Privacy Policy

The Overseas Press Club of America’s Global Parachute (OPC-GP) is committed to protecting the privacy of visitors to our website. OPC-GP has established this Privacy Policy to explain what information we collect through this website and how it is used.

In this policy, “OPC-GP” refers to OPC-GP staff, board members, attorneys, interns, volunteers, and consultants, all of whom are bound by law or contract to keep information they receive as part of their assistance to OPC-GPP confidential. OPC-GP does not sell or rent donor information under any circumstances, and we do not share information without prior consent.

Information Gathered by OPC-GP’s Website For visitors to our website, we temporarily log standard technical information, such as the numerical Internet protocol (IP) address of the computer you are using; the browser software you use and your operating system; and the Internet address of the website from which you followed a link to our site, for up to 48 hours. The information is kept for 48 hours primarily to assist OPC-GP in diagnosing technical problems and defending against attacks on the site. After 48 hours, OPC-GP anonymizes, obfuscates, aggregates and/or deletes unneeded technical information. Circumstances in which OPC-GP may need to retain technical information longer than 48 hours include when we believe it is reasonably necessary for conducting site testing, diagnosis of technical problems, and defending against attacks on the site. In those instances we will delete the information as soon as it is apparent the information is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was kept.

We do not use persistent cookies on this site or other similar functionality. We may use session cookies from time to time. Session cookies expire when you close your browser. You can set your browser to refuse cookies, and use “Tor” if you wish to keep your IP number and other technical information anonymous.

In addition, OPC-GP collects and retains information you submit to us. It is up to you whether to submit information to us, and how much information to provide. If you choose to become an OPC member, we ask for your name, title, email address, city, state, postal code, country of residence, and phone number, and to select a password. We may ask for additional personal information when you provide feedback or comments, or otherwise communicate with us. OPC-GP’s Use of Information

In general, OPC-GP uses the information provided by you to further its mission, protect privacy, defend press freedom, and protect your rights as a journalist. We use user information to process and manage your access within OPC-GP. If you opt in, we will use your e-mail address to send you electronic updates and alerts on press freedom and OPC events. If you choose to complete the "Please tell us why you’re requesting access to OPC-GP" field when requesting access to OPC-GP, this information may be shared with the entire OPC-GP staff and board, and select unattributed quotes may be used to promote our mission, such as including a relevant quote in a grant proposal. You can let us know that you do not wish to receive our e-mail communications by un-checking or not checking the subscription request box on the form you are completing, by un-checking or not checking the subscription request box on our User Preference Page, by unsubscribing from further email communications of a specific type following receipt of an e-mail of that type, or by contacting us via postal mail sent to: Overseas Press Club of America, Attention: Webmaster, 40 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036.

If you invite another person to join OPC-GP, we will ask for that person's name and online contact information. We use this information to contact and, if necessary, remind that person that he or she has been invited to join OPC-GP. If you provide information for publication, such as suggesting an article or link on our websites (www.opcofamerica.org, OPC-GP), we may use your name to provide you with credit. We may run surveys, contests, or similar activities through this site. Such information will be used for the purposes for which it was collected. We look at technical information to diagnose problems with our server and to administer the OPC-GP (URL) site.

Third-Party Service Providers Electronic communications for the OPC-GP site are operated by a third-party service provider (“Provider”), which is currently Constant Contact. Provider has a log of current e-mail addresses, first and last names to those who have requested and have been accepted into the OPC-GP website. The information remains under our control, and our agreement with Provider requires the information to be kept confidential and disclosed only to Provider’s employees who require such access in the course of their assigned duties.

OPC-GP may change the provider from time to time, and will transfer stored information to the new provider subject to similar restrictions. From time to time, OPC-GP may work with third-party consultants or other service providers who may have access to personally identifiable information. In such cases, we will restrict their use of personally identifiable information in accordance with their assigned tasks and subject to the limitations of this privacy policy. OPC-GP's site provides links to a wide variety of third-party websites. OPC-GP is not responsible for, and does not have any control over, the privacy practices or the content of such third parties. We encourage users to read the privacy policies of any website visited.

Disclosure of Your Information While OPC-GP endeavors to provide the highest level of protection for your information, we may disclose personally identifiable information about you to third parties only with your consent. In addition, we will independently object to requests for access to information about users of our site that we believe to be improper. Updating or Removing Your Information You may choose to correct, update, or delete the membership information you have submitted to us by sending an email requesting changes to webadmin@opcofamerica.org. Furthermore, if we inadvertently collect more personal information than intended, we endeavor to delete the extraneous information. However, please understand that deleted information may continue to persist on backup media. Changes to Our Policies OPC-GP’s Privacy Policy may change from time to time. However, any revised privacy policy will be consistent with OPC-GP’s mission. If we make any substantive changes to our policies, we will place notice of changes on this page.

Security OPC-GP employs industry standard security measures to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. Information submitted through this site is encrypted through a Secured Socket Layer (SSL) connections, which protects the information in transit. The voluntarily submitted data we collect about you is stored on a secure, password protected server and only authorized personnel have access to your information. We use industry-standard encryption technologies with respect to the receipt and transfer of voluntarily submitted data you submit to us on the OPC-GP website and only authorized personnel have access to your information. Nevertheless, despite our best efforts, no transmission over the Internet and no data storage method can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.