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Mothers Shut In Users Group(s) is very aware of our customer's needs for security and privacy. To that end, the following document describes how we control your private information and that of our organization. In our privacy statement, we will outline:

  1. What personally identifiable information collects.

  2. What personally identifiable information third parties collect through the Web site.

  3. What organization collects the information.

  4. How uses the information.

  5. With whom may share user information.

  6. What choices are available to users regarding the collection, use, and distribution of the information.

  7. What types of security procedures are in place to protect the loss, misuse, or alteration of the information under Mothers Shut In control.

  8. How users can correct any inaccuracies in the information.

Mothers Shut In Privacy Policy

Please read the following document carefully, and if you have questions or concerns regarding this statement, you should first contact

  1. Information Collection

The is the sole owner of the information collected on The collects information from our users at several different points on our Web site.

  • Registration
    To use this Web site, a user must first complete the registration form. During registration, a user must give contact information (such as name and email address). We use this information to contact the user about services on our site for which he has expressed interest. It is optional for the user to provide demographic and profile information, but it is encouraged to provide a more personalized experience on our site.

  • User and Group Information
    Other members of Mothers Shut In may view information you provide about yourself and your organization. This information includes such items as Email Addresses and other information you provide. At any time, you may opt-out of allowing other users to view this information. By removing the information from the system, other users will not be able to see it. The does not store this information after you remove it - to enable it again, you must re-enter the information. Organization pages include basic demographic information about the type of institution, location, mailing address, contact phone number, and contact person. The organization can opt-out of some of this information (contact phone number, contact person) by not providing the information.

  • Vendors
    Vendor Partners are never given access to user pages but can view organization pages.

  • Forum Community
    During your use of this Web site, you may wish to participate in our Forum Community by asking questions or responding to other users' questions. Other members of the community may view any information you provide within this area. It is encouraged that you never provide any sensitive or private information in this area. When these items are displayed for others to see, the website will display your name, message, signature file, organization's name, and logo.

  • Technical Library
    During your use of this Web site, you may wish to participate in our Technical Library by downloading or providing files for other users. Other members of Mothers Shut In may view any information you provide within this area. It is encouraged that you never provide any sensitive or private information in this area. Website Vendor Partners are never allowed to view client files or other Vendor files. Vendor partners may only see files that their organization has added.

  • Feedback
    During your use of this Web site, you may wish to provide feedback and information relating to Mothers Shut In or African American Grandmothers Gathering. Other members of Mothers Shut In may view any information you provide within this area. It is encouraged that you never provide any sensitive or private information in this area. When these items are displayed for others to see, the website will display your organization's name and logo.

  2. Information Use

  • Profile
    We store information that we collect through cookies and log files and users to create our users' profiles. A profile is stored information that we keep on individual users that details their viewing preferences. Consequently, collected information is tied to the user's personally identifiable information to provide offers and improve the site's content for the user. This profile is used to tailor a user's visit to our Web site. Your profile will only be shared as part of an aggregate form with no personal or identifiable information.

  • Cookies
    A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's computer tied to information about the user. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site. We only use session ID cookies. For the session ID cookie, once users close the browser, the cookie terminates.

  • Log Files
    Like most standard Web site servers, we use log files. This includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and the number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user's movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses, etc., are not linked to personally identifiable information and are never given to third parties. Aggregate information may be used to provide vendor partners with more detailed information on our client’s usage and enhance our services.

3. Communications from the Site

  • Vendor Mailings
    While vendors are never given email addresses, they may request that we send occasional emails to our membership. As a user, you have a right to opt out of receiving these emails and may do so by updating your profile online. Selecting 'Prevent vendors from sending email to you' will stop any further mailings. Alternatively, you may send an email to, and a support representative will promptly handle your request.

  • Special Offers and Updates
    We send all new members a welcoming email to verify their passwords and usernames. Established members will occasionally receive information from the newsletter.

  • Service Announcements
    On rare occasions, it is necessary to send out a strictly service-related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance, we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt out of these communications, though they can deactivate their accounts. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.

  • Customer Service
    We communicate with users regularly to provide requested services. Regarding issues relating to their account, we reply via email or phone, per the user's wishes.

4.  Sharing

  • Legal Disclaimer
    Though we make every effort to preserve user privacy, we may need to disclose personal information when required by law. We have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or a legal process served on our Web site.


  • Aggregate Information (non-personally identifiable)
    We share aggregated demographic information with our partners. This is not linked to any personally identifiable information.

  • Third-Party Intermediaries
    We use an outside shipping company to ship orders. These companies do not retain, share, store, or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes.

  • Links
    This Web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we, Mothers Shut In, are not responsible for such other sites' privacy practices. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and read the privacy statements of each website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Web site.

5. Security

This Web site takes every precaution to protect our users' information. When users submit sensitive information via the Web site, their information is protected both online and off-line.

Should you ever be needed to provide sensitive information (such as a credit card number and/or social security number), that information is encrypted and is protected with the best encryption software in the industry - SSL. While on a secure page, the lock icon on the bottom of Web browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer becomes locked, as opposed to un-locked, or open, when users are just "surfing." While we currently do not collect any of this type of information, we may provide services requiring this need in the future.

While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also do everything in our power to protect user-information off-line. Our users' information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in our offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, our billing clerk or a customer service representative) are granted personally identifiable information. Furthermore, ALL employees are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices. Every quarter and any time, new policies are added. Our employees are notified and/or reminded about the importance we place on privacy and what they can do to ensure our users' information is protected. Finally, the servers that store personally identifiable information are in a secure environment.

If users have any questions about our Web site's security, users can send an email to


6. Correcting/Updating/Deleting/Deactivating Personal Information

If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as zip code, phone, email, or postal address), or if a user no longer desires our service, we provide a way to correct, update or delete/deactivate users' personally identifiable information. This can usually be done on your profile or by emailing our Customer Support at Or, contact us via the contact information listed below.

7. Notification of Changes

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the homepage, and other places we deem appropriate so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances if any, we disclose it. We will use information per the privacy policy under which the information was collected.

If, however, we will use users' personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection, we will notify users via email. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. However, if users have opted out of all communication with the site, or deleted/deactivated their account, then they will not be contacted, nor will their personal information be used in this new manner. If we make any material changes in our privacy practices that do not affect user information already stored in our database, we will post a prominent notice on our Web site notifying users of the change. In some cases where we post a notice, we will also email users who have opted to receive communications from us, notifying them of our privacy practices' changes.


8. Contact Information

If users have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy, please contact us at Email:

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