Privacy Policy

iDecomcracy is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your online information. Some information is collected automatically when you visit us online to maintain the safety and security of our websites and to help improve their contents. You may choose to share other information with us through our various interactive applications. This Privacy Policy is designed to inform you about what information we collect on our websites, how we use that information, what that information looks like, and what choices you have. If you still have further questions about our privacy practices, we encourage you to contact us:
Email: [email protected]. Information we collect automatically (not personally identifiable information)

What kind of information do we collect?

There are certain types of information a website automatically collects as users browse its pages. Similar to most organizations, iDemocracy maintains logs of website activity for administrative purposes, in order to ensure the safety and security of the site and its users and for use in improving its sites. We do not collect personally identifiable data in an aggregated and/or anonymous form. “Aggregated data” refers to general, abstracted information regarding visitors and users of our website.

This information may include:

  • Traffic patterns: Information about what pages you visit on our websites and when, how long you remain on each page, the order in which you view pages, and the website or search engine that leads you to our page.
  • Which links you click on our website.
  • Information about your web browser: The name and version of the browser you use to visit our sites and the iDemocracy abilities of the browser (for example, what technologies it supports, such as Java or Adobe Flash).
  • Information about your computer: Many web browsers report the operating system and screen size of the computer that you are using. This information helps the browser and the website communicate to better display the website.
  • Internet protocol (IP) address: This is the address of your computer on the internet at the time it communicates with our website. This number may or may not be unique. It is sent anytime you connect to another computer on the internet, including when you browse the web.
  • Some browsers report whether or not you have bookmarked any of the pages of our websites.

Our analytics

We use Google Analytics and Remarketing with Google Analytics, which uses Cookies and other similar technologies to anonymously collect information about use of services and report website trends. These tools enable Google Analytics to collect data about your traffic via Google advertising cookies and identifiers, in addition to data collected through a standard Google Analytics implementation. iDemocracy does not identify users or facilitate the merging of personally identifiable information with nonpersonally identifiable information collected through any Google advertising product or feature.

How do we use this information?

iDemocracy primarily uses this information to improve our websites. It can, for example, help us diagnose problems, such as if a particular browser is having difficulty displaying one of our pages. We also use this information to maintain the security of our website. IP address logs can, for example, help us determine if someone is trying to hack one of our websites. Some of this information may be used automatically to determine how to display a website to you. Additionally, we may combine automatically collected information with other data we have about you, including personal information you have voluntarily provided to us, to better tailor our advocacy and activities.

What choices do you have?

Most of the information we collect automatically is provided as a result of how web browsers and the internet work. Some web browsers may allow you to limit how, or if at all, some of this information is reported. Two computers on the internet cannot communicate without sharing IP addresses. However, there may be software commercially available that can help obscure your IP address and aid in browsing the web anonymously.

Cookies and clear GIFs

Several features of our websites use a technology known as “cookies.” Cookies are small files that a web browser stores on your computer or other device. Cookies are primarily used to allow websites to recognize a web browser when it returns to a website. Most web browsers can be set to reject cookies. However, if you choose to reject cookies, you may not be able to experience the full functionality of our websites.

Opt-out choices

Any user may opt out of the Google Analytics Advertising Features that iDemocracy uses, including through your Ads Settings, Ad Settings for mobile apps, or any other available means (for example, the Network Advertising Initiative’s consumer opt-out option). You may also opt out by installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on. You may learn more about how to opt out at this link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/.

Information you may choose to share with us (including personally identifiable information)

Our websites have several features that allow you to interact with us and other members of our online community. IDEMOCRACY does not automatically collect personally identifiable information of users of our websites without their consent, which is provided by use and submission of personal information. Whether or not you use these features is completely your choice. If you choose to use some or all of these features, we may need to collect information about you, some of which may personally identify you. In most cases, we collect this information to distinguish you from other users of our websites. In some cases, we need this information either to comply with the law (for example, when collecting payment information for online donations) or to provide the service you request (for example, processing donation transactions or if you subscribe to one of our newsletters).

Many of our interactive services are hosted through third-party service providers. In most cases, we control the information, and our Privacy Policy applies to how that information will be used. Our contracts with these vendors require that they abide by our requirements. The following sections contain information about various services we offer, as well as information about and links to some of our vendors’ privacy policies for your reference.

Our blogs

Data collected: email address, username

Optional data: alternate nickname, website, instant messaging screen name(s), biographical information, other information you provide

IDEMOCRACY maintains blogs on issues we examine. The blogs have the ability to allow visitors to post replies. In order to post replies, users must first register for an account. When you register for an account, we collect your email address and a username you select. This information will be used to uniquely identify you and validate your account. You may also choose to provide us with your name, an alternate nickname (instead of your email address), the address of your website, your instant messaging screen name(s), and any biographical information you wish to share. Our blogging system may place a cookie on your browser. This cookie only serves to remember you when you next visit our blog so that you do not have to enter your login information each time you post a comment on our blog. Our blogs are powered using a common blogging service, Disqus. You can learn more about Disqus’ practices by visiting its privacy policy at https://help.disqus.com/customer/portal/articles/466259-privacy-policy. However, Disqus’ privacy policy will only apply to information collected directly by Disqus and not information collected by IDEMOCRACY through this website. Our websites have an online form through which you can contact us with questions or concerns or to report problems with our website and other issues. In order to respond to you, we need your name and email address. We will not use this information for any purpose except to respond to your inquiry, unless we first receive your permission to do so. We would also like to know a little more about you to better respond to your inquiry. You may choose to provide the name of your company or employer, your city, your state or territory, and/or your ZIP code. Providing all of this information is completely optional.

Links to other websites and social networking services

On the web, it can be easy to move from one organization’s websites to another without realizing it. Our websites contain links to third-party websites that are provided for your convenience. These include social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube, which we use both to communicate with our supporters and to advance our agenda. While we supply the content for our pages on some sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr, information you provide while using those services will be subject to the privacy policies of each respective social networking service.

We strongly encourage you to review their privacy policies:

  • Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/privacy/explanation.php
  • Twitter: http://twitter.com/privacy
  • YouTube (including the Google Privacy Policy): http://www.youtube.com/t/privacy iDemocracy does not endorse nor is it responsible for the privacy practices or the content of social networking sites or other third-party websites to which we link. We encourage you to pay close attention to which organization’s website you are visiting. If there is not a link to this Privacy Policy on a website you are visiting, then you are on a nonIDEMOCRACY website. We recommend that you review the privacy policies, terms of use, and other policies that govern those websites if you choose to visit them.

Sharing information with third parties

Similar to most organizations, we use third parties to provide some of our online services. We have taken steps to ensure those third parties respect your privacy consistent with this policy. When you submit information through a IDEMOCRACY website, the use of that information will be governed by this policy. However, if you submit information through a third party’s website, such as following a link to our Facebook page and then submitting information on Facebook, the privacy policies of that third party will govern how they can use your information.

What choices do you have? As explained in the sections above, we provide you with certain choices about how your information is used and shared, including:

  • The ability to set your browser to reject cookies
  • The ability to unsubscribe from any of our mailing lists via a link provided at the bottom of every email sent to that list
  • The ability to read our blogs without registering and the ability to limit some of the information you provide if you do choose to register
  • The ability to contact us and request that we not share any of the information you have provided with unaffiliated third parties

We will also make reasonable efforts to correct or delete information we have collected about you upon your request. However, at times, we may not be able to honor such requests due to administrative, legal, or other reasons.

Security

iDemocracy has in place administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to protect the information that is under our control. We use industry-standard encryption technologies when transferring and receiving sensitive personal and financial data from our site. Please note, however, that security breaches can occur even if reasonable steps are taken to prevent such breaches; for example, we cannot guarantee that information provided through our sites will not be accessed without authorization on our servers or intercepted while being transmitted to us over the internet. Please contact us if you believe there has been any breach of the security of our sites.

Children’s privacy

Our website is directed toward adults. iDemocracy does not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13.

Problem resolution

If you have a question, concern, or other issue with our Privacy Policy or if you think our policy is being violated, we urge you to contact us. You may use the contact form or the contact information provided in the introduction of this policy.

If you want to know what information we have collected about you or wish to correct information you believe we have about you, please use the contact information provided in the introduction of this policy.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may occasionally update this Privacy Policy. When we do, we will provide and/or revise a “last updated” date at the bottom of this policy. We will also provide a link to our previous Privacy Policy so that you can see what has changed.