We consider it a privilege when you choose to support Earthjustice. At Earthjustice, your privacy and security are critically important to us.
Our fundamental privacy principles are transparency and fairness. In keeping with these principles, Earthjustice (“Earthjustice,” “we,” “our” or “us”) wants you to understand what kinds of information we collect about you, why we collect it and how we use or disclose it. We also want to make sure you know your rights regarding our collection, use and disclosure of that information.
We’ve tried to write this policy in a way that’s easy to understand, but some of it is technical. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact us.
This policy applies solely to information collected by earthjustice.org (the “Site”), and is effective May 25, 2018. If you use our Site on or after May 25, 2018, you agree to the new policy.
Earthjustice collects, retains and uses information you provide to us or give us permission to obtain. For example, you voluntarily provide or allow us to obtain information when you:
The above information is collected and processed, based on your consent, to fulfill your purchases and/or donations, to keep you up to date on Earthjustice’s work and issues that are important to you, to maintain and expand our relationship with you and other supporters, and for our other legitimate purposes.
Similar to most websites, certain kinds of information are automatically or passively collected, retained and used when you visit our Site:
In addition to specific uses discussed below, we generally use the information we collect to improve our Site’s function and content, to stay in touch with our supporters about activities or news, to expand our supporter base and to notify you about updates to our Site.
The data we collect from you if you make a donation or purchase is used to verify your identity and to complete your requested transaction. We also use your phone number and/or email address to contact you if there is a problem with the transaction, and we use your email address to confirm your donation and/or purchase. This information is necessary to fulfill your order or donation transaction.
The personal financial information we collect and control to conduct financial transactions is kept private and secure and is not sold, rented or traded to third parties.
To the extent allowed by law, we collect, retain and use your name, email address, phone number, address and any other personally identifiable information you provide voluntarily or give us permission to obtain. We use this information to keep you up to date on Earthjustice’s critical work, including our latest courtroom and legislative battles and victories, advocacy alerts, fundraising appeals and other ways you can help support us.
Similarly, to the extent allowed by law, we collect, retain and use your name, email address, phone number, address and any other information you provide voluntarily or give us permission to obtain. This allows us to keep you up to date on Earthjustice’s critical work and opportunities for you to support us. It also helps us to develop our advocacy program by making it easier for you to fill out petitions and surveys by auto-populating certain fields.
We also keep copies of action alerts you send to policy and/or decision makers, which we may quote and publish on our Site and which are identified by the author’s initials and/or city/state. This helps advance our advocacy objectives and efforts.
We sometimes contract with third-party companies or employ persons to collect and process information on our behalf based on our instructions and in compliance with this Policy.
For example, as discussed above, we share information with credit card payment processing companies and advocacy platforms. We also share data with security consultants. In addition, we share certain information to improve and expand our fundraising capabilities, our donor and supporter databases, and our advocacy efforts. This may include information we independently acquire about you—some of which may be collected by third-party providers at our request.
We use third-party advocacy platforms to send your advocacy email messages directly to or connect you by phone with policy and/or decision makers’ offices. To receive your message, policy or decision makers may require you to provide additional information such as a salutation, name, email address, phone number or address.
Also, we exchange our mail and/or email address lists with like-minded organizations—many of which we represent through our environmental legal and advocacy work. As we are a nonprofit, it is important for us to reach others who may be interested in our work and expand our wonderful community of supporters like you. This is usually done through a third party that consolidates various organizations’ mail and/or email lists for use by us and sister nonprofits. If you don’t want us to share your information with other organizations, you can change your preferences by contacting us by mail, phone, or email:
We also use and share aggregated information about our Site’s visitors. Aggregated information does not identify any particular individual and is used for compliance, analysis, demographics, fundraising, advertising and our other legitimate purposes. For example, we collect, retain and use advocacy-alert information to evaluate and report on the outcome of our action alerts, but your personally identifiable information is depersonalized so that it is not identifiable.
We keep your information as long as necessary to accomplish the uses described in this Policy. When we no longer need to use your information and there is no requirement that we keep it, we’ll either delete or depersonalize it so you can’t be identified.
Our Site is not directed to children under 13 years of age, and we do not knowingly collect information from children under 13. Additionally, if you are in the European Union you must be over the age at which you can consent to data processing under your country’s laws or you must provide parental consent. If you are a parent and believe your child is receiving Earthjustice communications and you don’t want them to, or if you believe we are collecting your child’s personal information, please contact us.
You have choices about your data and how we collect, use or disclose it. We want to send you only the communications to which you have agreed, and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Though our Site is not specifically directed towards the European Union (“EU”), and we don’t have a physical location in the EU, if you’re located in the EU or the European Economic Area, you can contact us at the mail address, phone number or email address above, or use our online Member Center to:
If the changes are significant, we may provide a more prominent notice or ask for your consent, if required by law.