CWS Privacy Policy

CWS Online Privacy PolicyData Collection

Center for Wilderness Safety Inc. (CWS) is committed to your privacy. This means securing any of your data that we collect online and protecting your online personal privacy. Our privacy policy is designed so that you understand what information is collected by CWS when you visit our website, what we do with that data, and how you can review/correct your data.


Personally Identifiable Information

When you are simply browsing our website we collect very little data about you as a person. We do automatically collect information about how you use the website so that we can make it better and improve the user experience (for example, making our pages flow in the most logical way possible and making it faster to load the pages).

If you are registering for a CWS course through the CWS website, we require that you create an account so you may access specific content related to your requests. If you are downloading content from our site, signing up for a newsletter, or requesting more information from us, we may prompt you to enter additional information such as first and last name, email address, and phone number so that we can best address your requests for information.

We share this type of information within CWS to use as part of our everyday business practices, such as processing your requested transactions, maintaining your account, and responding to court orders and legal investigations. We also share information within CWS so that we can offer relevant products, benefits, and services to you.

When you are no longer an active customer, we may continue to share your information internally as described in this notice. CWS does not sell your information to external companies and only shares with key third party partners to leverage their services on your behalf. You can read more about our use of third party services below.



Like most websites, CWS websites use cookies to collect information. Cookies are small data files which are placed on your computer or other devices (such as smartphones or tablets) as you browse this website. They are used to “remember” when your computer or device accesses our websites. Cookies are essential for the effective operation of our websites and helping you interact with us online.

We may use cookies to determine whether you have visited our site previously and to save and remember any preferences that you set while using our site. Cookies also allow us to measure activity on our site and to improve your user experience, for example, by remembering your username and viewing preferences, thus allowing you to visit any member-only parts of the site without re-registering.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after one day.


Payment Gateways

CWS accepts payments in a number of ways. This section specifically deals with the electronic payments we accept through our website. CWS does not store credit card or bank account information.

CWS uses Stripe, Square, and PayPal to allow our visitors to submit online payments with their credit card and/or PayPal account. For more information, please see the Stripe Inc. privacy policy, Square Inc. privacy policy and PayPal privacy policy respectively.


Chat and Messaging Tools

To offer additional ways to engage with our admissions team, we leverage chat and messaging tools on our website and as part of our admissions process. For more information, please see the LiveChat, Inc. privacy policy.


Changes to This Policy

This policy undergoes periodic internal review and will be updated on our website when any changes are made. This policy was last updated on February 20, 2021.

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