Privacy Policy

Last Updated: May 19, 2017

This Privacy Policy explains how information about you is collected, used and disclosed by Democracy Forward and Democracy Forward Foundation.  This Privacy Policy applies to information collected when you use the Democracy Forward and Democracy Forward Foundation websites and other Democracy Forward and Democracy Forward Foundation online services  (collectively, the “Services”) or when you otherwise interact with Democracy Forward or Democracy Forward Foundation .

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time.  If we make changes, we will notify you by revising the date at the top of the policy and, in some cases, we may provide you with additional notice (such as adding a statement to our homepage or sending you a notification).  We encourage you to review the Privacy Policy whenever you access the Services or otherwise interact with us to stay informed about our information practices and the ways you can help protect your privacy.

 

Collection of Information

Information You Provide to Us. We collect information you provide directly to us.  For example, we may collect information when you make a donation, send us an email or other message, sign up to receive updates, fill out a form, request information, apply for a job, communicate with us via third party social media sites, request support, or otherwise communicate with us.  The types of information we collect may include your name, mailing address, email address, phone number, occupation, employer, credit card or other payment information, and any other information you choose to provide.

Information We Collect Automatically When You Use the Services.  When you access or use our Services, we automatically collect information about you, including:

  • Log Information: We collect log information about your use of the Services, including the type of browser you use, access times, pages viewed, your IP address and the page you visited before navigating to our Services.
  • Device Information: We collect information about the computer or mobile device you use to access our Services, including the hardware model, operating system and version, unique device identifiers and mobile network information.
  • Information Collected by Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies: We and our service providers use various technologies to collect information, including cookies and web beacons.  Cookies are small data files stored on your hard drive or in device memory that help us improve our Services and your experience, see which areas and features of our Services are popular and count visits.  Web beacons are electronic images that may be used in our Services or emails and help deliver cookies, count visits and understand usage and campaign effectiveness.  For more information about cookies, and how to disable them, please see “Your Choices” below.

 

Information We Collect From Other Sources

We may also obtain information from other sources and combine that with information we collect through our Services.  For example, we may collect information about you from third parties, including but not limited to mailing list providers and publicly available sources.

 

Use of Information

We may use information about you for various purposes, including to:

  • Provide, maintain and improve our Services;
  • Provide and deliver the information you request, process donations and transactions and send you related information, including confirmations and receipts;
  • Send you technical notices, updates, security alerts and support and administrative messages;
  • Respond to your comments, questions and requests and provide customer service;
  • Send you newsletters and otherwise communicate with you about jobs, issues, resources, products, services, and events offered by Democracy Forward, Democracy Forward Foundation, and others, and provide news and information we think will be of interest to you;
  • Connect you with other supporters, and solicit volunteers, donations and support for Democracy Forward and Democracy Forward Foundation issues and organizations that we support;
  • Request feedback and otherwise contact you about your use of the Services;
  • Monitor and analyze trends, usage and activities in connection with our Services;
  • Detect, investigate and prevent fraudulent transactions and other illegal activities and protect the rights and property of Democracy Forward, Democracy Forward Foundation, and others;
  • Personalize and improve the Services and your experience using the Services, and provide advertisements, content or features that match user profiles or interests;
  • Link or combine with information we get from others to help understand your needs and provide you with better service; and
  • Carry out any other purpose for which the information was collected.

 

Sharing of Information

We may share information about you as follows or as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy:

  • With vendors, consultants and other service providers who need access to such information to carry out work on our behalf;
  • With organizations, groups or causes that we believe have similar viewpoints, principles or objectives;
  • When we believe in good faith that we are lawfully authorized or required to do so or that doing so is reasonably necessary or appropriate to comply with the law or legal processes or respond to lawful requests, claims or legal authorities, including responding to lawful requests for information, subpoenas, warrants, or court orders;
  • If we believe your actions are inconsistent with our user agreements or policies, or to protect the rights, property and safety of Democracy Forward, Democracy Forward Foundation, or others;
  • In connection with, or during negotiations of, any merger, sale of company assets, financing or acquisition of all or a portion of our business by another company;
  • Between and among Democracy Forward, Democracy Forward Foundation, and its current and future parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and other companies under common control and ownership; and
  • With your consent or at your direction.

We may also share aggregated or de-identified information, which cannot reasonably be used to identify you. We are not responsible for the actions of any service providers or other third parties, nor are we responsible for any additional information you provide directly to any third parties, and we encourage you to become familiar with their privacy practices before disclosing information directly to any such parties.

 

Online Petitions

In the event that we have any online petitions, you understand that such petition are public information and that we may make the petition, and your name, city, state, and any comments provided in connection therewith publicly available. In addition, we may provide such petitions or compilations thereof, including your comments, name, city, and state to national, state or local leaders, or to the press.

 

Links To Other Websites

Our Services may contain links to other websites.  Any personal information you provide on the linked pages is provided directly to that third party and is subject to that third party’s privacy policy. This Privacy Policy does not apply to such linked sites, and we are not responsible for the content or privacy and security practices and policies of these websites or any other sites that are linked to from our Services. We encourage you to learn about their privacy and security practices and policies before providing them with personal information.

 

Social Sharing Features

The Services may offer social sharing features and other integrated tools (such as the Facebook “Like” button), which let you share actions you take on our Services with other media, and vice versa.  Your use of such features enables the sharing of information with your friends or the public, depending on the settings you establish with the entity that provides the social sharing feature.  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.

 

Analytics Services Provided by Others

We may allow others to provide analytics services on our behalf across the Internet and in applications.  These entities may use cookies, web beacons, device identifiers and other technologies to collect information about your use of the Services and other websites and applications, including your IP address, ISP, web browser, mobile network information, pages viewed, time spent on pages or in apps, links clicked and conversion information.  This information may be used by Democracy Forward, Democracy Forward Foundation, and others to, among other things, analyze and track data, solicit donations, determine the popularity of certain content, and better understand your online activity.

 

Security

Democracy Forward and Democracy Forward Foundation take reasonable measures to help protect information about you from loss, theft, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction.

 

Transfer of Information to the U.S. and Other Countries

Democracy Forward and Democracy Forward Foundation are based in the United States and the information we collect is governed by U.S. law.  By accessing or using the Services or otherwise providing information to us, you consent to the processing, transfer and storage of information in and to the U.S. and other countries, where you may not have the same rights and protections as you do under local law.

 

Your Choices

Cookies.  Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default.  If you prefer, you can usually choose to set your browser to remove or reject browser cookies.    Please note that if you choose to remove or reject cookies, this could affect the availability and functionality of our Services.

Promotional Communications.  If we send you any promotional emails, you may opt out of receiving such promotional emails by following the instructions in those emails. If you opt out, we may still send you non-promotional communications.

 

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at:  info@democracyforward.org.