Privacy Policy

The Democratic Governors Association is committed to protecting your privacy.  The following Privacy Policy governs the online information collection practices of www.democraticgovernors.org (the “Site”).  This privacy policy does not apply to any information that you may provide to us or that we may collect offline or through other means (for example, via telephone or through the mail).

By visiting and using the Site, you agree that your use of our Site, and any dispute over privacy, is governed by this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Service.  We may need to change our Privacy Policy at some point in the future, in that case we will post the changes to our Privacy Policy on the Site and update the effective date to reflect the date of the changes.  If you use the Site after we post any changes, you accept the Privacy Policy as modified.

How we collect and use information

You do not have to identify yourself or provide your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (“Personal Information”) to use the Site.

If you should choose to give us your Personal Information, you decide how much information to provide.  At various points we ask for your e-mail address, thoughts and comments. We will use your e-mail address to provide you news and information about the Democratic Governors Association.

Our general policy is not to make your Personal Information available to anyone other than our staff and agents.  We may make Personal Information available to organizations with similar political objectives and viewpoints for the purpose of advancing our own political objectives.

We treat your first name, city, state, and any comments as Public Information.  We may make your comments along with your first name, city, and state available to the public.

Non-identifiable website visitor data may be collected and used in aggregate to help shape, direct, and improve content of the Site.

We are required by federal and state law to collect and report to the Internal Revenue Service (Form 8872) and certain state campaign finance agencies the name, address, occupation, and employer of individuals who make contributions to the Democratic Governors Association.  This information is made publicly available by the government.

Cookies

We may also automatically collect certain information through the use of “cookies” or web beacons. Cookies are small data files stored on your hard drive at the request of a website. Among other things, cookies help us improve our Sites and your experience. Information obtained from cookies and linked to personally identifying information is treated as personal information. If you wish to block, erase, or be warned of cookies, please refer to your browser manufacturer to learn about these functions. When you view a video on our Sites, a third party may also set a “flash cookie” on your computer. Removing and rejecting browser cookies does not necessarily affect third party flash cookies used in connection with our Sites. To delete or disable flash cookies, please visit http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/security for more information. However, if you choose to remove or reject browser or flash cookies, this could affect certain features on our Sites. Web beacons are small, invisible graphic images that may be used on the Sites or in emails relating to the Sites to collect certain information about usage and campaign effectiveness and monitor user activity on the Sites.

IP Addresses and Log File Data

The IP address is the location of your computer or network on the Internet.  We log your IP address for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes.  We also use page hits in the aggregate to track the popularity of pages that people visit in order to improve the quality of the Site.  There is no Personal Information collected in our log files.

Opting Out Information

Subscribers to our email list may terminate their subscriptions via a link at the bottom of each email sent from www.democraticgovernors.org.

Changes to Your Information

You may change your subscriber information or change your information, at any time by clicking here.

Children’s Privacy Statement

To help ensure the safety and privacy of children, we comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998.  We do not knowingly allow children under the age of 13 to publicly post or otherwise distribute personally identifiable contact information through the Site.  The Site is not intended to solicit information of any kind from children under 13, and we have designed it to block our knowing acceptance of information from children under 13 whenever age-related information is requested.

If we become aware that we have inadvertently received personally identifiable information from a user under the age of 13 as part of the Site, we will delete such information from our records.

Security 

The Site has a number of security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of the information under our control. Computer systems have restricted access limited only to those persons and organizations necessary to its proper functioning. This access applies to all electronic and physical security measures. Highly sensitive data including credit card information is additionally secured through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol. Our servers are located in a locked, secure environment.

Links

The Site may provide links to a limited number of other websites whose privacy policies we do not control.  The Democratic Governors Association, which pays for and authorizes this Site, is not responsible for the content or privacy policies of other websites.  When you access another website through the links on this Site, the use of any information you provide is governed by the privacy policy of the operator of the site you are visiting, so please be sure to read the privacy statements for each website you visit.

Questions

If you have any questions about our privacy policy, the information we have collected from you online, the practices of this site or your interaction with this website, please contact us

Effective Date: May 5, 2010