The Minnesota Autism Center (MAC) values the privacy of all our constituents. We view the protection of our users’ privacy as an important community principle. It is our policy to collect and store only personal information that is knowingly provided to us. This Privacy Policy explains MAC’s practices regarding the collection of information that can personally identify you and/or your organization and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used by MAC.

*MAC has a separate Nondisclosure and Confidential Nature of Work policy related to the use of information collected by MAC with respect to services provided to persons served by MAC. This Privacy Policy applies solely to the data collected by MAC and its third-party providers such as charity auction websites and Constant Contact, for email and other communications, transactions related to events, fundraisers and promotion of MAC as well as the use of the MAC website (the “Services”).

If you choose to use the Services, you agree to the collection and use of information in the manner contemplated by this policy. The personal information MAC collects with respect to the Services is used for providing and improving the Services. MAC will not use or share your information with anyone except as described in this Privacy Policy.

Personal information

MAC and its third-party providers collect phone numbers, email addresses and mailing addresses for people participating in MAC-related activities, events and fundraisers. We may use your phone number, email and mailing addresses to provide you with the Services and to send you electronic or printed communications about MAC, event information, promotional information or financial requests. You may choose at any time to not provide personally identifiable information, although this may restrict our ability to provide you with requested services or information.

MAC may provide your personal information to certain third parties as required or authorized by law. Otherwise, MAC does not distribute personal information or email addresses to third parties without your prior authorization, except as described in this Policy.

Non-personal information

MAC will also collect non-personal information regarding your use of the Services with tools used by many websites, including cookies, which are pieces of numeric data stored on your computer so that MAC’s website can identify when you return to the website. MAC can only “read” cookies that are placed on your computer from MAC’s own website. Third-party cookies are passed through the MAC website through videos and maps. You can select to disable cookies by changing your browser settings. If you choose to disable cookies in your browser, you will be able to access portions of MAC’s website content.

MAC uses the non-personal information collected through MAC’s website to analyze and evaluate the features and functionality of the Services on MAC’s website and to further develop and improve the Services. MAC does not share non-personal information collected through MAC’s website with third parties.

Our commitment to financial data collection

MAC does not collect or disclose credit card account information. When members and customers choose to make a payment or donation related to the Services or otherwise provide credit card information to MAC, MAC uses a third-party secure credit card processor to receive and process such credit card account information.

Our commitment to data security

We value your trust in providing MAC your personal Information, thus we use commercially acceptable means of protecting it. But remember that no method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure and reliable, and we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Links to other websites

Our communications and website may contain links to other websites. If you click on a third-party link, you will be directed to that site. Note that these external sites are not operated by us. Therefore, we encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.


MAC collects data through Google Analytics to track the location and number of visitors to our website. Learn about how Google uses this information.

Photographs and videos

MAC periodically takes photographs during events or fundraisers for distribution via this website, social media, emails communication or other means. We may also embed videos from these events or fundraisers on MAC’s website. If you are included in a photograph or video and would prefer that it not be distributed by MAC, please contact MAC at 952-767-4200 or MACinfo@mnautism.org and let us know what photo/video contains your image and where you saw it. We will do our best to remove it from circulation.

Children’s online privacy

MAC’s website is not intended for use by children under the age of 13. In connection with the Services, MAC will not knowingly collect any personal information from website users under the age of 13. If you think that MAC has collected personal information from a website user under the age of 13, please contact us.

Privacy Policy changes

MAC may update this privacy policy from time to time and those changes will be made directly on our website. These changes are effective immediately after they are posted on this page. We encourage you to review this page periodically for any changes.

How to contact us

If you have any questions, suggestions or you feel we have not met the expectations of our Privacy Policy, please contact us at 952-767-4200 or MACinfo@mnautism.org.

Choice to opt out

MAC provides all individuals the opportunity to opt out of having personal information used for certain purposes. To tell us how you would like MAC to use or not use your data, please contact MAC at 952-767-4200 or email MACinfo@mnautism.org. MAC cannot allow individuals or customers to opt out of our maintenance of data MAC is obliged to keep for administrative, legal or security purposes.