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PollVault Privacy

What you should know.

PollVault is intended to help people engage with, and learn from one another through meaningful political dialogue. We understand that when voters participate in real political discussions, trust and privacy are of the utmost importance. This Privacy Policy discusses the treatment of personal information that we gather when you use the PollVault website and services. The Privacy Policy does not apply to third parties over which PollVault has no control, nor individuals that are not managed or staffed by PollVault.

Information collected by PollVault

PollVault collects personal information, relevant to providing you with a customized experience. We collect the following types of information from PollVault customers.

In other words...

We collect some information from you to make PollVault a useful site for you

Information you provide us with

  • We receive and store any information you enter on our website, or provide to us in any other way. If you choose not to provide us with certain information, you may not be able to take full advantage of many of our special features.
  • We also collect information from you with regard to registering and/or signing on using your Facebook account. This information is collected in compliance with the Facebook API and terms of service agreement.
  • Registration: In order for you to use PollVault, you must complete a registration form, including providing required/necessary select personal information. This information is used to provide the PollVault service to you.
  • User specific information: To allow you to express your own views and opinions beyond just the collected registration information, we allow you to provide other information, such as a personal statement, links, and commentary. You may also choose to add a profile photo of yourself for your account. If you have a Facebook account, we will attempt to use your Facebook profile picture by default. We are very concerned about your privacy and as described below under "Sharing Your Information", you are able to control how your information is displayed and used.
  • Automatic information:
    • We also collect information whenever you interact with the PollVault site. Pollvault and its authorized agents automatically collect and record certain "traffic data" on their server logs from your browser including your IP address, PollVault cookie information, and the page(s) you requested. This information helps PollVault diagnose any problems with the servers, follow customer trends, and operate and administer the website.
    • PollVault collects and may display aggregate information about trends in how PollVault customers vote on candidates and issues. This information is not associated with any specific PollVault customer, and is used primarily to provide trend data. This aggregate data may be provided to PollVault partners or media to report general voting trends.

In other words...

We ask for information when you register that enables PollVault to provide you with information about your voting districts, polling location, and an accurate list of candidates and issues for your area, as well as general trend information.

We provide you with the ability to manage who sees this information, such as comments you might make about a candidate, for example.

Email communications

Since we know that real political dialogue can't happen without trust, we are very concerned with providing you a safe and secure environment in PollVault. We will never provide your email address to a third party without your explicit permission. We provide details about this in the "Sharing Your Information" section below. PollVault may send out e-mails with PollVault-relevant news, offers, surveys or promotions, or other information that might be valuable to you. We may also send out notification e-mails to inform you of actions, such as Friend or Advisor requests, that have been performed on the site. If you do not want to receive PollVault e-mail from us, please let us know in the Email Preferences section of your Customer Profile, or by following the instructions contained in the unwanted e-mail message (usually at the bottom of the email in the "Unsubscribe" section). Please be aware that in all cases you will continue to receive all system-generated e-mails, such as helping you with forgotten passwords, and legal notices, such as any changes or updates to our policies.

In other words...

We may send you occasional emails, such as notifications and other things that might be useful to you.

Have a cookie

"Cookies" are data identifiers that we transfer to your computer's hard drive through your Web browser. These cookies enable our systems to recognize your browser and tell us information about traffic to the PollVault site and our servers. Our cookies do not collect or store personal information about you. We also do not combine information collected with these cookies with other personal information to figure out who you are or your personal information, such as your screen name or e-mail address.

Most browsers have built in the abilty to alert you when you get a new cookie, prevent accepting new cookies, or how to fully disable cookies. Check out your browser's help feature to find out more.

For the best PollVault experience, we suggest that you leave the cookies activated to get the most out of PollVault's features. Some of our business partners, (or advertisers if we accept advertising on PollVault so we can pay our bills), may use cookies on our website. We have no access to, or control over, these cookies.

In other words...

We give you a cookie to remember who you are when you sign in. They're all-natural.

Sharing your information

Sharing and discussing your opinions on candidates and issues is an integral part of the PollVault experience, and helps you make informed decisions about candidates and issues. Rest assured that we will never rent nor sell your personal information to anyone, and will only share your information as described below.

  • PollVault personnel, our contractors and authorized consultants may have access to user information if necessary in the normal course of conducting PollVault business, such as maintaining our data base for example.
  • Information stored by PollVault may be transferred as an asset in a business transaction, such as if PollVault is purchased by another organization.
  • If you register an account on a co-branded PollVault partner site, your registration information (but not voting information) will be shared with the partner so they can contact you.
  • We may release personal information if we believe in good faith that it is necessary to comply with a law, to enforce or apply our Terms of Use and other policies, or to protect the rights, property or safety of PollVault employees, users or others. This includes the exchange of information with third parties to protect from fraud or credit risk.
  • Some information that we collect during registration and through normal use of PollVault may be displayed to other users, such as your public profile or comments you add. You can adjust the settings related to controling how this information is shown.
  • As with most social media, and since the PollVault site uses components of Facebook, Advisors and Friends may share information about you to customers outside of your specified Advisors and Followers. For example a comment you make may be reposted by one of your Friends, and be seen by their Followers.
  • PollVault may in the future allow for the syndication of all public content, such as through RSS feeds.
  • Except as noted above, PollVault will make efforts to contact you when your personal information is shared with third parties or used for a purpose contrary to the purpose for which it was originally collected. We will also provide the ability to opt-out or prevent sharing of the information.

In other words...

Your information is not for sale. Period.

Information security

To preserve your security and privacy, your PollVault account information is password protected. Take precautions against abuse of your information:

  • Make sure to sign-out from your account if you are using a shared or publicly accessible computer
  • Don't share your password with others, or allow them to use your account. But if you want to invite them to open their own PollVault account, the more the merrier.
  • PollVault does not take responsibility for content posted by customers on the PollVault site or it's related blogs, discussion groups, or other properties. You are responsible for the content of your posts and commentary. So please, play nicely.
  • PollVault staff who need personal information for specific tasks, such as troubleshooting problems with a user account for example, are granted access for that specific purpose. All PollVault staff are committed to security policies and preserving your privacy.

In other words...

We will keep your data secure on our end. You must keep your account and access safe on your end.

Ways to control your information

You always have the option to not disclose any information through the PollVault service, but you may not be able to access or use certain features of PollVault.

You have complete access to update, change, amend or delete your personal information on your account. You may also adjust email notification preferences either through your profile settings or by using the "Unsubscribe" feature, generally found at the end of email communications from PollVault.

As mentioned before, you may still receive system-related emails from PollVault.

In other words...

If you don't want us to have information, don't give it to us. You can still use PollVault, but you may not get the full experience.

Children under 18 years of age

PollVault is currently intended for use by those of voting age or who will be of voting age during the year in which an election occurs. Therefore, you must be at least 14 years of age or older to use the PollVault website service.

PollVault does not specifically collect information about children. If it comes to our attention that information has been collected from anyone under the age of 14, that information will be deleted as quickly as possible. Minors between the ages of 14 and 18 years of age should ask and receive permission from parents or legal guardians before using PollVault, or sending any information about themselves or anyone else over the internet.

In other words...

If you're under 18 years of age, please come back when you are eligible to vote.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

PollVault may periodically amend this Privacy Policy at its sole discretion. Information collected is subect to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time the information is used. PollVault customers will be notified of changes to the privacy policy through the PollVault website. This will keep you updated on the nature of information we collect and how it is used.

In other words...

This privacy policy may change.

Conditions of use

If you visit and/or use the PollVault service or website, any possible dispute over privacy is subject to this Privacy Policy and the PollVault Terms of Use. This includes limitations on damages, arbitration of disputes and application of California law.

In other words...

If you visit or use PollVault, the Privacy Policy applies to you.

Effective date of this Privacy Policy

This privacy policy is effective as of May 21, 2012

In other words...

This starts now.