Privacy and Information Security Policy

The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund (the “DLDF”) is committed to safeguarding your online privacy, with respect to the personally identifiable information that we may obtain from you at http://www.dldf.org/ (the “Web Site”).  The Web Site has been created to provide information about the DLDF and enable donations towards fulfilling our mission (the “Services”).  Our Privacy and Information Security Policy (“Privacy Policy”) answers frequently asked questions about your online privacy, including what personally identifiable information we may obtain from you and how it will be used and protected. The DLDF may from time to time change this Privacy Policy, so please check back periodically.  This Privacy Policy should be read along with our Terms of Use.

WHAT PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION DO WE OBTAIN FROM YOU? WHEN DO WE OBTAIN SUCH INFORMATION?

If, upon visiting our Web Site, your use is limited to browsing our informational content, we will not require that you provide us with any personally identifiable information. Nevertheless, we collect your personal information such as name, email address, and location when you voluntarily provide it.  We may request personal information from you at other times. For example:

  • If you sign up for our newsletter through our Web Site, we will request your name and e-mail address.
  • If you choose to participate in a survey conducted by us or by one of our business partners, we may ask for your name, e-mail address, and other information, as may be required by the particular survey.
  • If you report a problem or submit a customer review or comment, we may ask that you provide your name, e-mail address, address, or phone number.  Should you contact us for any reason other than to report a problem and/or to submit a review, we may also keep a record and/or copy of your correspondence with us.

We do not request any financial information from you, including credit card or social security numbers.  Please note, though, that we use third-party vendors to execute credit card transactions in furtherance of the Services.

By voluntarily providing us with your personal information, you are consenting to our use of it in accordance with this Privacy Policy.  If you provide personal information to the Services, you acknowledge and agree that such personal information may be transferred from your current location to the offices and services associated with the DLDF, as well as to authorized third parties referred to herein and located in the United States.

HOW DO WE PROTECT THE SECURITY AND QUALITY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?

To protect the security and quality of your personal information, we have implemented technical and managerial procedures to maintain accurate, current, and complete information, as well as to protect your personal information against loss, misuse, or alteration when it is under our control. Your personally identifiable information will be encrypted and stored on our secured servers.

HOW DO WE USE YOUR INFORMATION?

When you interact with the DLDF through the Services, we automatically receive and store certain non-identifiable personal information. Such information, which is collected passively using various technologies, cannot presently be used to specifically identify you.  Examples of this non-identifiable personal information include the type of internet browser or mobile device you use, any website from which you have come to the Services, your operating system, and your location data (which is anonymous).  The DLDF may store such non-identifiable personal information itself, or such information may be included in databases owned and maintained by the DLDF to assist us in providing effective Services and to collect broad demographic information for aggregate use. 

Our primary use of your information is to administer, maintain, and improve your experience on our Web Site generally, as well as to provide you with customized personalization services and interactive communications.  We also use this information to provide you with the Services, e.g., to enable you to register and sign into your account, administer your account of funds, and verify activity.

We may from time to time send you e-mails regarding our Web Site, special promotions, or information about products or services that we believe may be of interest to you.  You may “opt-out” of this contact by emailing  info@dldf.org.

We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer the Services offered on our Web Site. We also use your IP address to help identify you, and to gather broad demographic information that we may share with our business partners, but only in the aggregate, without any of your personally identifiable information.

We may research the demographics, interests, and behaviors of our customers, based on the information provided to us from our server log files, from cookies, and from surveys. Our research may be compiled and analyzed on an aggregate basis. We may share this aggregate data with business partners, but only in the aggregate, without any of your personally identifiable information.

When you use the Services to organize a fundraising campaign, the Services may request that you provide your city, or town, and state, or province, of residence. 

CAN YOU “OPT-OUT” OF RECEIVING COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE DLDF?

If you change your mind and decide that you no longer want to receive promotional e-mails and/or direct mailings, you may opt-out at any time by simply sending an e-mail request to info@dldf.org.

Similarly, if you are not receiving our promotional e-mails and/or direct mailings and wish to receive these materials, you may opt-in at any time by simply sending an e-mail request to info@dldf.org.

PRIVACY POLICIES OF THE DLDF PARTNERS

Third parties that have links on our Web Site may collect personally identifiable information about you. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of such sites, and the practices of these sites are not governed by this Privacy Policy.  If you have questions about the privacy policies or practices of a third party site, you should contact the site administrator or web-master of the specific site. We may from time to time partner with other companies to offer co-branded services as well as promotions. Any information that you provide in connection with the co-branded services or any jointly sponsored promotions will become the joint property of the DLDF and its business partners.  We will maintain your information in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy.  However, this Privacy Policy does not govern the privacy policies and practices of our business partners. If you have questions about the privacy policies or practices of our business partners, you should contact them directly.

DO WE SELL OR RENT YOUR PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION?

No, as a general rule, we do not sell or rent your personally identifiable information to anyone.  If, and whenever, we intend to share your personally identifiable information with a third party (other than with a business partner as provided herein), you will be notified at the time of the data collection or transfer, and you will have the option of not permitting the transfer. However, we may, from time to time, rent or sell demographic information in the aggregate that does not contain your personally identifiable information.

Please be aware that, as we develop our business, we might sell or buy businesses or assets.  In the event of a corporate sale, merger, reorganization, dissolution, or similar event, your personal information, as described herein, may be part of the transferred assets.

WITH WHOM DO WE SHARE INFORMATION?

We generally will not disclose any of your personally identifiable information, except when we have your permission to do so or under some special circumstances described below.

As noted previously, we may, from time to time, partner with other companies to offer co-branded services and promotions. Any information that you provide in connection with the co-branded services, or any jointly sponsored promotions, will become the joint property of the DLDF and its business partners. We may also disclose other personal information about you to our business partners, but only if we have obtained your permission to make the disclosure before data collection or before transferring the data.

We may, from time to time, offer you the opportunity to receive materials or special offers from third parties. If you want to receive this information, we may (but only with your permission) share your name and e-mail address with them.

Under confidentiality agreements, we may match user information with third party data. We also may disclose aggregate demographic and/or user information and statistics in order to describe our customer base to prospective partners and other third parties, and for other lawful purposes.

We may disclose your personally identifiable information without your prior permission, in special cases. For example, we may have reason to believe that disclosing the information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who may be violating the Terms of Use or may be causing intentional or unintentional injury or interference to the rights or property of the DLDF or any third party, including other customers.  Also, we may disclose, or access, your personally identifiable information when we believe, in good faith, that law or regulation requires disclosure.

WHAT ARE COOKIES? HOW DO WE USE COOKIES?

Cookies enable us to customize and personalize your experience on our Web Site, including the products and promotions that are offered to you. Essentially, a cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a web server and is then stored on your computer’s hard drive. We use cookies for several purposes in connection with the operation of our Web Site.

We may use cookies to identify you and to access your information stored on our computers, in order to deliver you a better and more personalized experience.  For example, we may use cookies to tell you about products and services specific to your interests.

We may use cookies to estimate our customer base and customer usage patterns. Each browser accessing our Web Site may be given a unique cookie that is then used to determine the extent of repeat visits and the customer activity during those visits. We may use the historical information to help target promotions based on customer interests and behavior, both specifically to individual customers and on an aggregate basis with respect to all customers.

We also may use cookies to track your progress and number of entries in some promotions, sweepstakes, and contests, or through a meeting registration process. For example, when a promotion uses cookies, the information coded to the cookie indicates your progress through the promotion, and may be used to track entries, submissions, and status of prize drawings.

Business partners that offer co-branded services and jointly-sponsored promotions on our Web Site, may use their own cookies. We have no control over those cookies, nor does this Privacy Policy cover how your personal information contained in those cookies may be used or protected. If you have any questions about the cookies of such third parties, or about the use of your personal information by such third parties, you should contact the site administrator or web-master of the third party site.

DO YOU HAVE CHOICES ABOUT COOKIES?

Yes, you have several choices with respect to cookies. You can modify your browser preferences to accept all cookies, to notify you when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies. However, our Web Site uses cookie-based authentication. Accordingly, if you choose to reject all cookies, you may not be able to log onto our Web Site and/or use our Services or participate in our promotions.

INTEGRATION WITH SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES

The Web Site enables you to communication donations, results, and other pertinent messages via social networking platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.  If you wish to take advantage of this feature, you need to grant us permission via the relevant platform.  We will collect relevant information to enable the Services to access that platform and associated data.  Any data used, sorted, or disclosed will be handled in according with this Privacy Policy.  The DLDF will have no liability or responsibility for the privacy practices or actions of any social networking platform.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR ONLINE PRIVACY?

It is important to remember that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online, your information can be collected and used by others. If you transmit or post personal information online that is accessible to others, you will not be able to control how that information is used by others. When we receive the transmitted information, we will use the procedures summarized in this Privacy Policy to ensure the integrity and security of that information in our systems. Unfortunately, notwithstanding any of the steps taken by us, it is not possible to guarantee the security and integrity of data transmitted over the Internet. Consequently, while we take the above-described reasonable steps to protect your personal information, we cannot and do not warrant the security or integrity of any information you transmit to us when registering for our Web Site or otherwise. All such transmission of information is at your own risk. Moreover, though we are committed to having our Web Site comply with this Privacy Policy, you are ultimately responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your personally identifiable information. If you are careless with your password, or if you decide to share your password with third parties, you must be aware of the risk that such third parties will have access to all your personally identifiable information.

The DLDF does not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13.  If you are under the age of 13, please do not use the Services and do not submit any information through the Services.  We encourage parents and legal guardians to monitor their children’s Internet usage, and to help enforce our Privacy Policy, by instructing their children never to provide personal information on the Services without their permission.  If you have reason to believe that a child under the age of 13 has provided personal information to the DLDF through the Services, please contact info@dldf.org and we will endeavor to delete that information from our databases.  If you are between the ages of 13 and 17, please use our Service only with adult supervision.

CONTACT US

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy or the practices of our Web Site, please feel free to e-mail us at info@dldf.org, or visit our contact page.