Last Updated March 1, 2014.
We collect certain information when you connect to or use CongressionalDebate.org in various ways. This information may be information that can identify you as a person or non-personal information and is either collected automatically or as a result of your specific input of the information. All information collected in any way is referred to collectively in this Policy as "Information." All Information is currently processed and stored in the United States on either CongressionalDebate.org’s servers, Google Apps, or within Amazon Web Services.
We automatically collect information when you visit our websites. We collect your IP address and browser header (version and type of browser) in a log file. We also collect your Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and number of clicks.
We may also automatically collect certain Information through the use of "cookies" or web beacons. These are small files that your browser places on your computer. We may use both session cookies and persistent cookies to better understand how you interact with the websites, to monitor aggregate usage by our users and web traffic routing on our websites, and to improve our Service.
Most Internet browsers automatically accept cookies. You can instruct your browser, by editing its options, to stop accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit.
We may feature advertisements served by third party advertising companies which deliver cookies to your computer so the advertisements you see can be tracked. These advertisers may use information about your visits to our websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.
Third party advertising companies may collect information using Web beacons. Web beacons or "gifs", are electronic images that may be used on our websites. Advertisers may use web beacons in connection with our websites in order to collect and use data regarding advertisement performance and your interests for the purpose of delivering relevant advertising to you.
You are required to provide the following Information to CongressionalDebate.org when you sign up for the Services: your email address, your username, your name in real life, your high school, your city, your state, your gender, your date of birth; other information is voluntary, including, but not limited to: your interests and your picture (for your profile). We automatically collect the time you connect ("timestamp"). Also, if you sign up via an ad click, we automatically collect your device type and unique device identifier.
We collect the following Information each time you log in to CongressionalDebate.org: your geographic location (specified by latitude and longitude), your IP address and the MAC address of the device you are using. If you are logging in on the iOS platform, we also collect the Identifier for Vendor ("IFV"), the Identifier for Advertiser ("IFA"), your UDID (in versions prior to 3.6.0) or Open UDID. If you are logging in on an Android platform, we also collect your Android ID, your input method editor ("IME") and your mobile equipment identifier ("MEID"). Also, if you log in through an ad identifier, we collect your device type and a timestamp. We collect all of the above Information automatically as part of the log in process.
As indicated above, we may provide you with the option to connect your CongressionalDebate.org account to your account on a social networking site for the purpose of logging in, uploading information or enabling certain features on the Service. By connecting your CongressionalDebate.org account to your account on any social networking site, you consent to the continuous release of information about you from the social networking site to CongressionalDebate.org while the accounts remain connected.
We collect the following Information when you add friends, either via your Facebook account or your address book: If you choose to add a friend through your device’s address book, we collect your friend’s name, phone number and/or email address. If you choose to add friends through Facebook, we access your friend’s Facebook name and Facebook ID. When inviting friends from your address book or your Facebook account, you must manually choose each person that you want to invite; we do not "auto-invite" your entire address book or set of Facebook friends. We collect all of the above information automatically as part of the process of adding friends.
We collect the following information when you use CongressionalDebate.org’s messaging feature: the text of your chat session, any pictures you’ve shared in the chat session and a timestamp.
In addition to the geographic Information collected when you log in, we automatically receive an approximation of your geographic location when you use the Service. When you use CongressionalDebate.org on a mobile device, you can allow CongressionalDebate.org to receive your more precise location by enabling or disabling location services through your mobile device settings.
In the course of providing our Service on third party platforms, such as Apple’s App Store, the platforms may collect Information about you or receive Information from us in order for the platform to provide or analyze their services. Please note that these platforms were developed and administered by people or companies not affiliated with or controlled by CongressionalDebate.org and that CongressionalDebate.org is not responsible for the actions of those people or companies. You should carefully review the terms of service and privacy policies of the platforms that you use to access our Service.
We use Information for the following purposes:
In addition, we may use your email address to send you emails for both transactional (e.g., confirmation of or issues with Services) and promotional purposes (e.g., newsletters, new product offerings, special discounts, event notifications and third-party offers). Email messages we send to you may contain code that enables our database to track your usage of the emails, including whether the email was opened and what links (if any) were clicked. If you would rather not receive promotional emails from us, please see the section in each email labeled "Choice/Opt-Out".
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses. Specifically:
A main purpose of using CongressionalDebate.org is to interact with people. The information you enter in your profile, your location (if you enable that feature), photos you upload to your profile, are visible to all CongressionalDebate.org users. Other CongressionalDebate.org users may also see the fact that you have viewed their CongressionalDebate.org profiles.
Any text and images you send to a chat recipient will be visible to that recipient. We review all pictures and videos. If the picture or video is deemed inappropriate by staff, that picture or link will be removed.
We may allow advertisers and analytics providers to collect your Information within the Service and they may share it with us. Advertisers may collect your Information through the use of tracking technologies such as browser cookies and web beacons. The Information collected may be used to offer advertisements of particular interest to you and to analyze your activity within the Service to improve your experience.
When we purchase advertising space on the mobile platform, we share a list of UDIDs and other device ID Information with the ad networks with which we are interacting. Ad networks use this information to match the list of identifiers with identifiers they can confirm have downloaded or installed our Service through an advertisement. We do not provide to ad networks names, user names, phone numbers, or email addresses. We use Google Analytics to track your visits to our websites.
While we take measures to protect your Information in an effort to prevent loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure and alteration, despite our efforts, no security measures are impenetrable, and no method of data transmission can be guaranteed against any interception or other type of misuse.
You may "opt out" of receiving marketing or promotional emails and push notifications from us by changing your account preferences or by following the instructions in those emails. If you opt out of these messages, you will still receive emails from us, about your account, our services and other pertinent information related to our services. These communications are considered part of the service and your account, which you cannot opt-out from receiving.
You can deactivate your account by selecting the "deactivate" link. Deactivating your account lets you remove your profile without permanently deleting it. When you deactivate your account, other users will no longer see your profile or Information. We reserve the right, but are not required, to permanently delete your Information if you do not reactivate your account within 60 days of deactivation. If you would like your account Information permanently deleted, you may contact CongressionalDebate.org customer support at firstname.lastname@example.org and request permanent deletion. We will then delete all of your account Information.
If you are located outside the United States, please note that we may transfer your Information to the United States (or any other country in which we operate) and process it there. By using CongressionalDebate.org, you consent to the collection, transfer, use, storage and disclosure of your Information as described in this Policy.
Our service is not directed to children under 13 and we do not knowingly collect personal Information from children under 13. If we learn that we have collected personal Information of a child under 13, we will take steps to delete such Information from our files as soon as possible.
Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent. As part of the California Online Privacy Protection Act, all users of our site may make any changes to their information at anytime by editing their profile.
Any Information that is collected is subject to the Policy in effect at the time such Information is collected. We may, however, modify the Policy from time to time. If we make any material changes to this Policy, we will notify you of such changes by posting them on CongressionalDebate.org or by sending you an email or other notification, and we will indicate when such changes will become effective. By continuing to access or use CongressionalDebate.org after those changes become effective, you are agreeing to have your Information collected, used and disclosed as described in the modified Policy.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Policy, CongressionalDebate.org reserves the right, but has no obligation, to disclose any Information that you submit to CongressionalDebate.org, if in its sole opinion, CongressionalDebate.org suspects or has reason to suspect, that the Information involves a party who may be the victim of abuse in any form. Abuse may include, without limitation, elder abuse, child abuse, spousal abuse, neglect, or domestic violence. Information may be disclosed to authorities that CongressionalDebate.org, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate to handle such disclosure. Appropriate authorities may include, without limitation, law enforcement agencies, child protection agencies, or court officials.
Last Updated March 1, 2014.
Please contact us if you have any questions about this Policy.