Terms of Service
Future Majority is providing this experience in partnership with Countable.
Acceptance of the Terms of Service
We want to keep our relationship with you as lean and informal as possible, but please read the Terms of Service carefully before you start using our Platform, because by using the Platform you accept and agree to be bound and abide by these Terms of Service.
Should you disagree with some of the provisions herein, you can either leave the Platform (although we’ll be sad to see you go!) or contact us.
Changes to the Terms of Service and the Platform
Our Apps are a work in progress, meaning that a lot will change in the near future. We reserve the right to update the Platform and these Terms of Service from time to time, at our discretion. Your continued use of the Platform following the publishing of updated Terms of Service means that you accept and agree to the changes.
Accessing the Platform, Security and Privacy
We are working hard on improving our Apps, but we can’t guarantee that the Platform will be up and running 24/7. We also reserve the right to suspend or restrict access to some features to users. In any case, we will not be liable if for any reason all or any part of the Platform is unavailable at any time or for any period, nor for any data loss (see also section 7 below).
To access certain features of the Platform you have to register by entering your email and choosing a password, or by registering with your Facebook credentials, as part of our security procedures. You must treat such information as confidential, not disclosing it to any third party and only using Countable in person.
It is a condition of your use of the Platform that all the information you provide on the Platform is correct and current. In the future, you may be asked to provide certain registration details or other information. As is custom for internet platforms, we reserve the right to disable any user account, at any time in our sole discretion for any or no reason, including, if in our opinion you have failed to comply with any provision of these Terms of Service.
We do not guarantee that the Platform or any content provided on the Platform is error-free.
Intellectual Property Rights and Use Guidelines
The Platform and its original content, features and functionality, are owned by Countable and its clients, and are protected by United States and international copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret and other intellectual property or proprietary rights laws. So you agree to not copy, modify, create derivative works of, publicly display, publicly perform, or republish, any of our copyrighted material, except to the extent permitted by the Platform itself.
For purposes of these Terms of Service, the term “Content” includes, without limitation, information, data, text, photographs, videos, audio clips, written posts and comments, software, scripts, graphics, and interactive features generated, provided, or otherwise made accessible on or through the Platform. For the purposes of these Terms of Service, “Content” also includes all User Content (as defined below).
All Content added, created, uploaded, submitted, distributed, or posted to the Platform by users (collectively “User Content”), whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, is the sole responsibility of the person who originated such User Content. You represent that all User Content provided by you is accurate, complete, up-to-date, and in compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. You acknowledge that all Content, including User Content, accessed by you using the Platform is at your own risk and you will be solely responsible for any damage or loss to you or any other party resulting therefrom. We do not guarantee that any Content you access on or through the Platform is or will continue to be accurate.
By submitting public User Content through the Platform, you hereby do and shall grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free, fully paid, sublicensable and transferable license to use, edit, modify, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, perform, and otherwise fully exploit the User Content in connection with the Platform and our (and our successors’ and assigns’) businesses, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Platform (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels (including, without limitation, third party websites and feeds). You also hereby do and shall grant each user of the Platform a non-exclusive, perpetual license to access your User Content through the Platform, and to use, edit, modify, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display and perform such User Content. For clarity, the foregoing license grants to us and our users does not affect your other ownership or license rights in your User Content, including the right to grant additional licenses to your User Content, unless otherwise agreed in writing. You represent and warrant that you have all rights to grant such licenses to us without infringement or violation of any third party rights, including without limitation, any privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property or proprietary rights.
We do not guarantee that any Content will be made available on the Platform. We reserve the right to, but do not have any obligation to, (i) remove, edit or modify any Content in our sole discretion, at any time, without notice to you and for any reason (including, but not limited to, upon receipt of claims or allegations from third parties or authorities relating to such Content or if we are concerned that you may have violated these Terms of Service), or for no reason at all and (ii) to remove or block any Content from the Platform.
You are permitted to use the Platform for your personal, non-commercial use, or legitimate business purposes, provided that your activities are lawful and in accordance with these Terms of Service. Prohibited uses include violation of laws and regulations, hacking the Platform in any manner, or violating the Content Standards set below. No right, title or interest in or to the Platform or any content on the site is transferred to you, and all rights not expressly granted are reserved. Any use of the Platform not expressly permitted by these Terms of Service is a breach of these Terms of Service and can lead to account termination.
We encourage your feedback, in the form of reviews, comments, and suggestions or recommendations for modifications, improvements or changes to the Services or the Platform that you may choose in your sole discretion to provide us from time to time (“Feedback”). When you provide Feedback, you grant us, under all right, title and interest in and to the Feedback, a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, transferable, sub-licensable, irrevocable, perpetual license to use that Feedback or to incorporate it into the Platform or other products or services.
The Platform may contain Content specifically provided by us, our partners or our users and such Content is protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents, trade secrets or other proprietary rights and laws. You shall abide by and maintain all copyright notices, information, and restrictions contained in any Content accessed through the Website.
User Contributions and Content Standards. Special Disclaimer for legal content.
Our Apps contain user generated content, and also may contain message boards, personal web pages, forums or other interactive features that allow you to upload, post, submit, publish, display or transmit to other Users Content on or through the Platform. All User Content must be lawful, not spammy, and clear of virus or other malware. More specifically, but without limiting the foregoing, it must comply with the following Content Standards:
Not contain any material which is defamatory, obscene, indecent, abusive, offensive, harassing, violent, hateful, inflammatory or otherwise objectionable.
Not promote sexually explicit or pornographic material, violence, or discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
Not infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other intellectual property rights of any other person.
Not violate the legal rights (including the rights of publicity and privacy) of others or contain any material that could give rise to any civil or criminal liability under applicable laws or regulations or that otherwise may be in conflict with these Terms of Service.
Not be likely to deceive any person.
Not promote any illegal activity, or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act.
Not be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person or organization.
Not involve commercial activities or sales, such as contests, sweepstakes and other sales promotions, barter or advertising.
Not give the impression that they emanate from us or any other person or entity, if this is not the case.
Not used, if public, as test empty documents with no actual content, or typing exercises: please respect our community and help us minimize the clutter!
User Content is not intended to be legal advice nor form an attorney-client relationship, nor among the users, nor between the users and us. Use of our Apps should never be understood to be replacing use of a qualified attorney, and our relationship to all documents and transactions completed using the Platform is that of a trusted, disinterested third party.
Law and Copyright Infringement
We do not undertake to review all material before it is posted on the Platform, and cannot ensure prompt removal of objectionable material after it has been posted. Accordingly, we assume no liability for any action or inaction regarding transmissions, communications or content provided by any user or third party. In the unlikely event we receive a disclosure request from an authorized party, we reserve the right to disclose user identities when required to do so by the law, including in response to a law enforcement request supported by a valid court order. You waive and hold harmless the Company from any claims resulting from any action taken by the Company during or as a result of its investigations and from any actions taken as a consequence of investigations by either the Company or law enforcement authorities.
If you believe that any User Content violates your copyright, please follow the procedure set forth by article 512(c) of the DMCA and provide us a written takedown notice including the following information:
A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.
Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material.
Information reasonably sufficient for us to contact you, such as email, address, telephone number.
A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
The notice should be addressed to us here, or via snail mail to DMCA Designated Agent, 1345 S. Capitol St, #917, Washington, DC 20003.
Disclaimer of Warranties, Limitations of Liability and Indemnification.
Your use of our Apps is at your sole risk. The service is provided “as is” and “as available”. We disclaim all warranties of any kind, express or implied, including, without limitation, the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. We are not liable for damages, direct or consequential, resulting from your use of the Platform, and you agree to defend, indemnify and hold us harmless from any claims, losses, liability costs and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees) arising from your violation of any third party’s rights. You acknowledge that you have only a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use the Platform. Because the Platform is not error or bug free, you agree that you will use it carefully and avoid using it in ways which might result in any loss of your or any third party’s property or information.
For now, we provide this Platform for use only by persons located in the United States. We make no claims that the Platform or any of its content is accessible, appropriate or legal outside of the United States. If you access the Platform from outside of the United States, you do so on your own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.
Governing Law and Jurisdiction
These Terms of Service and any dispute or claim arising out of, or related to them, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Delaware without giving effect to any choice or conflict of law provision or rule.
Any legal suit, action or proceeding arising out of, or related to, these Terms of Service or the Platform shall be instituted exclusively in the federal courts of the United States or the courts of the State of Delaware.
Waiver and Severability
Our failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms of Service shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. The Terms of Service constitutes the entire agreement between you and Countable and govern your use of the service, superseding any prior agreements (including, but not limited to, any prior versions of the Terms of Service). If any provision of these Terms of Service is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable for any reason, such provision shall be eliminated or limited to the minimum extent such that the remaining provisions of the Terms of Service will continue in full force and effect.
Please contact us with any comments, questions, or communications.
Personally Identifiable Information
There are limited pieces of information in this Policy that we collect from you that is “Personally Identifiable Information,” or “PII”. These are your name, home address, your email address, your telephone numbers, your picture if you upload it directly to us, your unique mobile device ID number, and your social media account IDs. We take our collection of PII and your privacy expectations very seriously, and therefore have very restricted rules for handling, using and sharing this information, as described in this Policy. It is up to you whether to disclose PII to us, although if you do not do so, certain products and services may not be available for your use.
Information that you post to Future Majority
There are many functions and areas of our website and applications where you can post information about yourself, your views, and your affiliations. It is important to remember that some of these areas are publicly viewable to other users and organizations. We do not control which information you post to publicly viewable areas. For instance, we enable you to create a publicly viewable username. If you create a username that identifies you individually, such as your real name, or add contact information to your bio, anyone with access to the Application you are using will be able to see that. Similarly, sharing actions that you take on the App via your social networks will enable access to that information to third parties in a manner that we cannot control. It is important to distinguish your provision of PII to us directly, which we can control under this Policy, versus information you post publicly or provide to other people, to organizations, or via other services, which we cannot control.
Your views and affiliations
In addition to PII, there is other information that you may share through the App that we consider sensitive, and to which we apply strict rules. While this information cannot be used to identify you personally, it does provide insights about the views of people who use the App. We refer to this information in this Policy as “Your Views”, and it includes your stated political party affiliation and the issues you vote on. Your Views do not include any information that you post publicly or share through your social networks or through message exchanges with other users. Because we do not collect such information directly from you and because, once posted, such information may be immediately accessible by parties that we do not manage, we cannot control such information in the way we control information provided to us.
We also collect information about the use of the App which does not reveal your identity. This information includes browser and device information, information collected through cookies, pixel tags, and other technologies, and demographic information and other non-identifying information provided by you such as a zip code or general geographic area.
How we may use your information
There are multiple ways we use your information to provide the best service possible to you. In doing so, we may use your PII and Your Views to draw your attention to issues in which we believe you may be interested, and to communicate directly with you through email, via our apps, or in your usage of our services. Here are some examples of the ways we might use your information:
We use your information to respond to your inquiries and fulfill your requests, such as when you vote on a bill, author an opinion, or participate in other activities.
We use your information to communicate directly and provide to you information regarding our services and changes to our terms, conditions, and policies.
We use your information for data analysis, developing new services, enhancing, improving or modifying our platform, identifying usage trends, and determining the effectiveness of campaigns.
We use your information to personalize your experience by presenting legislation, issues and offers tailored to you based on what we know about you. We may also send you promotional communications that we believe may be of interest to you.
We use your information to facilitate social sharing functionality, such as sharing content and bills through the App and other social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
We use your account information to allow you to send email messages to your email contacts through our platform, such as to share a bill or opinion.
We use information about your computer or device to ensure that our site, apps and APIs function properly and are optimized for your computer or device.
If you are using one of our mobile applications, we use your device ID to recognize you when you use the application and to store your preferences and settings.
We use IP Addresses for administration and security purposes, such as calculating usage levels of our sites, apps and API, helping diagnose server problems and detecting fraud and spam behavior.
We may use and share aggregated and anonymized information to better understand and serve our users or for optimization of our marketing and ad targeting efforts. For example, we may compile statistics about the percentage of our users in a state or county who care about animal rights, or the age range of those users.
Who may receive your PII and Your Views
a. Our community
Your username, general geographic location (such as city, state, country), and a link to your App’s user profile may be displayed on your profile page, on contributions you make and on related areas. This information will be viewable to any user of the App you are engaging with, including the media, search engines, and other organizations that access the App. If you do not wish to have your personal information displayed, you may choose not to reveal your name on your profile page by selecting a username other than your name. Our platform provides an open forum for communication by users. We do not perform any background checks on users.
b. Your other social media platforms
You may voluntarily share information on message boards, chat, profile pages and blogs, and other services to which you are able to post information and materials (including our pages on Facebook and other social media platforms). Please remember that any information you post or disclose through these services will become accessible to the public, and may be available to other users of the App, social media platform users, and to the general public. We urge you to be very careful when deciding to disclose any information about yourself via the social sharing features of our platform.
c. Advertisers and ad networks
We may share information about you with advertisers and advertising networks on our platform, except that we will not provide PII to advertisers or ad networks without your approval. Also, advertising companies may place cookies on your browser. If you would like more information about this practice and to learn about your choices in connection with it, please visit http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp and http://www.aboutads.info/ .
If you are using one of our mobile applications, our ad network partners may use and store your mobile device ID to show ads that they consider relevant to you in various mobile services that you use.
d. Organizations and Lawmakers
Our Applications maintain pages and widgets for organizations and lawmakers, with which you can interact. Only us, the lawmakers, and organizations to whom you have provided PII via the App will receive your PII. For instance, if you send a message to your lawmakers when sharing your voting preference or advocating on issues, and include your email address and name, that information will be made available to us, the organization, and your lawmakers. We may also share Your Views with lawmakers and organizations. For instance, if you take action via the App, we will share your PII and Your Views with the sponsoring organization and/or lawmakers. We may also share anonymized data with select organizational affiliates.
e. Administrative purposes
We may share information about you with our services providers who process information to provide services to us or on your behalf. We have contracts with our service providers that prohibit them from sharing your information with anyone else or from using your information for any purposes other than providing contracted services.
We may disclose the personal information we collect about our users when we believe disclosure is necessary to investigate, prevent, or respond to suspected illegal or fraudulent activity or to protect the safety, rights, or property of us, our users, or others.
If requested or required by government authorities, such as law enforcement authorities, courts, or regulators, or otherwise to comply with the law, we may have to disclose any information we have about our users. We also may disclose information collected about you in order to exercise or protect legal rights or defend against legal claims.
We have no plans to sell our business. In this unlikely event, we may transfer your personal information to a third party if we or any of our company affiliates are involved in a corporate restructuring (e.g., a sale, merger, or other transfer of assets).
f. Social media
You can edit or remove the permissions you have granted to us to use information from your social media accounts by using your application privacy settings on your social media account.
If you’ve signed in through Facebook connect, you are likely cookied by Facebook. You can modify or change those cookies through the settings on your Facebook account. For more details on cookies, please see our Cookies Policy.
g. Email settings
If you no longer want to receive marketing-related emails from us or our affiliate companies going forward, you may opt out of receiving these by following the instructions contained in any such email or by clicking “unsubscribe” from the footer of our emails.
We will comply with your request(s) as soon as it is reasonably practicable. Please also note that if you do opt out of receiving marketing-related emails from us, we may still send you important administrative messages (such as updates about your account or service changes), and you cannot opt out from receiving these messages.
h. Advertising networks
You may opt out of receiving targeted online advertising from advertising networks that may be delivered on our platform and other websites by visiting the following websites:
Network Advertising Initiative (http://www.networkadvertising.org/)
Digital Advertising Alliance (http://www.aboutads.info/consumers)
Please bear in mind that there are many more companies listed on these sites than those that place cookies on your computer when you access our platform.
We may also place ads within our present or future applications. If you are using an iOS device and you do not want to receive tailored in-application ads that relate to your interests, you may opt-out by accessing the following link on your device: http://oo.apple.com. If you are using an iOS6 device or later, you also may limit the delivery of tailored ads through the following process: Open Settings and tap “General” then tap “About”; Scroll to the bottom of About and tap “Advertising”; Flip “Limit Ad Tracking” to ON. If you are using an Android device and you do not wish to receive tailored in-application ads, you can visit Google’s Ads Preferences page from a browser on your device and make your choices there. We do not control how the applicable platform operator allows you to control receiving tailored in-application ads; thus, you should contact the platform provider if the above options are no longer available.
i. Third-party analytics companies
To opt out of Google Analytics, please go to https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. These opt-outs may be provided through the use of specific tracking opt-out cookies. Please note that if you get a new computer, install a new browser, or erase or otherwise alter your browser’s cookie file (including upgrading certain browsers), this may also clear the opt-out cookie.
External data storage sites
We may store your data on servers provided by third party hosting vendors with whom we have contracted.
Your privacy responsibilities
To help protect your privacy, be sure:
not to share your user ID or password with anyone else;
to log out of our applications when you are finished;
to take customary precautions to guard against “malware” (viruses, Trojan horses, bots, etc.), for example by installing and updating suitable anti-virus software.
Notice to California users
The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) goes into effect on January 1, 2020. The Act grants “consumers” (any California resident regardless of whether there is a customer or any other relationship with Countable) five new rights respecting their personal information. “Consumer” means a natural person who is a California resident, as defined in Section 17014 of Title 18 of the California Code of Regulations, as that section read on September 1, 2017, however identified, including by any unique identifier.
The first is your right to request disclosure of Future Majority’s data collection and sales practices in connection with yourself, including the categories of personal information Future Majority has collected, the source of the information, your use of the information, and, if the information was disclosed or sold to third parties, the categories of personal information disclosed or sold to third parties and the categories of third parties to whom such information was disclosed or sold.
Notice to European Union users
Our operations are located primarily in the United States. If you provide information to us, the information will be transferred out of the European Union (EU) to the United States. By providing personal information to us, you are consenting to its storage and use as described herein.
Information collected from children
You must be at least 16 years old to use our applications and services. We do not knowingly collect information from children under 16. (See the [U.S.] Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.)
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