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Privacy Policy

We have compiled this Privacy Policy to provide you a notice of how the Death with Dignity National Center (“National Center”) collects, uses, protects, or otherwise handles your Personally Identifiable Information at this website, (“Website”).*

Personally Identifiable Information Collected at

When contacting us, subscribing to our email updates, taking an advocacy action, making a donation, or using other features at the Website, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, mailing address, credit card information, or other details to facilitate communication or transaction.

We will never ask for your social security number.

Age Restrictions

The National Center does not knowingly or purposefully collect information from minors under the age of 18 (eighteen), including and especially those less than 13 (thirteen) years of age. If you are under 18, do not submit any information to the National Center.

If you are a parent, legal guardian, or other concerned person and become aware that we have collected information from a child, including and especially one under 13 years of age, please contact us promptly and we will take steps to delete and remove any such information.

Contact or Subscription

When you contact us using the online form at our Contact Us page, we will retain your email in the recipient email account for a period of 12 months.

In addition, when you check the subscription box on the contact form (“Yes, sign me up for email updates!”), your name, ZIP code, and email address as entered will be added to our email list, managed through the cloud-based tool Action Network, and to the cloud-based Customer Relationship Management database, both of which use Secure Socket Layer (“SSL”) technology to protect your privacy.

When you subscribe to our email updates, newsletter, or the email list in general using one of several subscription forms on the Website, the information you entered will be automatically added to our mailing list at Action Network.

Advocacy Action

When you take an advocacy action at our website, e.g. signing a petition or an e-card or sending a letter to your legislator, through an embedded widget supplied by Action Network, the information you entered (your email address and ZIP code in the minimum) will be automatically added to the Action Network database.


When you make a donation using our online donation form, your information is collected in two ways:

  1. By our cloud-based Customer Relationship Management database Salesforce, where we will store the date you made your gift, the amount of your gift, your first and last (and middle, if applicable) names, address, and email address. Your credit card information is not stored in this system.
  2. By our credit card processor. None of the information collected this way is stored on our servers, computers, or other means accessible by us. We do not have access to nor do we store your credit card or bank account information.

How We Protect Your Information at

We are committed to protecting the security of your personal information and to honoring your choices for its intended use. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we strive to maintain physical, electronic, and administrative safeguards and implement a variety of security measures.

SSL Certificates

All Personally Identifiable information you supply to us through our Website is encrypted using SSL, whether the SSL certificate is implemented through our domain host or third-party servers. Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems and are required to keep the information confidential.

We keep all your contact information confidential and never share it with third parties.

The Website’s Content Management System, WordPress, uses a number of security products and measures (plugins) to safeguard it from malicious attacks, viruses, malware, and spam. The Website is protected with SSL, the active presence of which you may verify by checking there is a green lock to the left of the Website URL in your browser’s address bar.

All information collected in our email inboxes is stored on the servers of our Website host and protected through Google’s SSL certificate.

All information collected in Salesforce is stored on Salesforce servers, and we access it through an SSL-protected online interface using unique usernames, complex passwords, and private security tokens.

All information collected in Action Network is stored on Action Network servers, and we access it through an SSL-protected online interface using unique usernames and complex passwords.

PCI Compliance

We process your financial transactions securely using the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (“PCI DSS”), the credit card industry’s most stringent security standard, with which we are fully compliant.

Our security measures to protect your credit card information include:

  • physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards;
  • sophisticated security monitoring tools;
  • documented security policies;
  • use of strong encryption (SSL) for transmissions of information to and from our credit card processor;
  • restricted access of personally identifiable information; and
  • periodic security audits.

All credit card transactions are processed through a gateway provider and are not stored or processed on our servers.


Cookies are small files that our website transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser. A cookie cannot be read by any website other than the one that set it up. You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You can do this through your browser settings. Since every browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.

The online advocacy toolkit Action Network may place a cookie on your computer to later recognize you.

Death with Dignity National Center may use cookies to recognize your browser and capture and remember aggregate, i.e. non-personalized, data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can improve site experience and tools in the future. We may also use trusted third-party services that track this information on our behalf.

Third-Party Disclosure

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information.

External Links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include links to external websites in the text on this Website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

Fair Information Practices

We adhere to Fair Information Practices Principles to comply with US privacy laws and protect your personal information.

In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur:

  • We will notify you via email within 1 business day.
  • We will notify you via in-site notification within 1 business day.

Contacting Us

If you have any questions regarding this privacy policy, you may contact us by

  • Mail: Death with Dignity National Center, 520 SW 6th Ave #1220, Portland, OR 97204
  • Phone: 503.228.4415
  • Email

* Personally Identifiable Information, as described in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context.

Last update: May 31, 2017