User Agreement

Effective as of: May 11, 2021

Welcome to the general website for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and the American Civil Liberties Foundation of Northern California (collectively, "ACLU NorCal" “we” or “us”). The ACLU NorCal Site is the website whose home page is located at and includes all web pages whose domain name contains the following: and some pages of where a link to this User Agreement exists. The ACLU NorCal also operates other websites that don’t contain these domain names.This User Agreement does not apply to those websites (unless those websites specifically link to this User Agreement) and the terms of the user agreements for those other ACLU NorCal websites may differ from the terms of this User Agreement. Additionally, this is not the user agreement for any blogs, forums or social networking sites where ACLU NorCal has a presence that are on websites other than the ACLU NorCal Site. This is not the user agreement for the websites of the national operations of the ACLU, The American Civil Liberties Union or the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (“ACLU National”) or for any ACLU local affiliates other than ACLU NorCal, and you should refer to the user agreement on those organizations’ websites or contact those organizations to learn those websites’ terms of use. Please read this User Agreement carefully, including the ACLU NorCal Online Privacy Statement. By using the ACLU NorCal Site, you agree to follow the rules set forth on these web pages. From time to time we may revise this User Agreement including its Online Privacy Statement, so be sure to check these web pages occasionally. If we do make material changes, we will post a notice on our home page that the User Agreement has been modified and provide a link to the revised User Agreement. When you continue to use the ACLU NorCal Site after we post a change, it means you agree to the new rules.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and the American Civil Liberties Foundation of Northern California are separate organizations that are each engaged in the same mission of defending the rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution, including First Amendment freedoms, equality, privacy rights and fundamental fairness. To learn more about the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and the American Civil Liberties Foundation of Northern California and the different activities carried on by each organization, read more here.

1. Use of Our Site

A. Eligibility

This is a contract between you and ACLU NorCal. You must read and agree to these terms before using the Site. If you do not agree, you may not use the Site. You may use the Site only if you can form a binding contract with ACLU NorCal, and only in compliance with this Agreement and all applicable local, state, national, and international laws, rules and regulations. Any use or access to the Site by anyone under 13 is strictly prohibited and in violation of this Agreement. The Site is not available to any Users previously removed from the Site by ACLU NorCal.

B. Access to the Site

Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, you are hereby granted a non-exclusive, limited, non-transferable, freely revocable license to use the Site for your personal, noncommercial use only and as permitted by the features of the Site. ACLU NorCal reserves all rights not expressly granted herein in the Site and the ACLU NorCal Content (defined below). ACLU NorCal may terminate this license at any time for any reason or no reason.

If you would like to make donations to ACLU National or its affiliate organizations, such as ACLU NorCal, follow the instructions on the Site and you will be redirected accordingly. From time to time, we may also accept payment for ticket sales and the like through ACLU National and/or its third-party service providers. Unless otherwise set forth on the ACLU National User Agreement, once a payment is made, the transaction is final and nonrefundable, and cannot be disputed or reversed unless it was made fraudulently. If you become aware of any fraudulent use of your payment method, you should report this to the applicable operator in accordance with their reporting rules. When you make a payment, we may need to verify your identity or the details you have given us; you agree that you will provide such information or documents as we reasonably request from time to time to enable us to do so. Additional terms and conditions provided by our third-party service providers and/or ACLU National or other ACLU NorCal affiliate organizations may apply to such donations and shall apply in addition to this Agreement.

C. Site Rules

You agree not to engage in any of the following prohibited activities: (i) copying, distributing, or disclosing any part of the Site in any medium, including without limitation by any automated or non-automated “scraping”; (ii) using any automated system, including without limitation “robots,” “spiders,” “offline readers,” etc., to access the Site in a manner that sends more request messages to the ACLU NorCal servers than a human can reasonably produce in the same period of time by using a conventional on-line web browser (except that ACLU NorCal grants the operators of public search engines revocable permission to use spiders to copy publicly available materials from for the sole purpose of and solely to the extent necessary for creating publicly available searchable indices of the materials, but not caches or archives of such materials); (iii) transmitting spam, chain letters, or other unsolicited email; (iv) attempting to interfere with, compromise the system integrity or security or decipher any transmissions to or from the servers running the Site; (v) taking any action that imposes, or may impose at our sole discretion an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure; (vi) uploading invalid data, viruses, worms, or other software agents through the Site; (vii) collecting or harvesting any personally identifiable information, including account names, from the Site; (viii) using the Site for any commercial solicitation purposes; (ix) impersonating another person or otherwise misrepresenting your affiliation with a person or entity, conducting fraud, hiding or attempting to hide your identity; (x) interfering with the proper working of the Site; (xi) accessing any content on the Site through any technology or means other than those provided or authorized by the Site; or (xii) bypassing the measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to the Site, including without limitation features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any content or enforce limitations on use of the Site or the content therein.

Accessing any audiovisual content that may be available on the Site for any purpose or in any manner other than Streaming (as defined below) is expressly prohibited unless explicitly permitted by the functionality of the Site. “Streaming” means a contemporaneous digital transmission of an audiovisual work via the Internet from the Site to a User’s device in such a manner that the data is intended for real-time viewing and not intended to be copied, stored, permanently downloaded, or redistributed by the User.

We may, without prior notice, change the Site; stop providing the Site or features of the Site, to you or to Users generally; or create usage limits for the Site. We may permanently or temporarily terminate or suspend your access to the Site without notice and liability for any reason, including if in our sole determination you violate any provision of this Agreement, or for no reason. Upon termination for any reason or no reason, you continue to be bound by this Agreement.

You are solely responsible for your interactions with other ACLU NorCal Users. We reserve the right, but have no obligation, to monitor disputes between you and other Users. ACLU NorCal shall have no liability for your interactions with other Users, or for any User’s action or inaction.

2. Our Proprietary Rights

The Site and all materials therein or transferred thereby, including, without limitation, software, images, text, graphics, illustrations, logos, patents, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, photographs, audio, videos, music, and content belonging to other Users (the “ACLU NorCal Content”), and all Intellectual Property Rights related thereto, are the exclusive property of ACLU NorCal and its licensors. Except as explicitly provided herein, nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to create a license in or under any such Intellectual Property Rights, and you agree not to sell, license, rent, modify, distribute, copy, reproduce, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, publish, adapt, edit or create derivative works from any ACLU NorCal Content. Use of the ACLU NorCal Content for any purpose not expressly permitted by this Agreement is strictly prohibited.

You may choose to or we may invite you to submit comments or ideas about the Site, including without limitation about how to improve the Site or our products (“Ideas”). By submitting any Idea, you agree that your disclosure is gratuitous, unsolicited and without restriction and will not place ACLU NorCal under any fiduciary or other obligation, and that we are free to use the Idea without any additional compensation to you, and/or to disclose the Idea on a non-confidential basis or otherwise to anyone. You further acknowledge that, by acceptance of your submission, ACLU NorCal does not waive any rights to use similar or related Ideas previously known to ACLU NorCal, or developed by its employees, or obtained from sources other than you.

3. No Professional Advice

We may make available to you from time to time through our websites, social media accounts, and other venues general legal information, such as our “Know Your Rights” series of articles and other similar content. While this content concerns legal issues, because such content is general in nature, it is not intended to, and does not constitute, legal advice, recommendations, mediation or counseling, and you should not act or rely on any such content without seeking the advice of a competent attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction. We do not warrant or guarantee the accurateness, completeness, adequacy, or currency of the information contained in or linked to in any content we provide. Changes in law or circumstances may occur after the date of publication, which may render information displayed inaccurate. Further, such content may contain descriptions of matters in which we successfully represented our clients. Such content is not intended to be predictive of future results, even in similar circumstances, or offer any guarantee or assurance of outcome. The information provided in such content does not necessarily reflect the opinions of our clients or partners.

Our provision of such content, and your use of it, does not create an attorney-client relationship, nor does our receipt of any email or electronic communication sent by or for you through or in connection with such content. If you desire to receive legal advice from us, please refer to our “Get Help” page and follow the directions provided there.

4. Privacy

We care about the privacy of our Users. You understand that by using the Site you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personally identifiable information and aggregate data as set forth in our Privacy Policy, and to have your personally identifiable information collected, used, transferred to and processed in the United States.

5. Security

ACLU NorCal cares about the integrity and security of your personal information. However, we cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will never be able to defeat our security measures or use your personal information for improper purposes. You acknowledge that you provide your personal information at your own risk.

6. Third-Party Links and Information

The Site may contain links to third-party materials that are not owned or controlled by ACLU NorCal. ACLU NorCal does not endorse or assume any responsibility for any such third-party sites, information, materials, products, or services. If you access a third-party website or service from the Site on or through any third-party website or service, you do so at your own risk, and you understand that this Agreement and ACLU NorCal’s Privacy Policy do not apply to your use of such sites. You expressly relieve ACLU NorCal from any and all liability arising from your use of any third-party website, service, or content.

7. Indemnity

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless ACLU NorCal and its subsidiaries, agents, licensors, managers, and other affiliated companies, and their employees, contractors, agents, officers and directors, from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees) arising from: (i) your use of and access to the Site, including any data or content transmitted or received by you; (ii) your violation of any term of this Agreement, including without limitation your breach of any of the representations and warranties above; (iii) your violation of any third-party right, including without limitation any right of privacy or Intellectual Property Rights; (iv) your violation of any applicable law, rule or regulation; (v) any content that is submitted via your account including without limitation misleading, false, or inaccurate information; (vi) your willful misconduct; or (vii) any other party’s access and use of the Site with your unique username, password or other appropriate security code.

8. No Warranty

The Site is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. Use of the Site is at your own risk. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, the Site is provided without warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from ACLU NorCal or through the Site will create any warranty not expressly stated herein. Without limiting the foregoing, ACLU NorCal, its subsidiaries, its affiliates, and its licensors do not warrant that the content is accurate, reliable or correct; that the Site will meet your requirements; that the Site will be available at any particular time or location, uninterrupted or secure; that any defects or errors will be corrected; or that the Site is free of viruses or other harmful components. Any content downloaded or otherwise obtained through the use of the Site is downloaded at your own risk and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from such download or your use of the Site.

ACLU NorCal does not warrant, endorse, guarantee, or assume responsibility for any hyperlinked website or site.

Federal law, some states, provinces and other jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion and limitations of certain implied warranties, so the above exclusions may not apply to you. This agreement gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. The disclaimers and exclusions under this agreement will not apply to the extent prohibited by applicable law.

9. Limitation of Liability

To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, in no event shall ACLU NorCal, its affiliates, agents, directors, employees, suppliers or licensors be liable for any indirect, punitive, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including without limitation damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data or other intangible losses, arising out of or relating to the use of, or inability to use, this Site. Under no circumstances will ACLU NorCal be responsible for any damage, loss or injury resulting from hacking, tampering or other unauthorized access or use of the Site or your account or the information contained therein.

To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, ACLU NorCal assumes no liability or responsibility for any (i) errors, mistakes, or inaccuracies of content; (ii) personal injury or property damage, of any nature whatsoever, resulting from your access to or use of our site; (iii) any unauthorized access to or use of our secure servers and/or any and all personal information stored therein; (iv) any interruption or cessation of transmission to or from the Site; (v) any bugs, viruses, trojan horses, or the like that may be transmitted to or through our site by any third party; (vi) any errors or omissions in any content or for any loss or damage incurred as a result of the use of any content posted, emailed, transmitted, or otherwise made available through the Site; and/or (vii) User content or the defamatory, offensive, or illegal conduct of any third party. In no event shall ACLU NorCal, its affiliates, agents, directors, employees, suppliers, or licensors be liable to you for any claims, proceedings, liabilities, obligations, damages, losses or costs in an amount exceeding the amount you paid to ACLU NorCal hereunder or $100.00, whichever is greater.

This limitation of liability section applies whether the alleged liability is based on contract, tort, negligence, strict liability, or any other basis, even if ACLU NorCal has been advised of the possibility of such damage. The foregoing limitation of liability shall apply to the fullest extent permitted by law in the applicable jurisdiction.

Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This agreement gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. The disclaimers, exclusions, and limitations of liability under this agreement will not apply to the extent prohibited by applicable law.

The Site is controlled and operated from facilities in the United States. ACLU NorCal makes no representations that the Site is appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who access or use the Site from other jurisdictions do so at their own volition and are entirely responsible for compliance with all applicable United States and local laws and regulations, including but not limited to export and import regulations. You may not use the Site if you are a resident of a country embargoed by the United States, or are a foreign person or entity blocked or denied by the United States government. Unless otherwise explicitly stated, all materials found on the Site are solely directed to individuals, companies, or other entities located in the United States.

10. Governing Law

You agree that: (i) the Site shall be deemed solely based in California; and (ii) the Site shall be deemed a passive one that does not give rise to personal jurisdiction over us, either specific or general, in jurisdictions other than California. This Agreement shall be governed by the internal substantive laws of the State of California, without respect to its conflict of laws principles. The application of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods is expressly excluded. You agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the federal and state courts located in San Francisco, California for any actions for which we retain the right to seek injunctive or other equitable relief in a court of competent jurisdiction to prevent the actual or threatened infringement, misappropriation or violation of a our copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents, or other intellectual property or proprietary rights including any provisional relief required to prevent irreparable harm.

11. General

A. Assignment. This Agreement, and any rights and licenses granted hereunder, may not be transferred or assigned by you, but may be assigned by ACLU NorCal without restriction. Any attempted transfer or assignment in violation hereof shall be null and void.

B. Notification Procedures and Changes to the Agreement. ACLU NorCal may provide notifications, whether such notifications are required by law or are for marketing or other business related purposes, to you via email notice, written or hard copy notice, or through posting of such notice on our website, as determined by ACLU NorCal in our sole discretion. ACLU NorCal reserves the right to determine the form and means of providing notifications to our Users, provided that you may opt out of certain means of notification as described in this Agreement. ACLU NorCal is not responsible for any automatic filtering you or your network provider may apply to email notifications we send to the email address you provide us. ACLU NorCal may, in its sole discretion, modify or update this Agreement from time to time, and so you should review this page periodically. When we change the Agreement in a material manner, we will update the ‘last modified’ date at the top of this page and notify you that material changes have been made to the Agreement. Your continued use of the Site after any such change constitutes your acceptance of the new Terms of Use. If you do not agree to any of these terms or any future Terms of Use, do not use or access (or continue to access) the Site.

C. Entire Agreement/Severability. This Agreement, together with any amendments and any additional agreements you may enter into with ACLU NorCal in connection with the Site, shall constitute the entire agreement between you and ACLU NorCal concerning the Site. If any provision of this Agreement is deemed invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect.

D. No Waiver. No waiver of any term of this Agreement shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term, and ACLU NorCal’s failure to assert any right or provision under this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

E. California Residents. American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, 39 Drumm Street, San Francisco, CA 94111, (415) 621-2493, If you are a California resident, in accordance with Cal. Civ. Code §1789.3, you may report complaints to the Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Sites of the California Department of Consumer Affairs by contacting them in writing at 1625 North Market Blvd., Suite N 112 Sacramento, CA 95834, or by telephone at (800) 952-5210 or (916) 445-1254.