How We Use Your Information
When you register, donate, sign up to volunteer, or take any other action on our site, we may ask you to give us contact information, including your name, address, occupation, employer, telephone number and/or e-mail address. We may obtain information about you from outside sources and add it to or combine it with the information we collect through this site. We use this information to operate this site, send news and information to you about RepresentUs, RepresentUs Education Fund, and the movement to change the role of money in politics, solicit your participation in RepresentUs Education Fund programs, events and activities, and obtain and confirm RSVP’s to events and programs. We use your e-mail address to send such information by e-mail and may use your telephone number to call you for these purposes.
RepresentUs and RepresentUs Education Fund will not provide your e-mail address or any of your personal information to any other person or organization, for any purpose, except:
to our sister organization, RepresentUs Education Fund, which is a nonprofit educational and charitable organization exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;
to companies that assist us in maintaining this site or with RepresentUs Education Fund activities, but only for purposes of providing services to RepresentUs Education Fund or RepresentUs and with the strict requirement that any such company will never itself have the right to contact you for any reason; to programs or campaigns that explicitly further the mission of RepresentUs or RepresentUs Education Fund, which may or may not be housed within the RepresentUs or RepresentUs Education Fund legal entities;
or to comply with applicable law or legal requirements (for example, a lawful subpoena), to protect our rights or property, or to protect our supporters from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful conduct, or if we reasonably believe that an emergency involving immediate danger of death or serious physical injury to any person requires disclosure of communications or justifies disclosure of records.
Submitting your personal information including e-mail address on this page will sign you up to receive e-mails from RepresentUs, the American Anti-Corruption Act project, AND from RepresentUs Education Fund.
For petitions and surveys you’ve signed or completed, we treat your name, city, state, and comments as public information – for example, we may provide compilations of petitions, with your comments, to elected officials and legislators, other targets, or to the press. We will not make your street address publicly available, but we may transmit it to elected officials or legislators as part of a petition. In no such case will we disclose your email address or phone number without your specific permission. We may also make your comments, along with your first name, city, and state available to the press and public online.
RepresentUs Education Fund and RepresentUs believes strongly in public disclosure of the financing of organizations participating in the political process. For that reason, we voluntarily disclose the names of all donors to RepresentUs Education Fund and RepresentUs. If you have any concerns or questions about our disclosure policy, please email email@example.com.
We may also use your first name to indicate the latest actions taken on this site.
RepresentUs Education Fund and RepresentUs complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. RepresentUs Education Fund and RepresentUs does not solicit and does not accept personally identifying information from any person under 13 years of age. Visitors to this site who are under 13 years of age should not use this site except under the supervision and with the assistance of their parent or legal guardian, and should never submit any personally identifying information to the site. For example, visitors under 13 years of age should not make donations or take any actions on or through this site.
Credit Card Information; Protection of Personal Information
When you make a donation to the RepresentUs campaign, RepresentUs Education Fund and/or RepresentUs Education Fund, or purchase merchandise, materials or other items through this website, we collect credit card information from you. That information is used solely for processing your contribution; is not maintained by RepresentUs Education Fund; and is never disclosed to anyone, for any other purpose other than for processing your contribution, under any circumstances.
RepresentUs Education Fund and RepresentUs uses industry standard security measures to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of the information under our control. Our server is located in a locked, secure environment. All supplied credit card information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our payment processing provider’s database. Permission to access your information is granted only to you and RepresentUs Education Fund employees or contractors who need to know that information to provide services to you and who are required to keep the information confidential. Although we make good faith efforts to store information collected by this website in a secure operating environment, we cannot guarantee complete security.
Cookies and Data Tracking
We may also use third-party services such as Google Analytics. This helps us understand traffic patterns and know if there are problems with our website. We may also use embedded images in emails to track open rates for our mailings, so that we can tell which mailings appeal most to RepresentUs and RepresentUs Education Fund supporters.
URLs contained in emails may contain an ID that enables us to correctly identify the person who takes an action using a web page. We use these URLs to simplify the process of signing petitions and filling out surveys. We may occasionally present a shortened URL that references a longer URL which contains an id—we do this to simplify the display, to prevent links from becoming broken when copied, and to ensure compatibility with email programs which do not handle long URLs. When a shortened URL is displayed in an email, you will see the full URL in the browser’s address bar when you access the page.
We may place online advertising with third-party vendors, including Google, which will be shown on other sites on the internet. In some cases, those third-party vendors may decide which ads to show you based on your prior visits to the site. At no time will you be personally identified to those third-party vendors, nor will any of the information you share with us be shared with those third-party vendors. If you prefer to opt out of the use of these third-party cookies on the site, you can do so by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt out page.
Links to Other Sites
The privacy policies and practices contained in this Privacy Statement do not apply to ANY external links. This Privacy Statement only applies to our site or any future sites that RepresentUs Education Fund and/or the RepresentUs Education Fund Education Fund may develop. It does not cover sites that are linked to by this site or sites for which we are not responsible (“linked-sites”). These linked-sites will have their own policies and practices which may be different from ours. We therefore encourage you to familiarize yourself with the policies and practices of the linked-sites, especially if you provide personal information to them.
California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
RepresentUs Education Fund and the RepresentUs campaign comply with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. As part of that Act, all users of our site may make any changes to their information at any time by logging into their Control Panel and going to the “Edit Profile” page. Changes to billing and/or credit card information must be made through RepresentUs Education Fund staff and may be initiated by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org
Changes to Policy
We retain the right to amend or otherwise update this Privacy Statement at any time. By using our site, you consent to the collection and use of the information as we have described. If we change our policies and practices, we will post the changes in our Privacy Statement so that you are always aware of them. With this knowledge, you can make an informed decision about whether you wish to provide personal information to us.
How to Contact Us
If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, you may contact us by:
Telephone: 855 585 8100
P.O. Box 60008
Florence, MA 01062