Privacy Policy for READ Global


Our Commitment to Privacy

READ Global is sensitive to how information about you is used and shared, and we take your trust in us seriously. To better protect your privacy, we have shared our Privacy Policy below, explaining our online information practices for www.readglobal.org and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used on the website. By visiting www.readglobal.org, you are accepting the practices described here. This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our website and not to information collected offline.

Our website is maintained by READ Global, with headquarters at 1016 Lincoln Blvd, Thoreau Center for Sustainability, Suite 322, San Francisco, CA 94117. Our telephone number is 415.563.3362.

What personal information do we collect?

When you visit our website, you may choose to provide us with personal information (such as sharing your name, address, e-mail address, telephone numbers and/or credit/debit card information) for a variety of reasons. Reasons include registering to receive e-mail newsletters or other materials, requesting information from us, donating to us, submitting a form on our website, or simply asking a question. This information is kept and used in accordance with existing laws, rules, regulations, and other policies. You may, however, visit our site anonymously. READ Global does not collect personal information from you unless you provide it to us.

What do we use your personal information for?

When you supply information about yourself for a specific purpose, we use the information for only that purpose. Your information may be used in the following ways:

  • To provide the service or information you have requested
  • To process donation transactions: when you donate to READ Global via our website, your donation information is encrypted and transmitted by way of a secure connection (Note: we use secure, external donations processing platforms. To view their privacy policies, please visit http://www.stayclassy.org/privacy, and http://www.acceptiva.com/privacy.html).
  • To send periodic email updates: You can register with our website if you would like to receive updates on our new projects and services.
  • The email address you provide to process a donation may be used to send you information and updates pertaining to your order, in addition to receiving occasional news and updates from READ.
READ Global does not sell, rent, give-away or share its e-mail addresses or other information with outside sources.

How do we protect your personal information?

Personally identifiable information is only accessed by READ Global staff on a "need to know" basis. Additionally, sensitive data such as credit card numbers are encrypted using SSL and other industry standard measures on our external donate platforms (see “What do we use your information for?”), to provide an additional level of security.

Choice / Opt-out

If you have signed up to receive e-mail communications from us and later change your mind, you can contact us to have your name removed from our distribution lists. If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.

Alternatively, you can send an e-mail with your opt-out request to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can send mail to the following address:
READ Global P.O. Box 29286 San Francisco, CA 94129

Correct / Update

If you would like to verify the data we have received from you or to make corrections to it, you may contact us directly at the e-mail and mail addresses provided above.

What non-personal information do we collect?

We also collect non-personal information – data in a form that does not provide direct association with any specific individual. We may collect, use, transfer, and disclose non-personal information for any purpose. The following are some examples of non-personal information that we collect and how we may use it:

Normal web browsing

The information we gather during normal browsing comes from two sources: standard server logs collect information such as the IP (Internet Protocol) address, domain name, browser type, operating system; and information such as the site that referred you to us, the files you downloaded, the pages you visited, and the dates/times of those visits. We may use this information to improve our outreach and communications about our work.

Additionally, if you have come into the site from one of our newsletters or from a site that has requested a link to us, we will ask your browser to accept a cookie that carries a general marketing source code with you as you browse through the site, in order to help us match referring site to donations made. This cookie does not capture or hold any personally identifying information about you, and is deleted when you end your session by leaving our site or closing your browser.

Cookies and other Technologies

When you visit our website, we might store some information on your computer in the form of a “cookie” (i.e. a small piece of text that stores information on your browser in your computer’s hard drive) or similar file. We use conversion tracking cookies as part of campaigns in order to analyze trends, gather broad demographic information, and monitor site traffic patterns that can help us further develop and improve the design and functionality of our site. Similarly, we also use cookies for ”retargeting” in our internet advertising campaigns so that third party vendors, including Google, can show you advertising about READ Global as you browse the internet. Retargeting is a marketing tool that identifies you as a previous visitor to the READ Global website and targets you for specific outreach messages, encouraging you to revisit our website or consider donating. The cookies will only be used to obtain non-personal information (you will be anonymous). If you prefer, you can usually set your browser to refuse cookies, or to notify you when you receive a new cookie. You can also opt out of receiving cookies on the READ Global website for Google advertising by visiting the Google advertising opt-out page (http://www.google.com/privacy/ads/#toc-edit).

California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent.

Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page.