Privacy Policy

Americans Say User Privacy Policy

Last Updated: 10/12/2022

This Privacy Policy describes how your personal information is collected, used, and shared by Americans Say (“Americans Say LLC,” “we,” “us” and “our”) when you visit websites or other services where this Privacy Policy is posted (the “Site”). We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time, as detailed below. You should not use the Site if you have any objections to our Privacy Policy, which is binding upon all users of the Site. If you have a question about how your personal information is being used, you can contact us through the methods provided in the “Contact Us” section at the end of this Privacy Policy. 

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  1. PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT AND USE

The types of information we collect when you use the Site depend on the features you use on the Site. “Personal information” is information that identifies, relates to, describes, is capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular individual or household. 

We will handle your personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy and describe the information collected below:

  • Identifiers, which may include name, postal address, phone number, Internet Protocol address, email address, and account name. These are sourced directly from you (e.g., when you create an account with us or make comments in our blog room) or indirectly from you (e.g., from observing your actions on the Site). They are used to fulfill or meet the reason you provided the information, to contact you in relation to our Site, to allow you to vote on political topics such as pending legislation and current issues, to provide personalized communications, to respond to an inquiry, or to screen for potential risk or fraud. We disclose this information for business purposes to internet service providers and administrative service providers.
  • Education information, such as highest level of education attained. This is sourced directly from you when you create an account with us or join our monthly or annual plan. It is used to fulfil or meet the reason you provided the information, to provide personalized communications, to respond to an inquiry, or to screen for potential risk or fraud. We disclose this information for business purposes to internet service providers and administrative service providers.
  • Sensitive personal information, which may include account log-in, citizenship status, philosophical convictions, or financial information for paid services though we use third parties to assist us with managing financial and payment information. We use this information to fulfill or meet the reason you provided the information, to contact you in relation to our Site, to allow you to vote on political topics such as pending legislation and current issues, to provide personalized communications, to respond to an inquiry, to screen for potential risk or fraud, or to provide a requested product or service.
  • Internet, technical or other similar network activity, which may include usage and browsing history; device information, including device properties; search history; and information on your interaction with our Site. We source this information directly or indirectly from you (e.g., from observing your actions on our Site). We use this information to fulfill or meet the reason you provided the information, to provide personalized communications and reward and loyalty programs, to screen for potential risk or fraud, or to improve our Site. We disclose this information for business purposes to administrative service providers, data analytics providers, and internet service providers. 
  • Inferences drawn from other personal information, which may include a profile reflecting a person’s preferences, interests, characteristics, psychological trends, predispositions, behavior, attitudes, intelligence, abilities, and aptitudes. We source this information directly or indirectly from you, (e.g., from observing your actions on our Site or from observing information you post in a public space on our Site or on a third party social media site). We use this information to fulfill or meet the reason you provided the information or to provide personalized communications and reward and loyalty programs. We do not disclose this information to third parties. 

You have choices about the information we collect. Your decision to provide any personal information is voluntary. However, please note that, if you do not provide certain personal information, we may not be able to accomplish some purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy and you may not be able to use or access certain services on our Site.

 

  1. COOKIES, ONLINE TRACKING, AND ADS

Like many other websites, we use “cookies,” which are files stored on your computer’s hard drive by your browser. We use cookies to collect information such as the server you are logged onto, the domain name of your internet service provider, your browser type and version and your IP address. We may also derive the general geographic area associated with an IP address. 

Sometimes, we use cookies in combination with “web beacons” or similar technology to collect information about how our Site is used, such as: your IP address and location data, weblogs, time zone, date, your language preferences, browsers used, web addresses visited, other communication data, searches conducted, pages visited, and any other relevant information about your online experience.

The use of online tracking mechanisms by third parties is subject to those third parties’ own privacy policies, and not this Privacy Policy. Again, we do not endorse and are not responsible in any way for the privacy practices of third party websites.

If you prefer to prevent third parties from setting and accessing cookies on your computer, you may set your browser to block cookies. Please note, blocking cookies may affect the functioning of our Site.

Additionally, we use advertisers, third party ad networks and other advertising companies to serve advertisements on and off our websites. These third parties use cookies and similar technologies to collect or receive information from our websites and elsewhere on the Internet and use that information to provide you with targeted ads. The Network Advertising Initiative offers a means to opt-out of a number of advertising cookies. Please visit here to learn more. Note that opting-out does not mean you will no longer receive online advertising. It does mean that the company or companies from which you opted-out will no longer deliver ads tailored to your preferences and usage patterns. 

 

  1. HOW WE COLLECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

We collect your personal information:

  • Directly from you. You may give us your personal information when you do any of the following:
    • Access or use the Site; 
    • Fill out a contact form; or
    • Create an account with us.
  • When you interact with the Site. As you interact with and use the Site, we may automatically collect your personal information, e.g., your internet, technical or other similar network activity. We may also collect personal information by using website cookies.
  • Third parties or publicly available sources. We may receive your personal information from third parties, which include:
    • Internet, technical or other similar network activity from analytics providers, advertising networks and social media platforms; and
    • Identifiers from providers of technical services.
 
  1. SHARING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
 

We may share your personal information to the following parties and in the following ways:

  • We may share information with our affiliates or service providers. Such parties may manage our users’ information and perform services on our behalf, such as website hosting, fraud monitoring, email or mail delivery and administration, or data analysis, etc. We ask affiliates with whom we share your information to confirm that their privacy practices are consistent with ours and applicable law, and we provide them with only the information they need to perform their services for us.
  • We may share your information with domestic or foreign third parties including our agents, service providers, and consultants as needed for them to provide business-related services to us. Such third parties may manage our users’ information and perform services on our behalf, such as website hosting, fraud monitoring, email or mail delivery and administration, or data analysis, etc. We ask third parties with whom we share your information to confirm that their privacy practices are consistent with ours and applicable law, and we provide them with only the information they need to perform their services for us.
  • We may share your information or combine your information with publicly available information when we team up with promotional partners to jointly offer services to our members, or otherwise to enhance and personalize your experience.
  • We may share or transfer your information in the course of any direct or indirect reorganization process including, but not limited to, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, bankruptcies, and sales of all or a part of our assets. Your information may be shared following completion of such transaction and/or during the assessment process pending transfer. If transferred in such a case, your information would remain subject to this Privacy Policy or a privacy policy that, at a minimum, protects your privacy to an equal degree as this Privacy Policy.
  • Finally, we may also share your personal information to comply with applicable laws and regulations, to respond to a subpoena, search warrant or other lawful request for information we receive, or to otherwise protect our rights.
 
  1. EXTERNAL LINKS

Our Site contains links to other third party websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such third party websites. To better protect your privacy, we recommend that you review the privacy policy of any third party website you visit. 

 

  1. HOW WE RESPOND TO DO NOT TRACK SIGNALS

The “Do Not Track” (“DNT”) privacy preference is an option that may be made in some web browsers allowing you to opt-out of tracking by websites and online services. At this time, global standard DNT technology is not yet finalized and not all browsers support DNT. We therefore do not recognize DNT signals and do not respond to them.

 

  1. RECORD RETENTION

We will retain your information for as long as needed to fulfill the purpose for which it is collected and to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements. 

 

  1. SECURITY

We take reasonable physical, electronic and managerial measures to safeguard and secure any personal information you provide to us. Please understand, however, that no data transmissions over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure due to the inherent risks of data transmission over the Internet. Consequently, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you understand that any information that you transfer to us is done at your own risk. If we learn of a security system breach we may attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. By using the Site or providing personal information to us, you agree that we can communicate with you electronically regarding security, privacy and administrative issues relating to your use of the Site. We may post a notice via our Site if a security breach occurs. We 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.

 

  1. PUBLIC POSTING AREAS

Please note that any information you include in a message you post to any public posting area is available to anyone with internet access. If you don’t want people to know your email address, for example, don’t include it in any message you post publicly. PLEASE BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WHEN DISCLOSING ANY INFORMATION IN PUBLIC POSTING AREAS. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE USE BY OTHERS OF THE INFORMATION THAT YOU DISCLOSE IN PUBLIC POSTING AREAS.

 

  1. CONSENT TO TRANSFER

If you are visiting our Site from a location outside of the U.S., your connection may be through and to servers located in the U.S. Any information you provide during your visit will be processed and maintained on our server and other internal systems located within the U.S. or otherwise as described above. You acknowledge you understand that by providing your personal information to us, your personal information (i) will be used for the uses identified above in accordance with this Privacy Policy, and (ii) may be transferred to the U.S. as indicated above, in accordance with applicable law. For example, where personal information is transferred from the European Economic Area to areas which have not been determined to have an adequate level of protection, we take measures designed to transfer the information in accordance with lawful requirements, such as standard contractual clauses. Please contact us for more information and to receive a copy of the standard contractual clauses we may utilize.

 

  1. CALIFORNIA SHINE THE LIGHT

If a company shares “personal information” (as defined in California’s “Shine the Light” law, Civil Code § 1798.83) with third parties for their direct marketing purposes (e.g., to send offers and information that may be of interest to you), California law requires either providing a mechanism by which consumers can obtain more information about such sharing over the prior calendar year, or providing a mechanism by which consumers can opt out of such sharing. We do not share your personal information with third parties for their direct marketing purposes. 

 

  1. ACCESS & ACCOUNT INFORMATION 

You may request access to and review of your personal information in our possession, subject to certain limitations.  To request access to and review of your personal information, please contact us using the methods listed in our “Contact Us” section below. 

If you create an account or register with our Site, you are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your password at all times.  You are responsible for activity occurring while logged into your account.

 

  1. COLLECTION AND USE OF INFORMATION FROM MINORS 

The Site is not intended for use minors and we do not knowingly collect information from minors under 18. If we learn that a minor has provided us with personal information, we will delete such personal information. 

 

  1. CHANGES

We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time to reflect, for example, changes to our practices or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons. Any new change and/or amendments will be noted on this page. We will also update the Last Updated date above. If we make material changes to our Privacy Policy, we will notify you by prominently posting the changes on our Site or by using the contact information you have on file with us. By continuing to use our Site you are agreeing to be bound by any changes or revisions made to this Privacy Policy.

 

  1. CONTACT US

For more information about our privacy practices, if you have questions, or if you would like to make a complaint, please contact us by email or by mail using the details provided below:

[email protected] 

P.O. Box 13994

Grand Forks, ND 58208