Policies

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us. Public Citizen does not automatically collect personal information from people who visit or interact with our website. This privacy policy applies to the www.democracyisforpeople.org website.

If you provide your name, postal address, email address, phone number, or other information via a form on the website, we may store that information and contact you about our work. Except as outlined below, we do not sell, rent, trade, or otherwise disclose to any business, organization, individual, or other outside entity information provided by people who visit or interact with the website.

Taking Action

We do not disclose the information you enter on an action page to any outside entity — except as follows:

  • If you sign our petition, your name and state may be included in an electronic file or hard-copy printout delivered to legislators or other policymakers.
  • We may give consultants and organizations working with us on specific projects temporary access to information about our online action-takers. They will not retain the information or contact the people whose information they have access to.
  • We may offer to connect you to other activists or volunteer organizers. Before doing so, we will notify you by email with an option to decline.

Once you take action, we will send you emails about our work. To stop receiving emails, complete the form at http://action.citizen.org/unsubscribe.jsp.

Signing Up for Email Lists or E-Newsletters

We do not disclose the information you enter on a sign-up page to any outside entity — except as follows: We may give consultants and organizations working with us on specific projects temporary access to such information; they will not retain the information or contact the people whose information they have access to.
To stop receiving emails, complete the form at http://action.citizen.org/unsubscribe.jsp.

Making Donations or Payments

The information you enter on a donation or payment page may be shared with third-party service providers (such as services that verify credit card data).

If you donate, your contact information may be added to a donor file that is occasionally exchanged with other progressive organizations. You can opt out of such exchanges by contacting our Member Services team at (800) 289-3787 or member@citizen.org.

We may give consultants and organizations working with us on specific projects temporary access to information about people who make donations or payments; they will not retain the information or contact the people whose information they have access to.

Security

Public Citizen is fully compliant with PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) and does not maintain credit card information on any of our servers. Public Citizen's network is protected at the perimeter by firewalls that include intrusion detection and prevention capabilities, and all servers and workstations have centrally managed antivirus software. Servers and workstations are patched regularly and monitored for signs of suspicious activity. Access to Public Citizen's network is restricted to Public Citizen-owned devices. Data in transit outside of Public Citizen's secure network is encrypted.

Contacting Us

If you contact us by phone or email, we may keep a record so that we can follow up with you if necessary. We do not disclose the information in that record to any outside entity unless you give us permission to do so or disclosure is compelled by law or necessary to prevent danger to an individual or threat to public safety.

Cookies and IP Addresses

Our website uses cookies for these reasons:

  • so that you don’t have to reenter information on action, donate, or payment pages;
  • for tracking traffic so that we can evaluate and improve the website; and
  • to facilitate outreach based on visitors’ interests.

For systems administration and troubleshooting, we log the IP address (the location on the Internet) of the computer or network from which someone visits the website. We also use IP addresses in the aggregate to track traffic so that we can evaluate and improve the website.

Updates to This Policy

This page reflects the current policy at any given time. It may be updated occasionally. It was most recently updated on April 4, 2016.

Questions

If you have questions about this privacy policy, contact our Member Services team at (800) 289-3787 or member@citizen.org.

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Intellectual Property Policy

Public Citizen’s policy is to respond to notices of infringement of copyright and other intellectual property rights. We will promptly process and investigate notices of alleged infringement and take appropriate action under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), 17 U.S.C. 512, and other applicable intellectual property laws, including the termination of access by repeat infringers. Pursuant to the DMCA, notifications of claimed copyright infringement should be sent to our designated agent: Michael Kirkpatrick, Deputy General Counsel, Public Citizen, 1600 20th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009. To be effective, the notification must be a clear written communication that includes the following: (a) a signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the exclusive right that is allegedly infringed, (b) identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, (c) identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material, (d) information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted, (e) a statement that the complaining party has a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or applicable law, and (f) a statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

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