Privacy Policy

Effective Date: May 21, 2019

 

Thank you for using Oppose Higher Beer Taxes, a website owned and operated by the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, (“Oppose Higher Beer Taxes” or “we” or “us” or “our”) to educate Illinois legislators on important public policy issues impacting the retail industry in Illinois.  We are committed to protecting your personal information and your right to privacy. If you have any questions or concerns about our policy, or our practices with regards to your personal information, please contact us at info@OpposeHigherBeerTaxes.com.

 

When you visit our website www.OpposeHigherBeerTaxes.com (“Site”) and use our digital campaign software application (the “Application”), you trust us with your personal information.  This Privacy Policy is meant to help you understand what information we collect, how and why we collect that information, and how we use it. We hope you take some time to read through it carefully, as it is important.  If there are any provisions in this Privacy Policy that you do not agree with, please discontinue use of our Site and our Application.

 

From time to time, we may make changes to this Privacy Policy.  When any changes are made, we will update the date at the top of this document by noting “Revised,” so please check back every now and then to ensure that you are still in agreement with our privacy practices.

 

  1. WHAT INFORMATION WILL OPPOSE HIGHER BEER TAXES COLLECT ABOUT YOU?

 

In order to offer our users the best experience possible, we request the following information from them:

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION

 

We value your privacy, so we try to collect as little information as necessary to ensure our Site and Application run smoothly. Certain features of our Site and Application cannot function without this information. The following nonpublic “Personal Information,” is collected only when you enter information on our Site by using our Application.

 

  • Your name (first and last)
  • Your email address
  • Your home address

 

INFORMATION WE COLLECT AUTOMATICALLY

 

When you access the Site, we may also automatically collect the following information.  This includes:

 

  • IP address
  • Device information (e.g. device IDs)
  • Browser type
  • Operating system
  • Access times
  • Search terms you entered into search engines to access our site
  • Pages you viewed and/or visited immediately before and after accessing our site

 

We use this information primarily to improve our services and functionality.  We may use this information for marketing and analytics purposes, as well.

 

  1. HOW WILL OPPOSE HIGHER BEER TAXES USE YOUR INFORMATION?

 

Having accurate information about you lets us provide you with a smooth, efficient, and customized experience.  Specifically, we may use information collected about you through the Site and our Application for the following:

 

LEGAL PURPOSES

 

  • Assist law enforcement, respond to subpoenas or other forms of legal process; and
  • Prevent fraudulent transactions, monitor against theft, and protect against criminal activity.

 

BUSINESS PURPOSES

 

  • Compile anonymous statistical data analysis for use internally or with third parties;
  • Deliver targeted advertising, coupons, newsletters, and other information regarding promotions and the Site to you;
  • Fulfill and manage digital marketing campaigns related to the Site and use of our Application; and
  • Solicit support for the Site and Application.

 

USER EXPERIENCE ENHANCEMENTS

 

  • Increase the efficiency and operation of the Site and Application;
  • Monitor and analyze usage and trends to improve your experience with the Site and Application;
  • Offer new products, services, and/or recommendations to you;
  • Resolve disputes and troubleshoot problems; and
  • Create and manage your use of the Site and Application.

 

COMMUNICATIONS PURPOSES

 

  • Email you regarding your campaign correspondence;
  • Send you occasional email updates about the advocacy campaign;
  • Encourage you to contact your legislator in follow-up correspondence;
  • Respond to product and customer service requests;
  • Notify you of updates to the Site or our Application.
  • Request feedback and contact you about your use of the Site or our Application.

 

  1. WILL OPPOSE HIGHER BEER TAXES DISCLOSE YOUR INFORMATION TO ANYONE?

 

We may share information we have collected about you in certain situations. Your information may be shared with other users, third parties or the general public as outlined below. If your Personal Information is shared with third parties, we take reasonable steps to require any such third parties to comply with the terms of this Privacy Policy.

 

TO COMPLY WITH LAWS TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF OUR USERS

 

If we believe the release of information about you is necessary to respond to a governmental request or legal process, to investigate or remedy potential violations of our policies, or to protect the rights, property, or safety of others, we may share your information as permitted or required by any applicable local, state and/or federal law, rule, or regulation.  This includes exchanging information with other entities for fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

 

TO ASSIST THIRD-PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS

 

We may share your information with third parties that perform services for us or on our behalf, including, but not limited to data analysis, email delivery, hosting services, customer service, and marketing assistance.

 

TO FACILITATE OUR SERVICES

 

When you input your Personal Information, initiate a campaign correspondence, or add other content to the Site through our Application, your contributions may be viewed by the intended recipients and may be publicly distributed outside the Site in perpetuity.  We may use these contributions for other purposes such as newsletters or issue updates.

 

TO SUPPORT OUR AFFILIATES

 

We may share your information with our affiliates, in which case we will require those affiliates to strictly adhere to this Privacy Policy. Affiliates include our parent company and any subsidiaries, joint venture partners, or other companies that we control or that are under common control with us.

 

TO COOPERATE WITH BUSINESS PARTNERS

 

We may share your information with our business partners (but not with advertisers) to offer you certain products, services, or promotions.

 

TO PERFORM ANALYSIS AND MARKETING STRATEGIES WITH OTHER THIRD PARTIES

 

We may share your information with advertisers and investors for the purpose of conducting general business analysis.  We may also share your information with such third parties for marketing purposes, as permitted by consumer privacy laws.

 

TO TRANSFER ASSETS IN THE EVENT OF SALE OR BANKRUPTCY

 

If we reorganize or sell all or a portion of our assets, undergo a merger, or are acquired by another entity, we may transfer your information to the successor entity.  If we go out of business or enter bankruptcy, your information would be an asset transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge and understand that such transfers may occur and that the transferee may decline to honor the commitments we’ve made in this Privacy Policy and required of the successor entity during negotiations. .

 

We are not responsible for the actions of third parties with whom you share personal or sensitive data, and we have no authority to manage or control third-party solicitations. If you no longer wish to receive correspondence, emails, or other communications from third parties, you are responsible for contacting the third party directly.

 

  1. WHAT IS OPPOSE HIGHER BEER TAXES’S POLICY ON COOKIES AND OTHER TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES?

 

We may use cookies or other tracking technologies when you visit our website, or any other platform connected to www.OpposeHigherBeerTaxes.com in order to help customize the Site and improve your experience.

 

A “cookie” is a string of information which assigns you a unique identifier that we store on your computer.  Your browser then provides that unique identifier for us to use each time you submit a query to the Site. We use cookies on the Site to, among other things, keep track of services you have used, record registration information, record your user preferences, keep you logged into the Site, and track the pages you visit. Cookies help us understand how the Site is being used and improve your user experience.

 

We reserve the right to make changes to this Cookie Policy at any time and for any reason. When any changes are made, we will update the “Effective Date” at the top of this document, so check back in from time to time to ensure you still agree with these terms.

 

Any changes or modifications will be effective immediately upon posting the updated policy on the Site, and you waive the right to receive specific notice of each such change or modification. Your continued use of the Site after the revised policy is posted will be interpreted as your awareness and acceptance of the new terms.

 

CONTROL OF COOKIES

 

Most browsers are set to accept cookies by default.  However, you can remove or reject cookies in your browser’s settings. Please be aware that such action could affect the availability and functionality of the Site and our Application.

 

OTHER TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES

 

In addition to cookies, we may use other tracking technologies to help customize the Site and improve your experience.

 

  1. LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES

 

The Site may contain links to other third-party websites and applications, including advertisements and external services that are not affiliated with us.  Once you have used these links to leave the Site, any information you provide to these third parties is not covered by this Privacy Policy, and we cannot guarantee the safety or privacy of your information.

 

Before visiting and providing information to any third-party websites, you should familiarize yourself with the privacy policies and practices (if any) of the third party responsible for that website. We are not responsible for the content, privacy and security practices, or policies of any third parties, including other sites, services, or applications that may be linked to or from the Site.

 

  1. PROTECTING YOUR INFORMATION?

 

We use a variety of industry-standard security technologies and procedures to help protect and safeguard your Personal Information from unauthorized access, alteration, use, disclosure, or destruction. While we have taken reasonable steps to secure the Personal Information you provide to us, please be aware that despite our efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable, and no method of data transmission can be guaranteed against any interception or other type of misuse. Any information disclosed online is vulnerable to interception and misuse by unauthorized parties. Therefore, we cannot guarantee complete security if you provide us with your Personal Information or any other information

 

  1. HOW LONG DOES OPPOSE HIGHER BEER TAXES STORE INFORMATION COLLECTED?

 

In addition to your Personal Information, we may also store your correspondence to Illinois legislators. We store the information we collect for as long as it is necessary for the purpose(s) for which we originally collected it. We may retain certain information for legitimate business purposes or as required by law.

 

  1. DOES OPPOSE HIGHER BEER TAXES SOLICIT INFORMATION FROM CHILDREN?

 

We do not knowingly solicit information from or market to children under the age of 18.  If you become aware of any data that we have collected from children under age 18, please contact us using the contact information provided below.

 

  1. DOES OPPOSE HIGHER BEER TAXES RESPOND TO DO-NOT-TRACK FEATURES?

 

Most web browsers and some mobile operating systems include a Do-Not-Track (“DNT”) feature or setting you can activate to signal your preference not to have data about your online browsing activities monitored and collected. No uniform technology standard for recognizing and implementing DNT signals has been finalized.  As such, we do not currently respond to DNT browser signals or any other mechanism that automatically communicates your choice not to be tracked online. If a standard for online tracking is adopted that we must follow in the future, we will inform you about that practice in a revised version of this Privacy Policy.

 

  1. CAN WE CHANGE YOUR INFORMATION AND TERMINATE YOUR CORRESPONDENCE?

 

YOUR DIGITAL CAMPAIGN EMAILS

 

Once you send a digital campaign correspondence, we cannot retract your correspondence.  Upon your request to remove your information from our system, we will deactivate or delete your information from our active databases.  However, some information may be retained in our files to prevent fraud, troubleshoot problems, assist with any investigations, and/or comply with legal requirements.

 

OUR EMAILS AND COMMUNICATIONS

 

If you no longer wish to receive correspondence, emails, or other communications from us, you may opt-out by selecting to opt-out in our emails.  You can also opt-in or opt-out by checking a box on our Site or contact us directly and request to stop receiving these communications.

 

CONTACT US

 

Illinois Retail Merchants Association

Attn: Privacy Officer

Rob Karr, President & CEO

Illinois Retail Merchants Association

216 Broadway

Springfield, Illinois 62701

217-544-1003

info@OpposeHigherBeerTaxes.com