Public Interest Law Initiative

Privacy Policy

September 4, 2014

At PILI, we are committed to respecting the privacy and security of the people who use our website, This Privacy Policy outlines the information we may collect through the site, and how we will use that information. You should read this Privacy Policy carefully before using the site and/or providing us with any of your information. If you use the site or if you send us any information, you expressly consent to our collection and use of that information as described in this Privacy Policy.

This Privacy Policy applies to PILI’s website at This Policy describes only how we treat personal information collected through that website. This Policy does not apply to information we may collect in other forums.

We collect information from and about you.

Contact information: We collect your name, your company name, your or its street address, your phone number, your fax number or your email address if you provide it to us when you contact us through the website.

Information you submit or post: We collect the information you post on or to our website.

Payment information: If you make a donation, we collect your credit card information.

Other information: We may automatically collect information about the browser you’re using. For example, we may collect information about the IP address of the computers used when accessing our site, and information about your operating system. We might also to look at what site you came from, what site you visit when you leave us, and the frequency of your visits to our site.

We collect information in different ways.

We collect information directly from you: For example, if you sign up for our emails, post content, or make a donation.

We collect information from you passively: We use tracking tools like browser cookies and web beacons to collect information from you. Learn more about these tools, and how you can control them, here. The information we collect in this manner will not be used to personally identify you.

We may get information about you from third parties: For example, our business partners may give us your email address or shipping address. Social media platforms may also give us information about you.

We use information as disclosed and described here.

We use information to respond to your requests or questions. For example, we might use your information to respond to your comments or customer feedback.

We use information to improve our sites and services. We may use your information to make our website and services better.

We use information for marketing purposes. For example, we might also send you information about legal developments in which we think you may be interested, about us, our site, or other products or services we offer, or to request your assistance in supporting our organization. To manage this, read the section regarding your choices below.

We use information to communicate with you about our relationship. We may contact you to get your feedback. We might also contact you about this Policy, our website or other communications from us.

We use information as otherwise permitted by law.

We may share information with third parties.

We will share information within our company.

We will share information with third parties who perform services on our behalf. For example, we share information with vendors who help us send emails and operate our sites. This may include website analytics vendors. We may also share your information with third party credit card processing vendors when you make a donation. Some vendors may be located outside of the United States.

We will share information if we think we have to in order to comply with the law or to protect ourselves. For example, we will share information to respond to a court order or subpoena. We may share it if a government agency or investigatory body requests. We might share information when we are investigating potential fraud. We may also share information with legal or regulatory authorities if we feel it is necessary to protect our or others’ rights, property or safety.

We may share information with any successor to all or part of our operations. For example, if we transfer our operations to another entity, we may transfer our donor list as part of that transaction.

We may share information for other reasons we may describe to you. However, we will not share any personally identifiable information (such as your name, address, email address, phone number, or credit card information) that we collect through the site with third parties for their promotional purposes, unless we have your consent.

You have certain choices about sharing and marketing practices.

You can opt out of receiving our marketing emails. To stop receiving our promotional emails, follow the instructions in any promotional message you get from us. Even if you opt out of getting marketing messages, we will still send you transactional messages. These include responses to your questions or acknowledgements of online donations.

You can control cookies and tracking tools. Your browser may give you the ability to control cookies, but if and how you can control them depends on the type of cookie. Browser cookies are small text files that are either used for the duration of your visit to the site, or that are saved on your hard drive in order to identify you the next time you visit the site. Certain browsers can be set to reject these type of browser cookies. Flash cookies are collections of cookie-like data that a website running Adobe Flash can place on your hard drive and that we may use on the website from time to time. To learn how to control Flash cookies, you can go here. Flash cookies are treated differently than browser cookies because they cannot be controlled through your browser settings. NOTE: If you block cookies on your browser, certain features on our sites may not work.

You have other controls you can exercise. You can choose whether or not to share personal information with us. If you choose not to share, some parts of our sites and some services may be more difficult or impossible to use.

We use standard security measures.

We use a variety of standard security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information, including measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration and disclosure. However, the Internet is not 100% secure, so we cannot promise that your use of our sites will be completely safe. We encourage you to use caution when using the Internet. This includes not sharing your passwords.

We keep personal information as long as it is necessary or relevant for the practices described in this Policy. We also keep information as otherwise required by law.

We may link to other sites or have third party services on our site we don’t control.

If you click on a link to a third party site, you will be taken to websites we do not control. This includes social media sites. This Policy does not apply to the privacy practices of these websites. Read the privacy Policy of other websites and insurance carriers carefully. We are not responsible for these third party practices.

Our site may also serve third-party content that contains their own cookies or tracking technologies, which means that third parties may be able to (through cookies, web beacons, or other tracking technology) collect information about you when you use the site. We cannot control these technologies or how they may be used.

We cannot respond to “Do Not Track” Requests.

Currently, certain web browsers, including Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari, offer a “Do Not Track” (DNT) option. This option is intended to send a signal to websites visited by the user about the user’s DNT preference, if any set on the browser. We do not commit to responding to a browser’s DNT signals, because no common industry standards for DNT have been adopted by industry groups, technology companies, or regulators.

The website is not directed to children.

Our website is not directed to use by persons under the age of 13, and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If you are a parent who believes that your minor children have improperly accessed the site and provided us with any personal information, or if you are concerned that a child under 13 has accessed the site and provided us with any personal information, please contact us.

We may store information both in and outside of the United States.

If you live outside of the United States, you understand and agree that we may transfer your information to the United States. This site is subject to U.S. laws, which may not afford the same level of protection of those in your country.

Feel free to contact us if you have more questions.

If you have any questions about this Policy, please email us.

You can also write to us or call at:

Public Interest Law Initiative
321 North Clark Street, 28th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60654
Phone: (312) 832-5127

Please include your email address, name, address and telephone number when you contact us.

This helps us handle your request correctly.

We may update this policy.

From time to time we may change our privacy practices. We will post an updated copy on our website. Please check our site periodically for updates.

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