Information Collection: Personally Identifiable Information We Collect There are many features on this Web site for which no registration is required. However, if you are interested in obtaining information from BCFS, or in participating in certain activities on this Web site (such as making an online purchase, subscribing to one of our e-newsletters, becoming a member of BCFS, sponsor a child, making an online donation to BCFS, or participating in certain special initiatives), you may need to provide us with information about yourself. For example, if you make a donation to us or sponsor a child, we ask for your name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number and your credit card number. If you participate in an activity such as a survey or sweepstakes, we may also ask you to provide other types of information such as gender and personal interests, which we may associate with personally identifiable information. In addition, we may combine personally identifiable information that you have provided to us with other information that is publicly available or that we receive from other reputable sources.
BCFS may also use your personally identifiable information to provide you with promotional information about activities, services and products offered by us, including promotional material that you have requested. (However, you may opt out of receiving promotional communications from us by e-mail, as explained below and in the section entitled "Your Choices.") Examples of promotional uses include, but are not limited to: Providing you with information about educational opportunities; Providing you with promotional materials about BCFS products and services; Providing you with e-mail newsletters. BCFS may provide you with promotional materials by postal mail, e-mail, telephone or other means. You may opt out of receiving promotional communications from us by e-mail as provided in the "Your Choices" section below. You may always opt out of receiving subsequent promotional e-mails by clicking on the unsubscribe link that we provide in every such promotional e-mail message. Please keep in mind, however, that when you purchase or request products or services from BCFS, promotional materials may accompany delivery of that product or service. Any opt-outs that you may make will therefore not apply to these materials because they accompany products or services that you have requested.
Information Sharing and Disclosure: We take very seriously our responsibility to maintain your privacy with respect to your personally identifiable information. We will therefore share that information only with the following entities, and only in the manner described below.
Links to Other Sites: We may provide links on our Web site to other sites we think you will enjoy. These sites operate independently of BCFS and have established their own privacy and security policies. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site and to read these policies at any site you visit.
Information Security: The security and confidentiality of your information is extremely important to us, and we take a number of steps to safeguard any personally identifiable information or credit card information that you provide to us. We use data encryption technology to help protect against loss, misuse or alteration of your credit card information. Secure Socket Layers (SSLs) encrypt the credit card information sent between your computer and our database. However, no method of transmitting or storing electronic data is ever completely secure, and therefore we cannot warrant or guarantee that such information will never be accessed, used or released in a manner that is inconsistent with this policy.
Personally Identifiable Information Contained in User Content: Some sections of our Web site may allow users to post or transmit messages, comments, screen names, computer files and other materials. BCFS does not monitor such transmissions, and therefore cannot be responsible for any personally identifiable information or other information that may be contained in such transmissions.
Children's Privacy: Our Web site is a general audience site, and we do not knowingly collect information about children. Should a child whom we know to be under 13 make known to us his or her personally identifiable information, we will use that information only to respond directly to that child to inform him or her that we must have parental consent before receiving his or her personally identifiable information.