Privacy Policy

Introduction

The Best Foot Forward site is built and developed by the New Jersey PTA (NJPTA). The following privacy policy is governed under the same policies and conditions held by the NJPTA and will heretofore be referred to as such. The NJPTA is a not-for-profit organization that operates the BestFootForwardNJ.org website. Our goal is to provide parents the tools and resources to support their child during the transition to the PARCC test.

This policy explains how we work to protect the personal information of people who use our website. The NJPTA values and respects the privacy of our members. We believe you have a right to control how your personal information is collected and used. Unless we get your consent, we will not share your personal information with unaffiliated organizations.

What information do we collect?

The NJPTA collects limited information about our members and supporters, such how you came into contact with us. We collect this information in a range of different situations, such as when someone visits our website, when they sign a petition, when they come to an event or when a partner organization joins a campaign that the NJPTA is running. Our information systems also collect information about the way that you use our website, so that we can continue to improve our website and our campaigns.

How do we use your personal information?

We collect personal information so that we can stay in contact with you and let you know of new campaigns and other opportunities in which you may be interested.

When might we give anyone else access to your personal information?

We do not hand our membership lists over to other groups. From time to time we might let you know about an exciting or important campaign being run by a partner organization. When we do this, the NJPTA will notify its membership via email or other means but will not hand over information about you without your consent.

For our campaigns to be effective, it is important that our members and supporters make a public stand. So if you participate in specific campaign actions such as adding your name to a petition, uploading a video to our site or writing a letter to a news media organization, your information will be available publicly on our website. We may also include on our website your comments, along with your first name, last initial, and where you are located (city, state or country) if your location is relevant to the issue at hand.

Like many organizations, we sometimes use specialist service providers to help run parts of our operations. In order for us to run our normal operations, service providers such as web hosts and email or SMS providers will sometimes need access to the database we hold on our members, but we require them to keep this information confidential.

There are certain exceptional limited situations when the NJPTA might disclose information about you without your express consent. These include when the information is demanded by law enforcement authorities or courts, and when it is necessary to protect someone’s safety, rights or property.

Use of our website email tool

In some campaigns, we offer a service in which members can write a message to their head of state, a company CEO, a news organization or other decision makers. This service is offered for the convenience of members. These messages are sent in your name, with your contact information such as your email address. Please review the content of these messages carefully when you choose to use this service because as these messages are sent from your email address and not from the NJPTA, and you are considered responsible for the content of these messages.

Use of our mobile updates tool

Our mobile website tool is administered through Mobile Commons. Mobile Commons is a software company that provides a platform for organizations to communicate via text and phone calls. Mobile Commons uses industry-leading Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology to keep your personal information as secure as possible. The NJPTA or Mobile Commons does not sell, trade or rent your personal information to other companies or individuals. The NJPTA or Mobile Commons may use information collected through its services and website for research in order to develop service opportunities, but such usage will not include any personally identifiable information.

Mobile Commons complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and does not knowingly collect personal information from anyone under the age of 13.

How can you stop receiving email from the NJPTA?

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from our email list, you may do so by emailing njpta@njpta.org with unsubscribe in the subject heading and we will remove your name from our lists. We will act quickly to implement such requests but please note there may be time lags of up to a month to remove names from our database.

Financial transactions

If you undertake a financial transaction with the NJPTA, your credit card or other payment information will be used only for the specific transaction through our secure online payment system. The NJPTA does not retain payment information without your consent.

How does the NJPTA keep your information secure?

The NJPTA endeavors to take all reasonable steps to keep secure any information that we hold about you, and to keep this information accurate and up to date. Your information is transmitted internationally to be stored on secure servers that are protected in controlled facilities. We require our employees and data processors to respect the confidentiality of all personal information with which they may come into contact.

What technologies do we use to analyze traffic on the NJPTA website?

Like most websites, we collect basic web traffic information (such as IP addresses) to monitor overall usage of our site. This helps us understand traffic patterns and know if there are problems on the site. We sometimes use embedded images in emails, so that we can know which campaigns our members support most strongly, and we can learn better how to keep our members informed about and engaged. We also use URLs (website links) in emails with an identifier that allows us to correctly identify the person who takes an action using a web page, so we can know who are our most active members and what campaigns they support.

Cookie technology is used on several parts of our website. Cookies are pieces of information that a website transfers to a computer, tablet or smartphone to analyze website usage and to facilitate transactions and a more personalised website experience. Most web browsers are set to accept cookies. If you do not wish to receive any cookies, you may set your browser to refuse cookies, however, this may mean you will not be able to take full advantage of all the functions on the the NJPTA website.

Children’s privacy

We comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and does not knowingly collect personal information from anyone under the age of 13. Visitor or our website who are under 13 years of age should ask their parent or guardian for guidance before they enter any personal information on our website.

Gaining access to your information

If at any time you want to know exactly what personal information the NJPTA holds about you, you are welcome to request access to your record by emailing njpta@njpta.org. As a standard procedure to protect anybody else gaining access to your personal information, we will ask for some proof of your identity before disclosing this information to you.

Links to other websites

The NJPTA website may, from time to time, contain links to other websites. The NJPTA is not responsible for the practices or privacy policies of those sites.

Future revisions

The NJPTA’s website and activities will continue to grow and change as we add new ways to make your voice heard. This means that there will be continued changes in how we communicate with our members. Because of this, from time to time, our privacy policy will be reviewed and revised. Whenever we change our privacy policy, we will post an updated version on our website, including the last date of revision.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about how we handle your personal information and protect your privacy, please feel free to contact us at njpta@njpta.org.

This privacy policy was last revised on 2/20/15.