Last Edited on May 31, 2018

Insuring the privacy of our readers and supporters, and being transparent about the data we store and how that data is used and protected, is sacred to CalMatters. We have updated our privacy policy with those core values in mind and we welcome feedback and questions.

This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their ‘Personally identifiable information’ (PII) is being used online. PII, as used in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with our website. Our policy has been updated in accordance to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.

Does CALmatters sell any of your personal data to third-party organizations?

No. Never.

What personal information we collect and how we use it

  • EMAIL: CalMatters collects a user’s email if the user chooses to sign up for one of our newsletters. Your email is stored by Mailchimp, our newsletter provider, so we may send you the products you asked for. When distributing our newsletters, we follow the regulations defined under the CAN-SPAM Act, which allows users an easily way to unsubscribe from our newsletters.
  • DONATIONS: When you make a donation to CalMatters, we use Stripe as the method of transaction. Donor information such as email address, name, and physical address is stored in Salesforce. We do not store any sensitive data such as credit card information in Salesforce.
  • ANALYTICS: CalMatters uses Google Analytics to track user behavior on our website, mainly through the use of cookies (see below). That data typically includes details like what browser and device you use, your interaction with pages on our website, your city, state and country as defined by the ISP service you use, and in some cases basic demographic data like gender, interests, and age. That data is currently stored indefinitely. We also use Facebook Pixel to track how users from that platform interact with the website. We use this information in order to improve and customize your browsing experience and for analytics and metrics about our visitors both on this website and other media.

Do we use ‘cookies’?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. This includes your preferences based on previous or current site activity, which enables us to provide you with improved services. We also use cookies to help us compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

Users can elect not to have data stored as cookies on their browser by changing their browser settings. If you disable cookies, some website features may be disabled or impacted.

How does our site handle do not track signals?

We honor do not track signals and do not track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place, like AdBlock or Privacy Badger. However, use of those kinds of browser extensions may impact interaction with our website.

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the information below.
1017 L St, #261
Sacramento, California 95814
United States