Last updated: June 15, 2020
Why Your Privacy Matters To Us
On the Internet, exchanging information is how we begin to build relationships and, like all relationships, what you share should be in your control. It is therefore incumbent on Supermajority to explain what kinds of information we collect from you and why. By sharing information with us, you provide us with a snapshot of who you are – your personality, interests, beliefs, and values. That information helps us and other community members get to know you and helps us determine how we can support you to act powerfully as a community. We are committed to transparency about what kinds of information we collect, why we collect that information, what we do with that information, how you can protect your privacy, and how you can maintain control of your data.
Before you use or submit any information in connection with Supermajority, carefully review this Policy. By using the Services, you consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of your information as outlined below.
Information We Collect
We collect information about you when you affirmatively give information to us, such as when you sign up to become a member. Sometimes you are actually giving information to a third party vendor who collects the information for us. This happens because we don’t have the capability to handle something on our own, such as processing donations. We also collect information from you from your browser or device through your passive behavior using our Services. Sometimes we also collect information from third parties. Below we go into more detail about how and why we collect this data.
Information You Provide Affirmatively
We collect personal information from you in a variety of ways, such as when you:
- Contact us through our website;
- Become a member of Supermajority and create a member profile (learn more about joining here);
- Sign up to receive emails or text messages from Supermajority;
- Add your name to petitions, public comments, and other similar actions;
- Order merchandise;
- Make a donation; or
- Otherwise communicate with us, such as via email.
We collect this information to make your experience with Supermajority a good one and personal to you. You do not have a statutory or contractual obligation to provide us with your information through our site; however, certain information may be required in order to provide a meaningful experience for you. For example, we need your zip code to provide you with local voting information and we need your credit card information to be able to process a donation. Sometimes you provide the information to a trusted third party vendor on our behalf instead of directly to us, but that vendor uses your information only for the purpose for which it was provided. In other words, if you order merchandise, a vendor of ours will process your payment and ship you your items, all on our behalf.
Below is a list of some of the kinds of information we may collect from you through the Website and why we collect this information:
- Name – required so we can get to know you and how you want to be referred, and to provide you with accurate information about voting;
- Email address – required to be a member of Supermajority. We will use this email address to share information with you that will help you vote, volunteer, and stay informed. You can unsubscribe from emails at any time;
- ZIP code – required if you live in the U.S. and its territories so that we can tailor your experiences to local actions and provide you with accurate, personalized information about voting;
- Phone number – optional. You do not have to provide your phone number. If you elect to do so, we will use your phone number to occasionally call or text you. We send two types of text messages. The first type will be sent directly from a volunteer or staff member of Supermajority to share upcoming opportunities to volunteer, participate in an event, and the like. The second type is sent from a short-code 787-37. This is a broadcast message that is sent to many members at the same time. Broadcast messages might be time-sensitive, contain marketing materials, or may solicit feedback from community members. You can opt-out of these occasional texts at any time; and
- Financial information – optional, unless you make a donation or purchase merchandise through the Website, in which case you must provide financial information to facilitate the transaction.
Supermajority is not just about the information you give to us, but also information you create as part of our community. For example, while engaging with our Website and Services, you may be able to write comments, share photographs, upload other content and related information. This content, associated with your account and attributable to you, is referred to collectively as “User Content.”
User Content may be publicly available, and we cannot control how others may use your User Content. By contributing User Content, you agree that you are at least 18 years old; own, control, or otherwise have the rights to such User Content; and your User Content does not infringe or violate the rights of any third parties. You hereby grant us the right to use your User Content for the purpose for which you submitted it. For example, if you submit a comment, you authorize us to post your comment.
We think it fosters community to share member-submitted stories, recommendations, photos, first names and cities with others in the Supermajority community. You grant us permission to use your User Content in ways other than the one for which you submitted it, provided the User Content is not connected in any way to you individually. In other words, we may use your comments or your photos provided that we don’t also use your name or likeness, meaning they are used anonymously and you cannot be identified. We will always obtain your permission from you if we want to use your User Content in connection with your name or your likeness or with any other information that could be used to identify you. So rest assured that you’ll never see your name or image on our Website or any of our social media channels without your consent.
Information that Is Passively or Automatically Collected
Device and Usage Information
When you visit Supermajority.com, we may automatically receive and record information from your computer or mobile devise. This information allows us to understand how people are navigating and using our Website and Services, and how we can improve your experience based on the information we collect. As described further below, we may collect and analyze information such as:
- IP addresses, location information, unique device identifiers, IMEI and TCP/IP address, and other information about your computer or device(s), browser types, browser language, operating system, mobile device carrier information, the state or country from which you accessed the Services; and
- information related to the ways in which you interact with the Services, such as: referring and exit web pages and URLs, platform type, the number of clicks, domain names, landing pages, pages and content viewed and the order of those pages, statistical information about the use of the Services, the amount of time spent on particular pages, the date and time you used the Services, the frequency of your use of the Services, error logs, and other similar information.
We may use third-party analytics providers and technologies, such as web server logs, cookies and tracking pixels, to help us collect the data described above. A web server log is a file where website activity is stored. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your computer when you visit a website that enables us to recognize your computer; store your preferences and settings; enhance your user experience by delivering content and advertisements specific to your inferred interests; perform searches and analytics; and assist with security administrative functions. Some cookies are placed in your browser cache while those associated with Flash technologies are stored with your Adobe Flash Player files. Tracking pixels (sometimes referred to as web beacons or clear GIFs) are tiny electronic tags with a unique identifier embedded in websites, online ads and/or email, and that are designed to provide usage information like ad impressions or clicks, measure popularity of the Services and associated advertising, and to access user cookies. We also may include Web beacons in email messages, newsletters and other electronic communications to determine whether the message has been opened and for other analytics, personalization and advertising. As we adopt additional technologies, we may also gather additional information through other methods.
You can change your settings to notify you when a cookie is being set or updated, or to block cookies altogether. Please consult the “Help” section of your browser for more information (e.g., Internet Explorer; Microsoft Edge; Google Chrome; Mozilla Firefox; or Apple Safari). You can also manage the use of Flash technologies, including cookies and local storage objects with the Flash management tools available at Adobe’s website. Please note that by blocking any or all cookies, you may not have access to certain features or offerings of the Services.
Information from Social Networking Sites and Other Third Parties
We may also collect information about you through third parties. We may combine information that we collect from you through the Services with information that we obtain from such third parties and information derived from any other products or services we provide.
Social networking sites, such as Facebook, have their own policies for handling your information. We have no control over how any third-party site uses or discloses the personal information it collects from you or about you, but you should consult the sites’ privacy policies to find a description of how these sites may use and disclose your information, including any information you make public.
How We Use Your Information
As with any relationship, we get to know you through the information you share with us. We may use the information shared for the purposes for which you provided it, as well as:
- To maintain and improve our Website and Services. We use the data you provide to improve and tailor your experience with Supermajority, including:
- To recognize and authenticate you on the Services;
- To initiate or to provide the features, services and products available through the Services;
- To improve the content and features of the Services or develop new Services;
- To administer and troubleshoot the Services.
- To contact you, including:
- To send you information about your relationship or transactions with us, account alerts, or other communications, such as newsletters to which you have subscribed;
- To contact you with information or surveys that we believe may be of interest to you both regarding our products and Services and those of third parties;
- To process and respond to your inquiries or to request your feedback;
- With your consent, to call or send you SMS messages regarding your relationship with us or offers or services that may interest you;
- For internal research and reporting.
- To enforce the legal terms that govern your use of the Services.
Our Email List and Text Messaging
It is important for us to be in contact with you. When you provide Supermajority your email address, you will be added to our email list and you will start receiving email communications from Supermajority, unless you opt out. All marketing communications contain directions for how to unsubscribe should you wish to stop receiving marketing email. You can also send us an email at email@example.com and ask to be removed from our email list.
When you create an account on Supermajority Home, you will also receive transactional emails related to your account, including emails for things like “forgot password” or “password reset.” Unsubscribing from marketing communications does not mean that you will be removed from receiving transactional emails as we still need to be able to communicate with you about the status of your account. If you no longer want to receive transactional emails, you can deactivate or close your account.
If you provide Supermajority with your phone number, you are opting in to receive recurring text messages from Supermajority at 78-737. If you wish to be removed from Supermajority’s phone list, reply STOP to any text message from us to opt out, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be removed from our phone list. Reply HELP for more information. Message and data rates may apply. There is no purchase necessary.
Supermajority cares about you as an individual, but also about us as a collective. It’s important to understand people in relation to the larger groups and systems in which we all exist. To this end, we will often aggregate data to better understand trends we see across our community. Aggregated data is intended to inform and, when shared, contains no personally identifiable information. For example, if we send a survey to members asking for feedback on a piece of legislation, when we report on the results, we will do so in the aggregate and not at the individual level. Another example could be a potential partner wanting information about the racial breakdown of our membership. Again, this will be shared as a percentage, not connected to personally identifiable information for any individual member.
When We Disclose Your Information
We value the information you share with us and your privacy. Outlined below are circumstances we may share your information and data, so you can make informed decisions about what to share with us. We will not share or sell your data with any other organization or person other than as specified below, without your express permission. We may disclose and/or share your information to or with third parties under the following circumstances:
- Consent. We may disclose your information to any third parties with your your consent.
- Service Providers. We may provide access to or share your information with select third parties who perform services on our behalf, including, without limitation, accepting donations, processing merchandise orders, marketing, market research, customer support, data storage, analysis and processing, and legal services. Here’s why: We are not a technology company, so we have to use outside vendors to do a lot of the work that you have come to expect from a nonprofit advocacy organization. Here is a list of common vendors (consult websites directly for more information about their privacy policies):
- ActBlue to process your donations securely;
- Blue State Digital Tools to send you the most relevant emails we can;
- EveryAction for virtual phone banks and volunteer sign-ups;
- New/Mode for petitions and sign ons;
- Upland Mobile Commons to send you text messages;
- Typeform to collect survey responses;
- Referral Rock to refer friends to the community; and
- BumperActive to sell you Supermajority-branded merchandise;
- Alloy to provide voter registration status information;
- Mobilize to allow you to register for upcoming events.
- The Movement Cooperative is a membership organization that allows Supermajority access to the voter file and provides discounts to other civic tech products to help us run advocacy campaigns.
This list is not exhaustive. If you want more information you can email us at email@example.com.
- With Supermajority Education Fund. Supermajority has an affiliated 501(c)(3) organization called Supermajority Education Fund. Supermajority and Supermajority Education Fund are separate legal entities both committed to advancing gender equity. Supermajority may share personal information collected through its Website and Services with Supermajority Education Fund on the condition that Supermajority Education Fund uses the information only for purposes consistent with its mission. To learn more about Supermajority Education Fund and its specific values and activities, click here.
- Protection of Supermajority and Others. Supermajority may access, preserve, and disclose your information you submit or make available for inclusion on the Services, if required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such access, preservation, or disclosure is permitted by this Policy or reasonably necessary or appropriate for any of the following reasons:
- to comply with legal process;
- to enforce this Policy or other contracts with you, including investigation of potential violations thereof;
- to respond to claims that any content violates the rights of third parties;
- to respond to your requests for customer service; and/or
- to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Supermajority, its agents and affiliates, its users, and the public. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection, and spam/malware prevention, and similar purposes.
- Aggregated Data. We may from time to time share aggregated data about our membership with others. For example, we may share information to inform our organizational priorities or for public education to advance gender equity. No information will contain personally-identifiable information.
- Organizational Transfers. As we continue to develop our organization, we may acquire, merge or partner with other organizations. In such transactions (including in contemplation of such transactions, e.g., due diligence) user information may be among the transferred assets. If any of Supermajority’s assets are sold or transferred to a third party, member information (including your email address) would likely be one of the transferred business assets.
Legal Basis for Processing Personal Data
The laws in some jurisdictions require companies to tell you about the legal grounds they rely on to use or disclose your personal data. To the extent those laws apply, our legal grounds for processing your personal data are as follows:
- Legitimate Interests. In many cases, we handle personal data on the ground that it furthers our legitimate interests in activities such as the following in ways that are not overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the affected individuals:
- Customer service
- Protecting our members, personnel and property
- Analyzing and improving our business
- Managing legal issues
- Legal Compliance. We need to use and disclose personal data in certain ways to comply with our legal obligations.
- Consent. Where required by law, and in some other cases, we handle personal data on the basis of consent. Where we handle your personal data on the basis of consent, you have the right to withdraw your consent.
We may use third-party web analytics services (such as those of Google Analytics) in connection with our Services to collect and analyze the information discussed above, and to engage in auditing, research or reporting. The information (including your IP address) collected by various analytics technologies described in the “Device and Usage Information” section will be disclosed to or collected directly by these service providers, who use the information to evaluate your use of the Services, including by noting the third-party website from which you arrive, analyzing usage trends, assisting with fraud prevention, and providing certain features to you. Information about how Google uses information collected from sites that use its services is located here. To prevent Google Analytics from using your information for analytics, you may install the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on by clicking here.
If you receive email from us, we may use certain analytics tools, such as clear GIFs, to capture data such as when you open our message or click on any links or banners our email contains. This data allows us to assess the effectiveness of our communications and marketing campaigns to help us reach and grow our Supermajority community
Notice Concerning Do-Not-Track Signals
Do Not Track (“DNT”) is a privacy preference that users can set in certain web browsers. We do not recognize or respond to browser-initiated DNT signals, as the Internet industry is currently still working toward defining exactly what DNT means, what it means to comply with DNT, and a common approach to responding to DNT. You can learn more about Do Not Track here.
Your Choices and Rights
Individuals in the European Economic Area and many other jurisdictions have certain legal rights to obtain confirmation of whether we hold personal data about them, to access personal data we hold about them, and to obtain its correction, update, amendment, or deletion in appropriate circumstances. You may also have rights to object to our handling of your personal data, restrict our processing of your personal data, and to withdraw any consent you have provided. To exercise these rights, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the nature of your request. While we strongly encourage you to first raise any questions or concerns about your personal data with us, you also have a right to contact the relevant supervisory authority.
Many of the rights described here are subject to significant limitations and exceptions under applicable law (e.g., objections to the processing of personal data, and withdrawals of consent, typically will not have retroactive effect).
Our computer systems are currently based in the United States, and your personal data will be processed in the United States, which may not offer the same level of protection as the privacy laws of your jurisdiction.
The Services are intended for general audiences and not for children under the age of 13. If we become aware that we have collected personal information (as defined by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) from children under the age of 13, we will take reasonable steps to delete it as soon as practicable.
When you give us your information, you are trusting us with your private information. We are committed to honoring that relationship by investing in best-in-class data protection technology. We have implemented administrative, technical, and physical security measures to protect against the loss, misuse, and/or alteration of your information. These safeguards vary based on the sensitivity of the information that we collect and store. However, we cannot and do not guarantee that these measures will prevent every unauthorized attempt to access, use, or disclose your information since despite our efforts, no Internet and/or other electronic transmissions can be completely secure.
We will hold your information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes set forth in this Policy or as long as we are legally required or permitted to do so. Information may persist in copies made for backup and business continuity purposes for additional time.
Third-Party Links and Services
The Services may contain links to or “frame” third-party websites, applications, and other services. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites and services. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our Services and to read the privacy statements of each and every site they visit that collects their information.
Your California Privacy Rights
California law permits visitors who are California residents to request certain information once per year regarding our disclosure of “personal information” (as that term is defined under applicable California law) to third parties for such third parties’ direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an email to email@example.com or write to us at Supermajority, 55 Broadway, Suite 424, New York, NY 10006.
Being Removed from Our Lists
When you delete your account, we automatically remove you from receiving transactional emails and anonymize any personally identifiable information. This data helps us understand patterns in who we are or aren’t serving well and informs our Services going forward.
If you wish to stop receiving marketing emails, you will have to email firstname.lastname@example.org or click the unsubscribe link in the footer of the email. If you wish to stop receiving marketing text messages, text STOP to 787-37. When you unsubscribe from marketing communications we will retain some basic data, including your email and phone number (if provided), so we know not to contact you.
If you want your data completely erased, please indicate so by e-mailing email@example.com. Erasing your data may result in unsolicited communications in the future because you will no longer be in our system. If you have any questions about our Policy, you can contact us by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our staff is here to read and respond to any questions, requests, or inquiries in a timely manner.
We will continue to evaluate this Policy as we update and expand the Services and our offerings, and we may make changes to the Policy accordingly. The date at the top of this page indicates the last time changes were made. You should check this page periodically for updates. If we make material changes to this Policy, we will provide you with notice as required by law. Your continued use of the Services will signify acceptance of the terms of the updated Policy.