Last Updated: April 25, 2022
Bilirakis For Congress (“BFC” “US” or “We”) respects your privacy and is committed to protecting it through our compliance with this policy.
This policy describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide when you visit the website www.Bilirakisforcongress.com (our “Website“) and our practices for collecting, using, maintaining, protecting, and disclosing that information.
This policy applies to information we collect:
- On this Website;
- In email(s), text(s), and other electronic messages between you and BFC;
- When you provide it to BFC through an online signup process or at an in-person event;
- When you interact with our advertising and applications on third-party websites and services, if those applications or advertising include links to this policy;
It does not apply to information collected by:
- Us offline or through any other means, including on any other website operated by BFC or any third party; or
- Any third party, including through any application or content (including advertising) that may link to or be accessible from or on the Website.
Children Under the Age of 13
Our Website is not intended for children under 13 years of age. No one under age 13 may provide any personal information to or on the Website. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If you are under 13, do not use or provide any information on this Website or through any of its features, make any purchases through the Website, make any donations through the Website, use any of the interactive or public comment features of this Website, or provide any information about yourself to us, including, but not limited to, your name, address, telephone number, email address. If we learn we have collected or received personal information from a child under 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. If you believe we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at email@example.com (with a reference to Children Under the Age of 13).
California residents under 16 years of age may have additional rights regarding the collection and sale of their personal information. Please see Your California Privacy Rights for more information.
Information We Collect About You and How We Collect It
We collect several types of information from and about users of our Website, including information:
- By which you may be personally identified, such as name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number, financial information (including, but not limited to, credit card or bank account information that you provide Us during a purchase or donation) (“personal information“);
- That is about you, but individually does not identify you, such as political affiliation, employment information (occupation and employer), demographic information, your telephone carrier’s name, and the date, time and content of your messages, as well as other information that you provide; and/or
- Automatically generated information that is non-personally identifiable information. This information is generated automatically while you are visiting the Website or elsewhere on the internet when our advertisements are served, also known as log files. This data includes, but is not limited to, information such as your internet connection, IP address, web pages visited before and after visiting the Website, date and time, domain type, type of mobile device you use, your device’s unique ID, web pages you view and links you click on within the Website and interactions with our advertisements delivered by us or advertisements delivered by a third party advertising technology vendor. This type of information may be collected using different types of technologies, such as cookies and pixels. An IP address, for example, is a unique identifier that certain electronic devices use to identify and communicate with each other on the Internet. When you visit our Website, we may view the IP address of the device you use to connect to the Internet. We use this information to determine the general physical location of the device and understand from what regions of the world our Website visitors come. We also may use your non-personally identifiable information to enhance our Site.
- All Website users remain anonymous unless they choose to give us their personal information. You may elect not to allow us to collect and use this non-personally identifiable data as part of our service by following the Opt Out procedures described below.
We collect this information:
- Directly from you when you provide it to us;
- Automatically as you navigate through the site. Information collected automatically may include usage details, IP addresses, and information collected through cookies, web beacons, and other tracking technologies;
- Automatically when you respond to e-mails or text messages; and
- From third parties, for example, the Republican Party of Florida, the Republican National Committee, and the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Information You Provide to Us
The information we collect on or through our Website may include:
- Information that you provide by filling in forms on our Website. This includes, for example, information provided at the time of registering to receive updates from our Website, donating, participating in contests, surveys and promotions, signing up to volunteer or receive newsletters or other communications, and/or purchasing any merchandise. We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with our Website.
- Records and copies of your correspondence (including email addresses or phone numbers), if you contact us.
- Your responses to surveys, questionnaires, polls, or other data entry that we might ask you to complete.
- Details of transactions you carry out through our Website and of the fulfillment of your orders. You may be required to provide financial information before placing an order through our Website.
- Your search queries on the Website.
You also may provide information to be published or displayed (hereinafter, “posted“) on public areas of the Website, or transmitted to other users of the Website or third parties (collectively, “User Contributions“). Your User Contributions are posted on and transmitted to others at your own risk. Please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. Additionally, we cannot control the actions of other users of the Website with whom you may choose to share your User Contributions. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that your User Contributions will not be viewed by unauthorized persons.
Information We Collect Through Automatic Data Collection Technologies
As you navigate through and interact with our Website, we may use automatic data collection technologies to collect certain information about your equipment, browsing actions, and patterns, including:
- Details of your visits to our Website, including traffic data, location data, logs, and other communication data and the resources that you access and use on the Website.
- Information about your computer and internet connection, including your IP address, operating system, and browser type.
We also may use these technologies to collect information about your online activities over time and across third-party websites or other online services (behavioral tracking).
The information we collect automatically is only statistical data and does not include personal information, but we may maintain it or associate it with personal information we collect in other ways or receive from third parties. It helps us to improve our Website and to deliver a better and more personalized service, including by enabling us to:
- Estimate our audience size and usage patterns.
- Store information about your preferences, allowing us to customize our Website according to your individual interests.
- Speed up your searches.
- Recognize you when you return to our Website.
The technologies we use for this automatic data collection may include:
- Flash Cookies.Certain features of our Website may use local stored objects (or Flash cookies) to collect and store information about your preferences and navigation to, from, and on our Website. Flash cookies are not managed by the same browser settings as are used for browser cookies.
- Web Beacons.Pages of our the Website and our e-mails may contain small electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags, and single-pixel gifs) that permit the Company, for example, to count users who have visited those pages or opened an email and for other related website statistics (for example, recording the popularity of certain website content and verifying system and server integrity).
We do not collect personal information automatically, but we may tie this information to personal information about you that we collect from other sources or you provide to us.
How We Use Your Information
We use information that we collect about you or that you provide to us, including any personal information:
- To present Our Website and its contents to you;
- To provide you with information, products, or services that you request from us;
- To send you BFC and affiliated committees’ and campaign marketing, promotional, e-mails, messages, and other correspondence and notification (Note: text message opt-in will not be shared with affiliated committees & will only be sent from BFC);
- To send you updates, news alerts, promotional emails, messages, communications, discounts, news about products and services, vote reminders, and other information as it becomes relevant;
- To fulfill any other purpose for which you provide it;
- To provide you with notices about your consent to be contacted, provide you with assistance when you send the keyword HELP, and confirm that We will cease contacting you when you send the keyword STOP;
- To carry out our obligations and enforce our rights arising from any contracts entered into between you and us, including for billing and collection;
- To notify you about changes to our Website or any products or services we offer or provide though it;
- In any other way we may describe when you provide the information;
- Subject to applicable contractual or legal restrictions, it is necessary in connection with a sale of or dissolution of all or substantially all of the assets of BFC or the merger of BFC into another entity or any consolidation, share exchange, combination, reorganization, or like transaction in which BFC is not the survivor;
- Subject to applicable contractual or legal restrictions, in connection with the sale, exchange, donation, or giftof Website user information and related data to a broker, political committee, campaign, other non-profit or for-profit entity, or affiliated candidate or officeholder;
- For research purposes, for marketing/promotional purposes and/or to provide anonymous reporting for Third Party Platforms, etc;
- It is necessary to disclose in order to protect or defend our rights or property or those of our users;
- It is necessary to disclose in order to protect the personal safety of our users or the public;
- It is necessary for us to provide it to our attorneys, accountants, regulators, auditors or other advisors;
- Otherwise as we are required or permitted by law or required to comply with legal process served upon us, our agents, representatives or our affiliates; and
- For any other purpose with your consent.
We may also use your information to contact you about Our own and third-parties’ products and services that may be of interest to you. If you do not want us to use your information in this way, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (with a reference to How You Use My Data).
Disclosure of Your Information
We may disclose aggregated information about our users, and information that does not identify any individual, without restriction.
- To our subsidiaries, affiliates, and agents.
- To contractors, service providers, and other third parties we use to support our business.
- To a successor entity in the event of a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, or other sale or transfer of some or all of BFC’s assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation, or similar proceeding, in which personal information held by BFC about our Website users is among the assets transferred.
- To fulfill the purpose for which you provide it. For example, if you give us an email address or a phone number by which to contact you, we will send updates and alerts to you using that contact information.
- As required by federal and state law(s).
- For any other purpose disclosed by us when you provide the information.
- With your consent.
We may also disclose your personal information:
- To comply with any court order, law, or legal process, including to respond to any government or regulatory request.
- To enforce or apply our terms and conditions and other agreements, including billing and collection purposes.
- If we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to protect the rights, property, or safety of BFC, our users, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.
Third Party Features
- Additionally, in the event that we offer a message board or any other interactive or social-type feature on a web site administered directly by us, please be aware that these areas may allow you to publicly post, and share with other users, certain messages, content, or other information (e.g., stories, pictures, ingredients, tips, etc.). Although we may take certain precautions to protect those who use these areas of one of our web sites, we encourage you to be wary of giving out any personal information in such public forums. The information you post can be collected and used by people you don’t know. We cannot guarantee the privacy and safety of these areas and are therefore not responsible for any information you choose to post. Your use of these features is fully at your own risk.
Email & Text Message Signups
- Submitting your e-mail: Submitting your address anywhere on the Site may result in your e-mail address being added to the BFC e-mail list. You may unsubscribe to BFC e-mails at any time by opting out of e-mail subscriptions with the “unsubscribe” link included in each e-mail. Your e-mail address will be removed from our marketing list. Please allow us a reasonable period of time in order to satisfy your request, as some promotions may already be in process.
- Submitting your mobile phone number: Submitting your mobile phone number to opt-in to our SMS program constitutes your express consent to receive autodialed messages from the BFC. Text STOP to opt-out. Text HELP for support. For further assistance please e-mail email@example.com. Message frequency may vary. Message and Data Rates may apply. By opting-in you agree to receive autodialed marketing mobile messages and you understand that your consent to be contacted in this method is not required to make any purchase from us.
Choices About How We Use and Disclose Your Information
We strive to provide you with choices regarding the personal information you provide to us. We have created mechanisms to provide you with the following control over your information:
- Alerts regarding others by BFC.If you do not wish to have your email address or telephone number used by the BFC to promote our own or third parties’ events, news alerts, or other services, you can opt-out by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time. This can also be achieved by clicking the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any email or texting the key word STOP.
California residents may have additional personal information rights and choices. Please see Your California Privacy Rights for more information.
Accessing and Correcting Your Information
You may send us an email at email@example.com to request access to, correct or delete any personal information that you have provided to us. We may not accommodate a request to change information if we believe the change would violate any law or legal requirement or cause the information to be incorrect.
California residents may have additional personal information rights and choices. Please see Your California Privacy Rights for more information.
Your California Privacy Rights
If you are a California resident, California law may provide you with additional rights regarding our use of your personal information. To learn more about your California privacy rights, visit https://oag.ca.gov/privacy/ccpa.
California’s “Shine the Light” law (Civil Code Section § 1798.83) permits users of our website that are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or write us at: 610 S. Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33606 (with a reference to California Disclosure Information).
We will respond to such requests for information access within 30 days following receipt at the e-mail or mailing address stated above. If we receive your request at a different e-mail or mailing address, we will respond within a reasonable period of time, but not to exceed 150 days from the date received. Please note that we are only required to respond to each customer once per calendar year.
Overview: We may use non-personally identifiable information to provide more relevant advertising and content. If you’d like to stop this Site from collecting certain types of information that provide more tailored online ads and messages to you, please click here. If you elect to opt out of this type of advertising, we will place a cookie on your browser computer to flag that we should not collect data to tailor advertising to your browser. If you delete your cookies, install a new browser, or use a different computer, you may need to revisit this page to opt out.
Contributions or gifts to BFC are not deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes. When you contribute BFC, state law requires us to collect the following information: name, mailing address, employer, occupation, and amount of contribution. All contributions made to BFC are considered final unless the donation is not in compliance with state or federal campaign finance law or regulations. All purchases from the online store are considered contributions to BFC.
Visiting Our Site From Outside Of The United States
We have implemented measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration, and disclosure. All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers behind firewalls. Any payment or donation transactions will be encrypted.
Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted to our Website. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Website.
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