Privacy Policy

AmericaSpeaks has created this Privacy Policy to explain why we collect particular information and how we will protect your personal privacy within our Web site. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the website located at the URL www.americaspeaks.org.

In order to fully understand your rights we encourage you to read this Privacy Policy as well as our Terms of Use. AmericaSpeaks reserves the right at any time and without notice to change this Privacy Policy simply by posting such changes on our Web site. Any such change will be effective immediately upon posting.

Questions regarding this statement should be directed to AmericaSpeaks by sending us an email. Please reference this Privacy Policy in your subject line.

Visitor Consent and Laws Governing Privacy

By visiting AmericaSpeaks’ web site americaspeaks.org visitors agree to the terms of this Privacy Statement. Visitors expressly consent to the handling of their Personal Information according to this Privacy Statement. Personal Information may be processed in the country where it was collected as well as other countries (including the United States and Canada) where laws regarding processing of Personal Information may be less stringent.

General Security

AmericaSpeaks and CitySoft, the hosts of AmeriaSpeaks.org, take reasonable precautions to prevent the loss, misuse, and unauthorized alteration of Personal Information under our control. Even so, technical mistakes are possible. No company, including AmericaSpeaks and CitySoft, can fully eliminate security risks associated with Personal Information. Our servers are protected by a firewall.

Cookies

AmericaSpeaks.org uses sessions. When you first arrive at americaspeaks.org, the browser sets a cookie holding only the session key so that it can keep you logged in while you’re on americaspeaks.org. You may choose to disable or not accept cookies by changing the preferences in your Web browser. However, if you opt to disable cookies, you will not be able to login and use the americaspeaks.org features that require logging in.

AmericaSpeaks sometimes partners with organizations and/or contracts with advertising companies in order to promote our services on other Web sites and in e-mail newsletters. If a visitor clicks on one of our ads, s/he is directed to an americaspeaks.org page. This click-through data can be tracked to help us gauge the level of interest in particular services or site content and to measure the effectiveness of our visitor communications. These ads may place cookies that allow tracking of your response to our advertisements. These cookies do not identify visitors personally, but we may associate these cookies internally with Personal Information.

Personal Information We Collect

AmericaSpeaks may collect Personal Information entered by visitors to americaspeaks.org, including:

  • Identification Information: any information that allows someone else to identify or contact another person, including, for example, name, address, telephone number, e-mail address,
  • Financial Information: When americaspeaks.org accepts donations or registrations via the Internet, we will collect financial information, e.g., credit card numbers,
  • Other Entered or Posted Information: e.g., information about that person’s organization, work, interests, experiences, knowledge, preferences, IT environment, as well as text, images, and other content submitted by that person to americaspeaks.org

In addition, AmericaSpeaks may automatically collect other Information about visitors to americaspeaks.org, i.e., data like IP address, browser used, click stream. The sections below describe how this information may be used.

AmericaSpeaks.org User Accounts

Certain AmericaSpeaks.org features are only available to visitors who have registered to set up a User Account on americaspeaks.org. Registered users may optionally fill in a User Profile, containing Personal Information. This profile may be updated by the user at any time. If you want to delete your User Account, contact us at info@americaspeaks.org. AmericaSpeaks will delete your account, and will no longer contact you.

Use of Identification Information

For Registered Users, the Username is displayed on americaspeaks.org, e.g., as the author of any postings made in a blog or discussion environment. As of January 2008, no such environment is available on AmericaSpeaks.org

Identification Information for registered attendees of any AmericaSpeaks event will be shared with our sponsors, partners, and donors.

With the exception described in DISCLOSURE FOR LEGAL PROCEEDINGS, Identification Information is not otherwise licensed, transmitted, sold, rented or otherwise distributed to third party individuals or organizations.

The americaspeaks.org e-mail newsletter will be used to broadcast information that AmericaSpeaks believes is of general interest to the americaspeaks.org Community. Only those people who have subscribed to the americaspeaks.org e-mail newsletter will receive that newsletter. You can unsubscribe from the e-mail newsletter on americaspeaks.org.

Identification Information is collected for AmericaSpeaks.org visitors who establish a User Account, and in certain cases in which the visitor expresses a specific interest, e.g., in sponsorships or volunteering. AmericaSpeaks will contact you only in reference to a specific interest that you have indicated, using the Identification Information you entered for that interest, or the Identification Information in your User Account.

Use of Financial Information

Financial information is only used for the purpose of taking a donation or payment. AmericaSpeaks.org collects standard Credit Card Information required for credit card payment, i.e., credit card number, expiration date, name on account, and billing address. We use a secure americaspeaks.org form with SSL encryption for transmission of any Credit Card Information. A secure online processing system is used to actually process credit card transactions. Our online processing service provider is Network for Good, who use VeriSign, but we may change our service provider at any time without notice to Americaspeaks.org users.  Financial Information is never licensed, transmitted, sold, rented or otherwise distributed to third party individuals or organizations.

Use of Other Entered or Posted Information

One of the assumptions of Americaspeaks.org is that its Community members will share information and knowledge. Therefore, users of americaspeaks.org should assume that any information they enter or post on americaspeaks.org, with the exception of Identification Information and Financial Information, may be openly shared on americaspeaks.org, including blog entries, images, information entered into forms, responses to surveys, etc. With the exception described in DISCLOSURE FOR LEGAL PROCEEDINGS, Other Entered Or Posted Information for an individual is not licensed, transmitted, sold, rented or otherwise distributed to third party individuals or organizations, other than through americaspeaks.org, but aggregated information about Americaspeaks.org users may be shared with our partners, sponsors, and donors. As of January 2008, no such environment is available on AmericaSpeaks.org

Use of Other Collected Information

AmericaSpeaks may analyze this data in aggregate, not individually, to better understand the usability of americaspeaks.org and to better characterize AmericaSpeaks.org’s Community, e.g., their backgrounds and interests. With the exception described in DISCLOSURE FOR LEGAL PROCEEDINGS, Other Collected Information will not be licensed, transmitted, sold, rented or otherwise distributed to third party individuals or organizations.

Disclosure for Legal Proceedings

We may disclose Personal Information we collect if we believe in good faith that such disclosure is necessary to (a) comply with relevant laws or to respond to subpoenas or warrants served on AmericaSpeaks; or (b) protect and defend the rights or property of AmericaSpeaks or visitors to americaspeaks.org.

Third Parties

AmericaSpeaks contracts with individuals and companies to assist in and support the growth and activities of Americaspeaks.org. These contractors may have access to the Personal Information of Americaspeaks.org visitors. These contractors are required to abide by the terms of this Privacy Statement, and are not allowed to access or use the Personal Information, except in support of Americaspeaks.org activities.

Although we currently do not have a parent organization, any subsidiaries, joint ventures, or other organizations under a common control (collectively, “affiliates”), we may in the future. We may share some or all of Personal Information we collect with these affiliates, in which case we will require our affiliates to honor this Privacy Policy. If our organization or our assets are acquired by another organization, that organization will possess the Personal Information collected by us and it will assume the rights and obligations regarding your Personal Information as described in this Privacy Policy.

Links to Outside Websites

Americaspeaks.org contains links to outside Web sites. Please be aware that AmericaSpeaks does not claim any responsibility for the privacy practices of other sites. We encourage our visitors to be aware when they leave our site, and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information.

This privacy statement applies solely to information collected through americaspeaks.org.

Regarding Minors

Americaspeaks.org is not designed for minors under the age of 13. We do not intentionally gather Personal Information about visitors who are under the age of 13.

Questions and Comments

At AmericaSpeaks, we understand the importance of exercising caution when sharing Personal Information about yourself or information your organization via the Internet. Please be assured that we are committed to maintaining your privacy and protecting the information that you submit on our Americaspeaks.org. If you have any questions regarding this privacy statement or AmericaSpeaks’ site practices, please do not hesitate to contact us:

AmericaSpeaks
Attention: Americaspeaks.org
1050 17th Street, NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20036
e-mail: info [AT] americaspeaks.org

Privacy Statement Updates

This Privacy Statement is subject to occasional revision, and any substantial changes to the Statement will be posted on americaspeaks.org. Any visitor who objects to changes in the Statement must cease using americaspeaks.org. Continued use of americaspeaks.org following notice of any such changes shall indicate acknowledgement of such changes and agreement to be bound by the terms and conditions of such changes.

This Privacy Policy, version 2.0, was written in November 2007 and adapted from the Privacy Policy posted at NetSquared.