To the extent we provide you notice on our Service of different or additional privacy policies or practices (e.g., at the point of our collection), those additional terms shall govern such data collection and use.
What Information Does the Service Collect?
We collect and receive certain information about you as you interact with our Service, explained further in this section.(a) Information You Provide to Us – We may collect certain Personal Information and Demographic Information that you provide to us when you interact with the Service. For example, we may collect this information through various forms and in various places on the Service, including newsletter registration forms, through “contact us” forms, or when you otherwise interact with the Service.(b) Information Collected and Stored As You Access and Use the Service – In addition to any Personal Information or other information that you choose to submit to us via our Service, we and our third-party service providers may use a variety of technologies that automatically (or passively) store or collect certain information whenever you visit or interact with the Service (“Usage Information”). This Usage Information may be stored or accessed using a variety of technologies that may be downloaded to your personal computer, browser, laptop, tablet, mobile phone or other device (a “Device”) whenever you visit or interact with our Service. To the extent we associate Usage Information with your Personal Information we collect directly from you on the Service, we will treat it as Personal Information.
This Usage Information may include:
Your IP address, UDID or other unique identifier (“Device Identifier”). A Device Identifier is a number that is automatically assigned to your Device used to access the Service, and our computers identify your Device by its Device Identifier; your Device functionality (including browser, operating system, hardware, mobile network information); the URL that referred you to our Service; the areas within our Service that you visit and your activities there, including remembering you and your preferences; your Device location; your Device characteristics; and certain other Device data, including the time of day, among other information.
Tracking Technologies. We may use various methods and technologies to store or collect Usage Information (“Tracking Technologies”). Tracking Technologies may set, change, alter or modify settings or configurations on your Device. A few of the Tracking Technologies include, without limitation, the following (and subsequent technology and methods later developed):
Cookies. A cookie is a data file placed on a Device when it is used to visit the Service. A Flash cookie (or locally shared object) is a data file placed on a Device via the Adobe Flash plug-in that may be built-in to or downloaded by you to your Device. HTML5 cookies can be programmed through HTML5 local storage.
Web Beacons. Small graphic images or other web programming code called web beacons (also known as “1×1 GIFs” or “clear GIFs”) may be included in our Service’s pages and messages. Web beacons may be invisible to you, but any electronic image or other web programming code inserted into a page or e-mail can act as a web beacon. Web beacons or similar technologies may be used for a number of purposes, including, without limitation, to count visitors to the Service, to monitor how users navigate the Service, to count how many e-mails that were sent were actually opened or to count how many particular articles or links were actually viewed.
Embedded Scripts. An embedded script is programming code that is designed to collect information about your interactions with the Service, such as the links you click on. The code is temporarily downloaded onto your Device from our web server or a third party service provider, is active only while you are connected to the Service, and is deactivated or deleted thereafter.
Browser Fingerprinting. Collection and analysis of information from your Device, such as, without limitation, your operating system, plug-ins, system fonts and other data, for purposes of identification.
ETag, or Entity Tag. A feature of the cache in browsers. It is an opaque identifier assigned by a web server to a specific version of a resource found at a URL. If the resource content at that URL ever changes, a new and different ETag is assigned. Used in this manner ETags are a form of Device Identifier. ETag tracking may generate unique tracking values even where the consumer blocks HTTP, Flash, and/or HTML5 cookies.
Recognition Technologies. Technologies, including application of statistical probability to data sets, which attempt to recognize or make assumptions about users and devices (e.g., that a user of multiple devices is the same user).
There may be other Tracking Technologies now and later devised and used by us in connection with the Service.
Tracking Technologies Usage. We are giving you detailed notice of the Tracking Technologies and your limited choices regarding them so that your consent is meaningfully informed. We may use Tracking Technologies for a variety of purposes, including:
Targeting‑Related. We may use Tracking Technologies to deliver content relevant to your interests on our Service and third‑party sites based on how you interact with our content. This includes using Tracking Technologies to understand the usefulness to you of the content that has been delivered to you.
How Do We Use The Information Collected?
We use your Personal Information, Demographic Information and Usage Information for a variety of purposes detailed in this section including:
to provide you with access to the Service;
to contact you regarding your use of the Service;
to solicit donations or provide specific content that is relevant to you.
How and When Do We Share Information With Third Parties?
We may provide your information to third parties under various circumstances detailed in this section. These may include:
(a) When You Request Information From or Provide Information to Third Parties – If you request information from third parties, request that we send information to third parties or interact with third-party services, content, ads or tools (including Facebook and other third party share functionality) we may share your information with such parties and/or they may collect your information directly.
(b) Third Parties Providing Services on Our Behalf – Our vendors may collect your information on our behalf or we may share it with them so that they may provide services to us and you. Some may offer you choices regarding the collection and use of your information.
(c) When You Make a Donation – When you make a donation through the Service we collect Personal Information in order to process and complete the donation. We may also share your contact information with other charitable and non-profit organizations strictly for purposes of soliciting charitable donations. At any time, you have the option to opt-out on a going forward basis of any sharing with other charitable and non-profit organizations by contacting us by telephone.
(d) To Deliver Social Content and Advertising – We may share or transfer your content and information in connection with our social media features and/or social advertising, which may specifically identify you and your activities (e.g., John watched this music video, Julie likes Acme Corp.) to people associated with you (such as members of your social networks). However, you have the opportunity to exercise certain opt-out options.
(e) To Protect the Rights of backgroundbriefing.org and Others – There are a variety of administrative and legal reasons for which we may share some or all of your information.
(f) Affiliates and Business Transfer – We may share your information with our affiliates or in the event of a sale, merger or similar transaction.
(g) Contests And Promotions – Promotions entrants may be required to consent to certain information sharing specified at time of entry.
(h) EEOC/Affirmative Action Reporting – Certain employment application, self-identifying information (e.g., race and gender) may be shared with the government and other third parties.
What About Information I Disclose Publicly or to Others?
(b) Name and Likeness – You grant us the right to use your name and likeness in connection with your posting and activities.
Do Third-Party Content, Links to Third-Party Sites and/or Third-Party Apps Appear on the Service?
We may allow you to access third-party content on the Service, or to link to third-party applications and locations from the Service, but we are not responsible for your interaction with third-party content, apps, and locations.
Are Ads Served on the Service?
The Service may use third parties such as network advertisers and ad exchanges to serve advertisements on the Service or to serve you ads on third party services after you leave our Service, and we may use third-party analytics and other service providers to evaluate and provide us and/or third parties with information about the use of the Service and viewing of ads and of our content.
How Do I Change My Information And Communications Preferences?
You may change certain account information and communications preferences by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of each email you receive.
What About Transfer of Information to the United States?
What About Security?
We endeavor to incorporate commercially reasonable safeguards to help protect and secure your Personal Information. However, no data transmission over the Internet, mobile networks, wireless transmission or electronic storage of information can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Please note that we cannot ensure the security of any information you transmit to us, and you use our Service and provide us with your information at your own risk.