Electorate.Me and Movements.Us
What Personally Identifiable Information does Electorate.me collect?
The primary purpose of collecting information from you is to allow you to create an account, post content, information, and your thoughts to the Site and to your elected officials, to make purchases from us, and to provide you with a personalized experience. We will only collect information about you that we consider necessary to achieve this purpose.
Generally, Electorate.me collects personally identifiable information in three ways. Some information is gathered when you register using your email address or Facebook or Twitter account information so that you may access the Site and post your content and opinions. This includes your first and last name, your email address, a self-selected password, your Facebook or Twitter ID, and your hometown. Some features restrict access to users in specific locations or jurisdictions and we gather your address and phone number to facilitate access to these features. When you make a purchase from us, we will also collect your credit card information to process the transaction and may ask you to send us additional information in order to complete your purchase. Where possible, we indicate which fields are required and which fields are optional. It's your decision whether you want to share personally identifiable information with us. We also collect personal information when you report a problem or issue with our services through the Site’s feedback form or contact form. If you contact Electorate.me in any form, we may keep a record of that correspondence.
What are IP Addresses and how does Electorate.me use them?
When your web browser requests a web page from another computer on the Internet, such as Electorate.me, it automatically gives that computer the address where it should send the information. This is called your computer's "IP address." (IP stands for "Internet protocol.") For many users accessing the Internet, the IP address will be different every time you log on. We record the IP Addresses that access Electorate.me along with related information such as your browser type and operating system. This information helps us, in part, learn about the geographical distribution of our website visitors and the technology they use to access our site so that we can improve our Site.
What are “cookies” and how does Electorate.me use them?
Data collection devices, such as “cookies,” are used to store, and sometimes track, information about you. Generally, these cookies help provide personalized services and promote trust and safety. A cookie is a small file containing a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a web server and placed on your computer’s hard drive to assist us in providing our services. All pages on the Site where you are prompted to login or that are customizable request that you accept cookies. Cookies are only read by the server that placed them and are unable to execute any code or virus. Most cookies are “session cookies,” and are automatically deleted from your hard drive at the end of a session.
How does Electorate.me use my information?
Who is collecting information?
When you are using the Site and are asked for personal information, you are sharing that information with Electorate.me alone, unless we specifically state otherwise or you are joining a private movement on Movements.us in which case you are sharing your information directly with that private movement. When you send letters, faxes, and emails through the Site to your elected federal, state, and local officials your name and address, phone number, and email address from your profile will be inserted in the correspondence to facilitate follow-up. If you post content to the Site or send communications through the Site, other Site Users and the recipients of your communications will be able to see your posted information and may communicate with you. If you do not want others to see your posted information or correspondence, or communicate with you, please do not post anything to or through the Site.
In the event that you utilize a public movement on Movements.Us and engage in a advocacy message delivery transaction funded by another User’s “pay it forward” gift, then that other User will receive and be able to view your first name, first initial of your last name, your city and state of residence, the type of correspondence you sent, and the amount, if any, that you paid forward. They will not, however, receive your email address or other direct contact information.
Please be advised that Electorate.me advertisers, sponsors, or Web sites that have links on our Site may collect personally identifiable information about you when you interact with them. The information practices of those Web sites linked to Electorate.me are not covered by this privacy statement and you should be sure to check the policies of those Web sites to before disclosing your personal information to them.
With whom does Electorate.me share my information?
We understand that your privacy is important. Generally, Electorate.me will not disclose your personally identifiable information unless we have your permission or under special circumstances, such as those described below.
When the Law Requires it: If we receive a subpoena, court order, or other legal process that requires that we disclose information about a User, we have no choice but to comply with it and will disclose the required information.
Third-Party Service Providers: We may employ other trusted companies to perform functions on our behalf. Examples include processing credit card payments, order fulfillment, sending e-mail, analyzing data, and providing marketing assistance. Those trusted third party service providers have access only to personal information needed to perform their functions, but may not use it for other purposes.
Third Party Data & Data in the Aggregate: Aggregate data (data gathered across all user accounts) may be gathered in a non-personally identifiable form to build higher quality, more useful online services by performing statistical analyses of the collective characteristics and behavior of our visitors, and by measuring demographics and interests regarding specific areas and services of the Site. Aggregate data may be disclosed in a non-personally identifiable manner to advertisers and other third parties for their marketing and promotional purposes. However, no personal information that could be used to identify you personally is disclosed in these situations.
Business Transaction: Electorate.me reserves the right to transfer any and all information that we collect from visitors, or that we otherwise collect concerning or in connection with the Site, to a third party in the event of a sale or other transfer of assets or of any portion of our business. In the event Electorate.me enters a business transition, such as a merger, acquisition by another company, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, your personally identifiable information may be among the assets transferred.
We cannot ensure that all of your private communications and other personal information will never be disclosed in ways not otherwise described in this Policy. For example, as stated above, we may be forced to disclose information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications, or users may abuse or misuse your personal information that they collect from the Site. We use industry standard practices to protect your privacy, however, we do not promise, and you should not expect, that your personal information or private communications will always remain private.
What are my choices regarding collection, use, and distribution of my information?
If you choose to register on the Site, use the communication tools provided on the Site, or make a purchase, you will need to disclose certain information as specified above. Electorate.me will send you email upon registration with the Site. Electorate.me may also send you email from time to time, including but not limited to confirmation emails for any correspondence initiated by you through the Site and receipts for purchases made on the Site.
How may I use other users’ information?
User contact information, such as email address, is not generally disclosed on the Site to other Users. However, in the event that you obtain the contact information of a User or Users of Site, you agree that you not use such information for any purpose. Further, recognizing the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all applicable local laws and rules regarding online conduct and privacy, as well as content. Specifically, but not as a limitation, you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding transmission of technical and personal data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside.
What security precautions are in place to protect the loss, misuse, or alteration of my information?
How are children’s privacy protected?
Electorate.me is not designed or intended for persons under the age of 13 and, if you are under the age of 13, you are not authorized to use the Site, submit information to Electorate.me, or register with us. If you are between the age thirteen and eighteen, you may use the Site and register with us with the prior permission and authorization of your parent or guardian. Persons under the age of 13 are prohibited from viewing the Site, submitting any comments, or submitting any personal information to us, regardless of parental or guardian approval. We do not sell or rent personal information about any of our users, regardless of age.
Any questions regarding this statement should be directed to us through the use of our Contact page.
This Policy is the sole authorized statement of Electorate.me’s practices with respect to the online collection of personally identifiable information and the usage of such information.