2gov is a service of Votizen, the network of registered voters, and is
Privacy policies on sites designed to share information are tricky things,
so for the official policy you'll need to wade through the legalese below.
However, the short version is as follows: it's your
voice. You decide what you want to share; we'll never censor you
based on your opinion.
You must be civil, of course, so forget about things like profanity,
personal attacks or threats. And since this is a fundamentally public
forum, when you share your opinions you share them with the world. Still,
what's yours remains yours — even if you choose to share — and we'll
always do our best to respect your wishes in that regard.
cases disclose information collected through your use of the Services.
. If you have any
Privacy and Public Expression
Votizen contains features that allow you to control how you express yourself
and to whom. Primarily, this means we help you express yourself to elected
officials. Therefore, you should view those communications as public. We may
provide controls that allow you to control or reveal some information about
yourself with others within the Service itself. Primarily, this means that
when you communicate with your elected officials, we give you a choice as to
whether those communications can be included within reports produced by
Votizen. You can choose generally not to permit such inclusion, or you may
choose not to include such information on a per message or communication
basis. We try to make this clear and easy for you to understand. Most
importantly, you should understand that things that you do in public are
public and you should act accordingly. Votizen is not responsible for any such
use, sharing, or disclosures.
User Information Collection and Use by Votizen
Votizen collects user-submitted information such as first and last name,
email address, and date of birth. This information is used to authenticate
you with various voter registrars. This is helpful because elected
officials may listen more closely to their own constituents. We may also
collect and use information regarding your communications to elected
officials, and with any other use of the Services to personal information
you have provided to us.
We may use this information to:
* help you communicate your views to elected officials;
* help others interested in civic participation to understand your views
and contact you on issues that may be important to you through our
* aggregate your views in reports with those of others who have expressed
* contact you in support of the Service.
Most commonly, we create aggregate statistics that are compiled into
reports regarding the views of users on particular issues as expressed to
elected officials. These aggregate statistics may then be made publicly
available or be made available by subscription. The underlying data,
including your communications to elected officials on a subject with your
real name, may then be accessible to other users or subscribers. You may
choose not to have your communications included in such reports by
adjusting your Account Settings. If you do so, within Votizen the
information on your communications to elected officials will only be used
on an aggregate anonymous basis. However, any communication sent to your
public official will become part of the public record regardless of your
Votizen Account Settings.
IP Address and Technical Information
Votizen logs non-personally-identifiable information including IP address,
profile information, aggregate user data, and browser type, from users and
visitors to the website. This data is used to manage the website, track usage,
and improve the Services. This non-personally-identifiable information may be
shared with third parties to provide more relevant services and opportunities
for civic participation without identifying you individually in any way to
such parties. User IP addresses may be recorded for security and monitoring
User Account Information
Users real-name information may be displayed to other users or subscribers
by the Services. When a user communicates Content to an elected official,
the users name will be visible to the other users viewing the shared
Content unless the user chooses through the Account Settings features not
to permit inclusion of such information in reports. Any communications
sent to elected officials via the Services by a user may contain the users
actual contact details including their real name.
Email Addresses and In-Service Communications
Votizen may use a users email address to send updates, a newsletter, or
news regarding the Services. Votizen does not make email address
information available to others except in accordance with this Privacy
Within the Services, via display or other messaging systems, you may
receive messages that Votizen or its subscribers believe may be of
interest to you. We help voters leverage the power of their views with
others who may share similar views. We may do this by offering services
that enable subscribers to communicate with like-minded users through the
Service. Users may elect to forgo such communications through a setting in
their Account Settings.
Additional Uses of Information
may process personal information collected through your use of the Services
for the following purposes:
* to provide our products and services to users, including the display of
customized Content and new services;
* to conduct audits, research, and analysis in order to maintain, protect,
and improve the Services;
* to ensure the technical functioning of the Services; and
* to develop new services.
enabling a more personalized and enhanced experience for each user. When asked
visitors to our website, enabling automatic login to the website.
You may be able to configure your browser to accept or reject all or some
cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set each browser is different, so
check the Help menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie
preferences. You must enable cookies from Votizen to have the best experience
using the Services.
Votizen websites may contain links to other websites not controlled by
Votizen. Votizen is not responsible for the privacy policies and/or
practices on other websites. When linking to another website, a user should
governs information collected on the Services.
Correcting/Updating or Removing Information
Users may modify or remove any of their personal information at any time by
logging into their account and accessing their Account Settings.
Votizen user accounts are secured by user-created passwords. Votizen takes
precautions to ensure that Member account information is kept private. We
use reasonable measures to protect user information that is stored within
our database, and we restrict access to user information to those employees
who need access to perform their job functions, such as our customer service
personnel, service administrators, and technical staff. Please note that we
cannot guarantee the security of user account information. Unauthorized
entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise
the security of user information at any time.
If Votizen learns of a security systems breach we may attempt to notify you
electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. Votizen
may post a notice on our website if a security breach occurs. If this
happens, you will need a web browser enabling you to view the website.
Votizen may also send an email to you at the email address you have provided
to us in these circumstances. Depending on where you live, you may have a
legal right to receive notice of a security breach in writing. To receive
free written notice of a security breach (or to withdraw your consent from
receiving electronic notice), you should notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the existing regulatory environment, Votizen cannot ensure that all
of your personally-identifiable information and communications will remain
private and will never be disclosed in ways not otherwise described in this
comply with evolving privacy standards, we do not promise, nor should you
expect, that your personally-identifiable information or private
communications will always remain private.
Sharing and Disclosure of Information Votizen Collects
Votizen will not disclose personally-identifiable information to any third
party without the users permission in accordance with the Terms or this
to legal requirements or to respond to a subpoena, search warrant, or other
legal process received by Votizen, whether or not a response is required by
applicable law; (2) enforce the Terms or to protect our rights; or (3) protect
the safety of members of the public and users of the Service. Votizen reserves
the right to transfer personal information to a successor in interest that
acquires rights to that information because of the sale of Votizen or
substantially all of its assets to that successor in interest.
website after those changes have been posted. If, however, we are going to
use users personally-identifiable information in a manner materially less
restrictive from that stated at the time of collection, we will seek to
obtain your consent through reasonable means which may include posting a
notice on the Services for 30 days.
website, or your dealings with this website, please contact us
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Effective: December 7, 2009