Privacy Policy

www.heterodoxacademy.org

 

Last Modified: March 20, 2020

 

Welcome to www.heterodoxacademy.org (the “Website”) operated by Heterodox Academy, a District of Columbia not-for-profit company (“HxA”, “we”, “our”, or “us”). This privacy policy (this “Privacy Policy”) is intended to inform you about how HxA collects and uses your personally identifiable information (“PII”) and other information in operating the Website.

 

How does the Website Work?

The Website enables anonymous visitors to the Website (“Visitors”) to learn more about us and the services we provide, and Visitors who are at least eighteen (18) years of age and not a minor in their state of residence, to submit certain of their PII to us to become one of our registrants (“Registrants”) in various capacities, including without limitation to make donations or to submit a request to become a “Friend” or “Member” of HxA, and to register for certain of our activities and events. The terms “you”, “your” and “yours”, when used herein refer to either Registrants and Visitors or to both Registrants and Visitors collectively, as applicable.

Your use of the Website is subject to HxA’s Terms of Use for the Website, which can be found at https://heterodoxacademy.org/terms-conditions/ (the “Terms of Use”).

You can make general use of the Website without providing any PII to HxA. However, you will need to provide us with certain PII in order to use certain of the Website’s functionality, such as becoming a Registrant.

By using the Website, you consent to the collection and use of your PII and other information by HxA as described in this Privacy Policy.

 

How can the terms of this Privacy Policy be modified?

We reserve the right to change how we handle and use the information that we collect through the Website, and to modify this Privacy Policy, at any time in our sole discretion. You agree to review this Privacy Policy periodically to be aware of all such modifications. You further agree that your continued use of the Website after a modified version of this Privacy Policy has been posted shall be deemed to be your conclusive acceptance of any modified version of this Privacy Policy. We will indicate that changes to this Privacy Policy have been made by updating the date indicated after the “Last Modified” indicator at the beginning of this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to abide by the initial version and each modified version of this Privacy Policy, as applicable, then you are not authorized to use the Website. A current version of this Privacy Policy is accessible via the footer of the Website’s homepage.

 

What type of PII does HxA collect from you and how do we use it?

Registrants must provide certain PII to HxA in order to register with us, including without limitation a Registrant’s name, address, email, and payment information (if a donation is being made). We may also ask you for general statistical, non-PII about yourself and your interests.

We intend to use all such information collected through the Website or otherwise from you for multiple purposes, including for our own research and decisions making purposes. We also will use such information to keep you informed about our events and other activities by sending you emails, by reaching you by phone and for hard-copy mailings. And we will use your email addresses for our email marketing (weekly newsletter, donor newsletters, etc.).

Certain of your PII (other than for your payment information, if applicable) will be published in our directory of members and friends which is publicly available, including through the Website. And we will may videotape or otherwise record certain of our events or activity, or third party events or activities, and use the resulting footage for promotional purposes, and your likeness and image may appear and be used in connection with such recordings or otherwise if you participate in any such an event or activity.

Registrants may also register to participate in various activities operated by third parties, including without limitation panel webinars, discussions, classes and workshops, or to take surveys or other information sharing activities. Registrants understand HxA is not responsible for and has no control over such activities and the parties conducting such activities. Therefore, please keep in mind that any PII or other information that you provide such third parties in the course of your participation in such activities or otherwise will not be subject to the terms of this Privacy Policy but rather to the terms of whatever privacy policy or other terms such third party may offer, if any.

 

How else do we use your PII?

HxA or entities working on our behalf may use your PII to help fulfill your requests in connection with your use of the Website and/or your participation in our activities, or to help us or third parties communicate with you about different resources offered as part of the Website or our activities, or otherwise. For example, we may transfer information collected at registration, including your PII, to service providers and other third parties who assist us in running the Website and/or in processing your registration at an event.

 

Under what other circumstances may we release PII?

In addition to sharing your PII with third parties as described above, we may also release your PII to other third parties if we believe that such release is necessary (a) to comply with the law (e.g., a legal process or a statutory or regulatory authorization or requirement) or a court order, (b) in order to apply or enforce the Terms of Use or otherwise protect our interests, (c) in order to protect you, other Visitors or Registrants, or us from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful use of the Website or from other harm, or (d) if we reasonably believe that a danger to any person or property requires the disclosure of such PII.

Our rights under this Privacy Policy may be automatically assigned by us, in our sole discretion, to a third party or parties whose activities are consistent with our non-profit mission, and such an assignment will inure to the benefit of our successors, assigns and/or licensees.

 

What other information does HxA collect through the Website?

We may also collect anonymous and aggregate information from you about your preferences in navigating the Website by using cookies, action tags and other methods. Cookies are small text files that identify your computer and can track your behavior across multiple platforms. We may use cookies to, among other things, monitor usage of the Website, customize features of the Website, identify your computer’s or other device’s operating system and browser, and complete transactions. An action tag is a small, graphic image on a webpage that is designed to allow the website owner or a third party to monitor who is visiting a website by collecting the IP address of the computer to which the tag is sent, the URL of the webpage that the tag comes from and the time at which such webpage was viewed. Action tags may be associated with cookie information. We may also use such anonymous and aggregate information for promotional and other business purposes.

 

Do I have the ability not to be identified by HxA?

Yes. If you do not want to be identified by us, you can set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies and refuse cookies when your browser alerts you to their presence. You can also adjust the settings in your browser to refuse all cookies. If you do not want us to have any of your PII, do not submit any of your PII to us. Please keep in mind that if you refuse cookies you may not be able to use certain Website functionality, including without limitation using our registration mechanism to become a Registrant.

 

How do we store information?

HxA takes steps consistent with commercially reasonable industry standards to secure PII collected from you from loss, misuse, unauthorized access and destruction while under our control. However, please note that despite our efforts to protect information provided to us, we cannot guarantee that such information will not be lost, disclosed or accessed by accidental circumstances or by the unauthorized acts of others.

 

Does HxA provide links to other websites?

HxA may provide links to other websites or resources of possible interest to you. The collection and use of your PII and other information by such websites shall be subject to the policies and procedures of such websites and not those contained in this Privacy Policy. The information collected by our service providers or other third parties working on our behalf, including without limitation payment provider platforms in consummating donations you may have made by means of the Website or otherwise in the course of assisting us, is subject to the privacy policies of such third parties and is not subject to this Privacy Policy.

 

What are our policies regarding children?

The Website is intended for general use by persons who have reached the age of consent in their state of residence and it is not targeted to anyone under thirteen (13) years of age. HxA does not knowingly collect PII from anyone under thirteen (13) years of age. If we learn that we have unintentionally collected PII from anyone under thirteen (13) years of age, we will promptly delete such information.

 

What are Your California Privacy Rights?

If you are a California resident, you may ask us to refrain from sharing your PII with certain third parties for marketing purposes. Please express your preference to us by contacting us at: admin@heterodoxacademy.org or at the following address: Heterodox Academy, 26 Broadway, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10004.

 

Do we respond to Do Not Track Signals?

The Website does not have the capability to respond to “Do Not Track” signals received from various web browsers.

 

Do we have a mechanism to address the removal of PII and complaints about the handling of information that we collect?

If you wish to remove PII that you have submitted to HxA, please send us an email requesting such removal (with the word “Removal” in the email subject line) to admin@heterodoxacademy.org. If you have questions or concerns about any of our information collection or handling practices, please contact us at admin@heterodoxacademy.org or write to us at Heterodox Academy, 26 Broadway, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10004.