When you make a donation, visit our website, open our emails, or just talk with Northern Plains, you tell us personal information about you. You deserve to know how we use it.
- what information we collect from you
- why we collect it
- how we use that information
- how we share that information
- how you can change how we collect information and communicate with you
We’ve tried to keep this policy as simple as possible, but, if you’re not familiar with technology terms such as “cookies,” you can learn about them here. https://iapp.org/resources/glossary/. If you have any questions about the policy, please contact us by e-mail at email@example.com or by calling us at (406) 248-1154.
We encourage you to read this policy carefully. Please note that this policy is part of our website Terms of Service. And please do not use our services or provide personal information to us if you do not accept all the terms of this policy. Using the site or giving us information means you are agreeing to this policy.
What does personal information mean?
Personal information is non-public information that personally identifies you. This includes your name, address, email address, and phone number. It may also include information such instructions you give us about how we communicate with you.
How do we collect information about you?
Information you provide to us
We collect personal information you give to us directly. For example, we collect it:
- when you talk to us in phone calls, emails, or in meetings with our staff
- when you become a member of Northern Plains
- when you apply for employment
- when you access northernplains.org or any of our websites, networks, or apps through your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone
The information we collect from you this way can vary widely, from information about your address or phone number to a new e-mail address.
Information we collect automatically when you use our online services
We may automatically record certain information when you use our online services through your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone. This may include your:
- IP address or other device address or ID
- web browser and/or device type
- the features of the apps you use
- the web pages or sites that you visit just before or just after you use our
- the pages or other content you view or otherwise interact with on our
- the dates and times that you visit, access, or use our services
- We may also collect information about your interactions with our email
- messages, such as whether you opened, clicked on, or forwarded a message.
We provide more information below about how we use technologies to automatically collect information.
Information we collect from other sources
We may collect personal and non-personal information from third parties such as The Montana Secretary of State.
For example, we’ll see your voting history and any publicly available information you provided when registering to vote.
How do we use personal information we collect?
We use personal information to provide better service to you and to improve our operations.
For service reasons
We use personal information to:
- provide you with services
- respond to your requests and questions
- resolve disputes, collect dues and donations, and troubleshoot problems
For learning about our users
We use automatically-collected information to learn about usage trends and preferences of our users. This helps us:
- personalize our services
- personalize our communications
- keep track of how users provide information to us online
- monitor the use of our online services generally, such as the number of users and which pages they use
- generally do a better job for our users
We gather automatically-collected information from all our online users, not just you.
When do we share your information?
We do not share your personal information with organizations or individuals outside of Northern Plains except as follows:
For service reasons
If you become a member of Northern Plains or are subscribed to any of our organizational e-mail lists, you may occasionally receive communication from other like-minded organizations when we work together with them in a coalition, (i.e. on bills of common interest at the state legislature). However, all such information is shared through a third party contract which specifies that the use shall be for a one-time-only specific issue-oriented purpose approved by Northern Plains in advance. This contract specifically prohibits the use of information you provide to us for fundraising or additional use by the organizations in question. Northern Plains aggressively enforces this contract. You may opt-out of receiving these communications at any time via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (406) 248-1154.
Northern Plains Resource Council is a member of the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC). As a WORC member group, all members of Northern Plains are also members of WORC. As a result, WORC will periodically communicate with its members via email, text, phone, or mail for purposes of issue action, fundraising, or other program-related activities.
Northern Plains does not otherwise sell, exchange, trade, or make available its membership or e-mail lists outside of the organization.
For legal reasons
We may share personal information with:
- Law enforcement agencies, courts, or others when legally required, such as under a subpoena, court order, bankruptcy action, or other legal process, or to cooperate with law enforcement or other governmental officials
- Third parties when we believe it is appropriate to take precautions against liability, protect ourselves against unlawful activity, investigate and defend against third-party claims, protect the security and integrity of our operations, protect our property, enforce our legal rights, or protect the safety and rights of others
- Generally, we limit the information we share to that which is reasonably necessary for these third parties to perform specific functions.
Can you make changes in how we collect and use information, and how we communicate with you?
There are a variety of ways for you to change how we collect and use your information, and how we communicate with you. As described below, you may:
- choose not to provide us with information
- update your information
- opt-out of one or more forms of communication from us
- limit how we collect information automatically
- disable location services on your mobile device
Here is more information about your choices:
Not providing information
You may choose not to share certain personal information with us. That is entirely up to you. Not sharing some information may mean that we will not be able to provide you with some services, products, and online capabilities.
Updating your information
We want to keep our personal information accurate and up to date. If you have any questions about what personal information we have about you, or you wish to access or change any personal information, you may contact us at email@example.com or (406-248-1154
Opting out of marketing emails, texts, mail, phone calls or faxes
We may send communications to you in a variety of ways, including emails, texts, regular mail, and phone calls. If you do not wish to receive one or more of these types of communications from, you may so instruct us by following directions that are provided in the communication.
Please be aware that if you opt out of receiving email from us or otherwise modify the nature or frequency of marketing communications you receive from us, it may take up to 10 business days for us to process your request. In addition, even after you opt out from receiving some messages, you will continue to receive administrative messages from us.
Changing how information is collected automatically
As discussed later in this policy, you can make adjustments in the settings of the web browsers on your device to modify your cookie settings. This affects how information is collected automatically when you use your device.
Turning on location services on your mobile device
When you download or use our mobile applications, or access one of our mobile optimized sites, we may receive information about your location and your mobile device, including a unique identifier for your device.
Most mobile devices allow you to control or disable location services on the device’s setting menu. If you have questions about how to disable your device’s location services, we recommend you contact your mobile service carrier or the manufacturer of your device.
How do we protect your personal information?
We use physical, administrative, and technical safeguards to protect personal information:
- We use safeguards such as firewalls, data encryption, physical access controls to our computers, and authorization controls for information access
- We review and update our information collection, storage, and processing practices, including physical security measures, to help guard against unauthorized access We cannot, however, ensure or warrant the security of any personal Information, and you provide information to us with that understanding. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures on our services. Even after information posted on our websites is removed, caching and archiving services may have saved that information, and other users or third parties may have copied or stored the information. If we learn of a security systems breach, then we may attempt to notify you so that you can take appropriate protective steps.
- We may also post a notice on our websites if a security breach occurs
When you use our websites, we may send one or more cookies to your device. Cookies can be used to follow your activity on the website. That information helps us to understand your preferences and improve your website experience. Please review your web browser “Help” file to learn the proper way to modify
your cookie settings. Please note that if you delete, or choose not to accept, cookies from our websites, you may not be able to use the features of our websites to their fullest potential.
We may use third-party buttons (such as Facebook “like” or “share” buttons) that allow third parties to collect information about you through their browser cookies, even when you do not interact with the button. Information collected through web beacons and buttons is collected directly by these third parties. Northern Plains does not participate in that data transmission. Information collected by a third party in this manner is subject to that third party’s own data collection, use, and disclosure policies.
When does this policy apply?
This policy applies to your relationship with Northern Plains and its affiliates, if any, including both your personal and online interactions with us. This policy does not apply to services offered by other nonprofits, businesses, or individuals, including other sites linked to our sites or that you hear about from us. Information you provide to third parties is provided directly to them, not us. It is subject to their policies, if any, governing privacy and security, even if accessed through our sites. For clarity, we are not responsible for the content or privacy and security practices and policies of those third-party sites or services, or for their products or services. We encourage you to learn about third parties’ privacy and security policies before providing them with information.
We do not want to collect information from children. Do not provide any personal information unless you are at least 13 years of age, and please caution your children not to provide any. If a child under 13 has provided personal information, a parent or guardian may alert us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will, subject to applicable law and other provisions of this policy, use commercially reasonable efforts to delete it from our database.
If you use our services from the European Union or other regions of the world with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law, you should know you are transferring your personal information outside of those regions to the United States for storage and processing.
Changes and updates to this policy
We may change this policy at any time. For example, as technologies, laws, or user needs change, our websites and its features may also change. We will communicate these changes to you by posting them on our websites and/or by notifying you through email.
Terms and conditions
Your California privacy rights
Under California Civil Code Section 1798.83, California users are entitled to request information relating to whether a business has disclosed personal information to any third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. As explained elsewhere in this policy, Northern Plains will not sell or transfer your personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes without your consent.
This policy is intended to supplement any federal and state laws applicable to us relating to the privacy of information we obtain from our borrowers and others.
Questions and instructions
Please contact us with any questions or comments about this policy, your personal information, our use and disclosure practices, or your consent choices by email at email@example.com.
Northern Plains Resource Council
220 S. 27th Suite A
Billings, MT 59101
You may also call us at (406) 248-1154.