Privacy Policy

At Friends of Ben Jealous we are putting forth every effort to ensure the privacy and security of information that you share with us online. In addition, we urge you to take steps to protect the privacy of your personal information, such as safeguarding your passwords and logging off of the website after submitting personal information. If you have broadband access to the Internet, it is strongly advised that you use a firewall.


Our privacy policy explains the information practices we use at benjealous.com related to:
* How we protect your information
* How we use your information
* How to contact us about privacy


Our site links to a limited number of other websites. Friends of Ben Jealous is not responsible for the content or the privacy policies of these websites. We encourage you to read the privacy statements for each website you visit. Friends of Ben Jealous will occasionally update this privacy policy as changes to the site necessitate it. We encourage you to periodically review this policy to be informed of how we are protecting your information.


How do we protect your information?


Our website has a number of security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of the information under our control. Computer systems have restricted access limited only to those persons and organizations necessary to its proper functioning. This access applies to all electronic and physical security measures. Highly sensitive data including credit card information is additionally secured through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol. Our servers are located in a locked, secure environment.


How do we use the information you provide?


On registration, sign-up, and contribution forms on benjealous.com, we may ask for your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, or other information, as well as who, if anyone, referred you to the site in order to credit those who are organizing volunteer support or fundraising for Friends of Ben Jealous or for other legal purposes.


We will use your e-mail address to provide you news and information about Friends of Ben Jealous. We may also use your zip code and state to send you e-mail messages about upcoming campaign events or activities in your area.


We may also use the information that you provide online to contact you for other purposes or to solicit you for contributions. When you register or sign-up online, we may share your contact information with successor organizations and other like-minded candidates and organizations, and they may contact you. When you make a contribution to us, we may also exchange your contributor information with successor organizations and other like-minded candidates and organizations, and they may solicit you (see below for additional information regarding your contributor information). However, we will not sell or exchange your credit card information to any other third party under any circumstances.


When you contribute money online:


We are required by Maryland election law to collect and report to the name, mailing address, occupation, and employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $500 in an election cycle. These records are available to the public.


When you sign one of our petitions:


We treat your name, city, state, and any comments as public information. We may, for example, provide compilations of petitions, with your comments, to national leaders, without disclosing email addresses. We may also make comments along with your city and state available to the press and public online.


When you schedule online events:


When you schedule an event and choose to post it on benjealous.com you have the choice of making your event public or semi-public. Public events will display your name and the address of the event to any visitor browsing the system and allow those users to RSVP. Semi-public events will display your name and the general area that you define (e.g."1st & Main", or "downtown"), but will not display the specific address. Visitors can requests invitations, and only after those requests are approved by you can they see the address.


Cookies:


A cookie is a tiny text file that is stored on your computer by benjealous.com. We use cookies to tailor your experience on our site according to the preferences you have specified. When you visit benjealous.com, we only access the cookie file that we have stored on your computer. We cannot and do not access any information stored in a cookie by other websites. Our cookies do not contain any personal identifiable information.


IP Addresses and Log File Data:


We log IP address, which is the location of your computer or network on the Internet, for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes. We also use page hits in the aggregate to track the popularity of pages that people visit in order to improve the quality of the site. There is no personal identifiable information collected in our log files.


Information on Children:


Because we care about the safety and privacy of children online, we comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA). COPPA and its accompanying FTC regulations establish United States federal law that protects the privacy of children using the Internet. We do not knowingly contact or collect personal information from children under 13. Our site is not intended to solicit information of any kind from children under 13, and we have designed our sites to block our knowing acceptance of information from children under 13 whenever age-related information is requested.


Parents with questions may e-mail us at info@benjealous.com.


Unsubscribing from Email Communications:


If you wish to unsubscribe from our communications, please email us at benjealous.com. We will regularly process these request. To comply with Maryland election law, however, our contributor records will be continuously maintained in a separate secure database.


Contacting us about privacy:


If you have any questions about our privacy policy, corrections to the information we have collected from you online, the practices of this site, or your interaction with this website, send email to: info@benjealous.com.