Your privacy is important to us. It is Civic Shout’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect from you while using our website and service. We also let you know why we’re collecting it and how it will be used.
Civic Shout is helping the progressive community succeed, in part, because we partner with cause-focused third-party organizations, politicians, companies and related for-good organizations to help them reach their goals. From time to time these groups sponsor campaigns in order to increase their advocacy impact and to gain supporters who choose to hear from them via email and/or text. We call these parties Sponsors.
This summary briefly addresses the most common questions we hear from folks. Complete details on these bullets follows below:
Information You Provide to Us: When you visit our Website, we may collect certain types of information that you submit voluntarily. If you submit letters using our Service, we request some information to perform our Service on your behalf: First and last name, address, city, state, ZIP code, email address, and cell phone number. Civic Shout may keep a cached copy of the content you serve us as a part of your use of the service for an indeterminate amount of time.
A cookie is a small bit of text which is sent to your computer or mobile device (referred to in this policy as a “device”) by the web server so that a website can remember some information about your browsing activity on the Website and Service. The Cookie will collect information relating to your use of our Website, information about your device such as the device’s IP address and browser type, demographic data and, if you arrived at our Website via a link from third party site, the URL of the linking page.
In addition to Cookies, our Website and email marketing communications may use web beacons. A web beacon, also known as a tracking pixel, is a line of code which is used in email marketing communications and Website to measure a user’s interaction with a service or product.
Functional: These are Cookies which are essential for the running of our Website and Service. Without these Cookies, parts of our Website and Service would not function. These Cookies do not track where you have been on the internet and do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing purposes.
Analytical Performance: Analytical performance Cookies are used to monitor the performance of our Website, for example, to determine the number of page views and the number of unique users our Website and Service has. We use this information to improve user experience or identify areas of the Website and Service which may require maintenance. The information is anonymous (i.e. it cannot be used to identify you and does not contain personal information such as your name and email address) and it is only used for statistical purposes.
Third Party Cookies: You may notice on some pages of our Website and Service that Cookies have been set that are not related to us. When you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, YouTube or Facebook, these third party service providers may set their own Cookies on your device. We do not control the use of these third party Cookies and cannot access them due to the way that Cookies work, as Cookies can only be accessed by the party who originally set them. Please check the third party websites for more information about these Cookies:
We use the information we collect to respond to your requests, resolve problems, maintain your account and provide our Services including to measure or understand the effectiveness of our Services, provide our Website to you, improve our offerings and to create new services, and market our products or services and those of our affiliates, partners and third parties to you.
We may also send you certain Service and administrative notices, which are not subject to opt out.
Here are some examples of how we may use your information:
Aggregated/Anonymous information: Information that is in “aggregate/anonymous” form refers to non-identified information or information that is reported in the aggregate (provided that such aggregated information is not identifiable to a natural person), and does not include information as to which identifying characteristics have been removed without means reasonably likely to be used by any person to re-identify the natural person directly or indirectly. We may use information that is in aggregate / anonymous form to create compilations of aggregated data and/or statistics and reports, and any other uses without restriction. We also use aggregate / anonymous data to analyze Website usage and customize the Website’s content, layout and services. These uses improve the Website and the Service and better tailor them to meet your needs, so as to provide you with an efficient and customized experience while using the Website and the Service.
We may disclose your information as set forth below:
Aggregated/Anonymous information. In addition, we may share information that is in aggregate/anonymous form to create compilations of aggregated data and/or statistics and reports, and for any other uses without restriction.
In the event that you have volunteered personally identifiable information, you may request access to review, correct or amend that information by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will take reasonable precautions to protect personally identifiable information in our possession from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction. We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personally identifiable information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is, however, 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personally identifiable information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
Civic Shout does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. Civic Shout is not intended for or directed to persons under the age of 13. Any person who provides their information to Civic Shout represents to us that they are 13 years of age or older. If you have reason to believe that a child under the age of 13 has provided personally identifiable information to Civic Shout through this Website, please contact us, and we will endeavor to delete that information from our databases.
If you choose to publish your public open letters on CivicShout.com, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information present in your public open letters can be read, collected and used by other users of this Website. Civic Shout is not responsible for any personally identifiable information you choose to submit in that context or anything arising from such submissions.
April 16, 2019