It’s Abuse Privacy Notice

It’s Abuse ("It’s Abuse") recognizes that its customers, visitors, users, and others who use www.itsabuse.com (collectively or individually "Users") value their privacy. This Privacy Notice details important information regarding the use and disclosure of User information collected on www.itsabuse.com (the “Site”). It’s Abuse provides this Privacy Notice to help you make an informed decision about whether to use or continue using the It’s Abuse Site.

This policy covers how It’s Abuse treats personal information that it collects and receives. Personal information includes information about you that is personally identifiable like your name, address, email address, or phone number, and that is not otherwise publicly available. Please note that any video, image, or other content posted at the direction of Users onto the It’s Abuse Site becomes published content and is not considered personally identifiable information subject to this Privacy Notice.

This policy does not apply to the practices of companies that It’s Abuse does not own or control, or to people that It’s Abuse does not employ or manage.

This Privacy Notice is incorporated into and is subject to the It’s Abuse Terms of Use. Your use of the It’s Abuse Site and any personal information you provide on the It’s Abuse Site remains subject to the terms of this Privacy Notice and our Terms of Use.

The Information It’s Abuse Collects

User Provided Information: You provide certain personally identifiable information (such as your name and email address) to It’s Abuse when visiting the It’s Abuse Site and choosing to participate in various activities on the It’s Abuse Site such as uploading videos, posting messages in our forums or in the video comments section, entering contests or sweepstakes, taking advantage of promotions, responding to surveys, or subscribing to newsletters or other mailing lists. Cookies Information: When you visit the It’s Abuse Site, we may send one or more cookies - a small text file containing a string of alphanumeric characters - to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser. It’s Abuse uses both session cookies and persistent cookies. A persistent cookie remains after you close your browser. Persistent cookies may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the site. Persistent cookies can be removed by following your web browser help file directions. A session cookie is temporary and disappears after you close your browser. You can reset your web browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some features of the It’s Abuse Site may not function properly if the ability to accept cookies is disabled. Log File Information: When you use the It’s Abuse Site, our servers automatically receive and record certain information that your web browser sends whenever you visit any web site. These server logs may include information such as your web request, Internet Protocol ("IP") address, browser type, browser language, referring / exit pages and URLs, platform type, number of clicks, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed and the order of those pages, the amount of time spent on particular pages, the date and time of your request, and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser. Clear GIFs Information: When you use the It’s Abuse Site, we may employ "clear GIFs" (a.k.a. Web Beacons) which are used to track the online usage patterns of our Users anonymously (i.e., in a non-personally-identifiable manner). In addition, we may also use clear GIFs in HTML-based emails sent to our users to track which emails are opened by recipients.

Content Controls Imposed by It’s Abuse

Because this site deals with the sensitive topic of relationship abuse, It’s Abuse will review all user provided information to ensure that it adheres to our policies on appropriateness. We reserve the right to refuse to post any material that we deem inappropriate for any reason, including but not limited to the following: (i) potential copyright infringement, trade secret or other third party proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights; (ii) falsehoods or misrepresentations that could damage It’s Abuse or any third party; (iii) material that may create a risk of harm, loss, physical or mental injury, emotional distress, death, disability, disfigurement, or physical or mental illness to you, to any other person, or to any animal; (iv) material that may create a risk of any other loss or damage to any person or property, (v) material that is unlawful, obscene, harmful, abusive, defamatory, libelous, infringing, threatening, pornographic, harassing, humiliating to other people (publicly or otherwise), hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, violate any law, or is otherwise inappropriate or that may constitute or contribute to a crime or tort; (v) advertisements or solicitations of business: (vi) any disclosures of personal information about any third party; (vii) material that contains any information or content that you know is not correct and current, or (viii) impersonations of another person.

The Way It’s Abuse Uses Information

If you submit personally identifiable information to us through the It’s Abuse Site, then we use your personal information to operate, maintain, and provide to you the features and functionality of the It’s Abuse Site.

Any personal information or video content that you voluntarily disclose online (on discussion boards, in messages and chat areas, within your public profile page, etc.) becomes publicly available and can be collected and used by others. Your display name (not your email address) is displayed to other Users when you record videos in our video blog booth, upload videos, send messages or post comments through the It’s Abuse Site and other Users can contact you through messages and comments. Any videos that you record in our video blog booth or submit to the It’s Abuse Site may be redistributed through the Internet and other media channels, and may be viewed by the general public.

We do not use your email address or other personally identifiable information to send commercial or marketing messages without your consent or except as part of a specific program or feature for which you will have the ability to opt-in or opt-out. We may, however, use your email address without further consent for non-marketing or administrative purposes (such as notifying you of major It’s Abuse Site changes or for customer service purposes). By using the It’s Abuse Site, you are consenting to the possibility of receiving such emails.

We use both your personally identifiable information and certain non-personally-identifiable information (such as anonymous User usage data, cookies, IP addresses, browser type, clickstream data, etc.) to improve the quality and design of the It’s Abuse Site and to create new features, promotions, functionality, and services by storing, tracking, and analyzing User preferences and trends.

We may use cookies, clear gifs, and log file information to: (a) remember information so that you will not have to re-enter it during your visit or the next time you visit the It’s Abuse Site; (b) provide custom, personalized content and information; (c) monitor the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns and the content of the Site; (d) monitor aggregate metrics such as total number of visitors, pages viewed, etc.; (e) track your entries, submissions, and status in promotions, sweepstakes, and contests; (f) assist in identifying possible fraudulent activities, (g) diagnose service or technology problems reported by Users or engineers that are associated with IP addresses controlled by a specific web company or ISP; and (h) provide general internal and customer analytics.

When It’s Abuse Discloses Information

We provide personally identifiable information and non-personally-identifiable information to our subsidiaries, affiliated companies, or other businesses or persons for the purpose of processing such information on our behalf. We require that these parties agree to process such information in compliance with our privacy policy, and we use reasonable efforts to limit their use of such information and to use other appropriate confidentiality and security measures. We do not share your personally identifiable information (such as name or email address) with other, third-party companies for their commercial or marketing use without your consent or except as part of a specific program or feature for which you will have the ability to opt-in or opt-out.

We do share non-personally-identifiable information (such as anonymous User usage data, referring / exit pages and URLs, platform types, number of clicks, etc.) with interested third-parties to assist them in understanding the usage patterns for certain content, services, advertisements, promotions, and/or functionality on the It’s Abuse Site.

We may release personally identifiable information and/or non-personally-identifiable information if required to do so by law, or if we believe that such action is necessary to comply with state and federal laws (such as U.S. Copyright Law) or to respond to a court order, subpoena, or search warrant.

It’s Abuse also reserves the right to disclose personally identifiable information and/or non-personally-identifiable information that It’s Abuse believes, in good faith, is appropriate or necessary to enforce our Terms of Use, take precautions against liability, to investigate and defend itself against any third-party claims or allegations, to assist government enforcement agencies, to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person or to protect the security or integrity of our web site, and to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of It’s Abuse, our Users or others.

Your Choices

You may, of course, decline to submit personally identifiable information through the It’s Abuse Site, in which case It’s Abuse may not be able to provide certain services to you. You may update, correct or delete your personal profile information and email preferences at any time by visiting your account profile page. Please note that media files uploaded by Users to the It’s Abuse Site cannot be removed and remain subject to our Terms of Use.

To protect your privacy and security, we take reasonable steps (such as requesting a unique password) to verify your identity before granting you profile access or making corrections. You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your unique password and account information at all times.

Please contact It’s Abuse with any questions or comments about this Privacy Notice, your personal information, your consent, or your opt-in or opt-out choices.

Third-party Advertisers and Sponsors, Links to Other Sites

It’s Abuse allows other companies, including local sponsors, third-party ad servers or ad networks, to serve advertisements within the It’s Abuse Site. These sponsors, third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology to send, directly to your browser, the advertisements and links that appear on the It’s Abuse Site. They automatically receive your IP address when this happens. They may also use other technologies (such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons) to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and to personalize the advertising content you see.

It’s Abuse does not provide any personally identifiable information to these sponsors, third-party ad servers or ad networks without your consent or except as part of a specific program or feature for which you will have the ability to opt-in or opt-out. However, by interacting with or viewing advertisements of sponsors, third-party ad servers or ad networks you are consenting to the possibility that the sponsor, third-party ad server or ad network will assume that you meet the targeting criteria used to display the advertisement. You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers or ad networks for more information on their practices and for instructions on how to opt-out of certain practices. It’s Abuse's privacy policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other advertisers or Web sites.

Our Commitment To Data Security

It’s Abuse uses commercially reasonable physical, managerial, and technical safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of your personal information. We limit access to personal information about you to employees who we believe reasonably need to come into contact with that information to provide products or services to you or in order to do their jobs. We cannot, however, ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to It’s Abuse and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission of information, It’s Abuse makes commercially reasonable efforts to ensure the security of our systems. However, please note that this is not a guarantee that such information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards.

If It’s Abuse learns of a security systems breach, then we may attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. It’s Abuse may post a notice on the It’s Abuse Site if a security breach occurs. Depending on where you live, you may have a legal right to receive notice of a security breach in writing. To receive written notice of a security breach (or to withdraw your consent from receiving electronic notice) you should notify us using the contact form.

Our Commitment To Children’s Privacy

Protecting the privacy of young children is especially important. For that reason, It’s Abuse does not knowingly collect or maintain personally identifiable information or non-personally-identifiable information on the It’s Abuse Site from persons under 13 years of age, and no part of our web site is directed to persons under 13. If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use or access the It’s Abuse Site at any time or in any manner. If It’s Abuse learns that personally identifiable information of persons under 13 years of age has been collected on the It’s Abuse Site without verified parental consent, then It’s Abuse will take the appropriate steps to delete this information.

Special Note to International Users

The It’s Abuse Site is hosted in the United States and is intended for and directed to Users in the United States. If you are a User accessing the It’s Abuse Site from the European Union, Asia, or any other region with laws or regulations governing personal data collection, use, and disclosure, that differ from United States laws, please be advised that through your continued use of the It’s Abuse Site, which are governed by U.S. law, this Privacy Notice, and our Terms of Use, you are transferring your personal information to the United States and you consent to that transfer.

In the Event of Merger, Sale, or Bankruptcy

In the event that It’s Abuse or the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence is acquired by or merged with a third party entity, we reserve the right, in any of these circumstances, to transfer or assign the information we have collected from our Users as part of such merger, acquisition, sale, or other change of control. In the unlikely event of our bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, receivership, or assignment for the benefit of creditors, or the application of laws or equitable principles affecting creditors' rights generally, we may not be able to control how your personal information is treated, transferred, or used.

Changes and updates to this Privacy Notice

This Privacy Notice may be revised periodically and this will be reflected by the "Date Last Modified" below. Please revisit this page to stay aware of any changes. In general, we only use your personal information in the manner described in the Privacy Notice in effect when we received the personal information you provided. Your continued use of the It’s Abuse Site constitutes your agreement to this Privacy Notice and any future revisions.

Date Last Modified:
This Privacy Notice was last modified October 2, 2008.

Contact Information:
Please contact It’s Abuse with any questions about this Privacy Notice at:

The Center for Family Safety and Healing
655 East Livingston Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43205
614-722-5985 voice
614-722-4046 fax
info@itsabuse.com