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Privacy Policy (Last Updated November 1, 2010)

Our General Policy

Asian Women's Shelter (AWS) recognizes the importance of protecting information we may collect from visitors to our site.  Our policy is to use the information we acquire from visitors to our site for internal purposes only, and we maintain appropriate security measures to keep this information private.  Users can visit the site without revealing any personally identifying information about them.  If you choose to give us personal information via the Internet for the purposes of correspondence, making a donation, or providing a subscription to our newsletter, then it is our intent to let you know how we will use such information.  If users tell us that they do not wish to have this information used as a basis for further contact, we will respect those wishes.


This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control.  ASIAN WOMEN'S SHELTER takes precautions to keep the user information disclosed to us secure, and such information will not be disclosed to third parties for commercial purposes.  Asian Women's Shelter will not rent or sell your personal information disclosed through the website to third parties.  Asian Women's Shelter will not disclose personally identifiable information to any third party without consent.

If you provide an email address or other personal information (excluding financial information) when you visit our site, we may enter such information into our data base so we can contact you to ask your input, provide information about our programs and events, and request contributions.  If you would like us to withhold your information from such an exchange, please contact us.

Use of Cookies

Certain sections of the AWS web site use "cookies" to store user information.  A cookie is a small string of text that a web site can send to your browser.  A cookie cannot retrieve any other data from your hard drive, pass on computer viruses, or capture your email address.  Currently, web sites use cookies to enhance the user's visit; in general, cookies can securely store a user's ID and password, personalize home pages and identify which parts of a site have been visited.   Cookies help us understand which parts of our web sites are the most popular, where our visitors are going and how long they spend there.  We use cookies to study traffic patterns on our site so we can make the site even better.  If you are just browsing ASIAN WOMEN'S SHELTER's web site, a cookie identifies only your browser.  It is possible to set your browser to inform you when a cookie is being placed - this way, you have the opportunity to decide whether to accept the cookie.  If you are just browsing our site and are not a registered user, you do not have to accept a cookie and you can still continue browsing the site.  However, if you become a registered user on our web site (with a user ID and password), you must accept our site's cookies because they are essential for site administration and security.

Log Files

Like most standard website servers we use log files.  This helps us understand how people are using our site so we can make the site even better.  This includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user's movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.  IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Secure Online Donations

Donations and event registrations made on-line to ASIAN WOMEN'S SHELTER are made through WebLink, the SafeSave gateway of DonorPerfect.  All data is hosted via Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards for encrypting and securely transmitting credit card data.  When there is a need to store cardholder data -- for instance to automatically process a monthly pledge, DonorPerfect uses a Level 1 PCI-Certified Gateway to securely store the data.  Your donation record will just contain a "SafeSave Vault ID" that uniquely identifies that securely stored data.  Your payment account data is not kept on our computer, network or server.


This website contains links to other sites.  Please be aware that Asian Women's Shelter is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites.  This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this website.  Asian Women's Shelter may update or modify this Privacy Policy from time to time.  If any changes are made, Asian Women's Shelter will reflect the date on which any such changes are made and posted by updating the "last updated" date at the top of the page.  Please be sure to check this page periodically for changes.  This Privacy Policy was last changed and posted on our Website on November 1, 2010.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this privacy policy, please contact us at webmaster@sfaws.org.

We take privacy seriously and we value yours.