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Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

These are the terms of use and privacy policy for (Site). The Site is operated by The Oakland Institute (the “Institute”, we, us and our), a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization with an address at P.O. Box 18978, Oakland, CA 94619.

Your use of the Site will be subject to these terms and by using the Site you agree to be bound by them. By using the Site, you also consent to the collection and use of information in accordance with this privacy policy. We are committed to protecting your privacy online. We appreciate that you do not want the personal information you provide to the Institute distributed indiscriminately and here we explain how we collect information, what we do with it and what controls you have.

We reserve the right to change these terms and privacy policy from time to time by changing it on the Site. This privacy policy was last updated on 13 August 2019.

We respect the intellectual property of others. If you believe that your work has been copied — by us or by any third party on our Site — in a manner that constitutes copyright infringement, please contact us.

Links and Frames

You may link to our Site as long as the link does not cast us in a false or misleading light. You may not frame the content of our Site.

Links to Other Websites

Our Site may contain links to other websites that we think may be of interest to you. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or the content of such websites.

Privacy Policy

The following statement discloses the privacy practices for the Site, and for all donations collected both online and offline. Questions regarding this statement should be directed to [email protected].

Your privacy is important to us. It is the policy of the Institute to respect the privacy of its donors, doctors, partners, and others with whom the Institute interacts. This privacy policy applies to information collected through our websites (Sites”), other applications (including mobile applications) (“Apps”), and any other interactions we may have with you (collectively, the “Services”).

Please read this policy carefully. We will post any changes to it here so that you will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information, and whether we will disclose that information to anyone. The Institute reserves the right to change this website privacy policy at any time. By using our Services, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

The Information We Collect Directly from You

We collect information you provide directly to us. For example, we collect information when you interact with us as a donor, send us an email, fill out a form, respond to a survey, register for an event, or otherwise communicate with us. The personal information that we may collect includes, but is not limited to:

  • Name

  • Address

  • E-mail addresses

  • Phone numbers

If you voluntarily provide us with your information online, such as when you make a contribution, complete a survey, or send us an email, we may gather personal information through that communication. On certain pages on our Site, such as our donation page or an information request form, you may be asked to provide credit card, and other information. We do not gather this information on our Site or our affiliated giving Sites without your permission. We can obtain your permission to gather before, during or after our Site or affiliated giving Sites collects your information. Permission may be granted to us in the donations you make to us or in other forms that you complete online or offline. If you wish to make a donation in honor of or memory of someone, we promise not to use the information you give us about that individual for any other purpose.

The Information We Collect Directly from Third Parties

We may gather information about you that is available to the public from other websites or sources such as LinkedIn and Facebook.

The Information We Collect Automatically

When you access or use the Services, we may automatically collect certain information about you, including:

  • Log Data. As is true of most websites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information may include internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, device identifier, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, clickstream data, and other usage data. We may combine this automatically-collected log information with other information we collect about you. We use log data to monitor use of our Sites and Services, for security purposes and for technical administration.

  • Device Information. We may collect information about the device you use to access our website or mobile applications, including the hardware model, operating system and version, unique device identifiers and mobile network information.

  • Information Collected by Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies. We and our service providers may use various technologies to collect information, including cookies and web beacons. Cookies are small data files stored on your hard drive or in device memory that help us to, among other things, improve our Services and your experience, see which areas and features of our Services are popular and count visits. Web beacons are clear, electronic images that may be used on our Services or in our emails and help deliver cookies, count visits, understand usage and campaign effectiveness and determine if an email has been opened and acted upon. If you wish to not have this information used for the purpose of serving you targeted ads, you may opt-out by emailing us at [email protected]. You can also delete cookie files from your hard drive, or avoid them altogether, by configuring your browser to reject them or to notify you when a cookie is being placed on your hard drive. Not all features of the Services will function as intended if you reject cookies. You can find out more about cookies at

We use the following cookies on our Site:

  • Google Analytics provides us the following information about each website visitor: pages viewed, location (country and city), search terms used, referral information (i.e., did the visitor come from another website, a search, or a link) and technology used (device, browser, and operating system)

  • Cloudflare cookies that according to the service are, “used to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis. For example, if the visitor is in a coffee shop where there are a bunch of infected machines, but the specific visitor's machine is trusted (e.g. because they've completed a challenge within your Challenge Passage period), the cookie allows us to identify that client and not challenge them again. It does not correspond to any user ID in your web application, and does not store any personally identifiable information.” source

  • Content Management System cookies to check if your browser has javascript enabled, or if you have previously closed a pop-up message.


Photos or video taken at our events may be used in publications such as brochures, newsletters, magazines, and video presentations. Such photos or videos may also be used electronically in online publications, our websites, e-mails, social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter, or in other electronic forms of media. If you are pictured and would like us to discontinue using the photo, please contact us at [email protected].

Links to Other Websites

Our website may contain links to affiliated vendor websites, such as e-mail services, online donor pages, and events registration pages. We are not responsible for the content or the privacy practices employed by those other websites. A link to another website does not constitute an endorsement of that website or any of the content or information provided by that website. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our Site and to read the privacy policies of each website that collects personal information.


Our web servers use log files which include IP addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and number of clicks in order to analyze trends, administer the Site, collect broad demographic information for aggregate use. The Institute utilizes a third party vendor, Google Analytics, to assist in collecting and analyzing such data. For more information about how Google collects and processes data when you visit websites or use apps that use Google technologies, please see

Statistics from email are collected and analyzed on both an individual and an aggregate basis. We use these statistics to better provide services to the public.

We may also use and disclose to third parties aggregated information and statistics regarding donations and contributions to the Institute. No individual personal information is included.

Donations and Event Registrations

Online donations and event registrations are processed by affiliated vendors, including Donor Box and Stripe. Credit card and other information you provide when making an online donation is provided directly to the third-party vendor for the purpose of processing and recording gifts. All credit card information is encrypted at the time of processing and not stored for further use.

How We Use and Disclose Information We Collect

We use the information we collect to further the mission of the Institute, which as an independent policy think tank, is to bring fresh ideas and bold action to the most pressing social, economic, and environmental issues of our time.

We do not sell online information that is collected from our donors and friends.

We may disclose your information to third party representatives with whom we contract to update our files and to Institute affiliated organizations in support of the Institute’s goals and objectives. We may use any information you disclose to us or in online applications to process your donations or to call, mail and market information about the Institute to you.

We can obtain your permission to disclose before, during or after our Site collects your user information. Permission may be granted to us in the donations you make to us or in other forms that you complete online or offline.

The Institute provides information to third-party vendors for updating and marketing purposes as described in this policy. Except in support of Institute affiliated programs, the Institute does not sell, trade, rent or otherwise provide any of your information to other organizations. Also, although unlikely, the Institute may be required by law enforcement or judicial authorities to provide information to the appropriate governmental authorities. In these cases, we will provide this information as and to the extent we have determined that the disclosure of any such information is appropriate.


The Institute operates secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. Our databases, including the system administrations logs, are password protected. The information you provide is stored in a secure location and is used and disclosed only as set forth in this policy. User information is accessible only to designated staff who need the information to perform a specific function or task related to the Institute’s mission, such as gift recording, assisting and communicating with donors, or providing donors with reports and receipts.

Our online giving page is a secure website, evidenced by the lock icon located on user browser pages. Our systems make it difficult for your information to be stolen or intercepted while it is being transferred over the Internet and while it is stored on our system. However, no encryption system can guarantee perfect security with the Internet.

Rights and Choices

  • Opt-Out. If you have do not wish to receive communications from us, you may unsubscribe at any time.

  • Correction. You have the right to access your personal information and to correct, amend, or delete such personal information if it is inaccurate. Requests for access, correction, amendment, or deletion should be sent to [email protected]. If you delete any account information, we may retain certain information as required by law or for legitimate business purposes.

  • “Do Not Track Requests.” Your Internet browser and mobile device may allow you to adjust your browser settings so that “do not track” requests are sent to the websites you visit. The Institute respects your wishes and will not track user activity once “do not track” signals have been activated.

  • California Privacy. If you are a California resident, California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits you to request information regarding the disclosure of your personal information by the Institute or its affiliates to a third party for the third party’s direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an email to [email protected]

International Operations

The Institute has updated its policies regarding the recording and use of personal information for individuals residing in the United Kingdom and the European Union, in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (“GDPR”).

If our processing of your information is subject to the GDPR, you have the right to certain information and other rights under the GDPR. The information and rights are as follows:

We will process your personal data in order to provide the Services and in furtherance of the mission of the Institute. The lawful bases for processing your data may include:

  • When you have given consent.

  • When processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party or in order to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract.

  • When processing is necessary to protect our legitimate interests or that of a third party, except where such interests are overridden by your interests or fundamental rights.

We may rely on more than one of the lawful bases for processing your information described above. If our processing is based on your consent, you have the right to withdraw the consent at any time. Subject to your right to erase personal data, we will store your information for as long as necessary for us to provide the Services.

You have the right to be informed about your personal data and how it is being processed, to access, correct and erase personal data, to restrict further processing, to obtain and reuse your data for your own purposes across different services and to object to processing. You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the relevant EU supervisory authority.

If we transfer your information to a recipient in a country outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”), we will ensure that at least one of the following shall apply: (i) the transfers will be to countries that have been deemed to provide an adequate level of protection for personal data by the European Commission; (ii) we have used specific model contracts approved by the European Commission which are intended to give personal data the same protection it has in Europe; (iii) where we use providers based in the US, we may transfer information to them if they are part of the Privacy Shield which requires them to provide similar protection to personal data shared between Europe and the US; or (iv) any alternative transfer mechanism that can under GDPR lawfully support the transfer. Please contact us if you want further information on the specific mechanism used by us when transferring your personal data out of the EEA.

Children’s Privacy

Please contact us at [email protected] if you become aware that a child for which you are the parent or guardian has provided us with personal information without your consent, and we will remove their information from our files.

Information Requests

If you have provided us with any information during a prior visit to, or use of the Site, you may request that we give you access to such information by sending us an email. You have the right to review the information and make any corrections to it that are appropriate.

Editing, Deleting or Deactivating Personal Information

If your personal information changes (such as zip code, phone, email or postal address), or if at any point you’d like to be removed from our systems entirely, you may contact us directly by emailing us at [email protected].

Changes to Our Policy

Our online privacy policy may change from time to time. If we make any substantive changes to our policies, we will post notice of changes on this page.

Acceptance of Privacy Policy

By using you signify your acceptance of our Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this policy, we ask that you refrain from using this Site or our Services. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to these terms will mean that you accept these changes.


We reserve the right to terminate our Sites and this Terms of Use and Privacy Policy at any time without notice for any reason. The Limitation of Liability section of this Terms of Use and Privacy Policy shall survive any such termination.

Disclaimers and Limitation of Liability

Although we take reasonable steps to prevent the introduction of viruses, worms, or other destructive materials and programs to our Sites, we do not guarantee or warrant that our Sites or materials that may be downloaded from our Sites are free from such destructive features. We are not liable for any damages or harm attributable to such features. We are not liable for any claim, loss or injury based on errors, omissions, interruptions or other inaccuracies in our Sites, nor for any claim, loss or injury that results from your use of our Sites or your breach of any provision of this agreement.

How to Contact Us

Please submit any questions, concerns or comments you have about this privacy policy or any requests concerning your personal data by email to [email protected] or write to us at:

The Oakland Institute, P.O. Box 18978, Oakland CA 94619