COPD Foundation is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the Bronchiectasis and NTM Initiative and governs data collection and usage. By using the Bronchiectasis and NTM Initiative website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collection of your Personal Information

To create an account on the Bronchiectasis and NTM Initiative website COPD Foundation collects personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, general demographic area and how you are impacted by COPD. COPD Foundation may collect additional personally identifiable information, such as name, home or work address or telephone number, all of which is optional for you to provide. COPD Foundation also collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by COPD Foundation. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used by COPD Foundation for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the Bronchiectasis and NTM Initiative website.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through COPD Foundation public message and/or discussion boards, this information may be collected and used by others. All content that you share on our website can be indexed by search engines, thus available to the public as well as viewable by all members of the Bronchiectasis and NTM Initiative website. By creating an account on the Bronchiectasis and NTM Initiative website, you consent to the information that you post being shared publicly.

COPD Foundation encourages you to review the privacy statements of websites you choose to link to from COPD Foundation so that you can understand how those websites collect, use and share your information. COPD Foundation is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on websites outside of the COPD Foundation and COPD Foundation family of websites.

Use of your Personal Information

COPD Foundation collects and uses your personal information to operate the Bronchiectasis and NTM Initiative website and deliver the services you have requested. COPD Foundation also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from COPD Foundation and its affiliates. COPD Foundation may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered. All surveys posted on our website are optional and you are not required to participate, excluding registration on the Bronchiectasis and NTM Initiative website if you wish to create an account.

COPD Foundation does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. COPD Foundation may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, COPD Foundation may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to COPD Foundation, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

COPD Foundation does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent. However, if you disclose that information on our public message and/or discussion boards on our website that information can be indexed by search engines, thus available to the public as well as viewable by all members of the Bronchiectasis and NTM Initiative website.

COPD Foundation keeps track of the websites and pages our customers visit within COPD Foundation, in order to determine what COPD Foundation services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within COPD Foundation to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

COPD Foundation websites, including the Bronchiectasis and NTM Initiative website will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on COPD Foundation or the Bronchiectasis and NTM Initiative website; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of COPD Foundation; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of COPD Foundation, or the public.

Use of Cookies

The Bronchiectasis and NTM Initiative website uses cookies to provide basic functionality and to improve the performance and user experience throughout the site. We may also store encrypted information about you using cookies which we can access when you visit our site in the future, including authentication cookies to help us track when you sign in and allows you to be signed in automatically when you come back after an extended period of inactivity. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize COPD Foundation pages, or register with COPD Foundation site or services, a cookie helps COPD Foundation to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as an active account on the Bronchiectasis and NTM Initiative website. When you return to the same Bronchiectasis and NTM Initiative website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the COPD Foundation features that you customized.

Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the COPD Foundation services or websites you visit.

If you want to delete cookies that are already on your computer, please refer to the instructions for your particular system here:

If you want to learn about how to control cookies, you can find instructions for your particular system here:

Security of your Personal Information

While we cannot provide an absolute data security guarantee or completely protect against all computer or human errors, we will do all that we can to reduce the chance of a mistake or breach of confidentiality. The Bronchiectasis and NTM Initiative website implements industry standard security practices. All communication between the client browser and the website is protected using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption. All passwords assigned during the signup process are protected using salted cryptographic hashing and cannot be decrypted by us. COPD Foundation secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Our third-party hosting provider uses secure servers hosted in a protected environment that implement security measures to protect the data they hold.

Changes to this Statement

COPD Foundation will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. COPD Foundation encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how COPD Foundation is protecting your information.

Contact Information

COPD Foundation welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that COPD Foundation has not adhered to this Statement, please contact COPD Foundation at We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.

Physical Address:
COPD Foundation General Office
1140 3rd Street NE, 2nd floor
Washington, DC 20002