VoterMedia.org is a nonprofit project, planning to soon become a democratic organization controlled by its website users. This is to ensure that the organization treats users as they want to be treated – with respect and consideration. User privacy is an important component of this broad goal.
When (or before) we collect your personal information, we inform you why it is needed and how it will be used.
If we later want to use it in other ways, we will first inform you and ask for your consent.
- We use your email address to contact you occasionally.
- We use your email address, IP address, and Facebook user information (if you give us access to it) to bring our vote tallying system statistically closer to the ideal of one vote per community member. Communities that sponsor their votermedia contest awards can set their vote tallying parameters as they think best.
- Consent: We will only collect, use or disclose your personal information with your consent (unless the law requires otherwise), which may be expressed, implied, opt-in or opt-out as is reasonable in the context. Your consent is not a condition for any of our services unless the information is required to provide that service. You may withdraw your consent at any time, in which case we would tell you the likely consequences of withdrawing consent.
- Limited collection: We only collect personal information that is necessary for our reasonable purposes, and we only collect it from the person it is about.
- Limited use, disclosure and retention: We only use or disclose your personal information for reasonable purposes that you have consented to. We only keep it as long as necessary for those purposes.
- Accuracy: We make reasonable efforts to ensure that your personal information is accurate and complete. We appreciate your help with this.
- Safeguards: We maintain reasonable protection against unauthorized access, use or disclosure of your personal information.
- Openness: In addition to the policy outlined here, you can ask more about our information policies, practices and purposes by sending questions to our Privacy Officer, Mark Latham, email mark[at]votermedia.org.
- Access: You can check and update your personal information by logging in to VoterMedia.org. If you give us access to your personal information on Facebook, then you can check and update that information by logging in to Facebook.
If you have a complaint or concern about our use of your personal information,
we recommend that you take this sequence of steps as far as you consider necessary:
- Contact our Privacy Officer, Mark Latham, email mark[at]votermedia.org. He will investigate and respond to all complaints received.
- Contact any or all of our project team except for the Advisory Board.
- Contact any of the websites/blogs listed for the VoterMedia.org community.
- Start a blog critiquing our information practices, and add it to the list for the VoterMedia.org community.
- Contact the British Columbia Information and Privacy Commissioner.