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concerned with government together to the same site, we can promote a
better republic and improve the democratic process.
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The Information We Collect at TrueLobby
When you visit TrueLobby you provide us with two types of information:
personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected
by us and Web Site use information collected by us as you interact with
our Web Site.
When you register with TrueLobby, you provide us with certain personal
information, such as your name, your email address, and Legislative
and Congressional District(s).
When you enter TrueLobby, we collect your browser type and IP address.
information is gathered for all TrueLobby visitors. In addition, we
certain information from your browser using "cookies." A cookie
is a piece
of data stored on the user's computer tied to information about the
use session ID cookies to confirm that users are logged in. These cookies
terminate once the user closes the browser. By default, we use a persistent
cookie that stores your login ID (but not your password) to make it
for you to login when you come back to TrueLobby. You can remove or
this cookie using the settings in your browser if you want to disable
When you use TrueLobby, you may set up your personal profile, form
relationships, send messages, perform searches and queries, form groups,
up events, add applications, and transmit information through various
channels. We collect this information so that we can provide you the
and offer personalized features. In most cases, we retain it so that,
instance, you can return to view prior messages you have sent or easily
your friend list. When you update information, we usually keep a backup
of the prior version for a reasonable period of time to enable reversion
the prior version of that information.
at your own risk. Although we allow you to set privacy options that
access to your pages, please be aware that no security measures are
or impenetrable. We cannot control the actions of other Users with whom
may choose to share your pages and information. Therefore, we cannot
not guarantee that User Content you post on the Site will not be viewed
unauthorized persons. We are not responsible for circumvention of any
privacy settings or security measures contained on the Site. You understand
and acknowledge that, even after removal, copies of User Content may
viewable in cached and archived pages or if other Users have copied
stored your User Content.
Any improper collection or misuse of information provided on TrueLobby
is a violation of the TrueLobby Terms of Service and should be reported to
If you choose to use our invitation service to tell a friend about our
we will ask you for information needed to send the invitation, such
friend's email address. We will send your friend an email or instant
in your name inviting him or her to visit the site, and may send a
reminder to them. TrueLobby stores this information to send invitations
reminders, to register a friend connection if your invitation is accepted,
to allow you to see invitations you have sent, and to track the success
our referral program. Your friend may contact us at info@TrueLobby.com
to request that we remove this information from our database.
TrueLobby may also collect information about you from other sources,
newspapers, blogs, instant messaging services, and other users of the
TrueLobby service through the operation of the service (e.g., photo
order to provide you with more useful information and a more personalized
By using TrueLobby, you are consenting to have your personal data transferred
to and processed in the United States.
Children under voting age of 18
TrueLobby recommends that minors under the age of 18 years old ask their
parents for permission
before sending any information about themselves to anyone over the Internet.
We understand that if you are under 18 and cannot vote, you still want
your voice to be heard by your governing officials. We also understand
that you may be involved with school projects that use the TrueLobby
site; we encourage this participation!
Use of Information Obtained by TrueLobby
When you register with TrueLobby, you create your own profile and privacy
settings. Your profile information, as well as your name, email and
are displayed to people in the networks specified in your privacy settings
to enable you to connect with people on TrueLobby. We may occasionally
your name and email address to send you notifications regarding new
offered by TrueLobby that we think you may find valuable.
Profile information is used by TrueLobby primarily to be presented back
and edited by you when you access the service and to be presented to
permitted to view that information by your privacy settings. In some
where your privacy settings permit it (e.g., posting to your wall),
TrueLobby users may be able to supplement your profile.
Profile information you submit to TrueLobby will be available to users
TrueLobby who belong to at least one of the networks you allow to access
information through your privacy settings (e.g., school, geography,
of friends). Your name, network names, and profile picture thumbnail
available in search results across the TrueLobby network and those limited
pieces of information may be made available to third party search engines.
This is primarily so your friends can find you and send a friend request.
People who see your name in searches, however, will not be able to access
your profile information unless they have a relationship to you (friend,
friend of friend, member of your networks, etc.) that allows such access
based on your privacy settings.
TrueLobby may send you service-related announcements from time to time
through the general operation of the service. For instance, when a Legislator
posts a comment on a bill
or topic that you have posted a comment on,
TrueLobby will send you a message
alerting you that the Legislators has posted
a comment. Or, if a friend
sends you a new message , or someone posts on your wall, you may
receive an email alerting you to that fact.
Generally, you may opt out of such emails from the Settings page,
though TrueLobby reserves the right to send you notices about your account
even if you opt out of all voluntary email notifications.
TrueLobby may use information in your profile without identifying you
individual to third parties. We do this for purposes such as aggregating
many people reside in each Legislative District, or what topics people
are contacting Legislators about. This results in personalized advertisements
and promotions so that we can provide you TrueLobby as a free service.
believe this benefits you. You can know more about the world around
where there are advertisements, they're more likely to be interesting
you. For example, if you contact your Legislator about Global Warming,
you may have an advertisement appear that is for the latest hybrid vehicle.
However, we don't the advertiser who you are.
We may use information about you that we collect from other sources,
including but not limited to newspapers and Internet sources such as
instant messaging services, TrueLobby Platform developers and other
TrueLobby, to supplement your profile. Where such information is used,
generally allow you to specify in your privacy settings that you do
this to be done or to take other actions that limit the connection of
information to your profile (e.g., removing photo tag links).
Sharing Your Information with Third Parties
TrueLobby is about political communication which can be, and often is,
Therefore, we provide you with
privacy settings that restrict other users
from accessing your information.
We allow you to choose the
information you provide to friends and networks through TrueLobby. Our
network architecture and your privacy settings allow you to make informed
choices about who has access to your information. We do not provide
information to third party marketers without your permission. We share
information with third parties only in limited circumstances where we
believe such sharing is 1) reasonably necessary to offer the service,
legally required or, 3) permitted by you. For example:
Your postings and information on your wall may aggregate the information
you provide and make
it available to your friends and network members according to your privacy
settings. You may set your preferences on your
TrueLobby limits access to
site information by
third party search engine "crawlers" (e.g. Google, Yahoo,
TrueLobby takes action to block access by these engines to personal
information beyond your name, profile picture, limited aggregated data
about your profile (e.g. number of wall postings) and what you make
public in your settings.
We may provide information to service providers to help us bring you
services we offer. Specifically, we may use third parties to facilitate
business, such as to host the service at a co-location facility for
to send out email updates about TrueLobby, to remove repetitive information
from our user lists, to process payments for products or services, to
an online job application process, or to provide search results or links
(including sponsored links). In connection with these offerings and
operations, our service providers may have access to your personal
information for use for a limited time in connection with these business
activities. Where we utilize third parties for the processing of any
personal information, we implement reasonable contractual and technical
protections limiting the use of that information to the TrueLobby-specified
We may be required to disclose
user information pursuant to lawful requests,
such as subpoenas or court orders, or in compliance with applicable
do not reveal information until we have a good faith belief that an
information request by law enforcement or private litigants meets applicable
legal standards. Additionally, we may share account or other information
when we believe it is necessary to comply with law, to protect our interests
or property, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity perpetrated
the TrueLobby service or using the TrueLobby name, or to prevent imminent
bodily harm. This may include sharing information with other companies,
lawyers, agents or government agencies.
We let you choose to share information with marketers or electronic
providers through on-site offers.
We may offer stores or provide services jointly with other companies
TrueLobby. You can tell when another company is involved in any store
service provided on TrueLobby, and we may share customer information
that company in connection with your use of that store or service.
TrueLobby may employ a means of sharing actions you have taken on third
sites, such as when you make a purchase or post a review, with your
on TrueLobby. In order to provide you as a TrueLobby user with clear
disclosure of the activity information being collected on third party
and potentially shared with your friends on TrueLobby, we collect certain
information from that site and present it to you after you have completed
action on that site.
Like many other websites that
interact with third party sites, we may
receive some information even if you are logged out from TrueLobby,
pertains to non-TrueLobby users, from those sites in conjunction with
technical operation of the system. In cases where TrueLobby receives
information on users that are not logged in, or on non-TrueLobby users,
not attempt to associate it with individual TrueLobby accounts and will
If the ownership of all or substantially all of the TrueLobby business,
individual business units owned by TrueLobby, or its parent company
The Public Square, LLC, were
to change, your user
information may be transferred to the new owner so the service can continue
operations. In any such transfer of information, your user information
When you use TrueLobby, certain information you post or share with third
parties (e.g., a friend or someone in your network), such as personal
information, comments, messages, photos, videos, or
other information, may be shared with other users in accordance with
privacy settings you select. All such sharing of information is done
own risk. Please keep in mind that if you disclose personal information
your profile or when posting comments, messages, photos, videos, or
items, this information may
become publicly available.
TrueLobby may contain links to other websites. We are of course not
responsible for the privacy practices of other web sites. We encourage
users to be aware when they leave our site to read the privacy statements
each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information.
Third Party Advertising
Advertisements that appear on TrueLobby are sometimes delivered (or
directly to users by third party advertisers. They automatically receive
your IP address when this happens. These third party advertisers may
download cookies to your computer, or use other technologies such as
to measure the
effectiveness of their ads and to personalize advertising content. Doing
this allows the advertising network to recognize your computer each
they send you an advertisement in order to measure the effectiveness
their ads and to personalize advertising content. In this way, they
compile information about where individuals using your computer or browser
saw their advertisements and determine which advertisements are clicked.
TrueLobby does not have access to or control of the cookies that may
placed by the third party advertisers. Third party advertisers have
access to your contact information stored on TrueLobby unless you choose
share it with them.
Changing or Removing Information
Access and control over most personal information on TrueLobby is readily
available through the profile editing tools. TrueLobby users may modify
delete any of their profile information at any time by logging into
account. Information will be updated immediately. Removed
information may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of
will not be generally available to members of TrueLobby.
Where you make use of the communication features of the service to share
information with other individuals on TrueLobby, however, (e.g., sending
personal message to another TrueLobby user) you generally cannot remove
TrueLobby takes appropriate precautions to protect our users' information.
Your account information is located on a secured server behind a firewall.
When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card number or
password), we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology
(SSL). (To learn more about SSL, go to
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instant messaging are not recognized as secure communications, we request
that you not send private information to us by email or instant messaging
services. If you have any questions about the security of TrueLobby
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any time. Non-material changes and clarifications will take effect
immediately, and material changes will take effect within 30 days of
posting on this site. If we make changes, we will post them and will
indicate at the top of this page the policy's new effective date. If
material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email,
through notice on our home page. We encourage you to refer to this policy
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