We do not automatically collect personal information about visitors to our website. When you request a subscription to our e-newsletter, COWS Notes, on our e-news sign-up page, we only require that you provide us with your name and email address. Your address is then added to an electronic mailing list, administered by Vertical Response, which is used exclusively for distribution of COWS Notes (and, occasionally, other information we believe will interest our subscribers). The addresses on our mailing list are never sold, leased, or shared in any other way with any third party.
You may voluntarily choose to provide other information when you subscribe to COWS Notes (your organization, address, etc.). This information helps us to better understand our subscriber base. We provide this information, in aggregate form only, to foundations that support our work. We never use this information to personally identify you, your organization, or your location.
It is easy to have your email address removed from our mailing list. Simply unsubscribe through the link provided in COWS Notes or send us an email, indicating the email address you wish to have removed. Instructions on how to unsubscribe appear at the end of each edition of COWS Notes.
We do collect aggregate data on this website – group data with no personal identifiers. We use this aggregate data to help us understand how our site is being used, to improve usability, and to enhance its quality. Please note that this is aggregate data only; individual visitors are never identified.
Like most standard web servers, our web server automatically logs information about website visits, including the user's Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), domain, URLs visited, and the date/time of the visit. The web logs allow us to generate aggregate data about our website traffic, which help us understand how our site is being used and how we can make it more useful for our visitors. We make no attempt to track individual users, nor do we link the web log information to any other database in order to identify individual users.
The COWS website does not use "cookies" (pieces of data that store information about your personal web usage on your computer). We also do not use "web bugs" (tiny graphics, similar to cookies, that are used to track individuals' web usage).
If you have any concerns about the COWS website and your privacy, please contact us.