Privacy Policy

CELIE (the Civic Engagement and Leadership Institute for Everyone) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, incorporated in the United States, and headquartered in Washington, DC, offering several online engagement platforms, including XXTRA Special & Free (“CELIE,”: “XXTRA,” or “we”).

This privacy policy outlines how we treat and use the information we collect when you visit or use our websites CELIE.org and xxtra.org, mobile-optimized versions of the websites, or software applications to which this policy is linked (collectively, “Website”), including when you sign-up for our newsletters.

Collection of Information

Children. We do not offer the Website to anyone under the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence and do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. No one under age 13 may provide any information to or on the Website. If you are under 13, do not use or provide any personal information on or through the Website, register on the Website, or use any of the interactive or public comment features of this Website or provide any information about yourself to us, including your name, email address or any screen name or user name you may use.

Information You Provide. We generally collect personally identifiable information that you voluntarily provide. For instance, contact information, and other personal details may be collected when you: sign up for our newsletters, create an account/register on our Website, complete a survey, post a comment to an article on our Website, enter a sweepstakes or contest, or participate in our social networking features. Further, you may be asked to provide your email address, your name, buying preferences, annual income (by accepting to participate in surveys), or other demographic or profile information (by accepting to participate in surveys), Twitter or Facebook usernames or other usernames and aliases used for purposes of linking to and/or posting on your social media accounts, and other information you choose to submit. We will collect such information as well as any other content that you provide to us in engaging in any of the above activities or any other activities on the Website. Additionally, if you elect to post material to any blogs, forums, or participate in our community boards that may be offered on our Website, then such materials will be collected and may be publicly available for others to view. Even after you terminate your account, all such materials submitted by you on the Website or our social media channels may be retained by us and we may continue to disclose such materials publicly.

Other Information We Collect. Subject to your prior consent where legally required, we and other parties may also collect certain information about your online activities over time and across third-party websites or other online services (behavioral tracking), such as pages visited and how often and for how long they are visited. We may use various technologies and features to collect this information, which may include personal information, such as tracking your activities through your Internet Protocol (IP) address, computer settings or most-recently visited URL, as well as through the use of “cookies” and “web beacons” and other automated technologies. You may object to the creation of usage profiles at any time.

Location Information. We may, and enable our service providers and advertisers to, collect and share your location for personalization and marketing purposes via certain services we provide through digital applications, wireless access protocol services (“WAP Services”) or mobile phone services. We, or the service provider, will obtain your prior consent to such collection to the extent required by applicable law.

General Usage Information. In addition, we may gather aggregate usage information about Website users on an anonymous basis. This information is not personally identifiable and will be used to determine how our Website is being used. Examples of such information include: How much time do users spend on our site? What pages do they view? What sites did they come from? What sites do they go to? All this information is collected to help us create a better, faster, more efficient website and to provide you with better content. We may also share aggregate usage information, in aggregate anonymous form, with our prospective and actual business partners, advertisers and other third parties for any business purpose.

Collection and Use Across Devices. We do not generate revenue from advertising, and have no interest or need to share your information with advertisers. We (or service providers we use) may employ information collected through the Website (such as IP addresses, geolocation, cookie-related data, and other information described above), aggregated with information collected from various unaffiliated websites, or mobile applications, and various devices or browsers, to provide content about issues, goods and services of interest to you across those devices and browsers.

Use of Information

We typically use your personal information:

  • subject to your marketing preferences, to provide you with newsletters and additional information regarding products and services from CELIE or XXTRA Special & Free or from others that may be of interest to you;
  • to fulfill any other purpose for which you provide the information; for example, if you enter a contest or sweepstakes, we may use your email to notify that you won;
  • to notify you, at our discretion, about changes to our Website or any products or services we offer or provide though it;
  • to allow you to participate in interactive features on our Website;
  • subject to any legally required consent, to gain insights that help us to make improvements to the design and performance of the Website;
  • in any other way we may describe when you provide the information; and
  • for any other purpose with your consent or as permitted by law.

You may object to use of your personal information for marketing or market or opinion research. For more information on how to do this, please see the “How to Opt-Out” section below.
We may disclose your personal information, including content or other data posted, uploaded or provided by you, if, among other things, we are required to do so by law or in the following situations and for the following purposes:

  • to comply with legal process;
  • to enforce the Terms of Use;
  • to respond to claims that any content violates the rights of third parties;
  • to respond to your requests for customer service;
  • to protect our rights, property or personal safety, or the rights, property or personal safety of our users or the public;
  • subject to your marketing preferences, if the entity to which your information is disclosed is our subsidiary, affiliate or parent company;

If we partner with a retailer or other third party to offer online shopping opportunities, contest or sweepstakes, services, subscriptions and other applications, then (i) personally identifiable information you provide in connection with the above transactions may be collected directly by, or shared by us with, the third party, and (ii) these third parties will use your information in accordance with their own privacy policy; in some cases, such as where a provider’s service is embedded in our Website (such as an embedded video or social network tool), you must contact the third party to learn about your objection options, and the third party (not us) will be responsible for addressing your objection; when we utilize third party service providers to provide products, services or functions on our behalf (such as sending emails or fulfilling subscriptions), these service providers are directed to use your information to carry out the purpose(s) for which we hired them, but not for any other purposes; otherwise with your consent or in accordance with your indicated preferences (e.g., you indicated you wanted to receive promotional materials directly from a third-party partner); or regarding a sale, merger, transfer, exchange, or other disposition (whether of assets, or otherwise) of all or a portion of the business conducted by the Website to which this policy applies, in which case the acquiring company will possess the information collected by us.

Social Networks

If you use your login credentials from a social networking site (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest) (“SNS”) on our Website, we may receive information from such SNS in accordance with the terms and conditions (e.g., terms of use and privacy policy) of the SNS (“SNS Terms”). If you elect to share your information with these SNS, we will share information with them in accordance with your election. The SNS Terms of these SNS will apply to the information we disclose to them. Additionally, if you make an election with respect to a SNS while on our Website (for instance, if you elect to “follow” us on one of the SNS, or “Like” us on Facebook), your election will be reflected and may be shared with your social network within the applicable SNS. We reserve the right to use and disclose all personally identifiable information and other information about you that we receive through SNS in the same ways described in this privacy policy.

Your California Privacy Rights: Notice to California Customers

Subject to certain limits under California Civil Code § 1798.83, if you are a California resident, you may ask us to provide you with (i) a list of certain categories of personal information that we disclosed to third parties for their direct marketing purposes during the immediately preceding calendar year and (ii) the identity of third parties that received personal information from us for their direct marketing purposes during that calendar year. The list will not be specific to disclosures or your particular personal information. To make such request, send us an email at info@CELIE.com/ connect@xxtra.org, or write us at CELIE 1920 L Street, NW Suite 320, Washington, DC 20036, indicating “Your California Privacy Rights” in the subject of your email or letter, your name and complete mailing address. We are not responsible for requests that are not labeled or sent properly, or do not have complete information. Please note that we are only required to respond to one request per customer each year.

How to Opt Out

You can unsubscribe from receiving CELIE newsletters or commercial emails at any time. You can unsubscribe by clicking on the “Unsubscribe” link in the footer of any CELIE email and following the instructions.

Third-Party Email Promotions

Subject to your marketing preferences, occasionally, you may receive from us emails that may contain advertising or other content that was sponsored by third party retailers or businesses. These emails are not necessarily reflective of the opinions of our editorial staff. They are content paid for by our sponsors, and allow us to provide you with the free content we believe you will enjoy.

Links to Other Sites

As a curator of information, CELIE often links out to other sites. We are not responsible for any content that appears on these sites, nor do we endorse them. Third parties may display advertisements on the Service and on such web sites. These advertisements may contain cookies, web beacons and other similar technologies. These third parties may collect information or insert cookies or similar technologies without our knowledge. For questions about these sites, please consult their individual privacy policies. CELIE is not responsible for the privacy practices employed by any third party.

Security and Retention

We protect personal information with appropriate organizational, technological and physical safeguards commensurate to the sensitivity of the personal information. We use a variety of industry-standard security technologies and procedures to help protect your information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. Although we take appropriate measures to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures of your information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

We only retain personal information for as long as is necessary for the purpose for which it was collected. When we no longer are required to retain the information, we will destroy, erase, or de-identify the information unless otherwise required or permitted by applicable law.

Modifications

CELIE may make changes to this privacy policy at any time. If we do, we will inform you by posting the revised privacy policy on this Website without other notice to you. You are responsible for periodically visiting our Website and this privacy policy to check for any changes. Any changes that are made to this privacy policy will apply to both any personal information that we hold prior to the effective date of the amended privacy policy and any personal information that we collect on or after such effective date.

Contact Us

If you have questions about this privacy policy, or about the Website, please contact us at info@CELIE.org or connect@xxtra.org.