Greater Boston Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc. (Greater Boston PFLAG) is committed to protecting the personal information that you provide to us when using the gbpflag.org site. This Online Privacy Statement describes how we treat all user data collected during your visit to the gbpflag.org site, both anonymous data and personally-identifying data.
Greater Boston PFLAG may occasionally update this Statement. We will post any changes on this web page, so be sure to check back periodically. Any information that you submit after a change has been posted will be subject to the new provisions.
User Data We Collect
We collect two types of user data: (1) anonymous data that is automatically collected from all visitors to the Greater Boston PFLAG Site; and (2) personally-identifiable data that you voluntarily submit to us (described below under “Personal Data”).
We automatically collect Internet Protocol addresses and domain names (not individual email addresses) through our server, in order to track where visitors to our site our coming from. We also track the number and frequency of hits per page on an aggregate basis.
We may collect Personal Data that you voluntarily provide, such as your name and postal address, phone number, e-mail address, and similar information, when you participate in certain activities on the GBPFLAG Site, including (but not limited to) when you:
register for a Greater Boston PFLAG event;
make a contribution to support Greater Boston PFLAG;
sign up for our Greater Boston PFLAG e-mail list;
participate in one of our online surveys; or
participate in any activity that requires your Personal Data.
If you make a donation to Greater Boston PFLAG from a Web site link, we may also identify the source of that link, so that we can evaluate what content is persuading Web users to contribute to Greater Boston PFLAG.
We may collect some data through the use of session cookies. Session cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that are transferred to and stored by your web browser.
We may use session cookies to run interactive applications on Greater Boston PFLAG’s site, such as event registrations. Session cookies last only as long as your session on the Greater Boston PFLAG Site. They expire when the session ends. We may also use session cookies in e-mails containing HTML-formatting.
How We Use The Data We Collect
We use anonymous data to identify the source of user traffic (for example, mit.edu, or aol.com), but we are not able to use this data to identify individual users. We use data on which sections of the Greater Boston PFLAG site are most visited, so that we can evaluate the popularity of our different Web pages and continue to improve the Greater Boston PFLAG Site. We do not link any anonymous data with the Personal Data you provide to us.
We use your Personal Data for various purposes:
To fulfill the request for which you specifically provided the data;
To send you our e-mail newsletter or action alerts, if you have not opted out of receiving that information;
To offer you other ways to support the Greater Boston PFLAG, including, in some limited cases, solicitations for additional contributions;
To confirm your contribution to the Greater Boston PFLAG.
The Greater Boston PFLAG Site is hosted by servers in the United States. Accordingly, if you are located outside of the United States, the Personal Data you provide to us will be transferred to the United States. By submitting your Personal Data, you consent to its transfer and storage in the United States and its use in accordance with the purposes for which it was originally collected.
We may share the Personal Data of donors with our mother organization, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG National). Currently, this occurs once annually and is limited to the name and address of individual donors.
We may share your Personal Data with third-party service providers who fulfill your orders, contact you on our behalf, or facilitate some other aspect of Greater Boston PFLAG Site activities, services or products, including those third-party service providers we use to assist us in our own fundraising efforts. These service providers have access to your Personal Data solely for the purpose of providing these services to us on our behalf.
We sometimes direct users to PayPal.com or Tix.com to process financial transactions. Personal data entered on PayPal.com's site or Tix.com's site is subject to their respective privacy policies.
Finally, we may disclose and use Personal Data regardless of where you reside in special circumstances when we, in good faith, believe that the law requires us to disclose your Personal Data to third parties.
Your Ability to Choose
When you provide us with your Personal Data on the Greater Boston PFLAG Site, you can let us know that you do not wish to receive our online newsletter or any e-mailed alerts by choosing the un-subscribe option in the first or any email you receive from us, by emailing us, or by contacting us via postal mail.
We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13.
The Personal Data we collect about you is stored on a secure, password protected server. We use industry-standard encryption technologies with respect to the receipt and transfer of Personal Data you submit to us on the Greater Boston PFLAG Site and only authorized personnel have access to your information. Nevertheless, despite our best efforts, no transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.
Updating Your Data
To update your Personal Data or to make corrections, you can do so by emailing us, or by sending us the update via postal mail.
Comments and Questions
If you have any questions, comments or concerns about this Online Privacy Statement or our data collection practices or to request that we delete your Personal Data, you can email us or send us your questions or comments via postal mail.