Last updated: 10/28/2021
1. What Types of Personal Information Do We Collect?
Information You Give Us. You may give us information by signing up with Congressional Communities, entering information through our online forms or surveys, in-person at any local event, or contacting us by phone or email for information.
The categories of information include:
- Contact information, such as name, address, location, email, and telephone number
- Online identifiers, such as Internet Protocol ("IP") address, cookies, username, and password
- Visual/graphic information, such as a profile image
- Professional, employment, or education information, such as any organization you affiliate with
- Information about topics and issues that are of interest or important to you
- Inferences drawn from any of the information identified in this subdivision to create a profile about an individual reflecting the individual's preferences, characteristics, psychological trends, predispositions, behavior, attitudes, intelligence, abilities, and aptitudes. Any inferences will not be sold to third parties.
Information We Automatically Collect. Like many website operators, we collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit our Sites.
This includes Log Data, such as your computer's IP address, browser type, browser version, the pages of our Sites that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages and other statistics, and whether you reached our page via a social media or email campaign. This information may be collected via several technologies, including cookies, web beacons, clear GIFs, canvas fingerprinting and other means.
Information We Collect from Third Parties. If you access our Sites through third parties (e.g., Facebook or Google), or if you share content from our Sites to a third-party social media service, the third-party service will send us certain information about you if the third -party service and your account settings allow such sharing. The information we receive will depend on the policies and your account settings with the third-party service.
Publicly Available Information. Information we receive from publicly available sources is not counted as personal information above. We may receive information from a variety of sources, such as the United States Census Bureau or the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This information is typically in the form of aggregated and/or de-identified statistics that cannot identify any individual person.
2. How Do We Use Personal Information?
We use your personal information as follows:
- To provide you with the services on our platform, which involves organizing local groups based upon Congressional district ("Communities") for general civic engagement and providing information on district demographics
- To facilitate communications between participants in a Community and across Communities
- To facilitate communications between Community representatives and their constituents
- To analyze Sites usage and improve the services offered
- For research, project planning, troubleshooting problems
- For detecting and protecting against error, fraud, or other criminal activity
3. How Do We Share Personal Information?
To Participants and Others in your Congressional Community. We may share your name, contact, address or other information with other Participants in your congressional community, or with your designated district representative in order to facilitate communications. On the message board for your Congressional Community, any posts you make will be visible to other users and attributable to your name, so be thoughtful about the content of your posts.
Affiliates and Service Providers. We share your information with our third-party service providers and any subcontractors as required to offer you our products and services. The service providers we use help us to:
- run, operate and maintain our Services through third party platform and software tools;
- perform content moderation and crash analytics;
- run email messaging campaigns;
- administer live events, including registering attendees, managing check-in and attendance; and,
- provide technical and customer support.
Aggregated Data. We may also aggregate or otherwise strip information of all personally identifying characteristics and may share that aggregated, anonymized data with third parties or publish it. This data does not personally identify you and helps us to create content for the Sites, measure certain analytics relating to the Services and its features, and improve your experience. We reserve the right to make use of any such aggregated data.
Third Party Links and Websites. Our Sites may contain links to and from the websites of third parties. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any data to these websites.
Disclosures Required by Law. We may be required to disclose your data in response to lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet law enforcement requirements. We may be under a duty to disclose or share your personal information in order to comply with any legal obligation, to enforce or apply our terms and conditions and other agreements, to protect our rights, property, or safety, or to protect the rights, property, or safety of others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for the purposes of fraud protection.
4. How Do We Respond to 'Do Not Track' Signals?
Do Not Track ("DNT") is a privacy preference that users can set in certain web browsers. DNT is a way for users to inform websites and services that they do not want certain information about their webpage visits collected over time and across websites or online services. We do not recognize or respond to browser-initiated DNT signals, as the Internet industry is currently still working toward defining exactly what DNT means, what it means to comply with DNT, and a common approach to responding to DNT.
To make our Sites and services work properly, we sometimes place small data files called cookies on your device. A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, shopping cart, or other preferences) over a period of time, so you do not have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.
6. Your Privacy Choices
Please contact us if you would like to request access and/or make any changes to your personal information.
Marketing Opt Out: We may use your personal information to contact you with newsletters, marketing or promotional materials and other information that may be of interest to you. You may opt out of receiving any, or all, of these communications from us by following the unsubscribe instructions provided in any email we send, or you can contact us using the contact details provided in the "Contact Information" section below. You will still continue to receive service-related messages concerning your Congressional Communities account (unless we have indicated otherwise).
Third Party Marketing. California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits you to request information regarding the disclosure of your personal information to third parties for the third parties' direct marketing purposes.
We do not disclose your personal information to third parties for the third parties' direct marketing purposes.
7. International Transfers of Data
Any data that you provide to us may be accessed, shared or processed by our offices, located in the United States, and service providers located in the United States, if such data transfer is necessary for the specific purpose for which you submitted your data (such as the provision of goods or services under a written contract).
This may entail a transfer of your personal information across international borders. The data protections standards may differ and be lower than the standards enforced in your jurisdiction.
We maintain appropriate safeguards as required by applicable law for any personal information transferred internationally, and as required by applicable law, will seek your consent prior to such transfers.
8. Children's Privacy
The Sites are not directed at individuals under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If you become aware that a child has provided us with personal information, please contact us using the contact details provided in the "Contact Information" section below. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we will take steps to delete such information.
9. Change of Control
Personal information may be transferred to a third party as a result of a sale, acquisition, merger, reorganization or other change in control. If we sell, merge or transfer any part of the business, part of the sale may include your personal information.
10. Security and Data Retention
We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter, submit, or access your personal information.
However, no website, application, or transmission can guarantee security. Thus, while we have established and maintain what we believe to be reasonable procedures to protect the confidentiality, security, and integrity of personal information obtained through the Sites, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us.
11. Policy Changes
12. Contact Information
Address: Congressional Communities, Inc.
2140 S. DuPont Road
Camden, DE 19934