Last Updated: 06/07/2018
Californians for Consumer Privacy, which owns and operates this website [https://www.caprivacy.org/] (the “Site”), takes your privacy seriously.
We will not sell, share, disclose, or exploit your data or use your personal information for our commercial purposes, or purposes unrelated to Californians for Consumer Privacy and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Period.
We recommend that you read the privacy policies of each website that you visit to learn more about how they use your information, including whether they sell it or share it with third parties for commercial purposes. You may be surprised by what you learn.
We only collect information you voluntarily provide to us. For example, we collect some of your information when you fill out a form, make a donation, sign up to receive email or text message updates, sign a petition, sign up as a volunteer, communicate with us via third party social media sites, request information, post a comment, or otherwise communicate with us. The types of information we may collect when you voluntarily provide it to us include your name, email address, postal address, phone number, and other contact or identifying information you choose to provide.
We do not and will not sell this information.
Other third-party services like your Internet service provider such as Comcast, AT&T or Verizon, and many of the apps you use on your device, may also be collecting information on your activities online and when you visit our website.
We use Facebook to communicate with and advertise to our supporters (including maintaining a Facebook page). While Facebook has attracted a mountain of criticism about its privacy conduct (some of it generated by us!), it is still a vital method for us to communicate with, and advertise to, our supporters. The irony of criticizing Facebook whilst using their services is not lost on us, but this gets back to our rationale for the initiative: Californians should be able to use these services and be secure that their personal information is not being sold. Right now this is not possible.
Note that Google, Facebook, Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and Microsoft say they do not sell your personal information; yet each of them contributed $200,000 to a Political Action Committee (PAC) formed to fight this initiative (well, Microsoft contributed $195,000, not $200,000. Why, you ask? Oh, so their name would not have to be included in the mandatory disclosure that California law requires of the top donors to the PAC. Profiles in courage, Mr. Gates).
Click here to see opposition contributions to date. Car companies are there because…they know a lot about you…and they make a lot of money selling it.
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
However, because we use their services, Facebook knows when you visit our Site. Notably, this is the case for the vast majority of websites globally. Many consumers are not aware that the little Facebook, Twitter and Google logos track you, whether or not you are a user of, or logged into, those sites. For more information on this topic, see this article. In any event, please read those firms’ privacy policies for updated information, because these corporations may collect certain information about your visit to this Site, including:
The technology industry has created a voluntary website to allow consumers to opt out of this pervasive tracking across the web, where companies most of us have never heard of are tracking our every visit, watching what we search for and where we spend time. We have included this opt-out link below, because to the best of our knowledge it is currently the state of the art technology allowing consumers to opt out of having their online activity tracked and sold. However, again, this is one of the reasons we undertook this initiative: it should be very easy for consumers to find out what personal information corporations are collecting about them; and then it should be just as easy to opt out of having any corporation sell your personal information.
Right now it is not easy, and it is always confusing.
Here’s the site to opt-out: optout.aboutads.info
We will use your information to:
If you have any questions about how we use your information, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is our policy not to share the information we collect from you through our Site with third parties, except as described in this Policy or as otherwise disclosed on the Site. For example, we may share information we collect for our own operational purposes as follows:
The security of your personal information is very important to us. We have adopted technical, physical, and administrative procedures to help protect information about you from loss, misuse, and alteration.
Please be aware, however, that despite our efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable and no method of data transmission that can be guaranteed against any interception or other type of misuse. We want you to feel confident using the Site, but we cannot guarantee that the Site is invulnerable to attack.
To protect the confidentiality of personal information, you must keep your password confidential and not disclose it to any other person. You are responsible for all uses of our Site by any person using your password, or your device.
We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If we learn that we have collected any personal information from a child under the age of 13 without verifiable parental consent, we will delete that information from our database as quickly as possible. If you believe that we may have collected information from a child under 13, please contact us at email@example.com