Political data is critical infrastructure

At Schweitzer Laboratories we understand how privacy regulations are rightly evolving to support stronger consumer protections, as well as how political data touches national security and critical infrastructure security and risk paradigms. We pride ourselves as being the emerging leader of privacy in the political data ecosystem.

 

While other systems and organizations only exist to exploit your data, 4US was built on the right side of history. That's why we: 1) never sell your data, 2) support a "Right to be Deleted", 3) have built an underlying data asset transparency system that verifies where every piece of data resides, who can access it, and who owns it.

We challenge others in political tech to beat us in this domain.

4US Privacy Statement

While much of our efforts at Schweitzer Laboratories are focused on transparency, we are a proponent of personal privacy and believe an individual has a right to data related to their digital identity. Please read this Policy carefully as it contains important information on how and why we collect, store, use, and share your personal information. It also explains your rights in relation to your personal information and how to contact us in the event that you have any questions or concerns regarding your privacy.

1. Key Terms

We, us, our: Schweitzer Laboratories Inc., a Delaware Corporation ("Schweitzer Labs"); 4US a product of Schweitzer Labs; and all related websites ("Sites").

Clients: Committees that use the 4US platform and payment processing services.

Donors: Individuals who contribute to Clients on the 4US platform.

Visitors: Individuals who visit or interact with websites or webpages that we manage, support, or are otherwise responsible for.

Personal Information: Any information that identifies, relates to, describes, is reasonably capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly of indirectly, with a particular consumer or household.

Capitalized terms not otherwise defined herein shall have the meaning as set forth in our Terms of Services. In the event of a conflict between this Policy and the Terms, the Terms of the Customer’s Agreement will control.

2. Types of Information We Collect. We may collect and use the following personal information:

  • Account information (for Clients) including your username and password to access our site and the financial account information you provide to link your accounts.

  • Contact information (e.g., your name, address, telephone number, email address, employment information, or other similar identifiers).

  • Demographic information (e.g., your birthdate, age, gender, and zip code).

  • Feedback (i.e., information submitted when you use the “Contact Us” page or similar features on our Sites) troubleshooting and support data.

  • Internet or device information (e.g., the type of device you use to access our Sites, your IP address, browser type, Internet Service Provider, referring and exit page, operating system, timestamps, and clickstream data.)

  • Payment information (from Donors) including billing address, payment type, and expiration date.

  • Voter registration or political affiliation information.

3. How the Information is Collected. The types of information described above may be collected in the following ways:

  • Directly from Clients and Donors.

  • From a third party with your consent (e.g., a Client’s bank or a third-party site the Client integrates with their account).

  • Directly from a third party (e.g., data providers, analytics vendors, or donor due diligence providers).

  • From publicly accessible sources (e.g., public databases, political contribution records, voter files).

  • By combining information (1) we collect offline with information we collect through our Sites, (2) we collect about you from the different devices you use to access our Sites, or (3) we get from third parties with information we already have about you.

  • Via our IT systems, including automated monitoring of our websites and other technical systems, such as our computer networks and connections, communications systems, email and instant messaging systems.

4. How and Why the Information is Used. The types of information described above may be used in the following ways or for the following reasons:

  • To comply with our legal and regulatory obligations.

  • To facilitate processing Donors’ contributions or Clients’ transactions.

  • To perform data analytics projects in reliance on our legitimate business interests in improving our products and services.

  • To be as efficient as we can so we can deliver the best service at the best price.

  • To customize your experience with us.

  • To communicate with you, or to respond to your requests and questions.

  • To compile aggregated statistics about Site usage and to better understand the preferences of our Clients, Donors, and Visitors.

  • To promote our business to existing and former customers, third parties who have previously expressed an interest in our services, or third parties with whom we have had no previous dealings.

  • To make sure we are following our own internal procedures so we can deliver the best service to you.

  • To maintain our accreditations so we can demonstrate we operate at the highest standards.

  • To enforce compliance with our Terms of Use and applicable law.

  • For security purposes and to minimize fraud.

  • Where you have given consent or as we may notify you.

  • As otherwise permitted or required by law.

 

5. Who We Share Your Personal Information With. While we do not sell your information to third parties, we may share personal information:

  • Internally, within our company.

  • With Clients when Donors contribute to them and to comply with campaign finance laws.

  • With third parties approved by you, including websites Clients or Donors link their account to.

  • With service providers we use to help deliver our products and services, such as payment service providers.

  • With our contracted service providers, who provide services such as IT and system administration and hosting, credit card processing, research and analytics, marketing, legal, accounting, banking, auditing, and insuring us.

  • To comply with other laws or to protect ourselves.

  • For other reasons we may describe to you.

  • We only allow our service providers to handle your personal information if we are satisfied that they take appropriate measures to protect your personal information. We also impose contractual obligations on service providers relating to ensure they can only use your personal information to provide services to us and to you.

  • We may disclose and exchange information with law enforcement agencies and regulatory bodies to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations.

  • We might also share aggregated or de-identified data with third parties in a way so that it cannot be used to identify you or any natural person.

  • We may also need to share some personal information with other parties, such as potential buyers of some or all of our business or during a re-structuring. We will typically anonymize information, but this may not always be possible. The recipient of the information will be bound by confidentiality obligations.

 

6. Credit Card Information. We securely transmit Donor credit card information to one of our payment processors; we do not store this information. All credit card information is handled in accordance with current PCI standards.

7. Promotional Communications. We may use your personal information to send you updates about our products or services.

You have the right to opt out of receiving promotional communications at any time by:

  • Contacting us at [email protected]; or

  • Using the “unsubscribe” link in emails or “STOP” number in texts.

We may ask you to confirm or update your marketing preferences if you instruct us to provide further products or services in the future, or if there are changes in the law, regulation, or the structure of our business.

8. Where Your Personal Information is Held. Information may be held at our offices and those of our third party agencies, service providers, representatives and agents as described above (see above: “Who We Share Your Personal Information with”).

9. Your Privacy Rights at Schweitzer Labs. At Schweitzer Labs, your privacy rights do not depend on where you live. Your rights include:

The Right to Know:

  • The categories of personal information we have collected about you.

  • The categories of sources from which the personal information is collected.

  • Our business or commercial purpose for collecting or selling personal information.

  • The categories of third parties with whom we share personal information, if any.

  • The specific pieces of personal information we have collected about you.

  • The categories of personal information about you that we sold and the categories of third parties to whom the personal information was sold.

  • The categories of personal information that we disclosed about you for a business purpose.

 

Please note that we are not required to: retain any personal information about you that was collected for a single one-time transaction if, in the ordinary course of business, that information about you is not retained; reidentify or otherwise link any data that, in the ordinary course of business, is not maintained in a manner that would be considered personal information; or provide the personal information to you more than twice in a 12-month period.

The Right to Deletion:

Subject to certain exceptions set out below, on receipt of a verifiable request from you, we will delete your personal information from our records and direct any service providers to delete your personal information from their records.

Please note that we may not delete your personal information if it is necessary to:

  • Complete the transaction for which the personal information was collected, provide a good or service requested by you, or reasonably anticipated within the context of our ongoing business relationship with you, or otherwise perform a contract between you and us;

  • Detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity, or prosecute those responsible for that activity;

  • Debug to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality;

  • Exercise free speech, ensure the right of another consumer to exercise his or her right of free speech, or exercise another right provided for by law;

  • Engage in public or peer-reviewed scientific, historical, or statistical research in the public interest that adheres to all other applicable ethics and privacy laws, when our deletion of the information is likely to render impossible or seriously impair the achievement of such research, provided we have obtained your informed consent;

  • Enable solely internal uses that are reasonably aligned with your expectations based on your relationship with us;

  • Comply with an existing legal obligation; or

  • Otherwise use your personal information, internally, in a lawful manner that is compatible with the context in which you provided the information.

 

Equal Prices and Services:

We will not discriminate against you if you exercise any of these rights.

10. How to Exercise Your Rights. If you would like to exercise any of your rights as described in this Policy, please e-mail us at [email protected] and provide:

  • Enough information to identify you (e.g., your full name, address and customer or matter reference number);

  • Proof of your identity and address (e.g., a copy of your government-issued ID and a recent utility or credit card bill); and

  • A description of what right you want to exercise and the information to which your request relates.

 

We are not obligated to make a data access or data portability disclosure if we cannot verify that the person making the request is the person about whom we collected information, or is someone authorized to act on such person’s behalf.

Any personal information we collect from you to verify your identity in connection with you request will be used solely for the purposes of verification.

11. Data Protection Laws. Our Sites are intended for use by individuals located in the United States.  However, some of the personal information we collect about you may be transferred to countries other than the United States.  If you are a user located outside of the United States, you understand and consent to having any information processed in the United States.  United States data protection and other relevant laws may not be the same as those in your jurisdiction.  As a result, please read this Privacy Policy with care.

12. Information from Children. We (1) do not permit contributions from minors under the age of 18, (2) strive to comply with the provisions of The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and (3) do not knowingly solicit or collect personally identifying information from children under the age of 17. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received personally identifiable information from someone under the age of 17, we will delete such information from our records.

13. Do-Not-Track Signals. Do Not Track ("DNT") is a privacy preference that you can set in most web browsers. There is no accepted standard on how to respond to web browsers' DNT signals and, even when you have DNT enabled, your information may still be used for analytics and measurement purposes. Certain state laws require us to indicate whether we honor DNT settings in your browser. At this time, we do not respond to DNT signals.

14. Keeping Your Personal Information Secure. We have administrative, technical and physical security measures in place to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorized way. Those processing your information will do so only in an authorized manner and are subject to a duty of confidentiality. We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data security breach. We will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected data security breach where we are legally required to do so.

However, while we have taken reasonable measures to protect your information, please be aware that despite our efforts no security measures are perfect or impenetrable and no data transmission method can be guaranteed against an unauthorized intrusion.  Any information disclosed online is vulnerable to intrusion or misuse and as a result we cannot guarantee the complete security of your personal information.  

15. Data Retention. We will keep your personal information while you have an account with us or while we are providing products or services to you. Thereafter, we will keep your personal information for as long as is necessary:

  • To respond to any questions, complaints or claims made by you or on your behalf;

  • To show that we treated you fairly; or

  • To keep records required by law.

 

We will not retain your personal information for longer than necessary for the purposes set out in this Policy. Different retention periods apply for different types of personal information. When it is no longer necessary to retain your personal information, we will delete or anonymize it.

16. Links to Other Websites. Our Sites may contain links to other third party sites for your convenience and information. If you click on a link to a third party site, you will be taken to a site we do not control and that are not governed by this Policy. We are not responsible for the content of, or privacy practices used by, third party sites.

17. Changes to This Privacy Notice. This Policy may be updated periodically and without prior notice to you to reflect changes in our information practices and applicable law. We suggest that you periodically review the Policy for amendments.

18. How to Contact Us. If you have any questions about this privacy policy or the information we hold about you, please contact us at [email protected].

 

Effective Date: November 29, 2021