Welcome to the AllyU website (the “Site”); we take your privacy and security seriously. AllyU Organization NFP, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation (“AllyU”), offers support, tools, resources, and volunteer opportunities for all individuals (the “User” or, collectively, “Users”) who want to improve their mental health. AllyU wants you to understand its practices with regard to collecting and using your information both online and offline and the steps it takes to safeguard it. This statement (the “Privacy Policy”) applies to Personally Identifiable Information collected from customers. When the Privacy Policy uses the term “Personally Identifiable Information” it refers to information that lets AllyU know the specifics of who you are and can be used to identify, contact, or locate you. Personally Identifiable Information might include your name, mailing address, telephone number, mobile phone number, email address, and other identification and contact information. AllyU may also collect certain financial information; whenever it does so, it will attempt to provide a link to the Privacy Policy so that you can confirm how this information will be used. With this information, it can better provide you with personalized services and fill your product orders. BY VISITING THIS SITE, YOU ARE ACCEPTING THE PRACTICES DESCRIBED IN THIS PRIVACY POLICY. If you do not agree with this Privacy Policy, please leave this Site and do not use it.


  • AllyU Organization NFP does not collect personally identifiable information about you other than what you freely share. We do log the IP address of every computer that visits our site as part of our normal site usage tracking.
  • You have the option to enter personally-identifiable information about yourself as you use the website. AllyU Organization NFP uses this information to help us understand who our site users are and how we may serve you better.
  • AllyU Organization NFP does not share any of your personally-identifiable information outside of our organization.
  • All information you share about yourself is optional, and you may remove or request removal of this information at any time.
  • You retain full control over all information you share about yourself, and may remove or request removal of this information at any time.
  • You retain full control over what types of e-mail communication you receive from AllyU Organization NFP and may opt to discontinue e-mail correspondence at any time.
  • Any time you enter Personally Identifiable Information not intended to be shared publicly (i.e. password, address, or credit card number), this information is sent to AllyU Organization NFP over a secure connection.
  • AllyU Organization NFP uses generally accepted industry standards to protect the information submitted to us.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: What We Collect, How We Collect It And How It Is Used:

What We Collect and How It Is Used:

  1. General. The Site does not collect any Personally Identifiable Information about our Site visitors and members, other than information that visitors and members freely enter.The Exception: Most websites, including AllyU, gather certain technical information (IP addresses, computer operating system, browser type, Internet service provider, referring/exiting pages, date/time stamp, and clickstream data (i.e., which pages are visited, page load times, error messages, etc. automatically and store it in log files). These log files are stored indefinitely and are analyzed to help us understand how our Site is being used.By itself, this information is not sufficient to identify visitors/members in any personal way. If, however, you experience difficulty using our Site, we may use your IP address in connection with your Personal Information to perform troubleshooting. Also, in the event of suspected criminal behavior, AllyU may provide this information to law enforcement, who could potentially trace it back to you through your Internet service provider.
  2. Sign-In Accounts. Access to certain areas of AllyU requires the creation of a sign-in account. There are two types of accounts: Members and non-members.
  3. Member accounts. Website accounts for AllyU members are tied to your AllyU membership. This connects your sign-in account to your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, as well as to your membership status and donation history.
  4. Non-member accounts. Free sign-in accounts for non-members require your name, address, and e-mail address. Phone number is optional.
  5. IP Address. The IP address of all Users who sign-in is logged. This is done to enable us to troubleshoot sign-in or access problems for registered Users.
  6. Online Membership. Site visitors have the opportunity to join AllyU online. When joining, in addition to the information required for creating the sign-in account, you must also provide your credit card number, which is used to donate for your year-long membership.
  7. Personal Information. All Users who sign-in also can provide optional Personal Information about themselves in the myALLYU area of the Site, including:Demographic information (age, gender, income) and information about your family, illness/current personal challenges. This information is used in aggregate reports to help us have a better idea of who our Users are and how we can better tailor our Site to their needs. We may also use this information to help us target e-mail communication.For example, we might send an e-mail announcing a conference for Latinos to everyone who has identified themselves as Hispanic and has given us permission to send e-mail. Additionally, the aggregate reports may be shared with a third party, such as a site sponsor, but will never be shared outside of ALLYU in a way that makes you personally-identifiable.Subscriptions (mySubscriptions). The subscriptions page allows you to control all of the regular e-mail communication you receive from AllyU from a single page. Here, you can opt-in or opt-out from receiving general e-mail announcements from AllyU, as well as subscribe to one of our many e-newsletters.
  8.  Donor Privacy. AllyU does not trade, share or sell a donor’s Personal Information to third parties, nor do we mail anything to donors on behalf of other organizations. This policy applies to all donors, online and offline. If you make a donation online at our Site, you are required to enter personal contact information and credit card information. We use this information to process your donation and send you a confirmation receipt. This information will not be sold or shared with outside parties. We also add you to our donor database, from which you may receive periodic fundraising appeals via postal mail or e-mail. This is outside of your general opt-in preference for e-mail.If you wish to be removed from our mailing list, please contact us via e-mail at
  9. Discussion Groups. To participate in an online discussion group on at AllyU, you must first create a profile and username. The username you choose will be displayed beside your posts to the discussion group, so please choose your username carefully if you do not wish to be personally-identifiable.You should be aware that any information you post to a discussion group will be available for viewing by all other visitors to our Site, which includes the general public, unless you have been specifically informed that the group which you are posting to is restricted to certain users (rare).If you ever wish to have something you have posted removed, please contact, or message AllyU through the Contact Us page. Posts which violate our discussion group policy may be removed at AllyU’s discretion and the User may have his or her sign-in account revoked.
  10. Cookies. A “cookie” is a small file that a website can place on your computer. If your browser accepts cookies, the AllyU places cookies when you visit. In order to sign in to AllyU, you must accept cookies from us. Cookies are used to present you with a better experience and to remember your preferences, such as Remember Me.Also, clicking the “Logout” link from the top of any page on the Site other than the home page will remove your contact ID from your cookie, and will prevent others from using your sign-in account. Again, no Personally Identifiable Information is stored in the cookie itself, and the only purpose the cookie is used for is to track whether or not you are signed in as you move around the Site. You can remove AllyU’s cookie at any time by following the directions provided in your Internet browser’s “Help” file.
  11. Clear Gifs (Web Beacons/Web Bugs). We employ a software technology called clear gifs (a.k.a. Web beacons/Web bugs) in many of our e-newsletters and other e-mail communications that help us measure the effectiveness of our efforts. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track which Users have opened which e-mail messages. It is possible for us to tie the information provided by clear gifs to your Personally Identifiable Information, though we do not routinely do so. We are primarily interested in the aggregate effectiveness of our various e-communication efforts.
  12. Third Party Sharing. In the course of providing our services, AllyU relies on trusted partners to perform certain tasks-mass mailings, e-communications, payments, etc. This involves transferring information about you in paper or electronic form. AllyU makes every effort to ensure best business practices of these partners. They are prohibited from using your Personally Identifiable Information for any other purpose.
  13. Link Tracking. Some links in e-mails you receive from us have a tracking ID at the end. These tracking ID’s may be linked to your personally identifiable information, but we would typically only use these to gauge effectiveness of our online efforts.
  14. Customer Service. When you create a profile on our Site, we will send you a confirmation e-mail to verify your username and password. We will also communicate with you in response to your inquiries, to provide the services you request, confirm the actions you have taken (online transactions, etc.), and to manage your account. We will communicate with you via e-mail, or we may communicate with you via telephone if we cannot reach you via e-mail.
  15. General Announcements and Promotions. We will occasionally send you information on special events, news, or opportunities. Out of respect for your privacy, we present the option not to receive these types of communications. Please see “Choice and Opt-Out.”
  16. E-Newsletters. If you subscribe to one of our e-newsletters, we will use your name and e-mail address to send it to you. Out of respect for your privacy, we present the option to unsubscribe. Please see “Choice and Opt-Out.”
  17. Other E-Mail Notifications. You may also choose to receive other types of e-mail from AllyU, related to particular features on the Site. These include notifications related to new postings in the discussion groups, my ALLYU alerts whenever new information matching your stated interests is added to the Site, copies of letters you send to your elected representatives, etc. You may control what e-mails you receive from within the particular feature, to which they are related.
  18. Service or Membership-Related Announcements. On rare occasions, when necessary, we will send service or membership-related announcements (i.e. if service is temporarily down). Generally, you may not opt-out of these communications unless you deactivate membership, as they are not promotions.
  19. Choice and Opt-Out. We provide several opportunities for you to control the amount of Personally Identifiable Information you share with us, and the use of that information.
  20. Self-Service. If you have a sign-in account, you may visit the myALLYU area to add to, modify, or remove your Personal Information and preferences. This includes your contact information, demographic information, interest preferences, e-newsletter, and e-mail subscriptions. Each e-mail you receive from us will state the reason you are receiving the message and how to opt-out of future such messages. The exception to this is that you may not fully delete your sign-in account from the system. If you want your account fully deleted, please contact AllyU using the information below.
  21. Other Means. Please contact AllyU directly if you wish to have your sign-in account removed, be removed from any postal mailing lists, or are unable to access any of the means explained under “Self Service” above.
  22. Links to Other Sites. The Site contains links to other sites that are not owned or controlled by AllyU. Please be aware that we, AllyU, are not responsible for the privacy practices of other such sites. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our Site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects Personally Identifiable Information.
  23. Eligible Users. The Site requires that Users must be 18 years of age unless the User is between the ages of 13-17 years old and obtains parental consent. It is AllyU’s policy not to collect Personally Identifiable Information from any person under the age of thirteen or between the ages of 13-17 years old without parental consent. AllyU requests that children under the age of 13 or between the ages of 13-17 years old and without parental consent not submit any Personally Identifiable Information through the Site. If AllyU becomes aware that a child under the age of 13 or between the ages of 13-17 years old and without parental consent has provided us with Personal Information, AllyU will take steps to delete such information from our files. Separately, a child under 18 may request the deletion of information they posted on our Site, which may be accomplished through anonymization.
  24. Health Oversight Activities: AllyU may use and disclose your health information to state agencies and federal government authorities, or to a health oversight agency, for activities authorized by law such as audits, administration or criminal investigations, inspections, licensure, accreditation or disciplinary action and monitoring compliance with the law, including in order to determine your eligibility for public benefit programs and to coordinate delivery of those programs. The Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act allows for the unconsented disclosure of your health information to a health information exchange (HIE), which oversees the electronic exchange of health information, for HIE purposes. See 740 ILCS 110/9.5.
  25. Lawsuits & Legal Proceedings. AllyU can share health information about you in response to a valid court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena, to the extent that such disclosure is authorized and permissible under the Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act, 740 ILCS 110/1 et seq.
  26. Worker’s Compensation, Law Enforcement, & Other Governmental Requests.AllyU may disclose your health information as authorized to comply with worker’s compensation claims, for law enforcement purposes or with a law enforcement official, and for special government functions, such as military, national security and presidential protective services.
  27. Abuse, Neglect or Domestic Violence.AllyU may disclose your health information to the designated public agency that is authorized by law to receive reports of child or elder abuse, neglect, or domestic violence. This disclosure will be made consistent with the requirements of applicable federal and state laws.
  28. California Users and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). AllyU is cognizant and respects the laws within the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Residents of the State of California who provide certain types of Personal Information in obtaining services for personal, family or household use are entitled to request and obtain from us once a calendar year information about certain types of Personal Information AllyU’s shared, if any, with other businesses for their own direct marketing uses. It is AllyU’s policy to not share a User’s Personal Information with other businesses for marketing uses. Nevertheless, to make such a request, please send a message to AllyU in our Contact Us page with “Request for California Privacy Information” on the subject line and in the body of the message.
  29. International Users and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). AllyU is cognizant and respects the formal promulgation of the European Union (EU) data privacy regulations. Residents of the European Union who provide certain types of Personal Information in obtaining personal services are entitled to certain rights established by GDPR. AllyU adheres to the basic tenants of the promulgated GDPR regulations, which include, but are not limited to the following:a. Disclosure when you sell, transfer or third party marketing of User’s data: As outlined in this Terms of Use, AllyU does not sell or transfer User’s Personal Information.b. Access to collected data: Users can access their Personal Information on the Site in order to make changes. Alternatively, a User can remove it by request.c. Security: AllyU has encrypted our User’s Personal Information with full HIPAA compliance and in an anonymized form as required by the GDPR.d. Notice: AllyU will provide our Users notice of any data breach.Finally, the GDPR takes into account the right “to forget” or request deletion of a User’s Personal Information once it ceases using the Site. AllyU can erase a User’s Personal Information directly upon a User’s request.
  30. Compliance with State and Federal Laws: AllyU further complies with the following state and federal laws and regulations related to the disclosure of your protected health information:a.  Mental Health Records Disclosure: AllyU complies with the provisions of the Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act, 740 ILCS 110/1 et seq.b.  Alcohol/Substance Abuse Records Disclosure: AllyU complies with the federal Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records, 42 C.F.R. Part 2 et seq. If any requested records contain information regarding alcohol or drug abuse treatment, these records are protected by Federal confidentiality rules, and such information is prohibited from further disclosure without express permission by written consent of the person to whom it pertains or as otherwise permitted by Federal Rules. A general authorization for the use or release of medical or other information is insufficient for this purpose. Federal rules restrict use of the information for criminal investigation or prosecution of any alcohol or drug abuse patient. See 42 U.S.C. § 290dd-3 and § 290ee-3; 42 C.F.R. Part 2 et seq.; and 20 ILCS 301 et seq.

How We Protect Your Information:

  1. Browsers and Internet Security. Any time you enter or provide Personal Information on our Site, we encrypt it using Secure Socket Layer (“SSL”) technology. SSL protects information as it crosses the Internet. To support this technology, you need an SSL-capable browser.You can tell if you are visiting a secure area within a site by looking at the lock or key symbol in your browser address window. If the address of the page begins with “https://”, it is secure. Occasionally, the page you enter data on may not be secure, but by submitting the information, you activate a secure connection, and thus, your data is submitted securely.If you need a strong encryption browser, please download one of the following browsers:

    The use of beta browser versions is not recommended.

    AllyU follows generally accepted industry standards to protect the Personal Information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100 percent secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

  2. Changes to this Privacy Statement. If AllyU decides to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the homepage, and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances if any, we disclose it.

    AllyU reserves the right to amend this privacy policy at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by e-mail, or by means of a notice on our homepage.

  3. How to Contact AllyU. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact AllyU at or use the Contact Us page.