Effective Date: October 12, 2007
This policy answers the following questions:
This policy applies to the information USAction collects about you as a result of your use of USAction's Internet web site (the "Site"). It does not apply to information about you collected through any related-website or any third party website or offering linked to or otherwise accessible from the Site. Please consult the privacy policies applicable to those sites and offerings.
I. Information collection and use
In connection with the Site we collect certain personal and non-personal information from you. We use this information to fulfill your requests; improve and manage the Site; personalize your experience on the Site; contact you; learn more about you, offer you information, products and services that may be of interest to you; and to permit third parties we believe you may be interested in hearing from to contact you; and in connection with the various features of the Site that may permit you to input, post or provide information. We collect personal and non-personal information when you voluntarily provide it to us (for example, in the course of registration) and when you visit the Site. The information we collect from you depends on your use of the Site.
Depending on how you use the Site, we may collect certain personal and non-personal information from you in the following ways:
Registration and Donations: There are many aspects of the Site that can be enjoyed as a visitor, but you need to register in order to utilize certain features and access certain content and to take advantage of many of the features of the Site. Registration is entirely optional. In the course of registration, you are required to provide us with certain personal information such as your e-mail address. Additionally, if you choose to make a donation to USAction, personal information will also be required.
Special Note for Parents: This Site is a general audience website and not designed or intended to attract children younger than 13. We do not collect personal information from any person we actually know is younger than 13.
We know how important it is to keep the personal information you've entrusted to us confidential. We will not rent, sell or share personal information about you with third parties except under certain circumstances as described herein. In all other cases, we will ask for your permission before we disclose your personal information.
Affiliates, partners and trusted third parties: We may share the information you provide with companies and websites affiliated with us, including our partners who may join us in certain campaigns for social, racial, environmental, and economic justice and other third parties who are operating independent campaigns for causes we believe will be of interest to you. Depending on the circumstances, we may or may not charge third parties for this aggregated information.
Disclosure for legal reasons: We may release personal information to third parties: (1) to comply with valid legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena or court order; or (2) in special cases, such as a physical threat to you or others, a threat to homeland security, a threat to our system or network, or cases in which we believe it is reasonably necessary to investigate or prevent harm, fraud, abuse, or illegal conduct. In the event that we are legally compelled to disclose your personal information to a third party, we will make reasonable efforts to notify you unless doing so would violate the law or court order.
Agents and contractors: Contractors sometimes have access to your personal information in the course of assisting in operating our business and providing products or services to you. These contractors include vendors and suppliers that provide us with technology, services, and/or content for the operation and maintenance of our site.
Aggregated, non-personal information: We may share aggregated information with third parties. This is information that is combined with the non-personal information of other users and does not allow you to be identified or contacted. Depending on the circumstances, we may or may not charge third parties for this aggregated information. We also may not limit the third parties' use of the aggregated information.
Changes in our corporate structure: If all or part of our company is sold, merged or otherwise transferred to another entity, the personal information you have provided at this site may be transferred as part of that transaction.
III. Choice and control over your personal information
Email communications: Email communication that you send to us via the email links on the Site may be shared with company representatives, partners or employees. From time to time, we may send you service-related emails, such as a welcome email when you register with the Site.
Invitations; Email Articles: When you invite a friend to join the Site, we will automatically send your friend an email invitation on your behalf. We will not use your friend's email address for any other purpose. Similarly, when you email a message or article to a friend, the email addresses are used to facilitate the email communication.
Newsletters, promotions, alerts and reminders: At various places on the Site, you will be given the option to receive recurring informational newsletters and promotions and to set alerts and reminders. You have the ability to opt-out of the receipt of newsletters, promotions, alerts and reminders.
We maintain administrative, technical and physical safeguards for the Site to protect against unauthorized disclosure, use, alteration or destruction of the information you provided on this site.
VI. Accessing and Updating Your Information
You can edit your account profile information, including your Site preferences, at any time.
VII. Links to Other Sites
We may provide links to other websites for your convenience and information. These sites operate independently and may have their own privacy policies in place, which we suggest you review if you visit any linked site. To the extent you visit any linked sites, we are not responsible for their content or any use of such sites.