Privacy Policy

Effective as of May 30, 2016

General Statement of Privacy

ACT | The App Association (“the App Association”) respects the privacy of its members and of those who visit www.actonline.org (the Site). By accessing the Site, you are consenting to the information collection and use practices described in this privacy policy.

Subject to the provisions of applicable laws, any information you submit to the App Association will not be used in any manner to which you have not consented.

The terms codified in this policy cover all brands, companies, and organizations associated with or wholly-owned subsidiaries of the App Association, including the Connected Health Initiative, HIPAA Check Tool, and Innovators Network Foundation.

Personally Identifiable Information

Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”) is defined as (1) any information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity and (2) any other information that is linked or linkable to an individual. PII includes, but is not limited to, your e-mail address and zip code. We collect PII from Site users through the membership registration form, e-mail newsletter registration, legislator contact and/or other forms, including online survey and petition tools.

It is the App Association’s policy not to collect PII about you on the Site without your knowledge or action. You should be aware that if you disclose any information on an open forum that is hosted by the App Association, entities related to the open forum may collect that information to send you unsolicited information not related to the App Association or for other purposes.

Except when otherwise described in this Privacy Policy, the PII you provide on the Site will not be shared with entities outside of the App Association without your permission.

Use of Personally Identifiable Information

It is our general policy not to make PII available to anyone other than our employees, staff, and agents. We will never sell your e-mail address or other PII. The PII you provide will be used to deliver more effective customer service, improve the Site and other App Association products, and provide you with relevant information related to the App Association and tech policy. If the App Association contracts a third party to act on our behalf, such as a website hosting or public relations company, we will only provide them with as much information as needed to provide services and will require they comport with the restrictions of our privacy policy while within the scope of their employment with us and providing said services on our behalf.

The App Association may disclose PII if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on the App Association or the Site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of the App Association; or (c) act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of the App Association employees or agents, users of the App Association products or services, or members of the public.

Non-Personally Identifiable Information

Non-PII is all information not defined above as PII. Non-PII includes, but is not limited to, information we automatically collect on your use and/or actions on our Site (e.g., user traffic patterns, page views on the Site, click-through rates, search terms that users enter into our search utility). In addition, when a visitor arrives at our site, we collect the IP address, operating system, and browser software used. An IP address (which is not the same as an e-mail address) can tell us the user’s internet service provider and, based on that, can suggest the geographic location of the connection. The App Association recognizes that certain user information of key demographic nature (e.g., race, age, national origin, income), while Non-PII, is still of sensitive nature to users.

As a general matter, the App Association does not collect demographic information about you through regular use of the Site. However, in recognition of the sensitive nature of such information, in the event the App Association comes into possession of such information, whether through your voluntary submission of information in response to a special feature on the Site or by receiving such information from any of our business partners, such information shall, when coupled with any of your PII, be deemed PII and will be treated by the App Association as such.

Use of Non-PII

As a general matter, Non-PII helps us determine how the Site is being used, identify popular areas of the Site, and determine the effectiveness of promotional activities regarding the Site. In the course of collecting Non-PII, that information may be shared with third parties.

Use of Cookies

The Site uses cookies (i.e., small data files that our Site writes to a user’s hard drive) to help track your usage of the Site, including what advertising you have seen. The Site’s cookies enable us to provide you with services you may request.

You can refuse our cookies by turning them off in your browser (for more information on how to do this, please refer to your browser’s documentation). You do not need to have cookies turned on in your browser to use the Site; however, without cookies certain automated functions and features of the site will not be available to you. We also use cookies to measure the click-through rate on e-mails delivered.

Do Not Track

The App Association respects user choice and controls. To the extent possible, the Site responds to Do Not Track (“DNT”) signals communicated by your browser. However, there is currently no DNT industry standard defined; therefore, the App Association cannot guarantee that it responds to the DNT signal on your browser.

Third Parties

The Site may contain links to other internet websites, including co-branded or affiliated sites. Unless otherwise explicitly stated, we are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites, including such websites’ use of any information.

Security

By using the Site, you understand and agree that “perfect” security does not exist anywhere, including on the internet. Information you send to this site, including e-mail messages, may not be encrypted.

Other Services

You may be able to access certain information related to third parties on the Site, or via links or click-throughs from the Site, regarding the goods or services of third parties. By using the Site, you understand and agree that your access to or use of those services is subject to the agreement between you and the associated third parties, and the App Association shall have no liability whatsoever for any such access or use.

Notice to Parents or Guardians

We want to help you protect your child’s privacy. We encourage you to talk to your children about safe and responsible use of their personal information while using the internet. In particular, the App Association does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13, or knowingly allow such persons to register. If you are under 13, please do not attempt to register for the App Association or send any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address. Persons under age 13 shall neither provide any personal information to the App Association nor do the same on the Site of the App Association. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will make commercially reasonable efforts to delete such information from our database as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us via the “Contact Us” link on the Site. We recommend that minors 13 years of age or older ask their parents for permission before sending any information about themselves to anyone over the internet.

 

 

Opting Out

To opt out of receiving information from the App Association, please contact us in one of the following ways:

1. Use the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any of our e-mails.

2. Send an e-mail to info@ACTonline.org.

3. Send a written request to:

Customer Service
1401 K St. NW, Suite 501
Washington, DC 20005

Data Retention

You may write us at any time if you wish to cancel your account or have us remove your PII from our database. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.

Governing Law

This Privacy Policy, the privacy practices of the App Association, and any dispute arising out of or relating thereto will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia, without regard to its conflict of law provisions. You agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within the District of Columbia to resolve any legal matter arising from this Privacy Policy and the privacy practices of the App Association. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you agree that the App Association shall be allowed to apply for injunctive relief (or an equivalent type of urgent legal relief) in any jurisdiction. The App Association makes no representation that this Privacy Policy and such practices comply with the laws of any other country. Visitors who use the Site and reside outside of the United States do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws if, and to the extent, local laws are applicable.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is available at all times to all users of ACTonline.org at http://ACTonline.org/privacy-policy. Any material changes to this privacy policy will be communicated to users through this web page. Users are responsible for making use of this resource to stay up to date on the App Association Privacy Policy.