The Center for Public Integrity respects your privacy. Please take a moment to review our Privacy Statement, so you understand what information we collect through this service, how we use it, how we secure it, and when we may share it.
We reserve the right to deny access to this service, or any other service we provide, to anyone who violates this agreement or who, in our judgment, interferes with the ability of others to enjoy this service, or infringes the rights of others. We may change, restrict access to, suspend, or discontinue this service, or any portion of this service, at any time.
Please bring to our attention any material on our site that you believe to be inaccurate. Please forward a copy of the material to firstname.lastname@example.org along with an explanation of your objection.
NOTICE OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
If you are a copyright owner who believes your copyrighted material has been reproduced, posted or distributed on this website in a manner that constitutes copyright infringement, please inform our designated copyright agent by sending written notice by U.S. Mail to:
The Center for Public Integrity
910 17th Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20006
HOW YOU MAY USE OUR CONTENT
To request permission to reproduce or distribute our materials, please call (202) 481-1232.
You are free to establish a hypertext link to our site so long as the link does not state or imply that we sponsor, endorse, or are affiliated with you or your website. However, you may not, without our prior written permission, frame or inline link any of the content of our site, or incorporate into another website or other service any of the content or other material you find on our site.
To receive our email newsletters you will be required to provide your email address. To post comments on our site, you’ll need to log in through Facebook. Our use of any information you provide to us or that we gather while you’re visiting our site is governed by our Privacy Statement.
YOUR CONDUCT WHEN USING OUR SITE
Our site includes features that allow users to interact with each other through Facebook. These features are intended to create a community where you can share your thoughts on what you’ve read on PublicIntegrity.org. While we reserve the right to monitor user postings, it is up to our users to ensure that the discourse on PublicIntegrity.org remains polite and informative.
First and foremost, we ask that you treat other site users with respect. Language and content should be appropriate for a civil, adult conversation. Please respect the rights of others to their opinions; understand that there may be many other sides to every story. If you see something on the site that you believe is inaccurate, or about which you hold a different opinion, feel free to post a comment in response.
By participating in discussions or posting to PublicIntegrity.org, you agree that you will not:
- Use the site to impersonate any person or entity, or misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
- Use the site to engage in or to instigate or encourage others to engage in illegal activities or to cause injury or damage to any person or entity;
- Use the site to post or transmit any unlawful, threatening, harassing, abusive, libelous, obscene, or pornographic content;
- Use the site to post or transmit any information or content that violates or infringes the rights of others, including information or content that invades the privacy or violates the right of publicity of any person or that is protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right, without permission;
- Use the site to advertise or solicit to anyone to buy or sell products or services, or to make donations of any kind;
- Gather for marketing purposes any email address or other personal information that has been posted by other users of the site;
- Engage in personal attacks, harass or threaten another user, or deliberately disrupt the conversation; or
- Use any automated mechanism to collect information from our site in any manner that fails to respect the Robots Exclusion Protocol.
YOUR RESPONSIBILITY FOR INFORMATION AND CONTENT YOU SUBMIT
You acknowledge that you are solely responsible for the text, comments, and other information and content that you post on this website or share with others using this site. By posting information or content to PublicIntegrity.org, you represent and warrant: (1) that you are 13 years of age or older; (2) that you are the owner of all content you post or are making your posting or submission with the express consent of the owner; (3) that the content you post will not violate or infringe the rights of others; (4) that the information and content you post will not violate the rights of, or cause injury to, any person or entity; and (5) that you will indemnify and hold harmless us and our directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives and licensors, from and against any liability of any nature arising out of any information or content that is displayed on or submitted via the site by you or by others using your Facebook account.
You alone are responsible for the information and content you post on to PublicIntegrity.org. We do not control the information or content that you or others may post on or otherwise transmit through the site. You are responsible for creating backup copies of any information or content you post to our site. We will not be responsible for the deletion of, or the failure to store, display or transmit, any information or content submitted by you.
OUR RIGHTS TO USE CONTENT YOU SUBMIT
When you submit any material to our site, you are not giving up any ownership rights you otherwise have in such content. However, you grant us, and anyone authorized by us, a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, unrestricted, worldwide right and license to use, copy, modify, transmit, sell, exploit, create derivative works from, distribute, and/or publicly perform or display such material, in whole or in part, in any manner or medium (whether now known or hereafter developed), for any purpose that we choose. The foregoing grant includes the right to exploit any proprietary rights in such submission, including, but not limited to, rights under copyright, trademark or patent laws that exist in any relevant jurisdiction. Also, in connection with the exercise of these rights, you grant us, and anyone authorized by us, the right to identify you by your Facebook username as the author of any of your submissions. You understand that technical processing of the site, including content you submit, may involve transmission over various networks, and may involve changes to the content to conform and adapt it to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices. ] You will not receive any compensation of any kind for our use of any materials you submit.
TRADEMARKS AND SERVICE MARKS
THE CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY and PUBLICINTEGRITY.ORG are service marks of the Center for Public Integrity. The names of other products and services referred to on the site may be the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. You may not use any trademark or service mark appearing on this site without the prior written consent of the owner of the mark.
Throughout our site, we have provided links and pointers to websites maintained by third parties. Our linking to such third-party sites does not imply that we endorse or sponsor such sites, or the information, products or services offered on or through the sites. Neither we nor any of our affiliates operate or control any information, products or services that third parties may provide on or through our site or on websites to which we link.
The information, products and services offered on or through this site are provided “as is” and without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, we disclaim all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. We do not warrant that the site or any of its functions will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that any part of this site, or the servers that make the site available, are free of viruses or other harmful components.
If you are dissatisfied with the site, or any materials, products, or services on the site, or with any of the site’s terms and conditions, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the site.
LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY
Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to, negligence, will we be liable for any damages arising out of your use of this website or any information, content, products, or services made available on or through this site, including indirect, incidental, special, punitive, exemplary or consequential damages, even if we are advised beforehand of the possibility of such damages. Because some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of certain categories of damages, the above limitation may not apply to you. In such states, our liability is limited to the fullest extent permitted by state law.
This agreement constitutes the entire agreement between us and you with respect to the subject matter of this agreement and supersedes all previous and contemporaneous agreements, proposals and communications on this subject, whether written or oral. This agreement is personal to you, is not intended to benefit any third party, and does not create any third party beneficiaries. You may not assign this agreement to anyone.
This Privacy Statement describes the types of information that we collect through our website and what we do with that information.
Our site is designed to permit you to access our content without registering or providing personally identifying information. However, as described in more detail below, if you wish to post comments to our site, you’ll need to register with Facebook, which provides our commenting tool.
This Privacy Statement applies only to information collected online through the PublicIntegrity.org websites and does not apply to any information you may provide to us, or that we may collect, offline or through other means (for example, via telephone or through the mail).
If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, please contact us.
PROTECTING THE PRIVACY OF CHILDREN
Children should always get permission from their parents before sending any information about themselves (such as their names, email addresses, and phone numbers) over the Internet, to us or to anyone else. Our website is not directed at children under the age of 13 and we won’t knowingly allow anyone under the age of 13 to provide us any personally identifying information. If you’re under 13, please don’t provide any information about yourself on this website.
TYPES OF INFORMATION WE COLLECT
The information we gather falls into two categories: (1) information voluntarily supplied by visitors to the site, for example, when they subscribe to our email newsletter, make a donation online to support the Center for Public Integrity, or use the “Contact Us” function on the site to communicate with us; and (2) tracking information gathered as visitors navigate through our website, review our email newsletters and other email messages, and “like” or share content through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ (“Social Media Services”), or our “send page by email” function. This information may be collected directly by us or it may be collected by third-party service providers on our behalf. Third parties featured on or linked to by our website, such as advertisers (“Advertisers”) and others involved in displaying advertisements or promotional messages on our site or offering products and services through our site (“Ad Services Providers”), and Social Media Services may be gathering information as well, through processes we don't control.
Information You Voluntarily Supply
We may collect and store information that you voluntarily supply to us while on our site. This may include personally identifying information if you choose to provide it. In accessing and using the PublicIntegrity.org website, you may have the opportunity to voluntarily submit some or all of the following types of information:
- Contact information, such as your name, email address, postal address, and phone number;
- Payment information (such as credit card type, number, expiration date, security code, and billing address) necessary to process a requested transaction (for example, if you make a donation to the Center for Public Integrity through our site); and
- Information included in correspondence you send to us through the “Contact Us” function available on our site.
You’ll find the Facebook “comment” box on pages throughout our site. If you use the Facebook comment tool to post a comment about a story on PublicIntegrity.org, Facebook will provide us your Facebook username, which allows us to view the information you’ve included in your public Facebook profile. Facebook also provides us copies of all comments that have been posted to our site using Facebook’s comment tool. If you don’t uncheck the box adjacent to the Facebook comment box, any comment you post to our site may also be posted to Facebook.
If you wish to receive our email newsletter, you must provide us your email address; we’ll use your email address to send you the email newsletters you have requested.
Information That Is Automatically Collected
We also may collect and store, and our services providers may collect and store, information that doesn’t identify you personally that is generated automatically as you navigate through our site. For example, we and our service providers may collect limited information about the device you use to access our site, including the type of device you’re using (computer, mobile phone, tablet, etc.), the operating system running on that device, the type and version of browser software you’re using, the resolution of your computer monitor or other device display, the screen colors available on your device, the website that referred you, and your IP address. (Your IP address is a numerical address that is used by computers and other devices connected to the Internet to identify your device so that data – such as the web pages you want to view – can be transmitted to you.) We use this information to make our site as useful and visually appealing as we can for as many users as possible. We may also use IP address information for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes and to derive a rough estimate of your geographic location – by country, city or town, and perhaps ZIP code.
The help function on most web browsers contains information on how to set your browser to notify you before accepting a cookie or to disable cookies entirely. However, if you don't accept cookies, you won’t receive the benefits that cookies provide to other users of our site, such as limiting the number of times you see the same Ad while on our site.
HOW WE USE COLLECTED INFORMATION
We use the information we collect from visitors to our site to communicate with our users, to better understand and serve our audience, and to heighten user engagement with our site. For example, we use the information we gather to send you email newsletters (including geographically targeted newsletters) and other communications (such as solicitations for contributions), to deliver our site content to you, to measure site traffic, to measure user interests and traffic patterns, to limit the frequency with which visitors see the same Ads, and to improve the site and the services and features offered via the site.
In addition, we may use your personal information to contact you for customer service purposes, to inform you of important changes or additions to our site or the services offered through our site, to enhance our visitor records with information, such as information on mailing address changes and donor capacity, that we obtain from other sources, and to tell you about other products or services offered by the Center for Public Integrity that we think may be of interest to you. We may send you these types of communications via email or direct mail. And if you have provided us with your telephone number, we may contact you by telephone.
If you provide us your email address (for example, when you subscribe to our newsletter or when you make a donation to support the Center for Public Integrity), we’ll use your email address to send you the newsletter you requested and/or to acknowledge receipt of your donation for tax purposes. In addition, we may email you with information about our website or other products or services, or events offered by the Center for Public Integrity. From time to time, we may also email you to request your financial support. Although we hope you’ll find these communications informative and useful, if you don’t, you can always unsubscribe from recurring communications (but not from receiving donation receipts) by following the simple instructions included in each email.
We also may use your email address to contact you from time to time for customer service purposes, or to send you administrative notices or other information about our site, as described above in the section titled “Generally.”
Our email newsletters contain a “Share with a Friend Link” through which users may share our newsletters with their friends. If you share a newsletter using this tool, we’ll keep track of which newsletters you shared, but we don’t store information on who you shared it with; we use the email addresses of your friends only to deliver the email newsletters you share.
Information You Provide When Making a Donation
When you make a donation to the Center for Public Integrity through our site, we collect personal information, such as your name, email address and billing address, and your credit card information. We will use your personal information to acknowledge receipt of your donation for tax purposes and to identify you as a donor on our website and our annual report and other printed materials. If you provide us your email address when you contribute, we’ll send our email newsletter to the email address you provide. We also may use your personal information to contact you from time to time for other purposes, as described above in the section titled “Generally.” The Center for Public Integrity does not store your credit card information; it is sent directly from you to our third-party credit card processor and is secured during transmission over the Internet using industry-standard secure sockets layer (SSL) encryption. Our credit card processor is authorized to use your credit card information only to process your donation and for no other purpose.
Sweepstakes and Contest Entry Information
From time to time, we may offer sweepstakes, contests or other promotions on the Public Integrity.org website. If you enter a promotion on our site, we'll ask you to provide information about yourself (such as your name, address, and email address). We'll need this information to contact you if you win, and we also may use this information to contact you for other purposes, as described above in the section titled “Generally.” We also may share this information with shipping or fulfillment companies or other third-party service providers that help administer our promotions, such as by conducting drawings, and/or delivering prizes to winners. If you don't want us to collect the information requested on the entry form, please do not enter the promotion.
Data Collected in Connection with Ad Serving and Targeting
DISCLOSURE TO THIRD PARTIES
To help Advertisers (and their ad agencies) understand our audience and confirm the value of advertising on PublicIntegrity.org, we may present them with aggregate information on our audience and how our audience uses our site (for example, information on traffic to various pages within our site). We may provide similar information to foundations, corporate sponsors and others who may help fund our operations. This information does not identify you personally.
Storage of Information
The information that we collect through PublicIntegrity.org is stored within databases that we control (or databases hosted on our behalf) on servers maintained in protected environments. Any credit card information you provide on our site is secured for transmission over the Internet using industry-standard secure sockets layer (SSL) encryption. However, no physical or electronic security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of our servers or databases, nor can we guarantee that information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us or our third-party service providers over the Internet. Our databases are located within the United States. If you access our site from outside the United States, by providing data to us, you consent to transfer of that data to and storage of that data in the United States.
CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY STATEMENT
The web is an evolving medium. If we need to change this Privacy Statement in the future, we will post the revised Privacy Statement on our site and update the “Effective Date,” above, to reflect the date of the changes. By continuing to use this website after we post such changes, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Statement, as modified.