As used herein, the term “personal information” means information that specifically identifies an individual (such as a name, address, phone number, demographic information, email address, payment information where needed to complete a requested service or transaction, or information you post in comments or other interactive features) and information about that individual or his or her activities that is directly linked to personally identifiable information. Personal information does not include “aggregate” information, which is data we collect about the use of the Sites or about a group or category of services or users, from which individual identities or other personal information has been removed. This Policy in no way restricts or limits our collection and use of aggregate information.
What personal information do we collect?
Active Collection: Personal information may be collected in a number of ways when you visit our Sites. We collect certain information you voluntarily provide to us, such as when you when you fill out a form, make a donation, send us an message or email, sign up to receive email or text message updates, connect through a social feed, sign up to be a volunteer for a campaign, or request information. Such information may include personal information, such as your name, mailing address, email address, phone number, geographic location, and credit card information. We may also collect demographic information you may voluntarily provide from time to time, such as in response to questionnaires and surveys, including gender, ethnicity, education, and interest information. If this information is tied to personally identifiable information, it will be treated as personal information. Personal and demographic information may also be collected if you provide such information in connection with creating a profile or group, leaving comments, posting blog comments or other content, sending an email or message to another user, or participating in any interactive forums or features on the Sites. We may also obtain information from other sources and combine that with information we collect on our Sites. We will never knowingly collect personal identifiable information from persons thirteen years of age or younger, in accordance with the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and we ask that children under thirteen not submit their information.
Passive Collection: When you use the Sites, some information is also automatically collected, such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address, your operating system, the browser type, the address of a referring web site, and your activity on our Sites. If you access the Sites from a mobile device, we may also collect information about the type of mobile device you use, your device’s unique ID, the type of mobile Internet browsers you use, and information about the location of your device (for information about how to opt-out of this data collection, please see “What Choices Do You Have Regarding the Use of Your Information?” below). We treat this information as personal information if we combine it with or link it to any of the identifying information mentioned above. Otherwise, it is used in the aggregate only.
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’ features & functionality in order to provide users with the best possible 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. However, if you choose to remove or reject browser 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 effectiveness and monitor user activity on the Sites.
Data/ Information obtained from other sources: We may also obtain information from other sources and combine that with information we collect through our Site. We may use such information for list matching and other purposes.
Use of Information
We use personal information collected through our Sites for the purposes described in this Policy or elsewhere on the Sites. For example, we may use personal information we collect:
- to provide the services, products, or information you request, and to process and complete such requests and any related transactions;
- to invite you to subscribe to email or text-message alerts related to Digital Dot Democrat;
- to send you confirmations, receipts, updates, alerts, and support and administrative messages and otherwise facilitate your use of, and our administration and operation of, the Sites;
- to notify you about important changes to the Sites;
- to send you newsletters and otherwise provide you with information or services you request or that we think will be of interest to you, such as sending you information to keep you informed about various issues, events, promotions, products, and resources;
- to connect you with other supporters, and to solicit volunteers, donations and support for clients of Digital Dot Democrat, as well as other issues and organizations that we support;
- to notify and contact participants in promotions on the Sites;
- to request feedback and to otherwise contact you about your use of the Sites;
- to respond to your emails, submissions, questions, comments, and requests and to provide customer service;
- to monitor and analyze site usage and trends, and to personalize and improve the Sites and our users’ experiences on the Sites, such as providing content, or features that match your profiles or interests, and to increase the Sites’ functionality and user friendliness;
- to serve ads, on this Site or other websites or media, based on the information you provide and the actions you take; and
- for any other purpose for which the information was collected.
Digital Dot Democrat is based in the United States and the information we collect is governed by U.S. law. By accessing or using the Site or otherwise providing information to us, you consent to the processing and transfer of information in and to the U.S. and other countries.
Sharing of Information
It is our policy not to share the personal information we collect from you through our Sites with third parties, except as described in this Policy or as otherwise disclosed on the Sites. For example, we may share personal information as follows:
- with clients, vendors, consultants, and other service providers or volunteers who are engaged by or working with us and who need access to such information to carry out their work for us;
- with organizations, groups, or causes that we believe have similar viewpoints, principles, or objectives;
- when you give us your consent or direction to do so, including if we notify you on the Sites, that the information you provide will be shared in a particular manner and you provide such information;
- when you contribute money to clients of Digital Dot Democrat, federal law requires those parties to use our best efforts to collect your name, address, occupation, employer, and amount contributed to facilitate the filing of public disclosure reports submitted to the Federal Election Commission (for additional information, visit the FEC website at http://www.fec.gov);
- when we believe in good faith that we are lawfully authorized or required to do so or that doing so is reasonably necessary or appropriate to comply with the law or legal processes or respond to lawful lawful requests, claims or legal authorities, including responding to lawful subpoenas, warrants, or court orders.
- when we believe in good faith that your actions are inconsistent with the spirit or language of our user agreements or policies, or when doing so is reasonably necessary or appropriate to respond to claims or to protect the rights, property, or safety of Digital Dot Democrat and/or our users, employees, clients, partners, volunteers, copyright owners, or others, including without limitation to protect such parties from fraudulent, abusive, inappropriate, or unlawful activity or use of our Site;
- In connection with, or during negotiations of, any reorganization, formation of new committee or successor organization, asset sale or transfer, financing or lending transaction or in any other situation where personal information may be disclosed or transferred as one of the assets of Digital Dot Democrat; and
- to enforce or apply this Policy, our Terms of Service, or our other policies or agreements.
We are not responsible for the actions of any service providers or other third parties, nor are we responsible for any additional information you provide directly to any third parties, and we encourage you to become familiar with their privacy practices before disclosing information directly to any such parties. Nothing herein restricts the sharing of aggregated or anonymized information (that does not include personal information or directly identify any individual), which may be shared with third parties without your consent.
Links to Other Websites
You understand that when you use the Sites, information you post in profiles, blogs, forums, petitions, and other interactive areas of the Sites, as well as any information you share with individuals through the Sites or share through social network sites, will be available to other users and, in some instances, may be publicly available. We recommend that you be cautious about giving out personal information to others.
We are not responsible for the actions of any third parties with whom you share personal information. We suggest you take time to familiarize yourself with any privacy settings available on the Sites or other social network sites.
Social Sharing Features
The Site may offer social sharing features and other integrated tools (such as the Facebook “Like” button), which let you share actions you take on our Site with other media, and vice versa. The use of such features enables the sharing of information with your friends or the public, depending on the settings you establish with the entity that provides the social sharing feature. For more information about the purpose and scope of data collection and processing in connection with social sharing features, please visit the privacy policies of the entities that provide these features.
Advertising and Analytics Services
For example, we may use Remarketing with Google Analytics or other remarketing tools to advertise online. This enables third-party vendors, including Google, to show our ads on sites across the Internet. Such third-party vendors, including Google, may use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookie) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) together to inform, optimize, and serve ads based on your past visits to our Site.
Other advertising vendors we may use include, without limitation, AdRoll, Yahoo!, Bing, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others.
Credit/ Debit Card Data Collection and Payment Processing
What user information does this website retain when a payment is processed?
By default, we retain:
- the details/description of what services, products, or event tickets a user ordered, or the amount of a donation
- When the transaction occurred
- Name, email address, and phone number provided by the user
- Billing (and optionally, shipping) address entered by the user
- Optionally, a note about the order or user’s payment method as entered by the user
- Occupation and Employer information provided by the user, as mandated by election law
How does the site collect users’ payment information?
We allow users to make donations or pay for orders via secure Stripe payment gateways. This automatic payment gateway is an application that securely requests information from users and relays it directly to Stripe for processing.
Does the site retain payment method (‘credit card’) data?
No way, absolutely not. By design, your credit card number and security code are never stored on our website’s servers. The payment gateway gives this sensitive information directly to the payment processor, so credit card data never enters or passes through our database.
But what if i choose to save my credit card to my account on your website for future transactions, or if i set up recurring payments? You must store credit card data for that, right?
Still, nope. You certainly have the option to “save” credit card information while logged into your account, but that is made possible by a secure method called tokenization. Tokenized payment methods can be used for recurring payments, pre-orders, or for convenience in future payments made by a logged-in user. Credit card tokens include the last four digits of a card, the card brand/type, and its expiration date, mostly so the user can identify the card in their account.
How secure is tokenization?
Extremely secure. With tokenization, users’ actual credit card information is only stored on the servers of the payment processor.
The only data saved on our site is in the form of a string of characters called a token. These tokens are designed to be useless outside the precise context they’re created for. Imagine if, when you exchanged your money for chips at a casino or ride tickets at a fair, those chips or tickets not only couldn’t be spent on anything outside the casino or fair but couldn’t be spent by anyone but you.
Tokens are super-specific — specific to the user, specific to this website, specific to the payment gateway’s payment processor, and specific to our merchant account with that processor. If any of those factors aren’t precise, the token won’t work as a placeholder for a user’s credit card information.
Also, the payment gateway only allows tokenization if our website meets certain higher security standards, so you can be confident in the security of using and saving your credit card information to process payments on our website.
Digital Dot Democrat takes commercially reasonable technical, administrative, and physical measures to protect your personal information in an effort to prevent loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. We use encryption to protect highly sensitive data such as passwords, and tokenization to protect credit card information. Please be aware, however, that despite our efforts, no security measures are impenetrable and no method of data transmission that can be guaranteed against any interception or other type of misuse. To protect the confidentiality of personal information, you must keep your password confidential and not disclose it to any other person. You are responsible for all uses of our Sites by any person using your password. Please advise us immediately if you believe your password has been misused.
Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can usually choose to set your browser to remove or reject browser cookies. Please note that if you choose to remove or reject cookies, this could affect the availability and functionality of the Sites.
For more information about Internet-based ads, or to opt out of having your web browsing information used for behavioral advertising purposes, please visit youradchoices.com.
You may opt out of receiving text messages, updates and newsletters by following the instructions in those emails or text messages. If you opt out, we may still send you other types of emails, such as those about your use of the Site or any donations or transactions.
If you have any questions about this Policy, or if you would like to request a copy of my personal data, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.