Last Revised: December 28, 2006
Maintaining your privacy and trust are important to us at Puget Sound Energy
Foundation ("the Foundation"). On this Web site (the "Site"), the Foundation
collects information from you in connection with certain features and services.
information on this Site so that you can make an informed decision about using
our Site. Please read this policy before using our Site or submitting any
personal information to us. By using our Site, you consent to the information
collection and use practices described in this policy. The Foundation reserves
date it was last updated. This posting constitutes the Foundation's notice of
whenever you visit our site to make sure that you understand how any personal
information you provide will be used.
The Foundation is the sole owner of the information collected on this site.
We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different
from what is disclosed in this policy.
- What types of information are collected on this Site?
- How does the Foundation use the information collected
on this Site?
- What information is shared with third parties?
- What choices do I have in the use and collection of my
- What steps does the Foundation take to protect my
- How can I update or correct my personal information?
- How do links affect my privacy?
- Who can I contact with questions about this Site?
- What information is collected on this site?
In order to provide you with certain services on our Site, we may need to
collect different types of information. In particular, we occasionally may
need to collect certain types of personal information (information that may
be used to personally identify or contact you) in order to provide you with
particular features, services, or offers. Here's a summary of the kinds of
information we collect at the Foundation Site, and how we collect that
- Passive Collection
Our software automatically collects certain information from your
computer when you log on or move about our Site. This information is not
linked to any other personal information you tell us, it just gives us a
broad picture of who is on our Site and which areas your users are
visiting. It is our way of learning what's important to our users and
what isn't, and improving our Site to make it more interesting and
useful for you. It also enables us to provide improved security and
efficiency on our Site. The two main ways in which this general
information is collected are through "log files" and "cookies."
- Log Files
Log files are records of user activity collected to analyze trends,
administer the Site, track user's movement, and gather broad types
of information for aggregate use. The kinds of general information
we collect in the log files includes:
- The IP
address of your computer
- How many
people visit our Site
- Which pages
of our Site are visited most often
- Which ISPs
our visitors come from (e.g. AOL, MSN, etc.)
browsers users are used to visit our Site (Netscape, Internet
- Time of day users visit our Site
The Foundation may also use "cookies" to gauge how users interact with
our Site. A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's hard
drive containing information about the user. Cookies cannot execute
code or deliver a virus to your computer. Usage of a cookie is not
linked to any personally identifiable information, it merely helps
the Site to be more efficient. Typically, a cookie enables your
computer to load Web site files faster on subsequent visits. We also
to target your interests in an effort to enhance your experience on
our Site. If you wish to block, erase, or be warned of cookies,
please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn
about these functions. If you reject a cookie, you may still use our
Site, however, you may be limited in your use of certain areas.
- Active Collection
At several places on our Site, we collect certain information that you
voluntarily provide to us which may contain personally identifiable
information (for example, your name, street and e-mail address, or
telephone number). Such personally identifiable information could also
include any other information you may provide when voluntarily
participating in customer service contacts, surveys, or other
- Site and Service Updates
We may also send the user site and service announcement updates.
Users are not able to un-subscribe from service announcements, which
contain important information about the service. We may also
communicate with the user to provide requested services and in
regards to issues relating to their account via email, phone, or
- How Does the Foundation Use Information Collected
on this Site?
The Foundation is the sole owner of the information collected on this Site.
Personal information that you provide to the Foundation (such as a personal
e-mail address) may be used by the Foundation in the following ways:
- to contact you about your use of the Site or about our services;
- to respond to your comments or requests;
- to request feedback and enable us to develop and improve the Site;
- for internal purposes; and
- for the specific purpose for which the information was provided.
- What Information is
Shared with Third Parties?
We will not sell, share, or rent your personal information to others in ways
different from what is disclosed in this policy without first obtaining your
We may disclose personal information you provide to independent contractors,
service providers and consultants who are engaged by or working with the
Foundation, consistent will all applicable laws and regulations. We may
partner with other parties to provide specific services and will share
information with them in order to facilitate their provision of services.
For example, when the user signs up for these services, we will share names,
or other contact information necessary for the third party to provide these
services. The Foundation may also contract with outside companies to
administer our mailing lists or provide other services. Your personal
information may be shared with an outside company for the sole purpose of
administering the services and programs you have selected. The Foundation
makes an effort to ensure, but does not guarantee, that all third party
partners agree to the same high level of privacy safeguards that the
Foundation itself provides to its users.
Additionally, we may share aggregated information (i.e. information we
collect that does not allow you to be personally identified or contacted,
for example demographic and site usage information) with third parties such
as partners a without your authorization. This is not linked to any personal
information that can identify any individual person.
As noted above, information collected by Foundation Source on behalf of the
Foundation on this Site or on co-branded pages is the sole property of the
Foundation but may be used by Foundation Source for the purpose(s) for which
it was collected.
Foundation reserves the right to share information with third parties if we are
required to do so by law or if in our good faith judgment, such action is
reasonably necessary to comply with the legal process, to respond to any claims,
or to protect the rights of the Foundation or the public.
- What security
precautions are taken to protect my information online?
The Foundation takes reasonable precautions to protect our users'
information. Physical, electronic and policy measures are in place to
minimize the loss, misuse, or altering of any information we receive from
you. When you are asked to enter sensitive information (such as, if
applicable, a credit card number and/or social security number), that
information is encrypted and is protected with the advanced SSL encryption
software. Encryption makes unauthorized access to the information much more
While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also
take reasonable precautions to protect user-information off-line. All of our
users' information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is
restricted in our offices. In fact, only certain employees are granted
access to personally identifiable information. If you have any questions
about the security at our Web site, you can send an email to email@example.com for more information.
- How do links affect
This web site may contain links to other sites. Please be aware that the
Foundation is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites.
We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the
privacy policies of each and every web site that collects personally
collected by this Web site. Similarly, if you entered this Site through a
link from another Web site, the Foundation is not responsible for or bound
by the privacy policies or processes of that Web site.
- How can I update or
correct my personal information?
The Foundation has an interest in making sure that the information we do
collect is accurate. Therefore, we strongly believe that those with whom we
transact should have the ability to access and edit the personal information
they have provided to us. To check, verify, correct or update the accuracy
of your personally identifiable information please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How is the privacy
collect, how we use it, and under circumstances, if any, we disclose it. The
effective date of the last revision is always posted at the top of the
whenever you visit our Site to make sure that you understand how any
personal information you provide will be used.
- Who can I contact with questions about this site?
Questions or comments about the Foundation's Site may be directed to the
Puget Sound Energy Foundation at email@example.com.