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 announcements of upcoming events, new articles, and publications. To subscribe, please enter your email address on the left side of this page under the “Stay Connected” box, click “Subscribe”, and then follow the instructions on the subsequent page. To unsubscribe, please click the Unsubscribe 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 make a donation, we may add your email address to be a recipient of The Lighthouse, our free weekly email newsletter, as well as various other email alerts. To opt out of these mailings, please click the “Update your Preferences” link at the bottom of any email message to customize which mailings you wish to receive, or unsubscribe completely by clicking the “Unsubscribe” link.
- The MyCovCost calculator, accessible 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. Submissions are recorded for aggregated statistical purposes, but not in a way that personally identifies any user.
Does The Independent Institute Share the Information It Receives with any Third Party?
- We occasionally share our postal mailing list of donors and Independent Review subscribers with other organizations in exchange for access to their mailing lists. The process is carefully monitored and saves us significant amounts of money annually. If you prefer that your information not be shared, please call us at 510-632-1366, and we will exclude you from our list-sharing activities. We do not share our subsriber lists of email addresses with any outside organization.
- Our websites may also employ cookies or tracking pixels to help us customize your experience. Data from these cookies may be used to serve you internet advertising even when you leave our websites. You can set your own cookie use policies via your web browser options. No individually identifiable information is passed to outside advertising platforms.
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 for sales and donations.
- When you make an online sale or donation, our gateway service processes the transaction and we never see the full credit card number. We do not store credit card numbers.
What Choices Do I Have?
- 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 Options in most browsers will allow you to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, delete existing cookies, or disable cookies altogether.