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We want you to understand how your data is collected and used. This privacy statement sets out how we go about collecting data, what data we collect, why we collect it, and how it is used.

This is the Centre for Effective Altruism’s policy on online data collection. When we say “we,” “us,” or “our,” we mean the Centre for Effective Altruism. This policy governs all pages hosted at centreforeffectivealtruism.org, effectivealtruism.org, eaglobal.org, and pages hosted on any subdomain of these websites.

This policy may be changed or updated from time to time. By visiting one of our websites or using one of our mobile apps, you accept the practices described in this Policy. This policy is effective starting May 5, 2017.

Information we collect:

  • We collect email addresses in order to identify users (e.g. for logging in) and to communicate with them
  • We collect email, name, and other personally identifiable information for the purposes of complying with auditing requirements, claiming Gift Aid, etc.
  • We may use web beacons to collect and log additional information, such as IP address and browser/OS. We may store this information in persistent storage (e.g. a database) or in server logs.
  • When you apply to an event such as an EA Global conference, we ask you for information on which to base our admission decision and to contact you about the event
  • Cookies are small text-only files that are stored on your computer and that can be used to help identify you when you visit any of our sites. We may use cookies to make visiting and using our sites easier, for instance, so that you do not have to continually re-enter information.
  • We use cookies to store session data, including ones that last across sessions until they expire or you delete them.
  • We use third-party tools that may also use cookies to identify users (for example, Google Analytics). The way these services use and store user data will be governed by their respective privacy policies.
  • You can manage your cookie settings via your browser, but if you disable cookies our sites may not work properly for you.

How we respond to Do Not Track signals:

We do not take any special action in response to these signals.

Web Server Log Files

We collect data about website visitors in web server log files including IP address and ISP (internet service provider). We only use these records for administration; it is typically hard to tie to a single individual without extensive resources and we never attempt to do so. You can avoid us and other websites logging your personal IP address by using a VPN service.

How we use your information:

  • To process any donations you make.
  • To fulfil any orders you make (for example, if we are giving away copies of a book and you request that a copy be sent to you, we will use the mailing address you provide). We may share your personal information with partner companies or service providers in order to complete your donation or order and answer your questions (for example, if we order the book through Amazon).
  • To comply with auditing requirements and claiming Gift Aid on donations made to us.
  • To make public reports about anonymized, aggregated donations to EA Funds.
  • To share information about donations to EA Funds with the fund managers.
  • To show you advertisements on other websites.
  • To respond to lawful requests by public authorities.
  • We use third party services such as Google Analytics, to place cookies on devices that access our sites. These cookies provide aggregated, anonymized data that lets us track how our sites are used, which portions of the sites are visited, and which items our visitors find most interesting. We may share this aggregated, anonymized data publicly e.g. for the purposes of impact evaluations. You can see Google's privacy policy here. You can opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites at here.

How we share information:

  • We send some personally identifiable data to third-party CRM/marketing services (for example to Mailchimp for newsletter subscription management)
  • As a general rule we will not share personally identifiable information with third parties, unless required by law enforcement.
  • With the user's consent we may share personally identifiable information with partner organizations (typically charities) so that they can reconcile donor lists, track conversions etc. You can change your privacy settings

How we contact you

We may contact you using the information you have provided for purposes other than the one you originally provided the information for (for example, to send you our newsletter).

You can opt out of being contacted by following the unsubscribe instructions in our emails, or by replying to the email asking us not to contact you.

Our sites have links to other websites. We are not responsible for the content of those sites or how they process any personal information you provide.

Children

We don’t expect or intend to collect information on children under 13. Children should get help from a parent or guardian before entering personal information into a website.

Transfer

If any websites now owned by the Centre for Effective Altruism transfer ownership, for example because they spin off to become a separate project or are acquired by another nonprofit, your information may be transferred to the new owner.

We protect your data by:

  • Sending all information over encrypted channels (SSL/TLS)
  • Using slow password hashing algorithms (Bcrypt)
  • Hosting data with managed VPS providers
  • Using PCI Compliant payment processors to avoid storing user payment details (e.g. credit card numbers)

How to contact us:

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the UK’s Data Protection Act 1998. If you would like a copy of the information we hold about you, or wish to correct any information we hold about you, please write to information@centreforeffectivealtruism.org.

If you have questions about this policy, please contact us at information@centreforeffectivealtruism.org.