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AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION PRIVACY STATEMENT
Privacy and the Internet
Data We Collect
Information you provide directly
Categories of Cookies and Information We Collect
Third Party Links and Hosted Content
Our Data Practices
Deliver targeted content on non- ACLU of Washington platforms
Engage in list sharing agreements with like-minded, non-partisan organizations
How We Work with Our Affiliates and National
How We Work with Service Providers
Security Measures and Data Transmission
Exception: People Power
How to Disable Cookies
Procedure When We Update This Statement
Effective as of April 1, 2021.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington State and the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington State Foundation (collectively, "ACLU of Washington," “we,” “our,” “us”) are committed to protecting the personal information that you provide and entrust to us when using our websites.
To be clear, this is not the online privacy statement for websites operated by the ACLU of Washington that do not contain these domain names and do not link to this online privacy statement. Those websites have site-specific privacy terms, which are posted on those sites.
This privacy statement also does not apply to websites that the ACLU of Washington does not operate where an ACLU of Washington entity has a presence, such as ACLU of Washington pages on Facebook.
Finally, this is not the online privacy statement for the websites of other ACLU local/state affiliate organizations (collectively, “Affiliates”) or the national organizations: the American Civil Liberties Union, Inc. and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Inc. (collectively, “National”). In all of those cases, site-specific privacy terms apply, and are posted accordingly. Please note, however, that this Privacy Statement provides for the ACLU of Washington to share data collected on our Sites with all of our affiliated organizations, including other state/local Affiliates and both National organizations, for use consistent with this Privacy Statement, which is described in more detail below, and that you may also be redirected to the website of one of our affiliated organizations when interacting with our Sites.
Like most websites, our Sites collect and process a range of data about their visitors to enable full functionality of the website and to deliver requested services. We take many steps to protect your privacy when you visit our websites. How and when we do so is explained below.
In addition, if you sign up for our email list, we may send you an email that includes an embedded image to track open rates or URLs that allow us to track click-rates.
- Protection against fraud: We have cookies set up to protect us from fraudulent actors making payments through our Sites.
- Website Performance: Website performance cookies allow us to make our Sites easier and more pleasant to use. For example, they may enable us to:
- Determine how often and where you see our “breaking news” alerts or promotions.
- Save you time when filling out a form by populating it with information you provided in previous visits.
- Registration: If you are visiting our Sites as a registered user — for example, when you manage your subscriptions for our email lists — we may place cookies in your browser that allow our Sites to recognize that you are logged in.
- Analytics: We may use analytics tools that place cookies in order to give us a better understanding of how people engage with our Sites. That in turn allows us to gauge the current performance of website features, and to develop better content. Analytics cookies can provide us with information such as:
- How many individual visitors we have
- How many visitors are new or returning
- How often visitors come to the website
- What content they’ve visited
- How visitors interact with particular pages or content
When you click on links to third party websites, including social media sites, you will leave our Site. To learn about how those third parties treat the data they collect through tracking devices and otherwise, see their respective online privacy policies and other posted guidance.
When you view embedded media, such as videos, that are hosted on other platforms, such as YouTube, but viewable directly through the buttons we provide, you will remain on our Site, but you will be visiting these third party’s web environments. In these instances, we make clear that you are viewing external content when you click on links or buttons.
- Fulfill your orders or complete transactions.
- Contact you about other ACLU of Washington activities or news, or about opportunities to support the ACLU of Washington.
- Conduct research in order to learn about our constituents as a whole and about ways we might engage you individually.
- In the case of petitions, we may display your first name, last initial, and city and state on our website.
- In the case of petitions or other direct messages to advocacy targets (such as your member of congress), all required information fields (e.g. name, email address, etc.) will be, and some optional information fields may be, passed on to the advocacy target with your message.
- If you have joined People Power, share your name and contact information with other volunteers, and acknowledge your participation in specific volunteer activities.
- Use or share your information as otherwise disclosed at the point of collection. For example, when you elect to take an action on our website—such as sign a petition or pledge—we may request information about you and provide a notice that completing and submitting the form will mean that you permit us to share the data you have entered with other parties, such as coalition partners for that campaign.
- Deliver targeted content—including advertisements—to you over the phone, through the mail, and using digital platforms such as social media, other websites, search results pages, and mobile applications.
- Measure and improve the performance of our Site.
- Investigate or maintain the stability and security of our Site.
- Delivering targeted content, including advertisements, to you on non-ACLU of Washington digital platforms such as social media, other websites, search results pages and mobile apps.
- Engaging in list sharing agreements with like-minded organizations that may be of interest to you.
We may also share ACLU of Washington supporter information with organizations that display our advertisements or petitions to their subscribers. This practice helps us engage in effective fundraising and advocacy operations and enables our teams to communicate more effectively with known supporters.
Importantly, we want you to have the opportunity to learn about these practices and give you the opportunity to opt out of them. For additional information on with whom we share your data—which may include name, zip code, email address, and other information—for delivering targeted content on non-ACLU of Washington platforms, please see this list of service providers that support us in delivering targeted content on non-ACLU of Washington platforms. If you do not wish to have your data shared with these service providers, please let us know by completing our Communication Preferences form. Additional information on how to change your communication preferences is outlined in the section on Communication Preferences below.
In order to protect your privacy, list sharing agreements are conducted through secure and confidential arrangements in which the external organization does not directly receive information about you.
Communications generated from list sharing agreements are carried out by a third-party service provider, who keeps your information confidential. The other organization learns information about you only if you choose to respond to the third-party communication. If you do not wish us to make information about you available for this type of communication, please let us know by completing our Communication Preferences form. Additional information on how to change your communication preferences is outlined in the section on Communication Preferences below.
To the extent that any service provider has access to personally identifiable data about you, (1) it is transmitted by us to that service provider in a secure manner (please see Security Measures and Data Transmission below for more information on our security practices) and (2) we require that service provider to promise to keep that data confidential and use it only for the purpose of carrying out the functions we have engaged it to perform.
We allow some service providers to compile and use certain aggregated data for other purposes once it has been anonymized. This may include, for example, analyzing anonymized data in order to assess donor trends across organizations over time, or allowing a service provider to take aggregated and anonymized data about activity on our Site, and using that data for other purposes such as improvement of their products or benchmarking for their other clients. But we won’t agree to that unless we are confident, in each instance, that the data won’t be recombined with other information to create any record about you as an identifiable individual.
Additionally, we may share your data with service providers to deliver targeted content to you on non-ACLU of Washington platforms, as described in the above section “Additional Uses.” Data shared with these service providers are transmitted in a secure manner (as described below under “Security Measures and Data Transmission”), and additionally hashed to improve privacy (hashing data refers to the practice of scrambling data in a pre-defined manner to make it more difficult to recognize). As we have limited ability to perform detailed reviews of these service providers’ security practices, and the service providers’ terms are subject to change without notice, we rely on publicly posted information to ensure their data practices meet our standards. We review these terms on a quarterly basis to ensure they have not changed their assurances.
If we determine we are required by law to disclose your data and if we are legally permitted to do so, we will provide you with notice of the request prior to making the disclosure to give you an opportunity to object to the disclosure. We will not provide such notice, however, if the disclosure is pursuant to our regular government reporting obligations, such as financial disclosures required for tax law compliance.
Information that can be readily linked to you personally, such as your name and address, is stored by us on servers subject to security safeguards. Additionally, all data transmitted to and from our website, including credit card numbers, are encrypted in transit.
We require our service providers to whom we transfer your information to agree to take reasonable security measures in the handling and storage of your data. For service providers with access to particularly sensitive information, we may also undergo a more intensive assessment of their platforms and security practices to verify their commitments to maintain the confidentiality and privacy of data in their possession. We may also hash data in order to improve privacy. This is true when sharing data to deliver targeted content on non-ACLU of Washington platforms.
Consistent with these practices, we attempt to transmit emails to you using opportunistic Transport Layer Security (TLS). If your email provider does not accept our initial attempt to transmit using TLS, your message will be sent in plain text, which is not secure.
People Power is the National American Civil Liberties Union, Inc.’s nationwide program for enrolling and organizing volunteers, which you may join or engage with when interacting with our Sites. When you indicate you wish to join People Power, information about you may be passed through a variety of digital tools, such as tools for sending emails, scheduling events, and allowing volunteers to communicate with one another.
In the People Power context, each of the tools we use has its own privacy rules, determined by the individual service provider. In some instances, you will know what those tools are. For example, if you are using a texting or scheduling tool, it will be clear to you which service providers have been engaged to provide those tools, and you can learn about how those service providers will treat your data by reviewing their respectively posted privacy statement. In other cases, it may not be clear to you what service providers are supporting the People Power program; for example, the service provider we are using to store your information. For more information about what tools are used to support this program, you may reach out to the National People Power team at Info@peoplepower.org. Also, please be aware that some of the service providers supporting the People Power program may use tracking devices (e.g. cookies and pixels), or otherwise automatically collect information about you. Some may use information about you for purposes other than those of People Power, or disclose information about you to other parties.
To be clear: if you join People Power and are otherwise an ACLU of Washington supporter, this section outlines the manner in which the information you provide to the People Power program will be treated in connection with the program. If you do not want your information to be used in the manner outlined in this section, click on the “Unsubscribe” link in the footer of any People Power email to opt out of the program. Additional information on how to change your communication preferences is outlined in the section on Communication Preferences below.
You have the following options to do this:
- If you are enrolled to receive non-People Power email communications from National or any Affiliate (Including ACLU of Washington): click on the “Unsubscribe” link in the footer of any email from ACLU of Washington, National, or Affiliate email to change your communication preferences.
- If you are enrolled in the National ACLU’s People Power program: click on the “Unsubscribe” link in the footer of any People Power email to opt out of the program.
- If you are enrolled to receive automated recurring text messages from 82623, text or reply “STOP” to 82623 to opt out, and for other autodialed text messages we send via an autodialer, reply “STOP” or follow instructions in the text message.
- Complete our Communication Preferences form to change your communications preferences for information you shared with us previously for the following:
- Paper mail communications
- Phone communications
- Data sharing with non-ACLU of Washington platforms that deliver targeted content (Please note, opting out of this practice will also unsubscribe you from our email communications.)
- List sharing agreements with like-minded, non-partisan organizations
- Send an e-mail to: ACLUpreferences@aclu.org.
- Send mail to: ACLU Membership Department, 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10004.
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- Internet Explorer
- Microsoft Edge
- Samsung Internet Browser
Our privacy statement may change from time to time. We will post privacy statement changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice on our website.