Privacy Policy

Who We Are

Stop It Now!, Inc., is a national non-profit organization that works to prevent the sexual abuse of children. We are a 501(c) (3) tax exempt organization. Our Federal Tax Identification Number is 04-3150129 and our Federal tax records (IRS Form 990’s) are available at www.guidestar.org or upon request. Stop It Now! owns and operates the StopItNow.org website (“StopItNow.org” or the “Site”), including the Online Help Center (GetHelp.StopItNow.org), which is part of StopItNow.org. Stop It Now! also operates a free, national telephone Helpline (1.888.PREVENT).

Our Commitment to Privacy

Stop It Now! is committed to protecting the privacy and security of personally identifiable informationi that we may gather about you through your visits to StopItNow.org, including the Online Help Center, and through communication with our Helpline. This document will help you understand what information we collect about you, and how we handle that information once we collect it. This policy tells you if we disclose that information to others, and what choices you may have regarding how we use that information. Please note that this Privacy Policy applies only to StopItNow.org, including the Online Help Center, and not to the websites of any third parties to which we may link or that may link to us. You should review the privacy policies of any third party websites, as they will be different from this one.

Privacy at StopItNow.org, Including the Online Help Center

Browsing at StopItNow.org

Visitors may browse StopItNow.org (including the Online Help Center) without revealing any personally identifiable informationi such as your name, address, phone number, or e-mail address. Notwithstanding the foregoing, we may collect certain information from your computer, such as your computer’s IP address, through the use of cookies as discussed below.

Use of Cookies

Stop It Now! uses cookies to enhance your experience while using the Site. Cookies are pieces of information, such as a computer’s IP address, that some websites transfer to the computer that is browsing that website and are used for record-keeping purposes at many websites. Use of cookies makes web-surfing easier by performing certain functions such as saving your passwords, your personal preferences regarding your use of the particular website, and to make sure you don’t see the same content repeatedly. Many consider the use of cookies to be an industry standard.

Your browser is probably set to accept cookies. However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you can alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies. If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of StopItNow.org will not function properly when you view them. To learn about clearing cookies from your computer, please check the documentation for your internet browser.

Aggregate Data

Stop It Now! gathers, or aggregates, certain usage information about the Site, such as the number and frequency of visitors to StopItNow.org, length of stay, and other anonymous data. This data helps us determine usage levels on different parts of StopItNow.org, and to conduct other internal research. We may disclose this kind of information in an aggregate form only, without any personally identifiable informationi, to sponsors, supporters, and other third parties. As stated above, for these uses, we do not disclose any information that could be used to identify you personally.

Registration

There are certain pages on StopItNow.org, such as subscription, forum or donation pages, where we may request some personally identifiable informationi about you, such as your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, or credit card number. Stop It Now! may seek such information in order to register you as a supporter of Stop It Now!, to enable your making a donation or purchasing merchandise, or to enable you to use certain parts of StopItNow.org. We save the information that you provide on these pages so that you are not required to submit the same information every time you use a particular feature. We use third party vendors to handle all our online financial transactions, as discussed in more detail in the section entitled “Financial Information.”

In addition, we may use such information to analyze site usage for StopItNow.org, to improve our content, to better understand our member and supporter base and to customize the Site's content, layout, and services. Finally, we may use your e-mail address to send you updates or newsletters apprising you of recent events and developments relating to Stop It Now! and its mission, or receipts for your charitable donations.

Newsletter Subscription and Opt-Out Procedures:

Stop It Now! contracts with Constant Contact to manage our online newsletter subscriptions. Constant Contact's Anti-Spam policy tolerates only permission-based email; therefore, you need to affirmatively state that you wish to receive our online newsletters. You may, at any time, opt-out or change your preferences or profile using the link in your newsletter, or using this form. If you believe that you have received an unsolicited email from Stop It Now!, please report it using this form.

Financial Information

We work with vendors to handle all our online financial transactions, including online donations and sales. Credit card and bank detail information that you provide is not retained on our web servers.

To ensure the maximum level of security is applied to your data, data transmitted from the Site is encrypted using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). In addition, we work only with vendors who ensure that all financial transmissions over the internet to and from their sites use SSL. None of these vendors will use your personally identifiable informationi for any purpose other than as authorized by you at the Site or their sites.

The following are vendors that we currently work with. This list is subject to change without notice:

Network for Good
Our online donations may be processed through Network for Good. All financial information is transmitted directly to and stored by its servers. See Network for Good’s terms of use and privacy policy.

PayPal
Our online donations may be processed through PayPal. Users are not required to have a PayPal account to process an online credit card donation, except to establish automatic, recurring donations. All financial information is transmitted directly to and stored by PayPal, and is covered under PayPal’s terms of use and privacy policy.

Causekeepers
Our online store is managed by Causekeepers to sell products for Stop It Now!. All financial information collected to process a store purchase is transmitted securely to Causekeepers and/or the payment processing service used by them. Financial information is used solely for the purposes of that transaction and is covered by their terms of use and privacy policy at Causekeepers' privacy notice.

Surveys and Questionnaires

Occasionally we may invite you to fill in questionnaires or surveys while you are online at the Site. The data collected by the questionnaire or survey will only be used for the purpose stated on the form, and for no other purpose. You may also be given the opportunity to add your address details to our databases so we can contact you in the future.

Online Comments

Stop It Now! invites you to submit anonymous online comments and feedback through different forms on the Site. By submitting such information, you hereby grant permission to Stop It Now! to use these comments on the Site or in other Stop It Now! materials. We may, for example, provide compilations of your comments to national leaders and other individuals participating in our efforts or make comments to the press and public online. No personally identifiable informationi about you will be disclosed because the comment was submitted anonymously.

You may sometimes have the option of providing personally identifiable informationi along with your comment. If you choose to provide such personally identifiable informationi, none of your personally identifiable informationi will be included with comments without your express consent.

Email This Page Services

If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about the Site, we ask them for the friend’s name and email address. We will automatically send the friend a one-time email inviting them to visit the Site. Stop It Now! stores this information, but uses it only to send this one-time email. The friend may contact Stop It Now! using this form to request removal of this information from our database.

Who We Share Information With

We do not sell, rent, or lend any information about our users or donors to other organizations.

Other Uses

We may use internal service providers to facilitate our services, and, therefore, may provide some of your personally identifiable informationi directly to them. In addition, we may employ other companies and individuals to perform functions on our behalf, such as website hosting, data analysis, and providing customer service.  These companies and individuals will only have access to personally identifiable informationi needed to perform their functions, and may not use it for any other purpose.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc., ("Google"), which uses cookies and tracking code to help analyze how visitors use the Site. The information collected, (including what browser and operating system you are using, your IP address, the pages on the Site that you visit, your number of page views, and the time you spend on the Site,) is transmitted to and stored by Google. Google uses this information for the purpose of evaluating visitors' use of the Site in an aggregate manner, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and Internet usage. Google may transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or to third parties that process information on Google's behalf. For more information, please read Google's privacy policy.

Clicktale

This site also uses ClickTale web analytics service. ClickTale may record mouse clicks, mouse movements, scrolling activity as well as any text you type in this website. ClickTale does not collect personally identifiable informationi that you do not voluntarily enter in this website. ClickTale does not track your browsing habits across web sites which do not use ClickTale services. For more information see Privacy Policy for Information Collected by the ClickTale Web Analytics Service. We are using the information collected by ClickTale service to evaluate visitor's use of the site in order to improve our website.  You can choose to disable the Service at http://www.clicktale.net/disable.html."

Access to Your Information

You may request a copy of any personally identifiable informationi that Stop It Now! has about you. Please contact our Web Manager using this form or write to the Web Manager, Stop It Now!, 351 Pleasant St., Suite B-319, Northampton, MA 01060. Stop It Now! does not charge for supplying this information and will reply within 40 days of receipt of your request. It will help us to locate your records more easily if you can tell us something about the nature of your contact with Stop It Now!.

Links

StopItNow.org includes links to other websites, not owned or managed by Stop It Now!. We cannot be held responsible for the privacy of data collected by websites not managed by Stop It Now!.

Information from Children

We are concerned about the safety and privacy of children who use the Internet. StopItNow.org, including the Online Help Center, as well as the Helpline, is for adults and usage by children is not intended; however, if children age 17 or under contact us, we will refer them to appropriate resources for children. We will never knowingly request personally identifiable informationi from anyone age 17 or under without prior verifiable parental consent. If we become aware that a child age 17 or under has provided us with personally identifiable informationi through StopItNow.org or the Helpline without verifiable parental consent, we will use our best efforts to remove such information from our files. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided us with personally identifiable informationi through StopItNow.org or the Helpline without verifiable parental consent, he or she should contact Stop It Now! at 413.587.3500 or please report it using this form.

Limits on Security on the Internet

We employ different security techniques to protect your personally identifiable informationi from unauthorized access by users inside and outside of Stop It Now!, including standard encryption practices. You should be aware, however, that "perfect security" does not exist anywhere on the Internet.

ALTHOUGH WE BELIEVE WE TAKE APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO SAFEGUARD AGAINST UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURES OF INFORMATION, WE CANNOT ASSURE YOU THAT YOUR PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATIONi OR YOUR EMAIL COMMUNICATIONS WITH STOP IT NOW! WILL NEVER BE DISCLOSED IN A MANNER INCONSISTENT WITH THIS POLICY, AND WE MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES REGARDING THE SUFFICIENCY OF OUR SECURITY MEASURES.

Always be careful and responsible regarding your personally identifiable informationi. We are not responsible for, and cannot control, the use by others of any information that you provide or divulge to others, purposefully or inadvertently, including your e-mail address and password to use certain features of the Site. For more information from the U.S. government on how to keep your computer safe, please go to http://www.onguardonline.gov/.

Disclaimer for Law Enforcement Purposes

We do not publish, sell, share, or rent information about you in ways different from what is disclosed in this Privacy Policy. However, we may be forced to disclose information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances. We may be required to (and you authorize us to) reveal any information about you that we possess to law enforcement or other government officials as we, in our sole discretion, believe is necessary or appropriate, in connection with the investigation of a crime, mandatory reporting laws, fraud, intellectual property infringement, or other activity that is illegal, or may expose us, or you, to liability. Also, if someone of any age is in immediate danger, we may disclose whatever information you have provided to the appropriate authorities.

Changes to the Policy

We may revise or update this Privacy Policy from time to time by posting a revised Privacy Policy on the Site. You should refer back to this page often for the latest information and the effective date of any changes. If we decide to change this Privacy Policy, we will post a new policy on our Site and change the date at the bottom. Changes to the policy shall not apply retroactively.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, Stop It Now! practices, or concerns about anything on the Site, please report it using this form. Alternatively, you can mail Stop It Now! at:

Stop It Now! ATTN: Web Manager
351 Pleasant St., Suite B-319
Northampton, MA 01060

Privacy When You Call the Stop It Now! Helpline (1.888.PREVENT)

Description

Call 1.888.PREVENT for the Helpline's available hours. No Caller ID is used on this line. Since 1995, the Stop It Now! Helpline (1.888.PREVENT) has provided a confidential place for thousands of people to speak about a subject that they thought was unspeakable. We offer a chance for adults to voice their personal fears about their own or someone else’s sexualized thoughts or behavior toward children. Often our callers indicate that they have never spoken these words out loud before.

What Callers Get

With guidance from our professional staff, adults can: learn about sexual abuse; identify specialized treatment options for themselves or someone they care about; develop prevention and safety plan strategies; find language for an effective conversation when they have concerns; and learn how to report those concerns to authorities when appropriate.

Confidentiality

We are committed to creating a private place where callers can freely and openly discuss their concerns about child sexual abuse and consider what steps to take next. We maintain your confidentiality as long as you keep your anonymity. To maintain privacy, callers should avoid mentioning personally identifying information, such as last names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and employers of anyone directly involved in an abusive situation. Stop It Now! does not need any of these details to provide you with helpful guidance and resources.

Helpline Caller Comments

Helpline staff sometimes request permission from callers to use their comments on the Site or in other Stop It Now! materials for marketing and reporting purposes. These comments will only be used if permission is granted. Helpline caller comments are always anonymous and contain no personally identifiable informationi.

Filing Reports

We will offer assistance if a caller wishes to file a report with the appropriate authorities. If a caller chooses to provide Stop It Now! with identifying information about specific people involved in a particular child abuse situation, Stop It Now! may be required to file a report with the appropriate authorities. If you have further questions concerning our confidentiality policy, please ask at the beginning of your Helpline call.

Limits of Helpline Service

Please be aware that the Helpline does not offer therapy, legal advice, or investigative services. If you are looking for any of these services, we do offer a limited listing of these resources. If you need legal advice or counsel, please consult an attorney directly. Any resource referral does not constitute an endorsement by Stop It Now! of the activities or views of that individual or organization.

Lack of Security in Email Exchanges

Because of rapidly changing technology and the insecure nature of email, confidentiality cannot be assured in any email exchange. We encourage you to visit our Online Help Center or call our Helpline at 1.888.PREVENT if you are concerned about a personal matter.

Date: 1/30/08