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PRIVACY POLICY

Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association

Last updated May 3, 2012.

This privacy policy sets out how the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association (“BDA”) uses and protects any information that you give the BDA when you use this website. The BDA is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Maintaining your trust and confidence is one of our highest priorities. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement. By using our website, you consent to the collection and use of information by the BDA as explained in this policy, together with the Terms and Conditions of Use. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page, along with the date those changes were made (see above), so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we can disclose it.

What we collect We may collect certain information about you, but only when that information is provided by you or is obtained by us with your authorization. Examples of information we may collect include (but are not limited to):

  • name, job title, and employer
  • contact information, including email address
  • demographic information such as postal code, preferences, and interests
  • information for opt-in listings in our Biodynamic Directory
  • credit card and billing information for memberships, donations, event registrations, or purchases made through our web store
  • other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers

If you are not logged in to the site, either as a BDA member or as a registered website user, our server will recognize you only as an anonymous user. In that case, our server will automatically log certain anonymous information, which may include information about the type of browser you use, the server name and IP address, the date and time of access, the pages accessed while on the BDA website, and the internet address of the website, if any, from which you linked directly to the BDA site. This information is not personally identifiable. If you are logged in as a website user, whether or not as a member of the BDA, you will be identifiable to our server by the information you have provided in your user registration. We may analyze site usage to understand what features, pages, and information logged-in users find useful. We will not share personally identifiable information about site activity with third parties unless required by law to do so.  If you choose to communicate with the BDA through email, via our website, by telephone, in writing, or through other means, we will collect information from these communications, and such information may be personally identifiable.

What we do with the information we gather We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with better service, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • to keep our internal records current
  • to help establish and verify the identity of users
  • to provide services and support to users
  • to improve our website features, products offered, and services
  • to process memberships, donations, event registrations, or purchases made through our Web Store 
  • to list your information in the Biodynamic Directory (if you have opted in)

Security We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we maintain physical, electronic, and procedural procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. We are committed to protecting your information from loss, misuse, and alteration. If transactions are offered on the site, transaction information is transmitted to and from our website in encrypted form using industry-standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connections to help protect such information interception. The BDA restricts authorized access to your personal information to those persons who have a legitimate purpose in knowing that information in order to provide products or services to you. Please be aware, however, that any email or other transmission you send through the internet cannot be completely protected against unauthorized interception.

How we use cookies A cookie is a small file that asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyze web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes, and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences. We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyze data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website’s features and certain personalized functions of this website.

Financial information Credit card and billing information may be collected in order to process memberships, donations, event registrations, and purchases made through our web store. We do not retain your credit card information.

Links to other websites Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over the privacy practices or content of other websites. Therefore, we are not responsible for the protection and privacy of any information that you provide while visiting such sites, and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. We encourage you to read the privacy statements provided by other websites before you provide personally indentifiable information to them.

Controlling your personal information We will not sell, distribute, or lease your personal information to unaffiliated third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. The BDA may use unaffiliated companies or individuals to help it maintain and operate its website or for other reasons related to the operation of the organization, and those companies or individuals may receive your personally identifiable information for that purpose. In such cases as we do share information with affiliated organizations, the shared information will include only mailing address and will be for a one-time use only; it will not include your email address, telephone number, preferences, interests, responses to surveys, or other personal information, unless such information is aggregated and anonymous. We will ensure that any such affiliated party is aware of and abides by the terms of this privacy policy. We will never share your financial information, except with payment processors as necessary to process your purchases or donations. You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

  • You may choose not to register on our website.
  • You may choose not to opt in to the Biodynamic Directory.
  • You may choose your contact preferences in your online membership profile. You may also contact us, and we will record your preferences in our records. (Contact information below.)
  • You may change, update, or delete the information in your online membership profile. You may also contact us, and we will alter the information in our records. (Contact information below.)
  • You may choose to opt out of sharing your mailing information with affiliated organizations by contacting us (contact information below). 

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to, call, or email us as soon as possible (contact information below). We will promptly correct any inaccurate or incomplete information.

Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association

1661 N. Water Street Suite 307

Milwaukee, WI 53202

(262) 649-9212

General inquiries: info@biodynamics.com

Membership-related inquiries: members@biodynamics.com