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Introduction

America First Policy Institute (AFPI) is committed to protecting the privacy of our online guests, users, staff, members, and friends through our compliance with this policy.

We believe that maintaining privacy on the internet is very important and hope you will read this Privacy Policy carefully so that you will clearly understand both our commitment to you and your privacy and our method of collecting and using information. This Privacy Policy describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide when you visit the website www.AmericaFirstPolicy.com and our practices for collecting, using, maintaining, protecting, and disclosing that information.

This Privacy Policy only applies to transactions made, and data gathered, on this Website and associated email and SMS messaging services and does not apply to any other website. By using the Website, communicating with us by email, or by otherwise submitting personal information to us, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy; you give your consent to the collection, storage and use of personal information as explained in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy may change from time to time (see Changes to Our Privacy Policy).

The term “personal information” refers to non-public information that personally relates to or identifies you, such as your name, password, age, gender, email address, postal mailing address, zip code, home/mobile telephone number, Social Security number and/or taxpayer identification number, and other similar information). If we combine or associate information from other sources with personal information that you provide directly to us through or in connection with our services, we will treat the combined information as personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

This Privacy Policy applies to information we collect: - On this Website. - In email, text, and other electronic messages between you and this Website and AFPI. - When you interact with our advertising and applications on third-party websites and services, if those applications or advertising include links to this policy. It does not apply to information collected by: - Us offline or through any other means, including on any other website operated or any third-party; or - Any third party (including our affiliates and subsidiaries), including through any application or content (including advertising) that may link to or be accessible from or on the Website.

CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13

Our Website is not intended for children under 13 years of age. No one under age 13 may provide any personal information to or on the Website. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If you are under 13, do not use or provide any information on this Website or through any of its features, use any of the interactive or public comment features of this Website, or provide any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, email address, or any screen name or user name you may use. If we learn we have collected or received personal information from a child under 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. If you believe we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please email us at privacy@americafirstpolicy.com

INFORMATION ABOUT YOU WE COLLECT AND WHY WE GATHER SUCH INFORMATION

We collect several types of information from and about users of our Website, including information:

  • That personally relates to or identifies you, such as your name, password, postal address, e-mail address, home/mobile telephone number, or any other identifier by which you may be contacted online or offline (“personal information”);
  • That is about you but individually does not identify you, such as political and religious affiliation and leaning, age, or gender; and/or
  • About your internet connection, the equipment you use to access our Website, including but not limited to, website pages viewed, sites visited before visiting this Website, frequency of visits, clickstream data, browser type, operating system, organization name, articles, internet connection speed, presentations viewed, time spent viewing pages of our website or using certain features of our website, demographic data such as server locations, clickstream data, location services, server location, cookies existing on your computer, search criteria used and results, date and time of access or visits to our website, frequency of visits to our website, connection speed, and other information which does not specifically identify you. We collect this information:
  • Directly from you when you provide it to us.
  • Automatically as you navigate through the site. Information collected automatically may include usage details, IP addresses, and information collected through cookies, web beacons, and other tracking technologies.
  • From third parties.

Email Communications.

We regularly send email newsletters to our registered users. Registered users may subscribe or unsubscribe to an email newsletter at any time by changing their email preferences. On occasion, we may send emails to individuals such as Website visitors who have provided us with their email address, informing them of events, developments, and various other AFPI activities we think might be of interest to them. Email recipients may always opt out of any email category at any time by following the unsubscribe instructions included in the email message.

  • Emailing Us: We try to respond to email messages requiring a response in accordance with our internal policies. If you email us, your message and email address will be forwarded to the appropriate department within our organization. We may choose to save this information. We are pleased to hear from you. However, any message, material, information, ideas, concepts or other information sent to us by email will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary, and we will not be liable for delays or omissions in receiving or responding to email.

Information You Provide to Us

The information we collect on or through our Website may include: - Information that you provide by filling in forms on our Website. This includes information provided at the time of registering to use our Website, signing up for newsletters or email notifications, making a donation to AFPI, posting material, or requesting further information. We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with our Website. - Records and copies of your correspondence (including email addresses), if you contact us. - Your responses to surveys that we might ask you to complete for research purposes. - Details of AFPI donations, merchandise orders, and other transactions you carry out through our Website and of the fulfillment of your orders. You may be required to provide financial information before placing an order through our Website. - Your search queries on the Website.

Information We Collect Through Automatic Data Collection Technologies

As you navigate through and interact with our Website, we may use automatic data collection technologies to collect certain information about your equipment, browsing actions, and patterns, including: - Details of your visits to our website, including traffic data, location data, logs, and other communication data and the resources that you access and use on the Website. - Information about your computer and internet connection, including your IP address, operating system, and browser type.

The information we collect automatically may include personal information, or we may maintain it or associate it with personal information we collect in other ways or receive from third parties. It helps us to improve our Website and to deliver a better and more personalized service, including by enabling us to:

  • Estimate our audience size and usage patterns.
  • Store information about your preferences, allowing us to customize our Website according to your individual interests.
  • Speed up your searches.
  • Recognize you when you return to our Website.

The technologies we use for this automatic data collection may include:

  • Cookies (or browser cookies). When you visit the Website, whether or not you register for an account, we may send one or more cookies. “Cookies” are small text files containing a string of alphanumeric characters that may be placed on your web browser. Cookies make it easier for you to navigate our Website by, among other things, “remembering” your identity so that you do not have to input your password multiple times as you navigate between web pages on the Website and/or as you access certain services we may provide. This use of cookies for authentication (i.e., verifying that you are who you say you are) is an essential component of site security. You can set your web browser to inform you when cookies are set or to prevent cookies from being set.
  • Flash Cookies. Certain features of our Website may use local stored objects (or Flash cookies) to collect and store information about your preferences and navigation to, from, and on our Website. Flash cookies are not managed by the same browser settings as are used for browser cookies. For information about managing your privacy and security settings for Flash cookies, see Choices About How We Use and Disclose Your Information.
  • Web Beacons. Pages of our Website and our emails may contain small electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags, and single-pixel gifs) that permit AFPI, for example, to count users who have visited those pages or opened an email and for other related website statistics (for example, recording the popularity of certain website content and verifying system and server integrity).
  • Server Logs. Server Logs can be either a single log file or several log files automatically created and maintained by a server of activity performed by the server, which can include information about any transaction you conduct with the server.

THIRD PARTY USE OF COOKIES AND OTHER TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES

Some content or applications, including advertisements, on the Website are served by third-parties, including advertisers, ad networks and servers, content providers, and application providers. These third parties may use cookies alone or in conjunction with web beacons or other tracking technologies to collect information about you when you use our website. The information they collect may be associated with your personal information or they may collect information, including personal information, about your online activities over time and across different websites and other online services. They may use this information to provide you with interest-based (behavioral) advertising or other targeted content.

We do not control these third parties’ tracking technologies or how they may be used. If you have any questions about an advertisement or other targeted content, you should contact the responsible provider directly. For information about how you can opt out of receiving targeted advertising from many providers, see Choices About How We Use and Disclose Your Information.

HOW INFORMATION HELPS BOTH YOU AND US

Information about you plays a key role in our ability to succeed in this mission. Amongst other things, it also helps us service your accounts and effectively promote the organization. For example, we use information about you to:

  • Present our Website and its contents to you;
  • Respond more accurately and efficiently to your requests;
  • Identify opportunities to give you more convenience and control by developing new services that may benefit you;
  • Provide you with information you request from us;
  • Fulfill any other purpose for which you provide;
  • Notify you about changes to our website or any products or services we offer or provide though it.
  • In any other way we may describe when you provide the information.

We may also use your information to contact you about certain topics, issues, and services that may be of interest to you. If you do not want us to use your information in this way, please adjust your user preferences in your account profile. For more information, see Choices About How We Use and Disclose Your Information.

We may use the information we have collected from you to enable us to display advertisements to our advertisers’ target audiences. Even though we do not disclose your personal information for these purposes without your consent, if you click on or otherwise interact with an advertisement, the advertiser may assume that you meet its target criteria.

SOCIAL MEDIA FEATURES

Our Website may include Social Media Features, such as the Facebook Like button, Twitter, and share buttons. These Social Media Features are interactive mini-programs and may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our Website, and may set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Social Media Features and widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Website. Your interactions with these Social Media Features are governed by the Privacy Policy of the company providing them.

HOW AND WHY WE DISCLOSE YOUR INFORMATION TO THIRD PARTIES

We may disclose aggregated information about our users, and information that does not identify any individual, without restriction.

We may disclose personal information that we collect, or that you provide as described in this Privacy Policy:

  • To our subsidiaries and affiliates.
  • To contractors, organizations, AFPI staff, service providers, and other third parties we use to support our operations.
  • To a buyer or other successor in the event of a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, or other sale or transfer of some or all of our assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation, or similar proceeding, in which personal information held by us about our Website users is among the assets transferred.
  • To third parties to better and more accurately if you have not opted out of these disclosures. For more information, see Choices About How We Use and Disclose Your Information.
  • To fulfill the purpose for which you provide it. For example, if you give us an email address to use the “email a friend”, or similar feature of our Website, we will transmit the contents of that email and your email address to the recipients.
  • For any other purpose disclosed by us when you provide the information with your consent.

We may also disclose your personal information: - To investigate and help prevent potentially unlawful activity or activities that threaten the integrity of our website or network; to protect and defend our rights or property or the rights or property of others; as required by courts or administrative agencies; and in connection with a financing, sale, merger, or reorganization of our organization or assets. Any successor in interest to our organization would acquire the information we maintain, including personally identifiable information, and may alter the terms of this Privacy Policy- - To investigate and defend against any third-party claims or allegations, to protect the security or integrity of the Website, or to protect AFPI, our users, or others. This may include situations when such disclosure is legally required or appropriate pursuant to any court orders, subpoenas or any regulations, including responding to court orders and subpoenas, cooperating with government agencies, other regulatory bodies, and law enforcement officials, performing background checks, resolving disputes or performing risk-management functions.

CHOICES ABOUT HOW WE USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR INFORMATION

We strive to provide you with choices regarding the personal information you provide to us. We have created mechanisms to provide you with the following control over your information:

  • Tracking Technologies and Advertising. You can set your browser to refuse all or some browser cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. To learn how you can manage your Flash cookie settings, visit the Flash player settings page on Adobe’s website. If you disable or refuse cookies, please note that some parts of this site may then be inaccessible or not function properly.
  • Disclosure of Your Information for Third-Party Advertising. If you do not want us to share your personal information with unaffiliated or non-agent third parties for promotional purposes, you can opt-out by checking the relevant box located on the form on which we collect your data (e.g., the registration form, donation page, newsletter, or email alert signup). You can also always opt-out by checking or unchecking the relevant boxes or by sending us an email with your request to privacy@americafirstpolicy.com.
  • Promotional Information from the Institute. If you do not wish to have your contact information used by AFPI , you can opt-out by checking the relevant box located on the form on which we collect your data (e.g., the registration form, donation page, newsletter or email alert signup). You can always opt-out at any other time by checking or unchecking the relevant boxes or by sending us an email stating your request to privacy@americafirstpolicy.com. If we have sent you a promotional email, you may send us a return email asking to be omitted from future email distributions.

OUR PRIVACY POLICY DOES NOT APPLY TO THIRD-PARTY ACTIVITIES OR SITES.

The Website may provide links to third-party websites for your convenience and information. If you access those links, you will leave our Website. Any information submitted by you to a third party, will be controlled by that third-party’s privacy policy, which may differ from our own. This Privacy Policy does not cover the collection of information by cookies or other methods by such third-party services or other third parties. We do not control how these third-party services, or third parties collect information or by what means such third-party services or third parties may use their own cookies to collect information about you. We do not endorse, screen, or approve, and are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of, other websites or services. We encourage you to review the privacy policy of any organization before submitting your personal information.

In addition, you can opt out of receiving targeted ads from members of the Network Advertising Initiative (“NAI”) on the NAI’s website.

YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS

California’s “Shine the Light” law (Civil Code Section § 1798.83) permits users of our Website that are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an email to privacy@americafirstpolicy.com.

SECURITY

We have implemented measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration, and disclosure. All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers behind firewalls. Any payment transactions will be encrypted using SSL technology.

The safety and security of your information also depends on you. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password for access to certain parts of our Website, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone. We urge you to be careful about giving out information in public areas of the Website like message boards. The information you share in public areas may be viewed by any user of the Website.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted to our Website. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Website.

OPT-OUT POLICY

We may at times send you email communications with informational or promotional materials. If you prefer not to receive such marketing or promotional emails from us, you may unsubscribe completely by emailing us at: privacy@americafirstpolicy.com

Please note that opt-out requests may take up to twenty-four (24) hours to process. Please also note that at times we may need to send you email communications that are transactional in nature such as service or termination announcements or payment confirmations which are communications you will not be able to opt-out of.

If you would like us to remove your personally identifiable information from our database, please send a request to: privacy@americafirstpolicy.com

We are not responsible for removing your personal information from the lists of any third-party services or other third party who has previously been provided your information in accordance with this notice.

APPLICABLE LAW AND JURISDICTION

This Privacy Notice shall be governed by, construed and entered in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas applicable to contracts deemed to be made within such state, without regard to the choice of law or conflict of law provisions thereof. All disputes with respect to this Privacy Notice shall be brought and heard either in the Texas state or federal courts of proper jurisdiction located in Tarrant County. You consent to the in personam jurisdiction and venue of such courts. YOU HEREBY WAIVE YOUR RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY WITH RESPECT TO ANY CLAIM, ACTION OR PROCEEDING, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, ARISING OUT OF, OR RELATING TO, THIS AGREEMENT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

REVIEWING, CHANGING OR CORRECTING INFORMATION.

You are solely responsible for helping us to maintain the accuracy and completeness of your personal and other information. We urge you to review your information regularly to ensure that it is correct and complete. If you believe that any of your information is incorrect, or if you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact us.

You may, of course, decline to share any or all of your personal information with us or ask us to delete your personal information from our systems at any time, in which case we may not be able to provide to you some of the features and functionality found on or through the Website and the Services.

CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

We may revise our Privacy Policy at any time. In the event of a change in this Privacy Policy, a revised Privacy Policy will promptly be posted to our Website, and the “Updated” date will be changed. Please revisit this page to familiarize yourself with the changes to the Privacy Policy. You agree to accept posting of a revised Privacy Policy as described herein as actual notice to you of such revised Privacy Policy. Your continued use of our website after such posting constitutes consent to the collection and use of your information as described in the then-current Privacy Policy.

CONTACT INFORMATION

To ask questions or comment about this privacy policy and our privacy practices, contact us at: privacy@americafirstpolicy.com

or via our toll-free number:

(571) 348-1802

To register a complaint or concern, please email our privacy officer at: privacy@americafirstpolicy.com.