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The Independent Institute Privacy Policy

The Independent Institute knows that you care how information about you is used and shared, and we appreciate your trust that we will do so carefully and sensibly. This notice describes our privacy policy. By visiting Independent.org, you are accepting the practices described herein.

What Personal Information Does The Independent Institute Gather?

  • Purchase infomation: We receive and store information you enter on our Web site through if you make purchases in the Store section. We use the information that you provide for such purposes as responding to your requests, shipping ordered items to your address, and communicating with you.

  • E-mail Communications: To help us keep in contact with our users, we send a number of email alerts to our subscribers including The Lighthouse, our weekly email newsletter, as well as announcemnts of upcoming events, new articles, and publications. To subscribe, please enter your email address on the left side of this page under the “E-Newsletter” section, click “Submit”, and then follow the instructions on the subsequent page. To unsubscribe, please click the Unsibscribe link at the bottom of any email you receive from us.

  • Events: Certain events we hold require you to RSVP through the website if you wish to attend. We use the information that you provide to respond to your request, and to communicate with you about future events.

  • If you contact us using the email webform, buy a product in the store, or enter the Templeton Essay Contest, we may add your email address to be a recipient of our various email alerts, our free weekly email newsletter. You are always free to unsubscribe by clicking the link at the bottom of the email newsletter message.

  • The MyCovCost calculator, accisible at mygovcost.org and through the MyGovCost mobile iPhone app asks for visitors' age, income, and education and uses this information to calculate the visitor’s share of government spending. Each users' submissions are recorded for reporting and statistical purposes, but not in a way that personally identifies anyone.

Does The Independent Institute Share the Information It Receives with any Third Party?

  • No

Cookies

  • Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser. The shopping cart software uses cookies to remember what items you have added to your shopping cart. In addition the site used cookies to remember if you have seen or submitted the email subscribe popup window, so that the site knows not to display the window again.

  • The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether.

How Secure Is Information About Me?

  • We work to protect the security of your information during transmission by using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software, which encrypts information you input.

  • We reveal only the last six digits of your credit card numbers when confirming an order. Of course, we transmit the entire credit card number to the appropriate credit card company during order processing.

What Choices Do I Have?

  • As discussed above, you can always choose not to provide information, even though it might be needed to make a purchase or contact us.

  • If you do not want to receive e-mail or other mail from us, please click the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any email message.

  • The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether.


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