PRIVACY POLICY

  1. Introduction
    1. The Speech Equity Project produces educational content for forensics competitors on a website platform and collects donations as a means to keep this operation running. “The Speech Equity Project” “we,” “our,” or “us” in this Privacy Policy refers to the corporate entity of The Speech Equity Project publicly incorporated in the State of Texas.
    2. This Privacy Policy applies whenever you use our “Services,” which means our website. It describes how we collect, store, use, and disclose your personal information when providing these Services to you, and your rights and choices concerning your information.
    3. If you do not want The Speech Equity Project to collect, store, use, or share your information in the ways described in this Privacy Policy, you may not use our services.
  2. Information we Collect and How it is Used
    1. The Speech Equity Project uses third-party programs for the purpose of building and maintaining the platform. These programs include WordPress (to build the site platform), Google Analytics (to track the site’s viewership and popularity), Google Forms (to obtain feedback about the site and its content), and PayPal (for the purpose of collecting donations). Here is the information collected by each:
      1. The data that WordPress uses to provide a secure platform comes from these sources and is used for these purposes:
        1. Comments: When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.
        2. Cookies: If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
          If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
        3. Embedded content from other websites: Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.
      2. The data that Google Forms uses to obtain feedback comes from these sources and is used for these purposes:
        1. Your email
        2. Your name
        3. Your message
          1. The Speech Equity Project uses this information to improve our services. Your name and message are collected by the service automatically while we opted to collect your email so we can get in touch with you about your complaint should we need additional information or would like to follow-up about our ability to resolve it. While this data is collected and stored indefinitely, we will use it only for the purposes of feedback and the resolution of service problems.
      3. The data that Google Analytics uses to provide all the information in our reports comes from these sources and is used for these purposes:
        1. The HTTP request of the user
        2. Browser/system information
        3. First-party cookies
          1. When all this information is collected, it is sent to the Analytics servers in the form of a long list of parameters attached to a single-pixel GIF image request. The data contained in the GIF request is the data sent to the Google Analytics servers, which then gets processed and ends up in our reports. From here, we deal with aggregate data not directly definable to a specific individual user.
      4. The data that PayPal uses to process a donation and create reports for us comes from these sources and is used for these purposes:
        1. Your Name
        2. Your Email Address
        3. Your Physical Address
        4. Your Debt or Credit Card Information
        5. The amount you donated
        6. The date and time you made a donation
          1. With exception to the amount donated, the date of the donation, and your physical address, this information is used by PayPal in order to process your donation. The Speech Equity Project receives a report including all this information except your debit or credit card information, which we cannot and do not access nor retain on file. The Speech Equity Project uses this report to send to the IRS annually in order to remain in compliance with 501(c)(3) regulations in reporting our donations.
  3. Children Under 13
    1. In compliance with The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), our website is not currently intended for children under 13 years of age. We do not knowingly collect information from children under 13. If you are under 13, please do not provide any information on this site.
  4. Communications
    1. If you send us an email or we receive your email from a feedback form, we will not use it to send you a message or sign you up for an email list-serv with the purpose of soliciting donations. We may send you a message to you if we require additional clarification or follow-up on your feedback. However, we will not use any personal information given for the purposes of personal correspondence or feedback in the direct pursuit of soliciting donations.
  5. Business Transfers
    1. In the future, The Speech Equity Project may sell, buy, or merge with another non-profit corporation. Should this occur, we may include your information in such transactions.
  6. Dispute Resolution
    1. If you believe at any point we have violated any term within the Privacy Policy, we encourage you to first contact us at SpeechEquityProject@gmail.com. We will investigate the issue and try to resolve it as soon as possible.
  7. Future Changes to Privacy Policy
    1. We may change this privacy policy in the future to reflect any changes to the operation of this organization or to satisfy legal requirements. Notice of those changes will be posted to the site at least seven days prior to the changes being posted here and taking effect.
  8. Contact Information
    1. Should you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or any of its stipulations, feel free to contact us via email at SpeechEquityProject@gmail.com.