PERTS Public Sites Privacy Policy

Updated June 16, 2020

This PERTS Public Sites Privacy Policy applies to visits and interactions with PERTS public websites, including equitablelearning.org, mindsetkit.org, PERTS social media pages, and perts.net pages that can be visited without registering for an account (“PERTS Public Sites”). This policy describes how PERTS collects, uses, protects, and discloses information collected when you visit or engage with PERTS Public Sites.

By visiting the PERTS Public Sites or providing the information described below, you are accepting the terms of the PERTS Public Sites Privacy Policy (“Public Sites Policy”). If you do not agree to the terms of the Public Sites Policy, please do not use the PERTS Public Sites.

Please note that the Public Sites Policy only applies to the PERTS Public Sites. A different privacy policy applies to the use of PERTS programs that require account registration and sign in, including all PERTS services that collect or store information from or about students, such as those at copilot.perts.net, perts.me, and neptune.perts.net. See perts.net/terms for more information about those terms.

What types of information are collected?

Personal Data

Personally identifiable information is only collected when you voluntarily choose to provide it. This happens when you:

  • sign up to receive our newsletter or other communications
  • complete one of our online forms
  • request information or assistance
  • send us an email or call us (including one of our employees) through the contact information provided on the PERTS Public Sites
  • provide user-generated content on any part of the PERTS Public Sites that permits it
  • respond to, inquire about, or apply for an employment opportunity on the PERTS Public Sites
  • interact with PERTS pages or accounts on social media platforms; for example, if you click on our social media links or provide information to us on those accounts

In addition to the above, we may collect certain information about you whenever you visit PERTS Public Sites. We also collect other information that relates to you whenever you visit the PERTS Public Sites. Such information may include the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer, mobile device or other device you used to access the PERTS Public Sites, the type of browser and operating system you used, the date and time you visited the PERTS Public Sites, the Internet address of the site from which you linked to the PERTS Public Sites, the links you follow from the PERTS Public Sites, and the reading history and other analytics related to how visitors to the PERTS Public Sites use and view the content we’ve provided.

Web browser cookies

PERTS uses “cookies” to enhance your experience while visiting the PERTS Public Sites. PERTS may also use cookies to measure aggregate web statistics, such as collecting the number of visitors to the PERTS Public Sites, the number of repeat visitors, and the most popular webpages.

Please note that you may choose to set your web browser to refuse cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. If you choose to turn off cookies, however, some parts of the PERTS Public Sites may not function properly.

How PERTS Uses the Information that It Collects through PERTS Public Sites

PERTS uses the information described in this Public Sites Privacy Policy primarily to communicate with you where requested, and to enhance your experience on the PERTS Public Sites. More specifically, we may use the information to: respond to specific inquiries and requests; add you to our mailing lists; manage, supervise or send our outreach, newsletter, and other communications; contact you regarding an employment opportunity or application; process any registration or similar information you provide; improve our services, sites, facilities, events and other programmatic operations; communicate with you about a donation or processing a transaction; better understand how visitors use the PERTS Public Sites so that we can improve the PERTS Public Sites; or comply with applicable law, court order, subpoena, or legal processes.

If you sign up to receive the PERTS newsletter or any of our other mailings, we may contact you with information that we think will be of interest to you. PERTS will always provide an unsubscribe option with any official emails from our organization. If at any time you wish to stop receiving these communications, please follow the unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of the email, or contact us.

How PERTS Protects User Information

PERTS is committed to keeping your personal information safe and secure. We maintain data collection, storage, and processing practices and security measures to help protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information. PERTS mandates login security controls on equipment and systems, multi-factor user authentication, mandatory password expiry, digital storage encryption, routine scheduled patching and updates, and ongoing cybersecurity user training and awareness for PERTS staff. You can learn more at perts.net/security.

If you provide credit card information to make a donation, your credit card information is not held by PERTS. It is collected by our third party payment processors specializing in the secure processing of credit or debit card transactions. Your credit card information is not stored by PERTS.

Sharing Personal Information

Third Party Providers

PERTS uses third party service providers to help us operate the PERTS Public Sites and administer activities on our behalf, such as collecting donations online, processing applications for employment, or providing analytics, maintenance or site improvement, and operational support. These third party vendors may have access to PERTS Public Sites visitor information, but are required to protect the confidentiality of the information and to use it only for the limited purpose for which it was provided.

If you believe personal data you provided to us is being misused by a third party, please contact us.

Compliance with Law

PERTS will share personally identifiable information about those who use our PERTS Public Sites or communicate with us when required to do so by law, or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with state and federal laws or to respond to a court order, subpoena, or search warrant. PERTS may also share personally identifiable information if we believe it is necessary to protect the rights, property, and safety of us or others.

User Consent and Other Services

From time to time, we may explicitly request consent to use your information in a manner not covered by the Public Sites Policy. In such a circumstance, we would ask you to voluntarily “opt in” to agree to such use. In addition, communications through our PERTS Public Sites often lead to additional partnership opportunities and engagements. PERTS may collect and use additional information in relation to those interactions, in each case as appropriate to the relationship between the parties.

Aggregated Data

PERTS may share generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any personally identifiable information regarding visitors to PERTS Public Sites with third parties, including in connection with maintaining, improving, and fixing any operational errors on the PERTS Public Sites.

Third Party Websites

PERTS may provide links from the PERTS Public Sites to other websites. PERTS does not control the content or links that appear on these third party websites and is not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from the PERTS Public Sites. These websites and services have their own privacy policies. Browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites that have a link to or from PERTS Public Sites, is subject to that website’s own terms and policies. This Public Sites Policy only covers information collected through the use of the PERTS Public Sites. In addition, PERTS Public Sites do not currently respond to web browser “do not track” signals.

Compliance with Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

Protecting the privacy of minors is especially important. PERTS never collects information at the PERTS Public Sites from those PERTS knows are under 16, and no part of the PERTS Public Sites is structured specifically to attract anyone under 16. If PERTS becomes aware that someone under the age of 16 has provided personal information to us through an interaction with PERTS Public Sites, we will promptly delete that information.

GDPR

The PERTS Public Sites are published in the United States and subject to laws of the United States. If you are an EU resident or citizen, you have additional rights in connection with your personal information pursuant to the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), including the right to request a copy of your personal information that PERTS may have, and the right to request that we update, delete, or anonymize that information. If you have any GDPR-specific questions or requests, please contact us.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

PERTS may update this Public Sites Policy at any time. When it does, PERTS will revise the updated date at the top of this page. We encourage you to check this page for any changes to stay informed about what information is collected by PERTS Public Sites and how it is used. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this Public Sites Policy periodically and become aware of any modifications since your last visit.

Your Acceptance of These Terms

By using the PERTS Public Sites, you signify your acceptance of the Public Sites Policy, including as it is amended from time to time. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use the PERTS Public Sites. Your continued use of the PERTS Public Sites following the posting of changes to this Public Sites Policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.

Contacting PERTS

If you have any questions about PERTS, please use our contact form.