Collection of Information About You
General. In general, visitors may browse the website without being requested to reveal any Personally Identifiable Information. However, at times there are optional pages on VU, where we may request Personally Identifiable Information about you, such as your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, or donation payment information. VU may also collect information such as your computer’s IP address. VU may collect personal information such as your email or mail address if you have requested information from VU, if you email or send a submission or inquiry to VU, to enable your making a donation or purchasing merchandise, or to use certain parts of the VU website. In addition, we may use such information to analyze site usage for the website, to improve our content, to better understand our audience base and to customize our site’s content, layout, and services. We may link to your website if you take our pledge and request us to do so. Finally, we may use your e-mail address if you would like us to send you updates, newsletters or confirmation of your donations or other contributions to VU.
Other Uses. We may use internal service providers to facilitate our services, and, therefore, may provide some of your Personally Identifiable Information directly to them. In addition, we may employ other companies and individuals to perform functions on our behalf, such as website hosting, data analysis, and providing customer service. These companies and individuals will only have access to Personally Identifiable Information needed to perform their functions, and may not use it for any other purpose.
Opt-Out Procedures: At your request we may send you e-mails or newsletters, to update you on events and developments pertinent to VU and our mission. If at any time you do not want to receive such e-mails, please email maggie [at] violenceunsilenced [dot] com and we will remove you from our lists. To review or correct your contact information, or to provide other instructions regarding use of your Personally Identifiable Information, please contact us through maggie [at] violenceunsilenced [dot] com or the address listed below.
Aggregate Data & Cookies: We automatically gather, or aggregate, certain usage information, such as the number and frequency of visitors to the website, length of stay, and other anonymous data. This data helps us determine usage levels on different parts of VU, and to conduct other internal research. In addition, we may aggregate such data and disclose it in a non-personally identifiable manner to sponsors, supporters, and other third parties, to generate support for VU, its mission and its services, or as required by law. In these situations, we do not disclose any information that could be used to identify you personally.
How We Protect Your Security
We employ different security techniques to protect your personal information from unauthorized access by users inside and outside of our organization, including standard encryption practices. You should be aware, however, that “perfect security” does not exist anywhere on the Internet. ALTHOUGH WE BELIEVE WE TAKE APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO SAFEGUARD AGAINST UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURES OF INFORMATION, WE CANNOT ASSURE YOU THAT YOUR PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION OR COMMUNICATIONS WILL NEVER BE DISCLOSED IN A MANNER INCONSISTENT WITH THIS POLICY, AND MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES REGARDING THE SUFFICIENCY OF OUR SECURITY MEASURES.
Always be careful and responsible regarding your personal information. We are not responsible for, and cannot control, the use by others of any information which you provide or divulge to others, purposefully or inadvertently. For more information on how to keep your computer safe, please read our Safety section on the website’s “About” page.
How to Review, Update or Delete Your Information
Please contact our Privacy Coordinator at Maggie [at] violenceunsilenced [dot] com or at the address listed further below to obtain, change or update our records of your personal information.
How We May Share Information
We do not publish, sell, share, or rent information about you in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement. However, we may be forced to disclose information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances. We may be required to (and you authorize us to) reveal any information about you that we possess to law enforcement or other government officials as we, in our sole discretion, believe is necessary or appropriate, in connection with the investigation of a crime, mandatory reporting laws, fraud, intellectual property infringement, or other activity that is illegal, or may expose us, or you, to liability. Also, if we that you are in danger of committing suicide, or are under 13 years old, we may be required to disclose whatever information you have provided to the appropriate authorities.
Our Policy Towards Children
We are concerned about the safety and privacy of children who use the Internet. Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, we will never knowingly request Personally Identifiable Information from anyone under the age of 13 without prior verifiable parental consent. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with Personally Identifiable Information without verifiable parental consent, we will use our best efforts to remove such information from our files. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided us with Personally Identifiable Information through VU without verifiable parental consent, he or she should contact Violence Unsilenced at 608-807-0399 or maggie [at] violenceunsilenced [dot] com.
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