Our Privacy & Data Usage Policy
Although our Sites may be accessed from outside of the United States, the Sites are directed to individuals and entities within the United States. If you are not located in the United States, please be aware that by using our Sites you are consenting to your information being transferred to the United States and that we might not offer the same level of privacy protection that would be required by your home country.
Furthermore, the safety of children is very important to us. Our Sites are not intended for children younger than 13 and we do not intend to collect personally identifiable information from children. Children should always ask a parent for permission before sending personal information to anyone online.
Public Democracy respects the privacy of its visitors, and our policy reflects that respect. Please read the following policy to understand how your personal information will be treated.
Most areas of our site are accessible without having to provide personal information of any kind. Some of our services, however, may require some form of voluntary identification, and users are free to decide whether or not to provide their information in these cases. Submission of a registration form that includes the user's phone number or email address implies the user's consent to being contacted by Public Democracy.
Public Democracy’s Commitment to Online Security
Physical, electronic, and managerial procedures have been employed to safeguard the security and integrity of personal information. All Public Democracy contractors with access to personal information obtained on the Public Democracy website are also bound to adhere to this policy as part of their contract.
Collection of Information
We also collect Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from email digital advertising we conduct and that conducted on behalf of clients or through our pro-bono work.
Use of Information
Public Democracy uses the information we collect about you to be able to keep you updated on our activities, help administer and improve our websites, and analyze the data for internal purposes. Cookie data and Personally Identifiable Information, audience segments, and behavioral models based on responses to our email correspondences may also be shared with third parties to improve offerings for advertising and marketing purposes and to improve understanding of and better respond to our community’s values and priorities.
Public Democracy is a contributor to IAB Tech Lab’s data transparency standards and has advised government leaders on best practices for just use and value sharing of user data. As a certified B-Corp, our corporate charter binds us to work toward better technologies and data usage that “empower people, so that their individual voices are listened to by those in power and so that their collective voices rightfully influence decisions that are made in the political, corporate, and community space. Knowing the value of the data that will be created, we further believe that people should share in the value generated and insights created by their contributions throughout this process.” We believe that the best way to secure data and ensure user’s understanding and vigilance of it is through transparency in use and evolving systems that will share that value with users. And we believe that data used and valued shared in this way can have a profound and positive impact on our society and future.
Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
Public Democracy collects PII from our visitors, and we collect it through our email communications and digital advertising.
Our web server does not automatically recognize or collect PII based on your email address; the PII we collect from you is always voluntarily submitted by you.
Public Democracy is not responsible for the use of PII by its partner organizations or clients. Please consult the Sites of those companies for information concerning their privacy policies.
We treat unsubscribes in email correspondences as an opt-out from both future and past collection of data on behalf of the sending entity. If you would like to opt-out of our database and from future correspondence, you can do so by emailing us at: email@example.com and including your name, email, and zip code to confirm identity. This opt-out will remove your PII from our database.
These cookies enable us to track how our Sites are used, which portions of the Sites are visited and which items our visitors find most interesting. From time to time, we may do the same on sites of partners, clients, or pro-bono projects we work on. Cookies help us better understand the communities we work with and ensure they are being offered opportunities to make a difference in the real world in a way that best aligns with their values. For example, cookies played a key role in our ability to connect and build trust with veterans who had severe PTSD to get them much-needed services and counseling opportunities, and they helped us mobilize Americans to provide funding and support during the Ebola outbreak.
If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 13 and believe your child is using any of the Sites, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.. Upon request, the parent or guardian of a child under 13 may review and request the deletion of such child’s personally identifiable information, as well as refuse to permit the further collection or use of such information. If we discover that a user is under the age of 13, we will delete their account and all personally identifiable information immediately.
Privacy rights for California residents
If you are a California resident, California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits you to request information regarding the disclosure of your personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an email to email@example.com.
Links to Third-Party Sites
The Public Democracy website may provide links to other third party websites to serve as a resource for our users. While we make efforts to choose our links carefully from reputable sites, we cannot take responsibility for the content of linked websites or for their privacy policies. Since we do not control those websites, we encourage you to review the privacy policies on all of those websites prior to any use.
Linking to the Public Democracy Website
Generally, Internet websites may link to Public Democracy websites without seeking the permission of Public Democracy. However, such links must clearly identify Public Democracy as the source of the information displayed and preserve the integrity of the Public Democracy web pages without alteration.
If you have questions about this policy or your privacy while on this website, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated March 18, 2019