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Privacy Policy

 

Overview

The African American Planning Commission is strongly committed to protecting the privacy of visitors to our web site. Throughout cyberspace, we strive to provide a safe, secure user experience for visitors and donors. This Privacy Statement sets forth the online data collection and usage policies and practices that apply to the African American Planning Commission, Inc., and the African American Planning Commission, Inc., Search Engines (sometimes referred to herein as the “African American Planning Commission Web Site”) and does not apply to information we collect in any other fashion.

The purpose of the African American Planning Commission privacy policy is to inform you of what kinds of information we may gather about you when you visit the African American Planning Commission Web Site, how we may use that information, whether we disclose it to anyone, and the choices you have regarding our use of, and your ability to correct, the information.

Finally, please note that this policy applies only to the African American Planning Commission and our Web Sites. The African American Planning Commission Web Site contains links to other Web sites over which we have no control. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of other Web sites to which you choose to link from our Sites. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of those other Web sites so you can understand how they collect, use and share your information.

Information About All African American Planning Commission Visitors

In general, our service automatically gathers certain usage information like the number and frequency of visitors to the African American Planning Commission Web Site and its areas, very much like television ratings that tell the networks how many people tuned in to a program. We only use such data in the aggregate. This collective data helps us determine how many visitors use particular parts of our site, so that we can improve our site to ensure that it is as appealing as we can make it for as many of you as possible.

Use of Cookies

The African American Planning Commission uses a technology nicknamed “cookies”. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard drive by a Web page server. Cookies are not used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to your computer, and can only be read by a Web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page.

The African American Planning Commission, Inc. uses “cookies” on its Web Pages to help personalize and maximize your online experience and time online. For example, cookies tell us how and when pages in our site are visited, and by how many people.

For example, if you personalize African American Planning Commission web pages, or register for services, a cookie helps us to recall your specific information (such as user name, password and preferences). Because of our use of cookies, we can deliver faster and more accurate results and a more personalized site experience.

When you return to the African American Planning Commission, Web Site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the features that you customized. We also use cookies to track click streams and for load balancing.

The African American Planning Commission cookies do not collect personally identifiable information and we do not combine information collected through cookies with other personally identifiable information to tell us who you are or even what your screen name or e-mail address is.

You may have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline all cookies if you prefer. Alternatively, you may be able to modify your browser setting to notify you each time a cookie is tendered and permit you to accept or decline cookies on an individual basis. If you choose to decline cookies, however, that may hinder performance and negatively impact your experience on the African American Planning Commission Web Site.

The African American Planning Commission may provide statistical “ratings” information, but never information about you personally, to our African American Planning Commission partners about how our members, collectively, use the African American Planning Commission web site. We do this so they too can understand how many people use their areas and our site in order for them to provide you with the best possible Web experience as well.

Use Of Web Beacons

African American Planning Commission Web Pages may contain electronic images known as Web beacons (sometimes called single-pixel gifs) that allow us to count users who have visited those pages and to deliver co-branded services. Web beacons are not used to access your personally identifiable information; they are a technique we use to compile aggregated statistics about our Web site usage. Web beacons collect only a limited set of information including a cookie number, time and date of a page view, and a description of the page on which the Web beacon resides.

You may not decline web beacons, however, they can be rendered ineffective by declining all cookies or modifying your browser setting to notify you each time a cookie is tendered and permit you to accept or decline cookies on an individual basis.

Third parties are not permitted to use Web beacons on the African American Planning Commission’s Web Sites.

Information About You

Sometimes, we may specifically ask for information about you when you make a donation, or when you inquire about one of our programs or services. We will need certain information — such as name, Internet address or screen name, billing address, credit card number — in order to provide that service or information to you. We may also use that information to let you know of additional programs and services about which you might be interested. You can choose not to receive such information if you don’t want to by letting us know on the registration screen when you sign up for a donation or service. We may ask you for information about your interests so that both you and us can take advantage of the interactivity of the online medium, but you may always choose to respond or not.

Security of Your Personal Information

We have implemented commercially reasonable technical and organizational measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration or disclosure. However, we cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will never be able to defeat those measures or use your personal information for improper purposes.

When you complete an order form/make a donation to the African American Planning Commission, Inc., your credit card information is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (“SSL”) protocol. SSL makes it difficult for your credit card information to be intercepted or stolen while being transmitted. We use a service company to process our online credit card donation transactions. For further information on this company’s privacy and security practices, please click here.

Posting To Public Areas of African American Planning Commission, Inc.

Please remember that if you post any of your personal information in public areas of the African American Planning Commission Web Site, such as in online forums or chat rooms, or in the African American Planning Commission searchable resume database, such information may be collected and used by others over whom we have no control. We are not responsible for the use made by third parties of information you post or otherwise make available in public areas of African American Planning Commission, Inc.

Netiquette

You are entirely responsible and liable for all of your activities on the African American Planning Commission web site. Listed below are some, but not all, violations that may result in termination of your access to the African American Planning Commission web site. By using the African American Planning Commission web site, you agree NOT to do any of the following:

Post, transmit, promote, or distribute content that is illegal, that encourages illegal activity, or that infringes upon the copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, publicity right or other intellectual property or proprietary right of any third party.

Transmit or facilitate distribution of content that is libelous, harmful, threatening, harassing, abusive, racially or ethnically offensive, vulgar, sexually explicit, pornographic, obscene, defamatory, or objectionable in a reasonable person’s view.

Pretend to be anyone whom you are not. You may not impersonate another member, an African American Planning Commission staff member, or anyone else.

Attempt to get a password, other account information, or other private information from a member, or harvest email addresses or other information.

Post any unsolicited advertising, promotional materials, or any other forms of solicitation.

Pornography, obscenities, and defamatory postings are not allowed anywhere on the African American Planning Commission web site. Postings of this kind will be removed immediately, and a violation will be issued to the Member responsible for the posting (several violations will result in the termination of your account). If you see any pornographic, obscene or defamatory postings, please Alert Us immediately.

Postings which violate the intellectual property rights of third parties are not allowed anywhere on the African American Planning Commission web site. Postings of this kind will be removed immediately, and a violation will be issued to the Member responsible for the posting (several violations will result in the termination of your account). If you see any content which you believe infringes upon the copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, publicity right or other intellectual property or proprietary right of any third party, please Alert Us immediately by emailing copyright@aapci.org.

In the Forums area, please try to keep your postings relevant to the discussion. Postings that are irrelevant to Forum discussions, or that are designed to promote personal pages, voting polls, or third parties may be removed. If you see postings that contain foul language or that are intended to harass other Members, please Alert Us immediately.

Intentional disruption of the flow of content or discussion by repeatedly posting the same message or image or posting excessively large images is not permitted. Members who cause disruption of this kind will be issued a violation that can result in the termination of their account. If you see another Member disrupting a chat room or forum discussion, please Alert Us immediately.

Harassment of another African American Planning Commission web site member via Notes, Email, Pages, or postings is not permitted. Harassment means: saying bad things about them; sending them unwanted messages; attacking their race, heritage, etc. Unsolicited “spam” messages are also not permitted unless expressly authorized by the recipient. While we encourage you to introduce yourself to other Members, please respect their wishes if they do not want you to send them mail. If you feel that another Member is harassing you, please Alert Us by filling out a member violation report.

We can, whenever we want, edit or delete any content displayed, uploaded to, distributed, or otherwise published through the Service.

We reserve the right to remove content at any time, including any content that violates these standards. We are not responsible for any objectionable material posted by Members that you may encounter while using the Service.

Disclosure

We do not use or disclose information about your individual visits to the African American Planning Commission or information that you may give us, such as your name, address, email address or telephone number, to any outside companies. But as we mentioned above, we may share with our Web site partners aggregated statistical “ratings” information about the use of the African American Planning Commission web site.

Changes To Privacy Statement

If we decide to materially change the Privacy Statement of the African American Planning Commission, we will post those changes here so that you will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information, and whether we will disclose it to anyone.