The Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) is committed to protecting the private information of those who interact with us online. Our policy is that no personal information will be collected (passively or without your knowledge) about you when you visit us online by directly accessing the SVT website, other than what you supply to us on a voluntary basis. Information about your visit is automatically gathered by our web site if you access our site via a membership e-mail that you have chosen to receive.

Collection of Personal Information

If during your visit to our site you only browse, read pages, or download material, we cannot collect any information that will identify you personally or determine your e-mail address. Other areas of our site may request that you provide personal information such as your name, address, or e-mail address. SVT may use this information to provide information requested by you or to extend promotional offers or other invitations.

If you provide us with your e-mail address, we will send you notices about upcoming programs and events or information that may meet your interests with links to relevant SVT web pages. If you click on those links directly from an e-mail message, our automated information-gathering tools also collect information during your visit to our website. These tools collect certain standard information that your browser sends to our website such as your browser type and language, access times, and the address of the website from which you arrived at our website. They may also collect information about your Internet Protocol (IP) address, clickstream behavior (i.e. the pages you view, the links you click, and other actions you take in connection with our website) and web page interests, mapping them to your e-mail address.

The information we collect helps us deliver a consistent and personalized experience that meets your interests. For example, we may use your information to:

  • Communicate with you about our programs and membership services

  • Update you on new events and sightings

  • Select content that meets your interests for additional communications

  • Allow you to participate in surveys

  • Perform internal market research on member interests and demographics

To avoid linking our automated information gathering with your e-mail address, you can access the SVT website from your web browser instead of clicking on links within e-mail messages that we send to you.

Cookies and Aggregate Information

SVT’s website does not use the technology called a "cookie."

Our website automatically logs information such as IP address and browser type of all visitors in order to measure the usage of our website. We use this information to analyze how visitors use our site, which helps us improve our visitors' experience.

Data Security

Personal information you give us is kept confidential and protected using industry-standard technology, such as firewalls and secure socket layers (SSL), a sophisticated internet encryption technology that scrambles data as it travels from your computer to our website’s server.  The information collected is only distributed to relevant staff members (e.g. membership staff, tech support) depending on the nature of the inquiry. All transactions that take place on our web site (donations, store purchases, event registrations) take place outside of SVT’s server through Paypal. For details on their user agreements and privacy policies, please visit their web site.

SVT has corporate anti-virus protection at both the server and desktop levels and is updated regularly to ensure maximum protection.

E-mail Addresses

We do not sell, rent, exchange, or otherwise share e-mail addresses with anyone outside SVT. However, internally, we do use e-mail addresses collected from an assortment of transactions and interactions to send periodic communications about our work in general and about specific subjects which we believe may be of interest to you. If this specific policy should ever change, we will first post the policy changes on this page and then notify you by e-mail about such changes, giving you the opportunity to opt-out of any e-mail address sharing programs.

Other Information

We welcome your e-mail messages and suggestions of ways in which we can improve the site. We will use any personal information you send us only to respond to your message. Please note that any suggestions or ideas you submit to us will become the property of the Sudbury Valley Trustees and can be used by us for any purpose.

Our site contains links to other sites. Please remember that our Privacy Policy does not apply to other sites and that we cannot be responsible for their privacy policies.

Changes in Information Practices

From time to time, we may use customer information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our Privacy Policy. If our information practices change in the future, we will post the policy changes to our website to notify users of these changes and provide you with the ability to opt out of these new uses. If you are concerned about how your information may be used, you should check our website periodically. A revised Privacy Policy will apply only to data collected subsequent to its effective date.


SVT welcomes comments and questions on this policy. We are dedicated to protecting your personal information and will make every reasonable effort to keep that information secure. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] or 978-443-5588.

You can help SVT maintain the accuracy of your information and facilitate the timely receipt of membership benefits by notifying Member Services of any changes to your name, address, phone number, or e-mail address.

Contact Member Services:

[email protected]; 978-443-5588; Member Services, Sudbury Valley Trustees, 18 Wolbach Road, Sudbury MA 01776

This policy has been updated as of March 11, 2010