How We Use Your Information
When you contribute, sign up to volunteer, or take any other action on our Site, we may ask you to give us contact information, including your name, address, telephone number, mobile telephone number and/or e-mail address. We may obtain information about you from outside sources and add it to or combine it with the information we collect through this Site.
We use this information to operate this Site, send you news and information about Discourse USA’s activities, solicit your participation in Discourse USA’s activities, and related uses. We use your e-mail address to send such information by e-mail, and may use your telephone number to call you or send you a text message or phone call for these purposes if we have received the proper consents.
To companies that assist us in maintaining this Site or with the Discourse USA activities, but only for purposes of providing services to Discourse USA and with the strict requirement that any such company will never itself have the right to contact you for any reason;
To comply with applicable law or legal requirements (for example, a lawful subpoena), to protect our rights or property, or to protect our supporters from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful conduct, or if we reasonably believe that an emergency involving immediate danger of death or serious physical injury to any person requires disclosure of communications or justifies disclosure of records;
With candidates, organizations, committees, or groups that we believe share the same political or social viewpoints or objectives as Discourse USA; or
To other groups with your consent.
Submitting your personal information (including e-mail address) on this page will sign you up to receive e-mails from Discourse USA. We may also use your first name to indicate the latest actions taken on this site.
Discourse USA complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Discourse USA does not solicit and does not accept personally identifying information from any person under 13 years of age.
Visitors to this Site who are under 13 years of age should not use this Site except under the supervision and with the assistance of their parent or legal guardian, and should never submit any personally identifying information to the Site.
Credit Card Information; Protection of Personal Information
When you purchase services through this Site, we collect credit card information from you. That information is used solely for processing your contribution; is not maintained by Discourse USA; and is never disclosed to anyone, for any other purpose other than for processing your contribution, under any circumstances.
Discourse USA uses industry-standard security measures to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of all of the personally identifiable information that you provide to us. Our server is located in a locked, secure environment. All supplied credit card information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our payment processing provider’s database.
Permission to access your personally identifiable information is granted only to you and Discourse USA employees or contractors who need to know that information to provide services to you and who are required to keep the information confidential. Although we make good faith efforts to store information collected by this Site in a secure operating environment, we cannot guarantee complete security.
Contributions to Discourse USA – Public Information
Discourse USA is required to file regular reports with the Federal Election Commission that publicly disclose the name, address, occupation, and employer of persons who contribute over $200 during an election cycle, along with the amount and date of the contribution. State and local election laws may also require us to disclose this information at a lower itemization threshold, depending on the committee’s activity.
Cookies and Data Tracking
A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user’s hard drive containing information about the user. Some parts of this Site may be password-protected. We may use a cookie (cookies reside on your computer and are under the control of your browser) to help us remember and process items that you purchase through this Site; and/or to compile aggregate data about visitors to the Site and their interaction with the Site for the purposes of improving the operation of the Site and/or offering better Site experiences and tools in the future.
We may also use third-party services such as Google Analytics. This helps us understand traffic patterns and know if there are problems with our Site. We may also use embedded images in emails to track open rates for our mailings, so that we can tell which mailings appeal most to Discourse USA supporters.
We may place online advertising with third-party vendors, including Google, which will be shown on other Sites on the internet. In some cases, those third-party vendors may decide which ads to show you based on your prior visits to the Site. At no time will you be personally identified to those third-party vendors, nor will any of the information you share with us be shared with those third-party vendors. If you prefer to opt out of the use of these third-party cookies on the Site, you can do so by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt out page.
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