We respect other people’s intellectual property and follow the regulations required under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). As such, if you believe that your work has been improperly copied to our website and that it constitutes infringement, we will make best efforts to remove such work as soon as is practicable and upon your providing us with the following information:
(1) The name, address, telephone number, email address and an electronic or physical signature of the copyright owner or of the person authorized to act on his/her behalf;
(2) A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed, including any registration number;
(3) The URL showing where on our website the content that you claim is infringing is located;
(4) A written statement that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
(5) A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury (depending on applicable law), that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
Send copyright infringement complaints to:
Copyright Complaints c/o
Empower Oversight Whistleblowers & Research
601 King Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314-3151
Effective date: December 14, 2021
Empower Oversight Whistleblowers & Research (“Empower”) operates the https://empoweroversig.wpengine.com/ (the “Website”). We are strongly committed to protecting your privacy, both online and offline, and have taken steps to protect the information donors and other website users share with us. Empower does collect certain personal information to provide you with customized services and content.
This page informs website users and potential newsletter subscribers of our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data when readers use our website. We use your data to provide and improve the Website. Empower does not sell or exchange your data with third parties, and any sharing of data is described in the “Third Party Service Providers” section of this policy. By using the website, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy.
Personal Data means data about a living individual who can be identified from those data (or from those and other information either in our possession or likely to come into our possession).
Usage Data is data collected automatically, either generated by the use of the website or from the website infrastructure itself, such as the duration of a page visit.
Cookies are small pieces of data stored on a User’s device.
Data Processor (or Third-Party Service Providers)
Data Processor (or Third-Party Service Provider) means any person (other than an employee of the Data Controller) who processes the data on behalf of the Data Controller. We may use the services of various Third-Party Service Providers to process your data more effectively.
Data Subject is any living individual who is the subject of Personal Data.
The User is the individual reading our website and potentially subscribing to any newsletter or service we may provide in the future. The User corresponds to the Data Subject, who is the subject of Personal Data.
Information Collection and User
We collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our Website to you.
Types of Data Collected
While using our website, we may ask you to provide us with certain Personally Identifiable Data that can be used to contact or identify you (“PID”). Personally identifiable information may include but is not limited to:
- Email address
- First name and last name
- We may use your Personal Data to contact you with newsletters, marketing or promotional materials, and other information that may be of interest to you.
You may opt out of receiving any, or all, of these communications from us by contacting us at email@example.com
We may also collect information for diagnostic and maintenance purposes that tells us how the website is accessed and used (“Usage Data”). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol address (e.g., IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our website that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers, and other diagnostic data.
Tracking Cookies Data
We use “cookies.” Cookies are files with small amounts of data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your device. We use web beacons, which are single pixel gifs, in our emails. When we send emails to subscribers, we may track behavior such as who opened the emails and who clicked the links. This allows us to measure the performance of our email campaigns and to improve our features.
Use of Data
Empower uses the data for various purposes:
- To provide and maintain our Website;
- To notify you about changes to our Website;
- To allow you to participate in any interactive features of our Website when you choose to do so;
- To provide customer support;
- To gather analysis or valuable information so that we can improve our Website;
- To monitor the usage of our Website;
- To detect, prevent, and address technical issues;
- To provide you with news, special offers, and general information from Empower about other goods, services, and events which we may offer that are similar to those that you have already purchased, obtained, or enquired about unless you have opted not to receive such information.
Retention of Data
Empower will also retain Usage Data for internal analysis purposes. Usage Data is generally retained for a shorter period of time, except when this data is used to strengthen the security or to improve the functionality of our Website, or we are legally obligated to retain this data for longer time periods.
Transfer of Data
Your information, including Personal Data, may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, province, country, or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction. Empower does not sell or exchange your Personal Data with third parties, and any sharing of your data is described in the “Third Party Service Providers” section of this policy. You have the right to have any personal data shared with those Third Party Service Providers deleted.
If you are located outside United States and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including Personal Data, to United States and process it there.
Disclosure of Data
Disclosure for Law Enforcement
Under certain circumstances, Empower may be required to disclose your Personal Data if required to do so by law or in response to valid requests by public authorities (e.g., a court or a government agency).
Empower may disclose your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:
- To comply with a legal obligation;
- To protect and defend the rights or property of Empower;
- To prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Website;
- To protect the personal safety of users of the website or the public; and
- To protect against legal liability
Security of Data
The security of your data is important to us but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
“Do Not Track” Signals
We do not support Do Not Track (“DNT”). Do Not Track is a preference you can set in your web browser to inform websites that you do not want to be tracked. You can enable or disable Do Not Track by visiting the Preferences or Settings page of your web browser.
Empower aims to take reasonable steps to allow you to correct, amend, delete, or limit the use of your Personal Data. If you wish to be informed what Personal Data we hold about you and if you want it to be removed from our systems or amended, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You have the right:
- To access and receive a copy of the Personal Data we hold about you;
- To rectify any Personal Data held about you that is inaccurate;
- To request the deletion of Personal Data held about you; and
- You have the right to data portability for the information you provide to Empower. You can request to obtain a copy of your Personal Data in a commonly used electronic format so that you can manage and move it.
Please note that we may ask you to verify your identity before responding to such requests.
Third-Party Service Providers
We employ certain third-party companies and individuals to facilitate our website (“Third-Party Service Providers”), to perform Website-related services, or to assist us in analyzing how our Website is used.
These third parties have access to your Personal Data only to perform these tasks on our behalf and may not disclose or use it for any other purpose. You can have any of your Personal Data removed from these Third-Party Service Providers by sending an email to email@example.com.
We use the following Third-Party Service Providers to monitor and analyze the use of our Website.
Links to Other Sites
We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party sites or services.
Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), our Website is not directed to anyone under the age of 13 (“Children”).
We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your child has provided us with Personal Data, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Data from children without verification of parental consent, we will take steps to remove that information from our servers.