Personally Identifiable Information
There are limited pieces of information in this Policy that we collect from you that is “Personally Identifiable Information,” or “PII”. These are your name, home address, your email address, your telephone numbers, your picture if you upload it directly to Voter, your unique mobile device ID number, and your social media account IDs. We take our collection of PII and your privacy expectations very seriously, and therefore have very restricted rules for handling, using and sharing this information, as described in this Policy. It is up to you whether to disclose PII to us, although if you do not do so, certain products and services may not be available for your use in Voter.
Information that you post to Voter
There are many functions and areas of our website and applications where you can post information about yourself, your views, and your affiliations. It is important to remember that some of these areas are publicly viewable to other users and organizations using Voter. Voter does not control which information you post to publicly viewable areas on Voter. For instance, if you sign in with Facebook, the first name of your Facebook account will act as your username. Users with access to Voter will be able to see that. Similarly, placing contact information in your bio or sharing actions that you take on Voter via your social networks will enable access to that information to third parties in a manner that we cannot control. It is important to distinguish your provision of PII to us directly, which we can control under this Policy, versus information you post publicly or provide to other people, to organizations, or via other services, which Voter cannot control.
Your views and affiliations
In addition to PII, there is other information that you may share through Voter that we consider sensitive, and to which we apply strict rules. While this information cannot be used to identify you personally, it does provide insights about the views of people who use Voter. We refer to this information in this Policy as “Your Views”, and includes questions and issues you vote on. Your Views do not include any information that you post publicly or share through your social networks or through message exchanges with other users. Because Voter does not collect such information directly from you and because, once posted, such information may be immediately accessible by parties that we do not manage, Voter cannot control such information in the way we control information provided to us, which we describe as Your Views in this Policy.
We also collect information about the use of the Voter platform which does not reveal your identity. This information includes browser and device information, information collected through cookies, pixel tags, and other technologies, and demographic information and other non-identifying information provided by you (such as a zip code or general geographic area)
How we may use your information
There are multiple ways we use your information to provide the best service possible to you. In doing so, we may use your PII and Your Views to draw your attention to issues in which we believe you may be interested, and to communicate directly with you through email, via our apps, or in your usage of our services. Here are some examples of the ways we might use your information:
We use your information to respond to your inquiries and fulfill your requests, such as when you vote on an issue, author an opinion, or participate in other activities.
We use your information to communicate directly and provide to you information regarding our services and changes to our terms, conditions, and policies.
We use your information for data analysis, developing new services, enhancing, improving or modifying our platform, identifying usage trends, and determining the effectiveness of campaigns.
We use your information to personalize your experience by presenting legislation, issues, candidates, campaigns, initiatives, political organizations, and offers tailored to you based on what we know about you. We may also send you promotional communications that we believe may be of interest to you.
We use your information to facilitate social sharing functionality, such as sharing content through the Voter platform and other social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
We use your account information to allow you to send email messages to your email contacts through our platform, such as to share a issue or opinion.
We use information about your computer or device to ensure that our site, apps and APIs function properly and are optimized for your computer or device.
If you are using one of our mobile applications, we use your device ID to recognize you when you use the application and to store your preferences and settings.
We use IP Addresses for administration and security purposes, such as calculating usage levels of our sites, apps and API, helping diagnose server problems and detecting fraud and spam behavior.
We may use and share aggregated and anonymized information to better understand and serve our users or for optimization of our marketing and ad targeting efforts. For example, we may compile statistics about the percentage of our users in a state or county who care about animal rights, or the age range of those users.
Who may receive your PII and Your Views
a. The Voter community
Your username, general geographic location (such as city, state, country), and a link to your Voter user profile may be displayed on your profile page, on contributions you make and on related areas. This information will be viewable to any user of Voter, including the media, search engines, and other organizations that access Voter. If you do not wish to have your personal information displayed, you may choose not to reveal your name on your profile page by selecting a username other than your name. Our platform provides an open forum for communication by users. We do not monitor, verify, or perform any background check on users.
b. Your other social media platforms
You may voluntarily share information on message boards, chat, profile pages and blogs, and other services to which you are able to post information and materials (including the Voter pages on Facebook and other social media platforms). Please remember that any information you post or disclose through these services will become accessible to the public, and may be available to other Voter users, social media platform users and to the general public. We urge you to be very careful when deciding to disclose any information about yourself via the social sharing features of our platform.
c. Organizations and Representatives
Voter maintains pages for organizations and political representatives with which you can interact. If you interact directly with organizations and representatives on this pages and provide PII on their pages, only the representatives and organizations to whom you have provided PII via the Voter platform will receive your PII. For instance, if you send a message to your congressional representatives when sharing your voting preference or advocating on issues, and include your email address and name, that information will be made available to your representative. Voter may also share Your Views with representatives and organizations, provided that we will never associate Your Views with PII when providing PII to representatives or organizations unless you specifically enable a specific interaction. For instance, if you vote on a balanced budget issue and opt to send a message to your representative informing them how you voted, we will share your full name and email address with that representative. However, we will not share with that representative how you actually voted on other issues, such as on a minimum wage initiative. We may share Your Views with representatives and organizations in a manner that does not identify you individually. For instance, we may share with representative percentages of votes who advocate minimum wage legislation, but we will not include your PII in these instances or share your voting behavior in a way that can identify you as an individual.
d. Administrative purposes
We may share information about you with our services providers who process information to provide services to us or on your behalf. We have contracts with our service providers that prohibit them from sharing your information with anyone else or from using your information for any purposes other than providing contracted services.
We may disclose the personal information we collect about our users when we believe disclosure is necessary to investigate, prevent, or respond to suspected illegal or fraudulent activity or to protect the safety, rights, or property of Voter, our users, or others.
If requested or required by government authorities, such as law enforcement authorities, courts, or regulators, or otherwise to comply with the law, we may have to disclose any information we have about our users. We also may disclose information collected about you in order to exercise or protect legal rights or defend against legal claims.
We have no plans to sell our business. In this unlikely event, we may transfer your personal information to a third party if we or any of our company affiliates are involved in a corporate restructuring (e.g., a sale, merger, or other transfer of assets).
You can edit or remove the permissions you have granted to Voter to use information from your social media accounts, by using your application privacy settings on your social media account.
If you’ve signed into Voter through Facebook connect, you are likely cookied by Facebook. You can modify or change those cookies through the settings on your Facebook account. For more details on cookies, please see our Cookies Policy.
c. Email settings
If you no longer want to receive marketing-related emails from Voter or its affiliate companies going forward, you may opt out of receiving these by following the instructions contained in any such email or by clicking “unsubscribe” from the footer of our emails.
We will comply with your request(s) as soon as reasonably practicable. Please also note that if you do opt out of receiving marketing-related emails from us, we may still send you important administrative messages (such as updates about your account or service changes), and you cannot opt out from receiving these messages.
d. Third-party analytics companies
To opt out of Google Analytics, please go to https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. These opt-outs may be provided through the use of specific tracking opt-out cookies. Please note that if you get a new computer, install a new browser, or erase or otherwise alter your browser's cookie file (including upgrading certain browsers), this may also clear the opt-out cookie.
External data storage sites
We may store your data on servers provided by third party hosting vendors with whom we have contracted.
Your privacy responsibilities
To help protect your privacy, be sure:
not to share your user ID or password with anyone else;
to log off the Voter LLC Web site when you are finished;
to take customary precautions to guard against “malware” (viruses, Trojan horses, bots, etc.), for example by installing and updating suitable anti-virus software.
Notice to European Union users
Voter LLC‘s operations are located primarily in the United States. If you provide information to us, the information will be transferred out of the European Union (EU) to the United States. By providing personal information to us, you are consenting to its storage and use as described herein.
Information collected from children
You must be at least 13 years old to use Voter LLC’s Web site(s) and service(s). Voter LLC does not knowingly collect information from children under 13. (See the [U.S.] Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.)
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