Privacy Policies

Your Privacy

Your privacy is critically important to us, so at FoLAR we have a few fundamental principles. If you find content on the FoLAR website you believe violates our Privacy Policy, please contact us immediately.

We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. 

We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our programs, or protect our rights.

We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our programs.

Friends of the Los Angeles River

“FoLAR” operates a website at It is FoLAR’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our website. If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please reach out to

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, FoLAR collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. FoLAR’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how FoLAR’s visitors use its website. From time to time, FoLAR may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by sharing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

FoLAR also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on articles published. FoLAR only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to FoLAR’s websites choose to interact with FoLAR in ways that require FoLAR to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that FoLAR gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for membership at to provide a username and email address.

Those who engage in transactions with FoLAR — by registering for an event or purchasing a membership, for example — are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, FoLAR collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with FoLAR. FoLAR does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

FoLAR may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its website. For instance, FoLAR may monitor the most popular pages and articles on the site or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spammers. FoLAR may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, FoLAR does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Business Transfers

If FoLAR, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that FoLAR goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of FoLAR may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, FoLAR may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and at FoLAR’s sole discretion. FoLAR encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Protection of Information

FoLAR discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that

(i) need to know that information in order to process it on FoLAR’s behalf or to provide services available at FoLAR’s websites, and

(ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others.

Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using FoLAR’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. FoLAR will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone.

Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, FoLAR discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when FoLAR believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of FoLAR, third parties or the public at large.

If you are a registered user of an FoLAR website and have supplied your email address, FoLAR may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new programs, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with FoLAR and our work. 

If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. FoLAR takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Email Communication

FoLAR sends a newsletter and occasional program, event, and advocacy updates that we believe will be useful to individuals that subscribe to our website or blog, have registered for an event or supported the organization in the past, or request updates. Users may remove themselves from this mailing list by following the link provided in every email. We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law.  


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. FoLAR uses cookies to help FoLAR identify and track visitors, their usage of FoLAR website, and their website access preferences.

FoLAR visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using FoLAR’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of FoLAR’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.