How we collect visitor information
Automatic tracking via cookies. Like most websites, Science Rising places a “cookie,” or small text file, in the browser files of visitors to our site. This allows us to collect information on website traffic or other online behavior, which we use to improve user experience. These cookies do not collect personally identifiable information about users nor are they linked to any personally identifiable information on our site. Likewise, our site records IP address of visitors for purely functional reasons (e.g. logging geography of visitors).
Users retain the right to reject cookies and can do so through their cookie settings or by using a browser plugin.
Voluntary information you provide via forms. We collect personally identifying information when you submit your name or other information through the mail, phone, or a form on our website—for example, when submitting a Science Rising event or activity or providing notification of other Science Rising-related activities. The exact information can vary, but may include identifying information—such as name, address, and other voluntarily provided data. By submitting this information, you are consenting to the processing of that information for the purposes identified on the form.
When you take certain actions on our site that involve third parties, such as submitting comments to a government agency or to the office of an elected official, your comments and identifying information become subject to their privacy rules, and may also be recorded or published in accordance with public records policies. UCS is not responsible for the privacy practices of any such third party..
Information Third Parties share with us. This website also uses third-party services such as Google Analytics (to monitor and assess our web traffic), and social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter (as engagement platforms for our visitors). Although Science Rising does not collect personally identifying information through these services, we do collect and view aggregate, anonymized information, such as the pages that users visit, the countries they visit from, and the devices they use to access them.
How we use collected data
Your data is stored on a secure database on secure servers and is accessible only by designated staff or approved vendors, as described in this policy. This information enables us to contact you to request any clarifying information about your Science Rising event or activity submissions.
We never rent or sell your information. We occasionally exchange mailing addresses of donors with like-minded organizations, though we don’t exchange phone or email addresses. Otherwise, we never share your information with others, unless you request that we do so (e.g., an email sent to your senator through our website action center which you signed).
Your rights and choices. Users retain the right to reject cookies and can do so through their cookie settings or by using a browser plugin.
Recipients can opt-out of email or text communications via the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of all Science Rising emails or the STOP command via text messages. Additionally, you can request to be removed from any email, phone, text, or mail communications by emailing email@example.com.
By submitting information through the Science Rising website, users consent to having this information transferred to Science Rising database systems located in the United States. The European Commission does not deem United States laws sufficiently protective of data (though our database providers certify their data practices meet the frameworks principles to receive the personal information of EU residents through the EU-US Privacy Shield). Transfer of personal data to the United States in the absence of adequate protection and without safeguards considered appropriate by the European Commission may pose certain risks, including that United States law may not provide for data processing principles, data subject rights, or enforcement of those rights analogous to those in the European Union.
Individuals have the right to withdraw their consent to Science Rising’s storage of their data at any time. Requests for data removal can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.. Users in the European Union also have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority.
Last updated: January 2, 2020