Being Internet Citizens ourselves, we’re big believers in privacy here at ethical muse, Ltd. In keeping with the guidelines outlined by the Internet Advertising Bureau, here’s the skinny on our privacy policy for www.ethicalmuse.com:

Information Collection
If you send us an email, or fill out a form on our site, we will contact you about your request. At some point in time, if we ever get a few free minutes we might send you a newsletter or some other “ethical muse Loves You” email to tickle your interest. We also look at the log files on our Web server to evaluate traffic patterns, but this only identifies you by your IP number. What we will not do is sell your information to other companies or mailing lists, nor will we abuse our privilege in having your contact information. We hate spam too. If you really don’t want to ever hear from us again, just tell us and we’ll remove you from the archive, no problem.

Other disclosures
We are committed to data security, and protect our Web server and internal network servers with firewalls and frequent supervision of server activity. We don’t store any personal or credit card information on our server. We reserve the right to compare our data with industry trends, and show it in a nifty Power Point presentation someday (if we ever get so bored we can’t find anything better to do). We also reserve the right to supplement our data with third-party acquired data, but we doubt we’ll ever need to.  As a social enterprise we feel it is part of our core business ethics to keep all customer-ethical muse communications as privileged information, similar to an attorney or a doctor. We  hold privacy as one of our main concerns. If you have any questions about privacy, or want us to forever delete your name from our minds, please email us contact@ethicalmuse.com.

Cookies and Log Files
We don’t use cookies. We do look at our log files from time to time. It’s fascinating. We encourage you to look at your own log files at least once a month. It’s good for you. We do not use click stream data on our site.

Choice and Consent
You can’t “opt out” of log files. It just doesn’t work that way. Sorry. You can, however, “opt out” of being contacted by us simply by requesting to be deleted from our archives (see the first section above, or just email us). As far as we know, no minor or individual under the age of 13 would be  interested in our site, but just for the record, we support the requirements set forth by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

Data Quality and Access
We keep a chronological record of all our contact form information. We have yet to use it in any way, but if we did we’d probably make sure that the email addresses were fresh and accurate. After all, it doesn’t make much marketing sense to email an old list, right?

Limited Use
Why are we collecting all these contact form records? Because we try to practice what we preach. We believe that you should be able to look back someday and benchmark the success of your site, and this is one way that we can benchmark our site’s usefulness. Even if we don’t send you newsletters, we can at least count how many inquiries we’ve had over the years, and what their interests were. Good stuff there, making for good marketing decisions. Again, this is just for our records, not for selling to spam-lists. We value your privacy  as much as our own. You can tell us exactly how to use your information and when. The only exception is this: If, for whatever reason, the use and disclosure of information is required by law through a subpoena, search warrant or other legal process, then disclosure may take place without the individual’s consent. We seriously hope this never happens, but we have to say this because our attorney is rather strict.