This privacy policy (“Policy”) explains how personal information is collected, used, and disclosed by INCS Action and INCS Action PAC (collectively “INCS”) with respect to your use of INCS Web sites, mobile sites, and applications that link to this Policy (collectively the “Sites”) so you can make an informed decision about using the Sites.  We reserve the right to change the provisions of this Policy at any time. We will alert you that changes have been made by indicating on the Policy the date it was last updated.  We encourage you to review this Policy from time to time to make sure that you understand how any personal information you provide will be used.

What Is Personal Information?

As used herein, the term “personal information” means information that specifically identifies an individual (such as a name, address, telephone number, mobile number, e-mail address, or credit card number) and information about that individual or his or her activities that is directly linked to personally identifiable information.  Personal information does not include “aggregate” information, which is data we collect about the use of the Sites or about a group or category of services or users, from which individual identities or other personal information has been removed.  This Policy in no way restricts or limits our collection and use of aggregate information.

What Information Do We Collect?

Active Collection: We collect certain information you directly provide to us, such as if you make a donation, send us an email , subscribe to receive our newsletter or other updates, sign up to get involved, sign a petition, or request information.  Such information may include personal information, such as your name, mailing address, email address, phone number, and credit card information.  Personal and demographic information may also be collected if you provide such information in connection with posting content or comments or participating in any interactive forums or features on the Sites.  In addition, from time to time we may collect personal information you provide in connection with your participation in surveys, promotions, and other activities on the Sites.

Passive Collection: When you use the Sites, some information is also automatically collected, such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address, your operating system, the browser type, the address of a referring web site, and your activity on our Sites. We treat this information as personal information if we combine it with or link it to any of the identifying information mentioned above. Otherwise, it is used in the aggregate only.  We may also automatically collect certain information through the use of “cookies” or web beacons.  Cookies are small data files stored on your hard drive at the request of a website.  Among other things, cookies help us improve our Sites and your experience.  Information obtained from cookies and linked to personally identifying information is treated as personal information.  If you wish to block, erase, or be warned of cookies, please refer to your browser manufacturer to learn about these functions.  However, if you choose to remove or reject cookies, this could affect certain features on our Sites.  Web beacons are small, invisible graphic images that may be used on the Sites or in emails relating to the Sites to collect certain information about usage and campaign effectiveness and monitor user activity on the Sites.

Analytics Services: We may use third parties to provide analytics services.  These entities may use cookies, web beacons and other technologies to collect information about your use of the Sites and other websites, including your IP address, web browser, pages viewed, time spent on pages, links clicked and conversion information.  This information may be used by INCS and others to, among other things, analyze and track data, determine the popularity of certain content, customize the Sites, deliver ads on other websites based on your visits to the Sites and other sites on the Internet and better understand your online activity.

How Do We Use the Personal Information We Collect?

We use personal information collected through our Sites for the purposes described in this Policy or elsewhere on the Sites.  For example, we may use personal information we collect:

  • to provide the information you request and to process and complete your donations and any related transactions;
  • to send you confirmations, support and administrative messages and otherwise facilitate your use of, and our administration and operation of, the Sites;
  • to request feedback and to otherwise contact you about your use of the Sites;
  • to comply with applicable Federal or state elections laws and contact you if other information is necessary under such laws;
  • to send you information about our organization or that we think will be of interest to you, such as sending you information to keep you informed about various campaigns, candidates, issues, events, resources, promotions, products and services;
  • to solicit volunteers, donations and support for our organization and for candidates, issues and organizations that we support;
  • to monitor and analyze site usage and trends, to personalize and improve the Sites and our users’ experiences on the Sites, and to providing content, features and advertising that match your user profiles or interests;
  • to respond to your emails, submissions, questions, comments, and requests and to provide customer service; and
  • for any other purpose for which the information was collected.

What Personal Information Do We Share With Third Parties?

It is our policy not to share the personal information we collect from you through our Sites with third parties, except as described in this Policy or as otherwise disclosed on the Sites.  For example, we may share personal information as follows:

  • with vendors, consultants, and other service providers or volunteers who are engaged by or working with us and who need access to such information to carry out their work for us;
  • when you give us your consent to do so, including if we notify you on the Sites, that the information you provide will be shared in a particular manner and you provide such information;
  • when we believe in good faith that we are lawfully authorized or required to do so or that doing so is reasonably necessary or appropriate to comply with the law or legal processes or respond to lawful requests, claims or legal authorities, including responding to lawful subpoenas, warrants, or court orders;
  • when we believe in good faith that doing so is reasonably necessary or appropriate to respond to claims or to protect the rights, property, or safety of INCS, our users, our employees, our volunteers, copyright owners, third parties or the public, including without limitation to protect such parties from fraudulent, abusive, inappropriate, or unlawful activity or use of our Site;
  • to enforce or apply this Policy or our other policies or agreements; and
  • in connection with, or during negotiations of, any merger, reorganization, asset sale or transfer, financing or lending transaction or in any other situation where personal information may be disclosed or transferred as one of the assets of INCS.
  • with our partner organization, the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, and with other candidates, organizations, groups or causes that we believe have similar political viewpoints, principles or objectives;

Online petitionsWhen you sign an online petition, you understand that such petition is public information and that we may make the petition, and your name, city, state, and any comments provided in connection therewith publicly available.  In addition, we may provide such petitions or compilations thereof, including your comments, name, city, and state to national, state or local leaders, or to the press.

Links to Other Websites

Our Sites may contain links to other websites.  Any personal information you provide on the linked pages is provided directly to that third party and is subject to that third party’s privacy policy.  This Policy does not apply to such linked sites, and we are not responsible for the content or privacy and security practices and policies of these websites or any other sites that are linked to from our Sites.  We encourage you to learn about their privacy and security practices and policies before providing them with personal information.

What Steps Do We Take To Protect Your Information Online?

We take reasonable measures to protect your personal information in an effort to prevent loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction.

What Choices Do You Have Regarding the Use of Your Information?

You may “opt out” of receiving email updates and newsletters by following the instructions in those text messages and emails.  Please note that we may still send you other types of emails, such as emails about your use of our Sites, or use information as otherwise described in this Policy, even if you opt out of receiving email updates and newsletters.  These opt-outs also do not affect information already provided to others as set forth in this policy.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this Policy, please contact us at 312-629-2063.