Privacy Policy

We’ve decided to make this Privacy Policy available under a Creative Commons Sharealike License, which means you’re more than welcome to take them and re-purpose them for your own use. Just make sure to replace references to us with ones to you, and if you’d like to, we’d appreciate a link to MediaCause.org somewhere on your website.

Your privacy is critically important to us, so at MediaCause we have a few fundamental principles. If you find content on the MediaCause website you believe violates our Privacy Policy, please contact us immediately.

We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. We can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.

We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.

We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.

MediaCause Inc.

“MediaCause” operates a website at mediacause.org. It is MediaCause’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our website. If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact our support team.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, MediaCause collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. MediaCause’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how MediaCause’s visitors use its website. From time to time, MediaCause may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

MediaCause also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on articles published. MediaCause only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to MediaCause’s websites choose to interact with MediaCause in ways that require MediaCause to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that MediaCause gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for membership at mediacause.org to provide a username and email address.

Those who engage in transactions with MediaCause – by purchasing services, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, MediaCause collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with MediaCause. MediaCause does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

MediaCause may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its website. For instance, MediaCause may monitor the most popular pages and articles on the mediacause.org site or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spammers. MediaCause may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, MediaCause does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Business Transfers

If MediaCause, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that MediaCause goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of MediaCause may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Ads

Any Ads appearing on our website may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by MediaCause and does not cover the use of cookies by any such advertisers.

Comments

Comments and other content submitted via the Akismet anti-spam service are saved on our servers unless they were marked as spam positive, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, MediaCause may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and at MediaCause’s sole discretion. MediaCause encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a mediacause.org account, you should also check your blog’s dashboard for alerts to these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

 

Protection of Information

MediaCause discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that

(i) need to know that information in order to process it on MediaCause’s behalf or to provide services available at MediaCause’s websites, and

(ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others.

Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using MediaCause’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. MediaCause will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone.

Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, MediaCause discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when MediaCause believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of MediaCause, third parties or the public at large.

If you are a registered user of an MediaCause website and have supplied your email address, MediaCause may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with MediaCause and our services. We primarily use our website to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum.

If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. MediaCause takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Email Communication

MediaCause sends a newsletter and occasional nonprofit marketing updates that we believe will be useful to individuals that subscribe to our website or blog, download a whitepaper, or request updates. Users may remove themselves from this mailing list by following the link provided in every email. We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law.   

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. MediaCause uses cookies to help MediaCause identify and track visitors, their usage of MediaCause website, and their website access preferences.

MediaCause visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using mediacause’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of MediaCause’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.