Similar to other websites, this site utilizes cookies and web server logs to collect information about how this website is used. Information gathered through cookies and web server logs may include the date and time of visits, the pages viewed, time spent at this website, the websites visited just before and just after this website, your IP address, and other similar data. A cookie is a very small text document, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a website, that site’s computer asks your computer for permission to store this file in a part of your hard drive specifically designated for cookies. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites.
IP addresses are used by your computer every time you are connected to the Internet. Your IP address is a number that is used by computers on the network to identify your computer. IP addresses are automatically collected by this website as part of demographic and profile data known as “traffic data” so that data (such as the web pages you request) can be sent to you.
We may use software programs to create unique and summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing the number of visitors to the different sections of this site, what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, identifying system performance or problem areas, and other reasons. For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, we use software to monitor network traffic, in part, to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage.
If you choose to correspond with us electronically, we may retain the content of your message(s) together with your technical data and our responses. We provide the same protections for these electronic communications that we employ in the maintenance of information we receive by mail, telephone, and elsewhere online. Email is not recognized as a secure medium of communication. For this reason, we request that you do not send private information to us by email. Doing so is permitted, but not advised.
Use of Personal Information
Broadly speaking, we need to use personal information for a variety of reason including complying with campaign finance laws, helping with business administration, communicating with the public, analyzing website effectiveness, and other reasons. We do not obtain your personally-identifying information when you simply visit our website and/or social media sites. However, we utilize software that collects information about each visitor’s city/state, browser, operating system, screen size, Internet service provider, and other technical information. Your individual identity is only disclosed if and when you choose to provide such information during your visit, such as when you make a contribution and/or sign up to volunteer.
We may share personal information with certain third party vendors. Examples would include banks, payment method providers (such as credit card networks), email service providers, and the postal service.
We disclose information to government agencies when we are legally compelled to do so (i.e. when we believe in good faith that the law requires it or for the protection of our legal rights). We may share personal information as we believe necessary: to comply with applicable law or payment method rules; to enforce our contractual rights; to protect the rights, privacy, safety, and/or property of Friends of Jeff Helgeson, Jeff Helgeson, you, or others; to respond to requests from courts, law enforcement agencies, regulatory agencies, and other public and government authorities. As an example, state laws require us to report most contributors and their contributions to the Virginia State Board of Elections.
Some of the information you may enter on our website may be transmitted securely to third party vendors such as payment processors and/or banks directly via a secure medium known as Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL. Credit card information is never transmitted via email.
Children are not eligible to use our website and services, and we ask that only adults (age 18 and over) submit any personal information to us. If you are a minor, you can use this site only in conjunction with permission and guidance from your parents or guardians.
If you have any questions regarding this policy or your dealings with our website, please contact us by visiting our contact page.