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Privacy Policy

Welcome to the official Web site of Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, Inc. This Web site is owned and operated by Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, Inc. is committed to protecting the privacy of our visitors. This privacy policy discloses how we collect, protect, and use information you provide us online, as well as how we protect children's privacy. By using the pages on this site, you are accepting the practices described in the Privacy Policy.

If our policy practices change in the future, we will let you know by posting the policy changes on our Web site. However, we will treat all personal information we collect in accordance with the privacy notice in effect at the time the information is collected.

Girl Scouts' online properties comprise of, but are not limited to, all pages found under www.gsri.org.

DATA COLLECTION

Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, Inc. uses its best efforts to respect and protect the privacy of its online visitors. At our site, we do not collect personally identifiable information from individuals unless they provide it to us voluntarily and knowingly. This means we do not require you to register or provide information to us in order to view our site. Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, Inc. only gathers personally identifiable data, such as names, addresses, zip/postal codes, email addresses, etc., when voluntarily submitted by a visitor. For example, email information is collected when a person joins our email list. This information is used solely by Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, Inc.or other entities who are involved in the operation of this site for internal purposes. We do not sell or otherwise share information you provide to us online to third parties. We will only share personally identifiable information with third parties when (i) the person submitting the information directs and authorizes us to share with such parties; (ii) sharing the information is a necessary operation of the site, or (iii) we are required to by law.

CHILDREN'S PRIVACY

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) protects the personal information of children under the age of 13. This applies to individually identifiable information about a child that is collected online, such as full name, home address, email address, telephone number or any other information that would allow someone to identify or contact the child. The Act and Rule also cover other types of information—for example, hobbies, interests and information collected through cookies or other types of tracking mechanisms—when they are tied to individually identifiable information. It is important for you to understand this law; we encourage you to read more about COPPA.

Girl Scouts believes it is good policy not to collect more personally identifiable information from children under 13 than is necessary for them to participate in our online activities. In addition, be aware that all sites that are targeted to children under 13 are prohibited by law from collecting more information than they need.

SUBMISSIONS

Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, Inc. welcomes children to learn more about our organization and, where appropriate, participate in polls and surveys, as well as submit comments, artwork, writings, and other submissions for posting on our Web site. For this reason, Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, Inc. follows the guidelines for interactive electronic media published by the Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU) of the Better Business Bureau for pages targeted to children under 13. However, we encourage this to be done only with their parent's knowledge and supervision. We also encourage children to use an alias (e.g., "Bookworm", "Skater", etc.), first name, nickname, initials, or other alternatives to full names or screen names which correspond with an email address for any activities which will involve public posting.

In keeping with CARU's Principle regarding respecting and fostering the parents' role in providing guidance for their children, we encourage parents to check and monitor their children's use of email and other online activities regularly.

NOTE TO PARENTS ON OUR PRIVACY POLICY

In keeping with COPPA, Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, Inc. is committed to providing a safe, secure, and fun online experience for children who visit our site. We are dedicated to safeguarding any personal information collected online and to helping parents and children have positive experiences on the Internet. Consistent with COPPA (the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without prior verifiable parental consent.

Parents can always elect to revoke their consent and ask that information about their children be deleted from the site by contacting our offices by phone at (800) 331-0149 or via email webmaster@gsri.org. To do this or to review personal information collected from children, we must verify the identity of the requesting parent. When a parent revokes consent, we will stop collecting, using, or disclosing information from that child. To respect the privacy of parents, information collected and used for the sole purpose of obtaining verifiable parental consent or providing notice is not maintained in retrievable form by the site if parental consent is not obtained after a reasonable time.

Girl Scouts believes it is good policy not to collect more personally identifiable information from children under 13 than is necessary for them to participate in our online activities. In addition, be aware that all sites that are targeted to children under 13 are prohibited by law from collecting more information than they need.

USE OF COOKIES

Visitors should be aware that non-personal information and data may be automatically collected by the Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, Inc. site through the use of "cookies." "Cookies" are small text files a Web site can use to recognize repeat visitors, facilitate the visitor's ongoing access to and use of the site, and allow a site to track usage behavior and compile aggregate data that will allow content improvements. Cookies are not programs that come onto a visitor's system and damage files. Generally, cookies work by assigning a unique number to the visitor that has no meaning outside the assigning site. If a visitor does not want information collected through the use of cookies, there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows the visitor to deny or accept the cookie feature. Girl Scouts of Rhode Island uses "cookie" technology only to obtain non-personal information from its online visitors in order to improve visitors' online experience and facilitate their visit within our site.

LINKS TO OTHER WEB SITES AND SERVICES

This site may be linked to other sites and services that are not maintained by Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, Inc.. These Web sites have their own privacy policies, which you should review prior to visiting them. We have no responsibility for linked Web sites and provide these links solely for the convenience and information of our visitors.

OUR SECURITY SAFEGUARD

The safety and security of your online experience is of the utmost concern to us. We ensure the appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures are in place to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security, and correctly use the information we collect online.

HOW TO CONTACT US

If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy, you can contact us at:

Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, Inc.
C/O PRIVACY POLICY QUESTION - WEBSITE
125 Charles Street
Providence, RI 02904
or call us at: 1.800.349.6673