Like most website operators, Estate Planning Council of Portland, Inc. ("EPC") collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. EPC’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how EPC’s visitors use its website. From time to time, EPC may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
EPC also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. EPC does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to EPC’s websites choose to interact with EPC in ways that require EPC to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that EPC gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who pay annual dues at www.epcportland.org to provide credit card information. Those who engage in transactions with EPC – by paying dues, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, EPC collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with EPC. EPC does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. Visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
EPC may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, EPC may monitor the most popular parts of the www.epcportland.org site. EPC may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, EPC does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
EPC discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on EPC’s behalf or to provide services available at EPC’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using EPC’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. EPC will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, EPC discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when EPC believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of EPC third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of a EPC website and have supplied your email address, EPC may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with EPC and our products. We primarily use our website to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. EPC takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
Cookies and Web Beacons
A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. A web beacon is a transparent pixel image that is used in collecting information about website usage, e-mail response, and tracking.
Inapplicability of Privacy Policies on Linked Sites or Other Third Parties