Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy, which is part of the Terms of Use, explains the Task Force's online information collection and use practices and the choices you can make about the way we use and share such information.  It is important that you take the time to read and understand this policy so that you can appreciate how we use your personal information.


The Information We Collect.

Personal information (i.e. information that can directly identify you or indicate where you might be contacted) is collected at only the following pages of the Website and only if you elect to visit that particular page:  the "CONTACT US" page and the "JOIN OUR MAILING LIST" page each request that you provide (and collects if you do provide) your first and last names, your email address and your organizational affiliation (although you may indicate "None" for that particular request) and the "DONATE" page, which directs you to a page administered by our primary sponsor, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee ("JDC"), requests (and collects if you provide) your name, spouse's name (optional), address, e-mail address (optional), home and business telephone numbers (optional), credit card information, and information about the type of program you wish to support with your donation.  We also may collect certain non-personally identifiable information (i.e. generic information that does not identify you personally) when you visit any of our web pages such as the type of browser you are using, the type of operating system you are using, and the domain name of your Internet service provider.

How We Use and Disclose the Information.

We will use the personal information you provide online for the purpose(s) you have submitted. In addition, if you request to join our mailing list we may send you e-mail and other forms of communication offering information which we think you may be interested in.  If you want us to stop using the personal information you provided, please contact [email protected].

How We Share Your Personal Information.

Neither the Task Force nor JDC will share the personal information you provide except (a) if it is for the purpose(s) you provided it; (b) with your consent; (c) as may be required by law or as we think necessary to protect the Task Force, JDC or others from injury (e.g. in response to a court order or subpoena, in response to a law enforcement agency request or when we believe that someone is causing (or about to cause) injury to or interference with the rights or property of another); and/or (d) with other persons or companies with whom we contract to carry out internal site operations or the Task Force's services or activities.

Use and Disclosure of Anonymous Information.

We sometimes use the non-personally identifiable information that we collect to improve the design and content of the Website.  We also may use this information in the aggregate to analyze how the Website is being used by visitors to the Website.

Collection of Information by Others.

The Website contains links to other sites whose practices may be different than ours.  You should check the other sites' privacy policy since the Task Force has no control over information that is submitted to or collected by such sites.


To enhance your online experience with us, many of our web pages use "cookies."  Cookies are text files placed on your hard disk by our web server to store your preferences.  Cookies, by themselves, do not tell us your e-mail address or other personally identifiable information unless you choose to provide this information to us.  However, once you choose to provide the personally identifiable information, this information may be linked to the data stored in the cookie.  Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer.

We use cookies as a convenience feature to save you time, to understand how the Website is used, and to improve the content and offerings on our Website.  For example, we may use cookies to personalize your experience at our web pages or recall your specific information on subsequent visits (e.g. to recognize you by name when you return to the Website).  We also may use cookies to offer you products, programs or services.  You can opt to have your browser reject cookies.  This policy does not cover how third-party companies use their cookies.

Clickstream Data.

As you use the Internet, a trail of electronic information is left at each website you visit. This information, which is sometimes referred to as "clickstream data," can be collected and stored by a website's server.  Clickstream data can tell us the type of computer and browsing software you use and the address of the website from which you linked to the Website.  We may use clickstream data as a form of non-personally identifiable information to anonymously determine how much time visitors spend on each page of the Website, how visitors navigate throughout the Website and how we may tailor our web pages to better meet the needs of visitors. This information will only be used to improve the Website.  Any collection or use of clickstream data will be anonymous and aggregate.

Supplementing Information.

From time to time we may supplement information you give us with information from other sources, such as information validating your address.  Thus, information we obtain through the Website may be intermingled with and used in conjunction with information obtained through sources other than the Website, including both offline and online sources.

Discussions and Community Tools.

We may, from time to time, make chat rooms, forums, message boards, news groups and other community tools available to you.  Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information for other users to view and for us to use.  For example, from time to time, we may use the content you write (including your name or screen name if you post it) for promotional purposes, in e-mail newsletters or elsewhere, and by using JDC.ORG and/or these chat rooms, forums, message boards, news groups, and other community tools, you agree that we may do so.  You should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information in these areas, since anyone - not just us - may use publicly posted information.

Our Commitment to Security.

We believe we have in place the appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security and correctly use the information we collect online as well as offline.

International Users.

If you are visiting the Website from outside of the United States, your connection will be through and to servers located in the United States and all information you provide will be processed and securely maintained in our web servers and internal systems located within the United States.  By using the Website, you authorize the export of personal information to the USA and its storage and use as specified above when you provide such information to us. This policy and our legal obligations are subject to the laws of the State of New York and the USA, regardless of the location of any user.  Any claims or complaints must be filed in the USA in the State of New York.

How You Can Access or Correct Your Personal Information.

For instructions on how you can access the personally identifiable information that we have collected about you online, or how to correct any errors in such information, please send an e-mail to [email protected].
To protect your privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to help verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

Special Note for Parents.

If you have concerns about the Website or its services or wish to find out if your child requested to join our email list, please email us at [email protected].  We will not knowingly accept personal information from anyone under 13 years old in violation of applicable laws without consent of a parent or guardian.  If you believe that your child under 13 has gained access to the Website without your permission, you may email us at [email protected].

Transfer of Assets.

The personal information you provide is considered an asset of the Task Force and may be included among transferred assets if the Task Force's assets are ever acquired by a third party.

Changes to this Policy.

Because the Task Force's organizational needs or methods of operation may change over time, we reserve the right, at our discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions from this policy at any time.  If at any time in the future we plan to use your personally identifiable information in a manner that differs from this policy, we will revise this policy as appropriate.  Your continued access to and use of the Website following the posting of any changes to this policy means you accept such changes.  This policy is effective as of July 15, 2009.

How to Contact Us.

If you have any questions or concerns about this privacy policy you may e-mail [email protected].