UFA Submission Statement and Privacy Policy

The UFA is a non-profit advocacy organization representing the health, safety and interests of New York City Firefighters and the citizens they are sworn to protect. Persons or entities submitting content for review, consideration and possible publication or rebroadcast online or in print form are aware that any use may include increasing awareness and understanding of the dangerous and vital work that New York City Firefighters perform. By using the Website, and/or its products, you agree to The Terms of Use and the following Privacy and Submission Policies.

Submission Policy
The UFA welcomes submissions (letters to the editor, photos and video). By submitting a photo, video or other content to www.ufanyc.org you are attesting that you have copyright and ownership rights or authority to do so, and grant www.ufanyc.org and or its affiliates and partners unlimited use of said video, photographic images or editorial content.

Privacy Policy
At www.ufanyc.org (the "Website"), we know how visitors like you value your privacy, and have created this privacy policy to ensure that you understand our policies and procedures: what personal information we collect, and how we use such personal information. We are committed to protecting the privacy of users of the Website. UFA and any entity or person directly or indirectly owning a controlling interest in, or owned or controlled by, UFA, are referred to herein as "we," "us," or "our." Website users are referred to herein as "you." Except as disclosed in this Privacy Policy, we will not sell, share, license, trade, or rent your personal information to others. We may amend this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we do so, we will post any changes here, so please refer back to this Privacy Policy on a regular basis. Any changes will apply only to information collected after the change is posted. By using the Website, and/or the Products provided thereon, you agree to the terms of the following Privacy Policy.

1. Types of Information Collected: We collect two types of information from users of the Website: personally identifiable information described below, and non-personally identifiable information such as information about traffic patterns on the Website.

2. Personally Identifiable Information ("PII"): This is information that identifies you individually, or can be used to identify or contact you. PII may include your name, address, email address telephone number and birth date. We may request PII from you on occasion when you sign up for various offers made on the Website from time to time, or in connection with other Products on the Website. We collect PII only if you personally submit it to us. You don't have to provide us with this information in order to visit the Website. However, if you choose to withhold PII, you may not be able to visit some areas, such as the Members Only Area. Unless you give us permission to do so, we will not sell, share, license, trade or rent your PII other than as specified in this Privacy Policy.

3. UFA's Use of Information Collected: In general, we use your information to help understand who uses the Website and the products and how they are used, to personalize your experience of the Website. We may use your PII to respond to your questions or comments, or to send you service announcements or updates regarding the Website and/or the Products. We may also contact you via postal mail regarding these matters, unless you notify us through the opt-out procedure described below that you no longer wish to receive these communications. We may also use your information to perform statistical analyses or to evaluate and improve our Products and our Website; and we may share your personal information with our affiliates and business successors, technical consultants, third party auditors or other third parties who make the Website available, enhance its functionality or provide associated services such as billing and/or who deal with you in processing your orders and/or delivering content, samples, products, services and gifts and prizes. Please note that we reserve the right to transfer your PII and other information to our successors in business.

4. Non-Personally Identifiable Information ("NPII"): In some cases, we may collect NPII. Examples of this type of information include the type of internet browser you are using, the type of computer operating system application software you are using, peripherals you are using, and the domain name of the website from which you linked to the Website. We use NPII on an aggregated basis to do such things as enhance the operation of the Website, operate the Website, and deliver advertising from the Website. We may share NPII with third parties for advertising, promotional and other purposes.

5. Disclosure of Information to Third Parties: We may disclose information if we believe in good faith that we are required to do so in order to comply with an applicable statute, regulation, rule or law, a subpoena, a search warrant, a court or regulatory order, or other valid legal process. We may disclose PII in special circumstances when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be violating our Terms and Conditions or our Subscription Agreement, or to protect the safety and/or security of our users, the Website, or the general public. We may provide NPII to third parties. For example, we might inform third parties regarding the number of unique users to the Website, the demographic breakdown of users of the Website, or the activities that users engage in on the Website. The third parties to which we may provide this (NPII) information may include potential or actual advertisers, providers of advertising services, commercial partners, sponsors, licensees, researchers, and other similar parties including contractors working on the Website In addition, we may share your PII (including, to the extent permitted by law, any demographic information you provide to us like zip code, age, gender, marital status, movie preferences, etc.), with certain third parties with whom we do business (including for example, our content providers and clients), so that such third parties may contact you regarding products, services, offers, or other information we think you may find valuable. These third parties may also use the information to generate aggregate reports and market research, or for other purposes. If you would rather not have us share this information with third parties, just notify the ufanyc.org webmaster. Make sure you notify us for each account or email address you have left with us. Information obtained through the Website may be intermingled with and used in conjunction with information obtained through sources other than the Website, including both online and offline sources.

6. Third Party Sellers: Through the Website, you may be given the opportunity to purchase, or to obtain more information about, certain content, products or services which are sold through a person or company other than us ("Third Party Sellers"). Third Party Sellers may request that you submit certain information to them in order to purchase their products or services or to obtain additional information from them. You do not have to submit this information or purchase any products or services from Third party Sellers in order to access the Website. By submitting the requested information, you affirmatively consent to have that information shared with the Third Party Seller. This information will be used by the Third Party Seller, and may be subject to a different privacy policy. We do not otherwise share or disclose your PII to Third Party Sellers.

7. Cookies: We reserve the right to use cookie technology. A cookie is a small data file that certain websites write to your hard drive when you visit them. A cookie file can contain various types of information, including a user ID that the website uses to track which pages you've visited. We may use cookies to enhance your experience on the Website, to determine user traffic patterns, and for other purposes. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies; however, you can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or indicate when a cookie is being sent, or you can flush your browser of cookies from time to time. (Note: you may need to consult the help area of your browser application for instructions.) If you choose to disable your cookies setting or refuse to accept a cookie, however, you may not be able to access all areas of the Website.

8. Opt-Out Procedures: You have the right to opt out of receiving unsolicited information from the Website. This opt out messaging will appear at the bottom of every unsolicited email that is sent by the Website. We also give you the option to remove your information from our database completely. If you no longer wish to use the Website or to receive any form of unsolicited direct contact from us, whether it is email, discounts, newsletters, or other promotional offers or materials, or want us to delete your PII from our data records (except with respect to billing matters), you may Contact Us. We are not responsible for removing your PII from third party lists or databases or any kind. Please note that we reserve the right to keep any PII or NPII submitted or collected until you delete or modify it, or until we choose to delete it, for business reasons such as obsolescence.

9. Reviewing or Changing Your Information: In order to ensure that the information we maintain is accurate, we give users the option to change or modify their information previously provided. If you would like to change your information currently in our database, please Contact Us. We are not responsible for updating information contained in third-party lists or databases.

10. Security: We work to protect the security of your information during transmission by using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software, which encrypts information you submit. Please note that no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure. As a result, we cannot guarantee the security of the information you transmit via our online services.

11. Protection for Children: The Website is not intended for the use of those under the age of 18. Furthermore, we have no intention of collecting PII from children (i,e, individuals under the age of 13). Where appropriate, we take reasonable measures to inform children not to submit such information to the Website or in response to advertisements. If a child has provided us with PII, that child's parent or guardian should contact Customer Service with a letter marked "Privacy - Urgent" at: Uniformed Firefighter's Association, 204 East 23rd Street, NY, NY 10010, and indicate therein that they would like the information submitted by the child deleted from our database. We will use all reasonable efforts to delete such information from our database.

12. Your Consent: You may have certain rights under the Communications Act, Federal Trade Commission Act, and other state and federal statutes that may apply, and by accepting these terms you are waiving all of these rights as to collection, use, disclosure and storage of your PII and NPII as described above. By using the Website and/ or providing PII and NPII thereto, you also authorize the export of PII to the USA, and its storage and use as specified above. Our headquarters is in the USA in the State of New York. This policy and our legal obligations hereunder are subject to the laws of the State of New York, and of the USA, regardless of the location of any user. Any claims or complaints must be filed in the USA in the State of New York, County of New York.

13. Contacting Us: If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of the Website, or your dealings with the Website, please Contact Us Here.

14. Advertising Disclaimer: The Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York (Local 94), its agents, subsidiaries, management, employees, members, Board members, representatives, assigns, and members working as independent contractors on its website ("Website") with a URL of www.UFANYC.org or www.ufalocal94.org (collectively "Union"), make no representation(s) to any user ("User") of the Website concerning any text or other content provided by advertisers or sponsors at the Website, or on any other websites listed in or linked to by advertisements or sponsorships appearing on the Website. Union accepts no liability for any direct, indirect, incidental, punitive or consequential damages of any kind whatsoever, however arising, including liability for negligence, for any loss resulting from the use of, or reliance upon, any information on the Website, including liability for the accuracy, availability, reliability or appropriateness to the User's purposes of any content on the Website, including with respect to content submitted by advertisers and sponsors on or of the Website. By using the Website, User hereby acknowledges that the provisions of this section shall apply to all content on the Website. However, the Union reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted advertisement or sponsorship from any advertiser or sponsor for any reason or no reason. The Union cannot guarantee that advertisements or sponsorships submitted for display on the Website will be reviewed or processed.

The Union does not attempt to investigate or verify claims, including claims of capability, benefits, or compensation made in advertisements or sponsorships appearing on the Website, and material submitted by advertisers or sponsors on or of the Website is not guaranteed to be correct, complete, or up to date. The content of advertisements or sponsorships posted on the Website is for information purposes only and must not be relied on as a substitute for professional or legal advice.

The appearance of advertising or sponsorship language on the Website in no way implies endorsement or approval by Union of any claims made by the advertiser or sponsor, nor does it constitute approval by Union of an advertiser or sponsor's brand, products, services, or any of the websites or services that may be linked to by an advertiser or sponsor via content and/or advertisements submitted by said advertiser or sponsor for inclusion on the Website. Information provided in advertisements and sponsorships appearing on the Website does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Union. The Union encourages discretion while reviewing advertisements.

The Union respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects its advertisers and sponsors to do the same. Any intellectual property appearing in advertising or sponsorship content displayed on the Website without appropriate permissions from its owner(s) should be reported to the management of the Website, along with a submission of appropriate documentation of ownership of the intellectual property alleged to be infringed. After receipt of said documentation, Union will inform an advertiser or sponsor that the unpermitted content will be removed from the Website pending a showing by the advertiser or sponsor that appropriate permissions have been secured from the owner of the intellectual property rights in question.

By using the Website, and/or its Products, you agree to The Terms of Use and this Privacy Policy.