Privacy Policy

This policy covers the treatment of all personal information that Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center collects when you visit our Web site. At Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center, we understand that privacy is a very important issue for visitors to the Lanterman Web site at www.lanterman.org. This policy tells you how we protect the personal information that you supply voluntarily. Please read this policy carefully.

Personal Information Collection and Use

In general, you can visit the Lanterman Web site without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself.

Personally Identifiable Information

The choice of whether to and how much personally identifiable information you provide to Lanterman is left completely to you and is voluntary. There are times when we may need information from you, such as your name, mailing address or e-mail address. You will be asked to supply that information voluntarily. Some examples of when we my need information are if you choose to register for a conference online, make an online donation, request a peer support partner match online, or submit an application or other forms. Except when required to do so by law, we do not share any of the personal information you provide to us with any third party other than service providers of ours who assist us in providing the information and/or services we are providing to you and who need to know the information in order to verify or fulfill your transactions with us, in accordance with our agreement with those service providers, which agreements state that the service provider agrees to comply with our privacy standards as described in this privacy policy. We will not sell, rent, lend or give your personally identifiable information to or share it with any other company or third party agency, except as permitted or required by law.

Lanterman maintains physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to guard your nonpublic, personally identifiable information. This includes, among other things, using encryption technology for credit card data used in e-commerce transactions. However, Lanterman cannot guarantee that any information is totally secure because of the nature of the Internet. You acknowledge and agree that Lanterman is not responsible for any use of personal information by Web sites you reach via a link on this Web site.

Anonymous Information

This type of information cannot be tied back to a specific individual user. Like many other Web sites, Lanterman receives and collects information about your session or about you when IP addresses are logged to track a user’s session (the user remains anonymous). When Lanterman receives information about your session or about you, we may use it as part of aggregated statistics for research or to improve our site. In general, IP addresses (the Internet address of a computer) are logged to track a user’s session while the user remains anonymous. This data is analyzed for certain trends and statistics, such as which parts of our site users are visiting and how long they spend there. This anonymous information about your session or about you may be collected using technology such as “cookies” and “Web beacons.”

Cookies

Cookies are small text files that a Web site transfers to a site visitor’s hard disk or browser for added functionality, or for tracking Web site usage. They can also be used by a Web site to enable its users to store tailored information from the Web site. A cookie does not retrieve any other data from your hard drive or capture or store your e-mail address. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether to accept it. Lanterman Regional Center currently does not use cookies on any Web pages under the aforementioned domain (lanterman.org).

Web Beacons

Lanterman employs a software technology that serves as a Web tracking device to collect certain information about traffic to the Lanterman Web site. This device is classified as a “Web beacon” by the Network Advertising Initiative, which means that the scope of its collection is restricted to Web site traffic data. It is similar in function to cookies, however, the main difference between the two is that Web beacons are invisible on the page and are much smaller, about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. This data is used for tracking and reporting aggregate usage patterns on the Web site but does not include any personally identifiable information about individual visitors.

External Links

This Web site may contain links to other sites. Unless we expressly state otherwise, Lanterman Regional Center makes no representations whatsoever concerning the content of those sites. The fact that Lanterman Regional Center has provided a link to a site is not an endorsement, authorization, sponsorship or affiliation with respect to such site, its owners or its providers. There are risks associated with using any information, software or products found on the Internet, and Lanterman Regional Center cautions you to make sure that you understand these risks before retrieving, using, relying upon or purchasing anything via the Internet.

In addition, we encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information. These other sites may collect or solicit personal data or send their own cookies to your computer. Please be aware that Lanterman Regional Center is not responsible for the privacy practices of other Web sites. This policy applies to all Web pages under our domain and not to any Web pages not under our domain, regardless of any hyperlinks from a Web page under our domain to a Web page not under our domain. Please check the privacy statements of these other sites for more information about their policies on collection and use of personal information.

Note to Parents and Caregivers About Children’s Privacy

Lanterman Regional Center is concerned about the protection of online privacy for all our Web site users. We are particularly respectful of the privacy of our young users. We remind and encourage parents, caregivers and guardians to check and monitor their children’s online activities and ensure that they never send an e-mail or submit personal information on this Web site or any other Web site without your permission.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may need to change this policy from time to time in order to address new issues and reflect changes on our Web site. We will post changes here so that you know what information we gather, how we might use that information, and whether we will disclose that information to anyone. Changes and modifications to this policy will be effective immediately upon our posting of the changes and modifications on this Web site. You agree to review this policy each time you use this Web site.

Questions or Suggestions

It is important to us at Lanterman Regional Center to hear what visitors have to say about our services or our policies. If site visitors have any questions, concerns or complaints about this privacy policy, or want to let us know what they think about our products and services, please send an email to the webmaster.