Privacy Policy

This is the web site of Blue Star Families.

Our postal address is PO Box 230637, Encinitas, CA 92023-0637.

We can be reached via e-mail at [email protected] or you can reach us by telephone at [202] 630-2583.

For each visitor to our Web page, our Web server automatically recognizes only the consumer’s domain name but not the e-mail address (where possible).

We collect the following information: the domain name but not the e-mail address of visitors to our Web page; the e- mail addresses of those who post messages to our bulletin board; the e-mail addresses of those who communicate with us via e-mail; aggregate information on what pages consumers access or visit; user-specific information on what pages consumers access or visit; and information volunteered by the consumer, such as survey information and/or site registrations.

The information we collect is used by us to improve the content of our Web page, to notify consumers about updates to our Web site, and to contact members and supporters for marketing purposes. The information we collect is also shared with agents, contractors, and partners who assist in providing support for our internal operations and external marketing. The information we collect is further disclosed in the following instances: when legally required to do so, at the request of governmental authorities conducting an investigation, to verify or enforce compliance with the policies governing our Website and applicable laws or to protect against misuse or unauthorized use of our Website.

With respect to cookies: We use cookies to record past activity at a site in order to provide better service when  visitors return to our site and to customize Web page content based on visitors’ browser type or other information that the visitor sends.

If you supply us with your postal address on-line you will only receive the information for which you provided us your address.

From time to time, we may alert you to benefits, services, or products offered by United Services Automobile Association (USAA). To make these offers available to you, we periodically provide USAA with personal contact information. USAA does not share with us any financial information you might give them. Please refer to the USAA web site, www.usaa.com, for their privacy policy.

With respect to ad servers: To connect you with offers that may be of interest to you, we have relationships with other companies that we allow to place ads on our Web pages. As a result of your visit to our site, ad server companies may collect information such as your domain type, your IP address and clickstream information. For further information, consult the privacy policies of: [n/a]

As part of our programs we may collect personal information from minors that wish to participate or volunteer. We require consent from a parent when a child under the age of 13 (“child”) wants to register.  We directly collect from child users during our initial registration process a parent’s email address. We then obtain parental consent before collecting additional personal information regarding the child. Parents may deny consent to disclosure. Typically we collect items such as basic contact information, areas of interest, and goals associated with BSF programs.  We do this actively by having the parent or child complete an online form. We will not seek and do not condition participation in BSF programs on more information than is reasonably necessary for these activities.

We do not sell any member or supporter information collected on our site or through contracted third parties. We only allow access to personal information by authorized employees, volunteers, and trusted partners.

From time to time, we may use member and supporter information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our privacy notice. If our information practices change at some time in the future we will post the policy changes to our Web site to notify you of these changes. If you are concerned about how your information is used, you should check back at our Web site periodically.

Members and supporters may prevent their information from being used for purposes other than those for which it was originally collected or may opt out of any disclosure of nonpublic information except where such disclosure is legally required by e-mailing us at [email protected]

Upon request we provide site visitors with access to a description of information that we maintain about them. Members and supporters can access this information by e-mailing us a request at [email protected]

With respect to security: We have commercially reasonable security measures in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of information that we have collected from you at our site.

If you feel that this site is not following this Privacy Policy Statement, you may contact us at the above address or phone number or you may email us at [email protected]

If you do not want to receive e-mail from us in the future, please let us know by e-mailing us at [email protected].

Terms of Use Blue Star Families, Inc. (“Blue Star Families”) operates and maintains the domain and website located at www.bluestarfam.org (collectively hereinafter, “Site”) to provide online access to information about BLUE STAR FAMILIES and the products, services, and information we provide (the “Service”). By accessing and using this Site, you agree to each of the terms and conditions described herein (“Terms of Use”). These Terms of Use, together with applicable additional terms and conditions, are referred to as “Agreement.”

BLUE STAR FAMILIES reserves the right to modify this Agreement at any time without giving you prior notice. Your use of the Site following any such modification constitutes your agreement to follow and be bound by the Agreement as modified. The last date these Terms of Use were revised is set forth below.

1. Use of Site

The Service, the Site, and the information, writings, images and/or other works that you see, hear or otherwise perceive on the Site are all defined as “Content”. The Content is solely for your non-commercial, personal use and/or to learn about BLUE STAR FAMILIES products and services. No right, title or interest in any Content is transferred to you, whether as a result of downloading such Content or otherwise. BLUE STAR FAMILIES reserves complete title and full intellectual property rights in all Content.  Except as expressly authorized by this Agreement, you may not  use, alter, copy, distribute, transmit, or derive another work from any Content obtained from the Site or the Service, except as expressly permitted by the Terms of Use.

2. Copyright

Portions of this Site and its Content are protected by U.S. and/or foreign copyright laws, and belong to BLUE STAR FAMILIES or its partners, affiliates, licensees or authorizing third parties. BLUE STAR FAMILIES or other copyright owners who have authorized their use on the Site own any copyrights in the Content. You may download and reprint Content for non-commercial, non-public, personal use only (If you are browsing this Site as an employee or member  of any business or organization, you may download and reprint Content only for educational or other non-commercial purposes within your business or organization, except as otherwise permitted by BLUE STAR FAMILIES, for example in certain password-restricted areas of the Site). You may not transmit, duplicate, gather, reproduce or display any of the Content on this Site without express written authorization from BLUE STAR FAMILIES.

3. Trademarks

You are prohibited from using any of the trademarks, designs or logos appearing throughout the Site without express written permission from BLUE STAR FAMILIES or the respective trademark owner, except as permitted by applicable law.

4. Links to Third-Party Websites

Links on the Site to third-party websites or information are provided solely as a convenience to you. If you use these links, you will leave the Site. Such links do not constitute or imply an endorsement, sponsorship, or recommendation by BLUE STAR FAMILIES of the third party, the third-party website, or the information contained therein. BLUE STAR FAMILIES is not responsible for the availability of any such websites. BLUE STAR FAMILIES is not responsible or liable for any such website or the content thereon. If you use the links to the websites of BLUE STAR FAMILIES affiliates or service providers, you will leave the Site, and will be subject to the terms of use and privacy policy applicable to those websites.

5. Disclaimer of Warranties

BLUE STAR FAMILIES MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS OR ENDORSEMENTS WHATSOEVER WITH RESPECT TO THE SITE, THE SERVICE OR THE CONTENT. BLUE STAR FAMILIES EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT, WITH REGARD TO THE SITE,

THE SERVICE, THE CONTENT, AND ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE FURNISHED OR TO BE FURNISHED VIA THE SITE. BLUE STAR FAMILIES DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS PERFORMED BY THE SITE OR THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR ERROR-FREE, OR THAT DEFECTS IN THE SITE OR THE SERVICE WILL BE CORRECTED. BLUE STAR FAMILIES DOES NOT WARRANT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE CONTENT, OR THAT ANY ERRORS IN THE CONTENT WILL BE CORRECTED. THE SITE, THE SERVICE AND THE CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS.

9. Limitation of Liability

IN NO EVENT WILL BLUE STAR FAMILIES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY DIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY OR OTHER INDIRECT DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF (I) THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE, THE SERVICE, OR THE CONTENT, (II) ANY TRANSACTION CONDUCTED THROUGH OR FACILITATED BY THE SITE; (III) ANY CLAIM ATTRIBUTABLE TO ERRORS, OMISSIONS, OR OTHER INACCURACIES IN THE SITE, THE SERVICE AND/OR THE CONTENT, (IV) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA,   OR (V) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE SITE, THE SERVICE, OR THE CONTENT, EVEN IF BLUE  STAR FAMILIES HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE SITE, THE SERVICE, THE CONTENT, OR WITH THE TERMS OF USE, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE SITE.

BECAUSE SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH STATES, BLUE STAR FAMILIES’S LIABILITY IS LIMITED AND WARRANTIES ARE EXCLUDED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, BUT SHALL, IN NO EVENT, EXCEED $100.00.

10. Indemnification

You understand and agree that you are personally responsible for your behavior on the Site. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless BLUE STAR FAMILIES, its parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliated companies, joint ventures, business partners, licensors, employees, agents, and any third-party information providers to the Service from and against all claims, losses, expenses, damages and costs (including, but not limited to, direct, incidental, consequential, exemplary and indirect damages), and reasonable attorneys’ fees, resulting from or arising out of your use, misuse, or inability to use the Site, the Service, or the Content, or any violation by you of this Agreement.

11. Privacy

The BLUE STAR FAMILIES Privacy Policy is available at www.bluestarfam.org.

12. User Conduct; Use of Communication Services

You agree to use the Site only for lawful purposes. You agree not to take any action that might compromise the security of the Site, render the Site inaccessible to others or otherwise cause damage to the Site or the Content. You agree not to add to, subtract from, or otherwise modify the Content, or to attempt to access any Content that is not intended for you. You agree not to use the Site in any manner that might interfere with the rights of third parties.

This Site may contain forums, calendars, and/or other message or communication facilities designed to communicate with you (collectively, the “Communication Services”).  You agree to use the Communication Services only to view and post messages and material that are proper and, when applicable, related to the particular Communication Service.  You agree, without limitation, that you will not:

  1. Use the Communication Services in connection with surveys, contests, pyramid schemes, chain letters, junk mail, spamming, or any duplicative or unsolicited messages, whether commercial or otherwise;
  2. Advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services without the advance written permission of Blue Star Families,
  3. Publish, post, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material or
  4. Use any material or information, including images or photograph in any manner that infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or other proprietary right of any party;
  5. Provide links to files that contain viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, corrupted files or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another’s computer or property of another;
  6. Falsify or delete any copyright management information, such as author attributions, legal or other proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded;
  7. Restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Communication Services;
  8. Violate any code of conduct or other guidelines, which may be applicable to any Communication Service;
  9. Harvest or otherwise collect information about other users of the Site, including email addresses, except with the advance written permission of Blue Star Families, ;
  10. Create a false identity for the purpose of misleading
  11. Use, download or otherwise copy or provide (whether or not for a fee) to a person or entity any directory of users of the Communication Services or other user or usage information or any portion

13. Unsolicited Idea Submission Policy

BLUE STAR FAMILIES does not accept ideas, concepts, or techniques for new services or products through the Site (“Comments”). If such Comments are received, You acknowledge that (a) they will not be considered confidential or proprietary, (b) BLUE STAR FAMILIES and its affiliates are under no obligation to keep such information confidential, and (c) BLUE STAR FAMILIES will have an unrestricted, irrevocable, world-wide, royalty-free right to use, communicate, reproduce, publish, display, distribute, and exploit such Comments in any manner it chooses.

However, BLUE STAR FAMILIES welcomes any feedback regarding areas of BLUE STAR FAMILIES existing programs and services that may help satisfy user’s needs. Feedback can be provided through the many listed contact areas on the Site. Any feedback you provide shall be deemed Comments as described above.

14. Password Security

As a member of BLUE STAR FAMILIES, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your member identification and password information, and for restricting access to your computer. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your member identification and password.

15. General Provisions

15.1. Entire Agreement/No Waiver

These Terms of Use constitute the entire Agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof. No waiver by BLUE STAR FAMILIES of any breach or default hereunder shall be deemed to be a waiver of any preceding or subsequent breach or default.

15.2 Correction of Errors and Inaccuracies

The Content may contain typographical errors or other errors or inaccuracies and may not be complete or current. BLUE STAR FAMILIES therefore reserves the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions and to change or update the Content at any time without prior notice. BLUE STAR FAMILIES does not, however, warrant or guarantee that any errors, inaccuracies or omissions will be corrected.

Enforcement/ Choice of Law/ Choice of Forum

If any part of this Agreement is determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, it will not impact any other provision of this Agreement, all of which will remain in full force and effect. Any and all disputes relating to this Agreement, the BLUE STAR FAMILIES Privacy Policy, your use of the Site, any other BLUE STAR FAMILIES website, the Service, or the Content are governed by, and will be interpreted in accordance with, the laws of the State of Georgia, without regard to any conflict of laws provisions.

Claims of Copyright Infringement

Pursuant to Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c), notifications of claimed copyright infringement should be sent to Blue Star Families, Inc., Attention: P.O. Box 322, Falls Church, Virginia 22040.