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Privacy Policy

The American Legion knows that you care about how your personal information is used and shared, and we take your privacy very seriously. Please read the following to learn more about our privacy policy. By visiting The American Legion website available at http://www.legion.org/ (the “Site”), you are accepting the practices outlined in this Privacy Policy.

Our Commitment to Privacy

Our Privacy Policy was developed as an extension of our commitment to combine quality services with integrity in dealing with Site visitors and members. The Policy is designed to assist you in understanding how we collect, use and safeguard the personal information you provide to us and to assist you in making informed decisions when using our site and our products and services.

Modifications to Privacy Policy

The American Legion reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace the Privacy Policy at any time.  If the alterations constitute a material change to the Terms of Use, The American Legion will notify you by posting an announcement on the Site.  What constitutes a “material change” will be determined at The American Legion’s sole discretion, in good faith and using common sense and reasonable judgment.  You are responsible for reviewing and becoming familiar with any such modifications.  Use of the Site by you following such notification constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions of the Terms of Use as modified.

No Use of Our Site by Persons Under 13

We understand and share your concerns regarding your children’s access to the Internet and the Internet’s access to your children. Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, we do not knowingly request or accept information submitted to The American Legion web site by any visitor under 13 years of age.  If we become aware that an individual under 13 has provided information to us through the site, we will not use or disclose that individual’s information for any purpose unless required to do so by law.  We recommend that minors between the ages of 13 and 18 ask and receive their parents' permission before accessing the Site or sending information about themselves or anyone else over the Internet.

What Information Do We Collect?

When you visit our site you may provide us with two types of information: personal information you actively choose to disclose (“Active Information”); and use information collected, in a way not visible to you, on an aggregate anonymous basis as you and others browse our site ("Passive Information").

Active Information Collected

We receive and store much of the information you enter on our website or provide to us in any other way. You can choose not to provide us with certain information, but then you may not be able to take advantage of many of our special features.

Registration: In order for you to take advantage of certain services provided on the Site, we may require to complete a registration form.  As part of this registration form, we may require select personal information, including your full name, city, state and e-mail address.  To allow you to express yourself beyond just the information collected during registration, we enable you to provide additional information, such as your name, your address, your email address, a Site Account screen name, etc. In addition, you may choose to include photos of yourself or images of your choosing in your Site Account profile. As indicated below, in the section titled "Sharing Your Information", you can control how this information is displayed and used.

VA Benefits Calculator: We do not store any Active Information that you provide us in connection with your use of the VA Benefits Calculator.  Other Active Information would include any other information volunteered by you, such as survey information.

Passive Information Collected

We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with us.  The American Legion and its authorized agents automatically receive and record certain “traffic data” on their server logs from your browser including your IP address, relevant cookie information, and the page you requested. The American Legion uses this traffic data to help diagnose problems with its servers, analyze trends and administer the website.

How Do We Use the Information Collected?

Broadly speaking, persons we employ directly, or as contractors or agents at our direction, use Active Information for purposes of administering our business activities and providing customer services such as support.  Active information is not shared with other organizations unless authorized by The American Legion for the benefit of our members and site users.  We may use your Active Information to send emails to you with related news, products, offers, surveys, promotions, information, and notify you about updates to the Site. If at any time you do not wish to receive such emails from us, please send us an email at cs@legion.org.

We use Passive Information to gather information about our users and to enhance and design the Site to make it easier, faster and friendlier to use. We do not connect any Passive information to your personal information or email address.  The Passive information we collect is used for internal review to improve the content of our Site.
The American Legion will use personal information only in ways that are compatible with the purposes for which it was collected or subsequently authorized by you.  The American Legion will take reasonable steps to ensure that personal information is relevant to its intended use, accurate, complete and current.  The personal information you provide to The American Legion will be retained only for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes for which the information was collected or as required by law.

Your Information In Relation to Others We Link To

You are able to access other websites through The American Legion site(s). When you do so you are doing so subject to their policies regarding privacy and data collection and you should read those sites' privacy policies to make sure you agree to them before using such sites. When you choose to access such sites, you should read their privacy policies to make sure you agree to them.

Sharing Information with Advertisers or Other Third Parties

We may disclose anonymous information about user habits, characteristics and user patterns, based on aggregate user statistics to advertisers on our site.  We will not rent or sell your personal information to anyone and will share your personal information only as described below.

  • The American Legion Personnel: Our personnel and authorized consultants and/or contractors may have access to user information if necessary in the normal course of business.
  • Business Transfers: In some cases, we may choose to buy or sell assets. In these types of transactions, user information is typically one of the business assets that is transferred. Moreover, if The American Legion, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, user information would be one of the assets that may be transferred.
  • Protection of The American Legion and Others: We may release personal information when we believe in good faith that release is necessary to comply with a law; to enforce or apply our Terms of Use and other policies; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of The American Legion, our employees, our users, or others.
  • Site Account information: Information collected during registration and subsequent visits, such as your full name and location, may be displayed to other Site users in your Site Account profile.  The Site Account profile is the area on the Site where we allow you to tell other Site users about yourself and your interests. You may control what personal information is displayed in your Site Account profile.
  • Member Directory: The email address that you submit upon registration may be searchable by other Site users who know you by your email address, unless you choose to opt out of this feature. This is primarily so that other users can find you and connect with you through the Site. You may opt-out of this feature by visiting the Privacy Settings section of your Site Account profile.
  • With Your Consent: Except as noted above, we will contact you when your personal information is shared with third parties or used for a purpose incompatible with the purpose(s) for which it was originally collected, and you will be able to opt out to prevent the sharing of this information.

How Do We Secure Active Information and Passive Information?

We secure your personal information submitted by you by using reasonable efforts to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, or accidental loss or destruction of Active Information and Passive Information.  Communications that you may have with us via email or U.S. Mail may not be secure unless we advise you that security measures are in place prior to your sending information.  Therefore, if you choose to communicate with us through these means, you are assuming the risk of doing so and we request that you do not send or post sensitive information through these means.

You can access, update, or delete information in your Site Account profile at any time by logging in to the Site. Once you have logged in, you can update your name, e-mail, password, and/or change your address.  You can ask us whether we are keeping personal data about you by sending an email to cs@legion.org.  We may require proof of you identity before we provide this information and we reserve the right to refuse to provide you with a copy of your personal data under reasonable circumstances, but will give reasons for our refusal.