Privacy Policy

SEIU strongly believes in the importance of your privacy. This Privacy Policy describes how SEIU treats the personal information we collect through the SEIU Faculty Forward website (the “Website”) and what we do with that information. By using or accessing the Website, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Statement applies only to information collected online through the Website and does not describe the ways in which we may collect or use information obtained offline or through any means other than our Website.

How, When, and Why We Collect Information

Activity That Doesn’t Require Registration. You can view content on the Website without registering or providing any personal information. When you enter the Website, we collect information such as your browser and operating system type and IP address to optimize your experience on the Website and to track aggregate Website usage. In addition, we use a “session” cookie and other technologies to identify you while you are on the Website, if cookies are enabled on your computer. This session cookie terminates once you finish using the Website and close your browser.  We may use this data to enhance your experience while using the Faculty Forward website, and to analyze trends amongst users of this website.

Mailing list. You may provide us with your email address if you wish only to join the mailing list through the Action Network.  Information provided to the Action Network is subject to their privacy policy which can be located here.

Activity Requiring Registration. Certain activities on the Website — for example, posting comments, participating in an advocacy campaigns or surveys, or joining Faculty Forward Network as an associate member using the WePay functionality  – require you to register. To become a registered user, we ask you to provide your name, zip code and email address. If you decide to register, we use a persistent cookie that stores certain information to make it easier for you to login when you come back to the Website. However, none of your personal information is stored in that cookie.  Furthermore, SEIU has no access to any payment or financial information provided through this website or the WePay portal.  Personal financial information is maintained on a secured server hosted and or controlled by WePay and other third parties, and information you provide to them is subject to their privacy policy which you can access here.   You may also be asked to provide additional information to participate in certain activities that we may undertake through the Website. In no instance will SEIU sell any personal information provided by you to this website.

Usage Information. We may record information about your usage of the Website, such as when you use the site, the areas of the site you click on and/or participate in, the tags you search for, and whether or not you subscribe to the RSS feed, and whether or not you use the WePay tool. If you are logged in, we may associate that information with your account. A persistent cookie, web beacons, Flash cookie, or similar tool may be used to track this information, but will not track financial information entered. We may use pixel tags and/or trackable links in HTML-based emails sent to our users to track which emails are opened and/or clicked on by recipients.

Comments Posted to Site. Any personal information or content that you voluntarily disclose online becomes publicly available and can be collected and used by others. Your user name (not your email address) is displayed to other users when you post comments. When posting comments, you should exercise caution not to provide any personally identifying information or other information that you would not want seen by others. Use of the community functions on the Website is at your own risk. See our Community Guidelines.

Tell A Friend Information. If you choose to use our invitation service to tell a friend about our site, we will ask you for information needed to send the invitation, such as your friend’s email address. We will automatically send your friend a single email inviting him or her to visit the site.

Polls and Surveys. From time to time, we may conduct polls and surveys. Information collected through our polls, surveys, and questionnaires is used in the aggregate, unless we contact you to request permission to use your individual responses for a particular purpose.

We do not knowingly collect any information from children under the age of 13.

Uses of Personal Information

The personal information that SEIU collects on the Website helps us, our state and local affiliates and SEIU-related organizations to efficiently and effectively represent our members, to pursue our advocacy agenda, and to provide valuable member benefits.

In order to advance these goals and activities, we may share the personal information that we collect about you with our state and local affiliates and other SEIU-related organizations, as well as third parties that perform services on our behalf. Additionally, subject to applicable law, we may share any of the personal information that we collect about you with certain third parties that share our interests.  We will not share any financial information you have entered into this website or WePay function unless legally required to do so.

We will use your email address to communicate with you about SEIU’s activities and offerings, unless you opt out from receiving such messages. We will also use your email address for administrative purposes, such as notifying you of major Website changes, sending messages related to actions you have taken on the site or for customer service purposes. Although we hope you’ll find these communications informative and useful, if you don’t, you can always unsubscribe by following the simple instructions included in each email.

When you send email or other communications to us, we may retain those communications in order to process your inquiries, respond to your requests and improve our services.

We use both your personally identifying information and certain non-personally-identifying information (such as anonymous usage data, IP addresses, browser type, clickstream data, etc.) to improve the quality of your user experience and the design of the Website and to create new features, functionality, and services by storing, tracking, and analyzing user behavior, preferences, trends, and actions.

Other Disclosures

We may be required to disclose user information pursuant to lawful requests, such as subpoenas or court orders, or in compliance with applicable laws. If we receive a subpoena requesting information about you and if you have provided us with your email address, we will attempt to notify you of the subpoena at the email address that you have provided. Additionally, we may share account or other information when we believe it is necessary to comply with the law, to protect our interests or property, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity perpetrated through the Website or using the SEIU name, to prevent bodily harm, to enforce our User Agreement, or to protect the rights, property or safety of visitors to our site, our members, the public or SEIU. In the unlikely event that SEIU (or substantially all of its assets) is merged with another entity, information on our visitors would be among the transferred assets.

Information Security and Data Integrity

SEIU takes security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of data. These include internal reviews of our data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures, as well as physical security measures to guard against unauthorized access to systems where we store personal data.  As noted above, financial information is not in SEIU’s custody, but rather kept secure in a remote server that has SAS70 compliant security protocols.

More Information

Our Website may also permit you to access non-SEIU sites. It is important to remember that, if you link to a non-SEIU site from our Website, that party’s privacy policy and its user agreement apply to you. We encourage you to learn about each third party’s privacy policy before giving personal information to them.

SEIU reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time. We will post any changes to this Privacy Policy on this page, so we encourage you to check this page regularly. Your continued use of this Website following any changes to this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such changes.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the Website, or your account, please feel free to contact us.

Effective Date: January 21, 2014

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