Last Updated: July 23, 2020
National Journal Group LLC (“National Journal,” “we” or “our”) cares about your privacy and the security of your information.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- WHAT INFORMATION IS COLLECTED
- HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
- HOW WE SHARE YOUR INFORMATION
- ONLINE TRACKING
- THIRD PARTIES
- PRIVACY CHOICES
- IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR USERS IN CALIFORNIA
- USERS IN THE EEA, UK, AND SWITZERLAND
- CHILDREN’S PRIVACY
- OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
- CONTACT US
We may collect several types of information about you in connection with the Services.
Information You Provide to Us. There are a number of circumstances in which you supply us with personal information in connection with the Services, which include:
- Contact data, such as your personal or business contact information such as your name, e-mail address, street address and phone number.
- Registration data, such as information you provide when you register for membership, a newsletter, an event, any of our other Services.
- Marketing data, such as information related to your preferences for receiving communications, subscribing to our publications, newsletters and other content, completing surveys, participating in market research, and entering a contest, sweepstakes, or game relating to the Services.
- Communications, such as information you provide when you send us an email, pitch, submit content or post a comment, request for information, or otherwise correspond with us.
- Demographic information, such as your city, state, country of residence, postal code, gender and age.
- Transaction data, such as your order history, products and services you have purchased, membership records, and information needed to process and fulfill your order, including your order details and delivery address.
- Financial information, such as your financial account numbers or payment card information. (Please note that a third party payment processor is responsible for all collection, processing, and storage of your Financial Information; at no time do we have direct access to or possession of any payment card information.)
- Profile information, such as your username and password that you may set to establish an online account with us, your photograph, interests, social medial account ID and preferences.
- Content you choose to upload to the Services, such as text, images, audio, and video, along with the metadata associated with the files you upload.
Information We Automatically Collect About Your Use of the Services. We, our service providers, and our business providers may automatically log information about you, your computer or mobile device, and your activity occurring on or through our websites, such as:
- Device information: We may collect device identifiers and settings such as your computer or mobile device model, IP address, other unique device identifiers, operating system version, browser type, language, and settings, and device type and settings.
- Usage information: We may collect information about the Services you use, the time, date, and duration of your use of the Services, your interaction with content offered through the Services, site engagement, search terms used, our referring website, browsing and search history, site interactions, and software crash reports. We also collect information stored using cookies, mobile ad identifiers, and similar technologies set on your device. Our servers may automatically keep an activity log of your use of the Services. We may collect such usage information at the individual or aggregate level.
- Location information: We collect and store your device’s source IP address, which may disclose the general location of your device at the time you access the Services and precise location derived from GPS-enabled services. Certain content may be directed to you based on this data.
Information from Third Parties. We may receive information about you from third parties and combine it with information we receive from or about you. For example:
- Information from social media websites: When you interact with any National Journal page or account on a social media platform, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or LinkedIn, or otherwise connect your account on the third-party platform or network to your account through our sites, we may collect the personal information available from that page or platform or that you make available to us on that page or account, including your social media account ID, username, user ID, profile picture, cover photo, and networks to which you belong, friends and connections and contact information. You can read more about your choices in the “Privacy Choices” section.
- Information from publicly or commercially available sources: We may collect certain information about you the third parties, including business partners (such as advertising and joint marketing partners) data providers (such as information services and data licensors) and public sources (such as government records, blogs, forums or social media platforms).
Other Information We Collect. We also may collect other information about you, your device, or your use of the Services in ways that we describe to you at the point of collection. You may choose not to provide us with certain types of information, but doing so may affect your experience in using the Services.
Providing the Services. We use your information to process your subscription, send you electronic newsletters, post content you submit, enable your participation in the Services, and improve the Services. We may also use your information to establish and maintain the Services, provide support, facilitate social features, enable and support security and fraud prevention features, communicate with you about the Services, and provide information about our Services. To enable us to provide these Services, we may use the information we collect to identify you across sessions, browsers, and/or devices.
Providing Customer Support Services. We may use your information in order to provide customer support to you, including without limitation any information you provide to us when you contact us by email, phone, or any other medium.
Contacting and Communicating with You about our Services. We may contact or communicate with you (by email, phone, or other medium) concerning: information about your account or any transactions; editorial newsletters and content; invitations to events; offers or announcements about our products or features; offers or announcements about our third party partners’ products or services; communications about your comments or information submissions; online surveys; and legal notices, policy updates, and other important information about the Services. All editorial and commercial email messages include instructions for unsubscribing from such future communications. We also provide personalized content and suggestions to you, including by email, based on your interest and preferences.
Analytics. We may use your information to help us better understand your use of, and our delivery of, the Services, including content selection, delivery, and reporting.
Delivering Advertising. We may use your information to facilitate the delivery of advertising, promotions, and offers, on behalf of ourselves and our third party advertisers, and to measure and report on the delivery of such advertisements, including without limitation counting ad impressions to unique visitors, verifying positioning and quality of ad impressions, and auditing compliance with this specification and other standards.
Delivering Emails on Behalf of Advertisers or Event Underwriters. We may use your information, including the names and email addresses provided to us when you register for our Services (including our live events), to deliver marketing communications we believe may interest you on behalf of advertisers or event underwriters regarding their products or services. (In such instances, we do not share our readers’ information directly with these companies). Many of our readers find this a valuable service. If you do not want your information used for this purpose, you can opt-out of such use by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling or writing us at the contact information provided below.
Facilitating Social Media Engagement. We may use your information, including information provided to us by social media platforms, enable you to interact with any National Journal page or account on a social media platform. We may use your information to help us determine which content to deliver to you on those social media platforms.
Providing Services to our Business Customers. We may use your information to facilitate the provision of services to business customers by our business-focused divisions, including without limitation Ballast Research, Network Science Initiative, Vignette, and Presentation Center.
Learning about Our Users and Services. We conduct research on our users’ demographics, interests and behavior, including performing statistical analysis of our users, their use of the Services, and their purchasing patterns. We do this to optimize and improve the Services, our products, and our operations. We may use the information from one aspect of the Services for other aspects of Services. Additionally, data collected from a particular computer, browser or device may be used with another computer, browser or device that is linked to the computer, browser or device on which such data was collected.
Research, Development, and Improving the Quality of our Services. We analyze use of the Services to analyze and improve the Services and to develop new products and services, including by studying user demographics and use of the Services.
Debugging. We may use your information to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality.
To Aggregate Data or Create Anonymous Data. We may create aggregated, de-identified or other anonymous data records from your personal information and other individuals whose personal information we collect. We make personal information into anonymous data by excluding information (such as your name) that makes the data personally identifiable to you. We may use this anonymous data and share it with third parties for our lawful business purposes, including to analyze and improve the Service and promote our business.
Information Security. We may use your information to detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity, and prosecute those responsible for that activity.
Compliance with Law. We may use your personal information as required by law or if we in good faith believe that such action is necessary to comply with the law or legal process.
As described below, our information-sharing practices vary based on the type of information and the type of recipient.
Third-Party Service Providers. Third party agents and vendors perform functions on our behalf, including, but not limited to, hosting, content syndication, content management tools, social media integration, marketing, analytics, billing and customer service. These entities may have access to personal information if needed to perform their functions. If such access is required, the third parties will be obligated to maintain the confidentiality and security of that personal information. They are restricted from using, selling, distributing or altering this data in any way other than to provide the requested services to National Journal.
Third Party Event Partners or Underwriters. When you register for or attend one of our live events, we may share the information you provide at registration with our event partners or underwriters. These third parties may use your information to provide you with information about their own products and services. If you do not want your information used for these purposes, you can opt-out of such use by e-mailing us at email@example.com, or calling or writing us at the contact information provided below.
Business Transferees. We may sell, transfer, or otherwise share some or all of your personal information in connection with or during negotiation of any merger, financing, acquisition or dissolution, transaction or proceeding involving sale, transfer, divestiture, or disclosure of all or a portion of our business or assets, or in the event of an insolvency, bankruptcy, or receivership.
Law Enforcement, Legal Process, and Emergency Situations. In some cases, we may use or disclose your personal information to a third party if we are required to do so by law or if we in good faith believe that such action is necessary to comply with the law or legal process; to protect and defend our rights or to prevent misuse of our Services; or to protect the personal safety of our employees, agents, partners, the users of the Services, or the public.
Professional Advisors. We may disclose your personal information to professional advisors, such as lawyers, bankers, auditors, and insurers, where necessary in the course of the professional services that they render to us.
For Compliance, Fraud Prevention and Safety. We may share your personal information for the compliance, fraud prevention and safety purposes.
What are Beacons? Web beacons (also called “web tags” or “pixels”) are tiny graphics or scripts that communicate information from your device to a server. Beacons can be embedded in online or mobile content, videos, advertisements, or emails. They allow a server to read certain types of information from your device, such as when you viewed the beacon (and thus the content in which it is embedded) and the IP address of the device on which you viewed the beacon. We and third parties use beacons for a variety of purposes, including to analyze the use of our Services and (in conjunction with cookies) to provide content and ads that are more relevant to you.
What are SDKs? SDKs are third-party computer code that we may incorporate into our Services that may be used for a variety of purposes, including to provide us with analytics regarding the use of our Services, to integrate with social media, or add features or functionality to our Services.
For more information about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set on your device and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
The Services may contain links to other websites, mobile applications, and other online services operated by third parties, and other websites, mobile applications, and online services operated by third parties may contain links to our Services. These links are not an endorsement of, or representation that we are affiliated with, any third party. In addition, our content may be included on web pages or in mobile applications or online services that are not associated with us. We do not control third party websites, mobile applications or online services, and we are not responsible for their actions of their privacy policies. Other websites, mobile applications and Services follow different rules regarding the collection, use and sharing of your personal information. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of the other websites, mobile applications and online services you use.
In general, the information collected and generated by third parties is processed and stored by the third parties and will be subject to their respective privacy policies (which we do not control and for which we are not responsible). We do not control these third parties’ tracking technologies or the information they may collect.
National Journal does not presently deliver interest-based advertising. Nonetheless, we provide you with the below information as a reference. There are a number of ways to opt out of having your online activity and device data collected by third parties, which we have summarized below. Please note that using these tools to opt out of tracking and targeting does not mean that you will not receive advertising while using our Services, or that you will not receive interest-based advertising on other websites from third parties that do not participate in these programs.
Blocking Cookies in Your Browser. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but also usually allow you to modify your settings to disable or reject cookies. If you delete your cookies or if you set your web browser to decline cookies, however, some features of the Services may not work or may not work as designed. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser; links to instructions provided by several of the most common browsers are below. You can also learn more at www.allaboutcookies.org.
- Cookie settings in Google Chrome
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Safari web and iOS.
Google Analytics. The Services may use Google Analytics to track your usage, including the stitching of sessions. If you wish to opt-out of Google Analytics’ tracking, use this browser add-on provided by Google.
Using Privacy Plug-ins or Browsers. You can block our websites from setting third party cookies and trackers by using and configuring a browser with privacy features, like Brave, or installing browser plugins like Privacy Badger, Ghostery or uBlock Origin.
Do Not Track. Some Internet browsers may be configured to send “Do Not Track” signals to the online services that you visit. We currently do not respond to “Do Not Track” or similar signals. To find out more about “Do Not Track,” please visit https://allaboutdnt.com.
This section applies only to California residents. It describes how we collect, use and share Personal Information of California residents in operating our business, and their rights with respect to that Personal Information. For purposes of this section, “Personal Information” has the meaning given in the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”) but does not include information exempted from the scope of the CCPA.
How We Collect, Use, and Share your Personal Information. We collect the following statutory categories (as defined by CCPA) of Personal Information. We have not sold your Personal Information in the preceding 12 months (as “sale” is defined by the CCPA).
- Identifiers (e.g., name, site log-in, email address, mailing address, phone number).
- Commercial information (e.g., subscription records, site engagement).
- Online identifiers (e.g., device identifier, IP address, unique browser ID, cookies, beacons, pixel tags, account login, other unique identifiers).
- Internet or network information (e.g., browsing and search history, site and advertisement interactions).
- Geolocation data (e.g., precise location derived from GPS-enabled services).
- Professional or employment information (e.g., information you provide when you apply for a job with us).
- Financial information (e.g., your financial account numbers or payment card information; please note that a third party payment processor is responsible for all collection, processing, and storage of your Financial Information and we do not have direct access to or possession of any payment card information.)
- Education information (e.g., information you provide when you apply for a job with us).
- Protected classification characteristics (e.g., age or gender; please note that we do not intentionally collect this information, but it may be revealed in identity data or other information we collect)
- Inferences (e.g., information about your interests, preferences, and favorites).
Your California Privacy Rights. As a California resident, you have the rights listed below. However, these rights are not absolute, and in certain cases we may decline your request as permitted by law.
- Information. You can request the following information about how we have collected, used, disclosed, and “sold” your Personal Information during the past 12 months:
- The categories of Personal Information that we have collected and used.
- The categories of sources from which we collected Personal Information.
- The business or commercial purpose for collecting and/or selling Personal Information.
- The categories of third parties with whom we share Personal Information.
- Whether we have disclosed your Personal Information for a business purpose, and if so, the categories of Personal Information received by each category of third party recipient.
- Whether we’ve sold your Personal Information, and if so, the categories of Personal Information received by each category of third party recipient.
- Access. You can request a copy of the Personal Information that we have collected about you during the past 12 months.
- Deletion. You can ask us to delete the Personal Information that we have collected from you.
- Opt-out of sales. We have not sold your Personal Information in the preceding 12 months (as “sale” is defined by the CCPA). For the purposes of California’s “Shine the Light” law, we further note that have we do not share your Personal Information with third parties for their direct marketing purposes.
- Opt-in. If we know that you are younger than 16 years old, we will ask for your permission (or if you are younger than 13 years old, your parent’s or guardian’s permission) to sell your Personal Information before we do so.
- Nondiscrimination. You are entitled to exercise the rights described above free from discrimination. This means that we will not penalize you for exercising your rights by taking actions such as denying you services; increasing the price/rate of services; decreasing service quality; or suggesting that we may penalize you as described above for exercising your rights.
How to Exercise your California Rights. California residents may request to exercise the California their rights to information, access, and deletion in the following ways
- Complete the online Privacy Request Manager form shown below
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call us toll free: 1-866-I-OPT-OUT (1-866-467-8688) and enter service code 720.
Identity verification for CCPA rights to information, access, and deletion.
- We reserve the right to confirm your California residence to process your requests and will need to confirm your identity to process your requests to exercise your CCPA rights.
- Following California law, we take reasonable precautions to verify the identities of those California residents submitting requests to delete or access Personal Information, or to learn more about how their Personal Information is processed. For requests to access specific pieces of Personal Information, we verify the requester’s identity by having them first complete a notarized affidavit affirming their identity and California residency. When a notarized affidavit cannot be obtained, we may request alternate forms of identification, such as by authenticating one’s identity through their account on our site or, only when necessary and only as permissible under applicable law, by providing a copy of a government identification card.
- For CCPA deletion requests and requests to learn more about how their Personal Information is processed, we verify the requester’s identity by asking them to confirm their request by email.
- We cannot process your request if you do not provide us with sufficient detail to allow us to verify your identity, understand the nature of the request, and respond to it.
Authorized Agents. California residents can empower an “authorized agent” to submit CCPA requests on their behalf through the same means outlined above through which a California resident may file a request – through the Privacy Request Manager form, by emailing us at email@example.com, or by calling our toll free number and entering service code 720. Unless the California resident has provided the authorized agent power of attorney, we will also require the following before processing a request submitted via an authorized agent:
- Signed authorization from the California resident permitting the authorized agent to submit CCPA requests on their behalf;
- Proof of the California resident’s identity sufficient to satisfy our respective verification protocols that otherwise apply to CCPA requests to delete Personal Information, access Personal Information, or learn more about how Personal Information is processed; and
- Direct confirmation sent from the consumer to us (without the authorized agent as an intermediary) affirming that the agent is authorized to act on their behalf.
Notice Regarding B2B Sites. Four of our websites, www.ballastresearch.com, http://go.nationaljournal.com/vignette.html, www.policymakersnetwork.org, and www.policybrand.com (the “B2B Sites”), are designed solely for business use and not intended for personal or household use. Accordingly, we treat all information collected from the B2B Sites as pertaining to individuals acting as business representatives, rather than in their individual capacity. We also do not “sell” any information collected from your use of the B2B Sites, as that term is defined by the CCPA.
If you are located in the EEA, UK, or Switzerland, the following information applies with respect to personal data collected through your use of our Services.
For EEA, UK, and Swiss Users, the Services do not process any personal data for the purposes of ad targeting, selection, and delivery, either within or beyond the Services. No advertising (of any type) is served on any of National Journal’s websites, to any users, in any location. Non-targeted advertising content may be included email newsletters which EEA, UK, and Swiss users have explicitly registered to receive; no personal information is shared with advertisers in connection with the delivery of those emails.
Transfers: Personal data we collect may be transferred to, and stored and processed in, the United States or any other country in which we or our affiliates or processors maintain facilities. We are no longer participating in the Privacy Shield, but we will ensure that transfers of personal data to a third country or an international organization are subject to appropriate safeguards.
Your Rights: You are entitled to the rights under Chapter III of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, applicable UK data protection law, or Section 2 of the Swiss Federal Act on Data Protection with respect to the processing of your personal data, which include the right to access and rectify and to request erasure of personal data. To exercise these rights, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and provide as complete a description of your request as possible.
The Services are not intended for children under 13 years of age. With respect to children we know to be under 16 years of age, we do not knowingly collect information from such children and we do not target the Services to such children. If you are under 16 years of age, do not provide personal information to National Journal without providing us with consent from your parents. If we discover that any child under the age of 16 has provided us with personal information and we do not have parental consent, we will delete that child’s information as soon as reasonably practicable. If you believe that we have been provided with the personal information of a child under the age of 16 without parental consent, please notify us immediately at email@example.com.
How Your Information Is Secured. The security of your personal information is important to us. We employ a number of organizational, technical and physical safeguards designed to protect the personal information we collect. However, security risk is inherent in all internet and information technologies and we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information. You need to help protect the privacy of your own information. You must take precautions to protect the security of any personal information that you may transmit over any home networks, wireless routers, wireless (WiFi) networks or similar devices by using encryption and other techniques to prevent unauthorized persons from intercepting or receiving any of your personal information. You are responsible for the security of your information when using unencrypted, open access or otherwise unsecured networks.
How Long Your Information Is Stored. The time period for which we keep information varies according to the purpose for which it is used for. In some cases, there are legal requirements to keep data for a minimum period. Unless there is a specific legal requirement for us to keep the information, we will retain it for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the data was collected or for which it is to be further processed.
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