Online Services Privacy Policy

Higher Heights for America (“Higher Heights,” “we,” “our,” or “us”) respects and is committed to protecting the privacy of users of our websites, applications, and other Internet-based services (collectively, “Online Services”).  This Privacy Policy explains what information of yours will be collected by Higher Heights when you use our website at www.HigherHeightsforAmerica.org and all other Online Services that link to this Privacy Policy, how your information may be used, and how you can control the collection, correction and/or deletion of your information. We will not use or share your information with anyone except as described in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy does not apply to information we collect by other means (including offline) or from other sources.

By using the Online Services, you consent to the processing of your information as set forth in this Privacy Policy, now and as amended by us.

What information do we collect?

Information You Provide – We and our service providers collect information that you provide when you use any Online Services, including, but not limited to, when you: 

  • sign up to receive our communications;
  • join Higher Heights as a member or renew your membership;
  • make a donation;
  • contribute content to the Online Services, such as when you “Share Your Story” or comment on an article;
  • use interactive features on the Online Services, such as our tools and apps or the chat feature; receive a gift with membership (e.g., selecting products from the Higher Heights Store);
  • sign an online petition;
  • apply for a job or for a volunteer or internship opportunity;
  • enter a contest, sweepstakes, or promotion;
  • participate in polls or surveys; or
  • otherwise contact us with a question, comment, or request. 

The information that you provide us may include, but is not limited to: 

  • your name;
  • your photograph;
  • your contact information, such as your physical address, email address, and phone number;
  • your username, password, and other account information;
  • demographic information such as your age, gender, and ethnicity;
  • transaction-related information, such as credit card information;
  • information you provide when submitting an application for employment, internship, or volunteer opportunities; and
  • information you provide when you request information or contact us. 

You have control over your own privacy. Think carefully before providing any personal or financial information online.

Information We Automatically Collect – We and our service providers may automatically collect certain technical information from your computer or mobile device over time and across different websites when you use the Online Services, such as your Internet Protocol address, your geographic location, your browser type, your operating system, the pages you view on the Online Services, the pages you view immediately before and after you access the Online Services, and the search terms you enter on the Online Services. This information allows us and our service providers to recognize you and personalize your experience if you return to the Online Services, to improve the Online Services and the services we provide, and to provide you with Targeted Advertisements. We and our service providers may collect this information using “cookies,” which are small text files that many websites save on your computer when you visit and access when you return, or similar technologies. If you do not want the Online Services to collect information through the use of cookies, you can set your web browser to reject cookies from the Online Services. Each browser is different, so you should check your browser’s “Help” menu to learn how to change your cookie preferences. If you reject or block cookies from the Online Services, however, the Online Services may not function as intended. We also collect this information by setting a unique anonymous identifier called User ID, set by Universal Google Analytics. User ID helps identify unique users across multiple devices and browsers. Clearing your cookies does not ensure that you will not be recognized as the same unique visitor even after you cleared them. Website visitors who do not want their data collected with Google Analytics in this way can install the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on.

How do we use your information?

We may use the information we collect from or about you through the Online Services for any lawful purpose (unless restricted in this Privacy Policy, including, but not limited to: 

  • providing you with products, services, or information you request;
  • processing any transactions you have authorized;
  • following up on services or information we provided to you;
  • contacting you about fundraising campaigns or advocacy efforts;
  • delivering advertisements targeted to your interests based on your previous your historical use of the Online Services (“Targeted Advertisements”) as well as other marketing communications, promotional materials, or advertisements that may be of interest to you;
  • conducting research;
  • providing you with information about the Online Services or required notices;
  • allowing us to improve the Online Services and the services we provide, such as by better tailoring our content to our users’ needs and preferences;
  • generating and analyzing statistics about your use of the Online Services; and
  • detecting, preventing, and responding to fraud, intellectual property infringement, violations of our Terms of Use, violations of law, or other misuse of the Online Services. 

Under what circumstances do we disclose your information?

We may disclose the information we collect from or about you through the Online Services: 

  • to our affiliates;
  • to service providers who work on our behalf and who have agreed to keep the information confidential and use the information solely to carry out the services that they are performing for us, including, but not limited to, service providers who process credit card transactions, facilitate our fundraising activities and campaigns, and deliver Targeted Advertisements on our behalf;
  • to other organizations that work with us for the provision of co-branded communications about Higher Heights and those organizations’ products or services;
  • to other like-minded organizations with whom Higher Heights participates in exchanges of donor information (e.g., donor list rental) and the service providers that facilitate such exchanges; however we will never sell or rent your personally identifiable information to any for-profit business for marketing or other commercial purposes;
  • as required by law, such as to comply government reporting obligations, a subpoena or other legal process, or a court order;
  • when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary (a) to protect our rights, the integrity of the Online Services, or your safety or the safety of others, or (b) to detect, prevent, or respond to fraud, intellectual property infringement, violations of our Terms of Use, violations of law, or other misuse of the Online Services; and
  • to service providers, advisors, and other third parties to the extent reasonably necessary to proceed with the negotiation or completion of a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of our assets. 

In addition, we may share information that is not personally identifiable, such as reports on user demographics and traffic patterns, with third parties, including researchers.

Any personal information or content that you voluntarily contribute to the Online Services, such as when you “Share Your Story” or comment on an article, becomes available to the public, as controlled by any applicable privacy or website customization settings. If you remove such information or content, copies may remain viewable in cached and archived pages, or if other users have copied or saved that information.

Links to Others Websites and Applications

The Online Services may contain links to third-party websites and applications for your convenience and information. Higher Heights does not control those third-party websites and applications or their privacy practices, which may differ from ours, and we do not endorse or make any representations about those third-party websites and applications. You acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible for the collection and use of your information by third-party websites and applications that are not under our control, and such information is not governed by this Privacy Policy. Remember that we cannot protect your privacy once you leave the Online Services, so when you visit third-party websites and applications, we encourage you to review their privacy policies and be careful about the information you submit or share.

Online Advertisements

Our third-party advertising partners may use cookies and similar technologies on the Online Services and on third-party websites on which our ads appear, which allow the advertising partners to track certain information about user behavior. The information practices of these advertising partners are governed by their own privacy policies and are not governed by this Privacy Policy.

NationBuilder

Higher Heights uses the NationBuilder platform to organize our community of members, supporters and prospects. You can read more about that company and its features and polices at NationBuilder.com. When you visit www.HigherHeightsforAmerica.org, NationBuilder may send one or more cookies - a small text file containing a string of alphanumeric characters - to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser and lets NationBuilder help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through www.HigherHeightsforAmerica.org. A cookie does not collect personal information about you. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive after you close your browser. Persistent cookies may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the site. Persistent cookies can be removed by following your web browser’s directions. A session cookie is temporary and disappears after you close your browser. You can reset your web browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some features of www.HigherHeightsforAmerica.org may not function properly if the ability to accept cookies is disabled. You can read more about how the NationBuilder service interacts with and protects your information at nationbuilder.com/privacy and nationbuilder.com/confidentiality.

Your Privacy Rights

If you reside in California and have provided your personally identifiable information to us, you may request information once per calendar year about our disclosures of certain categories of your personally identifiable information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, you must email it to us at the following email address: info@higherheightsforamerica.org.

Unsubscribing

You may unsubscribe from any of the Online Services by following the instructions given (e.g., following the instructions at the bottom of an email from us). If you unsubscribe from any of the Online Services or otherwise terminate or deactivate your account, Higher Heights may retain your profile information and user content for a reasonable time for archival purposes. Furthermore, Higher Heights may retain and continue to use indefinitely all information (including user content) contained in your communications to other users or posted to public or semi-public areas of the Online Services after termination or deactivation of your account.

Where is your information processed?

Information collected through the Online Services will be processed in and subject to the laws of the United States.

How is your information secured?

We strive to maintain reasonable administrative, technical, and physical safeguards designed to safeguard the information collected through the Online Services. However, no information system can be 100% secure, so we cannot guarantee the absolute security of your information. Moreover, we are not responsible for the security of information you transmit to the Online Services over networks that we do not control, including the Internet and wireless networks. If you have concerns about the security of sensitive information, do not send it electronically.

Children’s Privacy

Protecting the privacy of young children is especially important. For that reason, Higher Heights does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register for the Online Services. If you are under 13, please do not send any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, or email address. No one under age 13 is allowed to provide any personal information to or on the Online Services. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at info@higherheightsforamerica.org.

Notification Procedures

It is our policy to provide notifications, whether such notifications are required by law or are for marketing or other business related purposes, to you via email notice, written or hard copy notice, or through conspicuous posting of such notice on www.higherheightsforamerica.org, as determined by Higher Heights in our sole discretion. We reserve the right to determine the form and means of providing notifications to you, provided that you may opt out of certain means of notification as described in this Privacy Policy.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

If we update this Privacy Policy, we will notify you by posting a new Privacy Policy on this page. If we make any revisions that materially change the ways in which we use or disclose the information previously collected from you through the Online Services, we will give you the opportunity to consent to such changes before applying them to that information.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or about our data practices regarding the information we collect through the Online Services, or you wish to correct your contact information or inform us how you wish your contact information to be used, please contact us at:

Higher Heights
147 Prince Street, Suite 36
Brooklyn, NY 11201
info@HigherHeightsforAmerica.org
646-494-9620

When you contact us or otherwise submit content via the Online Services, if you desire to remain anonymous, you should not tell us your name or the names of your friends or any other individuals. To fully protect your privacy, do not provide any information that you think may identify you or others.

This Privacy Policy was last updated on December 8, 2016.