Center for Food Safety (CFS) is committed to maintaining the confidence and trust of those who visit www.centerforfoodsafety.org and our other websites. CFS is the sole owner of the information collected on our websites, and will not sell, trade, share, or rent this information to third parties.
CFS provides links to other websites, and is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these websites. Visitors to these third party websites are encouraged to read the privacy statements of each website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by www.centerforfoodsafety.org.
CFS collects information to help us better meet your needs, and to improve our programs. Our reasons for collecting personal information include:
Internal record keepingTo carry out activities where personal information is required, such as advocacy actionsTo provide you with content that is relevant to you; for example, information about legislation in your state or local region
We only collect personal information from our visitors when it is supplied to us voluntarily. Certain activities on our website (described in further detail below) may require you to provide information such as your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, or may ask you to submit written comments. If you do not wish to share the required information with CFS, do not participate in these activities.
The following are examples of how we may use your personal information when you engage in common activities on our website:
1. When you take an advocacy action such as sending a message to your elected representatives, government officials or other targets of CFS advocacy, we will keep a record of the information you submit, and will send your message to these recipients, along with the contact information you provide, such as your name, address, and email address. CFS is not responsible for what these recipients may do with your information. This information is not shared with, or sold to, other organizations for commercial purposes. However, your statement to decision makers, along with personal information you voluntarily provide, will be forwarded by e-mail to those addresses listed.
Please note: Comments submitted to government agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are considered to be public information. Personal contact information you provide will be placed in a public docket and may also be placed on the agency’s website and made available through the Internet in accordance with the provisions of the Electronic Freedom of Information Act. All of the information supplied in the correspondence, including addresses, phone numbers, signatures, and other identifiers, will be placed in the docket. CFS does NOT include your email address when we submit your comments to agency dockets on your behalf.
Submissions to a docket are part of the administrative record that government agencies use to make a decision. All submissions are public and may be viewed in the Dockets Management Branch public reading room. If you have any questions about the FDA’s handling of public comments, please direct them to the Docket’s Management Branch by calling 301-827-6860. The EPA’s Docket Center can be contacted at 202-566-1744.
2. When you sign up to join our main email list or provide us with your email address, we will have a record of your email address and any other information you choose to provide. We will send you email about urgent food safety action alerts, fundraising campaigns, and other CFS activities. You can opt out of these emails at any time through the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of every email you receive from us, or here at any time. CFS does not share, rent, or sell our member’s information to anyone other than our sister organization, Center for Food Safety Action Fund.
3. When you make an online donation to CFS, your information will be added to our donor list and database, and you may be contacted about other CFS activities, news, action alerts, and/or fundraising campaigns. CFS does not share, rent, or sell our member’s information to anyone other than Center for Food Safety Action Fund.
If you choose to make an online donation to CFS, you will have to provide your credit card billing information. The credit card information that you provide at the time of donation is used only to process your donation and will not be stored or used by us for any other purposes. We will store other information about the details of your transaction for our records.
If for any reason you would like to stop receiving emails from us:
Click the “Unsubscribe” link that is included in every email.You can also unsubscribe here at anytime, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask us to unsubscribe you from our email list.
Note that your contact information and your donation and action history will remain in our databases, but we will not send you emails.
A “cookie” is a tiny element of data that our site can send to your browser, which may then be stored on your hard drive. Cookies that are sent to your browser by our site are only readable by CFS and are never shared with any other site.
If you are concerned about your privacy and the use of cookie technology on our website you may set your browser to refuse the cookies our site attempts to send you. However, this may limit the functionality available to you when you visit our site or our action center.
As is true of most websites, we automatically collect some non-personal information about your computer and your visit and store it in log files. This includes information such as your computer’s (or your Internet Service Provider’s) IP address (this is not your e-mail address); the domain from which you access the Internet (e.g., “AOL.com”); certain specifications of your computer and its operating system; the website, if any, from which you came to our site; the date and time you arrived at our site, how long you spent there, and which pages you visited.
This data is anonymous and is not connected to any personal information. We only use this information to help us improve our site’s performance and make it more useful to visitors by monitoring statistics that show, for example, the number of visitors that use different sections of our site.
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction.
The security measures used on this site include, but are not limited to, industry-standard Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology on all pages where we collect financial information, security certificates, and firewalls to maintain the security of stored data. While we follow industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, while we use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
Although this site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of information, no email or website can be 100% secure. If you are worried because your communication is very sensitive, do not send it via email or submit it online. Please call us instead at (202) 547-9359.
You should only forward our email messages to others through the “Tell A Friend” buttons or links provided within the email. If you forward our emails directly to others using your email service, they may be able to see your personal information in that email, or may be able to take actions in your name and/or access your personal information by clicking on links personalized to you. Note: Your credit card and financial information will NEVER be visible to others by clicking on links in our emails.
You should be aware that we use third-party vendors to provide services on this site and in our offline business operations. The information that you submit on this site may be provided to those vendors on a confidential basis so that those vendors can provide services (such as maintaining our database, sending e-mail messages to activists, sending emails or petition signatures on your behalf to advocacy targets, or processing credit card transactions) on our behalf.
CFS will not give, trade, rent, sell, or share your email or mailing address or information about your online activities with other organizations other than our sister organization, Center for Food Safety Action Fund, except as specifically required to carry out the given action you requested.For example, if you send a message through our systems to your U.S. Senators, your message will be sent to them from your email address.