Effective as of: March 1, 2013
Online Privacy StatementThe New York Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation (collectively, "New York Civil Liberties Union, or NYCLU") has a long history of being at the forefront of protecting individual privacy, and we are particularly committed to protecting the personal information that you provide and entrust to us when using the NYCLU’s websites. This online privacy statement (the “Privacy Statement”) describes how we treat all user data collected by the New York Civil Liberties Union during your visit to the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Site, both technical data that is automatically collected and voluntarily submitted data. The New York Civil Liberties Union is comprised of the New York Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation. To learn more about the differences between the two organizations, click this link. For purposes of this Privacy Statement, the “New York Civil Liberties Union Site” is the website whose home page is www.nyclu.org, and includes all web pages whose domain name contains the following: www.nyclu.org and some pages of secure.aclu.org where a link to this privacy statement exists. The New York Civil Liberties Union also operates other websites that don’t contain these domain names, such as marriageny.com. This Privacy Statement does not apply to those websites (unless those websites specifically link to this Privacy Statement) and the terms of the privacy statements for those other New York Civil Liberties Union websites may differ from the terms of this Privacy Statement. Additionally, this is not the privacy statement for internet sites (e.g., blogs, forums or social networking sites) where The New York Civil Liberties Union has a presence that are on websites other than The New York Civil Liberties Union Site. Further, this is not the privacy statement for the websites of the national operations of the ACLU, the American Civil Liberties Union or the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (“ACLU National”) or for any ACLU local affiliates other than The New York Civil Liberties Union, and you should refer to the privacy statements on those organizations’ websites or contact those organizations to learn the manner in which they treat information you provide to them through their websites’ (or provide to them in any manner other than through the The New York Civil Liberties Union Site). This also is not the Privacy Statement applicable to websites linked to from the New York Civil Liberties Union Site. See also “Third-Party Functionality” to learn about third-party optional functionality that appears on the New York Civil Liberties Union Site. The New York Civil Liberties Union may occasionally update this Statement. We will post any changes on this web page, so be sure to check back periodically. If we do make material changes, we will post a notice on our home page that the Privacy Statement has been modified and provide a link to the revised Privacy Statement. Any information that you submit after a change has been posted will be subject to the new provisions.
User Data We CollectWe collect two types of user data: (1) technical data that is automatically collected from all visitors to The New York Civil Liberties Union Site (“Automatically Collected Data”); and (2) data that you voluntarily submit to us (described below under "Voluntarily Submitted Data"). Automatically Collected Data. We automatically collect and store Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses and domain names of the originating visitor’s computer on our server and may know some information you have previously provided through cookies. (See the section on “Cookies” below for more information.) We also track the number and frequency of hits per page as well as length of website visit, using IP addresses and/or session cookies. In addition, if you come to The New York Civil Liberties Union Site from a website link, we may also identify the source of that link. Voluntarily Submitted Data. We may collect and store Voluntarily Submitted Data, including personal data, that you voluntarily provide, such as your name and postal address, phone number, e-mail address, and similar information, and transactional information, such as giving and action-taking history, when you participate in certain activities on The New York Civil Liberties Union Site, including (but not limited to) when you:
- join or renew your membership to The New York Civil Liberties Union;
- make an additional contribution to support The New York Civil Liberties Union;
- sign up for our New York Civil Liberties Union e-mail network;
- send correspondence , place a call, or inform us about a call to your government representative, or send correspondence to a friend (e.g., when you tell-a-friend or send an e-card) or to other targeted representatives through The New York Civil Liberties Union Site;
- register for our message board;
- register online for an event;
- participate in one of our online petitions or surveys;
- post a blog comment;
- submit feedback to the ACLU; or
- participate in any activity that requires your Voluntarily Submitted Data.
How We Use The Data We CollectIn addition to the uses described above, we use Automatically Collected Data to identify the source outside of New York Civil Liberties site traffic (for example, umich.edu, or aol.com), so that we can evaluate what content is persuading web users to become involved in the New York Civil Liberties Union's work. We use Automatically Collected Data, including IP addresses and/ or Session or Short-term cookies that indicates which sections of The New York Civil Liberties Union Site are most visited so that we can perform website traffic analysis, evaluate the popularity of our different web pages and continue to improve The New York Civil Liberties Union Site. In order to learn which New York Civil Liberties' website content inspired you to undertake action such as supporting our work protecting free speech, voting rights or reproductive freedom, we also use Automatically Collected Data we gather just prior to and in connection with your submission of Voluntarily Submitted Data by joining or contributing to the New York Civil Liberties Union or taking action on any New York Civil Liberties Union webpage. Automatically Collected Data also may be associated with the Voluntarily Submitted Data you provide to us except to detect security intrusions or certain unlawful activity. We use your Voluntarily Submitted Data for various purposes:
- To fulfill the request for which you specifically provided the data, including sharing the data with its intended recipient (e.g., delivering a petition you sign or a letter you wish to send to the recipient of the petition or letter);
- To analyze actions taken through our website so that we can learn which civil liberties issues prompt you to become involved in the fight to protect our freedom;
- To periodically communicate with you concerning the New York Civil Liberties Union matters, such as delivering to you information and updates on our activities and action alerts, unless you opt out of receiving such information and updates;
- To indicate you as the author of any comment you post, including on any New York Civil Liberties Union Site blog or forum, when you opt to identify yourself as the author or when posting such comment requires such identification, and to display any personally identifying or other information you voluntarily include in such comments;
- To personalize the content that you see based on the activities that you have selected on the New York Civil Liberties Union Site;
- To allow you to set and change user preferences;
- To allow you to renew your membership in the New York Civil Liberties Union;
- To offer you other ways to support the New York Civil Liberties Union, including solicitations for additional contributions if you have not opted out of receiving such communications;
- To confirm your contribution to the New York Civil Liberties Union;
- To confirm your registration to an New York Civil Liberties Union event;
- To respond to an inquiry or feedback you have made to the ACLU; and
- To follow up with you with an email specific to an activity you have participated in or intend to participate in.
- If you have not opted out, to periodically communicate with you concerning local affiliate matters, such as delivering information and updates on the local affiliate's activities, action alerts concerning local matters and invitations to local events;
- To confirm your registration to an event;
- To follow up with you with an email specific to an activity you have participated in or intend to participate in; and
- If you have not opted out, to offer you other ways to support the New York Civil Liberties Union, including solicitations for additional contributions.