Florida Institute for Community Studies, Inc. 

Revised: 7/03/2022

Effective Date: 7/4/2022

Next Review: 7/4/2023

Policy Owner: Scott Schneider, IT Manager

The Florida Institute for Community Studies, Inc. (FICS) places a high priority on protecting your privacy. This privacy policy was created in order to demonstrate the Florida Institute for Community Studies, Inc. commitment to the privacy of our members and our website users. This policy explains what types of information is collected by the FICS website, www.ficsinc.org, and how this information is used by its board, employees, funders, volunteers, affiliates, etc. 

Email Privacy

The Florida Institute for Community Studies, Inc. does not provide, sell, or rent email addresses to anyone outside the organization. 

What Personally Identifiable Information is Collected

Florida Institute for Community Studies, Inc. members that register for www.ficsinc.org  and individuals that sign up to receive FICSINC e-communications voluntarily provide us with contact information (such as name and email address). We may use this information for specific, limited purposes. You may always “opt out,” either now or at any time in the future, if you do not wish to receive our messages.

IP addresses

The Florida Institute for Community Studies, Inc uses your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, to administer www.ficsinc.org , and for statistical metrics used to track website visitor traffic. 


www.ficsinc.org uses “cookie” messages to automatically help provide better services. They remind us who you are and your preferences for our website based on what you’ve done and told us before. The “cookie” is placed in your computer and is read when you come back to our website. Cookies let us take you to the information and features you’re particularly interested in. They also let us track your usage of www.ficsinc.org, so we know which parts of our sites are most popular. You can reject cookies or cancel them by instructing your Web browser accordingly.

How Your Information May Be Used

We use your personal information to provide you with personalized service; to send e-mail alerts to you; to answer your requests; to process your membership application; etc. You may choose to opt out at any time, which will cease all communications from us. We may also use your information to track visits to our website. This lets us see which of our features are the most popular so we can better serve our users’ needs. 

External Links

www.ficsinc.org includes links to external websites. These links do not fall under the www.ficsinc.org  domain, and the Florida Institute for Community Studies, Inc  is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of external websites. Your use of any linked website is solely at your own risk.


We may amend this privacy policy from time to time; please review it periodically. We maintain the option to modify this privacy at any time by electronic notice posted on our website. Your continued use of our website after the date that such notices are posted will be deemed to be your agreement to the changed terms.

Employment Applications

Any information that is provided during an employment or volunteer application on the FICS website may be stored securely on our website. By submitting such application, you agree that this information will be stored. 


Alayne Unterberger, PhD, Executive Director  7/3/2022

Scott Schneider, IT Manager 7/2/2022

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