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Privacy Policy

Oregon's Kitchen Table is a program of the National Policy Consensus Center and its non-profit partner Kitchen Table Democracy (formerly the Policy Consensus Initiative). Those programs are housed at Portland State University. Oregon's Kitchen Table was created by a group of non-partisan, non-profit community organizations to help more Oregonians have a greater voice in informing policy. As part of that work, we conduct public policy consultations / surveys and outreach with community partners. This privacy policy describes how we safeguard information shared with us.

Participating in Consultations / Surveys

When you take part in a consultation / survey, you have the option to do so anonymously by simply clicking on the link for whatever consultation / survey is active at We will ask for your email and zip code at the end of any consultation / survey; however, your email is not  linked with any responses you have given.  It is stored in a completely separate file. We use the email address provided in your account information to provide you with the results of any survey or consultation and to offer you the opportunity to weigh in on public issues as well as participate in other civic engagement activities that might be of interest to you, and to notify you of any changes to this policy. We do not sell or trade account information or share any personally identifiable information with contracting agencies.

Your responses to a survey / consultation are assigned a system-generated identification number. Survey responses are never publicly or individually shared with identifying information attached to them, and your identifying information is never attached to survey responses. We do not sell consultation / survey information. For some surveys, we will work with outside partners to help with data analysis. All partners we work with are bound by contract or formal agreement by the terms of this privacy policy.

When you participate in a consultation / survey with Oregon's Kitchen Table, the answers you provide will be reported by the National Policy Consensus Center (NPCC) at Portland State University to the contracting agency in an aggregate, anonymous form. NPCC will not share the responses to survey or consultation questions you provide linked to any information that personally identifies you.

Donating to Crowdfunding Campaigns

When you participate in a crowdfunding campaign through Oregon's Kitchen Table, you are sending financial information through Fast Action.  Please read Fast Action's Privacy Policy

During crowdfunding campaigns, we list supporters on our website, however you would like to be listed.  If you wish to have your name removed, contact us.  We will also share your name and contact information but never your financial information with the crowdfunding project team in order to provide you with a Thank You and to contact you about any rewards you have selected.  If you do not wish to have this information shared, you have the option of asking to remain anonymous.  When you complete your contribution, you will be asked how you would like to be listed and if you wish to remain anonymous.  Crowdfunding project teams consist of Oregon's Kitchen Table staff and established, trusted Oregon community organizations (typically non-profits) who go through a vetting process with Oregon's Kitchen Table prior to launching any crowdfunding campaign on our site. 

Policy Updates

This policy may be updated from time to time with notice by email and on our site's blog. Updates to the policy will be posted here and on the Oregon's Kitchen Table blog. If you continue to visit our Site and use the services made available to you after such changes have been made, you hereby provide your consent to the changes.

If Oregon's Kitchen Table or the National Policy Consensus Center should merge with another research organization, you will be notified of this change via email and given the opportunity to remove your personal information. If Oregon's Kitchen Table or the National Policy Consensus Center ceases to operate, we will delete all Personal Information in our system.

Our commitment to your privacy:

Your privacy will be respected and your answers will be maintained and used only as described in this Policy.Your name, address, phone number, personal information, and individual responses will only be used as described in this Policy.We will not sell your data to any other entity.

Your participation in surveys or any other activities on this site is completely voluntary.

Consultation Information collected:

When participating in a consultation / survey  you may be asked to provide, or you may choose to upload, certain personally identifiable information about yourself ("Personal Information"). Personal information can include your email address, your zip code, or your age.We ask for your age to ensure that we are only using data provided by anyone 18 years or older. This information will only be used as described in this policy, and will never be sold or traded.  We recommend parents refer to the Privacy Rights' Clearinghouse resource guide for guidance and to the federal government's Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA).  

In addition, we may also collect non-personally identifiable information, such as IP host address, pages viewed, browser type and other data, and may aggregate any Personal Information collected, such as demographic information, in a manner which does not identify any one person ("Aggregate Information"). This technical information is collected by most sites on the internet, and helps us understand how we can communicate more effectively with people throughout the state of Oregon. Consultation responses that are not connected to Personal Information may also constitute Aggregate Information.

Consultation Information usage:

We may use your Aggregate Information to do such things as operate our Site, enhance our Site, and conduct public policy consultations.

Unless you give consent, NPCC will only use Personal Information for the following reasons: (1) to directly contact you regarding Oregon's Kitchen table programs or projects or occasional civic engagement opportunities in your community or respond to your questions sent to us; (2) to compile the Aggregate Information described above; (3) if required to release Personal Information because of a court order, government agency or by law; or (4) as otherwise permitted by this privacy policy.

Please note that NPCC reserves the right to access and/or disclose Personal Information and Aggregate Information it gathers as required by courts or administrative agencies and to the extent required to permit the investigation of suspected fraud, harassment or other violations of any law, rule or regulation, the Site rules or policies, or the rights of third parties.

Oregon's Kitchen Table often administers versions of the survey via paper, phone call, or other methods to ensure that we are as inclusive as possible. Survey results collected via other means will be stored in the site along with survey responses collected online.

Protection for health and financial information:

The overwhelming majority of our consultations / surveys do not deal with health or financial information.  Occasionally we will have a consultation / survey that may deal with healthcare or economic policy questions and ask general questions related to your experiences. The National Policy Consensus Center and our partners respect your privacy and will use best efforts to maintain the confidentiality of any personal health or financial information that you may provide to us. We will only use such personal health or financial information in the manner and to the extent we use any other Personal Information that you may provide to us, as detailed in this Privacy Policy.  Any financial information you provide through a crowdfunding campaign is subject to Fast Action's Privacy Policy.


Oregon's Kitchen Table, The National Policy Consensus Center and our partners are committed to using our best efforts to maintain the security of your Personal Information. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the appropriate use of information, we have put into place physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to help safeguard and secure the information we collect. Though we use our best efforts to protect the security of your Personal Information and our system, due to the inherent open nature of the Internet, no data stored or transmitted on Internet cannot be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result of this and other factors beyond our control, you assume that risk by using our service.

Other websites:

Oregon's Kitchen Table may contain links to other web sites not owned or maintained by Portland State University or our partners. Other web sites may also reference or link to Oregon's Kitchen Table. We encourage you to be aware when you leave Oregon's Kitchen Table, or surf the Internet, and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that you visit. We do not endorse, screen or approve, and are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of, such other web sites.

Opting out:

You may "opt out" of Oregon's Kitchen Table, including, but not limited to, receiving communications from us and/or sharing your personal information with us, at any time. In Order to "opt out" Contact Us or unsubscribe via email sent from Oregon's Kitchen Table.

These terms were updated on 03/6/2016.