Privacy Policy for BU Crowdfunding

This Privacy Policy discloses the information gathering and dissemination practices for https://crowdfunding.bu.edu/ (the “Site”). The Site is controlled by Trustees of Boston University (“Boston University”). As used in this Policy, the terms “we,” “us,” and “our” refers to Boston University.

This Privacy Policy applies to information collected by the Site both from users who enter information on the Site and from users who view and use the Site without actively entering information. By using the Site, you are consenting to our collection and use of your information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Information Gathering

1) Registering for a Site Account; Other Requests for Information

If you enter information on the Site or request information, we will ask for information such as your [name and email address]. We may ask you for other information at other times. We use this information to customize your experience on the Site, to improve our content, to understand use of the site, to provide you with email notifications related to your interests, and to contact you for fundraising purposes.

2) Browsing Information and Cookies

When you access the Site, our servers automatically record information that your browser provides. This may include, among other things, your Internet Protocol address, web request, browser type, the date and time of your request, web pages visited, files accessed, and one or more cookies that uniquely identify your browser (see below).

The Site will attempt to store a small piece of data known as a “cookie” on your computer. For example, when you visit a page within the site, a cookie will be placed on your computer (if your computer accepts cookies) or will be read if you have visited the site previously. We may use cookies to establish continuity between related requests, to personalize the site to your preferences, to authenticate your log-in, and to analyze web traffic. Cookies do not themselves contain any personal information. The site logs this session identifier along with other information about each request. You may choose to block cookies with your browser, but if you do, you may not be able to take advantage of the site’s personalized features.

3) User Communications

When you send email or other communications to us, we may retain those communications to process your inquiries, respond to your requests and improve our services.

Use of Information

We use the information collected for the following purposes, in addition to those described above: tailoring the Site to user needs and improving our service; generating data and reports about usage of the Site and its content; supporting the functioning and security of the Site and our network and systems; protecting our rights, property, or safety or those of others; and research.

We do not link IP addresses to any personally identifiable information. At no time do we disclose site usage by individual visitors or individual IP addresses.

[We evaluate site usage by analyzing user information and demographics, but only to generate aggregate statistical reports. Web server logs are retained on a temporary basis and deleted from our system.]

User information may be shared with third-parties to only the extent necessary to provide our web services. We may also provide your information to third parties in circumstances where we believe that doing so is necessary or appropriate to: satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request; investigate compliance with or enforce Boston University policy; detect, prevent or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues; or protect the rights, property or safety of us, our users or others. The information referred to in this section may include personally identifiable information. In addition, we may share with third parties information about the use of the Site and its content that is aggregated or anonymized so that it does not identify any individual user.

Children’s Privacy

This site’s content is not intended to attract children under 13 years of age and we will not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13 years of age. If you are under 13 years of age, you should not use the site or register for an account.

Security

This site has security measures in place to help protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. However, we cannot guarantee that those security measures will be effective.

Contacting This Website

You may request to opt-out of receiving Boston University crowdfunding communications by emailing us at crowdfunding@bu.edu. When contacting us, please specify which types of communication (e.g., email, regular mail, telephone calls) you no longer wish to receive.

If you have questions about this policy, or about how to review, modify or delete previously provided information, or if you believe that your information has not been treated in accordance with this policy, please contact us via email at crowdfunding@bu.edu.

This web site may contain links to other web sites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such web sites.

To donate to Boston University by check: You may send checks by U.S. mail addressed to: Gifts and Records, Boston University, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 700, West Entrance, Boston, Massachusetts. Please make your check payable to Trustees of Boston University and note on the memo part of your check how you would like to designate your gift, or attach a note to that effect. If you do not include a designation, your gift will be used for the general teaching, research, and public service initiatives of Boston University.

Changes to this Policy

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time without advance notice. If we change the policy, we will post the modified policy on this page, and will note the date of modification.

Effective Date

The effective date of this policy is April 15, 2014.