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Bethesda Magazine's 2017 Best of Bethesda Editors' Pick for "Best Place for Literary Inspiration"

 

PRIVACY POLICY

This privacy policy is designed to provide you with information about how The Writer’s Center collects, stores and uses personally identifiable information obtained through our website, www.writer.org, and any other web sites or apps are operated by The Writer’s Center and link to this policy. We refer to this information as "personal information." The Writer’s Center reserves the right to revise this privacy policy from time to time, and by using The Writer’s Center web site, you are agreeing to the terms of the then-current privacy policy.

HOW WE COLLECT INFORMATION

When you register for membership, sign up for classes or wish to use certain of our web site services, we may ask you for information such as your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, certain demographic information and (if needed) credit card information. We also may ask for information about your family members if you are purchasing a family membership, and we may ask for the name of your employer if you sign up for a matching gift.  We need certain information in order to register you as a unique user and let you access personalized services. However, other requested information is optional and can be given at your discretion.

If you visit our web site, we automatically gather and store the following information about your visit so that we can track the use of our web site in order to make improvements. This information is stored and used in the aggregate only, and is not used to contact you personally.  This information includes:

  • The IP address from which you access our web site
  • The name of the domain from which you access the Internet
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our web site
  • The date and time you access our site
  • The pages, files, documents and links that you visit

Like most web sites, The Writer’s Center uses "cookies." A "cookie" is a text file, invoked by standard browser software, that we place on your hard drive to enable our systems to, among other things, recognize your browser, track transactions, and allow you to navigate our web site without having to re-enter information. The information gathered by cookies is not made available to organizations. We may also automatically receive and store certain other types of information, such as the type of web browser you use or the pages you link to from The Writer’s Center web site.

Use Of Information We Collect

Personal information collected through this web site may be used by The Writer’s Center to communicate with you, provide services that you request, register you as a user, enroll you in classes, process payments and donations, enable you to participate in special promotions and to navigate the web site without having to re-enter information, administer our web site, comply with applicable law, and as otherwise provided in this privacy policy.  

In the unlikely event that The Writer’s Center, or substantially all of its assets, is acquired by or otherwise merges with another organization, customer and member information will be one of the transferred assets.

We may use personal information to send updates and notices to registered users via e-mail. If you provide your mailing address or telephone number, The Writer’s Center may also use your personal information to contact you by mail or by telephone regarding special offers from The Writer’s Center, updated information about The Writer’s Center or The Writer’s Center web site, and new services offered by The Writer’s Center. If you wish to be removed from this contact list, you may do so by contacting The Writer’s Center directly.

Third-Party Service Providers

The Writer’s Center may engage reputable third-party vendors in order to help us manage our web site and allow us to better service our visitors and customers. These may include third-party vendors engaged to analyze, for marketing purposes, the information collected on our web site.

The Writer’s Center's site may contain links to third-party web sites. Once you leave The Writer’s Center's web site, this privacy policy will not apply to such web sites.

Administration Of Our Web Site / Compliance With Law

We may disclose your personal information when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who may be violating our Terms of Use or to protect the safety, property or other rights of our users or the public. In addition, we may disclose or access account information for administrative and other purposes that we believe are necessary to develop, maintain, and improve our products and services. We also may disclose your personal information if we believe in good faith that we are required to do so in order to comply with applicable law, a subpoena, or other legal process.

Security Used To Protect Your Information

We take commercially reasonable steps to maintain the security of customer information via a variety of access controls. However, The Writer’s Center does not guarantee the security of such information.

Other Organizations Featured On Our Web Site

We may provide links to other web sites, but The Writer’s Center is not responsible for the privacy policies, terms and conditions of use, or content of any such web sites. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the privacy policies and terms and conditions of use of linked web sites. You may agree to provide personal information to other companies who provide content for various parts of our web site. If you agree to provide information to such companies, that information will be subject to their privacy policies.

Changes to Privacy Policy

The Writer’s Center may revise its privacy policy from time to time. We encourage you to visit this page periodically to review our current policy so that you will always know what information we gather and how we may use that information.