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Privacy Policy

Welcome to the Online Policy Group ("OPG")! We want OPG to be your source for online policy research, outreach, and action on issues such as access, privacy, digital defamation, the digital divide, and Internet participants' civil liberties and human rights. We know that your privacy is important to you, so your privacy as you use our site is very important to us. This privacy policy describes what information we gather from you, how we use that information and what we do to protect it. We hope that this privacy policy is straightforward and clear, but if you have any questions about it, please email

This Privacy Policy applies to the OPG at and its projects, which include the California Community Colocation Project ( and QueerNet ( It does not extend to any other sites or services, including sites hosted by or colocated at OPG or any other site on the Internet. Use of your information at those sites is governed by their privacy policies that OPG encourages you to find and read.

Information We Gather

Personally Identifiable Information

In order to participate in many of the activities and services that we offer, we ask you to provide some personal information. For example, to subscribe to mailing lists hosted by OPG, we require a valid email address. To register as an OPG client, we request that you provide more information, including your name, address and other personal information. In order to get a sense of the composition of the OPG community, we may also request that you provide us with certain optional information.

We encourage you to make donations to OPG at our site. To do so, we need to gather certain information relating to the donation, which may include the amount of the donation, your method of payment and other associated information. We will use that donation information only to complete the transaction, provide donation history, facilitate and solicit future donations, and as we believe required by law. We may also use information about the donation for aggregate reporting (where we summarize the data in a report that does not contain your personally identifiable information). We refer potential donors to outside services such as PayPal and Network for Good for processing donations. Your use of those sites and their use of your information is governed by their individual privacy policies.

We may receive additional personally identifiable information from you through communications directly to us, such as emails to customer support. If so, we will use that information to fulfill your request, improve our service, and for aggregate reporting. For example, if you email OPG to ask a question, we will use that information to give you an answer, to make sure that you are satisfied with our answer, to have a history of our service to you and to make our service better.

Other Information

In order to maintain and improve OPG, we also gather some statistical data when you visit the site. The exact information we collect may vary, but can include the numerical Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer you are using, the pages requested, the date and time you access our site, computer and connection information such as browser type and operating system, and the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site.

Public Information

OPG provides you with many ways to submit information to be made public including but not limited to participating in our email lists, chat forums, discussion groups, or message boards. In each of these circumstances, OPG gathers information from you. Information submitted through these services can be read, recorded, retained and used by any third party or by OPG. Be aware that anything you submit to OPG through these services may be made public, so please remember not to include any information you want kept private.


Cookies are small files stored by your browser in your computer when you visit our website. We use cookies to improve our website and make it easier to use. Cookies permit us to recognize users and avoid repetitive requests for the same information. For example, cookie technology makes it possible for you to leave and return to OPG without having to login repeatedly. Most browsers will accept cookies until you change browser settings to refuse them. You should be aware, however, that by disabling cookies you may be unable to access certain services and features of our website. For more information about cookies, please visit


OPG is not designed for children. We do not knowingly collect any information from children under 13.

Our Use of Your Information

We use your information to facilitate and improve our services. For example, we use your information to allocate system resources and communicate with you about updates and new features, among other things. We do not rent, sell, transfer or otherwise disclose your personally identifiable information to any third party, except as expressly stated below.

We also aggregate information supplied by users during registration and information about their use of OPG to maintain our services, analyze site usage, make improvements to our site, and describe our user base. In providing this information, however, we supply only summary data about our community of users, not any personally identifiable information.

We may occasionally use your personal information to send you information about OPG administration, services or policies, or to encourage donations. In some cases, we may also deliver information to you that we believe is targeted to your interests, such as announcements from related organizations.

Our Disclosure of Your Information

There are some limited circumstances in which we may need to disclose personally identifiable information about you, and we want you to know about them.


We may employ other companies to perform functions on our behalf, such as processing credit card payments, transmitting emails in response to your requests or other service-related functions. OPG may not be able to secure their compliance with this privacy policy.


Although under current U.S. law OPG can only transfer assets to another nonprofit entity, we may transfer any information in our possession, including any personally identifiable information, to a third party in connection with a merger, bankruptcy, or sale of all or most of the assets of the company. We will attempt to offer our users the opportunity to opt out of the use of their personal information in the instance of a transfer. In such cases, we will make an effort to notify you via email, provided that we have your email address on record as a patron, client, email list subscriber, or other participant in our services.

Unauthorized Usage and Violation of Policies

We may collect additional information and reveal user information if we believe that an OPG user is harming or interfering with other users or anyone else; violating (either intentionally or unintentionally) our Terms of Service; or infringing any of OPG's rights, or trespassing on, damaging, or abusing any of OPG's property.


OPG will reveal information, including personally identifiable information, to the extent we believe we are required to do so by law. If we are asked by subpoena or other legal means to disclose any of your personally identifiable information, we will, if permitted by law, attempt to notify you via the email address you supplied when enrolling in our services. We may at our sole discretion decide to challenge a subpoena or other court order that we feel is inappropriate, but we are under no obligation to do so given that the expenses related to legal action could adversely impact the ability of OPG to provide quality services to all of its clients and users.

Accessing and Changing Your Information

OPG is committed to ensuring that you have control over your Personal Information. You can change your email address, password, or other Personal Information using the information you provided when you signed up to the OPG service that you originally gave your personal information, such as an OPG e-mail list.

Policy Changes

We may amend this Privacy Policy at our discretion at any time. If we change this privacy policy in any substantial way, we will notify you at least thirty days in advance by posting a notice of the change on our website. We will make an effort to send notice of the change to our users via email, provided that we have your email address on record as a patron, client, email list subscriber, or other participant in our services. All amended terms shall automatically be effective 30 days after they are initially posted on our site for all valid accounts. If you disagree with the terms of the amended policy, you may choose to discontinue subscribing to our services within the 30-day period before the changes take effect. You have the option of discontinuing use of many of our services on the OPG Services Page, available at

Questions About This Policy

If you have any questions about this privacy policy or other privacy questions about us, please send an email to


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