Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina Privacy Policy

While Electric Cooperatives of SC (ECSC) remains committed to bringing relevant legislative updates and regulatory agendas that impact you to your attention, ECSC recognize the importance of protecting the privacy of your personally identifiable information made available to it when accessing this website. This Privacy Policy contains important information on how ECSC uses, maintains and discloses information collected on this website.

Your use of this website indicates your acceptances to be bound by the provisions of this Privacy Policy:

1. Information Collected and Stored Automatically

ECSC automatically collects and stores anonymous information about site visitors to enable us to make this website more useful and improve the overall quality of the visitor’s online experience. Anonymous information refers to data that cannot be tied back to a specific individual. ECSC may collect the following anonymous information from you every time you access the website:

a. Internet domain from which you access our website (e.g. aol.com, yourschool.edu, yourcompany.com).

b. IP address. An IP address is automatically assigned to your computer or mobile device when you surf the web. In some cases, these addresses may be individually or regionally identifiable. However, even when an IP address is identifiable, it usually takes additional effort to link a particular IP address to a specific individual. For many users, an IP address cannot be linked to a specific individual.

c. Type of browser and operating system used to access our website.

d. Date and time of access.

e. Pages visited.

f. Address of the website (if any) from which you linked to the website.

2. Web logs may also be automatically created and used to identify visitors who seek to damage the website, use the website in unauthorized ways, or interfere with operations. Information about users who try to engage in any unapproved activities may be shared with law enforcement agencies. ECSC does not collect any personal information about a routine visitor unless the visitor provides information to ECSC.
3. Personal Information Collection and Use
Because the website (which includes digital applications) is designed to help you take action on an important issue you and your community are facing, you may be asked to voluntarily provide personal information when you send ECSC an e-mail, elect to receive alerts, enroll in an advocacy campaign, sign a petition, or use our website to contact a government agency or an elected official.
When you use our website to contact an elected official, you understand and agree that based upon your instruction, we will send communications directly to your elected representatives on your behalf, using the contact information that you provide us. Subject to this Section, Section 6.a, and 6.c of this Privacy Policy, the information we collect and retain will not be disclosed to anyone not working for ECSC or one of our affiliated organization on these important policy issues, except to send it, along with your message, to targeted government officials for action.
Personally identifiable information refers to data that tells us specifically who you are (e.g. your name, address, phone number, social security number, credit card number, e-mail, etc.). In the situations described above, your personally identifiable information will be retained by ECSC and may be included in our contact databases and those of our affiliates. ECSC may use your personally identifiable information provided through this website to authenticate your information as well as help maintain accurate and up-to-date information of you or to use your information to contact you regarding an important policy issue. On occasion, ECSC may use third parties to provide us with additional contact information about you given the information you provided to us directly. For example, if we know your name and postal address, ECSC may use a third party to provide us with your email address. ECSC may choose to share your information with local electric power supply or distribution service providers (“Local Systems”) or a statewide association of rural electric systems to which your Local System belongs in order to keep you informed of local, state and federal political issues that could have an impact on you or your community.
In no event will ECSC sell, rent or lease your personally identifiable information to any third parties.
4. Linking to other websites

From time to time, this page may provide links to other websites, not owned or controlled by ECSC, that we think might be useful or of interest to you. We cannot, however, be responsible for the privacy practices used by other website owners or the content or accuracy of those other websites. Links to various non-ECSC websites do not constitute or imply endorsement by ECSC of these websites, any products or services described on these sites, or of any other material contained in them. You should read and review the relevant privacy policies available on all third-party websites.
5. Security and Data Quality

a. ECSC maintains its website and its information with technical, administrative, and physical safeguards to protect against loss, unauthorized access, destruction, misuse, modification, and improper disclosure. ECSC is committed to maintaining accurate, timely, relevant, and appropriate information about our users. No computer or mobile operating system can ever be fully protected against every possible hazard. ECSC provides reasonable and appropriate security to protect against foreseeable hazards.

b. ECSC requires that employees who have access to personally identifiable information from this website acknowledge in writing that they have read this Privacy Policy and that they are expected to follow it. Any employee who fails to comply with these rules may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

c. Please note ECSC treats all information collected from you as confidential, in accordance with ECSC’s internal policies. Information collected through this website is encrypted through Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption when collected. This ensures that your information is encrypted as it travels over the internet. This secure mode is enabled before any such information is transmitted from your computer or web-enabled device. After information reaches ECSC or a contracted third-party webpage servicer, it is stored on a secure server that resides behind firewalls designed to block unauthorized access from outside. Information collected on this website covered by this Privacy Policy is generally processed and stored in the United States.

d. “Phishing” is a scam designed to steal your personal information. If you receive an e-mail that looks like it is from us asking you for your personal information, do not respond. ECSC will never request your passwords, user names, credit card information or other personally identifiable information through e-mail.

Cookie Policy

A “cookie” is an element of data that a website can send to your browser and store your preferences when you link to that website. It is not a computer program and has no ability to read data residing on your device or instruct your device to perform any step or function. By assigning a unique data element to each visitor, the website is able to recognize repeat users, track usage patterns and better serve you when you return to our site. The cookie does not extract personally identifiable information about you.
In order to better understand how ECSC uses cookies, the following descriptions below account for the different types of ECSC cookies which may be utilized on our website.

First-party Cookies are either session or persistent cookies set by the website you are visiting (e.g. cookies set by tellEPA.com).

Session Cookies are cookies that allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. Session cookies are temporary and are deleted once you close the internet browser.

Persistent Cookies are cookies which remain on your computer hard drive for the period of time specified in the cookie, or until you delete them. Persistent cookies are activated each time that you visit the website that created that particular cookie.

ECSC cookies To help serve you better, ECSC uses First-party Persistent Cookies to receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with the website through your computer or mobile device. This information helps ECSC identify return visitors to enhance your user experience, to tailor the website to your preferences and track usage to understand what content is most useful to website visitors.
In certain situations you may elect to have a persistent cookie placed on your computer hard drive to remember your personal information for future visits. The “Remember Me” feature stores your personal information in a cookie on your computer so that you do not have to enter your personal information each time you use the site to contact your elected officials.
In addition, ECSC and third parties providing support services to ECSC may use Session Cookies to allow information provided during your session to be saved until you decide to leave the webpage and close your internet browser.

Non-ECSC Cookies ECSC may use third-party advertising technology to serve ads when you visit the website and sites upon which we advertise. This technology uses information about your visits to the website and the sites upon which we advertise, (not including your name, address, or other personally identifiable information), to serve our ads to you. In the course of serving our advertisements to you, a unique third-party persistent cookie may be placed or recognized on your internet browser.

Adjusting your cookie setting
You may update your “cookie” settings on your device at any time. The help function of your internet browser should contain instructions to allow you to set your device to accept all cookies, to notify you when a cookie is issued, or to not receive cookies at all.

If you use Internet Explorer, click here to obtain information on how to set your cookie preferences.

If you use Google Chrome, click here to obtain information on how to set your cookie preferences.

If you use Firefox,
click here to obtain information on how to set your cookie preferences.

If you use Safari, click here to obtain information on how to set your cookie preferences.

Note that if you set your preferences so your device does not receive cookies, certain features of the ECSC website cannot be provided to you, and you may not be able to take full advantage of all the ECSC website content.
ECSC does not use cookies to ascertain any personally identifiable information about you apart from what you voluntarily provide to ECSC in accessing this website. Cookies do not corrupt or damage your computer, programs, or computer files.
Other Uses and Disclosures

a. General

We may share personally identifiable information we collect on our website with third parties that provide support services to ECSC (such as auditors, web hosting providers, or call center service providers) or other services as described in Section 2 of this Privacy Policy. These third parties may need this information in order to perform their contracted functions. ECSC generally directs recipients to agree to safeguard personal information, to use it only as authorized by ECSC, and to return it or destroy it when no longer required.

b. Subscriptions or Email Lists

It is ECSC’s intent, that you should only receive email communication that will be useful to you and that you want to receive. You may voluntarily sign up to receive various ECSC newsletters, legislative updates or alerts, and other such communications. By electing to receive any ECSC communication, you understand that your information will be retained by ECSC and added to our contact database. Based upon your election, ECSC and our affiliate organizations may contact you directly concerning other publications or events that may be useful to you based upon your subscription.
From time to time, ECSC may use a third party email service provider to send emails. These service providers shall be contractually prohibited from using your email address for any other purpose from that which is stated herein.
As a recipient of any ECSC content email, you may unsubscribe from future messages via a link at the bottom of each email message or by calling 1-866-751-1238 to be removed from our contact list.

c. Legal Process

This is a United States website and is subject to federal law and the laws of the State of Virginia therefore ECSC will disclose any personally identifiable information, without permission, as required by law (e.g. in response to valid legal process, such as a search warrant, subpoena, or court order), or in good faith belief that such action is necessary to investigate or protect against harmful activities to the website, ECSC, its employees, or to others. ECSC will take reasonable steps to limit the scope and consequences of any of these disclosures.

8. Changes to this Privacy Policy

ECSC may change this statement from time to time; when updates are made, the Privacy Policy version date (located at the bottom of this policy) will also be updated to reflect that a revision occurred. We encourage you to periodically reread this policy to see if there have been any changes that may affect you. This statement is not intended to and does not create any contractual or other legal rights in or on behalf of any party.
Children and Privacy

ECSC is committed to protecting the privacy needs of children and encourages parents and guardians to take an active role in their children’s online activities. This page does not target and is not intended to attract children. ECSC does not knowingly solicit or collect personal information from children.

10. Questions and Concerns

If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, you may send an email to: betsy.hix@ecsc.org or send regular mail to: Government Relations Department, 808 Knoxx Abbott Drive, Cayce SC, 29204.

This Privacy Policy was last updated on November 25, 2013.