Privacy Policy


  • Application – the web-based application utilized by the Website for the activities and services addressed therein.
  • Company – The Hartman Group, Inc., a Washington corporation and registered domain owner of the Website and all research activities generated or occurring upon the Website, as well as the owner of the Application.
  • Personal Information – information that specifically identifies an individual (such as user's name, address, telephone number, electronic mail address, credit card or other financial account number) or that is associated with an identifiable person (such as demographic information or information about a person's activities when such information is linked to personally identifying information), but shall not include (i) any publicly available information (including your posting information to public areas of the Website or Application) and public records or (ii) general data that the Company collects about the use of the Website and/or Application or categories of participants and users, from which personal information has been removed, e.g., demographics, gender of users, or age of users.
  • Subscriber – a person or party specifically authorized by the Company to utilize the Application and/or Website.

This Privacy Policy discloses the practices of The Hartman Group, Inc. concerning information we obtain by and through your use of the Food Task Force Website. The Hartman Group, Inc. is committed to respecting your privacy and recognizing your need for appropriate protection and management of any personal information you share with us. The purpose of this privacy policy is to explain the types of information we obtain about visitors to our Website and from Subscribers to the Website, how the information is obtained, how it is used and the choices you have regarding our use of, and your ability to review and correct the information. By using the Website, you are accepting and consenting to the use of your information as described in this policy.

What Information We Collect and How We Use it
The information we collect on our Website generally falls into the following two categories: Personally Identifiable Information and Non-Personally Identifiable Information. Personally Identifiable Information refers to information that lets us know the specifics of who you are. The Personally Identifiable Information we may collect when you use our Website may include, for example, your name and email address. Non-Personally Identifiable Information refers to information that does not by itself identify a specific individual. If we do combine Non-Personally Identifiable Information with Personally Identifiable Information, the combined information will be treated as personal information for as long as it remains combined.

In general, any information you provide may be used in the following ways:

  • to determine whether you meet the criteria for online market research projects conducted by the Hartman Group, Inc.
  • to communicate with you regarding services offered by the Website
  • for market research conducted on behalf of a Hartman Group client;
  • to analyze, evaluate and/or improve the Website, its services and/or its market research tools

Information Provided Through Our Website
You may choose to share Personally Identifiable Information, for example your name or email address, by completing a form on this website. When you provide Personally Identifiable Information to us, we may ask if you want to receive future marketing information and communication from us, such as newsletters, email or other information. You can choose not to receive this communication, if you wish. If you have already chosen to receive such communication, you can ask us to stop by clicking the opt-out link on any email communication, or by emailing a request to

Your information may also be used to help us track the way you use our site and our products. We may also combine the information you provide with information that we collect separately, including information you have provided to other organizations (with consent that it can be shared) as well as public information. All of this information will help us to better understand your needs and how we can improve our products and services. In order to do this, we may also share your information with companies who carry out work for us. These companies have agreed to only use your information in the way we tell them and to have procedures in place to protect that information. We do not share the information you provide with third parties for their direct marketing purposes unless you affirmatively agree to such disclosure.

Use of Cookies
Our Website uses or may use “cookies” to gather Non-Personally Identifiable Information. A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. Generally, we use cookies to store information, such as your email address, user name and/or password, about your preferences and activity during and after your visit to a website. By using the Website you consent to the Website's use of “cookies.”

Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually refuse cookies, or selectively accept certain cookies, by adjusting the preferences in your browser. If you turn off cookies, though, there may be some features and functions of our Website that will not be available to you and some pages may not display properly. We may use the following types of Cookies within our Website and our mobile applications:

  • Strictly necessary cookies – “Strictly Necessary” cookies are required for the operation of the Website. These cookies allow you to use essential features and secure areas. Without these cookies, services you have asked for cannot be provided. Please note that we do not use information gathered from these cookies for marketing purposes or for remembering where you've been on the internet.
  • Analytics cookies – These cookies allow us to track and analyze page visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our Website using a service provided by Google Analytics. They allow us to collect statistical information about our visitors, such as whether they have visited the Site before and the pages they view. This information is gathered anonymously; it does not enable us to identify who you are and we do not combine any analytic information we collect from these cookies with your personally identifiable information.
  • Preference cookies – These cookies may be used to save your personal preferences so that we can remember your settings and display personalized information to you the next time you visit. Generally, these types of cookies require you to “opt in” to store your preference.
  • Session cookies – These cookies store temporary information to enable Website functionality. They are automatically deleted when you close your browser.
  • Third Party cookies – These cookies may be set on our Website by other companies or “third parties”. These companies may collect data that enables them to display advertisements on other sites that are relevant to your interests or these cookies may be used to allow for functionality of third party applications or devices we offer on our Website. For more information on these cookies, please visit the relevant third-party website.