When you use the Change the Terms website or communicate with us, we collect and store personal information from you so we can better serve you and the Free Press mission.
In this policy, “Free Press” refers to our two organizations — both Free Press and Free Press Action Fund — and their staff, board members, cooperating attorneys, interns, volunteers and consultants, including outside attorneys.
Free Press fights for your rights to connect and communicate. To keep our work thriving, growing and effective, we collect information from members and website users so we can more efficiently and creatively communicate with and mobilize our members; create, promote and fund our campaigns; interface with decision-makers, campaign targets and the media; and develop more effective methods of outreach to grow Free Press and Free Press Action.
We collect, store and use the following personal information you directly give us when you take action online (including email, web forms and social media) or by SMS (text message), and when you donate, volunteer, RSVP for an event, or otherwise contact us.
Personal information we collect:
We may also collect:
If you are under the age of 13 (U.S.) or 16 (EU & elsewhere), please ask your parent/guardian for their consent before submitting your personal information to this site. If we have reason to believe that someone is underage and we have collected their personal information without proper consent, we will delete that information in a reasonable period of time.
We use the personal information we collect from you to shape our campaigns, communicate with decision-makers & the media, refine your experience, improve the site, innovate our technology and optimize ways to forward our mission.
Namely, if you sign, share or donate, we use your personal information to:
We may use the personal information of all visitors of the site to:
Please note that when you sign a petition, send a message, make a donation or take any action on this site, we create a virtual user account for you where you can update your personal contact information and preferences so that we can better communicate with you to achieve our mission. You can control your preferences on your profile page.
Free Press does not rent or sell your personal information and we will share it only with the parties described below, as required by law, or with trusted third parties with your permission.
All above categories exclude text messaging originator opt-in data and consent; this information will not be shared with any third parties.
We use standard business practices to safeguard your personally identifiable information against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure, misuse or destruction. All donations, including the transmission of payment details and other personal information, are handled over secure, encrypted connections.
We hold on to your personal information for as long as is necessary for the purpose(s) for which it was collected, unless otherwise required by law. If you request that we stop sending you updates and other communications or delete your information, we will honor your request and keep the minimum amount of information possible to prevent fraud and to help ensure that you are not contacted again.
You can review and update your personal information via your profile page. You can also change your personal Cookie Settings at any time.
Users in the European Union also have the right to:
Please note that where we rely on your consent to use your personal information, all users worldwide have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This includes the option to unsubscribe from our email list at any time or to contact us to request to be excluded from our online campaign promotion lists or text messaging.
Processing your sensitive personal data: We do not seek to collect or otherwise process your sensitive personal information (i.e., about race or ethnicity, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, etc.) except where:
The Sites are not targeted toward, and we do not seek or desire to collect information from, children under the age of 13 in the United States (or age 16 outside the United States). Therefore, we will not knowingly request information from persons under such ages. Please do not provide any personal data to us for any reason unless you are at least the age of 13 in the United States (or age 16 outside the United States), and please caution your children not to do so.
If a child under the age of 13 in the United States (or age 16 outside the United States) has provided personal data to us through the Sites without verifiable parental consent, a parent or guardian may inform us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will use commercially reasonable efforts to delete such information within a reasonable period of time, subject to applicable law and this Policy.
Free Press does not track its users over time and across third party websites to provide targeted advertising and therefore does not respond to Do Not Track (DNT) signals. However, some third-party sites do keep track of your browsing activities when they serve you content, which enables them to tailor what they present to you. If you are visiting such sites, certain web browsers allow you to set the DNT signal on your browser so that third parties (particularly advertisers) know that you do not want to be tracked. You should consult your web browser’s “help” feature for instructions on how to set the DNT signal.
Third parties that have content embedded on Free Press’ websites such as a social feature or a stock ticker may set cookies on a user’s browser and/or obtain information about the fact that a web browser visited the Sites from a certain IP address. Free Press does not control or monitor such practices. You should contact such third parties directly to opt out.
By subscribing to the Free Press mobile alerts, the user consents to receive automated text messages from Free Press in our efforts to ensure that media and technology are used for good. Recurring messages. Message & data rates may apply. If you have any questions, text HELP to the number you received a text message from or contact us at or email@example.com. To stop receiving messages reply STOP.
We believe you should have a reasonable expectation of privacy in information you disclose online that is not clearly intended for public dissemination. Where possible, we may attempt to defend this principle even though most jurisdictions currently take the opposition position.
We may attempt not to disclose material in response to overzealous or inappropriate requests. When we have a good-faith belief that the law compels us to do so or when we think justice would be served, we may cooperate with law-enforcement authorities or court orders requesting or directing us to disclose personal information of any user of this site.
Should this happen, we will attempt to provide you with notice before we disclose your personal information, unless there is a compelling reason to do otherwise as described above in Do We Share Your Information?
We work hard to maintain security safeguards to help protect against loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction of the information you provide to us. However, please note that no data transmission or storage is guaranteed to be 100% secure.
As a result, while we strive to protect your information and privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose or transmit to us online and cannot be responsible for the theft, destruction or inadvertent disclosure of your information.
If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from our email list, you may do so via your profile page or by following this link, which is also included in every campaign email that you receive from us.
For your protection, we may only share and update the personal information associated with the specific email address that you use to send us your request and we may need to verify your identity before doing so. We will comply with such requests in a reasonably timely manner. Please do not send sensitive personal information, passwords, banking details or credit/debit card details via email.
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In short, this license allows you to copy, distribute, display or make derivative works provided that you a) credit Free Press, b) do not use our materials for commercial purposes and c) release any derivative works under this same license.
If you have a copyright complaint, please follow the procedures set forth in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Our agent for notice is Senior Digital Director Dutch Cosmian. They may be reached by phone at 202-265-1490, or by email at webmaster(AT)freepress.net. Please direct your written correspondence to them at:
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