Online Privacy Statement
Effective as of: December 15, 2008
The American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (collectively, "ACLU") are organizations which have a long history of being at the forefront of protecting individual privacy, and we are particularly committed to protecting the personal information that you provide and entrust to us when using the ACLU's websites. This online privacy statement (the "Privacy Statement") describes how we treat all user data collected by the ACLU during your visit to the Save Coalition Site, both technical data that is automatically collected and voluntarily submitted data. (The ACLU is comprised of the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation. To learn more about the differences between the two organizations, click this link.)
For purposes of this Privacy Statement, the "Save Coalition Site" is the website whose home page is www.savecoalition.org, which is run by the ACLU. The ACLU also operates other websites that don't contain this domain name. This Privacy Statement does not apply to those websites (unless those websites specifically link to this Privacy Statement), including www.aclu.org, and the terms of the privacy statements for those other ACLU websites may differ from the terms of this Privacy Statement. Additionally, this is not the privacy statement or any blogs, forums or social networking sites where ACLU has a presence that are on websites other that the Save Coalition Site. Further, this is not the privacy statement for the websites of any ACLU local affiliates, and you should refer to the privacy statements on those affiliates' websites or contact those affiliates to learn the manner in which they treat information you provide to them through their websites' (or provide to them in any manner other than through the Save Coalition Site).
The ACLU may occasionally update this Statement. We will post any changes on this web page, so be sure to check back periodically. If we do make material changes, we will post a notice on our home page that the Privacy Statement has been modified and provide a link to the revised Privacy Statement. Any information that you submit after a change has been posted will be subject to the new provisions.
User Data We Collect
We collect two types of user data: (1) technical data that is automatically collected from all visitors to the Save Coalition Site ("Automatically Collected Data"); and (2) data that you voluntarily submit to us (described below under "Voluntarily Submitted Data").
Automatically Collected Data. We automatically collect Internet Protocol ("IP") addresses and domain names of the originating visitor's computer on our server and may know some information you have previously provided through cookies. (See the section on Cookies below for more information.) We also track the number and frequency of hits per page by IP addresses, but we do not associate any individual IP address with any other personally identifying information except to detect security intrusions or certain unlawful activity.
In addition, if you come to the Save Coalition Site from a website link, we may also identify the source of that link, so that we can evaluate what content is persuading web users to become involved in the ACLU's work.
Voluntarily Submitted Data.We may collect Voluntarily Submitted Data, including personal data, that you voluntarily provide, such as your name and postal address, phone number, e-mail address, and similar information, when you contact the Save Coalition by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We use Long-term Cookies only when you select a "remember" option on the Save Coalition Site, for example the "remember my login" option offered when you log on to the Save Coalition Site, or the "remember me" option offered on a "take action" page. If you select these options, a Long-term Cookie will be stored on your computer's hard drive solely for the purpose of automatically filling in the remembered information, for example, automatically filling in your password when you log in to the Save Coalition Site or your postal address when you write a letter to your representative. These "remember" options are offered only for your convenience and are completely voluntary. If you do not select a "remember" option, no Long-Term Cookie will be stored on your computer's hard drive.
We use Session Cookies whenever you visit the Save Coalition Site to run the Site's interactive applications, such as the shopping cart. Session Cookies last only as long as your session on the Save Coalition Site. They expire when the session ends and are not written onto your computer's hard drive. We also use Session Cookies in e-mails containing the HTML-format. If you select "text-only" format preference, emails sent to you will not contain any Session Cookies.
How We Use The Data We Collect
In addition to the uses described above, we use Automatically Collected Data to identify the source of user traffic (for example, umich.edu, or aol.com), but we do not tie this information to individual users in our database. We use data on which sections of the Save Coalition Site are most visited, so that we can evaluate the popularity of our different web pages and continue to improve the Save Coalition Site. We do not link any Automatically Collected Data you provide to us except to detect security intrusions or certain unlawful activity.
Third Party Sharing
We may also share the Voluntarily Submitted Data of members and donors who are U.S. residents with other non-profit organizations and publications ("Sharing Organizations"), but never to any partisan political groups or to groups whose programs are incompatible with ACLU policies. We never give your Voluntarily Submitted Data directly to the Sharing Organizations; instead we send the list to a third-party service provider that prepares the mailing for the Sharing Organization (and that is contractually bound to use your Voluntarily Submitted Data only for this purpose and not to share it with any third parties other than subcontractors assisting them in their providing these services to us and who also are contractually prohibited from sharing our Voluntarily Submitted Data with any other third parties). The Sharing Organizations never see our list and never know what names are on it unless you respond to the Sharing Organizations' mailing. Exchanging lists can enable the ACLU to expand our membership base. However, if you have signed up as a member or donor on the Save Coalition Site, you can choose to opt out of having your data shared. To learn more, read the section on "Your Ability to Choose" below.
Finally, we may disclose and use Voluntarily Submitted Data regardless of where you reside in special circumstances when it is necessary to enforce our User Agreement or this Privacy Statement, or when we, under what we hope to be extraordinary and infrequent circumstances, in good faith, truly believe that the law requires us to disclose your Voluntarily Submitted Data to third parties.
Except as described in this Privacy Statement, we will not share your Voluntarily Submitted Data with any third party unless we first notify you and offer you an appropriate choice to consent to such further use, for example, through an opt-out or opt-in request.
In furtherance of its mission, the ACLU forms, works with and joins Coalitions of organizations and individuals collectively working on issues related to the ACLU's mission ("Coalitions"). The members of the Save Coalition ("Members") are listed on the Site. (http://www.savecoalition.org./aboutus.html)
The ACLU will share Voluntarily Submitted Data you submit to the Save Coalition Site with those Members unless you have opted out of doing so by emailing email@example.com. Once you have opted out of sharing information with the Members, you are submitting to the ACLU itself. Unless specifically stated otherwise on the Save Coalition Site with respect to a Member action or a collection mechanism for a Member, this Privacy Statement does not address the treatment of personal information, including Voluntarily Submitted Data that is submitted to a Member.
Your Ability to Choose
When you provide us with your Voluntarily Submitted Data on the Save Coalition Site, you can let us know that you do not wish to receive our email communications by un-checking or not checking the subscription request box on the form you are completing, by un-checking or not checking the subscription request box on our User Preference Page, by unsubscribing from further email communications of a specific type following receipt of an email of that type, or by contacting us via postal mail sent to Webmaster, 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York, New York, 10004.
You can opt out of having your Voluntarily Submitted Data shared with Members on the online form you are filling out or thereafter by filling out the ACLU Feedback Page or by contacting the Membership Department via postal mail sent to Membership Department, 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York, New York, 10004.
Again, please remember that if you are a non-U.S. resident, we will not use your Voluntarily Submitted Data for any purpose other than the one for which it was originally collected regardless of whether you check or un-check a box.
We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13.
The Voluntarily Submitted Data we collect about you is stored on a secure, password protected server and only authorized personnel have access to your information. We use industry-standard encryption technologies with respect to the receipt and transfer of Voluntarily Submitted Data you submit to us on the Save Coalition Site and only authorized personnel have access to your information. Nevertheless, despite our best efforts, no transmission over the Internet and no data storage method can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.
Updating Your Data
To update your Voluntarily Submitted Data or to make corrections, you can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments and Questions
If you have any questions, comments or concerns about this Privacy Statement or our data collection practices or to request that we delete your Voluntarily Submitted Data, you can fill out the ACLU Feedback Page, or send us your questions or comments via postal mail sent to Webmaster, American Civil Liberties Union, 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York, New York 10004.