Privacy Policy

Welcome to the official website of Girl Scouts of the USA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in New York, New York. Girl Scouts' online properties are comprised of, but not limited to, all pages found under www.girlscouts.org, our official online store (www.girlscoutshop.com), and partner sites. Girl Scouts of the USA’s privacy policy is incorporated by reference and available here. These terms apply to any Girl Scouts of the USA site that links to these terms. Girl Scout council websites are separate and are subject to their own terms and conditions.

PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE USING ANY OF THE GIRL SCOUTS OF THE USA WEBSITES. By using the pages on this site, you signify your agreement to these Terms and Conditions, and you represent and warrant that you have the legal right and ability to enter into such an agreement. If you do not agree to these terms of use, please do not use the Girl Scouts of the USA sites. We reserve the right, at our discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of these terms at any time. Please check these terms periodically for changes. Your continued use of these sites following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes. Please note that specific webpages or promotions may be subject to additional and separate terms and conditions. We also may use third parties for certain services, including, for example, payment processing, and they may have separate terms that apply. 

OWNERSHIP AND RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF MATERIALS

Unless otherwise noted, all materials, including images, illustrations, designs, icons, photographs, video clips, and written and other materials contained on any Girl Scout site (collectively, the “Contents”), are protected by copyrights, trademarks, trade dress, and/or other intellectual property owned, licensed, or controlled by Girl Scouts of the USA.

The Contents of all Girl Scout–owned sites are intended solely for personal, noncommercial (other than for the purchase of merchandise from our site) use by the users of our site. You may view, copy, and print the Contents displayed on this site subject to the following conditions:

(i) you use the material for noncommercial use only,

(ii) you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices, 

(iii) you make no modifications to any materials,

(iv) you do not use the materials in a manner that suggests an association with any of our products, services, or brands, and

(v) you do not download quantities of materials to a database that can be used to avoid future downloads from the Girl Scout site.

For purposes of these terms, the use of any such material on any other website or computer environment is prohibited. No right, title, or interest in any downloaded Contents or software is transferred to you as a result of any such downloading or copying. You may not reproduce (except as noted above), publish, transmit, distribute, display, modify, create derivative works from, sell or participate in any sale of, or exploit in any way, in whole or in part, any of the Contents, the site, or any related software. You may not attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any of the software used by Girl Scouts of the USA as part of the websites.

REGISTRATION AND ACCOUNT SECURITY

Certain features of our websites provide you with the option of setting up an account for which you will receive a user ID and password. User IDs and passwords are confidential and proprietary, and your user ID, password, and access are only for your use. It is a violation of these Terms and Conditions for you to: (a) provide any false personal information on the site or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission, (b) create another account without our permission if we disable your account,  (c) do anything else that might jeopardize the security of your account; (d) share your user ID or password or account access, or (e) create more than one personal account. You are solely responsible for any unauthorized use of your user ID, password, and access.

COPYRIGHT AND TRADEMARK INFORMATION

Girl Scouts has the sole and exclusive right by virtue of its Congressional Charter, 36 U.S.C. § 80301 et. seq., to have and use all service marks, trademarks, emblems, badges, descriptive or designating marks, and other words now or heretofore used in carrying out its program and is the owner of the GIRL SCOUTS name, service mark, and trademark, and of all other associated names, marks, slogans, insignias, logotypes and designs, including but not limited to the distinctive TREFOIL design mark, the GSUSA uniforms and other indicia, the names and marks “Girl Scouts of the United States of America,” “Girl Scout Daisies,” “Girl Scout Brownies,” “Girl Scout Juniors,” “Girl Scout Cadettes,” “Girl Scout Seniors,” and “Girl Scout Ambassadors,” and such trademarks and service marks as WHERE GIRLS GROW STRONG, FOR EVERY GIRL EVERYWHERE, GIRLSPORTS, and GIRL SCOUT COOKIES (hereinafter collectively identified as the “Intellectual Property”). 

All other trademarks displayed on this site or through links to other sites are the property of the respective trademark owners.

USER COMMENTS, FEEDBACK, SUBMISSIONS, AND POSTINGS

Girl Scouts of the USA may allow you to communicate, submit, upload, transmit, or otherwise make available text, images, audio, video, and other content through the site (collectively, the “Submission(s),” which may also be referred to as “User-Provided Content" when posted by a user to a Girl Scouts of the USA site and which collectively are “Submission(s) including in the form of comments, feedback, submissions, or other information. By transmitting Submissions on or through the site, you grant Girl Scouts of the USA a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, assignable, sublicensable license to use, reproduce, store, modify, display, distribute, prepare derivative works based on, and transmit such Submissions, and you waive any and all moral rights and publicity rights in such Submissions. Girl Scouts of the USA will not be required to treat any Submission as confidential and will not be liable for any ideas for its business (including without limitation, product, or promotion ideas) and will not incur any liability as a result of any similarities that may appear in future Girl Scout business. Girl Scouts of the USA will be entitled to use the Submission for any noncommercial or other purpose whatsoever, without compensation to you or any other person sending the Submission. You acknowledge that you own whatever material you submit and use of your Submission by Girl Scouts of the USA will not infringe or violate the rights of any third party.

You may not make any Submissions that (i) are or may reasonably be considered to be, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, pornographic, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, bigoted, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise offensive or objectionable, (ii) violate any law, statute, ordinance, or regulation (including, but not limited to, those governing export control, intellectual property, consumer protection, unfair competition, anti-discrimination, or false advertising), (iii) are known by you to be false, inaccurate, or misleading, (iv) you have received compensation to submit to Girl Scouts of the USA or to post to a Girl Scouts of the USA website without have disclosed that compensation to Girl Scouts of the USA and publically in any posting if applicable, (v) result in spam to other users, or (vi) that contain any harmful or malicious software.

Girl Scouts of the USA has the right, but not the obligation, to monitor, screen, block, post, remove, modify, store, and review Submissions or any other communications sent through this website, at any time and for any reason, including to ensure that Submissions conform to these terms, without prior notice to you. We are not responsible for, do not endorse or guarantee, and are not responsible for errors or omissions or the accuracy, integrity, or quality of the opinions, views, advice, or recommendations in any Submissions posted or sent by users.

USER PROHIBITED CONDUCT 

You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any portion or feature of the website or any other systems or networks connected to the site or to any Girl Scouts of the USA server, or to any of the services offered on or through the site, by hacking, password “mining,” or any other illegitimate means.

You may not probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of the website or any network connected to the site, nor breach the security or authentication measures on the site or any network connected to the site. You may not reverse look up, trace, or seek to trace any information on any other user of or visitor to the site, or any Girl Scouts of the USA member or individual associated with Girl Scouts of the USA, including any Girl Scouts of the USA account not owned by you, to its source, or exploit the site or any service or information made available or offered by or through the site, in any way where the purpose is to reveal any information, including but not limited to personal identification or information, other than your own information, as provided for by the site. 

REPORTING OF ABUSIVE, UNLAWFUL SUBMISSIONS OR CONTENT, OR OTHER SUBMISSIONS, CONTENT, OR ACTIVITY THAT VIOLATE THESE TERMS 

If you have knowledge of abusive, infringing, or otherwise unlawful Submissions or other content on this website or other unlawful or abusive conduct associated this website, we want to know. Please send an email to report@girlscouts.org describing the content or conduct in detail, including the web address where the content is found and the date and time viewed, and we will investigate removing this material from the website. For claims regarding alleged copyright infringement, see the contact information in that section above.

CLAIMS REGARDING COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENTS

Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. § 512), Girl Scouts of the USA has implemented procedures for receiving written notification of claimed copyright infringement for content, including content posted by users in interactive portions of any Girl Scouts of the USA site (“Submissions” or “User-Provided Content”) governed by these Terms and Conditions. We also have designated an agent to receive notices of claimed copyright infringement. If you believe in good faith that your copyright has been infringed, you may submit a notice to dmca@girlscouts.org. To be effective, a notice must be a written communication provided to Girl Scouts of the USA’s copyright agent and must contain:

  1. An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;

  2. A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;

  3. A description specifying the location of the material that you claim is infringing;

  4. Your telephone number and email address; 

  5. A statement by you that you have a good-faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and

  6. A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.

You acknowledge that failure to meet the elements above will not be a valid notice and Girl Scouts of USA may not consider your request. 

If you believe that User-Provided Content that you posted to a Girl Scouts of the USA site was removed (or to which access was disabled) or is not infringing, or that you have the authorization from the copyright owner, the copyright owner's agent, or pursuant to the law, to post and use the material in your User-Provided Content, you may send a counter-notice containing the following information to the copyright agent: 

  1. Your physical or electronic signature;
     

  2. Identification of the User-Provided Content that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the Content appeared before it was removed or disabled; 
     

  3. A statement that you have a good-faith belief that the User-Provided Content was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or a misidentification of the User-Provided Content; and 
     

  4. Your name, address, telephone number, and email address; a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the federal court in New York; and a statement that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification of the alleged infringement. 

If a counter-notice is received by the copyright agent, Girl Scouts of the USA may send a copy to the original complaining party informing that person that it may replace the removed User-Provided Content or cease disabling it in ten business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the User-Provided Content provider, member, or user, the removed User-Provided Content may be replaced, or access to it restored, in 10 to 14 business days or more after receipt of the counter-notice, at Girl Scouts of the USA’s sole discretion.

Our designated copyright agent for notice of alleged copyright infringement appearing on the website is: Girl Scouts of the USA, 420 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10018, Attention: Intellectual Property Specialist; email address dmca@girlscouts.org.

DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES

THE MATERIALS IN THIS SITE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, GIRL SCOUTS OF THE USA DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OR MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. GIRL SCOUTS OF THE USA DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS CONTAINED IN THE MATERIAL WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THIS SITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. GIRL SCOUTS OF THE USA DOES NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE USE OF OR THE RESULT OF THE USE OF THE MATERIAL IN THIS SITE IN TERMS OF THEIR CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE.

SITE CONTENTS

Information on any Girl Scout website is provided with the understanding that Girl Scouts of the USA is not rendering professional advice or recommendations. You should not rely on any information on these pages to replace consultations with qualified professionals to meet your individual needs. Girl Scouts of the USA also reserves the right to do any of the following, at any time, without notice: (1) modify, suspend, or terminate operation of or access to the site or any portion of the site, for any reason; (2) modify or change the site or any portion of the site; and (3) interrupt the operation of the site or any portion of the site as necessary to perform routine or non-routine maintenance, error correction, or other changes.

INACCURACY DISCLAIMER

The material in this site could include technical inaccuracies, typographical errors, or omissions. We reserve the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies, or omissions and to change or update information at any time without prior notice. 

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

Under no circumstances, including but not limited to negligence, shall we be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, special, or consequential damages that result from the use of or the inability to use any Girl Scout site or a site that is linked to it, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages. Applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. In no event shall our total liability to you for all damages, losses, and causes of action (whether in contract, tort [including but not limited to negligence], or otherwise) exceed the amount paid by you, if any, for accessing this site. 

INDEMNIFICATION

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold Girl Scouts of the USA and our affiliates, subsidiaries, joint ventures, and third-party service providers, and our respective employees, contractors, agents, officers, and directors, harmless from all liabilities, claims, and expenses (including reasonable attorney fees) that arise out of or are related to any User-Provided Content you submit, post, transmit, or make available through the site; your violation of these Terms and Conditions; your misuse of Girl Scouts of the USA sites that link to these terms; or your violation of any third-party rights.

LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES AND SERVICES

This site may be linked to other sites and services that are not maintained by Girl Scouts of the USA. Girl Scouts of the USA is not responsible for the content of those sites. Consequently, we cannot be held responsible for the accuracy, relevancy, copyright compliance, legality, or decency of material contained in sites listed on or otherwise linked to a Girl Scout site. The inclusion of any link to such sites does not imply endorsement by Girl Scouts of the USA. Girl Scouts of the USA makes no representations whatsoever about any other website that you may access through this one.

Please exercise discretion while browsing the internet. These other sites may send their own cookies to users, collect data, solicit personal information, or contain information that you may find inappropriate or offensive. Please keep in mind that whenever you give out personal information online that information can be collected and used by people you don't know. While Girl Scouts of the USA strives to protect your personal information and privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose online; you make such disclosures at your own risk.

We reserve the right to disable links from third-party sites to any Girl Scout site. 

JURISDICTIONAL ISSUES

This publication is distributed internationally and may contain references to programs, products, and services that are not available in your country, state, or particular location. These references do not imply that Girl Scouts of the USA intends to announce or provide programs, products, or services in your country, state, or particular location.

Unless otherwise specified, the Contents on any Girl Scout site are presented solely for these purposes of promoting programs, products, services, and other content available in the United States and its territories, possessions, and protectorates. Those who choose to access a Girl Scout site do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable.

GENERAL PROVISIONS

These Terms and Conditions will be governed and interpreted pursuant to the laws of the State of New York, United States of America, excluding its conflicts of law rules. You expressly agree that the exclusive jurisdiction for any claim or action arising out of or relating to these Terms and Conditions or your use of this site shall be filed only in the federal courts located in New York. You agree to the personal jurisdiction by and venue in the state and federal courts in New York and waive any objection to such jurisdiction or venue. Any claim under these Terms and Conditions against Girl Scouts of the USA must be brought within one (1) year after the cause of action arises, or such claim or cause of action is barred.

You acknowledge that any breach or threatened breach of these Terms and Conditions will result in irreparable harm for which damages would not be an adequate remedy, and, therefore, in addition to our rights and remedies otherwise available at law, we shall be entitled to seek immediate equitable relief, including injunctive relief, as appropriate. If we seek any equitable remedies, we shall not be precluded or prevented from seeking remedies at law, nor shall we be deemed to have made an election of remedies. These remedies are in addition to any other remedies Girl Scouts of the USA may have at law or in equity. If Girl Scouts of the USA does take any legal action against you as a result of your violation of these Terms and Conditions, Girl Scouts of the USA will be entitled to recover from you, and you agree to pay, all reasonable attorney fees and costs of such action, in addition to any other relief granted to Girl Scouts of the USA. 

Other than for payment obligations, neither party will be liable for or considered to be in breach of these Terms and Conditions on account of either party’s delay or failure to perform as required under these Terms and Conditions as a result of any causes or conditions that (a) are beyond the party’s reasonable control (including but not limited to acts of God, including storms and other natural occurrences; fires; explosions; telecommunications, internet, or other network failures; results of vandalism or computer hacking; national emergencies, insurrections, acts of terrorism, riots, wars, strikes, or other labor difficulties); and (b) the party is unable to overcome through the exercise of commercially reasonable diligence (a “Force Majeure Event”). If any such Force Majeure Event occurs, the affected party will give the other party notice and use commercially reasonable efforts to minimize the impact of any such event.

Any waiver by Girl Scouts of the USA of a breach of any provision of these Terms and Conditions shall not operate as or be construed to be a waiver of any other breach of such provision or of any breach of any other provision of these Terms and Conditions. Any waiver must be in writing. Failure by us to insist upon strict adherence to any term of these Terms and Conditions on one or more occasions shall not be considered a waiver or deprive us of the right to insist upon strict adherence to that term or any other term of these Terms and Conditions. 

If any part of these Terms and Conditions is unlawful, void, or unenforceable, that part will be deemed severable and will not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions and such severable part shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary and replaced with a valid provision that best embodies the intent of these Terms of Use, so that these Terms of Use shall remain in full force and effect. 

Possible evidence of use of this site for illegal purposes will be provided to law enforcement authorities. 

This is the entire agreement between the parties relating to the use of this site.

Girl Scouts of the USA can revise these Terms and Conditions at any time by updating this posting.

SPECIAL PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO USERS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES

We strive to create a global community with consistent standards for everyone, but we also strive to respect local laws. The following provisions apply to users and non-users who interact with Girl Scouts of the USA outside the United States: 

  1. You consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States.

  2. If you are located in a country embargoed by the United States, or are on the U.S. Treasury Department's list of Specially Designated Nationals you will not engage in commercial activities on Girl Scouts of the USA’s website (such as advertising or payments).

TERMINATION

These terms are effective until terminated by either party. You may terminate these terms at any time by discontinuing use of all Girl Scout of the USA websites and destroying all Contents obtained from any and all such sites and all related documentation and all copies and installations thereof, whether made under these terms or otherwise. Girl Scouts of the USA may terminate at any time your access to any and all Girl Scout of the USA websites without notice for any reason or no reason, including if in our sole discretion you fail to comply with any term or provision of these Terms and Conditions. Upon termination, you must cease use of the Girl Scout site and destroy all Contents obtained from such site and all copies thereof, whether made under these terms or otherwise. You agree that Girl Scouts of the USA will not be liable to you or to any third party for termination of your access to the website as a result of any violation of these Terms and Conditions.

HOW TO CONTACT US

Please see contact information in the relevant sections above regarding reporting copyright infringement or other unlawful content. If you have any comments or questions regarding our Terms and Conditions generally, you can contact us at:

Girl Scouts of the USA 
420 Fifth Avenue 
New York, NY 10018

Phone: 800-GSUSA-4-U [800-478-7248] or 212-852-8000
Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

If needed, the customer care center representative can guide you through the Language Line Service, which provides telephone interpretation in 140 languages.

Email

You can email us your questions, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for visiting our site.

Safety and Security

This Web site is owned and operated by Girl Scouts of the USA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in 420 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018, USA ("Girl Scouts of the USA" or "we"). Our online properties comprise of, but are not limited to, all pages found on our main corporate site (www.girlscouts.org), the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace site (http://www.juliettegordonlowbirthplace.org/), USA Girl Scouts Overseas (www.usagso.org), our official online store (www.girlscoutshop.com), and certain partner sites. This privacy policy applies to these sites and other sites, mobile apps or other online services we operate that link to this policy (collectively, referred to below as the site). 

Girl Scouts of the USA is committed to respecting and protecting the privacy of our visitors. This privacy policy discloses how we collect, protect, and use Personal Data you provide or we collect online, as well as how we protect children's privacy. “Personal Data” is any information relating to an identified or identifiable person, for example, your e-mail address, name, or phone number. If our policy practices change in the future, we will let you know by posting our revised privacy policy on our site. By using the pages on this site or other services covered by the posted Privacy Policy, you are accepting the practices described in the Privacy Policy.

PERSONAL DATA COLLECTION

At our site, we do not collect Personal Data from individuals unless they provide it to us voluntarily and knowingly and as described in this Privacy Policy. This means we do not require you to register or provide information to us in order to view our site. Girl Scouts of the USA only gathers Personal Data on our site, such as names, addresses, Zip/postal codes, email addresses, etc., when voluntarily submitted by a visitor. Once collected, we may combine this information with other information collected from external sources, where permitted by applicable law.

Girl Scouts of the USA may automatically collect certain technical information from your computer such as your Internet service provider, your Internet Protocol address, your browser type, your operating system, the web pages viewed, the web pages viewed immediately before and after accessing the Web site, and the search terms entered to get to our site. This information may contain Personal Data. This information will only be used and processed by us to improve and customize our services. We and our service providers may collect this information using "cookies," which are small text files that many websites save on your computer, or similar technologies. See the section on "Use of Cookies and Similar Technology" below for more information.

USE AND SHARING OF PERSONAL DATA

The Personal Data you provide and that we collect is used and processed by Girl Scouts of the USA and other entities who are involved by us in the operation of this site or who provide support for the Girl Scouts of the USA mission and programs, for general business purposes and for the purposes for which you provided the information. General business purposes are Girl Scouts of the USA membership activities, program participation, marketing, promotions, sales, merchandising, and fundraising activities and communications. The purposes for which you provide information includes, for example, our use of your Personal Data to process online transactions, purchases, and donations, facilitate participation in Girl Scouts of the USA programs, promotions and services, or process job applications.

We do not sell Personal Data or other information you provide to us online with third parties. We may share Personal Data with the following categories of third parties: (i) with Girl Scout Councils; (ii) when the person submitting the information authorizes us to share it; (iii) when sharing the information is with a service provider in furtherance of our operations or the operation of the site, for instance, to process a purchase or other transaction you make; (iv) to facilitate participation in Girl Scouts of the USA programs, promotions, and services, or to engage in Girl Scouts fund raising, marketing communications and promotions; (v) to comply with legal processes such as a subpoena or court order or to otherwise protect your or our legal rights; or (vi) for other purposes for which you provided the information. Girl Scouts of the USA has no control over or responsibility for the data collection and use practices of third parties that process online transactions. For example, if you make a purchase on our site using a PayPal account or similar account of a third party payment provider, certain information is transmitted to the payment provider and is subject to the third party's own privacy policy.  We do not share or exchange your Personal Data collected online or offline with third parties (other than our chartered Girl Scout Councils) for their fundraising or marketing purposes, and only in accordance with applicable law and any required consents.

Your Personal Data is collected through, stored, and processed by us or our service providers in the United States of America or other countries that may not be your home country and that might not be deemed to provide protections equivalent to your home country.

CHILDREN'S PRIVACY

Girl Scouts of the USA is committed to providing a safe, secure, and fun online experience for children who visit our site. We are dedicated to safeguarding any Personal Data collected online and to helping parents and children have positive experiences on the Internet.

We will never knowingly request Personal Data from anyone under the age of 13 without prior verifiable parental consent. With parental consent, we may collect Personal Data from children under the age of 13 such as: name, address, email address, account information, and user generated content. This information allows us to fulfill a requested transaction and facilitate participation in online programs, keep records, undertake certain marketing activities (only in accordance with applicable law and any required consents), or to otherwise customize or enhance the Web site experience for children.

Children under the age of 13 may be able to make certain content such as user generated content visible to others or the public. This could include, for example, a webpage or parts of webpages operated by children that have been designed for group or public viewing. However, absent parental consent, children under 13 would be allowed to display only limited information such as a first name or unique user name or other information that does not allow for online contacting by third parties.

Regardless of what information is displayed, parents can revoke their consent and ask that information about their children be deleted from the site by contacting our offices by phone at (800) GSUSA.4.U or via email. To do this or to review Personal Data collected from children, we must verify the identity of the requesting parent. When a parent revokes consent, we will stop collecting, using, processing, or disclosing information from that child. To respect the privacy of parents, information collected and used for the sole purpose of obtaining verifiable parental consent or providing notice is not maintained in retrievable form by the site if parental consent is not obtained after a reasonable time.

The Personal Data and other information collected from or about children under the age of 13 or otherwise may be collected by or shared with the child's Girl Scout Council and troop. To find contact information for the relevant Council with whom information may be shared, please visit our Council Finder.

Submissions
Girl Scouts of the USA welcomes children to learn more about our organization and, where appropriate, participate in polls and surveys, as well as submit comments, artwork, writings, and other submissions for posting on our Web site. For this reason, Girl Scouts of the USA follows the guidelines for interactive electronic media published by the Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU) of the Better Business Bureau for pages targeted to children under 13. However, we encourage this be done only with their parent's knowledge and supervision. We also encourage children to use an alias (e.g., "Bookworm", "Skater", etc.), first name, nickname, initials, or other alternative to full names or screen names which correspond with an email address for any activities which will involve public posting.

In keeping with CARU's Principle regarding respecting and fostering the parents' role in providing guidance for their children, we encourage parents to check and monitor their children's use of email and other online activities regularly.

USE OF COOKIES AND SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES

Visitors should be aware that Personal Data and non-personal information and data may be automatically collected by the Girl Scouts of the USA Web site through the use of "cookies" or other similar technologies such as web beacons. "Cookies" are small text files a Web site can use to recognize repeat visitors, facilitate the visitor's ongoing access to and use of the site, and allow a site to track usage behavior and compile aggregate data that will allow content improvements. Cookies are not programs that come onto a visitor's system and damage files. Generally, cookies work by assigning a unique number to the visitor that has no meaning outside the assigning site. If a visitor does not want information collected through the use of cookies, there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows the visitor to deny or accept the cookie feature. "Web beacons" are a small snippet of code embedded in webpages typically used to monitor activity on a webpage and transfer or collect information, such as information about your Internet Protocol address, the URL of the page on which the beacon is located, the browser type that is accessing the site, and the ID number of cookies placed on your computer.

Girl Scouts of the USA uses "cookie" technology only to obtain information including Personal Data from its online visitors in order to improve visitors' online experience and facilitate their visit within our site. Girl Scouts of the USA may use web beacons to improve website services, conduct website analytics, first party advertising relating to us and our sponsors, and to optimize the browsing experience.

Cookies expire after they have fulfilled their purpose. Our websites use cookies that expire when you close your browser (i.e., session cookies) or that expire after a set period of time (i.e., persistent cookies). Cookies that are stored by third parties will have their expiration period determined by the third party, not us.  

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our site. These companies may use Personal Data and other information (but not your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you on this or other websites. Read more information about this practice at http://www.networkadvertising.org and http://www.aboutads.info/choices to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies.

LINKS TO OTHER WEB SITES AND SERVICES

This site may be linked to other sites and services that are not maintained by Girl Scouts of the USA. These Web sites have their own privacy policies, which you should review prior to visiting them. We have no responsibility for linked Web sites and provide these links solely for the convenience and information of our visitors.

OUR SECURITY SAFEGUARD

The safety and security of your online experience is of the utmost concern to us. We take measures to implement reasonable physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security, and correctly use the information we collect online.

Credit Card Safety
Protecting the safety of your credit card information is also important to us. For card transactions we process, we use Transport Layer Security (TLS) technology to protect the security of your credit card information as it is transmitted to us. TLS is an Internet encryption technology, and a method of scrambling data as it travels from your computer to our Web site servers. We also encrypt your credit card number when we store your order and whenever we transfer that information to participating merchants.

To make sure you are accessing our secure server before you submit sensitive information, check the document for your browser for indication of a TLS connection (most browsers utilize an unbroken or closed padlock). Verify that TLS is active before submitting sensitive information to our server. To double-check, verify that the TLS or Address line of your browser for our site begins with "https."

It is important for you to protect against unauthorized access to your password and to your computer. Be sure to sign off when finished using a shared computer.

Children
If you are under 18, you need parent/guardian permission to use a credit card to make purchases online.

Your Right to Opt Out from Receiving Marketing Communications
You may opt out from our using your Personal Data to send marketing communication to you. When you register for a contest or promotion, we provide you with the option to receive or not to receive additional marketing communications from us. If you choose to receive these additional communications and later change your mind, you may unsubscribe from those additional communications at any time. For example, e-mail messages will contain instructions on how to “unsubscribe” from receiving the e-mail in question.

Your Right to Access, Correct, and Delete Your Personal Data
You have the right to ask us which Personal Data we hold about you. In addition, you have the right to correct or delete Personal Data we hold about you. If you want to request a correction or deletion of the Personal Data we hold about you, you must contact us by mail at:  Girl Scouts of the USA, 420 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018, Attention:  Assistant General Counsel.

HOW TO CONTACT US

If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy, you can contact us at:

Girl Scouts of the USA
420 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10018

Phone: (800) GSUSA4U [(800) 478-7248]
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
If needed, we can guide you through the Language Line Service, which provides telephone interpretation in 140 languages.

Email
You can contact us via e-mail. Send us your question and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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This Privacy Policy was last updated January 30, 2017.

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