VOTE.org Privacy Policy

Here is the very short version: VOTE.org uses your data to help you register to vote, to get your absentee ballots, to check your registration status, and to follow up with you to make sure you cast ballots. We do not sell your data to anyone, ever.  We store almost all of the data that you provide to us in our database. The data that we store is almost identical to the data that becomes part of the public voter file when you register to vote.  We do not, however, store your drivers license number or your social security number.  You are required to provide one of these numbers when you register to vote.  We delete this very sensitive data as soon as your form is generated.

We do use third party services to make sure your registration gets to the appropriate offices in your state; to accept donations; and to measure traffic and usage on our site.  We use services like Google Analytics and Mixpanel to track overall usage patterns of our website and our tools.  Our full policy is below if you want to dig into all the details. Email us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Last updated: April 19, 2016

VOTE.org is concerned about privacy issues and wants you to be familiar with how we collect, use and disclose information.  This Privacy Policy describes our practices in connection with information that we collect through websites operated by us from which you are accessing this Privacy Policy (the “Websites”), through our social media pages including the social media pages located at: twitter.com/absenteeballots, facebook.com/longdistancevoter, facebook.com/countmore.org, and blog.longdistancevoter.org (collectively, our “Social Media Pages”) as well as through HTML-formatted email messages that we send to you that link to this Privacy Policy (collectively, including the Websites and our Social Media Pages, the “Services”).  By providing Personal Information to us, you agree to the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Personal Information We May Collect

“Personal Information” is information that identifies you as an individual, including:

Please note that we may use a third-party payment service to process donations made through the Services. If you wish to make a donation through the Services, your Personal Information may be collected by such third party and not by us, and will be subject to the third party’s privacy policy, rather than this Privacy Policy.  We have no control over, and are not responsible for the third party’s collection, use and disclosure of your Personal Information.

If you submit any Personal Information relating to other people to us or to our service providers in connection with the Services, you represent that you have the authority to do so and to permit us to use the information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

How We May Collect Personal Information

We and our service providers may collect Personal Information in a variety of ways, including:

How We May Use Personal Information

We may use Personal Information:

How Personal Information May Be Disclosed

Your Personal Information may be disclosed:

OTHER INFORMATION

Other Information We May Collect

“Other Information” is any information that does not reveal your specific identity or does not directly relate to an individual, such as:

How We May Collect Other Information

We and our third party service providers may collect Other Information in a variety of ways, including:

How We May Use and Disclose Other Information

Please note that we may use and disclose Other Information for any purpose, except where we are required to do otherwise under applicable law.  If we are required to treat Other Information as Personal Information under applicable law, then we may use it as described in “How We May Collect Other Information” section above, as well as for all the purposes for which we use and disclose Personal Information.

In some instances, we may combine Other Information with Personal Information (such as combining your name with your geographical location).  If we combine any Other Information with Personal Information, the combined information will be treated by us as Personal Information as long as it is combined.

THIRD PARTY SERVICES

This Privacy Policy does not address, and we are not responsible for, the privacy, information or other practices of any third parties, including any third party operating any site or service to which the Services link.  The inclusion of a link on the Services does not imply endorsement of the linked site or service by us or by our affiliates.

Please note that we are not responsible for the collection, usage and disclosure policies and practices (including the data security practices) of other organizations, such as Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft, RIM or any other app, social media platform, or wireless service provider, including any Personal Information you disclose to other organizations through or in connection with our Social Media Pages.

THIRD PARTY ADVERTISERS

We may use third-party advertising companies to serve advertisements regarding goods and services that may be of interest to you when you access and use the Services and other websites, based on information relating to your access to and use of the Services and other websites.  To do so, these companies may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser (including through use of pixel tags).  If you would like more information about this practice and to learn about your choices in connection with these practices, please visit http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp and http://www.aboutads.info/.

SECURITY

We seek to use reasonable organizational, technical and administrative measures to protect Personal Information within our organization.  Unfortunately, no data transmission or storage system can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.  If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure (for example, if you feel that the security of any account you might have with us has been compromised), please immediately notify us of the problem by contacting us in accordance with the “Contacting Us” section below.

CHOICES AND ACCESS

Your choices regarding our use and disclosure of your Personal Information

We give you choices regarding our use and disclosure of your Personal Information for marketing purposes.  You may opt-out from:

Receiving electronic communications from us:  If you no longer want to receive informational emails from us on a going-forward basis, you may opt-out of receiving these informational emails by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of one of our electronic communications.

Our sharing of your Personal Information with affiliates for their direct marketing purposes:  If you would prefer that we do not share your Personal Information on a going-forward basis with our affiliates for their direct marketing purposes, you may opt-out of this sharing by contacting us by email at [email protected], or writing to us at the following address:

VOTE.org
1270 Grove Street, #301
San Francisco, CA 94117

Our sharing of your Personal Information with unaffiliated third parties for their direct marketing purposes:  If you would prefer that we do not share your Personal Information on a going-forward basis with unaffiliated third parties for their direct marketing purposes, you may opt-out of this sharing by contacting us by email at [email protected], or writing to us at the following address:

VOTE.org
1270 Grove Street, #301
San Francisco, CA 94117

We will try to comply with your request(s) as soon as reasonably practicable.  Please note that if you opt-out as described above, we will not be able to remove your Personal Information from the databases of unaffiliated third parties with which we have already shared your Personal Information (i.e., to which we have already provided your Personal Information as of the date that we implement your opt-out request).  Please also note that if you do opt-out of receiving informational emails from us, we may still send you important administrative messages, and you cannot opt-out from receiving administrative messages.

USE OF SERVICES BY MINORS

The Services are not directed to individuals under the age of thirteen (13), and we request that these individuals do not provide Personal Information through the Services.

JURISDICTION

The Websites are controlled and operated by us from the United States, and are not intended to subject us to the laws or jurisdiction of any state, country or territory other than that of the United States.

UPDATES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

We may change this Privacy Policy.  Please take a look at the “LAST UPDATED” legend at the top of this page to see when this Privacy Policy was last revised.  Any changes to this Privacy Policy will become effective when we post the revised Privacy Policy on the Services.  Your use of the Services following these changes means that you accept the revised Privacy Policy.

CONTACTING US

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us by email at [email protected], or please write to the following address:

VOTE.org
1270 Grove Street, #301
San Francisco, CA 94117

Please note that email communications are not always secure; so please do not include credit card information, social security number or other sensitive information in your emails to us.

 

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