Privacy Policy

This Online Privacy Statement describes how we treat user data collected during your visit to the De-Escalate Washington site. The De-Escalate Washington site is https://www.deescalatewa.org/ and includes all web pages that contain https://www.deescalatewa.org/ in the domain name. This is not the online privacy statement for the websites of members of the De-Escalate Washington coalition or the campaign’s Leadership Team websites unless those websites link directly to this Online Privacy Statement. Neither is it the online privacy statement for other websites where De-Escalate Washington has a presence (e.g. blogs or social networking sites) such as De-Escalate Washington pages on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

 

Privacy and the Internet

The Internet, generally speaking, is not currently a private place. As you visit websites, use search engines, and conduct business on the Internet, many different companies and organizations are gathering information about your online behavior by tracking your searches, visits, and transactions, and then matching that data with other information about you. There are some things you can do to prevent your information from being collected. We encourage you to read the ACLU’s “A Few Easy Steps Everyone Should Take to Protect Their Digital Privacy” at https://www.aclu.org/blog/privacy-technology/internet-privacy/few-easy-steps-everyone-should-take-protect-their-digital to help protect your privacy online.

De-Escalate Washington takes many steps to protect your privacy when you visit our website. In order to advance the campaign’s goal of ending unnecessary use of deadly force by police, and to provide you with a better experience while you are on the De-Escalate Washington site, we do allow some tracking to take place. How and when we do so is explained below.

 

Our Collection and Use of Information About You

Passively Collected Data

Like most websites, we may automatically receive and record information in our server logs from your browser when you visit https://www.deescalatewa.org/. The information that we collect with these automated methods may include your IP address, cookie information, browser type, system type, and the referring URL.

We use this type of information to measure and improve the performance of our site. On occasion we also access this type of information to investigate or maintain the stability and security of our site.

 

Voluntarily Submitted Data

Certain pages on the De-Escalate Washington site may invite you to share personally identifying information, such as your name, address, email address, or telephone number.  Sharing that information will allow you to make a donation, join our email list, sign a petition, or participate in other similar online activities.

We may use that voluntarily submitted data to:

  • Fulfill your orders or transactions
  • Contact you about other De-Escalate Washington activities or news, or about opportunities to support the campaign
  • In the case of petitions, we may display on our website your first name, last initial, city and state, and deliver your first and last name, city and state, zip code, or legislative or congressional district to the advocacy target. Where required for federal agencies to accept public comments, we may also submit your email address and other required information
  • In the case of direct messages to advocacy targets (such as your state representative or senator, or member of congress), all required information fields (e.g. name, email address, etc.) will be passed on to the advocacy target with your message
  • In the case of blog comments, post your comment and, if given, your name
  • Deliver content to you on platforms such as social media, other websites, search results pages and mobile apps
  • If you have signed up to volunteer for the campaign, share your name and contact information with other volunteers, and acknowledge your participation in specific volunteer activities

 

When We May Share Your Information With Other Organizations

When we give you an opportunity to voluntarily submit information about yourself, we may give you the option of indicating that you permit us to share that data with other parties such as coalition partners or specific legislators. We will not share your data with such parties unless you have indicated that you permit us to do so.

We sometimes allow other nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations to contact our supporters, or to contact other individuals who have chosen to share their information with us. Working with other organizations in this way, either on a rental basis or in an exchange, is critical to maintaining a strong network of aligned individuals by allowing us to lower costs while reaching the widest possible audience. In order to protect your privacy, we do this through secure arrangements in which the external organization does not directly receive information about you. All such communications are done on a one-time use basis and are carried out by a third-party vendor, which keeps your information confidential. The external organization learns information about you only if you choose to respond to that third-party communication. If you don’t wish us to make information about you available for this type of communication, please let us know by emailing info@de-escalatewa.org with your request to opt out.  We will be sure to honor your request.

 

Our Email List

If you sign up for our email list, we may collect data by using an embedded image to track whether you open our email and by using a URL that enables us to identify that you have taken an action, such as clicking a link in an email or signing an online petition.

This allows us to build a more effective campaign, to inform you about De-Escalate Washington developments you care about most, and to make it simpler for you to sign petitions and fill out surveys.

 

How We Work With Third-Party Vendors

We work with a variety of vendors who help us process data, facilitate the operation of the De-Escalate Washington site, and deliver messages to you on other platforms.  For example, outside vendors may help us analyze traffic on our site, process credit card transactions, or facilitate activities such as the collection and delivery of petition signatures.  To the extent that any vendor has access to personally identifiable data about you, by virtue of the fact that it participates in the operation of the De-Escalate Washington site, we require that vendor to promise that it will keep that data confidential and use it only for the purpose of carrying out the functions we have engaged it to perform. That is true both as to passively collected data and as to voluntarily submitted data, and also as to data from any cookie or other tracking device.

 

There is one exception to this rule. We do allow some vendors to use certain aggregated data for other purposes. In some instances, we may agree to allow a vendor to take aggregated and anonymized data about activity on the De-Escalate Washington site and use that data for other purposes such as improvement of the vendor’s products or benchmarking for the vendor’s other clients. But we won’t agree to that unless we believe, in each instance, that the data won’t be recombined with other information to create any record about you as an identifiable individual.

 

Our Use of Cookies

We use cookies to improve website performance, to remember user preferences and settings, and to collect analytic data. By “cookies” we mean small text files placed on to your computer by websites you visit. “Cookies” may also refer to local storage, which is a mechanism similar to cookies where the information is stored within your web browser. In some instances, we place these cookies ourselves. In other instances, we allow outside service providers to place these cookies, but only if those providers agree to the terms described above under “How We Work with Third-Party Vendors.” We use cookies as follows:

 

Website Performance

Website performance cookies allow us to make the website easier and more pleasant to use. For example, they may enable us to:

  • Determine how often and where you see our “breaking news” alerts or promotions
  • Save you time when filling out a form by populating it with information you provided in previous visits

 

Registration

If you are visiting our website as a registered user — for example, when you manage your subscriptions for our email lists — we place cookies in your browser that allow our website to recognize that you are logged in.

 

Analytics

We use analytics tools that place cookies to give us a better understanding of how people engage with our website. That in turn allows us to gauge the current performance of website features and to develop better content. Analytics cookies provide us with information like:

  • How many individual visitors we have
  • How many visitors are new or returning
  • How often visitors come to the website
  • What content they’ve visited
  • How visitors interact with particular pages or content

In addition, if you click on a link in an email we send to you — for example, to sign a petition — a cookie may be generated that enables us to identify that you have signed the petition.

 

How Certain Content Hosts May Place Cookies and Gather Information About You

Our site is connected in a variety of ways to content residing on other platforms. We provide links to content on social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and to content on other sites such as articles posted on the sites of news organizations.  Our site also features embedded media, such as videos, that are hosted on other platforms (such as YouTube) but viewable directly through the buttons we provide. When you click on links or buttons for any of these types of external content, the providers of that content may place their own cookies on your computer, access existing cookies that were set when you previously visited other websites, or otherwise gather information about you as you access their content.

To learn about how those content hosts treat the data they collect through cookies and otherwise, see their respective online privacy policies and other posted guidance.

To learn how you can minimize the information about you collected by these types of content hosts, please see the ACLU’s “A Few Easy Steps Everyone Should Take to Protect Their Digital Privacy” at https://www.aclu.org/blog/privacy-technology/internet-privacy/few-easy-steps-everyone-should-take-protect-their-digital to help protect your privacy online.

 

Security Measures and Data Transmission

We have taken physical, electronic, and managerial measures to safeguard the information we collect. We work to ensure data accuracy and protect against unauthorized access to, and improper use of, information we collect online.

Information that can be readily linked to you personally, such as your name and address, is stored on secure servers and is not publicly accessible (unless, as discussed above, you have chosen to have us disclose information about you when you have signed a petition or submitted a blog comment). Additionally, all data transmitted to and from our website, including credit card numbers, are encrypted using industry standard measures to provide an additional level of security.

 

Procedure When We Update This Statement

Our privacy statement may change from time to time. We will post privacy statement changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice on our website. We will also keep prior versions of the Online Privacy Statement available for your review.

 

Procedure for Updating Your Personal Information or Preferences

If you wish to withdraw or change personal information you shared with us previously or adjust personal preferences — such as your preferences regarding email lists — you may contact us to update our records. You have the following options to do this:

  • Send e-mail to: info@de-escalatewa.org
  • Send mail to our address: De-Escalate Washington, PO Box 21509 Seattle, WA 98111

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