Privacy Policy


Last modified January 10, 2022


The Website is operated by Ophthalmology Foundation, 2214 Market Street #445, San Francisco, CA 94114 USA (“We,” or “Ophthalmology Foundation”). This Privacy Policy describes the information collected through your (“Your”) use of the Website, how We use it, how We share it, how We protect it, and the choices You can make about Your information.

ATTENTION: PLEASE READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY CAREFULLY BEFORE ACCESSING OR USING THE WEBSITE. ACCESSING OR USING THE WEBSITE INDICATES THAT YOU ACCEPT AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THIS PRIVACY POLICY IN FULL. IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT THIS PRIVACY POLICY, DO NOT ACCESS OR USE THE WEBSITE. You acknowledge (a) that You have read and understood this Privacy Policy; (b) that this Privacy Policy shall have the same force and effect as a signed agreement; and (c) that by agreeing to this Privacy Policy, You consent to receive notifications regarding security incidents to the email address We have on file for You.

Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new features that augment or enhance the current Website shall be subject to this Privacy Policy.

Please review the Privacy Policy each time You use the Website. BY USING THE WEBSITE, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE MOST RECENT VERSION OF THE PRIVACY POLICY. If We materially change this Privacy Policy, We will let You know by showing it to You again when You access the Website and sending an email notifying You of the changes to the email address We have on file for You. 

  1. Information We Collect 

We collect information from You when You use the Website, contact or interact with us, and voluntarily provide us with Your comments and other content in connection with using the Website. 

When You contact us, We may collect Your first name, last name, company or institution, email address, the subject of Your message, and the contents of Your message.

When You sign up for the Ophthalmology Foundation newsletter, We collect Your full name and email address.

When You apply to volunteer, We may collect Your email address and the contents of Your message.

When You make a donation, We may collect Your donation amount, information related to whether this is a recurring gift, whether You would like to direct Your donation to a specific program, whether You would like to make this gift in honor of someone, and Your billing information (including first name, last name, email address, telephone number, billing address, mailing address, credit card number, expiration date, CVC, cardholder name, and whether You would like to sign up for email updates.

We may also collect information about you from other third-party sources, including social media companies. The Website provides links to our Facebook and LinkedIn pages. If You connect with these websites through the Website, We may receive personal information about You, including information related to actions You take within social plugins, such as share buttons.  

  • Stripe.  We use Stripe to process donations. We may receive information from Stripe, including Your email address, amount donated, date of donation, payment method, last 4 digits of Your credit card number, credit card expiration date, billing address, and information related to the whether the donation is recurring or one-time. For more information, please visit the Stripe privacy policy at:

When You participate in an online course, We may collect Your name, email address, address, profession, professional degree or certificate, company information, and the courses in which You participate.

We automatically collect information regarding each user of our Website, including Your IP address, the domain name of Your Internet service provider, the Website features You use and the time of Your use, Your device information (e.g., device model and operating system version), and aggregated information that cannot be used to specifically identify You when You use the Website. Additional information collected is described in the Analytics and Cookies sections below. 

We may combine all of the information We collect from or about You and use it in the manner described in this Privacy Policy.

  1. How We Use Your Information 
  • We use the information that We collect for several purposes, including:
  • The purposes for which You provided it;
  • To provide information and respond to requests for services;
  • To process and respond to inquiries and comments;
  • To process payment transactions (Your information will be used to submit Your payment information to our payment processor);
  • To display relevant advertising;
  • To administer, operate, and improve the Website;
  • To personalize and enhance Your experience using the Website;
  • To send periodic emails. If You choose, the email address You provide may be used to send You occasional news, updates, related product or service information, etc. Note:  If at any time You would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, We include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email; 
  • To generate and review reports and data about our user base and Website usage patterns;
  • To analyze the accuracy, effectiveness, usability, or popularity of the Website;
  • To compile aggregate data for internal and external business purposes;
  • To prevent fraud and abuse of the Website and to otherwise protect users and visitors and our business;
  • To assist law enforcement and respond to subpoenas; and
  • To perform other business activities as needed, or as described elsewhere in this Privacy Policy.
  • As explained elsewhere in this Privacy Policy, personal information We collect may be processed by our partners in providing services related to the Website (such as administration services, technical services relating to the maintenance, servicing, and upgrading of software, hosting services, customer service, data migration services, and analytical services, among others). 
  1. Legal Bases for Processing Your Information (For Users in EEA and UK)

Performance of a contract

The use of Your personal information may be necessary to perform the agreement You have with Us to provide products and services.  Here are some examples:  to process your donations and to respond to Your requests.

Legitimate interests

We may use Your personal information for our legitimate interests.  For example, We rely on our legitimate interest to administer, analyze, and improve our content, to operate our business, including through the use of service providers and subcontractors (who may have access to Your data – see further information under the section How Your Information is Disclosed), to send You notifications about our services, for archiving, records keeping, statistical and analytical purposes, or to use Your personal information for administrative, fraud detection, audit, training, security, or legal purposes.


Prior to accessing this site and providing Your personal data, You may have provided Your informed 

consent to the collection and use of certain personal data.  You are free to withdraw Your consent at any

time, subject to the Your Choices Regarding Your Information section below and the preceding Legal

Bases for Processing Your Information in this Section.

Compliance with legal obligations

We may use Your personal information to comply with legal obligations to which We are subject,

including to comply with legal process.

Performance of a task carried out in the public interest

We may use Your personal information to perform a task in the public interest.  

  1. How Your Information is Disclosed 

Information may be disclosed to third parties in accordance with our Privacy Policy. Please note that a user may choose not to share certain information as described in the Analytics section below.

  1. Third Party Service Providers and Business Partners. We may use third-party service providers and business partners to perform functions in connection with the Website, such as marketing, website hosting, site analytics, relationship management, functions related to analyzing and improving the Website usefulness, reliability, user experience, and operation, storing data, and as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy. We also may share Your personal information with these providers and partners for their direct marketing and promotional purposes and so they can provide services to You. 
  • Adobe Fonts.  Adobe Fonts hosts the fonts We use on the Website. Adobe Fonts may collect information related to the fonts served, Web Project ID, Web Project JavaScript version, Web Project type, embed type, Account ID, service providing the fonts, server serving the fonts, hostname of page loading the fonts, the time it takes the web browser to download the fonts, the time from when the web browser downloads the fonts until the fonts are applied, whether an ad blocker is installed and whether the presence of that ad blocker affects page view tracking, and operating system and browser version. For more information, please visit the Adobe Fonts privacy policy at:
  • Facebook. By clicking on the Facebook button on the Website, You will be automatically transported to the official Facebook Page for Ophthalmology Foundation,
  • Gravatar.  We use Gravatar for profile images and social media sharing. For more information, please visit the Gravatar privacy policy at:
  • LinkedIn. By clicking on the LinkedIn button on the Website, You will be automatically transported to the official LinkedIn Page for Ophthalmology Foundation,
  • Mailchimp.  We use Mailchimp to deliver our newsletter. Mailchimp may collect Your name, email address, telephone number, address, device information (including Your IP address, operating system, browser ID, email client type, and other information about Your system and connection), and usage data (including the dates and times when You access emails or click links and Your browsing activities, such as information related to the pages You view and the emails You open), including through the use of cookies and tracking technologies. For more information, please visit the Mailchimp privacy policy at:
  • Moodle.  We use Moodle in connection with offering our online educational courses.  Moodle may collect names, email addresses, addresses, professions, professional degrees or certificates, company information, activity through Moodle, course information, and any other information You provide to Moodle. For more information, please visit the Moodle privacy notice at:
  • Salesforce.  We use Salesforce for marketing purposes. Salesforce may collect Your first name, last name, company or institution, telephone number, email address, shipping and billing address, information related to whether You have subscribed to newsletters, made a recurring gift, whether You would like to direct Your donation to a specific program, and whether You would like to make Your gift in honor of someone. For more information, please visit the Salesforce privacy policy at:
  • Zoom.  We use Zoom in connection with offering our online educational courses.  Zoom may collect names, email addresses, activity through Zoom, course information, and any other information You provide to Zoom. For more information, please visit the Zoom privacy statement at:
  1. Payment ProcessingAny payment-related information You provide through the Website may be shared with and may be stored by our credit card processor, Stripe. For more information about the information Stripe collects, please visit the Stripe privacy policy at:
  2. Business Changes. If We become involved in a merger, acquisition, sale of assets, joint venture, securities offering, bankruptcy, reorganization, liquidation, dissolution, or other transaction, or if the ownership of all or substantially all of our business otherwise changes, We may transfer Your information to a third party or parties in connection therewith. 
  3. Affiliates. We may also share Your information with our affiliates for purposes consistent with this Privacy Policy. Our affiliates will be required to maintain that information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.
  4. Investigations and Law. We may disclose information about You to third parties if We believe that such disclosure is necessary to:
  • Comply with the law or guidance or cooperate with government or law enforcement officials or private parties;
  • Investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected illegal activities, suspected fraud, the rights, reputation, safety, and property of us, users, or others, or violations of our policies or other agreements with us;
  • Respond to claims and legal process (for example, subpoenas); and/or 
  • Protect against legal liability.
  1. Aggregated Information. We may share aggregated information relating to users of the Website with affiliated or unaffiliated third parties. This aggregated information does not contain personal information about any user.
  2. Analytics. We use third-party analytics tools to better understand who is using the Website and how people are using it. These tools may use cookies and other technologies to collect information about Your use of the Website and Your preferences and activities. These tools collect information sent by Your device or the Website and other information that assists us in improving the Website. This information may be used to analyze and track data, determine the popularity of certain content, and better understand Your online activity, among other things.

We use Google Analytics to better understand who is using the Website and how people are using it. Google Analytics uses cookies to collect and store information, such as Website pages visited, places where users click, time spent on each Website page, Internet Protocol address, type of operating system used, language preference, location-based data, device ID, search traffic, gender, and age. We use this information to improve the Website and as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy. Please see: for information about how Google Analytics uses this information, and visit: for information about the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on. Google may track Your activity over time and across websites.

We may deliver advertisements to You. We may also work with third-party advertising companies that help deliver these advertisements. To learn more about third-party online advertising and to opt out of certain types of advertising, please see:

  1. Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies
  • We, along with third parties, use cookies, local storage objects, Web beacons, and other technologies. These technologies are used for tracking, analytics, and personalization and optimization of the Website.
  • Cookies are small files that are transferred to and stored on Your computer through Your Web browser (if You allow it) that enable the website’s or service provider’s system to recognize Your browser and capture and remember certain information. You can instruct Your browser to stop accepting cookies. But, if You do not accept cookies, You may not be able to use all portions of all functionality of the Website.
  • Persistent cookies remain on the visitor’s computer after the browser has been closed.
  • Session cookies exist only during a visitor’s online session and disappear from the visitor’s computer when he/she closes the browser software.
  • Flash cookies (also known as local shared objects) are data files that can be created on Your computer by the websites You visit, and are a way for websites to store information for later use. Flash cookies are stored in different parts of Your computer from ordinary browser cookies. You can disable the storage of flash cookies. For additional information about managing and disabling flash cookies, please visit:
  • Web beacons are small strings of code that provide a method for delivering a graphic image on a web page or in an email message for the purpose of transferring data. You can disable the ability of web beacons to capture information by blocking cookies.

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to help us understand and save Your preferences and interests, so We can personalize Your future visits and compile aggregate data about Website traffic and Website interaction to offer better Website experiences and tools in the future.

Some of our business partners, such as our analytics providers and advertising networks, also use cookies and other tracking technologies on our Website, some of which may track users across websites and over time. 

  1. Security

We implement a variety of security measures to protect the safety of Your personal information when You enter, submit, or access Your personal information.  Please keep Your account password secure to help ensure the safety of Your personal information.  

While We take reasonable measures to protect the information You submit via the Website against loss, theft, and unauthorized use, disclosure, or modification, We cannot guarantee its absolute security. No Internet, email, or mobile application transmission is ever fully secure or error free. Email or other messages sent through the Website may not be secure. You should use caution whenever submitting information through the Website and take special care in deciding with which information You provide us.

We cannot guarantee that transmissions of Your personal information will be fully secure and that third parties will never be able to defeat our security measures or the security measures of our partners.  WE ASSUME NO LIABILITY FOR DISCLOSURE OF YOUR INFORMATION DUE TO TRANSMISSION ERRORS, THIRD-PARTY ACCESS, OR CAUSES BEYOND OUR CONTROL.

If you use the Website outside of the United States, You consent to having Your data transferred to the United States. 

  1. Data Retention Policy, Managing Your Information

We will retain Your information for as long as You use the Website and for a reasonable time thereafter. We may maintain anonymized or aggregated data, including usage data, for analytics purposes. We may retain and use Your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and/or for the period required by laws in applicable jurisdictions. Please note that some or all of the information We have collected may be required for the Website to function properly.

  1. Links to Other Websites or Applications

This Privacy Policy applies only to the Website. The Website may contain links to other websites or apps or may forward users to other websites or apps that We may not own or operate and to which this Privacy Policy does not apply. The links from the Website do not imply that We endorse or have reviewed these websites or apps. The policies and procedures We describe here do not apply to these websites or apps. We neither can control nor are responsible for the privacy practices or content of these websites or apps. We suggest contacting these websites or app providers directly for information on their privacy policies. Nonetheless, We seek to protect the integrity of the Website and welcome any feedback about these linked websites and mobile applications.

  1. Your Choices Regarding Your Information

You have choices regarding the use of information by the Website.

  • Changing Your Information – To change Your information, please contact us at       
  • Withdrawing Consent – If You are an individual residing in the EEA/UK, and You provided Your consent for any particular processing of Your personal information, You have the right to withdraw Your consent to our processing of Your information at any time. You may also request that Your personal information be deleted. See further information under the section EEA/UK Privacy Rights below.  This deletion is permanent and Your information cannot be reinstated.  To proceed with this request, please email
  1. EEA/UK Privacy Rights

Users based in the EEA or UK have the following legal rights with respect to their information:

  • The right to require Ophthalmology Foundation to confirm whether or not their information is being processed, the purpose of any such processing, the recipients of any information that has been disclosed, the period for which their information is to be stored, and whether any automated decision-making processes are used in relation to their information;
  • The right to require Ophthalmology Foundation to rectify inaccurate information without undue delay;
  • The right to request the erasure of their information. Subject to certain conditions, Ophthalmology Foundation may be required to erase the information in response to such request where:
    • the information is no longer necessary in relation to the purpose for which it was collected, such as where a user chooses to terminate his or her use of the Website;
    • the processing of the information is based on the user’s consent (and the other circumstances described in the Legal Bases for Processing Your Information and How Your information is Disclosed sections above no longer apply), if the user withdraws his or her consent; or
    • the user objects to the processing of his or her information and there are no overriding legitimate grounds for the processing. 
  • Where Ophthalmology Foundation has disclosed the information of an EEA/UK user to a third party and the user requests the erasure or rectification of the data, Ophthalmology Foundation will take all reasonable steps to inform the third party of such request.
  • The right to restrict Ophthalmology Foundation from processing their information in certain circumstances, such as where the accuracy of that information is disputed or an objection has been raised (see below). In such circumstances, Ophthalmology Foundation will only process that information with the express consent of the user, or for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims, or for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person, or for reasons of important public interest;
  • The right to receive their information from Ophthalmology Foundation in a structured, commonly-used and machine-readable format;
  • The right to object to the processing of their information by Ophthalmology Foundation where:
    • Ophthalmology Foundation has relied on the “legitimate interest” basis for processing that information, in which case We will immediately stop processing the user’s information unless We have compelling legitimate grounds which override the interests, rights, and freedoms of the user; or
    • the information is used for direct marketing purposes, in which case We will immediately stop processing the user’s information for such purposes.
  • The right to lodge a complaint with the data protection supervisory authority of the EU member state where the user resides.
  • The above legal rights are subject to various conditions and exceptions, including where the data is used for statistical or scientific research purposes, and the exercise of the right would prevent such purposes from being attained or would seriously impair their attainment.
  1. Information Collected From Other Websites and Mobile Applications and Do Not Track Policy

Your browser or device may offer You a “Do Not Track” option, which allows You to signal to operators of websites, web applications, mobile applications, and services (including behavioral advertising services) that You do not wish such operators to track certain of Your online activities over time and/or across different websites or applications. The Website does not support Do Not Track requests at this time, which means that We or our analytics providers or other third parties with which We are working may collect information about Your online activity both during and after Your use of the Website. 

  1. Children

The Website is not intended for children under 16 years of age. We do not knowingly collect personal information from an individual under age 16. If You are under the age of 16, please do not submit any personal information through the Website. If You have reason to believe that We may have accidentally received personal information from an individual under age 16, please contact us immediately at

  1. Changes to Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to update or modify this Privacy Policy at any time and from time to time without prior notice. Please review this Privacy Policy periodically, and especially before You provide any information. This Privacy Policy was made effective on the date indicated above. 

  1. How to Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us by email at, or by writing us at Ophthalmology Foundation, 2214 Market Street #445, San Francisco, CA 94114 USA, if You have any questions about this Privacy Policy.

  1. Your Nevada Privacy Rights 

The Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS 603A.300 et seq.) permit a Nevada consumer to direct an operator of an Internet website or online service to refrain from making any sale of any covered information the operator has collected or will collect about that consumer. You may submit a request pursuant to this directive by emailing us at  We will provide further information about how We verify the authenticity of the request and Your identity.

  1. Your California Privacy Rights

Section 1798.83 of the California Civil Code permits California residents to request from a business, with whom the California resident has an established business relationship, certain information about the types of personal information the business has shared with third parties for those third parties’ direct marketing purposes, and the names and addresses of the third parties with whom the business has shared such information during the immediately preceding calendar year. You may make one request each year by emailing us at, or by writing us at Ophthalmology Foundation, 2214 Market Street #445, San Francisco, CA 94114 USA.