Privacy and Legal

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas (the “Foundation”). We want to uphold the confidentiality of our clients to the best of our ability. By using the Foundation website, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy. The Foundation reserves the right to make changes from time to time to our website technology and this privacy policy, and your continued use of our website shall be your agreement to these changes. This privacy policy identifies the ways we collect, use and protect personally identifiable information, as well as your options for accessing and correcting that information. To this end, we will ensure the following:

• Provisions of this policy apply to all staff, volunteers, independent contractors, and any other individual or organization employed by or associated with the Foundation. ]

• We will never share your personal information with any organization, except to comply with the law. We will only ask for information that is pertinent to our services. Any information you disclose to the Foundation will be used for the purposes of providing and improving the quality of our services.

• Individuals under the age of 18 do not have legal authority to use or disclose their personal information. Before using or disclosing personal information about an individual under the age of 18, we will obtain authorization from the individual’s parent or legally authorized representative.

• If you believe or suspect that your personal information has not been maintained in accordance with this policy, immediately notify the Chief Financial Officer of the Foundation, at the Houston Office 1-888-548-9716. • Any violation of this policy can result in reprimand, loss of certain job or volunteer privileges, suspension, or expulsion from the Foundation’s programs, or termination.

• We will maintain signed documentation for each person who gives us permission to use photographs and/or video on our website or any other Foundation social media platform.

Website Visitors

We use a tool called “Google Analytics” to collect information about use of this site. Google Analytics collects information such as how often users visit this site, what pages they visit when they do so, and what other sites they used prior to coming to this site. We use the information we get from Google Analytics only to maintain and improve the site’s technical performance. Google Analytics collects the IP address assigned to you on the date you visit this site, rather than your name or other identifying information. We do not combine the information collected through the use of Google Analytics with personally identifiable information. Google’s ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to this site is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of service, available at http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/us.html, and the Google Privacy Policy, available at http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/. You can prevent Google Analytics from recognizing you on return visits to this site by disabling cookies on your browser.

 

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to the Foundation’s website choose to interact with the Foundation in ways that require the Foundation to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that the Foundation gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for events through Donor Drive, an online giving platform (owned by Global Cloud, Ltd.), to provide a name, mailing address, phone number, and email address for registration purposes. Global Cloud, Ltd. collects necessary technical information to allow you to access and interact with our web site. Global Cloud, Ltd. does not share this information with third parties and will not sell, rent or trade any personally identifiable information automatically collected by our websites (including your name, address, email address, or credit card information). Those who engage in transactions with the Foundation – by making an online donation, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including, as necessary, the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, the Foundation collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with the Foundation. Visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Protecting Confidential Information

If you have shared with us your credit card number in order to register for an event or to make a donation to the Foundation, please note that electronic communication, particularly email, is not necessarily secure against interception. Please do not send sensitive data (e.g., Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers) by email or web form. The Foundation uses computer-encrypted technology to protect your information, and this information is kept confidential. The Foundation sometimes contracts with outside vendors and business partners to fulfill customer services and hosting services on the website. When we do so, we enter into confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements with all vendors stating that they will hold information received through our site confidential and will not sell or share user information to any third party or use the information for their own personal use. A very limited number of the staff of the Foundation has secure access to data. We hold our employees accountable for our privacy principles, and each employee is personally responsible for maintaining customer confidence in the company. The Foundation may disclose information to law enforcement and other authorities in the rare case when there is reason to believe that disclosure is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) the Foundation’s rights or property, other Foundation users or anyone else who could be harmed by such activities. We may disclose or access account information when we believe in good faith that the law requires it.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. We may use cookies in order to customize this site for return visitors. These cookies are not required for site functionality. Additionally, third-party widgets such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Swarm, Pinterest and Instagram may install cookies depending on their configuration. You are not required to accept any cookies to use this site Linked Internet Sites The Foundation hyperlinks to numerous sites that we believe are of interest to people with epilepsy. We do not control the privacy policies of business partners, sponsors or other sites to which we may provide hyperlinks, and the privacy policies of any of these third parties may differ from ours. When you hyperlink to the website of one of our business partners, sponsors, or other sites, you are subject to their privacy policies and not those of the Foundation. The Epilepsy Foundation is not responsible for such provisions and expressly disclaims any and all liability related to the privacy policy or practices of such other websites.