Our commitment to your privacy

Since our establishment in 2004, The Hollings Center has been committed to maintaining the confidentiality, integrity, and security of personal information about our current and potential donors

What information we obtain

Information you provide directly to us. For certain activities, such as when you subscribe to our updates or newsletters, or contact us directly, we may collect some or all of the following types of information:

  • Your contact information, including your name and email address
  • Country of residence
  • Areas of interest (if you choose to receive newsletters, updates, or other information from us)
  • Any other information you choose to provide to us.

It is always your choice whether to provide this personal data. However, some personal data must be provided to allow you to participate in certain programs, activities, or events.

Information we collect automatically. We collect certain information automatically when you use our Site through the use of cookie technology. Cookies are small amounts of data that a website exchanges with a web browser or application on a visitors device. Information collected include your Internet protocol (IP) address, browser type, operating system, Internet service provider, pages that you visit before and after using the Site, the date and time of your visit, information about the links you click, the pages you view, the general manner in which you navigate the Site, and other standard server log information.

We may use this information to process transactions; to respond to inquiries from you and to address and fix technical problems and improve our Site. The Hollings Center takes great care to protect your personal information and when we use it, we do so with respect for your privacy.

Limitations. Our Site is not intended for minors (individuals under the age of 18), and we do not knowingly collect personal data from minors. Additionally, we will not sell or use your data for commercial purposes.

How we use your information

We may use your personal data to: send you information you have expressly chosen to receive; review and respond to documents or other information you submit; administer and inform our program and other business; and comply with applicable law, court order, or regulation.

Connecting with The Hollings Center on social media platforms

The Hollings Center provides experiences on social media platforms that enable online sharing and collaboration among users who have registered to use them. We collect information you provide by interacting with us via social media, such as photographs, opinions, or Twitter handles. Please do not share any personal information via The Hollings Center social media platforms. Any content you post, such as pictures, information, opinions, or any personal information that you make available to other participants on these social platforms is collected and stored by The Hollings Center on those platforms.

Third Party Analytics

We use Google Analytics to analyze the use of this website.  Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users’ computers.  The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store and use this information.  Google’s Privacy Policy is available at: http://www.google.com/privacypolicy.html.

We also use third party plug-ins from Swiftype to provide you with in-site search functionality. Swiftype’s privacy policy is available at https://swiftype.com/privacy.

Legal bases under the GDPR. If you are in the European Union, we will collect and use your personal data only if we have one or more legal bases for doing so under the GDPR. This means we collect and use your personal data only where: you have given your consent for one or more specific purposes; it is necessary for our legitimate interests and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.


For your convenience, you may choose to write or call us with your request for accessing and, if necessary, correcting your personal information.

How we protect your information

Personal data shall be subject to additional safeguards to ensure this data is processed securely. For example, we work hard to ensure data is encrypted when in transit and storage, and access to this data will be strictly limited to a minimum number of individuals and subject to confidentiality commitments.

We may share the personal information that we collect with government agencies or other regulatory bodies and law enforcement.

The Hollings Center processes and stores your personal data only for the time necessary to achieve the stated purpose or as permitted under the applicable laws or regulations.

As soon as the purpose for data storage is achieved, or the appropriate term of storage provided for by any applicable laws or regulations expires, your personal data will be deleted.

Last Reviewed July 2018