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Privacy Policy

Effective Date: October 22, 2015

The Mechanics’ Institute values your support and is committed to protecting your privacy. This statement (the “Privacy Policy”) sets forth our policies and practices for handling your information on the website and any other website or online service that we operate and that links to this Privacy Policy (the “Services”).


We may collect the following kinds of information when you use the Services:

Information you provide directly to us. For certain activities, such as when you register, sign up for our email notices, make a donation, search our collection, or contact us directly, we may ask you to provide the following types of information:

  • Contact information, such as full name, email address, address, and phone number;

  • Payment information, such as credit card number and expiration date, where needed to process a donation or complete a transaction; and

  • Search terms, comments, and other correspondence you send to us.

Information we collect automatically. We may collect certain information automatically when you use our Services, such as your Internet protocol address and other device identifiers, browser type, operating system, Internet service provider, pages that you visit immediately before or after using the Services, the date and time of your visit, information about the links you click and pages you view within the Services, and other standard server log information.

We may use cookies, pixel tags, and similar technologies to automatically collect this information. Cookies are small bits of information that are stored by your computer’s web browser. Pixel tags are very small images or small pieces of data embedded in images, also known as “web beacons” or “clear GIFs,” that can recognize cookies, the time and date a page is viewed, a description of the page where the pixel tag is placed, and similar information from your computer or device. By using the Services, you consent to our use of cookies and similar technologies.

Information we obtain from other sources. We may receive information from other sources. For example, if you access Facebook or Twitter through the Services to share information about your experience on the Services, we may collect information from these third-party services.


We only use payment information, such as credit card numbers and expiration date, as necessary to complete a particular transaction or as otherwise required by law.

We otherwise use the information we collect online to:

  • Fulfill your requests for products, services, and information;

  • Send you promotional materials from us;

  • Analyze the use of the Services to understand and improve the Services;

  • Prevent potentially prohibited or illegal activities and otherwise in accordance with our Terms of Use; and

  • For any other purposes disclosed to you at the time we collect your information or pursuant to your consent.


We are committed to maintaining your trust, and we do not disclose your information except as follows:

  • Authorized third-party vendors and service providers. We share your information with third-party vendors and service providers that help us provide you specialized services when you access them, including program registration, e-books, e-magazines, and online databases.

  • Business transfers. We may share your information in connection with a substantial corporate transaction, such as the sale of a website, a merger, consolidation, asset sale, or in the unlikely event of bankruptcy.

  • Legal purposes. We may disclose information to respond to subpoenas, court orders, legal process, law enforcement requests, legal claims or government inquiries, and to protect and defend our or others’ rights, interests, safety, and security.

  • With your consent. We may share information for any other purposes disclosed to you at the time we collect the information or pursuant to your consent.

If you access third-party services, such as Facebook or Twitter, through the Services, these third parties may be able to collect information about you and notify your connections on the third-party services about your use of the Services, in accordance with their own privacy policies.


We use reasonable measures to help protect information from loss, theft, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction. Please understand that no data storage system or transmission of data over the Internet or any other public network can be guaranteed to be 100 percent secure.


You may be able to refuse or disable cookies by adjusting your web browser settings. Because each web browser is different, please consult the instructions provided by your web browser (typically in the “help” section). Please note that you may need to take additional steps to refuse or disable some technologies. If you choose to refuse, disable, or delete these technologies, some of the functionality of the Services may no longer be available to you.

VI. “Do Not Track” Signals

Some web browsers may transmit "do-not-track" signals to websites. Because of differences in how web browsers implement this feature, it is not always clear whether users intend for these signals to be transmitted, or whether they even are aware of them. Standards-setting organizations have not decided what, if anything, websites should do when they receive such signals. We currently do not take action in response to these signals. If and when a final standard is accepted, we may reassess how to respond to these signals.


The Services may contain links to content maintained by third parties that we do not control. We may allow third parties to place and read their own cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies to collect information automatically through the Services. These third parties may collect information over time and across different websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of these third parties, and we recommend that you read their privacy policies.


The Services are designed for and targeted to U.S. audiences and are governed by and operated in accordance with the laws of the U.S. We make no representation that the Services are operated in accordance with the laws or regulations of any other nations. By using the Services and providing us with information, you understand and agree that your information may be transferred to and stored on servers located outside your resident jurisdiction and, to the extent you are a resident of a country other than the United States, that you consent to the transfer of such data to the United States for processing by us in accordance with this Privacy Policy.


We may update this Privacy Policy by revising the “Effective Date” above and posting the new policy. We recommend that you review the Privacy Policy each time you visit the Services to stay informed of our privacy practices.


If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or our practices, please contact us:

Mechanics' Institute
57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
[email protected]