The National Blues Museum

 

Our Privacy Policy

Summary

Although you should read through the National Blues Museum’s (“Museum”) Privacy Policy for complete information on how we collect, use, share, and secure information, the following provides a summary of some the most important aspects of our privacy practices:

We may use your personally identifiable information to provide you with information that you request or to process any donation that you submit to the Museum.

We take reasonable measures to secure your personal information, but we cannot promise, and you should not expect, that your personal information will remain secure in all circumstances.

 

What Information Do We Collect?

The Museum collects both personally identifiable information and non-personally identifiable information.  When we refer simply to the term “information” in this privacy policy, we are referring to how the Museum collects, uses, or shares both the personally identifiable and non-personally identifiable information that it collects.

Personally identifiable information refers to information that is collected in conjunction with your name.  The Museum does not collect any personally identifiable information about you unless you provide it voluntarily.  If you do not want us to collect personally identifiable information about you, you can simply decide not to submit it to us.  The Museum does not seek any personally identifiable information from children, and if you are under 18 you should not provide us with any information.

Non-personally identifiable information refers to information that the Museum may collect from you that is not collected in conjunction with your name.

 

How Do We Collect Information?

We may collect information from you by asking you to provide it to us on a printed form or on-line.  For instance, if you choose to signup for our mailing list, we will ask for your name and email address.  If you choose to make a donation, we will ask you to provide us, or a third party payment processor, with certain personally identifiable information, including your name, address, telephone number, and payment information, in order for us to process and acknowledge your donation. 

We may also collect information from you automatically.  For instance, many sites use “cookies,” which are small text files that reside on your computer to identify you as a unique user.  We may use cookies on our website to allow us to, among other things, measure activity and to personalize your experience.  Cookies may enable us to remember your viewing preferences without requiring you to re-type a user name and password.  Cookies may also allow us to track your status or progress when requesting products, services, or information.  If you choose, you can set your browser to reject cookies, or you can manually delete individual or all of the cookies on your computer by following your browser’s help file directions.  However, if your browser is set to reject cookies or you manually delete cookies, you may have some trouble accessing and using some of the pages and features that are currently on our website, or that we may put on our website in the future.

 

How Do we Use Information?

Our primary purpose in collecting information about you is to provide you with information that you request or to process your donation.  We may also decide to use information about you to track how you use our site.  In addition, we may aggregate the personally identifiable information that you provide with the personally identifiable information that other users provide in order to conduct research, analysis, or studies for our own purposes (i.e., not related to providing you with specific services). 

We may decide to send our users email or other communications.  If you decide that you would no longer like to receive such messages you can “opt-out” from receiving such messages from the Museum.  In order to “opt-out” you can click on an “unsubscribe” link provided at the bottom of every commercial e-mail that you receive from the Museum.  If you opt-out you will continue to receive communications from us relating to any donations you make.  If you decide at a later time that you would like to receive commercial emails from us, you may be able to re-add yourself to our communication list.

 

With Whom Do We Share Information?

The Museum may rent, sell, or share your information with other people or companies, including but not limited to the following circumstances:

Sharing Your Information with Third Parties.  The Museum may share the information you provide, such as your name and your postal address, with other reputable organizations and companies whose products and services might interest you.  Please note that the privacy policies of these organizations and companies may differ from ours. 

Sharing Your Information with Subcontractors.  From time to time we may share information with subcontractors that provide us with services.  These services may include, among other things, helping to provide services that you request, helping to create or maintain our databases, helping to research and analyze the people who request services or information from us, and/or helping to process payment card information.

Sharing Your Information with Law Enforcement.  We may report to law enforcement agencies any activities that we reasonably believe to be unlawful, or that we reasonably believe may aid a law enforcement investigation into unlawful activity.  In addition, we reserve the right to release your information to law enforcement agencies if we determine, in our sole judgment, that either you have violated our policies, or the release of your information may protect the rights, property or safety of the Museum, you, or another person. 

Sharing Your Information as Permitted by Law.  We may share your information with others as required by, or permitted by, law.  This may include sharing your personally identifiable information with governmental entities or third parties in response to subpoenas, court orders, other legal process, or as we believe is necessary to exercise our legal rights, to defend against legal claims that have been brought against us, or to defend against possible legal claims that we determine in our sole discretion might be brought against us.

Blogs and Online Postings.  We may decide to allow people who visit our website to share comments, postings, or other information.  If we do so, and you choose to submit information on our website, the information that you choose to post, including any personally identifiable information that you choose to post, may be available generally to the public.

Business Transition.  In the event that the Museum, or any portion of the Museum’s assets, are sold or acquired, your information will be transferred to the acquiring entity.  In such a situation, you will be provided with notice that a transfer of your information is imminent, and you will be given an opportunity to opt-out of the transfer of your information. 

 

How Do we Secure Information?

The Museum has instituted reasonable measures to keep your sensitive identifiable information secure and to help prevent it from becoming disclosed to individuals who are not described in this policy.  While we follow reasonable procedures to try to protect your sensitive identifiable information, no security system is perfect and we cannot promise, and you should not expect, that such information will remain secure in all circumstances.

 

How Do We Communicate With You?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Museum’s privacy policy, please contact us at info@nationalbluesmuseum.org. If we need, or are required, to contact you concerning any event that involves your information, we may do so by email, telephone, or mail. 

 

Miscellaneous

Other Websites.  Our website, or our e-mails, may link to third parties’ websites. It is also possible that third parties’ websites or e-mails may link to our website.  We are not responsible for the content or the privacy practices employed by third parties. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of these websites before transmitting any sensitive identifiable information to them.

Changes to the Privacy Policy.  We reserve the right to modify or amend this policy at any time by posting the revised privacy policy on our website.  Material changes will only affect the information we collect after the effective date of the change to our privacy policy unless we clearly express otherwise. 

 

Effective Date: May 17, 2012