Pulse Privacy Policy

Last Updated: February 2018

At Pulse, we want to connect citizens to their elected representatives. In this privacy policy, we tell you what information we receive from Pulse users, and how we use it to connect citizens with representatives and continue to improve our services. Below, we explain how you can connect with other Users and Representatives in the Pulse community as part of our mission to bring people together.

Scope of this Privacy Policy

Pulse ("Pulse," "we," "our," and/or "us") values the privacy of individuals who use our application, websites, and related services (collectively, the "Pulse Platform"). This privacy policy (the "Privacy Policy") explains how we collect, use, and share information and data from Pulse users ("Users"), comprised of both Pulse users ("Users") and Pulse representatives ("Representatives").

Information We Collect

A. Information You Provide to Us

Registration Information. When you sign up for a Pulse account, you give us your name, email address, date of birth, and home address. You have the option to add a profile picture, gender, political affiliation and political interests you care about on the Profile Page.

User Profile Information. When you join the Pulse community, you can create a Pulse Voter Profile to share y our political interests, manage your elected representative dashboard and connect with other citizens. Filling out a profile is optional, and you can share as little or as much as you want. Your name (and Profile photos) is always part of your Profile. Read more below about how you can control who sees your Profile.

Communications. If you contact us directly, we may receive additional information about you. For example, when you contact our Customer Support Team, we will receive your name, email address, phone number, the contents of a message or attachments that you may send to us, and other information you choose to provide. Any questions/concerns can be directed to contact@pulsevoter.com

Bill Votes. When you vote on legislative items on Pulse, we collect your yes/no votes. Your personal votes are also sent to your elected representative.

Messaging. When you communicate with other users on the Pulse platform, you share information and ideas about your understanding of an issue. We collect the conversations that happen between you and other users on the site, however, these conversations are not shared outside of Pulse Voter Inc.

B. Information We Collect When You Use the Pulse Platform

Device Information. Pulse receives information from Users' devices, including IP address, web browser type, mobile operating system version, phone carrier and manufacturer, application installations, device identifiers, mobile advertising identifiers, push notification tokens and possibly more.

Usage Information. To help us understand how you use the Pulse Platform and to help us improve it, we automatically receive information about your interactions with the Pulse Platform, like the pages or other content you view, your actions on the Pulse platform, and the dates and times of your visits.

Information from Cookies and Similar Technologies. We collect information through the use of "cookies", tracking pixels, and similar technologies to understand how you navigate through the Pulse Platform, to learn what content is popular, and to save your preferences. Cookies are small text files that web servers place on your device; they are designed to store basic information and to help websites and apps recognize your browser. We may use temporary session cookies and persistent cookies. A session cookie disappears after a certain period of time. A persistent cookie remains after you close your browser and may be accessed every time you use the Pulse Platform. You should consult your web browser(s) to modify your cookie settings. Please note that if you delete or choose not to accept cookies from us, you may be missing out on certain features of the Pulse Platform. We also use Google Analytics and other analytic services to track and enhance the users experience.

C. Information We Collect from Third Parties

Third Party Partners. We may receive additional information about you, such as demographic data, voter registration status, or government databases, from third party partners and combine it with other information that we have about you.

Background Information on Users. Pulse works with third party partners to perform voter registration record and identification checks on Users, and we receive information from them such as publicly available information about a User's voting record or state registration.

How We Use the Information We Collect

We use the information we collect from all Users to:

  • Connect Users with Representatives;
  • Provide, improve, expand, and promote the Pulse Platform;
  • Analyze how the Pulse community uses the Pulse Platform;
  • Communicate with you, either directly or through one of our Representative partners;
  • Personalize the Pulse experience for you and your friends and contacts;
  • Send you text messages and push notifications;
  • Provide you with customer support;
  • Find and prevent fraud & voting illegitimacy;
  • Respond to your inquiries and fulfill your requests;
  • Communicate directly and provide information regarding our services;
  • Analyze data, developing new services, enhancing, improving or modifying our platform, identifying usage trends, and determining the effectiveness of our content;
  • Facilitate social sharing functionality, such as sharing content and bills through the Pulse platform and other social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter;
  • Share aggregated and anonymized information to better understand and serve our users or for optimization of our marketing and ad targeting efforts
  • Ensure that our site, apps and APIs function properly and are optimized for your devices;

How We Share the Information We Collect

A. Sharing Between Users

The Pulse Community. Your username, general geographic location (such as city, state, country, Congressional district), and a l ink to your Pulse user profile may be displayed on your profile page, as well as any issues or bill votes.

Sharing between Users. Users that have been matched for a conversation are able to see basic information about each other, including name, profile picture, geographical location, and any information they have added to their Profiles. The level of information that is public on the Profile of two users matched is the discretion of the individual users.

Advertisers and Ad Networks. We may share information about you with advertisers and advertising networks on our platform, including profile and voting data.

Elected Representatives and Candidates. We may share information about you with elected representatives and candidates for public office. Representatives who receive this information will be in contract with Pulse Voter Inc. and are not allowed to use the data outside of the purpose stated in the contract.

External data storage sites. We may store your data on servers provided by third party hosting vendors with whom we have contracted.

Your Choices

Do Not Track. We honor Do Not Track signals and Do Not Track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.

Email Subscriptions. You can always unsubscribe from our commercial or promotional emails but we will still send you transactional and relational emails about your account use of the Pulse Platform.

Push Notifications. You can opt out of receiving push notifications through your device settings. Please note that opting out of receiving push notifications may impact your use of the Pulse Platform (such as when a new bill is ready for a vote).

Editing and Accessing Your Information. You can review and edit certain account information by logging in to your account settings and profile. If would like to terminate your Pulse account, please contact us at contact@pulsevoter.com with your request. If you choose to terminate your account, we will deactivate it for you but may retain information from your account for a certain period of time and disclose it in a manner consistent with our practices under this Privacy Policy for accounts that are not closed.

Other

Data Security. We are committed to protecting the data of the Pulse community. Even though we take reasonable precautions to protect your data, no security measures can be 100% secure, and we cannot guarantee the security of your data.

Children’s Privacy. Pulse is not directed to children, and we don't knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If we find out that a child under 13 has given us personal information, we will take steps to delete that information. If you believe that a child under the age of 13 has given us personal information, please contact us at pulsevoter.com. However, while the legal voting age is 18 years old, ages 13-18 are still eligible to use the platform.

Changes to Our Privacy Policy. We may make changes to this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we make any material changes, we will let you know through the Pulse Platform, by email, or other communication. We encourage you to read this Privacy Policy periodically to stay up-to-date about our privacy practices. As long as you use the Pulse Platform, you are agreeing to this Privacy Policy and any updates we make to it.

Contact Information. Feel free to contact us at any time with any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, your personal information, our use and sharing practices, or your consent choices by emailing contact@pulsevoter.com.