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The Co-Intelligence Institute / Taoofdemocracy.org Privacy Policy


In general, you can access and browse our web sites co-intelligence.org or taoofdemocracy.com without disclosing your personal data.

However, we realize that making online donations or purchases at these sites requires trust on your part. We value your trust very highly, and pledge to you that we will work to protect the security and privacy of any personal information you provide to us and that your personal information will only be used as set forth in this Policy.

(Note that orders for The Tao of Democracy made through the Publisher, the Writers Collective, over their 800 number are covered by the privacy policies of The Writers Collective, over which the Co-Intelligence Institute has no control.)

The personal information covered by this Pivacy Policy includes your name, address, phone number, email address, and credit-card information, in addition to any other personal information that can be linked to you, personally. We believe that you have a right to know, before and after giving us any information, exactly what information we might collect from you, why we collect it and how we use it.

The Co-Intelligence Institute and Taoofdemocracy.com do not and will not sell or rent your personal information to anyone. We collect only the personal information you allow us to collect, and then it is used only to help us serve you better.

Read more about:

  1. What personal information we collect
  2. How we use your personal information
  3. With whom we share your personal information
  4. How you can decide what marketing communication you'll receive from us
  5. How we protect the security of your personal information
  6. Changes to the Co-Intelligence Institute or taoofdemocracy.com
  7. Do you still have questions?

Privacy Policy

1. What personal information we collect

We collect personal information that you choose to provide voluntarily when using the co-intelligence.org or taoofdemocracy.com websites. We do not collect personal information about our visitors from other sources, such as public records or bodies, or private organizations. We may also ask for personal information when you contact us about past donations or purchases. This will allow us to protect your confidentiality by verifying your identity. The Co-Intelligence Institute and taoofdemocracy.com do not knowingly collect personal information about children. If you are a minor and would like to donate online to the Co-Intelligence Institute or shop online at co-intelligence.org or taoofdemocracy.com, please ask a parent or guardian for assistance.

Purchase information

When you make a purchase using a credit card, we collect your name, your billing address for the card, the card type, number and expiration date. We collect this information in order to bill you for your purchase. We also collect information that allows us to ship your order. This includes your email address and the name, address, and phone number of the intended recipient(s).

Contacting co-intelligence.org or taoofdemocracy.com
We will use your email address or physical address to respond to your questions, suggestions, and/or requests for assistance in using our site.

Email subscriptions
We also use your email address to send you periodic bulletins or newsletters to which you have subscribed.

Other times we may collect personal information
From time to time, co-intelligence.org or taoofdemocracy.com may conduct surveys or networking efforts via our websites, email or other media. If you choose to participate, we may request your name, email address, mailing address and other personal information. We will never sell or rent such information to any third parties.

2. How we use your personal information.

Information we collect on co-intelligence.org or taoofdemocracy.com may be used in the following ways:

  • Deliver merchandise that you purchase online
  • Bill your credit card for your purchases or donations
  • Confirm your shopping orders
  • Respond to your customer service inquiries or requests
  • Send you further information about the activities of the Co-Intelligence Institute or related to The Tao of Democracy or other information you have requested
  • Invite your support of or participation in such activities

3. When and with whom we share your personal information.

We never sell or rent your personal information to any third parties under any circumstances. We will share personal customer information only with our agents, representatives and trusted service providers and contractors for the limited purposes of fulfilling your orders; offering certain products and services in connection with our website; communicating to customers and donors; providing customer service and donor acknowledgement; enhancing and improving the customer shopping experience; providing a personalized shopping experience and completing credit card transactions.

Aside from the purposes described above, we will never share your personal information with any other third parties unless we have your express permission or under special circumstances, such as when we believe in good faith that the disclosure is required by law. We may share aggregated demographic and statistical information with our partners. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.

4. How you can decide what marketing communication you'll receive from us.

If you choose to receive them, The Co-Intelligence Institute or taoofdemocracy.com may periodically send you email messages describing new activities, programs, publications, and special offers. You can choose to stop receiving this email at any time simply by sending us an email asking to be removed from our promotional lists.

5. How we protect the security of your personal information.

We give you the option of using a secure transmission method to send us the following types of personal data:

  • primary personal data (such as name and contact details)
  • identifiers (such as credit card details)

We have implemented security policies, rules and technical measures to protect the personal data that we have under our control from unauthorized access, improper use or disclosure, unauthorized modification, unlawful destruction or accidental loss.

All our employees and data processors, who have access to, and are associated with the processing of personal data, are obliged to respect the confidentiality of our visitors' personal data. We ensure that your personal data will not be disclosed to State institutions and authorities except if required by law or other regulation.

6. Changes to the Co-Intelligence Institute/Taoofdemocracy.com Privacy Policy.

This Privacy Policy was posted on taoofdemocracy.com on 4/24/03 and revised 6/20/04. We reserve the right to change, modify or amend this policy at any time. If we make any significant change to this policy, we will post notice of the change on co-intelligence.org and taoofdemocracy.com for thirty (30) days in advance.

7. Do you still have questions?

If you have further questions or concerns regarding our privacy policies and practices, please let us know. You may reach us at info@taoofdemocracy.com or cii@igc.org.

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