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Information MIT Enterprise Forum Collects
MIT Enterprise Forum may collect two (2) types of information about you: Personal and Non- Personal.
Personal Information. "Personal Information" refers to information that lets MIT Enterprise Forum know the specifics of who you are and which may be used to identify, contact or locate you (e.g., name, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address). MIT Enterprise Forum may collect Personal Information when you use our Services, including, without limitation, this list of options (herein, "Shared Information"):
Competition Registration. Entry for the MIT Enterprise Forum Competition requires that you supply certain personally identifiable information, including, in most cases, a unique e-mail address and demographic information.
Surveys, Panels, and Market Research. MIT Enterprise Forum may collect personal information from you in connection with voluntary surveys. Unless we notify you otherwise at the time of collection, the information you provide in response to optional survey questions may be shared, but only in aggregate form, with advertisers and partners.
Usage Data. MIT Enterprise Forum may collect information as you interact with the Services. For example, each time you visit the Services, we may automatically collect the Web page you came from, the URL you go to next, and the Web page(s) that you access during your visit.
Non-Personal Information. "Non-Personal Information" refers to information that, by itself, does not identify you as a specific individual (e.g., demographic information or website visits). MIT Enterprise Forum may collect Non-Personal Information through any of the methods discussed above, as well as automatically through use of industry standard technologies described further below. For example, each time you visit the Services, we may automatically collect your IP address, browser and computer type, and access time.
How MIT Enterprise Forum Collects Your Information
The Personal Information practices set forth apply to all MIT Enterprise Forum's customers worldwide.
Registration. MIT Enterprise Forum may require certain Personal Information and Non-Personal Information to create an individual account ("Account") or to enable features or functionality of the MIT Enterprise Forum Network. Failure to provide all information required by MIT Enterprise Forum may prevent access to any or all of the MIT Enterprise Forum Network, and failure to maintain accurate information may result in suspension or termination of access to any or all of the MIT Enterprise Forum Network.
Information Collected Through Technology. MIT Enterprise Forum Services may gather the previously referenced Personal Information and Non-Personal Information by the following methods: Cookies. Cookies, including local shared objects, are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive. They work by assigning to your computer a unique number that has no meaning outside of the MIT Enterprise Forum Services. Cookies do not generally contain any Personal Information. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually configure your browser to prevent this. Not accepting cookies may make certain features of the MIT Enterprise Forum Network unavailable to you.
We may also use "pixel tags," which are small graphic files that allow us to monitor the use of the Services. A pixel tag can collect information such as the IP address of the computer that downloaded the page on which the tag appears; the URL of the page on which the tag appears; the time (and length of time) the page containing the tag was viewed; the type of browser that retrieved the tag; and the identification number of any cookie previously placed by that server on your computer.
We may use pixel tags, provided either by us or by our third-party advertisers and ad networks, to collect information about your visit-including the pages you view, the links you click, and other actions taken in connection with our Services-and use them in combination with our cookies to provide offers and information of interest to you.
We also may allow certain analytic services and providers of applications used on the Services (e.g., sharing buttons) to collect Non-Personal Information by placing cookies on the Services that will track certain performance measures, such as Web traffic, click-throughs, etc., in order to assist us and our service providers in better understanding and serving the interests of our users.
IP Address. You may visit many areas of the MIT Enterprise Forum Services anonymously without becoming a registered User. Even in such cases, MIT Enterprise Forum may collect IP addresses automatically. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you begin Services with an Internet service provider. Each time you access the MIT Enterprise Forum Services and each time you request one of MIT Enterprise Forum's pages, the server logs your IP address.
Beacons. Beacons are small pieces of data that are embedded in Web pages, applications, and e-mails. MIT Enterprise Forum may use these technical methods in HTML e-mails that MIT Enterprise Forum sends to users to determine whether they have opened those e-mails and/or clicked on links in those e-mails.
Tracking Content Usage. If you use the MIT Enterprise Forum Services and you post MIT Enterprise Forum materials including, without limitation, text, logos, artwork, graphics, pictures, advertisements, sound, and other related content contained in such materials (collectively, "Content") to your website or to a third-party website, MIT Enterprise Forum may still track and capture Personal Information and Non-Personal Information associated with those materials.
How MIT Enterprise Forum Uses Your Information
System Administration. MIT Enterprise Forum may use Non-Personal Information for the purposes of system administration, assisting in diagnosing problems with MIT Enterprise Forum servers, monitoring MIT Enterprise Forum's system performance and traffic on the MIT Enterprise Forum Network, and gathering broad demographic information about MIT Enterprise Forum customers.
E-mail. MIT Enterprise Forum complies fully with the federal CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.
Newsletters. MIT Enterprise Forum may send newsletters related to the MIT Enterprise Forum Startup Competition.
Contact Information. If you contact MIT Enterprise Forum by telephone, e-mail, or letter, MIT Enterprise Forum may keep a record of your contact information and correspondence. If you report a problem with the website, MIT Enterprise Forum may collect this information in a file specific to you. You may contact MIT Enterprise Forum to request the removal of this information from MIT Enterprise Forum's database.
Aggregated Data. From time to time, we may share aggregated User Information with third parties. We will not, however, share any aggregated data in manner that would enable the recipient to personally identify you.
Service Providers. From time to time, we may enter into relationships with third parties who provide services to us (e.g., data management and storage services or credit card processing services). In those circumstances, we disclose User Information that is necessary for such service providers to perform those services, and we require that they maintain the confidentiality of such User Information.
How We Safeguard Your Personal Information
Security Measures. MIT Enterprise Forum takes appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure, or destruction of Personal Information. These include, but are not limited to, internal reviews of: (a) MIT Enterprise Forum's data collection; (b) storage and processing practices; (c) electronic security measures; and (d) physical security measures to guard against unauthorized access to systems where MIT Enterprise Forum stores Personal Information. All MIT Enterprise Forum employees, contractors, and agents who access Personal Information are bound by confidentiality obligations and may be subject to discipline, including termination and criminal prosecution, for unauthorized use or disclosure of Personal Information.
Third-Party Links. The MIT Enterprise Forum Network may contain links to third parties who may collect Personal Information and Non-Personal Information directly from you. Additionally, MIT Enterprise Forum may use third parties to provide components of the MIT Enterprise Forum Network. In either case, such third parties may have separate privacy policies and data collection practices, independent of MIT Enterprise Forum. MIT Enterprise Forum: (a) has no responsibility or liability for these independent policies or actions; (b) is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites; and (c) does not make any warranties or representations about the contents, products, or services offered on such websites or the security of any information you provide to them.
We are committed to protecting the privacy needs of children, and we encourage parents and guardians to take an active role in their children's online activities and interests. The Services are not intended for and may not be used by children under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13, and we do not market the Services to children under the age of 13.
Links to Other Services and Websites
Jurisdiction and Cross-Border Issues
We do not represent or warrant that the Services, or any part thereof, are appropriate or available for use in any particular jurisdiction. Those who choose to access the Services do so on their own initiative and at their own risk, and are responsible for complying with all local laws, rules, and regulations. We may limit the Services' availability, in whole or in part, to any person, geographic area, or jurisdiction we choose, at any time and at our sole discretion. By using the Services and submitting any Personal Information, you consent to the transfer of Personal Information to other countries, such as the United States, which may provide a different level of data security from your country of residence.
Special Note for Our International Visitors
Our Services are intended for and directed to users in the United States. If you are accessing our Services from the European Union, Asia, or any other region with laws or regulations governing personal data collection, use, and disclosure that differ from United States laws, please be advised that through your continued use of our Services, which are governed by U.S. law and this Privacy Notice, you are transferring your Personal Information to the United States and you consent to that transfer.
How to Access and Change Your Personal Information
You may contact us as follows:
MIT Enterprise Forum
One Main St., 13th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
Last updated: October 17, 2014