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Privacy Policy


California Animal Welfare Association ("CalAnimals") respects the privacy of its members and other visitors to its Web site. CalAnimals strongly believes that if electronic commerce and online activities are to flourish, consumers must be assured that information provided online is used responsibly and appropriately. To protect online privacy, CalAnimals has implemented the following policy.

What Information Does CalAnimals Collect?

Most data Cal Animals collects are used only to help CalAnimals better serve its members. It is our general policy to collect and store only personal information that our members and visitors knowingly provide. If our privacy policies change, we will notify all users by e-mail or a special announcement placed on the Web site.

From General Users. CalAnimals does not collect any personal information from users browsing its Web site. Users to the public areas of CalAnimals Web site browse anonymously. Only aggregate data -- such as the number of hits per page -- are collected. Aggregate data are only used for internal and marketing purposes and do not provide any personally-identifying information.

From CalAnimals Members, Conference Registrants, and Other Customers. To gain access to members-only resources and personalization features on the CalAnimals Web site, members and other users are asked to register and provide some limited information. These data are submitted voluntarily. CalAnimals asks users to provide their name, member number (for members), organization name, business phone, and e-mail, and payment information (including credit card numbers). Similar information may be submitted to CalAnimals through membership applications, conference or seminar registration, publication orders, subscriptions, and contest registrations. Additionally, for some emails sent in HTML format by CalAnimals to its members through its list servers and electronic newsletters, CalAnimals may collect specific information regarding what the recipient does with that email. For those emails, CalAnimals may monitor whether a recipient subsequently clicks through to links provided in the message. Other information collected through this tracking feature includes: email address of a user, the date and time of the user's "click," a message number, name of the list from which the message was sent, tracking URL number and destination page. CalAnimals only uses this information to enhance its products and distribution of those products to its members. This information is not sold or distributed in any other manner.

How Does CalAnimals Use Data Collected?

CalAnimals uses information voluntarily submitted by members and other customers in the following ways:

CalAnimals Member Services and Products. Generally, CalAnimals and its direct subsidiaries use data collected to improve its own Web content; to respond to visitors' interests, needs, and preferences; and to develop new products and services.

Disclosures to Third Parties. CalAnimals also makes member contact information available through the CalAnimals Membership Directory to other members using its Web site and to those who register for its conferences. In addition, CalAnimals incorporates information users provide into hard copies of the Membership Directory that it provides to members and may sell to those requesting it. On occasion, CalAnimals may also provide limited data to third parties that offer products and services. These limited data include names, job titles, companies and business addresses, but do not include business phone numbers, business fax numbers or email addresses. Users may request CalAnimals to refrain from disclosing the data it collects to third parties on the membership application form, conference registration form or any other form on which they are providing information; an opt-out box will appear on each form on which a user provides information. Alternatively, users may contact CalAnimals at or (510) 525-2744 to express their preferences if they determine later that they do not wish to have the information shared.

Consent to Use Personal Information. For the purposes of the Data Protection Act(s) 1984 and 1998 (as applicable), CalAnimals or its agents must store, host and otherwise process the information (including personal data) supplied by the User when registering for this Web site. User supplies as defined above when registering for the Web site in order to allow CalAnimals (or its designated agents) to use the information to send the User unsolicited direct mail advertisements, promotions, and solicitations for third parties' products and services.

Credit Card Account Information. CalAnimals does not disclose credit card account information provided by its members and customers. When members and customers choose to pay using their credit cards, CalAnimals submits the information needed to obtain payment to the appropriate clearinghouse.

How Does CalAnimals Use Cookies?

Cookies are files that contain information created by a web server that can be stored on a User's hard disk for use either during a particular session ("per-session" cookie) or for future use ("persistent" cookie). CalAnimals uses cookies only to facilitate automated activity, store and track passwords, determine appropriate solicitations, and review navigation patterns. Cookies are not used to disseminate significant information about Users over the Internet or to analyze any information that Users have knowingly or unknowingly provided. 

What Privacy Issues Arise With Links To Other Sites?

This Web site contains links to other web sites. CalAnimals has no control over and is not responsible for the privacy policies or content of such sites.

What Means Of Redress Are Available?

If any User suspects CalAnimals has handled its personal information in a manner that does not comply with this privacy statement, please contact us by e-mailing to or by calling (510) 525-2744.

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