This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their ‘Personally Identifiable Information’ (PII) is being collected, used, stored, and disclosed on or through websites owned or operated by the Kansas Policy Institute (“KPI,” “we,” us,” or “our”), including kanaspolicy.org, choosingfreedom.org, Kansasjusticeinstitute.org, kansasopengov.org, and the sentinelks.org, and provided to us from posts placed by us on social media sites operated by third parties to which this privacy policy is referenced or linked (each a “Site,” collectively the “Sites”). This Privacy Policy does not apply to information we collect offline or via email, mail, fax, or telephone, and it does not apply to PII collected for third parties, whether those third parties provide PII to us, including without limitation, Facebook. PII is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single individual, or to identify an individual in context, and includes first and last name, home or other physical address, email address, telephone number, social security number, any other identifier that permits the physical or online contacting of an individual, or any information collected from an individual in combination with an identifier described above. Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with our website.

PLEASE REVIEW THIS PRIVACY POLICY CAREFULLY. When you submit information to or through the Sites, you consent to the collection and processing of your information as described in this Privacy Policy.

By using the Sites, you accept the terms of this Privacy Policy and consent to our collection, use, disclosure, and retention of your information as described in this Privacy Policy.

IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH ANY PART OF THIS PRIVACY POLICY THEN PLEASE DO NOT USE ANY OF THE SITES.

What is the Effective Date of this Privacy Policy and Changes to this Privacy Policy?

The Effective Date of this Privacy Policy is set forth at the bottom of this Privacy Policy. We reserve the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time by posting an updated version of this Privacy Policy to the Site.  Any changes to this Privacy Policy become effective upon posting. Use of the Sites following such posting constitutes your acceptance of the revised Privacy Policy.  The amended Privacy Policy supersedes all previous versions.  To the extent allowed by applicable law, any change will apply to information, including PII, obtained prior to the effective date of the change, except as specified in the Privacy Policy.

What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our Sites?

When ordering, registering, or submitting information on or through our Site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, mailing address, phone number or other details to help you with your experience, request services from us, make a donation, or respond to surveys, petitions, or other information requests. Some information is collected automatically through the use of cookies and similar data collection tools. To learn more about how and why we use cookies and similar tools to collect information, see the “Cookies” section below.  Third parties that assist us with our business operations also collect information, including Personal Information and Usage Data, about you through the Services and share it with us. For example, our vendors collect and share information with us to help us detect and prevent fraud.

 

When do we collect information?

We collect information from you when you register on our site, place an order, subscribe to a newsletter, fill out a form or enter information on our Site.  When you submit information in or through a social media post placed by us, that information is passed to us by the social media network provider. We also collect information from you automatically when you visit a Site.  Third parties that assist us with our business operations also collect information, including PII, about you through the Sites and share it with us.

How do we use your information?

We use the information we collect from you to operate our business, including the Sites.  We may also use the information we collect from you in the following ways:

  • To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature.
  • To quickly process your transactions, including collecting donations.
  • To send periodic emails regarding your order or other products and services.
  • To follow up with them after correspondence (live chat, email or phone inquiries).
  • Operate, improve, and personalize the Sites.
  • Provide use of and access to the Sites, including your uses.
  • Customize, measure, and improve the Sites.
  • Provide offers and content that we think users will like.
  • As described when we collect the information.
  • Provide customer service to you.
  • Contact you by either email, telephone, or text (SMS) messages (message and data rates may apply) to request your evaluation, resolve disputes, collect amounts donated, troubleshoot problems with the Sites, and for other purposes authorized by law.
  • Check and verify PII with third parties as necessary.
  • Customize, measure, and improve our content based on users’ preferences.
  • Contact you by either postal mail, email, telephone, or text (SMS) messages (message and data rates may apply) as authorized by you to inform you about the Sites, special offers, and other promotions offered by us or our business partners.
  • For our legal, accounting, and other administrative purposes.
  • Prevent, detect, investigate, and mitigate fraud, security breaches, potentially prohibited or illegal activities.
  • Protect the rights or property of us, our employees, our customers, the Sites, or other users.
  • Enforce our applicable policies.

 

How do we protect your information? 

We safeguard or we require our service providers to safeguard your PII using appropriate administrative, physical, and technical measures typical of those used in our industry. However, neither we nor anyone else can guarantee the security of information, whether on or off the internet. To the greatest extent allowed by law, we are not responsible for any security incident to your data, including because the unauthorized actions of our employees, service providers, or unaffiliated persons.  You are responsible for maintaining the security of any password, user ID, or other form of authentication involved in obtaining access to password protected or secure areas of the Sites. In order to protect you and your data, we may suspend your use of any of the Sites, without notice, pending an investigation, if any breach of security is suspected. Access to and use of password protected or secure areas of any of the Sites are restricted to authorized users only. Unauthorized access to such areas is prohibited and may lead to criminal prosecution.

All payment card transactions are transmitted via encrypted, Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and processed through a gateway provider and are not stored or processed on our servers.

Do we use ‘cookies’? 

Currently, we do not use our own cookies to obtain certain types of information when your web browser accesses the Sites or advertisement or visits a web site in our network.

But we may allow our service providers to set cookies or other data collection tools, such as web beacons or server logs, on our Sites and advertisements to gather non-personally identifiable information for us. Our service providers may provide to us information collected through cookies and other data collection tools. “Cookies” are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser.  “Web beacons,” also known as “transparent gifs,” are used in combination with cookies and logs maintained by servers to help better understand a user’s behavior on the Sites. In some cases, we may also use another company to operate web servers or process credit card purchases for our Site. The Sites may use cookies and other technology to speed navigation and keep track of items and to gather anonymous traffic data that we may use to enhance the Site, our Services, marketing, and other internal purposes.  Although cookies and other data collection tools do not collect PII, they can be linked to PII.

Some web browsers can warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or allow you to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since every browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.

If you turn cookies off you may be prevented from accessing some features available through the Sites.

Certain third parties that we do not control may use cookies and other data collection tools on the Sites. For example, we may participate and use third-party analytical services to better understand how you use the Sites. These companies may use information about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. This Privacy Policy does not apply to those third parties or their cookies or data collection tools. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, please read the Google privacy policy at https://marketingplatform.google.com/about/analytics/terms/us/, and Facebook’s privacy policy at https://www.facebook.com/full_data_use_policy.

Third-party disclosure

We may share and disclose information, including PII, as described at the time information is collected, as you may expressly approve, or as follows:

  • We may disclose PII to third parties in order to perform services requested or functions initiated by you, including making donations. In addition, we may disclose PII in order to identify you in connection with communications sent through the Sites.
  • We share information, including PII, with our service providers to perform the functions for which we engage them (such as hosting and data analyses). We may share information as needed to operate other related services.We require our service providers to only use and disclose information we provide them to perform services for us.
  • We also may share information, including PII, that we collect as needed to enforce our rights, protect our property, or protect the rights, property, or safety of others, or as needed to support external auditing, compliance, and corporate governance functions. We will disclose PII as we deem necessary to respond to a subpoena, regulation, binding order of a data protection agency, legal process, governmental request, or other legal or regulatory process. We may also share PII as required to pursue available remedies or limit damages we may sustain.
  • We may also disclose your PII for various administrative purposes, as allowed by law. These may include disclosure of your payment history to a credit reporting agency.
  • We may transfer information, including your PII, in connection with a merger, sale, acquisition, or other change of ownership or control by or of us or any affiliated company (in each case whether in whole or in part).

Except as described at the time information is collected or as you may expressly approve, we do not sell or trade your Personally Identifiable Information to outside parties.

Third-party links

The Sites may contain links to third-party websites and services (“Third Party Services”). A link to any Third Party Service does not mean that we endorse it or the quality or accuracy of information presented on it. If you decide to visit a Third Party Service, you are subject to its privacy policy and practices and not this Privacy Policy. We encourage you to carefully review the legal and privacy notices of all other digital services that you visit.

How does our site handle Do Not Track signals? 

The Sites comply with user opt-outs from tracking via the “Do Not Track” or “DNT” header (see http://www.w3.org/TR/tracking-dnt/).  When a Site receives web requests from a user who enables DNT by actively choosing an opt-out setting in their browser (a “DNT User”), we will take steps so that no user identification is transmitted to us, except as provided next. When a DNT User has logged into a Site, we will retain only that personally identifiable information affirmatively provided by the DNT User and log information about the specific transactions in which the DNT User engages.  If we believe that DNT User is engaging in malicious behavior or wrongdoing, for example a security attack, spam submission, or fraudulent transaction, we may ignore DNT header requests.  We may still collect, retain, use, and share anonymized or de-identified information about DNT Users that does not constitute PII.  All information collected by DNT Users may be retained, used, and shared as outlined in this Privacy Policy.

Does our site allow third-party behavioral tracking?

As described above (see “Do we use ‘cookies’?”), we allow third-party service providers to place cookies and other data collection tools on our Sites.  These third parties may use such cookies and other data collection tools to track your activities over time or across different websites based on your visiting the Sites.

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States’ consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.

The Sites are not intended for use by or targeted to children under the age of 13 years old. If you are under the age of 13, you may use the Sites only with the consent of or under the supervision of your parent or legal guardian. We do not knowingly solicit or collect information from children. Consistent with the requirements of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), if we learn that we have received any information directly from a child under age 13 without first receiving his or her parent’s verified consent, we will use that information only to respond directly to that child (or his or her parent or legal guardian) to inform the child that he or she cannot use the Sites and subsequently we will delete that information.

Do we let third-parties, including ad networks or plug-ins collect PII from children under 13? No.

Where are the Sites located?

Any information, including PII, collected through the Sites is processed in the United States by us or by a service provider acting on our behalf. When you use the Sites you consent to the processing of your information in the United States. The Sites are hosted in the United States.

 

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy, you may contact us using the information below.

250 N Water, Ste 216 Wichita, KS 67202

316-634-0218

information@kansaspolicy.org

Effective Date: November 30, 2019