Privacy Policy

At the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation (the Foundation), we respect the privacy of everyone who visits our Web site and are dedicated to protecting consumer privacy on the Internet. The information below is an overview of the Foundation’s online information practices. We may need to change this online privacy statement from time to time in order to address new issues relating to our Web site – please check this Policy regularly. By visiting the Foundation at www.bcbsncfoundation.org, you accept the practices described in this Policy.

DATA COLLECTION

Through our website, the Foundation offers convenient online access to our services and communicates with you about important opportunities and events. We will not collect personal information from you when you visit our website unless you provide the information to us voluntarily and knowingly. Personal information is data that identifies you, such as your name, contact information and so on. Examples of when you may provide us with personal information include any or all of the following:

  • Registering for an event or opportunity: When you register online for an event or opportunity, we may ask for your name and contact information.
  • Signing up for email notifications of Foundation news or grant opportunities:  When you register your email for our Constant Contact email news service

HOW WE HANDLE YOUR INFORMATION

We do not use or disclose the personal information you give us online unless it is required or permitted under the federal and state laws that apply to the Foundation. These laws closely regulate how the Foundation may handle your information. Under these laws, we are permitted to use and disclose your personal information to support the services provided on this Web site, as well as our offline business functions. We also may disclose your personal information to our agents or vendors who perform various functions on our behalf, but we require these third parties to agree in writing to safeguard your information appropriately. In addition, we do not sell or rent your personal information to third parties.

We will disclose information to government officials or others if we are legally required to do so. In addition, certain statutory authorizations allow us to disclose personal information in emergency situations or to protect our rights and property. We may use the personal information you submit to our Web site to create aggregated, anonymous data, which we will use to tailor our site to your interests, develop new features, and monitor the usage of our site. We may perform statistical analyses of these aggregate data and disclose the results as permitted by law.

COOKIES

The Foundation uses “cookie” technology to improve your experience on our site. Cookies are small pieces of data that we place in your computer’s browser to store your preferences. Cookies themselves do not generate personal information about you and we do not attempt to link cookie data to your personal information. We use cookies only to make your experience on this Web site more enjoyable.

SECURITY

The Foundation has taken safeguards to protect information collected from our online visitors against unauthorized access and use. All online forms that include information captured from our users are secured using a Secured Socket Layer (SSL), which encrypts the information as it travels from the desktop to our server. The Foundation obtains certification from industry-recognized security vendors to ensure that our systems meet security standards. As an additional security measure, the Foundation uses a firewall to prevent unauthorized access to our site. Site personnel monitor activity logs at regular intervals to look for unauthorized intrusions. The Foundation is concerned about your privacy and the security of your information.

For your protection, please do not send e-mail to us that contain personally identifiable information or protected health information. We cannot guarantee the security of these e-mails before they reach us, in contrast to the security precautions in place when you send us personal information via an online form on this Web site.

LINKS TO THIRD PARTY WEB SITES

The Foundation may have provided links and pointers to Internet sites maintained by third parties (“third party sites”) and may from time to time provide third party materials on this site. These sites are independently owned and operated by third parties, who have their own privacy practices. The third party materials in this site and the third party sites are provided “as is” and without warranties of any kind either express or implied. To the fullest extent permissible pursuant to applicable law, the Foundation disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. The Foundation does not warrant or make any representations regarding the use or the results of the use of the third party materials in the third party sites in terms of their correctness, accuracy, timeliness, reliability or otherwise.

CHILDREN

The Foundation does not direct this site to children or knowingly collect personal information from children under age 13. If a child has provided personally identifiable information through the Foundation’s website, we request that a parent or guardian contact us to work with him or her to delete from our records personal information that a child may have disclosed improperly on this site.

CONTACT US

We are sincerely committed to protecting your personal privacy. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at mark.dessauer@bcbsncfoundation.org.

Last Revised: November 2014