Updated: February 9, 2021
Personal Information We Collect
Information you give us
We collect personal information about individuals who interact with the Simons Foundation, including by using our website and subscribing to our publications. The types of personal information we collect include:
- Contact information, such as your name, email address and social media handles
- Feedback and correspondence, such as information you provide when emailing us or posting public comments
- Usage information, such as information about how you use our websites and interact with us, and information you provide when you use any interactive features of the websites
- Subscription information, such your preferences for receiving communications about our activities, events, and publications, and details about how you engage with our communications
Information automatically collected
How We Use Your Personal Information
To provide our services
We use your personal information to provide our services in the following ways:
- to operate, maintain, administer and improve our websites
- to publish our newsletters, magazines and other communications
- to manage and communicate with you regarding your account with us, if you have one
- to better understand your needs and interests and to personalize your experience with the websites
- to provide support and maintenance for the websites
- to respond to your requests, questions and feedback
To communicate with you
If you request information from us (such as signing up for our newsletter or publications) or register on our websites, we may send you Simons Foundation–related communications. You will have the ability to opt out of such communications.
To comply with law
We use your personal information as we believe necessary or appropriate to comply with applicable laws, lawful requests and legal processes.
With your consent
We will request your consent to use your personal information where required by law, such as where we use certain cookies or similar technologies or would like to send you certain marketing messages. You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time in the manner that was indicated when we requested the consent or at any time by contacting us. If you have consented to receive marketing communications from our third-party partners, you may withdraw your consent by contacting those partners directly.
To create anonymous data for analytics
We may create anonymous data from your personal information and other individuals whose personal information we collect. We make personal information into anonymous data by excluding information that makes the data personally identifiable to you, and use that anonymous data for business purposes.
For compliance, fraud prevention and safety
We use your personal information as we believe necessary or appropriate to (a) enforce the terms and conditions that govern the service; (b) protect our rights, privacy, safety or property, and/or that of you or others; and (c) protect, investigate and deter against fraudulent, harmful, unauthorized, unethical or illegal activity.
As stated in a supplemental privacy notice
In some circumstances, we may provide a supplemental privacy notice that explains how we use personal information in a specific context.
How We Share Your Personal Information
Professional advisers and corporate transactions
We may disclose your personal information to professional advisers, such as lawyers, bankers, auditors and insurers, where necessary in the course of the professional services that they render to us, including to the extent reasonably needed to proceed with the negotiation or completion of a corporate transaction, such as a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of our assets, in which case your personal information may be part of that corporate transaction.
Compliance with laws and law enforcement; protection and safety
We may disclose information about you to government or law enforcement officials or private parties as required by law, and disclose and use such information as we believe necessary or appropriate to (a) comply with applicable laws and lawful requests and legal processes, such as to respond to subpoenas; (b) enforce the terms and conditions that govern our websites; (c) protect our rights, privacy, safety or property, and/or that of you or others; and (d) protect, investigate and deter against fraudulent, harmful, unauthorized, unethical or illegal activity.
Access, update, correct or delete your information
An individual who has registered for an account with us may review, update, correct or delete the personal information in their account profile by logging into their account.
You may opt out of marketing-related emails by following the instructions contained at the bottom of our emails, or by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may continue to receive service-related and other nonmarketing emails.
Online behavioral advertising
Some of the partners that collect information about users’ activities on our websites may be members of organizations or programs that provide choices to individuals regarding targeted advertising. Users may opt out of receiving targeted advertising on websites through members of the Network Advertising Initiative by clicking here or the Digital Advertising Alliance by clicking here. European users may opt out of receiving targeted advertising on websites through members of the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance by clicking here, selecting the user’s country, and then clicking “Choices” (or similarly titled link). If you choose to opt out of targeted advertisements, you will still see advertisements online, but they may not be relevant to you. Even if you do choose to opt out, not all companies that serve online behavioral advertising are included in this list, and so you may still receive some cookies and tailored advertisements from companies that are not listed.
“Do Not Track” signals
Some Internet browsers may be configured to send “Do Not Track” signals to the online services that you visit. We currently do not honor “Do Not Track” signals. To find out more about “Do Not Track,” please visit http://www.allaboutdnt.com.
Choosing not to share your personal information
You may choose not to provide personal information to us. However, we may not be able to provide services to you if we are required to collect your personal information or if we need your personal information in order to provide the services. We will tell you what information you must provide to receive our services by designating it as required or through other appropriate means.
We take a number of organizational, technical and physical measures designed to protect the personal information we collect, both during transmission and once we receive it. However, no security safeguards are 100% secure, and we cannot guarantee the security of your information.
Our websites are not intended for children under 16. If you become aware that a child has provided us with information without parental or guardian consent, please contact us. We will delete such information from our files as soon as reasonably practicable.
Simons Foundation is headquartered in the United States and may have service providers in other countries. Your personal information may be transferred to the United States or other locations outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where privacy laws may not be as protective as those in your jurisdiction.
Other Sites and Services
Our websites may contain links to other websites and services. These links are not an endorsement, authorization or representation that we are affiliated with that third party. We do not exercise control over third-party websites or services, and are not responsible for their actions. Other websites and services may follow different rules regarding the use or disclosure of the personal information you submit to them. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of the other websites you visit and services you use.
If you have any questions or concerns about privacy in the SPARK study, please visit our FAQ page.
Attn: Legal – Privacy
160 Fifth Ave., 7th Floor
New York, NY 10010