No Personal Information Required
To access the base content on our site, you will not be required to provide us with personal information. We do use Google Analytics to measure website traffic and improve our website design, and Google does use a cookie to collect anonymous traffic tracking data. We do not collect personally identifiable data from users based on visits to our web pages. However, if a visitor registers for a Benetech listserv or sends us an email, we will have access to additional information and discuss such opt-in collection in more detail below.
General Information for Casual Benetech.org Visitors
When you request information from a website, such as ours, the web server uses your IP address to communicate with you, and this minimal information is always retained for a period of time on our server. Your computer can be identified from the IP address while you are connected to the Internet, although it normally would not identify you individually as the user. As a matter of course, our site will automatically gather certain general information such as the number of visitors on the site and the most frequently visited areas. However, this information will used in aggregate and cannot be used to identify you personally. We use this aggregate information to try to improve the site, making it more useful and usable.
Information for Benetech.org Visitors Who Opt-In
If you choose to send us email messages, we will use the messages only to respond to them and will not share them with anyone, unless you give us explicit permission to do so or by order of an appropriate court of law directing us to do so. If you wish to join the Beneblog listserv, we will keep only the minimum information necessary to operate the mailing lists. Benetech projects often work with listserv systems operated by third parties, such as Freelists, and these listservs are governed by those third party operators’ privacy policies.
No Disclosure of Information to Third Parties
We don’t sell or provide our supporter (or donor) lists to third parties, other than those we use for specific support of Benetech efforts (such as Google Analytics) and who have agreed to not provide such information to other third parties. As a general requirement of law, we will respond to documents in a legal proceeding, such as court orders or subpoenas, if we receive any.