Privacy Policy

Effective as of February 2015

Americans for Hope, Growth & Opportunity ("AHGO" or "we") has developed this policy statement to assist end users of the ahgo.us Web site ("you" or "user") in understanding what personally identifiable information AHGO may collect from you and how AHGO may use such information (the "Privacy Policy"). Accordingly, the following Privacy Policy summarizes the personally identifiable information gathering and use practices for AHGO's Web site located at ahgo.us (collectively, the "Site"). Personally identifiable information ("PII") includes information that can be linked to a specific individual, such as a name, address, phone number, or e-mail address. AHGO reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time. If AHGO makes changes to this Privacy Policy, AHGO will post those changes at this location and provide notice of any material changes so that you are aware of what PII we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. Please review this Privacy Policy on a periodic basis.

What Information Does AHGO Collect?

PLEASE NOTE: THE TYPE OF DATA COLLECTED BY AHGO WILL VARY WITH YOUR USE OF THE SITE. To improve the quality of the information and services AHGO offers to you and to otherwise operate the Site and provide certain of its features, tools, and functionality, AHGO collects various PII (as described further below). AHGO gathers most information during the registration processes and petition signing process. But, AHGO may request PII at other times, including, but not limited to, when you report a problem with our Site, when you complete additional survey forms, when you enter into a transaction through the Site, and when you request to receive communications from AHGO. Below, we provide specific examples of the types of PII AHGO collects through the Site.

Contact Information: AHGO may request or collect contact information, such as your name, address, phone number, facsimile number, or e-mail address.

Demographic Information: AHGO may request or collect demographic, professional, and profile data (for example, educational, employment, and geographic information).

Transactional Information: AHGO may maintain a database of aggregated information about the transactions on the Site (e.g., tool or feature (and related database) utilization, registration information, and content selection data).

Technical Information: AHGO may also collect Internet Protocol (IP) addresses from all users of our Site as well as the date and time of access and the Web page(s) accessed. AHGO may also catalog your log-in information and the type of computer, browser, or operating system used by the user.

How Does AHGO Use that Information?

Most of the Site is informational in nature and publicly available to all users. Consequently, until you request to participate in surveys or receive information from AHGO, you are able to browse the Site without providing any PII, although your browser may tell us what type of computer and operating system you are using as well as other kinds of technical information. Below, we provide more detail on how AHGO uses your PII.

Contact Information: AHGO may use your contact information to provide the Site and its functionality, services, and content and to enable you to participate in the Site's activities, applications, and offerings. AHGO may also use your contact information to advertise its services and the goods and services of third parties, work with AHGO's business partners and contractors in order to make the Site and its functionality available to you, to create a personalized experience for you, to provide you with news and information, to contact you regarding a survey, and to get in touch with you when necessary with respect to transactions conducted through the Site, material changes in our Site's policies and agreements, new services AHGO may offer, or otherwise. In addition, we may supplement the PII collected from you with information from other sources, such as from our sponsors, business partners, or other users of the Site, in order to enhance our ability to provide our services and otherwise tailor this Site.

Demographic Information: AHGO may use or share demographic data on an aggregated basis, which will not identify any particular user, with our business partners, suppliers, and for advertising purposes.

Survey Results: AHGO may use or share survey results and aggregated demographic data collected through the Site with its business partners and/or the general public, the news media, and with the U.S. Government and state governments, not only as may be required by law, but also to participate in government programs and initiatives.

Transactional Information: AHGO may use or share transactional data on an aggregated basis, which will not identify any particular user, with other third parties, including our business partners, for business purposes.

Technical Information: AHGO may use technical information, such as your IP address or browser type, to help diagnose problems with our servers, analyze Site usage trends, track user movements on the Site, and to otherwise manage and monitor our Site.

Business Transactions: In the event that AHGO goes through a business transaction, such as a merger or acquisition by another entity involving the sale of all or a portion of its assets, please note that the PII collected and retained by AHGO may be among the assets transferred. In the event a transaction of this kind occurs that results in the transfer of PII, AHGO will notify you via e-mail and/or place a prominent notice on the Site for 30 days of any such change in ownership or control and the possible changes to this Privacy Policy.

Legal Action. AHGO may disclose PII when legally required to do so in accordance with government requests or regulations or legal proceedings. We may also disclose PII to protect against misuse or unauthorized use of the Site or as is otherwise required to limit legal liability, protect or defend our rights, property, or interests, or protect the safety, rights, or property of our users.

What About the Use of Cookies and other Automated Data Collection Techniques?

AHGO may use cookies or similar programming techniques to enhance your experience while using the Site. Cookies and the like are pieces of information or methods of data collection, which AHGO uses for record-keeping purposes, which the Site either transfers to your computer's Web-browser for storage on your computer's hard drive or otherwise uses in connection with your utilization of the Site. Cookies and similar data collection practices enable AHGO to customize your experience on the Site by automatically performing certain functions, such as saving your personal preferences. If you would prefer not to receive cookies or be subject to certain data collection techniques, please consider the available settings of your browser to refuse or delete cookies or disallow other similar data collection practices. If you choose to have your browser refuse or delete cookies or disallow other similar data collection practices, however, you should understand that it is possible that some areas of the Site may not function properly when you view them.

What About External or Third Party Web Sites?

To the extent hyperlinks or gateways (whether through banner advertisements or otherwise) are utilized to access external or third party sites, you should be aware that these external or third party sites may collect PII and are not controlled by AHGO and therefore, are not subject to this Privacy Policy. AHGO suggests that you check the privacy policies of these sites to determine how the proprietors of these third party sites will utilize your PII.

What About Security?

As is appropriate for the nature of PII collected and stored by AHGO, the Site has industry standard security measures or safeguards in place to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under AHGO's control. Although AHGO has endeavored to create a secure and reliable the Site, however, the confidentiality of any communication or data cannot be guaranteed. Accordingly, you should consider carefully if you want to submit sensitive information to AHGO. AHGO urges you to take every precaution to protect your PII when on-line.

What About "Opting-Out" of Data Collection and Use?

For certain PII collection, you can decide on your own if you wish to provide your PII to AHGO (when requested) or opt-out of doing so. For example, if AHGO conducts a survey, you do not have to participate unless you agree to do so. AHGO also provides you with the opportunity to opt-out of certain AHGO business practices where your PII may be used. For example, users may opt-out of having AHGO use their PII in connection with the following activities: (i) inclusion in certain programs or (ii) e-mail or other communications sent by AHGO. You may also opt-out by contacting AHGO as set forth below. Thus, to a certain extent, you can control the information you provide or share with AHGO and/or its affiliates, subscribers, or business partners. Nevertheless, the collection and use of certain PII is required to provide a number of features of the Site.

What About Correcting, Deleting, or Updating Information?

AHGO will retain your PII for as long as necessary to fulfill the purpose(s) for which it was collected and to comply with applicable laws. At any time, you may contact AHGO, as set forth below, to correct, modify, or delete the information you provide to AHGO through the Site. AHGO may require you to confirm your identity with respect to any request. Please note, however, that the collection and uses of certain PII is necessary to provide certain information and services through the Site, and the deletion of such necessary information, e.g., an e-mail address, may render a particular service or AHGO's ability to provide it inoperable.

What About Children?

AHGO cares about the safety of children on its Site and encourages parents and guardians to monitor their children's use of the Internet. Although the Site is suitable for a general audience, the Site is intended for use only by users who are over the legal age of majority. Accordingly, AHGO does not intentionally solicit PII from children or send them requests for personal information.

What About the Governing Law?

This Privacy Policy shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia, U.S.A. The Site and the servers that host the Site are located in the United States. Any information you provide will be transferred to the United States. By visiting and using the Site and submitting information thereto, you authorize this transfer to the United States. If any part of this Privacy Policy is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of this Privacy Policy shall continue in force and effect.

What About Any Other Questions?

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or the information collection and dissemination practices of the Site or otherwise wish to make opt-out, update, or deletion requests to AHGO, you can contact AHGO and its employee(s) responsible for its Privacy Policy and related privacy compliance matters by e-mail at privacy@ahgo.org.