Privacy Policy

This privacy statement covers all websites owned and/or operated by Public Interest Legal Foundation. Because this website wants to demonstrate its commitment to our users’ privacy, it has agreed to disclose its information practices.

If users have questions or concerns regarding this statement, please call 1-317-203-5599.

Information Collection and Use

Information Collection

Public Interest Legal Foundation is the sole owner of the information collected on publicinterestlegal.org. Public Interest Legal Foundation collects information from our users at several different points on our website.

Registration

In order to use portions of this website, a user may first be required to complete a registration form. During registration a user is required to give contact information (such as name and email address). This information may be used to identify and contact you, especially regarding services on our site. We may use this information to contact the user about services on our site for which he has expressed interest.

Order

We request information from the user on our donation form. A user must provide contact information (such as name, email, and billing address) and financial information (such as credit card number and expiration date). This information is used for billing purposes and to process the donation. If we have trouble processing a donation, the information is used to contact the user.

Information Use

Profile

We do not sell or otherwise share your data with non-Public Interest Legal Foundation affiliated/contract organizations. It is not authorized for use by any outside third party for any form of fundraising or solicitation.

We store information that we collect through various means which may include, but are not limited to, cookies, log files, and/or third parties to create a profile of our users. A profile is stored information that we keep on individual users that details their viewing preferences. Consequently, collected information may be tied to the user’s personally identifiable information to provide offers and improve the content of the site for the user. This profile then may be used to tailor a user’s visit to our website and to direct pertinent information to them.

Cookies

We use “cookies” on this site. A cookie is a piece of data stored on a site visitor’s hard drive to help us improve your access to our site and identify repeat visitors to our site. For instance, when we use a cookie to identify you, you would not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on our site. Cookies can also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information on our site.

Some of our business partners may use cookies on our site (for example, advertisers). However, we have no access to or control over these cookies.

Log Files

Like most standard website servers, we use log files. This includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

Communications from the Site

Updates

We may send all new members a welcome email. Established members may occasionally receive information on products, services, urgent issues, and our newsletter. Out of respect for the privacy of our users, you may opt to not receive these types of communications. Please see the Choice and Opt-out sections.

Newsletter

If a user wishes to subscribe to our newsletter or other information sources, we ask for contact information, such as name and email address. Out of respect for our users’ privacy, you may opt out of these communications. Please see the Choice and Opt-out sections.

Service Announcements

It may become necessary to send out a strictly service-related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance, we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt out of these communications, although they can deactivate their account.

Customer Service

We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services. In regards to issues relating to their account, we reply via email or phone in accordance with the user’s wishes.

Sharing

Legal Disclaimer

Though we make every effort to preserve user privacy, we may need to disclose personal information wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process.

Aggregate Information (non-personally identifiable)

We may share aggregated demographic information with others. This is not linked to any personally identifiable information.

These are the instances in which we will share users’ personal information:

We may share personal information as follows:

Third Party Intermediaries

We may use an outside shipping company to ship orders, and a credit card processing company to bill users for goods and services or to process donations.

Service Providers

We may partner with other third parties to provide specific services, such as our newsletter. When the user signs up for these particular services, we may share names or other contact information that is necessary for the third party to provide these services.

Business Transitions

In the event Public Interest Legal Foundation goes through a business transition, such as a merger, being acquired by another company, or selling a portion of its assets, users’ personal information will, in most instances, be part of the assets transferred.

Choice/Opt-out

Our users are given the opportunity to opt out of having their information used for purposes not directly related to our site. For example, our donation form has an ”opt-out” mechanism so donors who don’t want any optional material can keep their email address off our lists. Users who no longer wish to receive our newsletter and informational communications may opt out of receiving these communications.

Links

This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that Public Interest Legal Foundation is not responsible for content or the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to websites owned and operated by Public Interest Legal Foundation.

Surveys

From time to time, our site may request information from users via surveys. Participation in these surveys is completely voluntary, and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information. The requested information typically includes contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code). Survey information generally will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site.

Chat Rooms, Message Boards, and Public Forums

Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online – for example on message boards, through email, or in chat areas – that information can be collected and used by others. In short, by posting personal information online that is publicly accessible, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.

Security

We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline.

Wherever we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a lock icon in the address bar and looking for “https” at the beginning of the address of the Web page.

While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also aggressively protect user-information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information.

Supplementation of Information

In order for this website to properly fulfill its obligation to users it may be necessary for us to supplement the information we receive with information from third-party sources.

ID Verification

We may use software to verify a user’s address to avoid session hijacking, hacking attempts, or other attacks.

Enhancement of Marketing Profile

We may purchase third-party marketing data and add it to our existing user database to better target our advertising and provide pertinent information that we think our users would be interested in. We use this information to enhance or overlay the “profile” of individual users. This aggregate marketing data is therefore tied to the users’ personally identifiable information. (See also the “Profile” section.)

Correcting/Updating/Deleting/Deactivating Personal Information

If a user’s personally identifiable information changes (such as zip code, phone, email or postal address), or if a user no longer desires our service, we provide a way to correct, update or delete/deactivate the user’s personally identifiable information.

Notification of Changes

If we change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the home page, and/or other places we deem appropriate so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.