The purpose of The Puget Sound Economic Forecaster web site is to provide visitors and subscribers with forecasts, data, analyses, and commentary about the Puget Sound economy. We collect personal information only to create and maintain an account in connection with a subscription to our service. We are committed to respecting and protecting the privacy of all users of our web site.
No personally identifying information is collected on visitors to our web site. Temporary session cookies are automatically created when any user (visitor or subscriber) accesses the web site. These files are used to help with site management and are erased when the user's browser is closed. Limited non-personally identifying information, including the Internet Protocol address, is also automatically logged when any user accesses the web site. We do not, however, link IP addresses to any personally identifying information for purposes of marketing.
Visitors may become subscribers and subscribers may renew subscriptions online by following the posted ordering instructions. We use secure socket layer (SSL) encryption to protect the transmission of information submitted when using our secure online forms. Secure credit card payment processing is handled by Authorize.NET. We do not store any credit card information.
We maintain account information for subscribers to our web site service that we obtain using order forms at initial sign-up or upon renewal. This information includes name, mailing address, telephone, email address, password, account type, renewal date, and last payment amount and date. We will not sell, share, or in any way provide subscriber information to third parties except when required to comply with legal processes such as a search warrant, subpoena, or court order, or to investigate misuse or unauthorized use of our web site, or to process a credit card subscription payment as described above. We will use email addresses only to alert subscribers to the posting of a new forecast to the web site, to modifications in the web site or its operation, or to notify subscribers of their subscription status. Subscribers may change their personal information by updating their account information on the web site.
We maintain safeguards to ensure that users' personal information is not misused, accidentally destroyed, or altered. We also have in place appropriate measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, and destruction of information posted on the web site.
The Puget Sound Economic Forecaster
Center for Economic and Business Research
Western Washington University
516 High Street, MS 9072
Bellingham, WA 98226