Privacy Notice

Operation Autism is a Web site of the Organization for Autism Research (OAR).

OAR’s mailing address is:

2000 N. 14th Street, Suite 240
Arlington, Virginia 22201

You can reach OAR via e-mail at info@researchautism.org, or you can contact the organization by telephone at (703) 243-9710 or toll-free (866) 366-9710.

We recognize that visitors to the Site may be concerned about the information they provide to us, and how we treat that information. This privacy policy addresses those concerns.

 

OAR's Privacy Policy

Your privacy on the Internet is important to us. As part of operating this Site, we may gather certain types of information about users of the Site, and we would like to explain the types of information we gather, what we do with it and how to correct or change the information. OAR has created this Privacy Policy to explain why we collect particular information and how we will protect your personal privacy within our Web site. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the Web site located at www.operationautismonline.org.

In order to fully understand your rights we encourage you to read this Privacy Policy as well as our Terms of Use. OAR reserves the right at any time and without notice to change this Privacy Policy simply by posting such changes on our Site. Any such change will be effective immediately upon posting. Because we want to demonstrate our commitment to your privacy, this Privacy Policy notifies you of:

  • What personally identifiable information of yours is collected through the Site
  • Who collects such information
  • How such information is used
  • With whom your information may be shared
  • What choices you have regarding collection, use and distribution of your information
  • What kind of security procedures are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under our control
  • How you can correct any inaccuracies in your information

Questions regarding this statement should be directed to OAR by emailing us at oar@researchautism.org.

 

What Information We Collect and How We Use That Information

Our registration forms require users to give us contact information that may include name, e-mail address, format preference (HTML vs. Text), address, interests, and similar information. We do not request or store sensitive information from our visitors, such as credit card or social security numbers.


Internet Protocol Address

We collect an IP address from all visitors to our Site. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server; administer our Site; analyze trends; track users' movement; gather broad demographic information for aggregate use in order for us to improve the site; and deliver customized, personalized content. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.


Use of "Cookies"

Our Site may use cookies to enhance your experience while using our Site. Cookies are pieces of information that some Web sites transfer to the computer that is browsing that Web site and are used for record-keeping purposes at many Web sites. Use of cookies makes Web-surfing easier by performing certain functions such as saving your passwords, your personal preferences regarding your use of the particular Web site, and makes sure you don't see the same ad repeatedly. Many consider the use of cookies to be an industry standard.

Your browser is probably set to accept cookies. However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you can alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies. If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of our Site will not function properly when you view them.


Privacy Protection Procedures

Protecting your information is important to us. We have implemented appropriate physical, technical and organizational measures, such as using industry-accepted encryption for transmission of credit card information, to help keep your information secure, accurate, current, and complete. In addition, all OAR employees with access to personal information obtained on the OAR web site are bound to adhere to this policy as part of their contract with OAR.  OAR protects your personal information in a variety of ways. For certain services, such as our e-newsletter and online forums, only minimal personal information is required, such as email addresses. In addition, personal information provided to our run and donations sites is encrypted. We also protect that account information by placing it on a secure portion of our site that is only accessible by authorized personnel. In addition, IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information. 

All information provided to OAR is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a proven coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us. We also protect account information by placing it on a secure portion of our Site that is only accessible by certain qualified OAR employees. Unfortunately however, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure. While we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of such information. Any such transmission is done at your own risk.


Other Web Sites

Our Site contains links to other Web sites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another Web site for which OAR has no responsibility. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on all such sites as their policies may be different than ours.


Sharing Information

OAR does not share, exchange, or sell visitor information (e.g., name, address, e-mail address), mailing lists, or personal information of any kind with other organizations.


Contacting the Web Site

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this Site, or your dealings with this Site, you can contact:

Organization for Autism Research
Attn: Operation Autism
2000 N. 14th Street, Suite 710
Arlington, VA 2201-4402


Terms of Use

You are prohibited from violating, or attempting to violate, the security of this Site. Any such violations may result in criminal and civil liabilities to you. We will investigate any alleged violations, and, if a criminal violation is suspected, we will cooperate with law enforcement agencies in their investigations. Violations of the security of the Site, without limitation, include the following:

  • Logging into or attempting to log into a server or account that you are not authorized to access;
  • Accessing data or taking any action to obtain services not intended for you or your use;
  • Attempting to probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of any system, subsystem or network;
  • Tampering, hacking, modifying or otherwise corrupting or breaching security or authentication measures without proper authorization;
  • Transmitting material that contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancel bots or other computer programming routines or engines with the intent or effect of damaging, destroying, disrupting or otherwise impairing a computer's functionality or the operation of the website or services;
  • Interfering with, intercepting or expropriating any system, data or information; or
  • Interfering with service to any user, host, or network including, without limitation, by means of overloading, "flooding," "mail bombing," or "crashing" any computer system.

Upon registration through the Site, we may send you periodic e-mails on a variety of topics. You may elect during registration to receive these e-mails, and you may start or stop receiving such e-mails at any time by sending an e-mail to oar@researchautism.org.


Open Forums

Blogs, message boards and chat rooms may be available to visitors of the Site. The forums will identify visitors [as requested by the visitor]. Please remember that any information you disclose in these areas becomes public information. Accordingly, you should always exercise caution when deciding to disclose personal information.


Children and Privacy

OAR encourages parents and guardians to spend time with their children online, and to be fully familiar with the sites visited by their children. We will not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under age 13.


Additional Information

This privacy policy is personal between you and us, and no one else shall be deemed a third party beneficiary of this policy.

USE OF THIS SITE SIGNIFIES YOUR AGREEMENT TO THE TERMS OF USE AND THIS PRIVACY POLICY.

OAR reserves the right to change this policy at any time. If you have any further questions regarding this privacy policy or the use of your personal information under this privacy policy, you can contact us at the following postal address:

Executive Director
Organization for Autism Research
2000 N. 14th Street, Suite 710
Arlington, VA 22201-4402

 

This privacy policy is effective as of October 1, 2009.