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Privacy Policy

The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) owns and operates this website to further the conservation efforts of the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative and its member organizations. HVA is committed to preserving your privacy and safeguarding your information online. The following statement describes the general information-gathering and usage practices of our website.

Personal Information: When you visit our website, you do so anonymously. You may voluntarily choose to share personal information with us by electing to join our mailing list, making an online donation, serving as the point of contact for your member organization in the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative, or volunteering on the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Leadership Board. We do not sell or trade names or the personal data we collect on our website or hold in our database, nor do we maintain any credit card information. HVA’s fundraising practices also expressly assure protection against unauthorized use of all lists of public employee campaign contributions, and prevent the sale or other use of such contributor lists. In our database of supporters, we maintain the personal information you elect to share with us through this website—or that we receive when you make an online donation— in order to keep you abreast of our future work and related issues that may be of interest to you.  

Opting Out: If you do not want to receive communications materials from us, you may opt out by notifying us by email through the Contact Us page, or by phone or fax.  

Privacy and Security of Online Donations: Credit card donations made through our website are processed exclusively by EFT Corporation. EFT provides us with the ability to offer you safe, secure and private online transactions. When you make a donation to us through the Donate Now button on our website, EFT shares your contact information with us, (such as name, address, phone number and email address.) For further details about EFT’s privacy practices, please consult their privacy and confidentiality policy directly.

Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can ever be 100% secure. While we strive to protect your private information to the fullest extent, we cannot ensure or completely guarantee the security of such information.

IP Addresses and Cookies: An Internet Protocol (IP) address is the number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. We collect an IP address from all visitors to our website. We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our website, analyze usage trends, and gather broad demographic information.

'Cookies' are small files sent from a web server to your computer through your browser program. There are two types of cookies: non-persistent and persistent cookies. A non-persistent cookie enables a website to temporarily keep information on your computer as you travel from one page to another on our site. This cookie is automatically deleted from your machine when you close your browser. Because these cookies are necessary to provide some functions, failure to allow such cookies will make our website unavailable to you.

A persistent cookie is kept even when you close your browser. You can manually delete these cookies using commands specific to your browser and computer system. These cookies store information that would generally not change from session to session. They also contain information that would need to be reentered by you each time you visit the website. For example, a common use of persistent cookies is to allow a registered site visitor to enter the site without having to specify their user-id and password. We use cookies for various reasons. We only read cookies written by our sites. We do not use cookies to obtain information on other websites that you may visit. We may use cookies to store some history about the parts of our sites that you have visited to help you navigate our site more easily or to alert you to related pages on our site that may interest you.

Compliance with Law: Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA). This website is not directed toward children under 13 years of age nor does the Housatonic Valley Association knowingly collect information from children under 13. If you are under 13, please do not submit any personally identifiable information to this website. If we discover that a person under the age of 13 has provided us with any personally identifiable information, we will delete that information from our systems. We are unable to reply to information requests from children under the age of 13, if so identified. A parent or guardian must initiate any requests for information from children under the age of 13 on their behalf. We encourage parents to supervise children when they browse the internet.

HVA and the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative comply fully with the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003 (CAN-SPAM Act). To this end, we:

  • always offer recipients of e-mail marketing and eNewsletters a clear means of opting-out from the receipt of future messages;
  • always includes our physical address within the body of e-mail messages;
  • never use false or misleading header information in e-mail messages;
  • never attempt to deceive e-mail recipients by using deceptive subject lines;
  • never use automated means to harvest e-mail addresses from websites or web services.

If you are a California resident, you are entitled by law to request an Information Sharing Disclosure. If you provide notice to the address below, we will provide you with a notice of your right to prevent sharing of your personal information as well as a cost-free means of doing so. To receive such a notice, submit a written request to the address listed in the Access section below, specifying that you seek your "California Customer Choice Notice."  Please allow thirty days for a response.

External Links: The website contains links to third-party websites. Since we do not control those websites, we encourage you to review the privacy policies posted on these third party sites.