Your Privacy is Important to Us.

Effective Date:  April 6, 2010

Welcome to OurHudson.Org, an internet-based forum about the future in support of the goal of the Hudson Fulton Champlain Quadricentenial Commission to advance a vision and practical agenda for the Hudson Valley.  Through online networking tools including a community journal, thematic discussions, and affinity groups, and the electronic publication of video, audio, and print content, OurHudson.Org seeks to engage citizens in a river-long discussion of possibilities about the future of our region.  This website and its contents are designed to comply with U.S. law and regulations.

We at the Hudson River Foundation (individually and collectively, “HRF”) are committed to making OurHudson.Org an interesting, entertaining and thought provoking forum for its users (“Users”).  To achieve these goals, we occasionally need information supplied by you (“User Information”) when you visit our site (the “Site”). HRF takes seriously and values your privacy, and accordingly protects User Information as described below.   User Information gathered through the Site is not sold or provided to third-party vendors for the purposes of direct marketing.

Before using the Site or submitting any information to the Site, please read this Privacy Policy (the “Policy”) carefully for an explanation of how we will treat User Information.  If you do not agree to the Policy, please do not use the Site.  Your use of the any part of the Site indicates your acceptance of the Policy and the collection and use of your personal information in accordance with the Policy.  Please note that the Policy only applies to information collected on the Site.  If you have further questions about the Policy, please contact us at

User Information

The Site requires Users to submit certain information for access to some of the Site services, including but not limited to making User submissions and/or posting Communications to the Site. Viewing content on the site does not require the submission of such information. The submission form requires Users to give us the following User Information:

Full Name

E-mail Address

Confirmation that User has read and agrees to the Terms of Use (including that User is above 13 years old)

From time to time, HRF may ask additional questions to determine how we can better serve our constituents.

In the event that you contact us for support through the Site, we may also request that you provide additional User Information relevant to the support requested by you. Users are under no obligation to provide such information. However, we cannot guarantee that we can provide support in the event that relevant information related to the use of the Site is withheld. We may retain communications relating to support, and/or information drawn from such communications, for statistical and/or reference purposes.

In the event that we decide to operate a user forum via the Site, and you decide to participate in that forum, any personal private and/or confidential information that you elect to disclose to other users on the forum shall be disclosed voluntarily and at your own risk. Such disclosures shall not be considered User Information, and we are not responsible for maintaining the security of any information so disclosed.

In the event that we decide to allow you to create a public profile via the site that is visible to other users, any personal private and/or confidential information that you elect to disclose to other users in your public profile shall be disclosed voluntarily and at your own risk. Such disclosures shall not be considered User Information, and we are not responsible for maintaining the security of any information so disclosed.

You post User Information and Communications (as defined in the HRF Terms of Use) on the Site at your own risk.  Please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable.  We cannot control the actions of other Users with whom you may choose to share your pages, posts and information.  Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that User Information or Communications you post on the Site will not be viewed or used by unauthorized persons.  We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Site.  You understand and acknowledge that, even after removal, copies of User Information and Communications may remain viewable in cached and archived pages or if other Users have copied or stored Your User Information or Your Communications.

Use and Sharing of User Information

User Information may be compiled into user profiles that are maintained by HRF (or by third party services) and may be used by HRF for the following purposes:

  • To send you an e-mail or postal mail communication for the purposes of validating your registration with the Site
  • To verify the information that you have provided during registration in order to verify your qualifications to access the Site
  • To send you information about issues related to and/or HRF
  • To initiate or to respond to a subpoena, investigative demand, or other discovery request that is properly served pursuant to state or federal law
  • To take actions necessary to protect and/or to defend HRF’s rights and property (including intellectual property)
  • To protect against misuse or unauthorized use of the Site

User Information may be shared with:

  • Third party services that we use to manage User Information
  • Third parties with whom we partner to enhance the products or services that we provide
  • Third parties for the purpose of verifying your qualifications to access the Site
  • Government agencies (including courts and law enforcement agencies)
  • Parties to civil or criminal litigation or arbitration (including arbitrators and/or mediators involved in litigation or arbitration)

We will not provide User Information to any third party used to manage User Information, or with whom we partner to enhance products or services, unless we receive assurances from such third party that it (1) will not use or disclose User Information for purposes of solicitation or direct marketing, and (2) will keep User Information secure using methods comparable to, or more secure than, the security methods used by HRF. However, we do not control third parties, and we assume no liability in the event that a third party breaches its promises regarding confidentiality. We encourage you to contact us at if you suspect that your User Information has been comprised by a third party.

User Information is stored in servers physically located in United States.

To the extent that you provide User Information to us concerning third parties, that information will be subject to the same conditions as set forth above.

Information Obtained from Children Under 13 Years of Age

The Site is not directed to children under the age of 13, and we do not knowingly collect any information from children under 13 years of age. If you are under 13 years of age, do not submit any information about yourself to the Site. If we discover that a child under the age of 13 has provided the Site with User Information, we will delete that child’s User Information from all HRF systems.

Children Between the Ages of 13 and 18 Years of Age

We recommend that minors 13 years of age or older ask their parents for permission before sending any information about themselves to anyone over the Internet.

Right to Review, Correct and Delete User Information

If you provide us with User Information, you have the following rights with respect to that information:

  • To review the User Information that you have supplied to us
  • To request that we correct any errors, outdated information, or omissions in User Information that you have supplied to us
  • To request that your User Information not be used to contact you
  • To request that your User Information be removed from any solicitation list that we use
  • To request that your User Information be deleted from our records
  • To opt out of being solicited by the Site or third parties

If you request that your User Information be deleted from our records, there may be a brief delay in our processing that request, while verify that the request is valid and originates from you as opposed to an unauthorized third party. If you request that your User Information be deleted, we reserve the right to terminate and/or limit your access to the Site.

To exercise any of these rights, please contact us at

Security Measures

No method of safeguarding information is 100% secure. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect User Information from unauthorized and improper access, use, disclosure, modification, and destruction. For example, we store the personal information you provide on computer servers with limited access that are located in controlled facilities.

Within HRF, we restrict access to User Information to individuals who need to know that information in order to operate, develop or improve our services. These individuals are bound by confidentiality obligations and may be subject to discipline, including termination and criminal prosecution, if they fail to meet these obligations.

Links to Other Sites

Our Site may contain links to other web sites, including our partners and media web sites. Please be aware that our Policy does not apply to these other sites.  Moreover, we are of course not responsible for the privacy practices of other web sites.  We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information.  The Policy applies solely to information collected by HRF.

Downloadable Products

The Site may give you the ability to download certain software products. HRF takes no responsibility for the performance or function of software products created by a third party. Software products created by HRF may collect certain file information, including file name and path name, status information regarding computers at different security levels and connection status, and server configuration information during your use of them. The types and amount of information our products collect usually can be configured based on your requirements during the installation process and can be updated after installation. We may use information collected by our products to improve our products. No end-user identifiable or computer identifiable information is collected by or transmitted to us at any time. Certain jurisdictions may have laws and regulations which impact your ability to collect and disseminate certain types of information including the types of information collected by our products. You should only use our products in compliance with such laws.

Changes to The Policy

HRF will occasionally update the Policy.  If we do update the Policy, we will update the “Effective Date” at the top of the Policy.  We encourage you to periodically review the Policy to stay informed about our collection, use, and disclosure of Personal Information on the Site. Your continued use of the Site constitutes your agreement to the Policy and any updates.

HRF keeps prior versions of the Policy for five (5) years from the date of the most recent update. Prior versions of the Policy are available upon request to

Enforcement of The Policy

If you have questions regarding the Policy, please contact us at

Contact Information

We welcome your comments regarding the Policy. If you have questions about the Policy or believe that we have not adhered to it, please contact us by email at