Privacy Policy

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is committed to safeguarding your privacy. This statement explains our information practices and the choices you can make about the way the information you provide us is collected and used. For easy and direct access, we provide a link to this statement from our home page and all other pages of the site. The Institution is the sole owner of and the only organization that uses the personal information (name, address, phone and/or email address) collected. We will not sell, share or rent this donor information to others under any circumstances. This Privacy Policy applies to all information received by the Institution, both online and offline, as well as any electronic, written or oral communication.

"Cookies"

The Website uses “cookies” to help personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. We may use cookies to collect, store, and track information for statistical purposes to operate our Website and Services. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the features of the Website and Services.

Analytics

This Website uses Google Analytics to track site usage to help improve services for all. The Google Analytic tracking cookie has zero remarketing (not used to track once you leave the site) and utilizes the IP anonymization feature to protect individual privacy.

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Online Donations

The Institution collects the following information through our secure online financial-transaction pages: name, address, e-mail address, phone number, and credit card information. This personally identifiable information is used to acknowledge receipt of your donation for tax purposes and to include you on the Institution's mailing list if you choose to join it.

When you send a donation in honor or in memory of someone and request that an acknowledgement be sent to another individual or a family, we will use the name and address of that individual or family for acknowledgement purposes only.

Security

We care about the security of your transactions and apply industry-standard practices and technologies to safeguard your credit card information. We use high-grade encryption and the secure https protocol to communicate with your browser software, which guards against interception of the credit card information you give us. We also employ several different security techniques to protect your personally identifiable information from unauthorized access by users inside and outside the organization. The Web servers for the Institution are located in a locked, secure environment, and computer systems are maintained in accordance with industry standards to secure information. You should be aware, however, that "perfect security" does not exist on the Internet, and third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications.

Mailing List

The Institution provides a separate online form to join our mailing list. The information we collect includes: name, address, e-mail address, and phone number. This information is securely stored internally and accessed only when we correspond with our mailing list periodically during the year, either via e-mail or regular mail.

Please contact us directly by regular mail if at any time you wish to be removed from the mailing list or if you would like to correct or change the personal information you have previously provided. To protect your privacy and security, we will take certain steps to verify your identity before granting access to your information or making corrections. Callers will be asked specific questions, including full name, address, phone number to verify their identity and protect the privacy of the Institution's donors and members of its mailing list.

eNewsletters

You will be added to The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's email newsletter list only if you register to receive newsletters via a form or checkbox on the Institution?s website. You may opt out of receiving our eNewsletters by clicking on the opt-out link included in every email newsletter we send.

Links to Other Web Sites

The Institution's site includes links, some temporary and some permanent, to other Web sites. We are not responsible for the privacy and security practices of any other Web site or the nature of the content contained therein.

Changes to This Policy

In the event that the Institution decides to alter its privacy policy, the changes will be added directly to this statement. We will, however, always use information in accordance with the version of the privacy policy under which it was originally collected.

Contact Us

If you have specific questions or concerns about the Institution's privacy policy, please contact us at the following address:

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Development Office
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #40
Woods Hole, MA 02543
508-289-4895