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Project on Government Oversight

Privacy Policy

FOR YOUR PROTECTION, DO NOT USE A GOVERNMENT PHONE, FAX, COMPUTER, OR EMAIL TO CONTACT POGO


Subscribing and Unsubscribing
You may subscribe or unsubscribe at any time from any POGO list. Every email that POGO sends contains a link at the bottom that allows you to quickly unsubscribe. You may also manage your email preferences by visiting this page and logging in. Once you are logged in, click "update my profile" and then "special interests," and select or unselect lists according to your preferences. You will not receive notification that you have been unsubscribed. If for some reason you continue to receive subscriptions, contact info@pogo.org. 

Linking to POGO.org
You may link directly to our site. However you must do so in a way that identifies our site as a “Project On Government Oversight” page. You may not use our pages in a frame, sole or in part, that gives the impression any page or portion of a page is your creation. All pages are copyrighted and must not be modified or altered in any way. If you have any questions about this, do not hesitate to contact info@pogo.org.

Privacy Policy: What We Ask For and How We Use It
We automatically collect Internet Protocol ("IP") addresses and domain names of the originating visitor's computer on our server and may know some information you have previously provided through cookies. POGO collects standard web server traffic pattern information using IP addresses and/or session cookies, but we do not associate any individual IP address or session information with any other personally identifying information except to detect security intrusions or certain unlawful activity. When you register on our website, we may store some information on your computer in the form of a "cookie" (i.e. a small piece of text that stores information on your browser in your computers hard drive) or similar file. We do this to collect information about your activities on the website, make it possible for you to keep track of items you wish to purchase on our website, deliver to you content that is specific to your interests, and/or to prevent you from re-entering all your registration data at each connection.  We also use conversion tracking cookies in order to analyze trends, gather broad demographic information, and monitor site traffic patterns that can help us further develop and improve the design and functionality of our site. The cookies shall only be used to obtain non-personal information to improve our website. No other information is stored in these cookies. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie and delete any cookies you receive. We do this to support your anonymity.

POGO uses this information internally to perform website traffic analysis so we can better improve POGO.org. This type of information is shared externally only on an aggregated basis and never specific to any given individual. POGO never sells or rents your data.

In addition, if you come to POGO.org from a website link, we may also identify the source of that link so that we can evaluate what content is persuading individuals to come to POGO.org.

We may collect Voluntarily Submitted Data, including personal data that you voluntarily provide, such as your name, postal address, phone number, email address, and similar information, and transactional information, such as giving and action-taking history, when you participate in certain activities on POGO.org, including (but not limited to) when you:

  • join POGO’s email update list;
  • make a contribution supporting POGO;
  • send correspondence, place a call, inform us about a call to your government representative, or send correspondence to a friend (e.g. when you tell-a-friend or send an e-card) or to other targeted representatives through POGO.org;
  • order items from POGO’s Marketplace;
  • register online for an event;
  • participate in one of our online petitions or surveys;
  • post a blog comment; or
  • participate in any activity that requires your Voluntarily Submitted Data.

As with cookies, this type of information is shared externally only on an aggregated basis and never specific to any given individual. POGO never sells or rents your data. When you send correspondence to a friend, your friend's email address is only captured by us temporarily in order to complete your send request.

How We Protect Personal Information
In order to protect your personal information and privacy to the best of our ability, we use industry-standard encryption, network firewalls, physical security, and administrative safeguards. Our website has industry standard high encryption security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. These measures increase the security and privacy of information.

Only our authorized employees or agents carrying out permitted business functions are allowed to access personal information. POGO’s staff is educated about the importance of safeguarding your information and we are committed to holding them accountable for protecting your confidentiality. POGO vendors have acknowledged our privacy policy. POGO makes every effort to protect your online order information by using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology. SSL encrypts your order information to avoid the decoding of that information by anyone other than POGO. We do not store your credit card information.

Nevertheless, despite our best efforts, no transmission over the Internet and no data storage method can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. POGO makes no warranty, guarantee, or representation that the use of the site is protected from viruses, security threats, or other vulnerabilities or that your information will always be secure.

POGO employees who violate our privacy access policies may be subject to disciplinary actions, which may include termination. POGO vendors who violate POGO’s privacy policy will have their contracts terminated.

Surveys
POGO may conduct occasional online surveys via our website or our email updates. These surveys are entirely voluntary and you may easily decline to participate.

Other Websites
POGO.org contains links to other websites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another website for which POGO has no responsibility. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on all such sites as their policies will likely be different than ours.