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HUD IDEAS IN ACTION

TERMS OF PARTICIPATION AND PRIVACY POLICY

Thank you for visiting the HUD Ideas in Action site and reviewing our terms of participation and privacy policy. HUD Ideas in Action is a social media platform maintained in part by User Voice and HUD.  HUD Ideas in Action has its own privacy policy separate from the privacy policy of HUD.gov. User Voice’s third party privacy policies apply when visiting HUD Ideas in Action.  Please review User Voice’s privacy policy at: http://uservoice.com/privacy.

Personal Information: We collect no personally identifiable information (PII) such as your name and email address unless you choose to provide that information to us. You do not have to give us personal information to visit our Web site.

To provide you with the opportunity to interact at this Web site, we require registration and request information upon registration that can be directly associated with you. We call this 'Personal Information.' It includes your name or pseudonym/alias of your choice, your email address, and/or another unique identifier, such as a password. You can change this Personal Information at any time.  While you may use a pseudonym/alias and participate anonymously, we encourage you to identify yourself by your legal name as a means to creating a strong reputation for yourself as part of this online community.

The Ideas in Action team maintains a record of the name and email address of submitters of ideas and comments in order to email these users if there is any question pertaining to their submission or to request permission to release their name as author of an idea for the purpose of recognition.

We will not make Personal Information available to anyone other than members of the HUD Ideas in Action team unless it is required by law, we are granted permission by the person whose PII we are releasing, or it is disclosed as otherwise described in this policy; e.g.,ideas and comments are displayed with the name or pseudonym/alias the visitor chooses to provide upon registration.  These records will be kept and disposed of in accordance with HUD’s record retention policy.

Any personally identifiable information you chose to provide is fully protected.  If you choose to provide us with additional information about yourself through an email message, form, or survey, we will only retain the information as long as needed to respond to your question.  Please note that all communications addressed to HUD are maintained, as required by law, for historical purposes.  These communications are archived. In addition, all communications addressed to HUD are protected by the Privacy Act, which restricts HUD’s use of them.

Information Collection: In order to analyze general traffic patterns for the purpose of making our site more useful to visitors, we automatically log and temporarily store the following information about your visit: IP addresses, the date and time of your visit, the name of the domain you use to access the Internet, the type of browser, and the pages you visited, and the address of the website you used to link to Ideas in Action.  This information is used to help us make the site more useful and is not linked to any Personal Information.  Information about individuals and their visits is never tracked or recorded.

Cookies: When visiting websites a small text file known as a “cookie” may be placed on your computer.  You can remove or block cookies by changing the settings on your browser.  Although cookies are not required to view our website, cookies are required to participate in HUD Ideas in Action. Ideas in Action does not use permanent cookies.  When your session expires, the related cookies are deleted from your computer automatically.   

Children’s Privacy:   We comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA).  We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13.  The Ideas in Action site is not intended to solicit information of any kind from children under 13.  If by fraud, accident, or deception we receive information pertaining to children under the age of 13 and receive notification and verification, we will obtain parental consent or delete the information from our servers. 

Security: We maintain a variety of physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect your personal information. For example, we use commercially reasonable tools and techniques to protect against unauthorized access to our systems. Also, we restrict access to Personal Information to those who need such access in the course of their duties for us. Your own efforts to protect against unauthorized access play an important role in protecting the security of your personal information. You should be sure to sign off when finished using a shared computer, and always log out of any site when viewing personal information.

Links to Other Sites: This Web site has links to other government and non-government Web sites. Once you follow a link to a different Web site, your actions are no longer subject to this Terms of Participation and Privacy Policy.

Your Agreement: These are terms of an agreement between you and this Web site. By submitting an idea or comment, or voting for an idea, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by these terms and to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

If you wish to communicate with the Ideas in Action team but do not wish to register on this Web site or abide by the Terms of Participation, you can contact us at transformation@hud.gov.