Privacy Policy

This privacy policy describes The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center’s policies and procedures on the collection, use, and disclosure of your information when you use the Justice Counts website. It also explains your privacy rights and how the law protects you.  

By using this website, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this privacy policy.  

Collecting and Using Your Personal Data  

Types of Data Collected  

Personal Data  

While using the Justice Counts website, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you. Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:  

  • Email address  
  • First name and last name  
  • Address, state, province, ZIP/postal code, city  
  • Phone number  
  • Usage data (see below)  

Usage Data

Usage data are collected automatically when using this website.  

Usage data may include information such as your device’s internet protocol address (IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of the website you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers, and other diagnostic data.  

When you access the website by or through a mobile device, we may collect certain information automatically, including, but not limited to, the type of mobile device you use, your mobile device unique ID, the IP address of your mobile device, your mobile operating system, the type of mobile internet browser you use, unique device identifiers, and other diagnostic data.  

We may also collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit this website or when you access the website by or through a mobile device.  

Tracking Technologies and Cookies  

We use cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on this website and store certain information. Tracking technologies used are beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze the website. The technologies we use may include:  

  • Cookies or Browser Cookies. A cookie is a small file placed on your device. You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some parts of this website. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, this website may use cookies. 
  • Web Beacons.Certain sections of this website and our emails may contain small electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags, and single-pixel gifs) that permit the CSG Justice Center to, for example, count users who have visited those pages or opened an email and gather other related website statistics (for example, recording the popularity of a certain section and verifying system and server integrity).  

Cookies can be “persistent” or “session” cookies. Persistent cookies remain on your personal computer or mobile device when you go offline, while session cookies are deleted as soon as you close your web browser.   

We use both session and persistent cookies for the purposes set out below:  

  • Necessary/Essential Cookies  

Type: Session Cookies  

Administered by: The CSG Justice Center  

Purpose: These cookies are essential to provide you with services available through the website and to enable you to use some of its features. They help authenticate users and prevent fraudulent use of user accounts. Without these cookies, the services that you have asked for cannot be provided; we only use these cookies to provide you with those services.  

  • Cookies Policy/Notice Acceptance Cookies  

Type: Persistent Cookies  

Administered by: The CSG Justice Center  

Purpose: These cookies identify if users have accepted the use of cookies on the websites.  

  • Functionality Cookies  

Type: Persistent Cookies  

Administered by: The CSG Justice Center  

Purpose: These cookies allow us to remember choices you make when you use certain parts of the website, such as remembering your login details. The purpose of these cookies is to provide you with a more personal experience and to avoid having you re-enter your preferences every time you use the website.  

  • Tracking and Performance Cookies  

Type: Persistent Cookies  

Administered by: Third Parties  

Purpose: These cookies are used to track information about traffic to the website and how users use the website. The information gathered via these cookies may directly or indirectly identify you as an individual visitor. This is because the information collected is typically linked to a pseudonymous identifier associated with the device you use to access the website. We may also use these cookies to test new pages, features, or new functionality of the website to see how our users react to them.  

Use of Your Personal Data  

The CSG Justice Center may use personal data for the following purposes:  

  • To provide and maintain this website, including to monitor the usage of the website.  
  • To manage your account: To manage your registration as a user of the website. The personal data you provide can give you access to different functionalities of the website that are available to you as a registered user.  
  • To contact you: To contact you by email regarding updates or informative communications related to the functionalities, products, or contracted services, including the security updates, when necessary or reasonable for their implementation.  
  • To provide youwith news and general information about other services and events that we offer that are similar to those that you have already enquired about unless you have opted not to receive such information.  
  • To manage your requests: To attend to and manage your requests to us.  
  • For other purposes: We may use your information for other purposes, such as data analysis; identifying usage trends; determining the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns; keeping track of donor and donation information (name, address, email); and evaluating and improving the website, products, services, marketing, and your experience.  

We may share your personal information in the following situations:  

  • With service providers: We may share your personal information with service providers to monitor and analyze the use of this website and to contact you. Service providers include any entity that processes the data on behalf of the CSG Justice Center. It refers to third-party companies or individuals employed by us to facilitate the website, to provide the website on behalf of the CSG Justice Center, to perform services related to the website, or to assist the CSG Justice Center in analyzing how the website is used.  
  • With affiliates:We may share your information with our affiliates, in which case we will require those affiliates to honor this privacy policy. Affiliates include our parent company and any other subsidiaries, joint venture partners, or other companies that we control or that are under common control with us.  
  • With third-party funders: We may share your information with our funders, in which case we will require those funders to honor this privacy policy.  
  • With other users: When you share personal information or otherwise interact in the public areas with other users, such information may be viewed by all users and may be publicly distributed outside.  
  • With your consent: We may disclose your personal information for any other purpose with your consent.  

Retention of Your Personal Data  

The CSG Justice Center will retain your personal data only for as long as necessary for the purposes set out in this privacy policy. We will retain and use your personal data to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations (for example, if we are required to retain your data to comply with applicable laws), resolve disputes, and enforce our legal agreements and policies.  

The CSG Justice Center will also retain usage data for internal analysis purposes. Usage data are generally retained for a shorter period, except when these data are used to strengthen the security or to improve the functionality of the website, or we are legally obligated to retain these data for longer periods.  

Transfer of Your Personal Data  

Your information, including personal data, is processed at the CSG Justice Center’s operating offices and in any other places where the parties involved in the processing are located. This means that this information may be transferred to—and maintained on—computers located outside of your state, province, country, or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ from those in your jurisdiction.  

Your consent to this privacy policy followed by your submission of your information represents your agreement to that transfer.  

The CSG Justice Center will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data are treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy, and no transfer of your personal data will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of your data and other personal information.  

Disclosure of Your Personal Data  

Law Enforcement  

Under certain circumstances, the CSG Justice Center may be required to disclose your personal data if required to do so by law or in response to valid requests by public authorities (e.g., a court or a government agency).  

Other Legal Requirements  

The CSG Justice Center may disclose your personal data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to do the following:  

  • Comply with a legal obligation.  
  • Protect and defend the rights or property of the CSG Justice Center.  
  • Prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the website.  
  • Protect the personal safety of users of the website or the public.  
  • Protect against legal liability.  

Security of Your Personal Data  

The security of your personal data is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the internet or method of electronic storage is 100 percent secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.  

Detailed Information on the Processing of Your Personal Data 

The service providers we use may have access to your personal data. These third-party vendors collect, store, use, process, and transfer information about your activity on our website in accordance with their privacy policies.  

Analytics

We may use third-party service providers to monitor and analyze the use of this website.  

  • Google Analytics: Google Analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. Google uses the data collected to track and monitor the use of this website. These data are shared with other Google services. Google may use the collected data to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network. 
     
    You can opt out of making your activity on the website available to Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. The add-on prevents the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js, analytics.js and dc.js) from sharing information with Google Analytics about visits activity. 
     
    For more information on the privacy practices of Google, please visit the Google Privacy & Terms web page: https://policies.google.com/privacy.  

Email Marketing

We may use your personal data to contact you with newsletters, marketing, or promotional materials and other information that may be of interest to you. You may opt out of receiving any, or all, of these communications from us by following the unsubscribe link or instructions provided in any email we send or by contacting us.  

We may use email marketing service providers to manage and send emails to you.  

Children’s Privacy 

Our websites do not address anyone under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your child has provided us with personal data, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected personal data from anyone under the age of 13 without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.  

Links to Other Websites 

Our websites may contain links to other websites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third-party link, you will be directed to that third party’s site. We strongly advise you to review the privacy policy of every site you visit.  

We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third-party sites or services.

Changes to this Privacy Policy 

We may update our privacy policy from time to time. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new privacy policy on this page. We will update the “last updated” date at the top of this privacy policy to indicate when the changes were made.  

You are advised to review this privacy policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this privacy policy are effective when they are posted on this page.  

Contact Us 

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, you can contact us at press@csgjusticecenter.org.