Violence UnSilenced Privacy Policy

This Online Privacy Policy is intended to describe how the Violence Unsilenced blog ("VU") handles information gathered at violenceunsilenced.com (“the website”). By visiting violenceunsilenced.com, you agree to follow the terms and conditions of this Online Privacy Policy. VU may change these terms and conditions from time to time without prior notification, so please consult these terms and conditions regularly for any such changes. Your privacy and security are very important to us. The following information will help you understand what information we collect online, and how we handle that information once we collect it. This policy will tell you if we disclose that information to anyone, and what choices you have regarding how we use that information. Please note that this Online Privacy Policy applies only to violenceunsilenced.com and not to the websites of any other organizations to which we may link or that may link to us. 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. We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"), which uses cookies and tracking code to help analyze how visitors use our website. The information collected (including what browser and operating system you are using, your IP address, the pages on our website that you visit, your number of page views, and the time you spend on our website) is transmitted to and stored by Google. Google uses this information for the purpose of evaluating visitors' use of our website in an aggregate manner, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and Internet usage. Google may transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or to third parties that process information on Google's behalf. You can read Google's privacy policy at http://www.google.com/intl/en/privacy.html. 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. Other Information Collectors Except as otherwise expressly included in this Online Privacy Policy, this document addresses the use and disclosure of information that we collect from you. If you disclose your information to others, different rules may apply to their use or disclosure of such information. We do not control the privacy policies of others. We encourage you to ask questions before you disclose your personal information to others. Your Consent and Changes in Privacy Pledge By using the website you consent to the terms set forth in this Privacy Policy. We may, from time to time, make changes to this Online Privacy Policy, based on your comments and our need to reflect accurately our data collection and disclosure practices. If we make any substantial changes in the way we use your personal information, this page will be updated on violenceunsilenced.com. If you have any questions or suggestions about this privacy policy, please contact maggie [at] violenceunsilenced [dot] com. Alternatively, you can mail VU at: Privacy Coordinator Violence Unsilenced
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