Privacy Policy

Welcome to ydsausa.org, the website and online service of Young Democratic Socialists of America (“YDSA”). We know that you care how information about you is used and shared. This Privacy Policy explains what information of yours we will collect when you use our online services, how the information will be used, and how you can control the collection, correction and/or deletion of 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.

Information We Collect

User-Provided Information: You provide us information about yourself, such as your name and e-mail address, if you register for ydsausa.org (including by “following,” “liking,” linking your account to ydsausa.org, etc., on a third party website or network). If you correspond with us by email, we may retain the content of your email messages, your email address and our responses. We may also retain any messages you send through ydsausa.org. You may provide us information in user content you post to ydsausa.org.

Third Party Services

YDSA uses the WordPress platform to organize our community of members, supporters and prospects. When you visit ydsausa.org and its affiliated sites, the website 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 help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through ydsausa.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 ydsausa.org may not function properly if the ability to accept cookies is disabled.

How We Use Your Information

We use the personal information you submit to operate, maintain, and provide to you the features and functionality of ydsausa.org.

By providing ydsausa.org/YDSA your email address (including by “following,” “liking,” linking your account to dsausa.org, etc., on a third party website or network), you consent to our using the email address to send you ydsausa.org -related notices, including any notices required by law, in lieu of communication by postal mail. You also agree that we may send you notifications of activity on ydsausa.org to the email address you give us, in accordance with any applicable privacy settings. We may use your email address to send you other messages, such as newsletters, changes to features of ydsausa.org, or other information. If you do not want to receive such email messages, you may opt out by emailing info (a) dsausa.org.

Following termination or deactivation of your YDSA account, we may retain your profile information and user content for a reasonable time for archival purposes. Furthermore, we 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 ydsausa.org after termination or deactivation of your account.

YDSA reserves the right, but has no obligation, to monitor the user content you post on ydsausa.org. We reserve the right to remove any such information or material for any reason or no reason, including without limitation if in our sole opinion such information or material violates, or may violate, any applicable law or to protect or defend our rights or property or those of any third party. YDSA also reserves the right to remove information upon the request of any third party.

How We Share Your Information

Personally Identifiable Information: Except as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy, YDSA will not rent or sell your personally identifiable information to others. YDSA may share your personally identifiable information with YDSA locals or sections or with political committees dedicated exclusively to candidates endorsed by YDSA locals. YDSA may share your personally identifiable information with third parties for the purpose of providing ydsausa.org services to you. If we do this, such third parties’ use of your information will be bound by this Privacy Policy. We may store personal information in locations outside the direct control of YDSA (for instance, on servers or databases co-located with hosting providers). We may also provide some personal information to other YDSA dues paying members for the purposes of organizing a YDSA chapter.

Any personal information or content that you voluntarily disclose for posting to ydsausa.org, such as user content, becomes available to the public, as controlled by any applicable privacy or website customization settings. If you remove information that you posted to ydsausa.org, copies may remain viewable in cached and archived pages, or if other users have copied or saved that information.

Except as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy, YDSA will not disclose personal information to any third party unless required to do so by law or subpoena or if we believe that such action is necessary to (a) conform to the law, comply with legal process served on us or our affiliates, or investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities; (b) to enforce this policy, take precautions against liability, to investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations, to assist government enforcement agencies, or to protect the security or integrity of our site; and (c) to exercise or protect the rights, property, or personal safety of ydsausa.org, our users or others.

How We Protect Your Information

YDSA cares about the integrity and security of your personal information. We cannot, however, ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to YDSA or guarantee that your information on the service may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards. Your privacy settings may also be affected by changes to the functionality of third-party providers, such as social networks. YDSA is not responsible for the functionality or security measures of any third party.

To protect your privacy and security, we take reasonable steps (such as requesting a unique password) to verify your identity before granting you access to your account. You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your unique password and account information, and for controlling access to your email communications from YDSA, at all times.

Compromise of Personal Information

In the event that personal information is compromised as a result of a breach of security, YDSA will promptly notify those persons whose personal information has been compromised, in accordance with the notification procedures set forth in this Privacy Policy, or as otherwise required by applicable law.

Your Choices About Your Information

You may, of course, decline to submit personally identifiable information through ydsausa.org, in which case YDSA may not be able to provide certain services to you. You can review and correct the information about you that YDSA keeps on file by contacting us directly at info (a) dsausa.org.

Children’s Privacy

Protecting the privacy of young children is especially important. For that reason, YDSA does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register for ydsausa.org accounts. 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 ydsausa.org. 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 upon the request of the parent(s). If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at info (a) dsausa.org.

Links to Other Web Sites

We are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from ydsausa.org, nor the information or content contained therein. Please remember that when you use a link to go from ydsausa.org to another website, our Privacy Policy is no longer in effect. Your browsing and interaction on any other website, including those that have a link on our website, is subject to that website’s own rules and policies. Please read over those rules and policies before proceeding.

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 ydsausa.org, as determined by YDSA in their 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 Our Privacy Policy

If we change our privacy policies and procedures, we will post those changes on ydsausa.org to keep you aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances we may disclose it. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this website, please contact us at info[at]dsausa.org or send mail to:

DSA
75 Maiden Lane, Suite 702
New York, NY 10038

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