The Chief Seattle Council, Boy Scouts of America, is committed to respecting and protecting the personal privacy of its members and those who visit its website. It is our policy to acquire personal information from users only by overt and voluntary means, only when it is in the interest of the user to provide it, and to utilize this information only for the purpose it was provided.
The information that follows explains the kinds of information the Chief Seattle Council website collects, how it is used, the conditions under which it is made available to third parties, how information is maintained, and our compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
What information does this site collect?
Personally identifiable data is collected only by means of form interfaces on the site, into which the user must voluntarily enter the information requested. This information is requested only when it is necessary to accomplish the overt purpose indicated by the interface containing the form that requests it. Such interfaces require only the information reasonably necessary to accomplish the overt purpose indicated on the interface.
This site collects anonymous data that is not indicative of and cannot be traced to an individual without the cooperation of their Internet Service Provider. This data includes information about the user's remote IP address, referral data (which page "linked" to the present request), and the browser software's user-agent string. This information is accepted passively from the HTTP headers that are sent from the user when requesting any file from the server. Other anonymous data entered by the user may be collected in a common repository, including terms entered into the search engine, zip codes entered into the council locator, etc.
Our website may contain links to other websites on the Internet. Please remember that when you click on one of these links, you are leaving our website and entering another. Again, we are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these other websites, and encourage you to read their privacy statements which may differ from ours.
What organization is collecting the information?
Information entered by site visitors is retrieved directly by the Chief Seattle Council, Boy Scouts of America, PO Box 440408, 3120 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98114, telephone (206) 725-5200, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How does the Chief Seattle Council BSA use the information it collects?
The anonymous information collected is used to monitor the usage of this website and the interests of those who use it. Data such as the volume of traffic to the server, the number of visitors a certain section of the site receives each month, or the most popular search terms are analyzed to derive general statistics about the site's popularity and appeal and the audience's usage patterns.
Personally identifiable information is used only for the express purpose for which it was submitted. For example, if a user enters their contact information in the "Contact Information" form for Chief Seattle Council reservations, the information will be used only as contact information for reservations made by that leader for camping or other reservations. When you send us an email, we use your email address to thank you for your comment and/or reply to your questions. We store your communication and our reply in case we correspond further. We will not share it with, or sell it to anyone else for such use, other than as specified in this policy.
With whom does the Chief Seattle Council BSA share the information that is collected?
The Chief Seattle Council does not share personally identifiable information about its website visitors with anyone.
Reports, statistics, and other analyses of aggregate anonymous information may be shared within the organization or provided to third parties at the sole discretion of the Chief Seattle Council, Boy Scouts of America. This information does not include any personally identifiable information.
Exception: the Chief Seattle Council, Boy Scouts of America, reserves the right to use all information at its disposal and to share this information with ISPs and other third parties as necessary to investigate any incident of misuse or abuse of its site, server, or information systems.
How does the Chief Seattle Council BSA maintain the information it collects?
Personally identifiable information is maintained on a secure server and collected only over encrypted connections.
How does the Chief Seattle Council BSA comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998?
This legislation applies only to web sites of a commercial nature. However, the Chief Seattle Council BSA and the Boy Scouts of America considers it to provide sound advice for any website that is intended for use by children.
Therefore, the Chief Seattle Council, Boy Scouts of America, does not use its website to collect any personally identifiable information from children under 13 years of age. Any input form that requests personally identifiable information that appears on an interface that is expected to be viewed by children under 13 years of age is accompanied by a notice that submissions cannot be accepted from users under 13 years of age. Where "age" or "date of birth" is requested, no information will be stored or transmitted unless the response indicates that the user is 13 years of age or older.
Providing personal information is never a prerequisite for accessing any of the content or resources on this website, except on the Chief Seattle Council Reservation System which will always be hosted on secure servers with encrypted connections. Refusal to provide personal information via a web interface will never result in a user being denied access to any on-line content or resource (except for the Chief Seattle Council Reservation System, where personal information may be necessary for reservations, mailings, and credit card verification) that the user would be able to access were the personal information submitted.
What about the social media portion of the site?
The Venturing Officers Association, in conjunction with the Chief Seattle Council, is happy to provide a virtual forum for networking and collaboration. The views expressed in the social media portion of the site are the sole responsibility of the poster and do not necessarily represent the views of the Venturing Officers Association, the Chief Seattle Council, or the Boy Scouts of America. Content that is abusive, profane, off-topic, spam, or otherwise contrary to spirit of the Scout Oath and Law will be be removed by an administrator and users may be subject to disciplinary action.
In accordance with with the above policies of the Chief Seattle Council, the amount of personal information that can be publically displayed is limited by the site settings. Additionally, access to the social media sections of the website is limited to registered site users only to protect privacy.
We have instituted security measures in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of information that we have collected from you. In addition, we always use industry-standard encryption technologies when transferring and receiving customer data exchanged with our website.
Please keep in mind, however, that no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit using our website, and you transmit such information at your own risk. The Chief Seattle Council further does not assume responsibility for use or disclosure of your information that are the result of unauthorized or illegal access to our systems or those of our vendors or partners.
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