Last Updated November 7, 2023
What is Personal Information?
Visitors to the Sites
Geoffrey Grammer for Congress operates in the United States and the information we collect is governed by U.S. law.
Please visit www.ftc.gov/privacy/privacyinitiatives/childrens.html for information from the Federal Trade Commission about protecting children’s privacy online. If you have any reservations, questions or concerns about your child’s access to the Sites or how information that your child provides is used by us, please contact us.
International Visitors. The Sites are designed for and targeted to U.S. audiences and are governed by and operated in accordance with the laws of the U.S., including California Civil Code Section 1798.83. Geoffrey Grammer for Congress makes no representation that the Sites are operated in accordance with the laws or regulations of, or governed by, other nations.
Collection of Personal Information
Direct Collection. We collect Personal Information that you provide to us when you register, send us an email, sign up to receive email or text messages, sign up to volunteer, fill out a form, make a purchase or donation, communicate with us through third-party social feeds, request information, participate in active forums or take any other action on the Sites. As required by the Federal Election Commission (FEC), we must also collect and disclose the name, address, occupation, and employer of all donors whose donations exceed $200 during the election cycle. We (or our service providers) may also obtain information from outside sources and combine it with the information we collect through the Sites, including from voter file data from state parties and other organizations, from public databases, and from private organizations. This Policy also applies to Personal Information that we may obtain from third-party vendors such as search engines or social media sites.
Aggregate and Similar Information. We may automatically collect information when you visit the Sites such as the Internet Protocol (IP) address, the browser and operating system you use, the name of the domain and host from which you access the Internet, the address of the website from which you linked to the Sites, device identifiers, and mobile and network information, and your actions on the Sites. This information will be treated as Personal Information if we combine or link it to any of the identifying information above. Otherwise, this information constitutes aggregate information.
We may also collect “log data.” Log data provides aggregate information about the number of visits to different pages on the Sites. We use log data for troubleshooting purposes and to track which pages people visit in order to improve the Sites. We do not link log data collected to Personal Information. Third-party vendors may also collect aggregate log data independently from us. However, we are not responsible for the content or privacy policies of these third-party vendors. We encourage you to read the privacy policies and review the practices of all websites you visit.
We may communicate with third-party vendors, including Google, and place online advertising, which will be shown on other websites on the Internet. In some cases, those third-party vendors may decide which ads to show you based on your prior visits to the Sites. At no time will you be personally identified to those third-party vendors, nor will any of the information you share with us be shared with those third-party vendors. If you prefer to opt out of the use of these third-party cookies on the Sites, you can do so by visiting the Network Advertising opt out page:www.networkadvertising.org.
We may also use third-party services such as Google Analytics. This helps us understand traffic patterns and know if there are problems with the Sites. We may also use embedded images in emails to track open rates for our mailings, so that we can tell which mailings appeal most to our supporters.
Petitions. Any petitions that you have signed online, and any comments therewith, constitute public information that we may provide to local, state, or national political leaders and the press.
How We Use Your Personal Information
We may use your Personal Information for various purposes including to:
- Connect you to Geoffrey Grammer for Congress programs, events, and activities, and obtain and confirm RSVP’s to events and programs;
- Improve, maintain, and operate the Sites, send you receipts, confirmations, updates, notices, and messages regarding support and administration;
- Provide and deliver news and information we think will interest you, such as information about relevant issues, resources, events, campaigns, candidates, events, promotions, products, and services;
- Provide information or products that you request and process and complete such transactions;
- Respond to your emails, requests, comments, submissions, and questions, and provide customer service, request feedback, and otherwise communicate with you regarding your use of the Sites;
- Help connect you with other Geoffrey Grammer for Congress supporters, and to solicit donations, support, and volunteers;
- Monitor and analyze trends and site usage and provide features and content that match your interests based on the information you provide and your actions on the Sites;
- To manage our business;
- To notify you of changes to our Sites;
- Contact you if required by Federal election laws.
- For any other purpose for which the information was collected;
- To communicate with you, including through newsletters and email notifications, confirmations, technical notices, updates, and security alerts, as well as regarding support and administrative messages that you may request. We want to communicate with you only if you want to hear from us. We try to keep emails to a minimum and give you the ability to opt into any marketing communications we send. You may also elect to receive certain marketing email communications, in accordance with your preferences, and from which you may opt-out at any time by adjusting your notification settings or using the “unsubscribe” link in the relevant correspondence.
How We Share Your Personal Information
Though we take reasonable efforts to preserve your privacy, we may share Personal information as follows:
- When we have a good-faith belief that release is appropriate to comply with the law (for example, a lawful subpoena);
- To protect the rights or property or safety of our supporters, employees, volunteers, or others;
- With vendors, service providers, consultants, employees, contractors, or volunteers who need to know such information to carry out their duties;
- To report your name, address, occupation, employer, and amount contributed if your donation exceeds $200, as required by the FEC;
- With your consent.
We do not share your information with groups, causes, organizations, or candidates we believe have similar views, goals, and principles.
Sharing Of Information
- With vendors, service providers, volunteers, and consultants who need access to such information to carry out work on our behalf;
- With organizations, candidates, campaigns, groups, or causes that we believe have similar political viewpoints, principles, or objectives or share similar goals and with organizations that facilitate communications and information sharing among such groups;
- With other participants in a joint fundraising committee;
- To report required information to the Federal Election Commission or state agencies, including name, mailing address, occupation, employer, and principal place of business of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in an election cycle;
- In response to a request for information if we believe disclosure is in accordance with, or required by, any applicable law or legal process, including lawful requests by public authorities to meet national security or law enforcement requirements;
- 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;
- If we believe your actions are inconsistent with the spirit or language of our user agreements or policies, or to protect the rights, property, and safety of SFS, its employees, volunteers, constituents, or others;
- In connection with, or during negotiations of, any reorganization or formation of a new committee or successor organization, 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 SFS;
- With your consent or at your direction.
- We may also share aggregated or de-identified information that cannot reasonably be used by those third parties to identify you.
The above excludes text messaging originator opt-in data and consent, which information will not be shared with any third parties, provided that the foregoing does not apply to sharing (1) with vendors, consultants and other service providers who need access to such information to carry out work on our behalf (and who will not use such information for their own purposes); (2) if we believe disclosure is required by any applicable law, rule, or regulation or to comply with law enforcement work on our behalf (and who will not use such information for their own purposes); (2) if we believe disclosure is required by any applicable law, rule, or regulation or to comply with law enforcement or legal process; and (3) if the user consents to our sharing of such information.
How We Protect and Retain the Information You Provide
Geoffrey Grammer for Congress uses reasonable industry-standard security measures to protect against the loss, misuse, theft, unauthorized access, destruction, or alteration of the information under our control. Although we make good faith efforts to store information collected by the Sites in a secure operating environment, we cannot guarantee complete security.
The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.
We collect your email address in order to:
- Send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions
- Market to our mailing list or continue to send emails to our clients after the original transaction has occurred.
To be in accordance with CANSPAM, we agree to the following:
- Do not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.
- Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
- Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters.
- Monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.
- Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
- Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.
If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can email us at email@example.com
How to Unsubscribe or Opt-Out
Those who subscribe to email lists via the Sites will receive periodic updates from us by regular mail, fax, or email. You may opt out of receiving future information via email by using the unsubscribe procedure specified in the email message. We do not advertise this website using unsolicited messages. With your consent, we may send promotional and non-promotional push notifications or alerts to your mobile device. You can deactivate these messages at any time by changing the notification settings on your mobile device. You may also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you no longer wish to receive communications regarding Geoffrey Grammer for Congress or the Sites. If you opt-out, we may still send you non-promotional emails, such as those about your use of the Sites.
Rejecting Cookies / Do Not Track
Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can usually choose to set your browser to remove or reject browser cookies. If you choose to reject all cookies, you may be unable to use certain areas of the Sites.
Some browsers have incorporated “Do Not Track” features. Most of these features, when turned on, send a signal or preference to the website or online service that a user visits, indicating that the user does not wish to be tracked. California law requires that an operator of a website or other online service disclose how the operator responds to a Do Not Track signal and whether third parties may collect personal information about an individual’s online activities from the operator’s website or online service. Geoffrey Grammer for Congress is committed to providing you with meaningful choices about the information collected through the Services, however, please be aware that the Internet industry is currently still working on Do Not Track standards.
California Privacy Rights
Effective January 1, 2005, under California Civil Code Section 1798.83, if an individual who is a California resident has provided Personal Information to a business in connection with a business relationship that is primarily for personal, family, or household purposes, and if that business has within the immediately preceding calendar year disclosed such an individual’s Personal Information to a third party and knows or should have known that such third party used the information for its own direct marketing purposes, then that business is obligated to disclose in writing to such individual upon request, what Personal Information was shared and with whom it was shared. As a non-profit, we are not a “business” subject to the California Consumer Privacy Act (California Civil Code Section 1798.135; “CCPA”) that goes into effect on January 1, 2020. Our disclosures to service providers will strive to be consistent, however, with the spirit of the CCPA as of its effective date on January 1, 2020. Any request for a disclosure required under these California laws should be sent to us via email at email@example.com or via regular mail at:
Geoffrey Grammer for U.S. Congress, 325 Ellington Blvd., #327, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Please note that we are not required to respond to your request more than once in a calendar year, nor are we required to respond to any request that is not sent to the email or mailing address designated above.
Additional Information for International Visitors
The Sites are hosted in and provided from the United States. While we do not direct our services to residents of the European Union (or European Economic Area; together, “EU”), it is possible that EU residents may access and use the Sites. If you use the Sites and/or reside in the EU, Canada, or other regions with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law, please note that you may be transferring your personal data to the United States.
- to withdraw your consent to the processing of Personal Information about you to which you have previously given consent;
- to object to processing of Personal Information about you for the purpose of direct marketing; and
- to have incorrect Personal Information about you corrected.
You also have the right to obtain a copy of the Personal Information we have about you, although we reserve the right to charge a fee for this.
Some browsers have incorporated “Do Not Track” features. Most of these features, when turned on, send a signal or preference to a website or online service that a user visits, indicating that the user does not wish to be tracked. California law requires that an operator of a website or other online service disclose how the operator responds to a Do Not Track signal and whether third parties may collect personal information about an individual’s online activities from the operator’s website or online service. Jeanne Hendricks for Congress is committed to providing you with meaningful choices about the information collected through the Sites, however please be aware that the Internet industry is currently still working on Do Not Track standards, implementations and solutions, and therefore the Sites may or may not respond to those signals.
California law also provides California residents with the right to receive disclosures about any sharing of their Personal Information to a business in connection with a business relationship that is primarily for personal, family, or household purposes, and if that business has within the immediately preceding calendar year disclosed such an individual’s Personal Information to a third-party and knows or should have known that such third-party used the information for its own direct marketing purposes, then that business is obligated to disclose in writing to such individual upon request, what Personal Information was shared and with whom it was shared.
Any request for a disclosure required under this California law should be sent to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via regular mail at Geoffrey Grammer for U.S. Congress, 325 Ellington Blvd., #327, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.
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