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Second Sense - Beyond Vision Loss

Privacy Policy

Second Sense has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to you and your privacy. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for this site.

Second Sense assures you that the identity of all who contact us through this website or in person is kept confidential: we do not rent, sell, or exchange our mailing lists.  We strive to be responsible in our management, truthful in our communications and cost-effective in our fund raising.  We have been empowering people with vision loss since 1947.  In this work we have and will continue to ensure every dollar is used for this purpose.

We are committed to the highest standard of stewardship excellence.  We will exert every effort to honor any designation of preference you have stated.  In certain circumstances, where a project is over funded or cannot be carried out in accordance with your preference, the funds will be used for similar projects approved by the Board of Directors.

As with most other Internet sites, our web servers utilize “cookies” to track a user’s activity within our site as well as record the IP address of each visitor to this site.  A cookie is a small data file that is stored on your computer.  A cookie contains a unique identifying feature that allows our computer to recognize you when you return to Second Sense site.  The recorded IP address tells us which domain you visited from (for instance,, but not your email address or other private and personal information.  We use the information we record to help diagnose problems with our servers, to administer this website more effectively and to gather broad demographic information about where our visitors come from and their behavior on our site.

In some cases our site uses securely encrypted contribution response forms for visitors who choose to use these forms to provide information, request information, and make donations. We collect your willingly submitted contact information (such as your email address) and financial information (such as a credit card type, number and expiration date).  Contact information from these response forms is used to process donations, provide receipts and other information about Second Sense to our members.  The visitor’s contact information is also used to get in touch with the visitor when necessary in order to resolve customer service issues or questions.

Those who choose to register through various “guestbook”-type features on our site may choose to give us certain contact information (such as their email address).  These features may also request optional demographic information (such as zip code, age, or income level).  The contact information you provide in these “guestbook” features may also be used to contact you when necessary in order to resolve customer service issues or questions.  You may readily opt-out of receiving future communications; see the “opt-out” and “modifying your information” sections below.

Our online surveys may ask visitors for contact information (such as their email address) as well as a variety of demographic and practical questions.  We may use contact data to contact the visitor when necessary.

In all cases, where information is voluntarily provided, we may use this contact information to send you future communications and additional information about Second Sense and its program.  Users may readily opt-out of receiving future mailings; see the “opt-out” and “modifying your information” sections below.

Data Security

To ensure any data we collect is secure and used appropriately, we have put in place the appropriate physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure any information collected online.


Most submission points on our site provide users the opportunity to opt-out of receiving further communications from us.  There are, however, a few places where users do not have the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications. Should you wish to opt-out, contact us at or 312-236-8569 and we will ensure you are removed from receiving further communications from us.

Users may also opt-out at any time by contacting us following the methods provided in the “modifying your information” section below.

This site contains links to other sites. Second Sense is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Web sites.

Modifying Your Information

This site gives users the following options for removing their information from our database to not receive future communications or for changing or modifying information previously provided.

  1. Send us an email message with your request
  2. Send postal mail to the following address: Second Sense, 65 E. Wacker Place, Suite 1010, Chicago, IL 60601
  3. Call the following telephone number: 312-236-8569

When contacting us to change your status, be sure to include any information that would help us identify you on our lists, such as complete contact information (name, postal address, telephone number, and email address) or information about venues in which you gave us your contact information online (guestbook, survey, etc.).

Changes to This Policy

We reserve the right to make changes to this privacy policy without advance notice. Notice of significant changes to this policy will be posted to the homepage for this Web site ( for a period of three days. Minor changes to this policy were last made on September 11, 2013.

Contacting the Web Site

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Web site, you can contact:

Cheryl Megurdichian at or 312-236-8569.