This privacy notice discloses the privacy practices for Post Carbon Institute’s network of websites, including postcarbon.org, resilience.org, richardheinberg.org, shalebubble.org, ourrenewablefuture.org, and energy-reality.org. It applies solely to information collected by our websites. It notifies you of the following:
- What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the website, how it is used, and with whom it may be shared.
- What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.
- The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.
- How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.
Information collection, use, and sharing
We are the sole owners of the information collected on these sites. We only collect and have access to information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone.
We will use your information to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g. to ship an order.
User information and cookies
On our websites where you can create an account, we store the personal information you provide in your user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
Also on these websites, when you visit a login page we set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser. When you log in, we also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
On our websites where you can create content (e.g. quiz responses in an online course, posts in a forum), your content and its metadata are retained indefinitely. Additionally, a cookie will be saved in your browser; this cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the page where you entered information and it expires after 1 day.
Our websites use Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google, Inc. Google Analytics employs cookies that are stored to your computer in order to facilitate an analysis of your use of our websites. The information generated by these cookies, such as time, place and frequency of your visits to our sites, including your IP address, is transmitted to Google’s location in the US and stored there.
Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law or where such third parties process this data on Google’s behalf. Google states that it will in never associate your IP address with other data held by Google. You can prevent cookies from being installed by with a deactivation add-on provided by Google for most current browsers that provides you with more control over what data Google can collect on websites you access; for more information visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
Google Analytics also uses electronic images known as web beacons (sometimes called single pixel gifs) and are used along with cookies to compile aggregated statistics to analyze how our sites are used.
Your access to and control over information
You may opt out of future contact from us at any time. You can do the following at any time by contacting us via the email address or phone number given on our websites:
- See what data we have about you, if any.
- Change/correct any data we have about you.
- Have us delete any data we have about you.
- Express any concern you have about our use of your data.
We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline.
Wherever we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a lock icon in the address bar and looking for “https” at the beginning of the address of the Web page.
While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, billing or customer service) are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.
Questions and concerns