OER Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Passively Collected Data

Like most websites, we may automatically receive and record information in our server logs from your browser when you visit OER.org. The information that we collect with these automated methods may include your IP address, cookie information, browser type, system type, and the referring URL.

We use this type of information to measure and improve the performance of our site.  On occasion we also access this type of information to investigate or maintain the stability and security of our site.  We do not share this information with third parties, except professionals hired to improve our security and efficiency who commit contractually to respect the privacy of any such shared information.

Voluntarily Submitted Data

Certain pages on the OER site may invite you to share personally identifying information, such as your name, address, email address, or telephone number.  Sharing that information will allow you to make a donation, join our email list, sign a petition, or participate in other similar online activities.

We may use that voluntarily submitted data to:

  • Fulfill your membership enrolloment or donations.
  • Contact you about other OER activities or news, or about opportunities to support the OER.
  • In the case of your direct messages to advocacy targets (such as your member of congress), all required information fields (e.g. name, email address, etc.) will be passed on to the advocacy target with your message.
  • In the case of blog comments, post your comment and your name.
  • Deliver content to you on platforms such as social media, other websites, search results pages and mobile apps.
  • In the case of your volunteer work, we will disclose your contact information to other volunteers to the extent necessary to accomplish the tasks you are volunteering for.

When We May Share Your Information With Other Organizations

When we give you an opportunity to voluntarily submit information about yourself, we may give you the option of indicating that you permit us to share that data with other parties such as coalition partners or specific legislators. We will not share your data with such parties unless you have indicated that you permit us to do so.

Our Newsletter List

If you sign up for our newsletter list, we may collect data by using an embedded image to track whether you open our email and by using a URL that enables us to identify that you have taken an action, such as clicking a link in an email. 

How We Work With Third-Party Vendors

We work with a variety of vendors who help us process data, facilitate the operation of the OER site and deliver messages to you on other platforms.  For example, outside vendors may help us analyze traffic on our site, process credit card transactions, or facilitate activities such as the collection and delivery of petition signatures.  To the extent that any vendor has access to personally identifiable data about you, by virtue of the fact that it participates in the operation of the OER site, we require that vendor to promise that it will keep that data confidential and use it only for the purpose of carrying out the functions we have engaged it to perform.  That is true both as to passively collected data and as to voluntarily submitted data, and also as to data from any cookie or other tracking device.

Our Use of Cookies

We may use cookies to improve website performance, to remember user preferences and settings, and to collect analytic data. By “cookies” we mean small text files placed on to your computer by websites you visit. “Cookies” may also refer to local storage, which is a mechanism similar to cookies where the information is stored within your web browser. In some instances we may place these cookies ourselves.  In other instances we may allow outside service providers to place these cookies, but only if those providers agree to the terms described above under “How We Work with Third-Party Vendors.” We use cookies as follows:

Website Performance

Website performance cookies allow us to make the website easier and more pleasant to use. For example, they may enable us to:

  • Determine how often and where you see our “breaking news” alerts
  • Save you time when filling out a form by populating it with information you provided in previous visits.

Registration

If you are visiting our website as a registered user — for example, when you manage your subscriptions for our email lists — we may place cookies in your browser that allow our website to recognize that you are logged in.

Analytics

We use analytics tools that place cookies, in order to give us a better understanding of how people engage with our website.  That in turn allows us to gauge the current performance of Website features, and to develop better content. Analytics cookies provide us with information like:

  • How many individual visitors we have
  • How many visitors are new or returning
  • How often visitors come to the website
  • What content they’ve visited
  • How visitors interact with particular pages or content

In addition, if you click on a link in an email we send to you, a cookie may be generated that enables us to identify that you have signed the petition.

How Certain Content Hosts May Place Cookies and Gather Information About You

Our site is connected in a variety of ways to content residing on other platforms.  We provide links to content on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and to content on other sites, such as articles posted on the sites of news organizations.  Our site also features embedded media, such as videos, that are hosted on other platforms (such as YouTube) but viewable directly through the buttons we provide.  When you click on links or buttons for any of these types of external content, the providers of that content may place their own cookies on your computer, access existing cookies that were set when you previously visited other websites, or otherwise gather information about you as you access their content. 

To learn about how those content hosts treat the data they collect through cookies and otherwise, see their respective online privacy policies and other posted guidance. 

To learn how you can minimize the information about you collected by these types of content hosts, you may want to read the ACLU’s Easy Steps Everyone Can Take to Protect Their Digital Privacy.

Procedure When We Update This Statement

Our privacy statement may change from time to time. We will post privacy statement changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice on our website. We will also keep prior versions of the Online Privacy Statement available for your review in this section.