Who we are

We are a small, unincorporated organization in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL, focused exclusively on our mission to build and maintain a dog park in Humboldt Park. We expect that all of our users will be from this same neighborhood as this is a community-driven effort.  Our website address is: http://humboldtparkdogpark.org. We are governed by the laws of Illinois and the United States of America.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

User Registration

We use a user registration process that collects information from you such as your first and last name, email address, profile photo, profile name, and other optional profile data (e.g. your personal website, social media page, biographical information). We use the email address initially to send you an email that you then use to activate your account so that we can be reasonably sure you are the person you are registering as and to be sure you have opted-in to our use of your email address in the future for sharing updates about this organization (e.g. email notifications of new posts to the site).  We use your first and last name and/or profile name in these emails to you, as well as to identify you to other users of the site when you make a post or add a comment on the site.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it (used for retrieving avatars to display within this site when you post or comment). The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

We do not make use of any contact forms at this time.


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 have an account and you log in to this site, 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 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Like many websites, we use Google Analytics to provide aggregated insights to us about the areas of the site that our users are visiting over time. None of your personal data is included in this analysis. We take the extra step of anonymizing your IP address prior to sharing this information with Google to further protect your privacy.

Who we share your data with

Content that you choose to create on this site (e.g. new posts, comments, etc) that are visible on the site itself are of course shared with the any visitors who view the pages with that content.

We do not share any user data with any 3rd parties for marketing or other purposes with the exception of the following:

  • Site analytics as discussed in above.
  • Donations you choose to make to our organization via a 3rd party payment processor (e.g. PayPal) may be initiated via a link that pre-populates your name and other required fields in order to make the donation process take place more efficiently for you.
  • We use an email service provider (e.g. Amazon SMTP) to send emails to you and others and to receive email from you. When we communicate with you through this channel, we may use your personal information to make it clear that we have a relationship with you so the message is not considered spam.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website, we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information. This information is retained indefinitely.

Analytics data will be retained for 2 years. Data regarding any donations made will be retained for 10 years or as required by US law.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. Contact us at info@humboldtparkdogpark.org if you would like to request such assistance. For users who have created content while logged in using an account created on this site, you may delete all your site data by deleting your account using the the delete link on your account profile.

Where we send your data

The website and all data stored by it is hosted on servers that are based in the United States. As such, United States-based user data should always be routed within the United States and not through other countries, although this is subject to ISP routing policy that is beyond our control. Use of this site in other countries, or through a user-initiated VPN or other routing mechanism, may result in data being routed outside of the United States.

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Contact information

If you have any questions about this policy or need assistance with any privacy-related matters, contact us at info@humboldtparkdogpark.org .