Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Inc. (“VPIRG”, “we” or “us”) is committed to protecting your privacy online. This Privacy Policy applies to the following websites: www.vpirg.org, www.vpirgvotes.org, and certain other websites through which we may collect data from you  (collectively, the “Sites”). You are advised to consult the “Privacy Policy” link on the Sites each time you visit them. Your continued use of the Sites constitutes your agreement to the Policy, as it may be amended from time to time.

This website is designed to provide information on consumer, environmental, and other public interest issues and enable visitors to take action to stand up to powerful interests. In order to serve you more effectively, some parts of the website may ask for your name, address, email address and other information. VPIRG respects your privacy and is committed to maintaining your confidence and trust. Our policy regarding the privacy of your personal information is as follows:

Personal Information
Any personal information we request is intended to help us improve the content of our Sites, to provide you with accurate information about your elected officials and the interactions you take part in, and to provide decision-makers with necessary information about who is speaking out on a particular issue. We may also provide this information to groups within our own organizational network, but we will never sell your personal information or share it with outside organizations unless expressly noted.

If you choose to take action or make a financial contribution, your personal information will be encrypted through SSL/HTTPS, the industry standard technology used to protect sensitive data.

We sometimes contract with third-party vendors to perform functions including but not limited to data processing and credit card processing. These third parties have access to your personal information only as needed to perform their services for VPIRG and are under legal obligation not to disclose that information or otherwise jeopardize its security.

If you take action, sign up for email alerts, or make a financial contribution to VPIRG online, you may receive periodic communications including but not limited to email, letters, newsletters and an annual report. At any time, you can unsubscribe from these communications by following the directions included in the communication or by contacting us.

After taking some actions online, you may be given the option to send a message to your friends, inviting them to take action as well. If you send a message to a friend, your name and email will be included in that message. We will not store your friend’s name or email address, nor will your friend receive communications from VPIRG unless they join, take action, or make a contribution.

Browser Information
As is true of most websites, our web server may place cookies on your machine containing information you have given us (for example, your state or zip code). These cookies allow us to provide you with a more focused user-experience (for example, by allowing us to display specific information, such as the name of your state lawmakers, based on your zip code). We do not analyze, share or use cookies for any purpose other than streamlining your visit to our website and making it more convenient.

Our web server also collects anonymous information that we use to help diagnose problems with our server and to track web traffic on our site.

How we protect your information

We adopt appropriate data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information, username, password, transaction information and data stored on our Sites.

Changes to this privacy policy

Vermont Public Interest Research Group has the discretion to update this privacy policy at any time. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page. We encourage Users to frequently check this page for any changes to stay informed about how we are helping to protect the personal information we collect. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this privacy policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

Your acceptance of these terms

By using these Sites, you signify your acceptance of this policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our Sites. Your continued use of the Sites following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.

If you have any questions about our privacy policy, please contact us.

Vermont Public Interest Research Group

www.vpirg.org
141 Main St., Ste. 6
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 223-5221
vpirg@vpirg.org

This document was last updated on January 17, 2020