Much of the software behind DemoChoice is released under the GNU General Public License. The "Disclaimer of Warranty" and "Limitation of Liability" sections (15-17 of version 3) apply to all software on the DemoChoice website, to the administration of the site, and to claims of features and business practices. Interception of data by unauthorized parties and misuse of data are among the damages referred to in the liability section.
Our ultimate goal is not to "monetize" you, but to convince you that ranked choice voting should be used more widely, including in government elections, ranging from local to national. That will not happen if we do not earn your trust.
We record your vote (of course). Your email address may have been given to us by the creator of your poll. The software is designed to request that or send you a registration key to authenticate your vote. The only other planned uses of your email address are to contact you to clarify any problems with the recording of your vote, to respond to an inquiry made by you, or through the FirstChoice email list, if you have subscribed to that.
On our poll setup form, other people can enter information about you that is then visible on the web. Of course, this can happen just about anywhere on the web, and not just here. If something objectionable is posted about you, please let us know.
We do not sell voter data, such as telling a website selling books how you
voted in a poll on favorite books. We rely on Google to generate revenue
to cover our hosting fees. We promote ourselves through the FirstChoice email list and
by otherwise spreading
the word about specific polls. If information about you appears in a poll, it may be included in these promotional activities.
Though ranked-choice voting methods have been used widely for more than 100 years, we and others continue to study improvements to those methods to take advantage of modern developments in user interface design, information security, etc. Ballot data that do not identify voters may be released for this purpose.
To assist poll creators in boosting voter turnout, or in use of nonstandard counting methods, we may release ballot data and/or a list of who voted. Ballots will be shuffled to prevent the two datasets from being correlated (assuming that more than one person has voted).
DemoChoice is a low-budget operation running on rented server space and maintained by an amateur programmer in his spare time, with occasional help from friends and users. Such an operation may be more prone to security breaches, server downtime, and data loss than other services you may use on the web.
Users do not have permission to "stuff the ballot box" with large numbers of votes. Poll creators do not have permission to cause content copyrighted by others to appear on the DemoChoice site (though it may be linked to); post or link to content generally considered objectionable (obscene, hateful, spam, malware, etc.); or to register voters who do not have an existing relationship with the poll creator, or a reasonably clear interest in voting in a given poll. However, we do encourage users to promote their polls appropriately.
Removal of content
Polls may be removed from the site at our discretion. This is likely to occur if the poll has been inactive for a significant period of time, or if the poll contains objectionable material, but removal is not guaranteed. We and our hosting company routinely make backups of the site. We do not make attempts to permanently destroy all records of any information gathered on the site.