The Alliance for Climate Protection d/b/a The Climate Reality Project (“The Climate Reality Project,” “we,” “our," or “us”) is very sensitive to online privacy concerns. This online privacy statement describes how we treat all user data collected during your visit to The Climate Reality Project’s websites (collective, including climaterealityproject.org, 24hoursofreality.com, climaterealitytraining.org, whatilove.org, climatespeakers.org, worldseasiestdecision.org domain names) (“Website”).
COLLECTION OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION
On this Website, you can request more information about our goals and programs, download materials, view how many other people are taking “action,” and enjoy other interactive services. The types of personally identifiable information that may be collected on these pages include: name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, fax number, and information about your preferences. Personal information does not include "aggregate" information, which is data we collect about the use of the site or about a group or category of services or users, from which individual identities or other personal information has been removed.
Aspects of our Website allow you to log in using sign-in services such as Facebook Connect, Twitter, or Google+ (the “Sign-In Services”). These Sign-In-Services will authenticate your identity and provide you the option to share certain personal information with us such as your name and email address to pre-populate our sign-up form. The Sign-In Services give you the option to post information about your activities on this Website to your profile page to share with others within your network. You may request that we delete any information obtained through these Sign-In Services by filling out the form here.
PRIVACY OF OUR E-MAIL LIST AND PERSONAL INFORMATION
The Climate Reality Project maintains an e-mail list to keep interested parties informed about its programs. Individuals can unsubscribe from the e-mail list at anytime. We collect and use your personal information to operate the Website and to deliver any services you have requested. These services may include the display of customized content based upon the information we have collected (for example, special information for users living in a particular region or state).
Only The Climate Reality Project staff and our authorized agents have access to personally identifiable information provided by visitors to this Website in order to better serve you. People who affirmatively submit their contact information through the Website may be contacted by The Climate Reality Project staff or authorized agents.
We do not share the information you’ve given us with unaffiliated groups without your explicit permission. We may share some of your personal information with the following affiliated groups:
• Affiliated Third Parties – for example, our database administrators (for the sole purpose of helping us do our work) or affiliated campaigns, which share our mission and privacy concerns.
• Third Party Administrators, such as organizations we engage to facilitate large distribution of messages.
COLLECTION AND USE OF CHILDREN'S PERSONAL INFORMATION
We do not solicit personally identifying information from children. Visitors who are under 13 years of age should ask their parent or legal guardian for assistance when using the Website and should not submit any personally identifying information to the Website.
When you visit the website or join our email list we automatically collect cookies to update our “progress pulse” and other interactive features of the website. The “progress pulse” allows website users to view aggregate information about different actions website users have completed. No personal information will be displayed to the public for the Progress Pulse.
IP ADDRESSES, LOG FILES, AND DATA ANALYSIS
As with any website operator, we analyze our Website logs to constantly improve the value of our Website. We use an external service to provide real-time reporting to us and our authorized agents of browser accesses to our Website. This includes page views, unique visitors, repeat visitors, frequency of visits, and peak-volume traffic periods. We do not use this service to gather, request, record, require, collect, or track any Internet users’ personally identifiable information.
We log IP addresses which describe the location of your computer or network on the Internet. This information is helpful for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes. We may also use third-party services such as Google Analytics. These practices help us understand traffic patterns and know if there are problems with our Website. We may also use embedded images in e-mails to track open rates for our mailings. This practice helps us determine which mailings appeal most to our members.
URLs contained in e-mails may contain an ID that enables us to correctly identify the person who takes an action using a web page. We use URLs to simplify the process of signing petitions and filling out surveys. We may occasionally present a shortened URL that references a longer URL which contains an ID. We do this to simplify the display, to prevent links from becoming broken when copied, and to ensure compatibility with e-mail programs which do not handle long URLs. When shortened URL is displayed in an e-mail, you will see the full URL in the browser’s address bar when you access the page.
PETITIONS AND SURVEYS
For petitions and surveys you’ve signed or completed, we treat your name, city, state, and comments as public information – for example, we may provide compilations of petitions, with your comments, to the intended recipient of the petition or survey. We will not make your street address publicly available, but we may transmit it to the intended recipient of the petition or survey as part of the petition or survey. This is standard industry practice in such situations. In no such case will we disclose your e-mail address or phone number, without your permission. We may also make your comments, along with your first name, city and state available to the press and public online.
CHANGES TO THIS STATEMENT
Last updated January 20, 2015.
Last Updated: August 17, 2017
Climate Reality’s mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society. To achieve its goals, Climate Reality’s operating budget is comprised mostly of donations, grants, financial contributions, and gifts. Climate Reality is committed to protecting our Donors’ privacy. We value our Donors’ trust and we recognize that maintaining this trust requires us to be transparent and accountable to our supporters and the public at all times. This policy applies to all Donor information received by Climate Reality, both online and offline, and will help ensure that all personal information is properly collected, used only for the purposes for which it is collected, and is irretrievably disposed of in a secure and timely manner when it is no longer needed.
In this Policy, “personal information” means information that is recorded in any form, both fact and opinion that can be used to distinguish, identify or contact a specific individual. It does not include publicly obtainable information such as names, addresses, and telephone numbers. “Donor” refers to any individual or organization that contributes funds, securities, or property to Climate Reality. Due to the sensitive nature of personal information disclosed by a Donor, Climate Reality shall at all times abide by this policy.
Climate Reality and its employees are responsible for all Donor personal information in our possession. Every reasonable precaution shall be taken to protect and preserve the confidentiality of our Donors’ personal information. All employees, agents, and authorized service providers of Climate Reality are individually required to safeguard each individual Donor’s personal information. Any outside contractors or third party service providers are selected with due care and must abide by the security measures reflected in this Policy. External service providers shall be required to agree to protect any personal information of Donors, use it for only the purposes set out in the scope of the contract with Climate Reality, and to not keep the personal information on file beyond the term of the agreement with Climate Reality.
Donors may notify Climate Reality of a privacy-related issue or grievance by contacting DonorPrivacyPolicyConcerns@climatereality.com. We will provide information about our privacy procedures and investigate the complaint. If a problem is discovered during the review, we will take all appropriate steps to revamp our policies and procedures as necessary.
USE AND DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
Climate Reality may collect a person’s first name, last name, email address, address, city, state, zip code, and phone numbers (home, work, or mobile). We may collect event-specific information pertaining to a person's attendance, meal preferences and guests. We may collect the provided name and email of a spouse, contributor or foundation to facilitate the recognition for a gift. This personal information is kept confidential and on file for IRS purposes. Climate Reality collects and uses personal information only for certain purposes that are identified to the Donor. We may use it to establish and manage our relationship with a Donor, as well as providing requested information. Personal information can also help us understand a Donor and identify preferences and expectations. The main uses will involve raising money to reach our campaign goals and to process gifts and return appropriate receipts.
We collect Donors’ personal information for internal use only, and just to the extent required for our purposes. We obtain relevant personal information about Donors lawfully and fairly.
SHARING OR SELLING OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
Climate Reality does not sell or disclose our Donors’ personal information or active Donor files with any other entity. In addition, Climate Reality will not send solicitations to our Donors on behalf of other organizations, unless specifically requested to do so by the Donor. This applies to all Donor information received by Climate Reality, both online and offline.
If a Donor is subscribed to a Climate Reality emailing list, the Donor’s email information only may be rented, sold, or shared with Climate Reality’s affiliated entity, the Climate Reality Action Fund. In such a scenario, the Donor may unsubscribe from receiving further communications from the Climate Reality Action Fund by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any email communication.
PRIVACY ENFORCEMENT WITH VENDORS
If data is shared, a non-disclosure agreement will be entered into with the vendor and the sharing of data is prevented by contract stipulations between Climate Reality and our vendors. Climate Reality does not authorize these service providers to use or disclose information except as necessary to perform services on our behalf or to comply with legal requirements.
Climate Reality only uses and discloses personal information with Donor permission. Donor permission can be in writing or implied, either verbally and/or electronically. A Donor may withdraw permission to collect, use, and disclose personal information at any time by giving Climate Reality reasonable notice, subject to legal or contractual obligations by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Climate Reality does not publicly disclose Donors’ names, unless the Donor has expressly consented to the disclosure or has given as part of a program that includes publication of the Donor’s name in recognition of the donation. Donors may specifically request to remain anonymous, by checking the “Anonymous” box on the online donation form at the time of the donation, or requesting anonymity in writing at the time of giving. While this Donor’s name may be stored for Climate Reality’s internal records, the Donor will remain publically anonymous.
Donors will be subscribed to Climate Reality’s newsletter and email notifications at the time of donation. If a Donor wishes to opt-out of these communications, they may select the option at the time of donation or at any subsequent time period, either by unsubscribing to Climate Reality emails by following the link provided at the bottom of the correspondence, or by emailing email@example.com.
CUSTODY AND CARE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
We strive to keep all personal information in our possession accurate and up-to-date. Donors may always correct their personal information if they believe that our records are not correct. If a Donor feels that any of our information about them is inaccurate or incomplete, the Donor has the right to ask us to change or delete it by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Climate Reality will keep Donors’ personal information only as long as it is necessary to satisfy the purposes for which it was obtained, or as legally required. Access to Donor file materials containing personal information is restricted to Climate Reality employees and authorized service providers who need it to do their jobs.
Climate Reality has established appropriate technical, physical, and organization security measures to protect Donors’ personal information against loss, theft, unauthorized use, disclosure, or modification. These procedures will be monitored and reviewed periodically and when needed to ensure their continued effectiveness. The safeguards employed by Climate Reality include, but may not be limited to, the use of limited access storage areas, locked files, and the use of encryption, secure servers, and computer passwords. Appropriate measures will be undertaken when personal information is destroyed in order to prevent access to inadvertent disclosure to any unauthorized parties.
Contributions or gifts to The Alliance for Climate Protection d/b/a The Climate Reality Project, a 501(c)(3) organization, are deductible as charitable contributions for United States Federal income tax purposes. Unless otherwise indicated, no goods or services of any value are transferred to Donors in connection with their donations. Unless otherwise indicated, donations are considered unrestricted and are used by The Climate Reality Project to fulfill its overall mission and goals.
Contributions or gifts to the Climate Reality Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization, are not deductible as charitable contributions for United States Federal income tax purposes.