Privacy policy

What type of information does VoW collect?

There are two basic types of information that VoW might collect: personal and non-personal information.

As you browse the VoW website, you may opt to provide VoW with personal information. Personal information is information that contains identifiers such as your name, address, phone number, or email address.

VoW may also collect non-personal information from you such as an internet protocol address (typically referred to as an “IP address” and defined below) and browsing variables (like your web browser, referral links, or how much time you spent at our website). Although this information may on rare occasion be used to identify you, VoW typically uses this information to improve your experience and the experience of other visitors to our website. VoW may use cookies to collect this type of information.

What’s a cookie? A cookie is a small data text file that individual websites store on your computer’s hard drive – if your web browser permits. The website can later retrieve that cookie to let us know you’ve been to our site before. Cookies typically make your use of the site easier, make the site run more smoothly, and help us to maintain a secure site. Many websites use cookies. You are free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, but some parts of our site may not work properly if you do that.

What’s an IP address? An IP address is a unique number, assigned to each and every computer and other device on the Internet. Your computer, your phone, your e-reader, and other electronic devices, are all assigned IP addresses.

When does VoW collect this information?

We collect non-personal information from you as you use any of the pages on our website. We collect personal information from you only when you specifically provide it to us – for example, if you fill out a form or send us an email.

How does VoW use the information we collect?

VoW uses information from different site visitors in different ways. We generally use information provided to us through the donation process in accordance with the Donor Privacy Policy.

We may also use your personal and non-personal information in the following ways:

  • Entering your information into our databases for internal record keeping, reporting, and data analysis;

  • Communicating with you to obtain your input, provide information about our programs and events, or request contributions (provided you have opted to receive such communications);

  • Improving our programs and services;

  • Customizing our website according to your interests;

  • Sharing information with third parties who help us manage our website and databases, and who

    assist us with our marketing efforts; and

  • Sharing information with third parties as required by law, or a part of a legal process


Nobody likes to see a government folder with his name on it.
— Stephen King, Firestarter