Special Olympics Southern California understands the importance of protecting
inform you of how we will use your personal information and how you can
communicate with us about your preferences.
By Accessing and/or Using this Site, You Agree To
from time to time
The transfer, processing and maintenance of your personal and sensitive
information in the United States of America.
The Personal Information We Collect
Depending on the type of communication or transaction, the personal information
we collect may include, but is not limited to, your name, postal address,
ZIP code, telephone number, organization name, e-mail address, credit
card, bank information or billing information.
Where and When We Collect Personal Information
You will be asked to provide your personal information when making donations,
registering on certain pages of the site, requesting communications from
Special Olympics Southern California, participating in the social networking
aspects of the site and/or in other ways as will be described in this
such as, the type of browser you are using (e.g., Netscape, Internet Explorer),
the type of operating system you are using (e.g., Windows XP or Mac OS),
CPU type (e.g. Pentium), your manner of connecting to the Internet (e.g.,
connection speed through narrowband or broadband access); Internet protocol
address; other information about your geographic location; and the domain
name of your Internet service provider.
We Do Not Knowingly Collect Information From Children
Our Web site is intended for general audience and we do not knowingly
collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13
or knowingly allow such persons to provide us with their personal information.
If you are under 13, do not send any information about yourself to us,
including your name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address. In
the event we learn that we collected personal information from anyone
under the age of 13, we will delete that information as quickly as possible.
If you believe that we might have collected personal information from
anyone under the age of 13, please contact us at
Online Profile Updates and Donations
If you complete the Profile update form and share your personally identifying
information, this information will be used only to provide you with more
targeted content. We may use your contact information to send further
information about our organization or to contact you when necessary. You
may always opt-out of receiving future mailings; see the "Opt Out" section
Opt-Out or Change Your Contact Information
Our site provides users the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications
from us. You may choose to receive only specific communications or none
at all. You may also update your contact information previously provided
to us. You cannot remove yourself from our database, but you can prevent
Sending Us an E-mail
- You also may decide to send us personally identifying information, for
example, in an electronic mail message containing a question or comment,
or by filling out a Web form that provides us this information. We use
personally identifying information from email primarily to respond to
your requests. We may forward your e-mail to other employees who are better
able to answer your questions. We may also use your email to contact you
in the future about our programs that may be of interest.
- We want to be very clear: We will not obtain personally identifying information
about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information
to us. Providing such information is strictly voluntary. Except as might
be required by law, we do not share any information we receive with any
- If you sign up for one of our email lists, we will only send you the kinds
of information you have requested. We won't share your name or email address
with any outside parties.
Special Olympics Southern California has established safeguards to help
protect your personal information, but cannot guarantee that your personally
identifiable information will never be disclosed in a manner inconsistent
by third parties that violate applicable law). To protect your privacy,
Special Olympics Southern California uses passwords to help verify your
identity before granting access or making corrections to any of your personal
information. All online transactions are done on a secure server. This
means that information entered on the transaction page is encrypted using
SSL (Secure Socket Layer) before transmission. On secure pages, a "closed"
lock symbol is displayed in the bottom part of your browser screen and
the Web site address in the address bar at the top of the browser screen
starts with an "https" instead of an "http."
Special Olymics May Share Your Information
Special Olympics Southern California may use your information to complete
your donations; contact you about our on-going work; discuss employment
opportunities and ways that you can further support our efforts to support
our mission; fulfill your requests for products, programs, and services;
communicate with you and respond to your inquiries; conduct research about
Special Olympics programs, services and Network; help offer you other
programs or services that may be of interest. Your personal information
will also be used to provide you access to the various sections of our
Web site that have been personalized for your needs. Special Olympics
may share, rent or exchange donor names and postal addresses with third
parties. Except in the limited circumstances outlined below, Special Olympics
will never intentionally share your e-mail addresses, phone numbers or
Special Olympics Southern California and Special Olympics, Inc. reserve
the right to share your personal information in certain situations:
- Credit Card Transactions, Electronic Fund Transfers, Payments by Check
or Money Order and On-line Transactions. Special Olympics uses third parties
to provide credit card, bank, payment and information processing services.
If you choose to make a donation online, by phone, through the mail or
by other means we will share your personal information with our processing
service providers. While we believe these other companies will treat your
personal information responsibly, we do not own or control them and cannot
guarantee your privacy.
- Necessity. If we have reason to believe that there has been some inappropriate
interference with or use of our Web site, communications, or charitable
services, or if we have reason to believe that one of the Special Olympics
Web site users, donors, employees or other related parties may have been
injured or may have harmed some other party, we will disclose, without
notice to you, personal information as we deem appropriate or if compelled
by a legal or regulatory authority.
Cookies and Pixels
A "cookie" is a small piece of data that is sent to your browser from
Special Olympics Southern California’s web server and is stored on your
computer's hard drive. Cookies are used to collect non-identifying information
about the user, such as Web surfing behavior or user preferences for a
specific Web site. Special Olympics uses two different types of cookies
– session-based and persistent cookies. Session-based cookies expire at
the end of a browser session so once you close your browser the cookie
simply terminates. Persistent cookies remain on your computer until you
remove them. Persistent cookies are used to provide internal Web site
analytics. You can manually delete all cookies including persistent ones
within your browser privacy settings menu. In addition, Special Olympics
uses "pixels," or transparent GIF files, to help manage online advertising.
These pixels do not collect identifying information.
Web Site Links
In order to provide certain services and goods at our Web site, we contract
with other companies and individuals. These additional services and goods
may include "links" to other Web sites from our Web site. Special Olympics
Southern California’s privacy practices may not be applicable at any third-party
sites. Anytime you leave the www.sosc.org Web site, we have no control
regarding what information may be collected about you, nor do we control
what third-parties might do with the information. It is important that
you review any privacy policies on third-party sites carefully, BEFORE
you use any services or programs offered.
Creating a text link from your Web site to our site does not require permission.
If you have a link you'd like us to consider adding to our Web site, please
send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with
the subject "Link request."
Use of Text and Images
If you would like to publish information or imagex that you find on our
Web site, please send your request to email@example.com.
Where text or images are posted on our site with the permission of the
original copyright holder, a copyright statement appears at the bottom
of the page.
Changes to Privacty Practices
From time to time, Special Olympics Southern California may revise its
privacy practices to address changing technology, security measures and
Web site functionality. We strive to provide you with timely notice of
these changes. Please contact us if you have any questions about changes
to our practices.
If you use Special Olympics Network communications tools to disclose information
about yourself publicly (for example, in chat rooms or online message
boards made available by the Special Olympics Network), other online users
may obtain access to any information you provide. The contents of your
online communications, as well as other information about you as an user,
may be accessed and disclosed in response to legal process (for example,
a court order, search warrant or subpoena); in other circumstances in
which Special Olympics believes the Special Olympics Network is being
used in the commission of a crime; when we have a good faith belief that
there is an emergency that poses a threat to the safety of you or another
person; or when necessary either to protect the rights or property of
Special Olympics, the Special Olympics Network or its Accredited Programs
or third party providers, or for us to render the service you have requested.
Special Olympics may use agents and contractors in order to help operate
the Network. If such agents and contractors have access to personally
identifiable information, they are required to protect this information
not using the information for any purpose other than to carry out the
services they are performing for the Special Olympics Network.
Questions About Our Policies
If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices
of this site, or your dealings with this Web site, you can contact us