Futures and Options is committed to protecting your right to browse our website anonymously, and to participate in our online offerings without fear of harassment or undesired commercial messages.
If you suspect that our site is somehow compromising your privacy, or if you would like to review or correct any personal information that we have collected about you, please contact Nell Schwed immediately.
We will not rent, sell, give away, or transfer the email addresses of people who use our services or contact us. If you subscribe to our Get Updates service, we may share your email address with an email service provider that sends the newsletters on our behalf.
You may elect not to receive further communications from us by noting that this is your preference in response to communications from us that you receive. All Futures and Options e-newsletters and direct email communications have easy-to-follow unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email. You may also email Nell Schwed at any time if you wish to be removed from our email list.
We may use web-browser cookies to keep track of your session from page to page as you browse the site. We do this to provide a clear picture of how visitors, in the aggregate, use our site and what features or resources they are most interested in.
Anti-Spamming / Anti-Malware
We will make reasonable efforts to ensure that our website and servers are not exploited by people who seek to deliver unsolicited commercial messages, propaganda, or software meant to subvert the security of your computer. We do this by keeping our server software up to date, and by following strict system administration policies.
Our servers are operated by the Fund for the City of New York. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org immediately if you suspect that this site has been "hacked" or compromised in any way.
We use encryption where possible to avoid exposing usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, or other sensitive information on the open Internet.
Server Logs and Privacy
We compile and maintain industry-standard logs of all server activity in order to fine-tune our server and to provide abstract information about usage patterns on our site.
A close audit of these logs, combined with the cooperation of your ISP, could theoretically be used to identify you. We will only undertake such an investigation in order to stop harassment of, or denial of services to, other Internet users.
Form Responses and Privacy
The information which you submit to Futures and Options via web forms or email becomes part of our institutional communications archive. This information will be treated as private during the normal course of business, but may someday be released publicly due to legal action or for historical/research purposes. In the unlikely event that all of our assets relating to the Site are sold or transferred to another party, your personally identifiable information may be transferred to this acquiring entity.
Please do not use the web or email to communicate information which must never be disclosed; or if you do, please take appropriate measures to dissociate such communication from your identity. One way to do this is to use an anonymous proxy. See this article as a starting point for finding such a resource.
The web or email should not be used for unauthorized disclosure of sensitive documents, or the disclosure of personal information if such disclosure would tend to injure, or defame, or put anyone at physical risk.
Links to Other Sites
Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we adhere to the 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). (For more information, visit the Federal Trade Commission's COPPA site.) We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13 years that is submitted to us via the Internet. If you are under 13 years of age, please do not submit your personally identifiable information to us. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received personally identifiable information from a user under the age of thirteen, other than in a legally permissible situation, we will delete the information from our records as soon as it is discovered by us.
The Futures and Options website includes articles, editorials, photos, audio, and video from a wide variety of sources. We make every effort to ensure that we have the right to publish, republish, or embed this material in our website. Please contact Nell Schwed with notifications of claimed copyright infringement, or send them to the address or fax listed on our Contact page.
Questions or Concerns
Whenever you have any questions or concerns, please contact us through any medium you prefer. Your satisfaction in dealing with Futures and Options is important to us. If you have questions about Futures and Options' privacy practices described above, please email us.
If you have general questions about Futures and Options, please contact us here.
Futures and Options may provide links on the website to other websites that are not under the control of Futures and Options. In general, any website that has an address (or URL) that does not contain "futuresandoptions.org" is such a website. These links are provided for convenience of reference only and are not intended as an endorsement by Futures and Options of the organization or individual operating the website, or a warranty of any kind regarding the website or the information on the website.
Thank you for taking the time to read this document. If you feel that it does not adequately address your concerns, please send an explanatory email to nschwedfuturesandoptions.org.
This policy was last updated on April 14, 2010.