Privacy Policy

Last modified:  November 1, 2012

Your use of the DirectTrust.org website is subject to this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use.  When you visit our website, submit any information to DirectTrust.org, Inc. (“DirectTrust.org”) online, or submit comments or a post to the DirectTrust.org blog, you are agreeing to the provisions of our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use.  If you do not agree, you may not use the website, and should not submit any information or other material to us online. 

This Privacy Policy explains the information DirectTrust.org collects and how we use it, and may be modified from time to time, so please check back for updates.  Your continued use of our website after any update to this Privacy Policy constitutes your agreement to the revisions. 

In addition to describing our website privacy practices, this Privacy Policy also generally describes how information submitted to DirectTrust.org offline is handled (for example, if you mail a paper copy of your membership application to us). 

We also encourage you to review the Privacy Policy of our website host Squarespace, which can be found at this link: SquareSpace Privacy Policy. 

Please note:  This website is not intended for use by persons under the age of 18, and DirectTrust.org does not knowingly collect information from persons under the age of 18. 

What Information Does DirectTrust.org Collect?

Information You Provide to Us:  DirectTrust.org collects, both online and offline, information voluntarily provided by its members, website visitors, persons posting to our blog, and other participants in DirectTrust.org’s activities.  DirectTrust.org also retains information provided by users of the former DirectTrust.org wiki and participants in our workgroups.  This information may include name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, employer name, credit card or other payment account information, and demographic information you provide about yourself and/or your employer to establish membership eligibility or for any other purpose. 

Automatically Collected Information:  In addition to the information DirectTrust.org actively collects, we and/or our website host may passively collect information regarding the use of and visitors to our website.  This may include information about the device you are using to access our website, including device identifiers, log information that reflects how you came to/from and used our website, and your Internet protocol address.  We may use cookies, Web beacons, or other anonymous identifiers to collect these types of information and to improve your experience when using our website.

What Does DirectTrust.org Do With The Information It Collects?

How We Use Your Information:  Information you provide to us is used for the purpose for which it was provided (for example, processing your membership application), and may also be stored in DirectTrust.org’s database or files for future uses, including contacting you to provide information about DirectTrust.org’s activities, solicit your participation, renew your membership, and/or promote DirectTrust.org’s mission and services and those of our partner organizations.  Information your provide to us, as well as automatically collected information, may also be aggregated and used by DirectTrust.org and shared with our partner organizations to identify the types of persons and entities that participate in DirectTrust.org and use our services.  We also will use the information we collect to monitor and improve our website and our services. 

How We Share Your Information:  We will only use your information for purposes consistent with DirectTrust.org’s mission, and we will not sell or rent your information to third parties.  However, DirectTrust.org may use partners and/or third party service providers to carry out certain functions, such as sending newsletters, organizing conferences, or processing membership applications, and may share your information with third parties as necessary for such purposes.  Third parties with whom we share your information are not permitted by DirectTrust.org to use your information for any other purpose.

DirectTrust.org does reserve the right to share your information whenever, in our sole discretion, we believe it is necessary to do so for legal reasons (for example, in response to a subpoena) or to protect our website, our services, and/or our members and participants.

Third-Party Websites

The DirectTrust.org website may contain, for your convenience, links to third party websites.  Please note that DirectTrust.org is not responsible for the privacy practices of these third parties.  We encourage you to review the privacy policy for each website you visit.

Blog Posts

Information and comments you submit for posting to the blog on the DirectTrust.org website are considered public information not subject to this Privacy Policy.  Do not submit to the DirectTrust.org blog any information that you consider private or proprietary, or any copyrighted or trademarked material.  In addition, comments and blog posts submitted to DirectTrust.org are subject to our Terms of Use.

Survey Responses

DirectTrust.org may, from time to time, post surveys (or links to surveys) on its website, consistent with its mission.  Specific promises of confidentiality contained in any such survey will be honored.  Absent a specific promise of confidentiality, however, users should assume that survey responses may be made public, and you should not submit any information that you consider private or proprietary. 

Questions?

If you have questions or concerns regarding our Privacy Policy, please contact us.