Privacy Policy

Welcome to the official Web site of Girl Scouts of Central California South. This Web site (“Site”) is owned and operated by Girl Scouts of Central California South, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Fresno, California.

This Privacy Policy discloses how we collect, use, and protect the personal information you provide, as well as how we protect children’s privacy. By visiting this Site, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy. If you do not accept these terms, you may not use this Site.

Whenever our Privacy Policy changes, we will post the Privacy Policy changes on this Site. Girl Scouts of Central California South’s online properties comprise of, but are not limited to, all pages found under www.girlscoutsccs.org, including our online store.

1. Information Collected.

(a) Information You Provide to Us: We collect any information you enter on this Site, or that you give us in any other way, including personally identifiable information that you provide. Personally identifiable information means your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, social security number, and other identifier that permits physical or online contact with you. You can choose not to provide certain information, but you may not be able to take advantage of our services and features.

(b) Automatic Information: When you visit a website, you disclose certain information, such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address and the time of your visit. This Site, like many other sites, records this basic information about visits to this Site.

(c) “Cookies”: Cookies are pieces of information that are transferred to your computer from a web server. Most browsers are set up to accept cookies, but you can change your settings to have your browser notify you when you receive a new cookie or to refuse to accept cookies.

2. How and When the Information is Used.

The information we collect is used for administering our business activities. Occasionally we may use the information to notify you about changes to our website, new services, or special offers.

3. How We Protect Your Information.

The privacy and protection of your information is important to us. We do not make any personal information available to third parties without your permission.

Your access to some services and content is password protected. We advise that you do not disclose your password to anyone. In addition, we recommend you sign out of password-protected services at the end of your session.

4. Who Has Access to the Information.

Information about our users is important to us. We will not disclose any individually identifiable information to any third party without first receiving that user’s permission.

5. Methods We Use to Protect Your Information.

We use security software to protect the confidentiality of your personal information. In addition, our business practices are reviewed periodically for compliance with policies and procedures governing the security and confidentiality of our information. Our business practices limit employee access to confidential information, and limit the use and disclosure of such information to authorized persons.

6. Consent.

By using the Girl Scouts of Central California South’s Web site, you consent to the collection and use of your personal information as described in this Privacy Policy.

7. Changes to Privacy Policy.

If our Privacy Policy or procedures change, we will immediately post those changes to our Web site. Any such changes will be effective immediately upon being posted, unless otherwise stated in the change.

8. Effective Date.

This Privacy Policy is effective as of June 30, 2010.

9. Shopping and Purchases.

When you make a purchase through this Site, we may collect your credit card number or other payment account number (for example, your PayPal account number), billing address and other information related to such purchase (collectively, “Payment Information”) from you. We will use the Payment Information that you provide to bill you for your purchase and to fulfill your purchase. By providing your Payment Information, you are authorizing us to give that information to third parties as necessary to confirm and fulfill your order (for example, to process your credit card or payment account number and to send you products you have ordered). We will retain your Payment Information for a length of time reasonably necessary to process any future transactions related to your purchases, including refunds and charge backs. If you accept certain third party offers that are marketed through this Site, we will pass your relevant Payment Information directly to those specific third parties.

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, e-mail 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.

Note to Parents on Our Privacy Policy

Girl Scouts of Central California South is committed to providing a safe, secure, and fun online experience for children who visit this 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 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 revoke their consent and ask that information about their children be deleted from the Site by contacting our offices by phone at (800) 490 8653 or via e-mail. 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 of Central California South 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 Central California South 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. However, we encourage this 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 alternative to full names or screen names which correspond with an e-mail address for any activities which will involve public posting.

In keeping with the 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 e-mail and other online activities regularly.

Links to other websites and services

This site may be linked to other sites and services that are not maintained by Girl Scouts of Central California South. If you use these links, you will leave this Web site. These Web sites have their own privacy policies, which you should review prior to visiting them. We have no responsibility for any content, materials, or other information located or accessible from such linked Web sites and provide these links solely for the convenience and information of our visitors. If you access any Web site linked to or from this Web site, you do so at your own risk.

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.

Credit Card Safety

Protecting the safety of your credit card information is also important to us. We use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology to protect the security of your credit card information as it is transmitted to us. SSL is the industry standard in Internet encryption technology, which is a highly sophisticated method of scrambling data as it travels from your computer to our Web site servers. We also encrypt your credit card number when we store your order and whenever we transfer that information to participating merchants.

To make sure you are accessing our secure server before you submit personal financial information, look at the lower left-hand corner of your browser. If you see an unbroken key or a closed lock (depending upon your browser), then SSL is active. To double-check for security, look at the URL or Address line of your browser. If you have accessed a secure server, the first characters of the address in that line should change from “http” to “https.” It is important for you to protect against unauthorized access to your password and to your computer. Be sure to sign off when finished using a shared computer.

Children

If you are under 18, you need parent/guardian permission to use a credit card to make purchases online.

How to Contact Us

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

Girl Scouts of Central California South

1377 W. Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA 93711

Phone: (800) 490 8653

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