Effective Date: March 25, 2011
The Goal of the Web Site
NCOA values and respects your trust and believe you have a right to know about how we collect and secure information we collect about you on the Web Site.
What Information is Collected and How Is It Used or Disclosed?
NCOA collects Personal Data, such as name and mailing address and zip code and email address from you when you register on the Web Site and when you update your user profile. You may also provide other personally identifiable information concerning your health, economic status, income, government benefits and living expenses. In addition, you may provide opinions and suggestions concerning certain government programs and actions and the impact of those programs and actions on your personal wellbeing and financial status.
If you want to keep content or business information, ideas, concepts or inventions private or proprietary, do not send them in an email to NCOA or post them in a public forum.
NCOA may combine, in a non-identifiable format, the Personal Data you provide with information from other users to create aggregate data that may be disclosed freely to third parties and used by NCOA for any lawful purpose. Aggregate data does not contain any personal identifiers that could be used to contact or identify you, such as name, address, or telephone number.
Disclosure of Personal Data
The Web Site contains online communities and public forums such as wall posts, “tell Congress” and “Discuss Solutions”. Our communities are open to the public and should not be considered private. Personal Data you post in these forums will be available to third parties and may be disclosed by NCOA and its representatives to third parties for any lawful purpose.
Whenever you voluntarily disclose Personal Data on the Web Site (such as on message boards, discussion forums, personal video, email, etc), that information may be collected and used by others. By posting Personal Data online, you make that information accessible to the public. You may receive unsolicited messages from third parties in response to these posts. NCOA has no control over, and no responsibility or liability for, these parties.
NCOA may disclose your Personal Data to its advocacy partners and members of its aging network in order for these parties to conduct advocacy activities on behalf of older adults. NCOA and its advocacy partners may disclose Personal Data to government officials and representatives in order to conduct advocacy activities on behalf of older adults.
Representatives of NCOA or these parties may, but will not have any obligation to, contact you to inform you of certain programs or other benefits to which you may be entitled in response to the content of the Personal Data you share on the Web Site. If you do not wish to receive such information, you can opt out on the Web Site.
Third party Service Providers
The Web Site may contain links to other web sites operated by parties other than NCOA ("Third Party Web Sites"). These Third Party Web Sites have their own, independent, privacy and data collection practices. NCOA has no responsibility or liability for these Third Party Web Sites, their privacy policies or actions. NCOA does not endorse any Third Party Web Sites.
The Web Site and database servers are hosted in a secured physical and network environment maintained by a third party hosting provider. Reasonable efforts are made to secure web servers, networks, host operating systems and databases against unauthorized access. We use a variety of security measures to protect Personal Data when stored or transmitted by NCOA, including Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Encryption. In order to take advantage of encryption, you must have an Internet browser that supports 128-bit Encryption.
Despite NCOA's efforts to protect your Personal Data, there is always a risk that an unauthorized third party may find a way around our security systems or that transmissions of your information over the Internet will be intercepted. NCOA cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit over the Internet and you do so at your own risk.
Please remember that no security measures are foolproof; and NCOA cannot guarantee that information will be protected in all situations. We will make reasonable efforts to protect your Personal Data from unauthorized access.
This Web Site is not designed to attract or be used by children under the age of 13. NCOA does not knowingly collect Personal Data from anyone under the age of 13, unless we first obtain permission from that child’s parent or legal guardian.
How to Contact Us
For more information about our privacy practices (including compliance with applicable law) contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at 1901 L Street NW, 4th Floor, Washington DC 20036.
”Encryption” means the translation of data into a secret code. Encryption is the most effective way to achieve data security. To read an encrypted file, you must have access to a secret key or password that enables you to decrypt it.
“Firewall” means a system designed to prevent unauthorized access to or from a public or private network. Firewalls can be implemented in both hardware and software, or a combination of both. Firewalls are frequently used to prevent unauthorized Internet users from accessing private portions of public networks. All messages entering or leaving the network pass through the Firewall, which examines each message and blocks those that do not meet the specified security criteria.
“Personal Data” means information that is identifiable to a particular individual. Examples of Personal Data include your name, likeness (such as in video or photographs), street address and zip code, telephone number, and email address, demographic information, educational level, income and occupation. If other pieces of information are linked to Personal Data, they may also become Personal Data.
“Secure Sockets Layer” (SSL) means a security protocol for transmitting private information via the Internet. SSL works by using a private key to encrypt data that's transferred over the SSL connection. URLs that utilize an SSL connection start with https: instead of http.
“Cookie” means a data file that is stored on the hard drive of the computer you use to view a web site. Cookies are placed by that site or by a third party with a presence on the site and are accessible only by the party or site that placed the Cookie (i.e. a Cookie placed on your computer by NCOA isn't accessed by any other site you visit but a Cookie placed on your computer by an advertiser may be accessed by any site on which that same advertiser has a presence). Cookies can contain pieces of Personal Data. Cookies are used to make the site easier to use. For example, if you check a box to ask that we store your user name on your computer so that you don't have to enter it each time you visit the site, it's stored in a Cookie on your computer.