WriterHouse

PRIVACY POLICY

Introduction
Protecting your private information is our priority. This Statement of Privacy applies to writerhouse.org and WriterHouse and governs data collection and usage. For the purposes of this Privacy Policy, unless otherwise noted, all references to WriterHouse include writerhouse.org and WriterHouse.

Who We Are
WriterHouse is a nonprofit writing community and educational resource. The mission of WriterHouse is to promote the creation and appreciation of literature and to encourage the development of writers of all levels by providing affordable, secure workspace and meeting space, high quality writing instruction, and literary events for the public. The official website for WriterHouse is writerhouse.org. The WriterHouse website is used for promoting WriterHouse, its mission, programs, and community. By using the WriterHouse website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collection of your Personal Information
In order to better provide you with products and services offered on our Site, WriterHouse may collect personally identifiable information, such as your:

– First and Last Name
– Mailing Address
– E-mail Address
– Phone Number
– Website

If you purchase WriterHouse’s products and services, we collect billing and credit card information. This information is used to complete the purchase transaction.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through WriterHouse’s comments fields or message boards, this information may be collected and used by others.

We do not collect any personal information about you unless you voluntarily provide it to us. However, you may be required to provide certain personal information to us when you elect to use certain products or services available on the Site. These may include: (a) registering for an account on our Site; (b) entering a contest sponsored by us or one of our partners; (c) sending us an email message; (d) submitting your credit card or other payment information when ordering and purchasing classes, workshops, products, and services on our Site. We use your information for, but not limited to, communicating with you in relation to said events, services, and/or products you have requested from us. We also may gather additional personal or non-personal information in the future.

Use of your Personal Information
WriterHouse collects and uses your personal information to operate its website(s) and deliver the services you have requested. WriterHouse may also use your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from WriterHouse and its affiliates.

Sharing Information with Third Parties
WriterHouse does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties.

WriterHouse may share data with trusted partners to promote specific events and service offerings, help perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to WriterHouse, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

WriterHouse may disclose your personal information, without notice, if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on WriterHouse or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of WriterHouse; and/or (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of WriterHouse, or the public.

Tracking User Behavior
WriterHouse may keep track of the websites and pages our users visit within WriterHouse, in order to determine what WriterHouse services are the most popular. This data is used to improve the WriterHouse website and user experience.

Automatically Collected Information
Information about your computer hardware and software may be automatically collected by WriterHouse. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the WriterHouse website.

Use of Cookies
The WriterHouse website may use “cookies” to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize WriterHouse pages, or register with WriterHouse site or services, a cookie helps WriterHouse to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same WriterHouse website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the WriterHouse features that you customized.

You have the ability 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. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the WriterHouse services or websites you visit.

Web Links
This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

Children Under Thirteen
WriterHouse does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen. If you are under the age of thirteen, you must ask your parent or guardian for permission to use this website.

E-mail Communications
From time to time, WriterHouse may contact you via email for the purpose of providing announcements, promotional offers, alerts, confirmations, surveys, and/or other general communication. In order to improve our Services, we may receive a notification when you open an email from WriterHouse or click on a link therein. If you would like to stop receiving marketing or promotional communications via email from WriterHouse, you may opt out of such communications by clicking on the UNSUBSCRIBE button at the bottom of said emails.

External Data Storage Sites
We may store your data on servers provided by third party hosting vendors with whom we have contracted.

Changes to this Statement
WriterHouse reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by sending a notice to the primary email address specified in your account, by placing a prominent notice on our site, and/or by updating any privacy information on this page. Your continued use of the Site and/or Services available through this Site after such modifications will constitute your: (a) acknowledgment of the modified Privacy Policy; and (b) agreement to abide and be bound by that Policy.

Contact Information
WriterHouse welcomes your questions or comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that WriterHouse has not adhered to this Statement, please contact WriterHouse at:

WriterHouse
508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

Email Address:
programs@writerhouse.org

Telephone number:
434.296.1922

Effective as of May 25, 2018