EDITORIAL INDEPENDENCE POLICIES
We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:
Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between issue, resource, and news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.
We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but all of our content coverage judgments are made independently by CivicLex Staff and not on the basis of donor support.
Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our Staff and Programmatic Board maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.
All communication from Staff, Programmatic, or Governance Board members outside of our content platform is not made on behalf of our organization, unless otherwise stated.
Our organization will make public all donors. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN's Membership Standards.
DONOR TRANSPARENCY POLICIES
We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. At the end of each calendar year, we will post direct transcriptions of Budget to Actual statements for that year.
Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions. As a nonprofit, we may accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics, and special projects. Our coverage judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.
We will make public all donors. As a nonprofit, we will avoid accepting donations from anonymous sources, and from government entities. If we receive funding from government entities, the direct source and amount of that contribution with be disclosed. Under no circumstances will we accept direct contributions from political parties, elected officials or candidates actively seeking public office beyond regular membership subscriptions.
We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by either or Programmatic or Governance Board, present a conflict of interest with our work that would compromise our independence.
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Use and Disclosure of Anonymous Information
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CivicLex may use this information:
To improve the CivicLex website and service, to monitor traffic and general usage patterns, and for other general business purposes.
To inform publishers as to what content is appealing to readers, to inform advertisers of the usage habits or characteristics of the interested audience, and to advise potential donors so that they may better understand CivicLex’s user base.
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We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads on our behalf. These companies may employ cookies and action tags to measure advertising effectiveness. All computers and servers on the internet use IP addresses to recognize and communicate with each other. We collect IP addresses to administer and analyze our site and report aggregate, non-personal information (such as how many visitors we have). When you call up our site on your computer, our servers enter the IP address of that computer into a log. To maintain our users' anonymity, we do not associate IP addresses with records containing personal information.
CivicLex employs a number of security methods designed to prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure correct use of information. Your personal data will be stored within a database that is located behind a firewall for added security.
No data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be secure. As a result, while we try to protect your personal information, we cannot ensure or guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. We are not liable for the illegal acts of any third party.
We do not encrypt normal web sessions, however any transmission to the CivicLex website or service of credit card information uses SSL encryption to help protect the data.
Links to Other Sites
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