Sweetser Privacy Policy

Out of respect to our friends, Sweetser does not sell or exchange donor mailing lists. We only collect information to process your donation and to acknowledge your gift. 

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What Personal Information About Customers Does Sweetser Gather?

The information Sweetser learns from customers helps us personalize and continually improve your online experience. Here are the types of information Sweetser gathers.

  • Information Provided By You: Sweetser receives and stores any information you enter on Sweetser.org or give to Sweetser in any other way. You may choose not to provide certain information, but then you might not be able to take advantage of many of the features. Sweetser uses the information that you provide for such purposes as responding to your requests, improving our web site, and communicating with you, the customer.
  • Automatically Received/Retrieved Information: Sweetser receives and stores certain types of information whenever you interact with Sweetser.org. For example, like many Web sites, Sweetser.org uses "cookies," and Sweetser obtains certain types of information when your Web browser accesses Sweetser.org.
  • E-mail: If you do not want to receive e-mail or other mail from us, please contact Sweetser at info@sweetser.org.
  • Information from Other Sources: Sweetser.org might receive information about you from other sources and add it to our account information.

What About Cookies?

  • Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that Sweetser transfers to your computer's hard drive through your Web browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser.
  • 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. Additionally, you can disable or delete similar data used by browser add-ons, such as Flash cookies, by changing the add-on's settings or visiting the website of its manufacturer. However, cookies allow you to take full advantage of all Sweetser.org features (including online donations), and Sweetser recommends that you leave them turned on.

Does Sweetser Share the Information It Receives From Me? If so, what information?

Information about our customers is an important part of our business, and Sweetser is not in the business of selling it to others. Sweetser shares customer information only as described below in accordance with the Privacy Policy.

  • Third-Party Service Providers: Sweetser may employ other companies and individuals to perform functions on Sweetser's behalf. Examples include, but are not limited to, fulfilling orders, delivering packages, sending postal mail and e-mail, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance, providing search results and links (including paid listings and links), processing credit card payments, and providing customer service. Such third-party providers may have access to personal information needed to perform their functions, but they may not use it for other purposes.
  • Protection of Sweetser and Others: Sweetser may release account and other personal information when Sweetser believes release is appropriate to comply with the law; enforce or apply our Terms of Use and other agreements; or protect the rights, property, or safety of Sweetser, our users, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection and credit risk reduction. Obviously, however, this does not include selling, renting, sharing, or otherwise disclosing personally identifiable information from customers for commercial purposes in violation of the commitments set forth in this Privacy Policy.
  • With Your Consent: Other than as set out above, you will receive notice when information about you might go to third parties, and you will have an opportunity to choose not to share the information.

How Secure Is Information About Me?

  • Sweetser works to protect the security of your information during transmission by using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software, which encrypts information you input.
  • Sweetser reveals only the last four digits of your credit card numbers when confirming an order. Of course, Sweetser transmits the entire credit card number to the appropriate credit card company during order processing.
  • It is important for you to protect against unauthorized access to your password and to your computer. Be sure to sign off when finished using a shared computer.

What About Third-Party Advertisers and Links to Other Websites?

Our site may include third-party advertising and links to other websites. Sweetser does not provide any personally identifiable customer information to these advertisers or third-party websites. These third-party websites and advertisers, or Internet advertising companies working on their behalf, sometimes use technology to send (or "serve") the advertisements that appear on our website directly to your browser. They automatically receive your IP address when this happens. They may also use cookies, JavaScript, web beacons (also known as action tags or single-pixel gifs), and other technologies to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize advertising content. Sweetser does not have access to or control over cookies or other features that they may use, and the information practices of these advertisers and third-party websites are not covered by this Privacy Policy. Please contact them directly for more information about their privacy practices.

What Choices Do I Have?

  • As discussed above, you can always choose not to provide information.
  • If you do not want to receive e-mail or other mail from us, please contact info@sweetser.org. (If you do not want to receive the Terms of Use (if updated) and other legal notices from us, such as this Privacy Policy, those notices will still govern your use of Sweetser.org, and it is your responsibility to review them for changes.)

Are Children Allowed to Use Sweetser.org?

Sweetser does not offer products for purchase by children. If you are under 18, you may donate to Sweetser only with the involvement of a parent or guardian.

Terms of Use, Notices, and Revisions

If you choose to visit Sweetser.org, your visit and any dispute over privacy is subject to this Policy and our Terms of Use, including limitations on damages, arbitration of disputes, and application of the law of the state of Maine. If you have any concern about privacy at Sweetser.org, please contact us with a thorough description, and Sweetser will try to resolve it. E-mail us with any questions: info@sweetser.org.

What Our Donors Are Saying

I like the fact that my gift is helping children who need a better chance in life. Sweetser has been doing a good job with kids and making a difference for many years. My mother contributed to Sweetser for many years and I continue this support. -Wesley Ford

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