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Collection of Personal Information
FAS may collect personal information when it is voluntarily submitted to any FAS website, such as through donation forms or newsletter sign-up forms. Submission of such information that includes the user's phone number, email, or mailing address implies the user's consent to being contacted by FAS, but we do not share mailing addresses, email addresses, or phone numbers with third parties except as necessary to perform services such as credit card donation processing.
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FAS appreciates and will accept online contributions. When you join or donate to FAS via our website your donation information is encrypted and transmitted via a secure connection. FAS uses your credit card information only for the purpose of processing your donation. We will not disclose this information except as necessary to process your donation and we do not store it once your donation has been processed.
Donation Delivery and Refund Policy
All online donors to the Federation of American Scientists will receive an email receipt confirming the donation for tax deductible purposes. FAS Members (donors of at least $50, or $25 for students) will receive a donation receipt and membership information at the Mailing Address provided.
The Federation of American Scientists is a non-profit organization that exists to provide non-partisan technical analysis on international security, science, and technology issues to policy makers, the press, and the public. Refunds of your gift are discouraged. However, if there is a clear error in the amount of payment or payee, please contact FAS within 30 days from the date of donation at 202-454-4694 to resolve.
FAS uses industry-standard encryption technologies when transferring and receiving sensitive personal and financial data from our site. Please note, however, that security breaches can occur even if reasonable steps are taken to prevent such breaches; for example, we cannot guarantee that information provided through our sites will not be illegally accessed on our servers or intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet. Please contact us if you believe there has been any breach of the security of our website.
This policy was last updated on July 11, 2013.
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Federation of American Scientists
1725 DeSales Street NW
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