Privacy Policy

Effective as of April 5, 2019.

In order to advance our advocacy on behalf of Pastor Lin, and to provide you with a better experience while you are on the FreePastorLin.com site, we do allow some tracking to take place on our site. How and when we do so is explained below. 

Our Collection and Use of Information About You

Passively Collected Data

Like most websites, we may automatically receive and record information in our server logs from your browser when you visit FreePastorLin.com. The information that we collect with these automated methods may include your IP address, cookie information, browser type, system type, and the referring URL.

We use this type of information to measure and improve the performance of our site.  On occasion we also access this type of information to investigate or maintain the stability and security of our site.

Voluntarily Submitted Data

Certain pages on the FreePastorLin.com site may invite you to share personally identifying information, such as your name, address, email address, or telephone number.  Sharing that information will allow you to join our email list, sign a petition, or participate in other similar online activities.

We may use that voluntarily submitted data to:

  • Contact you about news related to Pastor Lin, or about opportunities to support Pastor Lin.

  • In the case of petitions, we may display on our website your first name, last initial, city and state, and deliver your first and last name, city and state, zip code, or congressional district to the advocacy target. Where required for federal agencies to accept public comments, we may also submit your email address and other required information.

  • In the case of direct messages to advocacy targets (such as your member of congress), all required information fields (e.g. name, email address, etc.) will be passed on to the advocacy target with your message.

  • In the case of blog comments, post your comment and, if given, your name.

  • Deliver content to you on platforms such as social media, other websites, search results pages and mobile apps.

     When We May Share Your Information With Other Organizations

    When we give you an opportunity to voluntarily submit information about yourself, we may give you the option of indicating that you permit us to share that data with other parties such as coalition partners or specific legislators. We will not share your data with such parties unless you have indicated that you permit us to do so.

    We sometimes allow other nonprofit organizations to contact our members, or to contact other individuals who have chosen to share their information with us. If you don't wish us to make information about you available for this type of communication, please let us know by emailing info@freepastorlin.com with the subject line “opt out.”  We will be sure to honor your request.

    Our Email List

    If you sign up for our email list, we may collect data by using an embedded image to track whether you open our email and by using a URL that enables us to identify that you have taken an action, such as clicking a link in an email or signing an online petition.

    This allows us to build a more effective advocacy program, to inform you about developments in Pastor Lin’s case, and to make it simpler for you to sign petitions.

    How We Work With Third-Party Vendors

    We may work with a variety of vendors who help us process data, facilitate the operation of the FreePastorLin.com site and deliver messages to you on other platforms.  For example, outside vendors may help us analyze traffic on our site, process credit card transactions, or facilitate activities such as the collection and delivery of petition signatures.  To the extent that any vendor has access to personally identifiable data about you, by virtue of the fact that it participates in the operation of the FreePastorLin.com site, we require that vendor to promise that it will keep that data confidential and use it only for the purpose of carrying out the functions we have engaged it to perform. That is true both as to passively collected data and as to voluntarily submitted data, and also as to data from any cookie or other tracking device. There are two exceptions to this rule. First, we do allow some vendors to use certain aggregated data for other purposes, as described immediately below.

    In some instances, we may agree to allow a vendor to take aggregated and anonymized data about activity on the FreePastorLin.com site, and use that data for other purposes such as improvement of the vendor's products or benchmarking for the vendor's other clients. 

    Our Use of Cookies

    We use cookies to improve website performance, to remember user preferences and settings, and to collect analytic data. By "cookies" we mean small text files placed on to your computer by websites you visit. "Cookies" may also refer to local storage, which is a mechanism similar to cookies where the information is stored within your web browser. In some instances we place these cookies ourselves. In other instances we allow outside service providers to place these cookies, but only if those providers agree to the terms described above under "How We Work with Third-Party Vendors." We use cookies as follows:

    Website Performance

    Website performance cookies allow us to make the website easier and more pleasant to use. For example, they may enable us to:

    • Determine how often and where you see "breaking news" alerts or similar alerts.

    • Save you time when filling out a form by populating it with information you provided in previous visits.

    Registration

    If you are visiting our website as a registered user — for example, when you manage your subscriptions for our email lists — we place cookies in your browser that allow our website to recognize that you are logged in.

    Analytics

    We use analytics tools that place cookies, in order to give us a better understanding of how people engage with our website.  That in turn allows us to gauge the current performance of Website features, and to develop better content. Analytics cookies provide us with information like:

    • How many individual visitors we have

    • How many visitors are new or returning

    • How often visitors come to the website

    • What content they've visited

    • How visitors interact with particular pages or content

    In addition, if you click on a link in an email we send to you — for example, to sign a petition — a cookie may be generated that enables us to identify that you have signed the petition.

    How Certain Content Hosts May Place Cookies and Gather Information About You

    Our site may become connected in a variety of ways to content residing on other platforms. We may provide links to content on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and to content on other sites, such as articles posted on the sites of news organizations. Our site may also feature embedded media, such as videos, that are hosted on other platforms (such as YouTube) but viewable directly through the buttons we provide. When you click on links or buttons for any of these types of external content, the providers of that content may place their own cookies on your computer, access existing cookies that were set when you previously visited other websites, or otherwise gather information about you as you access their content.

    To learn about how those content hosts treat the data they collect through cookies and otherwise, see their respective online privacy policies and other posted guidance. 

    Security Measures and Data Transmission

    We have taken physical, electronic, and managerial measures to safeguard the information we collect. We work to ensure data accuracy and protect against unauthorized access to, and improper use of, information we collect online.

    Information that can be readily linked to you personally, such as your name and address, is stored on secure servers and is not publicly accessible (unless, as discussed above, you have chosen to have us disclose information about you when you have signed a petition or submitted a blog comment). Additionally, all data transmitted to and from our website, including credit card numbers, are encrypted using industry standard measures to provide an additional level of security.

    Procedure When We Update This Statement

    Our privacy statement may change from time to time. We will post privacy statement changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice on our website. We will also keep prior versions of the Online Privacy Statement available for your review in this section.

    Procedure for Updating Your Personal Information or Preferences

    If you wish to withdraw or change personal information you shared with us previously or adjust personal preferences — such as your preferences regarding email lists — you may contact us to update our records. You may reach us at info@freepastorlin.com.