I. Information Collection & Use
Minimum Age Requirements
The minimum age to register for The Congressional Award is thirteen-and-a-half (13 ½) years of age. Our website is not directed at individuals under thirteen (13) years of age and we do not permit registration by or knowingly collect any personal information from such individuals.
If you choose to register for The Congressional Award online by using our website, we require that you provide certain personal information, including your name, address, email, phone, and gender. We also require that you submit the name and contact information of your Advisor. The required information is necessary to process your application and to contact you and your Advisor regarding The Congressional Award.
If you wish to subscribe to The Congressional Award mailing list (“Newsletter”), we require that you provide certain personal information including your name, email address, and state.
Out of respect for your privacy, you have the option of unsubscribing from the Newsletter. To unsubscribe please use the “unsubscribe” link embedded in each issue of the Newsletter sent to the email address you used to subscribe.
Use of Information
We will use the personal information you submit on this website to register you for and communicate with you about The Congressional Award. The personal information you submit on behalf of your Advisor will only be used for purposes related to The Congressional Award. Information about you and your participation in The Congressional Award program may be publicized by The Congressional Award Foundation.
The personal information you provide when subscribing to the Newsletter is used to email you communications.
II. Information Sharing & Disclosure
Third Parties Related to the United States Congress
The Congressional Award program was established by Public Law 96-114, The Congressional Award Act of 1979, as amended (“Congressional Award Act”). By registering for The Congressional Award, you authorize The Congressional Award Foundation, as the administrator of The Congressional Award program, to share the personal information you submit in your registration with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and The Congressional Award National Board of Directors. Pursuant to The Congressional Award Act, The Congressional Award Foundation is required to provide certain reports to Congress which may include your personal information. The Congressional Award Foundation is also subject to audits by the Comptroller General of the United States (“Comptroller General”) and such audits may require us to permit the Comptroller General to access records which may include your personal information.
We use a third party to distribute the Newsletter and to host this website. When you register online for The Congressional Award or subscribe to the Newsletter, we share your personal information with these third parties only to the extent necessary for the third parties to provide these services on behalf of The Congressional Award Foundation.
Other Third Parties
Aside from sharing your personal information with the entities listed above, we will only share your personal information with certain third parties after receiving your authorization. The third parties with whom we may share your information are listed on our Partners webpage. We will not share your personal information with such third parties unless you authorize us to do so by checking the opt-in box that appears when you register online for The Congressional Award using this website.
We do not and will not sell to third parties the personal information you provide when registering for The Congressional Award. We do not sell to or share with third parties the personal information you provide us when subscribing to the Newsletter, nor do we share Advisor information with third parties.
Links to Other Websites
Our website contains links to other websites that are not owned or controlled by The Congressional Award Foundation or The Congressional Award National Board of Directors. These websites may or may not have their own privacy policies. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other websites. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each website that collects personal information, as their policies may differ from ours.
Security of Personal Information
We use reasonable precautions to protect the personal information you provide us through our website and to store it securely. To prevent unauthorized use, access to your personal information is reasonably restricted to employees of The Congressional Award Foundation and the webmaster of this website. In addition, access to your personal information is password protected for security. The servers on which we store personal information are kept in a reasonably secure environment.
We reserve the right to disclose your personal information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect the rights of The Congressional Award Foundation and The Congressional Award National Board of Directors, and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on The Congressional Award Foundation.
IV. Contacting The Congressional Award
Changes to Personal Information
If your personal information changes, you may update or correct that information by emailing or writing to The Congressional Award Foundation. Email requests should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Written requests should be sent to The Congressional Award Foundation, PO Box 77440, Washington, DC 20013.
You may unsubscribe from the Newsletter by using the “unsubscribe” link found in each issue of the Newsletter delivered to the email address with which you subscribed.
Effective Date: October 31, 2006.