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Right to Opt In and Opt Out
You may have the right and opportunity on the Web Sites to opt in and opt out of certain of our uses of your Personal Information. You also may be able to make these requests by adjusting your preferences in your Web Site account or profile, if such an account or profile is available. You will also be able to opt out of Company’s promotional e-mails by clicking on an opt-out or unsubscribe link within the e-mail you receive or by sending a message to an email address set forth in the promotional email. In the opt-out e-mail, please say whether: (i) you would like to opt out of receiving promotional correspondences from Company in general, or just via e-mail, postal mail, short message service, instant messaging, and/or by phone, (ii) you would only like to opt out of certain of the Company’s e-newsletters or correspondence, and if so which ones or (iv) you would like to elect for the Company not to share your Personal Information with employers or other entities.
Please understand that if you opt out of receiving promotional correspondence from us, we may still contact you in connection with your relationship, activities, transactions and communications with us. Also, a request to have us stop sharing your Personal Information with other entities will only apply as of the date of your request, and we will not be responsible for any communications that you may receive from entities that received your Personal Information prior to such request. In these cases, please contact that entity directly.
What Information is Collected on the Web Sites?
We may collect Personal Information from users of our Web Sites, for example, through such users’ activities, transactions and completion of online forms on our Web Sites. Such information may be collected, for example, when users create membership profiles, register or subscribe for accounts or features on our Web Sites, sign a petition, sign up as a volunteer, create an account, participate in a contest or promotion, make a donation or purchase, communicate with us via third party social media sites, enter into online transactions, complete surveys, provide reviews, respond to polls, input information into our interactive programming features, submit content, including without limitation, media files, photos, videos, documents or other information to the Web Sites, contribute to a chat room, list serve, blog or other open forum or community feature that we may make available on our Web Sites, submit a comment or question to us using a “contact us” or similar feature on our Web Sites, send us an e-mail, view web pages, advertisements or file attachments, or in any other way submit Personal Information to us via our Web Sites.
Additionally, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) may require us to collect certain personal information from donors. For instance, the FEC requires us to collect (and disclose) the name, mailing address, occupation, and employer of all individuals whose donations exceed $200 per election cycle.
Web Site Usage Information
We may use “cookies” to keep, and sometimes track, information about you. Cookies are small data files that are sent to your browser or related software from a Web server and stored on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies track where you travel on our Web Sites. They may store your username and/or password. A cookie may enable us to relate your use of our Web Sites to other information about you, including your Personal Information. All of these purposes serve to improve and personalize your experience on our Web Sites. Most Web browsers can be set to inform you when a cookie has been sent to you and provide you with the opportunity to refuse that cookie. However, refusing a cookie may, in some cases, preclude you from using, or negatively impact the display or function of, the Web Sites or certain areas or features of the Web Sites.
Most Web browsers can be set to inform you when a cookie has been sent to you and provide you with the opportunity to refuse that cookie. Additionally, if you have a Flash player installed on your computer, your Flash player can be set to reject or delete Flash cookies. However, refusing a cookie may, in some cases, preclude you from using, or negatively impact the display or function of, the Web Sites or certain areas or features of the Web Sites.
We may use “clear GIFs” (aka “Web beacons” or “pixel tags”) or similar technologies, in the Web Sites and/or in our communications with you to enable us to know whether you have visited a Web page or received a message. A clear GIF is typically a one-pixel, transparent image (although it can be a visible image as well), located on a Web page or in an e-mail or other type of message, which is retrieved from a remote site on the Internet enabling the verification of an individual’s viewing or receipt of a Web page or message. A clear GIF may enable us to relate your viewing or receipt of a Web page or message to other information about you, including your Personal Information.
IP Address and Clickstream Data
Our servers may automatically collect data about your server’s Internet address when you visit us. This information is known as an Internet Protocol address, or IP Address, and is a number that’s automatically assigned to your computer by your Internet service provider. When you request pages from our Web Sites, our servers may log your IP Address and sometimes your domain name. Our servers may also record the referring page that linked you to us (e.g., another Web site or a search engine); the pages you visit on our Web Sites; the Web site you visit after our Web Sites; the ads you see and/or click on; other information about the type of Web browser, computer, platform, related software and settings you are using; any search terms you have entered on our Web Sites or a referral site; and other Web usage activity and data logged by our Web servers. We may use this information for internal system administration, to help diagnose problems with our server, and to administer our Web Sites. Such information may also be used to gather broad demographic information, such as country of origin and Internet Service Provider. We may also link this information with your Personal Information.
Any or all of these activities with regard to Web Site Usage Information may be performed on our behalf by our services providers.
How is Personal Information Used?
We will use the Personal Information you provide to our Web Sites, for example, to respond to your requests and to provide you with our services and features. We may also use your Personal Information to maintain our internal record keeping. We may match information collected from you through different means or at different times, including both Personal Information and Web Site Usage Information, and use such information along with information obtained from other sources, including third parties.
We may also use the Personal Information for various purposes, including to: (i) improve the operation of the site, and administer or diagnose problems with our Sites and services; (ii) process donations; (iii) provide and deliver the information or products you request and process those transactions; (iii) respond to your inquiries and comments, and to otherwise contact you about your use of the Sites; (iv) send you newsletters and otherwise provide you with information or services, such as sending you information to keep you informed about various campaigns, candidates, issues, events, resources, promotions, contests, products and services; (v) foster connections between you and other supporters, and solicit volunteers, donations and support for the Company, and for candidates, organizations and causes that we support; (vi) contact you to collect any information required under Federal election laws; (vii) encourage you to vote, remind you to register, and otherwise assist you in the voting process; (viii) personalize your experience on the Sites; (ix) administer contests, sweepstakes, promotions, surveys and other features on the Sites; (x) monitor and analyze trends, usage and activities in connection with our Sites; and (xi) implement any other purpose for which the information was collected.
We may also analyze user behavior as a measure of interest in, and use of, our Web Site and e-mails, both on an individual basis and in the aggregate.
Do We Share Personal Information and Web Site Usage Information With Others?
Public Forums & Submitted Content
When you contribute to a public area or similar feature of our Web Sites, such as a chat room, bulletin board, survey, list serve, blog, wiki, comments section, or other open forum that we may make available on or through our Web Sites, or when you contribute content (including resumes) to any of our Web Sites, the information that you submit may be made available to other users of the Web Sites as well as the general public. For this reason, we recommend that you do not include any sensitive information or information you wish to remain confidential on, or in your submissions to, these areas of our Web Sites as the information may be accessed by the public.
The Sites may offer social sharing features which let you share actions you take on our Sites with other media, and vice versa. For more information about the purpose and scope of data collection and processing in connection with social sharing features, please visit the privacy policies of the entities that provide these features.
We may use third-party partners to help operate or promote our Web Sites and deliver our products and services, and may share your information with our affiliates, service providers and other third parties that provide products or services for or through the Web Sites or for our business (such as vendors, consultants, volunteers and other similar service providers that use such information on our behalf).
We may disclose aggregate statistics regarding user behavior as a measure of interest in, and use of, our Web Sites and e-mails to third parties in the form of aggregate data, such as overall patterns or demographic reports that do not describe or identify any individual user.
Legally Compelled Disclosures
We may disclose user information (which may include Personal Information) to government authorities, and to other third parties when compelled to do so by government authorities, at our discretion, or otherwise as required or permitted by law, including but not limited to in response to court orders and subpoenas. We also may disclose user information when we have reason to believe that someone is causing injury to or interference with our rights or property, other users of the Web Sites, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities.
In the event that we, or substantially all of our assets, are acquired by one or more third parties as a result of an acquisition, merger, sale, reorganization, consolidation or liquidation, Personal Information may be one of the transferred assets.
Third-Party Ad Servers
We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Web Sites. These companies may use information (generally not including your name, address, e-mail address or telephone number) about you and your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. These companies also may employ cookies and clear GIFs to measure advertising effectiveness. Any information that these third parties collect via cookies and clear GIFs is generally not personally identifiable (unless, for example, you provide personally identifiable information to them through an ad or e-mail message). We encourage you to read these businesses’ privacy policies if you should have any concerns about how they will care for your Web Site Usage Information or Personal Information. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, see the Network Advertising Initiative’s consumer Web site at http://www.networkadvertising.org/consumer/.
Do Not Track
We do not track you over time and across third party websites to provide targeted advertising and therefore do not respond to Do Not Track (DNT) signals.
If the e-mail address you provide to us is a wireless e-mail address, you agree to receive messages at such address from the Company (unless and until you have elected not to receive such messages by following the instructions in the Right to Opt In and Opt Out section above). You understand that your wireless carrier’s standard rates apply to these messages, and that you may change your mind at any time by following the instructions in the Right to Opt In and Opt Out section above. You represent that you are the owner or authorized user of the wireless device on which messages will be received, and that you are authorized to approve the applicable charges.
Accessing and Correcting Your Information
You may be able to review and/or correct the Personal Information (not including any content or reviews that you have submitted to the Web Sites) that is stored in your user account that you may have created on our Web Sites, and, if applicable, you may be able to do so by visiting a “My Profile” or similar area of your account on the Web Sites. In such event, we will send you a copy of the Personal Information we may have on file in your user account, if any, and we will endeavor to respond to any request you may make to access, update or delete your information as soon as practicable. Before we are able to provide you with any information, correct any inaccuracies or delete any information, however, we may ask you to verify your identity and to provide other details to help us to respond to your request.
We will take reasonable steps to protect the security and integrity of all Personal Information provided to us via our Web Sites. However, due to the inherent nature of the Internet as an open global communications vehicle, we cannot guarantee that information, during transmission through the Internet or while stored on our system or otherwise in our care, will be absolutely safe from intrusion by others, such as hackers.
If you contact us by e-mail or a “contact us” or similar feature on our Web Sites, you should be aware that your transmission might not be secure. A third party could view information you send by these methods in transit.
You may be able to create an account on our Web Sites with a username and password. If so, you are responsible for maintaining the strict confidentiality of your account password, and you shall be responsible for any access to or use of the Web Sites by you or any person or entity using your password, whether or not such access or use has been authorized by or on behalf of you. You agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security. We will not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this provision, nor will we have no liability for disclosure of your information due to errors or unauthorized acts of third parties during or after transmission.
In the unlikely event that we believe that the security of your Personal Information in our possession or control may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you of that development. If a notification is appropriate, we would endeavor to do so as promptly as possible under the circumstances, and, if we have your e-mail address, we may notify you by e-mail. You consent to our use of e-mail as a means of such notification.
Consent to Processing
By providing Personal Information to our Web Sites, you understand and consent to the collection, maintenance, processing and transfer of such information in and to the United States and other countries and territories.
Third-Party “Linked-To” Web Sites
We are committed to protecting children’s privacy online and meeting the requirements of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The Sites are intended only for users 13 years of age and older. We do not knowingly collect information from children.
Last Updated: 4/4/2016