Washington Research Foundation (“WRF”) is committed to fair information practices and respects the privacy and security of its users. This Privacy Policy (“Policy”) describes how personal information is collected from users of the WRF website at www.wrfseattle.org (the &”Website”), and how that information is used and disclosed. By using our Website, you consent to the terms of this Policy.

This Policy applies to data collected by WRF through its Website and services. This Policy governs information that you provide to us or that we learn from your use of our Website and tells you how we may collect, use and, in some instances, share this information.

Information We Collect

In order to access some WRF services, you may be asked to provide what is generally called “personal information” (such as your name, email address, company name, company address and title/position). You may also be requested to provide questions and secret answers, which we use to help verify your identity and assist in resetting your password.

We may collect “tracking information” about your visit, including the pages you view, the links you click and other actions taken in connection with the WRF Website and services. We may also collect certain standard information that your browser sends to every website you visit, such as your IP address, browser type and language, access times and referring website addresses.

When you receive newsletters or promotional email from WRF, we may use web technologies to determine whether the email has been opened and which links you click in order to provide you with more focused email communications or other information.

The Way We Use Information

In general, we use personal information for purposes of administering our business activities, delivering newsletters to subscribers, delivering information to our investors, providing customer service, and making available other products and services to the users of our Website. Additionally, we may use all of the information that we collect from our users to understand their usage trends and preferences, to improve the way our Website works and looks, to improve our marketing and promotional efforts, and to create new features and functionality.

Sharing of Your Information

Except as otherwise noted in this Policy, we do not share personal information about our users with third parties unless doing so is appropriate to carry out a user’s request or we reasonably believe that doing so is legally required or is in our interest to protect our property or other legal rights or the rights or property of others.

We occasionally hire other companies to provide limited services on our behalf, such as processing tracking information; hosting our Website; performing statistical analysis; assisting us in understanding usage patterns for certain content, services and/or the functionality of our Website; providing Website maintenance and security; offering certain features on our Website; assisting us in improving the way our Website works and looks; and creating new features. Those companies will be permitted to obtain only the personal information they need to deliver the service. They are required to maintain the confidentiality of the information and are prohibited from using it for any other purpose.

We do not share user personal information with third-party organizations for their marketing or promotional use without your consent or except as part of a specific program or feature for which you will have the ability to opt in. WRF will not sell or rent your personal information to third parties and will disclose your personal information only in accordance with this Policy.

In addition, information about our Website visitors, including personally identifiable information, may be disclosed as part of any merger, acquisition, financing, sale or other transfer of company assets.

Accessing Your Personal Information

You may have the ability to view or edit your personal information online. In order to help prevent your personal information from being viewed by others, you will be required to sign in with your credentials (user ID/name and password). The appropriate method(s) for accessing your personal information will depend on which services you have used.

Security of Your Personal Information

WRF is committed to protecting the security of your personal information. We have put into place reasonable security measures in an effort to prevent loss, misuse and alteration of information while it is under our control. No data transmissions over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Consequently, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk.

If a password is used to help protect personal information, it is your responsibility to keep the password confidential. Do not share this information with anyone. If you are sharing a computer with anyone, you should always log out before leaving a site or service to protect your information from subsequent users.

If we learn of a security systems breach, we may attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. By using our Website or providing personal information to us, you agree that we can communicate with you electronically regarding security, privacy and administrative issues relating to your use of this Website. We may post a notice on our Website if a security breach occurs. If this happens, WRF may send an email to you at the email address you have provided to us in these circumstances. Depending on where you live, you may have a legal right to receive notice of a security breach in writing. To receive free written notice of a security breach (or to withdraw your consent from receiving electronic notice), you should notify us at info@wrfcapital.com.


We will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without requiring parental consent. Any person who provides their personal information to WRF through our Website represents that they are 13 years of age or older.

Use of Cookies

The WRF Website may use “cookies” to gather general information about the browsing activities of visitors to our Website. This allows us to constantly improve the Website design by arranging the content in the most user-friendly manner and to continually meet the users’ needs. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies contain information that can later be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to sign in or use other interactive features of the WRF Website that depend on cookies.

Links to Other Websites

Our Website may contain links to other websites. Links from our Website to other sites or content are provided for your convenience only, and we do not have control over the content, or privacy and security practices and policies, of such third parties or other sites. Any personal information you provide on linked pages is provided directly to that third party and is subject to that third party’s privacy policy. We encourage you to learn about their privacy and security practices and policies before providing them with personal information.

Policy Changes and Updates

We will modify this Privacy Policy if our privacy practices change in the future. We will notify you of the changes only by posting the new Policy on our Website and indicating the new “effective date” at the bottom of the Policy. We encourage you to periodically review this Policy to see if it has been updated since your last visit and to make sure you understand how information you provide will be used. Your continued use of this Website after the posting of changes constitutes your agreement to this Policy and any updates.

Contacting Us

WRF welcomes your feedback regarding this Policy. If you have questions, comments or concerns about this Policy, please contact us by email at info@wrfcapital.com.

Effective Date: January 1, 2013