It is our policy to respect and protect the privacy of our customers and the users of www.AmericanPrinciplesInAction.org (hereinafter, the “Site”). Through this Privacy Statement, we want to reassure users of the Site that we will not sell or share user information to others in a manner different than as set forth in this Privacy Statement. By accessing this Site, you agree to be bound by the Privacy Statement. If you do not agree to the terms of this Privacy Statement, please do not use this Site. Each time you use the Site, the current version of the Privacy Statement will apply. Accordingly, when you use the Site, you should check the date of this Statement (which appears at the top) and review any changes since the last version.
Placing Orders and Information Collection
This Site collects information from the users at several different points. For example, we collect and/or request information when a user:
1) Registers their name and email address.
2) Signs a petition.
Gathering and Sharing of Information, Links to External and Co-Branded Websites
We monitor traffic patterns on the Site for aggregate use to analyze trends and administer the Site in order to improve its layout and design and to permit Site personalization and streamlining to create the best experience we can for our users. In order to perform analysis permitting such personalization and improvement of Site design and user experience, we reserve the right employ suitable third parties with whom we share the information necessary to accomplish these objectives. These statistics include no personally identifying information.
Where appropriate, we share aggregated statistical information with certain nonprofit partners and affiliates. These statistics include no personally identifying information.
Except as described in this Privacy Statement, we will not sell or rent your e-mail address. The Site may share e-mail addresses with reputable third parties in order to help us provide better service to users. These third parties agree not use your information for their own marketing purposes.
We may provide personal identifying and account information in special cases such as enforcement of our Terms of Site Use, or as required by law or legal process to protect and defend the rights and safety of our Site and its users.
Our Site also contains links to external Internet sites as well as affilaited sites, which may be operated by an external party and they may have privacy practices that differ from those here. When you click on links that take you to such external or co-branded sites, you will be subject to their privacy policies, and we encourage you to become familiar with that party’s privacy policies as these may differ from those utilized on our Site. Please note that this Privacy Statement applies solely to information collected by our Site and, while we strongly support the protection of privacy on the Internet, we cannot be responsible for the privacy practices of other Websites, uses of the information collected by other Websites, or the content of those other Websites.
Precautions are taken to protect the information of the users of our Site. When users submit sensitive information via the Site, that information is protected both online and off-line.
We take credit card information security seriously and use a variety of technical solutions to make donating money safe at our Site. Your information is encrypted and is protected utilizing the industry standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption software.
While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also protect user information off-line. All of the information of our Site’s users, including the sensitive information mentioned above, is maintained in a restricted section in our offices. Only those of our employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, our account or customer service representatives) are granted access to personally identifiable information. Furthermore, our employees are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices.
Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. IN NO EVENT SHALL the site, its proprietary organization, or its officers, agents or consultants BE LIABLE FOR SPECIAL, INDIRECT, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS, WITHOUT REGARD TO THE FORM OF ANY ACTION, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTIONS, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE, COPYING, OR DISPLAY OF THE CONTENTS OF THIS SITE, EVEN IF THE SITE OR AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
You may have heard of the term “cookies”. Cookies are routinely used by most, if not all, E- commerce merchants. A cookie is a piece of data stored on a user’s hard drive through the Web browser program containing information about the user which enables us to track and personalize the Site to enhance your experience. For instance, by setting a cookie on our Site, we can provide you with storage of items in your shopping cart between visits. However, if a user rejects the cookie, they may still use our Site although we will be unable to provide our users with a personalized experience using the cookie data.
Surveys & Contests
From time-to-time we may request information from the users of the Site via surveys or petitions. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary, and the users of the Site have a choice whether or not to disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information and demographic information (such as zip code, age level, etc.). We use such information to notify to improve the user’s experience on the Site.
Children’s On-line Privacy
We recognize the particular importance of protecting the privacy of children. Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), we will not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. When a user makes a donation here or one of our associated websites, the user is representing to us that they are an adult. If a child has provides personally identifiable information, we ask that a parent or guardian email us and we will delete the information pertaining to the child from our records.
Account Updates and Opting Out
We may occasionally send our community members announcements and updates, which contain important information about the Site and service offerings which we believe to be of value to our users. In order to do this, we may enhance or merge the information we collect on the Site with data from third parties for purposes of marketing products or services to our customers and users.
We may communicate with the users of the Site via e-mail, telephone, mail, or fax if you provide such information to us. The users of the Site are always given the opportunity to ‘opt-out’ of having their online information used for purposes not directly related to the Site at the point at which we ask for the information or when they receive an online requested promotional communication.
For example, our e-mail messages have an “unsubscribe” feature for users of the Site whodon’t want to be notified about special offers in the future. Users can simply “Reply” back to the e-mail message and type “unsubscribe” in the subject field. Upon receipt of the reply, we will remove that e-mail address from our e-mail list. If a user has more than one e-mail address, he or she should include the other addresses as well to ensure proper updating of their account information.