Solitical empowers you to 1) identify and connect with your local, state and federal elected officials and candidates for political office to effectuate societal change; 2) communicate with existing contact, as well as identify and connect with new voters, for the purpose of exchanging social views and fomenting political action; and 3) learn more about the political process and actors in order to stay vigilant of your government.
Solitical obtains information in two ways. First, we collect information directly from you. Secondly, we receive information based on your use of our service.
From you, we collect information such as your name, email address, zip code and date of birth. This information is used to create your user profile, contact you if necessary and to identify your elected officials. You may choose to add additional information such as interests, political ideology and other identifiers to your profile as you see fit. We also collect information regarding your communications with other public users, interaction with all users, as well as your own on-site behavior, such as searches and browsing.
Solitical can collect data about how you use our services. To do so Solitical uses a variety of technical means. One tool is the use of automatically collected server logs. Server logs include information such as how you use the service, your IP address, browser type, search queries, and external links you explore.
Generally, the information collected by Solitical is used to ensure our ability to provide the service as well as help us improve the quality of that service. It also helps for us to know what you like to do with our Service, so that we can support those capabilities and potentially develop new ones you could like.
More specifically, we use your profile information as well as information you post to Solitical to assist you in finding other users you know or new users in and out of your geographic area who may share similar political interests. Similarly, this information can be used to help other users find you in the interest of sharing their views.
You have the ability to limit the universe of users who have access to information you post on the site (other than your name, which is public) through the use of our privacy controls found in the Account Settings. If you do so, you will still have the ability to find other users, but their ability to interact with you will be much more limited. You will also have the ability to set up your account to direct communications to more select groups of users in an effort to better tailor your political communication.
However, it should be noted, that all posts or messages on pages of public persons or groups are publicly available and this posted information may contain your profile and real name. Solitical believes that conducting political discussions under your real name helps produce more responsible discourse. You will have the ability in one area of the website to conduct anonymous discourse with more limited functionality if you so choose.
We also, commonly compile statistics of user viewpoints on issues and personalities for presenting collective views of Solitical users. If you have expressed a political viewpoint, either in your profile information, on a message board or on a public page, that information - not tied to personally identifiable information of yours - may be used in the aggregate (i.e. polling). These aggregate reports may be used to capture the attitude of Solitical users for commentary purpose to promote public discourse on social involvement. This non-personally-identifiable information may be shared with third parties to do so.
While using the service, you may receive internal Service messages from Solitical or other parties. Other users have the ability to contact you through the Service and may do so in an effort to foster political engagement. Of course, you may adjust your Account Settings to prevent receiving messages from other users.
We may also share aggregated user data - without personally identifiable information - with entities that advertise on Solitical so that they may better provide ads which may interest you. At no time will we share personally identifiable information with advertisers without your consent.
If we believe that it is necessary to disclose your information to comply with a law, regulation, legal demand, or to protect the safety of any individual we may disclose personal information. We also reserve the right to disclose personal information to protect Solitical's rights or property.
Solitical takes reasonable precautions to protect user information that is under our control. One way we do so is by requiring user-created passwords for accounts accessed by Solitical users. Another measure we use is only allowing access to user information to employees who have a need for such information.
This policy is effective as of March 15, 2012