At Friends of Maria we are putting forth every effort to ensure the privacy and security of information that you share with us online. In addition, we urge you to take steps to protect the privacy of your personal information, such as safeguarding your passwords and logging off of the website after submitting personal information. If you have broadband access to the Internet, it is strongly advised that you use a firewall.
- How we protect your information
- How we use your information
- How to contact us about privacy
How do we protect your information?
Our website has a number of security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of the information under our control. Computer systems have restricted access limited only to those persons and organizations necessary to its proper functioning. This access applies to all electronic and physical security measures. Highly sensitive data including credit card information is additionally secured through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol. Our servers are located in a locked, secure environment.
How do we use the information you provide?
On registration, sign-up and contribution forms on www.cantwell.com, we may ask for your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, or other information, as well as who, if anyone, referred you to the site in order to credit those who are organizing volunteer support or fundraising for Friends of Maria or for other legal purposes.
We will use your e-mail address to provide you news and information about Friends of Maria. We may also use your zip code and state to send you e-mail messages about upcoming campaign events or activities in your area.
We may also use the information that you provide online to contact you for other purposes or to solicit you for contributions. When you register or sign-up online, we may share your contact information with successor organizations and other like-minded candidates and organizations, and they may contact you. When you make a contribution to us, we may also exchange your contributor information with successor organizations and other like-minded candidates and organizations, and they may solicit you (see below for additional information regarding your contributor information). However, we will not sell or exchange your credit card information to any other third party under any circumstances.
By providing us your telephone number, you are consenting to receive calls and texts, including those made with automatic dialing systems or featuring a recorded message.
In addition, we may release personal information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law (e.g., a lawful subpoena), to protect our rights or property, or to protect our donors and supporters from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful conduct, or if we reasonably believe that an emergency involving immediate danger of death or serious physical injury to any person requires disclosure of communications or justifies disclosure of records without delay.
When you contribute money online:
We are required by federal law to collect and report to the Federal Election Commission the name, mailing address, occupation and employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in an election cycle. These records are available to the public. However, they cannot be used by other organizations for fundraising. For additional information, visit the FEC website at http://www.fec.gov. We also make a note of your telephone number and email address, which helps us to contact you quickly if follow-up on your contribution is necessary under Federal election law.
When you sign one of our petitions:
We treat your name, city, state, and any comments as public information. We may, for example, provide compilations of petitions, with your comments, to national leaders, without disclosing email addresses. We may also make comments along with your city and state available to the press and public online.
Using social media to communicate with supporters
Friends of Maria may use third party social media platforms, e.g., Facebook messenger and the like, to communicate with supporters and such use will be consistent with the privacy requirements of those platforms.
We may place online advertising with third-party vendors, including Google, which will be shown on other Sites on the Internet. In some cases, those third-party vendors may decide which ads to show you based on your prior visits to the Site. At no time will you be personally identified to those third-party vendors, nor will any of the information you share with us be shared with those third-party vendors. If you prefer to opt out of the use of these third-party cookies on the Site, you can do so by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt out page.
When you schedule online events:
When you schedule an event and choose to post it on www.cantwell.com you have the choice of making your event public or semi-public. Public events will display your name and the address of the event to any visitor browsing the system and allow those users to RSVP. Semi-public events will display your name and the general area that you define (e.g.”1st & Main”, or “downtown”), but will not display the specific address. Visitors can requests invitations, and only after those requests are approved by you can they see the address.
IP Addresses and Log File Data:
We log IP address, which is the location of your computer or network on the Internet, for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes. We also use page hits in the aggregate to track the popularity of pages that people visit in order to improve the quality of the site. There is no personal identifiable information collected in our log files.
Information on Children:
Because we care about the safety and privacy of children online, we comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA). COPPA and its accompanying FTC regulations establish United States federal law that protects the privacy of children using the Internet. We do not knowingly contact or collect personal information from children under 13. Our site is not intended to solicit information of any kind from children under 13, and we have designed our sites to block our knowing acceptance of information from children under 13 whenever age-related information is requested.
Parents with questions may e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (206) 682-7328.
Unsubscribing from Email Communications:
If you wish to unsubscribe from our communications, please email is at email@example.com. We will regularly process these requests. To comply with federal election law, however, our contributor records will be continuously maintained in a separate secure database. You may also update your information by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contacting us about privacy:
You can also reach us via U.S. Mail at:
Friends of Maria
PO Box 12740
Seattle, WA 98111