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Fireworks Alliance Privacy Policy
The Fireworks Alliance respects your personal privacy, and is committed to protecting it. Our Privacy Policy, and the control you have regarding the information you provide to us, are explained below.

What Does the the Fireworks Alliance Privacy Policy Cover?
This Privacy Policy applies to all of the member information in our 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:

  • 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 Alliance.

  • 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.
What About Cookies in my Web Browser?
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 factual information.

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 management system.

How Are You Notified if the Fireworks Alliance Changes This Privacy Policy?
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.

Your Questions or Suggestions Regarding This Privacy Policy
If you have any questions or concerns about this privacy policy or the practices of this site, please send email to .


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