San Francisco Bay Area Network for End-of-Life Care

Privacy Policy

This page describes how and when SFEOL collects and uses personally identifiable information of the users of its services. This Notice covers both general Visitors who simply browse the SFEOL website, and Guest Authors who write content for us. SFEOL uses third-party services such as WordPress.com (and Gravatar.com for Guest Authors) to store this data. SFEOL is not responsible for the security or privacy of any information collected by those websites or other services. This Privacy Policy does not govern those third-party services, and we encourage you to review the privacy statements applicable to the third-party services you use.

Website Visitors

As with most websites, when you are browsing the SFEOL.org website we use IP traffic logs and cookies to understand how visitors use our site and improve website performance. SFEOL does not collect or store personal information using cookies. Website traffic logs store information about the IP address you use, and the content you view. For logged-in users, a Session cookie is set simply to identify them as an authorized, logged-in user. Without this cookie, SFEOL Guest Authors would not be able to log into the authoring functions.

SFEOL may use WordPress.com and Google Analytics to understand in the aggregate how its website is being used in order to understand its visitors and improve its services. Any cookie named “_ga” or “_gid” is a Google Analytics cookie. For more information on how Google Analytics uses the information it collects, visit: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/7318509?hl=en&ref_topic=1008008

You may be able to restrict, block, or remove cookies through your web browser settings. However, the functionality of the website may be affected. The Help menu on the menu bar of most browsers also tells you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to delete old cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, and how to disable cookies altogether. You can also visit https://aboutcookies.org for more information on how to manage and remove cookies across a number of different internet browsers.

SFEOL Guest Authors

SFEOL Guest Authors prepare content for our site by using their own personal WordPress.com and Gravatar.com accounts. During the online registration process, WordPress.com and Gravatar.com collect certain personally identifiable information about each user. This personally identifiable information is input by the user directly (such as name, contact information, title, photo, etc.) SFEOL does not share this information with any third-parties, except in certain circumstances, such as required compliance with legal authorities. 

In addition to the information filled in during the registration process, SFEOL also uses a WordPress.com session cookie to allow users who log in with their own WordPress.com accounts to be identified as a logged-in SFEOL authorized user. Without this cookie, no one would be able to access SFEOL Guest Author services.

Mailing List

If you choose to subscribe to the SFEOL mailing list, you will register using MailChimp, an email list management service provided by The Rocket Science Group, LLC. Personal data you will provide to MailChimp will include your name and your email address. MailChimp may also record additional data such as your location. MailChimp keeps a record of mail messages that we send to you, your activity in opening those messages, and a record of web links you may click from within those messages. For additional information please read the MailChimp privacy policy.

Rights of European Union, United Kingdom, and Swiss Citizens and Residents

The General Data Protection Regulation grants certain rights in personal data to EU citizens and residents, and similar laws apply in the United Kingdom and Switzerland. If you are a citizen or resident of one of these territories and would like more information about your data rights, please contact us at info@SFEOL.org.


We may update this Privacy Notice from time to time. If we modify our Privacy Notice, we will post the revised version here, with an updated revision date below. You agree to visit these pages periodically to be aware of and review any such revisions. If we make material changes to our Privacy Notice, we may also notify you by other means prior to the changes taking effect, such as by posting a notice on our website or sending you a notification. By continuing to use our website and services after such revisions are in effect, you accept and agree to the revisions and to abide by them.

This Privacy Notice was updated March 9, 2022.

If you need assistance, please contact us at info@sfeol.org.