Privacy Policy

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia has created this privacy statement to inform site visitors of the ACLU’s data collection and storage practices, and guidelines for use of visitor data. The following statements detail information gathering and dissemination practices for the ACLU of Virginia’s Website, located at and any other associated sites using the domain.

User Tracking And Data Capture Practices

Our servers collect and aggregate user information site-wide, including anonymous site statistics, such as the number of views of each page. We log domain names and/or IP addresses of visitors (such as,,, etc.), which permits us to know “where” visitors are from, or what access service they use, without knowing their individual identities. Because we do not require users to register with us, this “host level” tracking is our primary basis for assessing traffic patterns.

The ACLU of Virginia may collect some data through the use of cookies.  Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that are transferred to your computer’s hard drive and either stored permanently for future access by the transferor (“Long-term cookies”) or temporarily to facilitate the transferor’s website analysis and functionality (“Short-term cookies”) or that are transferred temporarily to your computer’s Random Access Memory (“Session Cookies”).

The ACLU of Virginia website does not use any long-term cookies that are automatically written to your computer’s hard drive or retained by the ACLU of Virginia or our vendors.  We may, however, use session cookies for our website traffic analytics application.  We may also use session cookies in e-mails containing the HTML-format.  If you select the “text-only” format preference, emails sent to you will not contain session cookies.

We may use short-term cookies to facilitate some of our website analysis and functionality.  Please note that some elective, third-party functionality on the ACLU of Virginia site may also use cookies.

On some pages, users can sign up to receive additional information by e-mail through an e-mail subscription service (as discussed below), or by other means, including postal mail. Personal information that has been volunteered to us may also be combined with data from third parties, such as Congressional district maps, to improve our services to members. No such combining will be done for marketing purposes.

We may at some point share user information, including e-mail addresses, with our national office for the above named purposes. Website visitor information is not shared or exchanged with other parties.

E-mail addresses of visitors and members are never exchanged with other organizations.

E-News and Grassroots Lobbying List

By joining our E-News and/or Grassroots Lobbying list, you will receive periodic e-mails informing you of ACLU of Virginia activities or actions that you can take in the defense of civil liberties. You can join this list by signing up online. We will use the mail address that you provide to assign your e-mail address to the proper legislative districts. Both your e-mail and your mailing address will be used exclusively for the purpose of sending you e-mail from the ACLU. You will not be contacted in any other way, nor will your information be offered to a third-party.

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Richmond, Virginia 23219

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