[Last Updated August 9, 2023]
What is Personal Information?
Visitors to the Sites
Committee to Elect Ashley Shade operates in the United States, and the information we collect is governed by U.S. law.
International Visitors. The Sites are designed for and targeted to U.S. audiences and are governed by and operated per the laws of the U.S. Ashley Shade for North Adams makes no representation that the Sites are operated per the laws or regulations of, or governed by, other nations.
Collection of Personal Information
Direct Collection. We collect Personal Information that you provide to us when you register, send us an email, sign up to receive email or text messages, sign up to volunteer, fill out a form, make a purchase or donation, communicate with us through third-party social feeds, request information, participate in active forums or take any other action on the Sites. As required by the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF ), we must also collect and disclose the name, address, occupation, and employer of all donors whose donations exceed $50 during the election cycle. We (or our service providers) may also obtain information from outside sources and combine it with the information we collect through the Sites, including voter file data from state parties and other organizations, public databases, and private organizations. This Policy also applies to Personal Information that we may obtain from third-party vendors such as search engines or social media sites.
Aggregate and Similar Information. We may automatically collect information when you visit the Sites, such as the Internet Protocol (IP) address, the browser and operating system you use, the name of the domain and host from which you access the Internet, the address of the website from which you linked to the Sites, device identifiers, and mobile and network information, and your actions on the Sites. This information will be treated as Personal Information if we combine or link it to any identifying information above. Otherwise, this information constitutes aggregate information.
We may also collect “log data.” Log data provides aggregate information about the number of site visits to different pages. We use log data for troubleshooting purposes and to track which pages people visit to improve the Sites. We do not link log data collected to Personal Information. Third-party vendors may also collect aggregate log data independently from us. However, we are not responsible for these third-party vendors’ content or privacy policies. We encourage you to read the privacy policies and review the practices of all websites you visit.
We may communicate with third-party vendors, including Google, and place online advertising, which will be shown on other websites. Those third-party vendors may sometimes decide which ads to show you based on your prior visits to the Sites. At no time will you be personally identified with those third-party vendors, nor will any of the information you share with us be shared with those third-party vendors? If you prefer to opt out of using these third-party cookies on the Sites, visit the Network Advertising opt-out page: www.networkadvertising.org.
We may also use third-party services such as Google Analytics. This helps us understand traffic patterns and know if there are problems with the Sites. We may also use embedded images in emails to track open rates for our mailings to tell which mailings appeal most to our supporters.
Petitions. Any petitions you have signed online, and any comments therewith, constitute public information that we may provide to local, state, or national political leaders and the press.
How We Use Your Personal Information
We may use your Personal Information for various purposes, including to:
Connect you to Committee to Elect Ashley Shade programs, events, and activities, and obtain and confirm RSVPs to events and programs;
Improve, maintain, and operate the Sites; send you receipts, confirmations, updates, notices, and messages regarding support and administration;
Provide and deliver news and information we think will interest you, such as information about relevant issues, resources, events, campaigns, candidates, events, promotions, products, and services;
Provide information or products that you request and process and complete such transactions;
Respond to your emails, requests, comments, submissions, and questions, and provide customer service, request feedback, and otherwise communicate with you regarding your use of the Sites;
Help connect you with other Committee to Elect Ashley Shade supporters and to solicit donations, support, and volunteers;
Monitor and analyze trends and site usage and provide features and content that match your interests based on the information you provide and your actions on the Sites;
To manage our business;
To notify you of changes to our Sites;
Contact you if required by Federal or State election laws.
How We Share Your Personal Information
Though we make every effort to preserve your privacy, we may share Personal information as follows:
When we have a good-faith belief that release is appropriate to comply with the law (for example, a lawful subpoena);
To protect the rights or property, or safety of our supporters, employees, volunteers, or others;
With vendors, service providers, consultants, employees, contractors, or volunteers who need to know such information to carry out their duties;
With groups, causes, organizations, or candidates we believe have similar views, goals, and principles;
To report your name, address, occupation, employer, and amount contributed if your donation exceeds $50, as required by the MA OCPF;
How We Protect and Retain the Information You Provide
Committee to Elect Ashley Shade, uses reasonable industry-standard security measures to protect against the loss, misuse, theft, unauthorized access, destruction, or alteration of the information under our control. Although we make reasonable faith efforts to store information collected by the Sites in a secure operating environment, we cannot guarantee complete security.
The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.
We collect your email address to:
Send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions
Market to our mailing list or continue to send emails to our clients after the original transaction has occurred.
To be in accordance with CANSPAM, we agree to the following:
Do not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.
Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters.
Monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance if one is used.
Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
Allow users to unsubscribe using the link at the bottom of each email.
If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can email us at email@example.com
How to Unsubscribe or Opt Out
Those who subscribe to email lists via the Sites will receive periodic updates from us by mail, fax, or email. You may opt out of receiving future information via email using the unsubscribe procedure specified in the email. We may send promotional and non-promotional push notifications or alerts to your mobile device with your consent. You can deactivate these messages anytime by changing your mobile device’s notification settings. You may also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you no longer wish to receive regarding Ashley Shade or the Sites. If you opt out, we may still send you non-promotional emails, such as those about using the Sites.
Rejecting Cookies / Do Not Track
Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can usually set your browser to remove or reject browser cookies. If you reject all cookies, you may be unable to use certain Sites areas. Some browsers have incorporated “Do Not Track” features. Most of these features, when turned on, send a signal or preference to the website or online service that a user visits, indicating that the user does not wish to be tracked. California law requires that a website or other online service operator disclose how the operator responds to a Do Not Track signal and whether third parties may collect personal information about an individual’s online activities from the operator’s website or online service. Committee to Elect Ashley Shade, is committed to giving you meaningful choices about the information collected through the Services. However, please be aware that the Internet industry is still working on Do Not Track standards.
How to Contact Us
Additional information for California residents
California Privacy Rights
Effective January 1, 2005, under California Civil Code Section 1798.83, if an individual who is a California resident has provided Personal Information to a business in connection with a business relationship that is primarily for personal, family, or household purposes, and if that business has within the immediately preceding calendar year disclosed such an individual’s Personal Information to a third party and knows or should have known that such third party used the information for its direct marketing purposes, then that business is obligated to disclose in writing to such individual upon request, what Personal Information was shared and with whom it was shared. As a non-profit, we are not a “business” subject to the California Consumer Privacy Act (California Civil Code Section 1798.135; “CCPA”) that goes into effect on January 1, 2020. Our disclosures to service providers will strive to be consistent, however, with the spirit of the CCPA as of its effective date on January 1, 2020. Any request for a disclosure required under these California laws should be sent to us via email at email@example.com or via regular mail at Committee to Elect Ashley Shade, 33 N. Church Street. North Adams, MA 01247.
Please note that we are not required to respond to your request more than once in a calendar year, nor are we required to respond to any request not sent to the email or mailing address designated above.