Last updated April 21, 2015

Introduction:

Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC is a federal political action committee, connected to the not-for-profit 501(c)(4) membership organization Bend the Arc Jewish Action, that operates the pac.jewishaction.us website. Our goal is to support progressive candidates for federal office. 

This policy explains how we protect the personal information of people who use our website. Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC values and respects the privacy of site visitors. Since the protection of your privacy is of the greatest importance to us, we have created this privacy policy to communicate our practices regarding the collection and dissemination of personal information that can be linked to a specific individual, such as a name, address, phone number, e-mail address, or any other information, provided to us by our supporters and website visitors.

Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC does not collect personally identifiable information about people without their permission. However, please be aware that our site may link to a limited number of other websites and Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC cannot control and is not responsible for the content or the privacy policies of those websites.

Membership: 

To view Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC’s website, or receive any political fundraising communications from us, one must first become a member of Bend the Arc Jewish Action. Site visitors are thus directed to do so via a splash page immediately upon arriving at the website. Becoming a member is free and merely requires individuals to proactively opt-in to Bend the Arc Jewish Action’s membership via this splash or another similarly constructed webpage. Members of Bend the Arc Jewish Action are permitted to vote for one popularly elected member of the organization’s board of directors. 

How we use the information gathered when you become a member of the Bend the Arc Jewish Action or support Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC and endorsees: 

We gather contact information when you sign up to become a member of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, contribute to Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC or endorsed candidates online or via mail or sign up at a Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC fundraiser or other event. We use this information to send you communications that could include: legislative updates; action alerts; newsletters; information about Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC endorsees or Bend the Arc Jewish Action campaigns, events, activities and local volunteer opportunities; and, appeals for support.  

Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC also uses statistical information, which contains no personally identifiable information, gathered via our website to improve our web-based services. Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC periodically performs statistical analyses of aggregate user behavior and characteristics in order to measure interest in and use of various areas on our website and to use such information to improve on our website’s ability to serve you better.

Cookies: 

Our website uses “cookies” that are powered by WordPress, an online platform used by many organizations and companies. A cookie is a small piece of data stored on a user’s hard drive but does not itself contain any personal information. Cookies enhance a user experience by saving the user from having to log in or provide information each time he or she re-visits our website and by customizing content based on a user’s interests.

Anyone using Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC website has the option of configuring his or her browser to be alerted when the website is attempting to send a cookie and refuse the cookie. Our website tracks user activity and click-through behavior and uses IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the website, track user movement and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

How you receive emails from Bend the Arc Jewish Action & Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC: 

You will receive emails from us if you have signed up to become a member of Bend the Arc Jewish Action upon visiting the site, as required to view the website. 

The information we gather is not shared with other organizations or parties. In order to most efficiently communicate with you, we compile information about email response and website usage. This information helps us to better understand our members’ site usage patterns and also what types of content and information may help improve your user experience on our website.

All emails sent contain a link to unsubscribe. You may subscribe or unsubscribe to any email communication from Bend the Arc Jewish Action or Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC at any time.

How we track HTML emails: 

We make use of both “open-tracking” and “click-tracking” in our HTML newsletters (i.e. emails that contain text and images). Open-tracking allows us to find out how many people have viewed our emails and click-tracking allows us to find out which links in the newsletter were clicked on. This helps us to refine and improve the editorial content of our newsletters, and to provide you with relevant information.

“HTML-sensing” is used to determine if your email client supports HTML-based emails. This is employed only if you request our system to detect whether you can receive HTML emails.

If you have any questions, please email: info@jewishaction.us.

How we protect your information: 

Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC is extremely protective of the information it gathers online. Our website has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of the information under our control. Our web server is maintained in a secure environment. All databases containing personal information are securely maintained.

When you contribute online or by other means to Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC and endorsed candidates, we use a secure server and encryption to protect your financial and other personal information during transmission.

Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC endorses and follows the Donor Bill of Rights – created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals –  a recognized standard for organizations that engage in fundraising for philanthropic purposes. Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC does not sell its list – ever. Occasionally, Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC does exchange mail lists with like-minded organizations through bonded third-party vendors. These organizations are never given information about our membership directly. Information pertaining to the contributions of Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC supporters is never — under any circumstance — released to external entities for the purpose of list exchanges.

Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC does not knowingly collect information from children under 13. Should such information be unknowingly collected, we will immediately remove it from our databases.

How to unsubscribe from mailing lists: 

All email communication provides information on how to unsubscribe quickly and easily. Those wishing to opt out of receiving communications from Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC (“do not contact”), or from being included in list exchanges with like-minded organizations (“do not exchange”) can contact us at info@jewishaction.us,or by calling 212-213-2113, or by US mail at 330 7th Avenue, Suite 1900, New York, NY 10001.

How to correct information you have provided: 

You may correct and/or change your personal information through the Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC website or by contacting us at info@jewishaction.us, or by calling 212-213-2113.

How to contact us about privacy: 

If you have any questions about our privacy policy, the information we have collected from you online, the practices of this site or your interaction with this website, send an email to: info@jewishaction.us.

Changes to this policy: 

Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC reserves the right to change this policy at any time, with or without notice. Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC reviews its Privacy Policy on a periodic basis to ensure its compliance with standards and practices used by organizations that engage in similar work.