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Last updated November 20, 2008

We are strongly committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information. The policies below apply to the quixotefoundation.org website (“Website”) produced and maintained by Quixote Foundation, Inc. (“Foundation” or “we”, “us”, or “our”). We have established this security and privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) to let you know the kinds of personal information we may gather during your visit to the Website, why we gather your information, what we use your personal information for, when we might disclose your personal information and how you can manage your personal information.

By visiting our Website, you are accepting the practices described in our Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy, please exit immediately and do not use the Website. We reserve the right to modify or amend the terms of our Privacy Policy from time to time without notice. Your continued use of our Website following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes.

If you have questions or don’t find your concern addressed here, feel free to contact Foundation by phone at 206.783.5554 or write us at 5405 Leary Avenue NW, Suite 2, Seattle, WA 98107.

What information we collect

One of the basic principles we’ve followed in designing this Website is that we ask for only the information we need to provide the service you’ve requested. As a result, what information we collect depends almost entirely on how you choose to use our Website and our services. You can access our Website and use many of our services without providing any information at all.

  • Personal Information: In certain circumstances, Foundation may collect information that identifies you, such as your name, address or email address as well as other individually-identifiable information you provide to us (“Personal Information”). For example, Personal Information is collected when you provide it to us via registration and subscription forms, and by submitting comments, suggestions or requests for information, etc.
  • Anonymous Information: Through your use of the Website, Foundation may also gather certain information that does not identify you individually (“Anonymous Information”). Generally, this information is collected through web site “traffic data” and may entail the use of “Cookies,” “IP addresses” or other numeric codes used to identify a computer.
  • Use of Cookies: Foundation may use Cookies to provide some of the services on our Website. “Cookies” are pieces of information a website transfers to your computer’s hard disk for record-keeping purposes. “Cookies” make web-surfing easier for you by saving your passwords, purchases, and preferences while you’re at our website. The use of “Cookies” is standard in the Internet industry, and many major websites use them to provide useful features for their users. Our website never uses “Cookies” to retrieve information from your computer that was not originally sent in a “Cookie.”

How we use the information

Except as disclosed in this Privacy Policy, we do not use or disclose information about your individual visits to our Website, or Personal Information you may give us or that we may collect, to any entities not affiliated with Foundation. Foundation does not sell any customer lists or email addresses.

  • Use of Personal Information: Foundation may use your Personal Information to supply you with news and information about Foundation, to respond to questions or other correspondence you have sent us, to introduce a new service or program we think might interest you or to respond to your feedback on our Website or services. In the event Foundation plans to publicly post any of your Personal Information on a Website, you are provided prior notification of such posting and given the option of preventing such posting.
  • Use of Anonymous Information: We use Anonymous Information to help us determine how people use parts of the Website so we can improve our Website and ensure it is as appealing as we can make it for as many people as possible. We also may use Anonymous Information to provide statistical “ratings” information in aggregated form, about how our users collectively use the Website, to Foundation partners and other third parties. We may use or share Anonymous Information (or other information other than Personal Information) in any manner we deem appropriate or necessary.
  • Third-party agents: We may occasionally have third-party agents, subsidiaries, affiliates and joint ventures perform functions on our behalf, such as data processing, providing Website support, providing customer service, etc. These entities have access to the Personal Information of yours needed to perform their functions, and are contractually obligated to maintain the confidentiality and security of that Personal Information. They are restricted from using or altering this data in any way other than to provide the requested services to the Website.
  • Emergency situations: Foundation may also disclose Personal Information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to (a) conform to applicable law or comply with legal process served on Foundation or the Website, (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Foundation or the Website, or (c) act under emergency circumstances to protect the personal safety of Foundation, the users of the Website or the public.

Links to Other Websites

This Privacy Policy applies only to Foundation and Foundation’s Website, not to other companies, organizations or individuals or to websites to which we link. These links may include links from sponsors and partners and are beyond our control. These other sites may send their own cookies to you, collect your data or solicit your personal information. Always be aware of where you end up when selecting a link on our Website or navigating from our Website. We are not responsible for the actions and privacy policies of third parties and other websites. We encourage you to read the posted privacy statement and user terms and conditions whenever interacting with any other website.

Public areas, chat rooms and newsgroups

Please remember that any information you share in public areas, such as message boards or feedback sections, becomes public, and therefore this Privacy Policy does not apply to any information you choose to make public. Please be careful about what you disclose and do not post any Personal Information that you expect to keep private.

Policies for children under 13

We do not knowingly collect any information from persons under the age of thirteen. If we learn that any persons under the age of thirteen have provided information about themselves, the information will be deleted. Our Website is designed for adults. Our Website is not intentionally targeted to children under the age of thirteen. Children under the age of thirteen should not use our Website without obtaining prior parental consent.

Security policy

Security for all Personal Information associated with you is of utmost concern to us. We exercise great care in providing secure transmission of your information from your computer to our servers. Personal Information collected by the Website is stored in secure operating environments that are not available to the public. Only those employees who need access to your Personal Information in order to do their jobs are allowed access, each having signed confidentiality agreements. Any employee who violates our privacy and/or security policies is subject to disciplinary action including possible termination and civil and/or criminal prosecution.

While we make reasonable efforts to safeguard your Personal Information once we receive it, no transmission of data over the Internet or any other public network can be guaranteed to be 100 pecent secure. As a result, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or information we transmit to you from our Website, and you do so at your own risk.

Governing law/assignment

Our Website is published in the United States. United States law and/or the law of Washington State, as applicable, shall govern in any and all disputes including privacy or defamation issues or otherwise.

Foundation may change its organization or structure, or decide to assign its rights and obligations under this Policy to a third party. As a result, please be aware that Foundation may transfer your information to another entity that is affiliated with Foundation, with which Foundation has merged, or that has agreed to fulfill Foundation’s rights and obligations under this Policy, and you consent to such a transfer or assignment. Any new entity will also follow this Privacy Policy.


Foundation reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy. We will post those changes so you will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information and whether we will disclose it to anyone. We do, however, recommend you read this Privacy Policy each time you use our website in case you missed our notice of changes to the Privacy Policy.

Opt-out and correction procedures

You always may opt-out of receiving future email messages and newsletters. Foundation provides you with the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications from us at the point where we request information about you. To remove your Personal Information from our database or to elect not to receive future communications, please send an email message to Foundation with the word “remove” in the subject line. Foundation also permits you to correct or update Personal Information you have previously provided to us. To do so, please send an email message indicating the information you wish to be corrected or updated.