I signed a petition but I never authorized you to send out email in my name.

Petitions on Change.org work similarly to offline petitions. In an offline petition, your information goes directly to the target.

Here's an example scenario for how an offline petition works.

You sign a petition to support a local bill (let's call it Bill ABC123) that would protect the environment. This petition targets your state representative. Once the petition reaches its goal, the representative is contacted with the petition letter. It would look similar to this:

Dear (representative),

I, (your name), would like to express my support for Bill ABC123 to protect the environment. It is critical to the local economy and will help grow and sustain small businesses.

Thank you.

With Change.org, an email gets sent to the target of the petition instead of a physical letter. For more information on how Change.org handles your personal information, please read our Privacy Policy.

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    Mary DeForest

    Now, that we know how to "NOT Have a petition sent"   Tell me-how can I send a petition-via Email to friend in my private address book?    Not your update Email, but a specific petition to a friend- a breathing friend that isn't an avatar.  I keep asking this question-and you haven't answered it yet

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    Madeleine Beitmann

    I believe you should NOT have the check in the box that says my name will be appearing publicly.  I am sure, there are a lot of people, who want to sign the petition without the name appearing publicly for privacy sake.  I am sure a lot of signers forget to uncheck the checkmark that you have in that box as the default.  I think it should be a blank box and if a person wants to have their name appear publicly, then that person can put the checkbox in.  The way it is now, like what just happened to me, the petition was sent and I forgot to uncheck it. 

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    Abbi Orenstein

    yeah I might a known that ahead of time. I got an angry email from the person named in the petition.

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    Ellen Carnahan

    I would like to suggest that your "public" options be more flexible. I certainly understand that my name and some personal information needs to be ~ON~ the petition -but it is unclear what my "public signature" consists of. I might actually be pleased to have my name published publicly [on a case-by-case basis] but NOT my address or email. If there were an option on signing to choose "all personal information" or "just name" to display publicly, that would be great. Or even some clarity before I go ahead and hit "send." Just a thought. . . 

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    Anniepaddle

    Signators should not receive harassing emails from those opposed to the petition.

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    Just because I sign a petition, doesn't mean I want to receive news letters from the organization that started it.

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    Janet2derek

    I am going to make some asshole pay for me recieveing an email against the petition I signed about omar khadr terrorist to the canadian government started by sean mc duff. It is from Afroze Ali telling me I am a terrorist for not supporting 15 yr old omar.  fucking Omar is 25 and a terrorist. I never signed up for shit like this you people are typical disgusting american slimeballs. when I tried to reply in comes back. I can see from your website you are a little tiny piss ant website who has no fucking idea what you are doing. I blocked this fuck head and you so hopefully the block works

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    Carrie Nelson

    I posted my petition as directed, but I have not seen it or heard from anyone. I usually get emails, and other petitions often but none lately and haven't been able to reach anyone. Please respond to my email address.

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    I have never received an email from change.org ----- until tonight. It was sent from change.org and it showed to be from Trayvon Martin's mother and another lady....asking me to sign a petition against "stand your ground laws" that some states have. First...HOW and WHY did I receive that email?!!!!? I am not a happy camper right now!!!!! Petitions I have signed have been ones for people that I personally know and care about. Sure, I could delete my account, but my email address would no doubt still be able to be seen by whoever, whenever. My settings have even been on private! SO like I said, HOW and WHY did I receive this email??? 

     

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    Brandon

    Hi all,

    Just to explain to all those saying about emails sent from and about petitions here on change.org, you are receiving those emails because you didn't deselect the checkbox under the "Sign >" button labeled "Keep me updated on this campaign and others from [User]". If you deselect this box, you will still be able to sign the petition as normal, but you won't receive any emails from the campaign sender.

    Also, whether you uncheck the box or not, the creator of the campaign won't actually be able to see your email address, the emails will be sent by change.org when the campaigns "News" section is updated.

    To unsubscribe from change.org emails, hover your mouse over the arrow next to your name in the upper-right corner, click "Settings", click "Email Notifications", uncheck the box marked "Email me when:" "There is an update to a petition I've signed". And you should be removed from any future emails about campaigns by change.org

    Hope this helps...

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