Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions

1.     INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the official website (the “website” or “site”) for the Energy Policy Simulator App (“EPS”, “we”, “us”, “our”). We understand that visitors to our site may have questions about how EPS collects and uses information. We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our supporters’ information. This Privacy Policy explains our privacy practices, including the information we collect from you when you use our website, apps, and other digital and online services (collectively, the “Services”) and how we and our affiliated committees may use that information; our rights to share and disclose such information to third parties; how you can review and modify information that you provide to us; and your preferences regarding our use and disclosure of such information.

This Privacy Policy only applies to the information collected by the Energy Policy Simulator App and any third parties acting with our authorization or information otherwise provided to us by third parties about you, in each instance, in connection with your use of the Services. This Privacy Policy applies regardless of the computer, mobile phone, tablet, or other electronic device (“Device”) you use to access the Services and whether you are accessing the Services as a registered user or otherwise.

By using the Services, you agree that your use of the Services is governed by this Privacy Policy. From time to time, we may update this Privacy Policy. We encourage you to periodically check this Privacy Policy for updates. Your continued use of the Services affirms your agreement to any changes we make to this Privacy Policy.

2.     INFORMATION COLLECTION AND USE

When you visit our Sites or otherwise interact with us, we may collect certain personal information you choose to disclose to us, such as your first and last name, your organization’s name, your email address, and your password for the site (if you create one). You may provide this information, for example, when you register with EPS and create a user account to save and share energy policy scenarios, or sign up for our newsletter.

You may generally browse our website without providing any personal information. Registration is not required to use EPS, only to save and share scenarios. We do, however, collect information about how our website is used through Google Analytics. Google Analytics uses cookies to collect website usage information, such as statistics on the number of visitors, the locations of visitors, what devices and browsers they are using, and whether a user has visited the site before. The information transmitted to us does not contain personal information. You can opt out of Google Analytics without affecting how you use our website. For more information on opting out of Google Analytics, visit this Google page: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.  We may also combine the information from Google Analytics with the information that you provide.

If you opt-in to receive our newsletter, your personal information, including your email, will automatically be added to our mailing list. This information may be shared with a third party, such as MailChimp, to send emails to users, including for the purposes of sending out the newsletters you have opted to receive and EPS updates.

We may use the information we collect for any lawful purpose, such as to:

  • respond to your requests and send you notifications;
  • send information to you about EPS, including newsletters and updates;
  • operate and improve the Service, and customize your experience across the Service;
  • comply with applicable law;
  • identify or remedy potential threats to the Services’ security;
  • conduct research about your use of the Service and our services; and
  • for any other purpose stated at the time of collection.

3.     MANAGING YOUR INFORMATION

Under certain data protection laws and regulations, you may have rights such as the right to request a copy of personal information collected about you, or request that such personal information be corrected or deleted. You can reach us about such requests using the contact information below. The rights under data protection laws and regulations have limits, however, and we may be entitled to decline the request or retain information under certain circumstances.

4.     COOKIES

Portions of the Service are cookie-enabled to give you a more customized user experience. A cookie is a small piece of information that a website can store on a computer and later use to recognize a user. A purpose of cookies is to enhance your ability to receive the information you want. We use one type of cookie to enhance the experience of users: persistent cookies. A persistent cookie expires on a pre-determined date. You may be able to personalize your browser settings to reject cookies, although certain features of the Service may not function as intended. See below for more information and choices regarding analytics and interest-based advertising by third parties on the Service.

5.     INFORMATION SHARING

We may share personal information with our affiliates, such as parent, subsidiary, and any other related organizations.

We may share personal information to provide services that you request. For example, we may share personal email information with third parties to facilitate sending newsletters and updates to your email address. When we share information with such other entities, it will be governed by their privacy policies. As a result of this sharing, such other entities may be able to send you more relevant offers if you already have a relationship with them. Please see “Opting Out” below for more information on opting out of such sharing.

If we or some or all of our assets are acquired by another organization, such as through a merger, acquisition, or bankruptcy, that organization will possess the information collected by us, and it will assume the rights and obligations regarding your information as described in this Privacy Policy.

We may disclose personal information or other data to comply with law or legal requirements, enforce or apply our Terms of Use and other agreements, or protect our rights, property, or safety of our users or others.

We may share information that has been de-identified or aggregated, or any other technical information, without limitation.

6.     THIRD PARTY LINKS AND TOOLS

For your convenience, the Service may contain certain hyperlinks to other websites or apps offered by third parties. We make no promises or guarantees regarding data collection on the hyperlinked websites and apps that are not operated by us.

7.     OPTING OUT

If you would like to opt out of our sharing of your information with our related organizations for them to contact you, you can email us at privacy@energyinnovation.org.

You can unsubscribe from any EPS emailing list or newsletters at any time by following the instructions included within any email you receive from us. You can unsubscribe from our direct mail list at any time by emailing us at privacy@energyinnovation.org.

8.     DATA COLLECTION FROM CHILDREN

This website complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. We do not knowingly contact or collect personal information from children under the age of 13 without appropriate parental notice and consent, and our Services are not intended to solicit information of any kind from children under the age of 13. If we are informed that we have unintentionally received personal information from a child under the age of 13, we will delete that information. If you want to notify us of our possible receipt of information by children under the age of 13, please contact us at privacy@energyinnovation.org. Please visit https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/privacy-and-security/children%27s-privacy for information from the Federal Trade Commission about protecting children’s privacy online.

9.     SECURITY

While no data transmission over the Internet is 100 percent secure from intrusion, we maintain reasonable physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect your information. However, it is possible that third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications despite our efforts to prevent this, and we, therefore, make no guarantees regarding the security of user information.

10.     RETENTION OF INFORMATION

We keep personal information until no longer reasonably necessary for the purposes for which it was collected or other permitted use. However, saved scenarios in EPS are visible only to the user who saved them, unless they are shared by that user.

11.     POLICY UPDATES

From time to time, we may update this Privacy Policy. We will notify you of any material changes to our Privacy Policy by updating this webpage and the effective date. We encourage you periodically to check this webpage to learn about the information we collect, use, and share. Your continued use of the Service or other continued interactions with us will affirm your agreement to such changes.

12.     ACCURACY

It is your responsibility to give us current, complete, truthful, and accurate information, and to keep such information up to date.We cannot and will not be responsible for any problems or liability that may arise if you do not give us accurate, truthful, or complete information, or you fail to update such information. We will reject and delete any entry that we believe in good faith to be false, fraudulent, or inconsistent with this Privacy Policy.

13.     INTERNATIONAL USAGE

The Services are controlled, operated, and administered entirely within the United States. If you visit, access, interact with, and/or otherwise use the Services from a location outside the United States, please be advised that any information you provide in connection with any such activity may be processed in and/or transferred to the United States of America and/or other territories and locations, where privacy protections may not be as comprehensive as those in the territory or location where you interact with or otherwise use the Services. By using the Services, you affirmatively consent to the transfer, use, disclosure, provision, and other administration of your information as described herein.

14.     CONTACT US

Please contact us if you have questions about our Privacy Policy at privacy@energyinnovation.org.