Privacy Policy

The Website

This website (the “Website”) is owned and operated by The Ecology Center (“TEC,” “we,” or “us”), located at 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 and can be contacted via email at info@theecologycenter.org or by telephone at (949) 443-4223.

 

Privacy of Your Information

This Privacy Policy describes how TEC treats the information collected from visitors (“you”) to the Website. Your privacy and the security of your information are very important to us. This Privacy Policy governs the Website and explains how your information is collected on our Website, how your information is protected, and the choices you have concerning the use of such information. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully.

This Privacy Policy applies only to TEC’s receipt and use of your information. It does not apply to how your information is treated by any websites that are linked to this Website. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other websites. When our Website links to other websites, please read the privacy policies or statements of each and every linked website.

PLEASE NOTE: Although TEC works hard to protect the privacy of your information, TEC cannot guarantee that your personal information will remain private. PROVIDING PERSONAL INFORMATION TO TEC THROUGH THIS WEBSITE IS VOLUNTARY AND, IF YOU DO SO, YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK.YOU CAN ALWAYS CHOOSE NOT TO PROVIDE TEC WITH YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION.

 

Types of Information Collected by TEC

Personal information is information about you that is personally identifiable like your name, address, email address, credit card information or phone number, and that is not otherwise publicly available.

Non-personal information includes information that is automatically transmitted to our server from your browser when you visit our Website, including your IP address and cookie information.

 

Personal Information TEC Collects

TEC collects personal information when you become a member of TEC, when you submit your email address to receive news updates, when you use TEC’s services or documents, and when you visit TEC web pages.

When you sign up to become a TEC member on the Website, TEC asks for personal information such as your name, address, email address, phone number, credit card information, and to select a membership level. Once you become a member of TEC or provide us with your name and email address to receive news updates, you are no longer anonymous to us.

TEC collects personal information about your transactions with us and services that we offer.

TEC uses personal information gathered about you to fulfill your requests, improve our services, contact you, and conduct research.

 

Non-Personal Information TEC Collects

We automatically receive and record non-personally identifiable information on our server logs from your browser, including your IP address, cookie information, and the pages you request. Specifically, TEC uses “cookies” (small files placed on your hard drive) on certain pages of the Website to help analyze our web page flow, customize our services, measure effectiveness, and promote trust and safety. A few important things you should know about cookies are that:

  • We offer certain web features that are only available through the use of cookies.
  • We use cookies to help identify you.
  • Most cookies are “session cookies,” meaning that they are automatically deleted from your hard drive at the end of a session.
  • You are always free to decline our cookies.
  • You may encounter cookies from third parties on certain pages of the Website that we do not control.

Our Website also contains electronic images or “web beacons,” that allow us to count page views or to access our cookies. In general, any electronic image viewed as part of a web page can act as a web beacon. Our web beacons do not collect, gather, monitor or share any personal information about our Website visitors, they are just the technique we use to compile our anonymous, aggregated statistics about Website usage and conduct research.

 

What TEC Does With Your Information

TEC restricts access to personal information about you to those employees who need to know such information to provide services to you. TEC maintains physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to guard your personal information. If you become a registered member of TEC or request news updates by providing us your name and email address, we may use your information to send you a welcoming email, electronic newsletters, and contact you about services, information and news that may be of interest to you. We may also use the information gathered on our Website to perform statistical analysis of user behavior, enrollment behavior, or to evaluate and improve your online experience.

TEC does not rent, sell, or share personal information about you with other people or nonaffiliated companies except to provide products or services you’ve requested, when we have your permission, or under the following circumstances:

We may provide the information to trusted partners who work on behalf of or with TEC. These companies may use your personal information to help TEC communicate with you about offers from TEC and our marketing partners;

We may respond to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims; and

We may share information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of TEC’s User Agreement, or as otherwise required by law.

Except as set forth above, in an effort to respect your privacy and our ability to keep the Website free from bad actors, TEC will not otherwise disclose your personal information to law enforcement, other government officials, or other third parties without a subpoena, court order or substantially similar legal procedure, unless we believe in good faith that the disclosure of information is necessary to prevent imminent physical harm or financial loss or to report suspected illegal activity.

 

No Spam, Spyware, Phishing or Spoofing

You may not use TEC’s Website to send spam and spyware, or engage in phishing, spoofing, or other such nefarious activities that would violate TEC’s User Agreement. Any Website user found to be participating in any such activities will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

 

Security and Information Protection

If you share your computer and/or personal information with others, remember that you are responsible for all actions taken in your name or through your computer. If you lose control of your computer, you may lose control over your personal information and may be subject to legally binding actions taken on your behalf. Therefore, if your computer has been compromised, you should notify TEC.

 

Your Ability to Edit or Delete Your Membership Information and Opt-Out of Email Communications

You can edit or delete your TEC membership information and preferences at any time by contacting TEC at info@theecologycenter.org or by telephone at (949) 443-4223. Please note that certain of your membership information could remain in our archived records after your membership information has been edited or deleted. TEC reserves the right to send you certain communications relating to the Website and TEC’s services, such as service announcements, administrative messages and TEC’s newsletters, that are considered part of your TEC membership. If you prefer that we do not send you email communications, including newsletters, you may opt-out of such service by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of the email. In addition, if you identify yourself to us by sending us an email with questions or comments, we may use your information (including personal information) to respond to your questions or comments, and we may file your questions or comments for future reference.

 

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may amend this Privacy Policy from time to time. We will post any changes to this Privacy Policy here so that you will always know what information we gather, how that information may be used, and whether that information will be disclosed to anyone. Please refer back to this Privacy Policy on a regular basis. By using our Website or any of our services, offerings, features, tools or resources that we provide on our Website, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy.