Last update: June 3, 2020
Who we are
Oregon Values and Beliefs Center is an independent, nonpartisan entity that surveys Oregon residents across a variety of demographics and communities in both urban and rural areas to provide valuable data on relevant issues. We cover a broad array of topics, including economic development, affordable housing, education, healthcare, transportation, and climate change. The research data is compiled into statistics and reports providing current and improved public opinion data for private, public, and nonprofit organizations that shape the future of Oregon’s communities.
As part of its service, Oregon Values and Beliefs Center operates a website at https://oregonvbc.org/, and allows those who participate in surveys as panelists to enjoy our rewards program. Oregon Values and Beliefs Center respects your privacy and takes safeguarding personal information seriously. Please read the following to understand our privacy practices.
“Personal Information” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person; an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person. Personal Information does not include information that is anonymized.
Personal Information We Process
We process Personal Information of Oregon residents who register with us as panelists to contribute to surveys. We collect specific information from Oregon residents so that our surveys can be meaningful and represent Oregon demographics. Personal Information collected includes name, email address, birth year, residential zip code, gender, political affiliation, race, and whether you are registered as a voter. We use this information so we can create a survey base that is representative of the community. We collect information from our surveys, which includes your opinions on community and political matters. This information is anonymized and aggregated so that it is not associated or identifiable to you as an individual.
We process Personal Information of organization representatives of the private, public, and nonprofit organizations that receive our statistics, reports, and other information. Some of these representatives provide testimonials that we publish on our website. Personal Information collected from these representatives includes name, email address, phone number, the name and details of the organization they represent, and their job role and title. Similarly, we process Personal Information of other business representatives, such as third-party service providers, for communication, payment processing, support services, and other purposes typical in administering a non-profit entity. The Personal Information collected includes name, email address, phone number, employer, and job title.
We also process Personal Information from users who navigate to our website and submit an inquiry through email or electronic form. Personal Information collected includes name, email address, and a comment or message.
We do not actively collect or otherwise process Personal Information from individuals under the age of eighteen (18).
We process technical information and navigational information when you visit our website, which is found at https://oregonvbc.org/. We use tracking technologies, cookies, and clear GIFs to collect information. Tracking technologies are used to collect information from your web browser through our servers or filtering systems when you visit any of our sites. Examples of technical information collected includes IP address, geographical location, device ID and related information and browser type. Examples of navigational information includes pages viewed, selection made and length of visit. Our primary goal in processing this information from you is to help us improve your experience and to develop and better communicate our services and mission through our website.
You can change your web browser settings to stop accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the sites you visit. If you do not accept cookies, however, you may not be able to use some sections or functions of our sites. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Purposes for Processing Personal Information
Our primary purpose for processing Personal Information is to conduct surveys that produce current and improved public opinion research. We seek to ensure that Oregonians’ voices are heard so that organizations that shape the future of Oregon can engage in a more productive process and discussion about the future of our communities and state. We operate a rewards program for survey participants to encourage ongoing participation.
In addition, we process Personal Information for our administrative and other non-profit purposes, including promoting our organization and mission, processing payments and donations, and maintaining our website, blogs, and communication outreach. We also process Personal Information to comply with applicable laws, exercise legal rights, and meet tax and other regulatory requirements.
Sharing of Personal Information
We share your Personal Information with third-party service providers so that they may perform specific service functions on our behalf. In such instances, the providers will be contractually required to limit their processing of your Personal Information to the services they provide to our organization. We also share Personal Information required to process payments and donations and protect the security and integrity of our services. We may share Personal Information to comply with regulatory requirements, exercise or defend legal rights, and take precautions against liability. The statistics, reports, and information we compile from our surveys and share with other organizations is anonymized and provided in aggregate form so it is not identifiable to an individual.
Personal Information Security
The Oregon Values and Beliefs Center uses technical and organizational measures to protect the Personal Information that we store, transmit, or otherwise process, against accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorized disclosure or access. We regularly consider appropriate new security technology and methods as we maintain and develop website and services. We store your Personal Information on servers located in the United States and on secure third-party cloud services operated by service providers who are committed to maintaining a high level of data privacy and security.
Retention of Personal Information
We retain your registered account information for the duration of time you have an account with us. You may request that we delete your account at any time. Information collected during surveys is anonymized and aggregated for research purposes and is not identifiable to any individual. Personal Information collected in the course of administering our non-profit organization, from organization representatives and business representatives, and from user website interactions, is retained for a reasonable time to fulfill the processing purposes mentioned above.
We retain Personal Information that we are required to retain in order to meet our regulatory obligations including tax records and transaction history. We regularly review our retention policy to ensure compliance with our obligations under regulatory requirements. We regularly audit our databases and archived information to ensure that Personal Information is only stored and archived in alignment with our retention policy.
Personal Information Requests
Effective Date and Amendments
Inquiries and requests may be submitted to the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center by sending us an email: