Standard 70 (SAS 70). We follow commercially reasonable administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to protect personal information against accidental or unlawful destruction or loss, or unauthorized disclosure, access, or use. The personal information that you provide is stored in a secure location and accessible only by designated employees trained in the proper handling of personal information, or by vendors assisting with certain functions. We employ industry-standard techniques such as firewalls, encryption, intrusion detection, and site monitoring to protect your personal information from unauthorized access by users inside and outside the organization. You should be aware, however, that "perfect security" does not exist on the Internet or in any method of storage; third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or stored information. If we learn of a security breach involving your personal information, we will inform you of the breach in accordance with applicable law.
Updating your information
We work to process and maintain accurately the information that you share with us. If you have donated to us or shared personal information with us and would like to correct or update your personal information or adjust your mail preferences, you can do so by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond to your request in accordance with applicable law. We provide a link to unsubscribe from each of our mailing lists in each email from that list.
If you would like to opt out of sharing your information with our service providers for GiveWell’s marketing purposes, please fill out this form and indicate your preferences. If you’d like to opt out of receiving newsletters or other communications from us, you can follow the unsubscribe instructions in the materials or contact us at email@example.com.
Website visitor information
You can browse the GiveWell sites without telling us who you are or revealing any personally identifiable information about yourself. The information we gather during browsing comes from three sources. First, standard server logs collect information such as the IP (Internet Protocol) address, domain name, browser type, operating system, the site that referred you to us, the files you downloaded, the pages you visited, and the dates/times of those visits. Second, if you have come into the site from one of our newsletters, emails, or other outreach communications, or from a site that has requested a special link to us, we may track the information provided in that link (e.g., the name of the newsletter, what marketing campaign it’s associated with), in order to help us match referring sites to donations made. Third, some information is gathered by cookies.
Cookies and similar technologies
These cookies enable necessary website functionality such as donation forms, surveys, the comment feature on our blog, and other interactive features on our sites. This type of cookie also remembers users' preferences, such as for a font size.
These cookies enable us to deliver advertising content to our audience and evaluate the effectiveness of our marketing efforts.
These cookies track information about how users interact with our site, such as the pages they view, how much time they spend on the site, whether or not they found our site via a link on another website, and whether they are a new or returning visitor to our site.
Our site contains links to other sites. GiveWell is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites.
Special notes on privacy laws
Note to parents and children
Our site is not intended for use by children under the age of 16. GiveWell welcomes children to learn more about our organization and about issues presented on the GiveWell sites, and we are particularly respectful of the privacy of our young users. We encourage parents to monitor their children's use of the Internet and to help us protect their privacy by instructing them never to provide personally identifiable information on this site or any other without permission. We will never attempt to extract unnecessary information from our users, regardless of age. Consistent with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 ("COPPA") and the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 16 without prior verifiable parental consent. If we become aware that a child under 16 has provided us with such information without consent, we will use our best efforts to remove such information from our files. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that a child under 16 has provided such information to us, they should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your California privacy rights
If you are a resident of California, you are entitled to request the following information pursuant to the Shine the Light Law, which we will provide to you free of charge:
- A list of the types of personal information which we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year (note that there is only one case in which we divulge such information: if you allocate your donation specifically to a recommended charity, we share the contact information for those donations with our recommended charities in cases where you've given explicit permission for us to do so); and
- The names and addresses of all third parties that received personal information from us in the preceding calendar year for direct marketing purposes.
Please direct your request for these types of information to email@example.com.
Note on the EU's General Data Protection Regulation
GiveWell is located in the United States. Regardless of where you are located, we collect and use personal information as described above, including donor, website visitor, and other information, for the purposes described above. In particular, we receive personal information regarding donors located in the European Union from partner organizations located in the European Union when you make a donation through them and elect to share your information with us. Additionally, our website may be accessed and you may submit your personal information to us regardless of where you are located. We rely on either your consent or our legitimate interests as described above for the collection and use of such personal information. We retain personal information regarding donors for as long as necessary for our legitimate interests. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to make any requests regarding your personal information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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