The Fireworks Alliance respects your personal privacy, and is committed
the information you provide to us, are explained below.
database, our email communications with you, our website, and any
advocacy communications conducted through email, fax, letters, phone
calls, or petitions.
What Personal Information Does the Fireworks Alliance Gather?
The Fireworks Alliance collects information about you to support our
political advocacy efforts. Most members of congress will not accept
petitions and correspondence from people that are not constituents
(constituents are people that live in the same district that the
congressperson represents). As a result, it is important that your
messages get delivered to members of congress that represent you.
We use the name and address information you provide to us to determine
who your representative are, and this information is provided to your
representatives when you communicate with them.
You can visit the website and use many of our references without having
to tell us who you are or give us any personal information. Only when
you register to join the the Fireworks Alliance, take action on advocacy
alerts, or initiate functions that require your information in order
to serve you, will you be asked to provide us with personally identifiable
information. These are the types of information the Fireworks Alliance
collects in its database:
What About Cookies in my Web Browser?
- Information You Give Us: We receive and store any
information you enter on our website or give us in any other way.
You can choose not to provide certain information, but then you may
not be able to access or use many of our advocacy features. We
use this information to target advocacy correspondence that you
send to your elected officials through the action center on our
website. We also use your email address to keep you informed of
issues affecting the fireworks and rocketry communities, and to
notify you of action alerts that we need you to respond to.
- Email Communications: To help us make advocay appeals
more useful and interesting, we often receive a confirmation when
you open HTML-based email from the Fireworks Alliance if your
computer supports such capabilities. We also use this information
to eliminate duplicate notices in an effort to avoid sending
unnecessary messages to our members. It is important that you
maintain an accurate email address in order for us to contact you
regarding grassroots advocacy alerts. You can change your email
address at anytime through our web interface.
- Automatic Information: We receive and store certain types
of information whenever you interact with us. For example, like many
websites, we use "cookies," and we obtain certain types of information
when your web browser accesses specific functions in the Fireworks
- Information from Other Sources: We might receive information
about you from other sources and add it to your account information.
This includes information passed through the tell-a-friend features
on our site, our action center, informal voting, questionaires, and
other sources of information.
Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer's
hard drive through your web browser to enable our systems to recognize
you. These cookies are assigned when you login to our system as a member.
All of the cookies we use have a zero-day life and expire immediately when
you close your web browser. In addition, all of the information in the cookies
we issue is encrypted.
How Does the Fireworks Alliance Use Personal Information?
The Fireworks Alliance uses your personal information to determine
the legislators that represent you at the state and federal level.
If you are registered and logged in, you can see this information by
clicking on the link titled "Your Elected Officials" in the menu on
the left-hand side of the page. You can also view this information
under Member Statistics when you use the "My Profile" link in the
menu on the left hand side of the page. We derrive this information
using your zip+4 postal code when you register as a member.
We also use your name, address, and email address to send advocacy
correspondence when you take action through our action center. This
allows the legislator receiving the message to know that the message
was sent by a constituent and that it should not be ignored or
discarded. This information may be transmitted via FAX, email,
surface mail, or signed petition. We will never send advocacy
letters to any advocacy target without you personally initiating
the action through our website. To do otherwise would damage the
credibility of our organization and diminish the trust of our members.
We also maintain information on the types of actions you take
through our advocacy system. This allows us to determine issues
that are important to you, and it provides us with valuable
information when planning grassroots advocacy. This type of
information is collected when you use the action center, use
tools on the website, or open email messages we send to you.
Who Can View My Personal Information?
In addition to yourself, your information is available to members
of the board, employees, and special volunteers (like state captains)
that are specifically authorized to access such information. No one
is allowed to access any of the information in our database without
signing a non-disclosure agreement with the Fireworks Alliance. With
the exception of the name and address information you provide when
you send messages to the targets of an advocacy campaign, we will not
provide or sell your information to third parties, and we will not
release any information to any entity without a court subpeona.
Your information is treated in the strictest confidence at all times.
What Type of Security Do You Have to Protect My Information?
We impose a substantial amount of security on the networks and servers
that hold your information. All password data is stored using 256-bit
keyed encryption. Our database servers are separate from our web
servers, and network and system intrusion software is deployed on
all systems. All of our software is designed to prevent SQL injection attacks,
and all input data is scrubbed to prevent cross-site scripting attacks. All
unnecessary services are disabled through our network firewall, and
command line access to the servers from outside the network is blocked.
All of the servers are protected by physical access using a locked room
that is only accessible by a limited number of authorized people. Finally,
all of our servers, and the services they perform, are monitored 24x7 using
sophisticated network monitoring software on an independent system.
Our advocacy system also employs seven levels of authorization security,
including program access controls, group security, ip address security,
time of day security, access control lists, and userid and password controls.
What About Third-Party Advertisers and Links to Other Websites?
We do not allow third-party's to advertise on our site. We do provide
a page that contains links to fireworks and rocketry organizations, and
we have information that is embedded in our pages to identify the type of
software we use to support our political advocacy efforts, however we
do not support external links for the purposes of advertising.
Are Children Allowed to Access the Fireworks Alliance Website?
We provide valuable safety and advocacy resources to the Internet. As
such, we encourage people of all ages to use our site for relevant
What Choices Do You Have?
You are free to edit or delete your the Fireworks Alliance member
information at any time. You can choose whether you want us to contact you
about advocacy issues and other correspondence. You are free to
discontinue the use of the Fireworks Alliance at any time and delete
your membership information. Certain information might remain in our
records for a short time after your account has been deleted.
What Advocacy Software Does the Fireworks Alliance Use?
The Fireworks Alliance uses Advocacy One, a state-of-the-art membership
and political advocacy system developed by Accelix LLC. The software
runs on UNIX servers running FreeBSD and uses the MySQL database
How Are You Notified if the Fireworks Alliance Changes This Privacy
The Fireworks Alliance may update this policy from time to time to
reflect additional features or servicee, so please review this policy
periodically by visiting this web page.
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