Policy Impacts values the privacy of our users, members, and others who visit and use www.policyimpacts.org and its associated websites and services (collectively, the “Site”) (collectively or individually “Users”). This statement governs information you provide to us or that we learn from your use of the Opportunity Site and tells you how we may collect, and use this information.

The information Policy Impacts collects

“Cookies” Information: When you visit the Policy Impacts Site, we may send one or more cookies – a small text file containing a string of alphanumeric characters – to your computer. Policy Impacts uses both session cookies and persistent cookies. A persistent cookie remains after you close your browser and may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the Policy Impacts Site. By using these cookies, we can “remember” what you have done on the Policy Impacts Site before and personalize our site for you. These persistent types of cookies can be removed. Each web browser implements different functionality, so please refer to the manuals or technical support resources that are available in conjunction with your web browser to learn the correct way to modify your cookies set-up. Please note that disabling cookies may prevent you from accessing some of the functionality and site offerings available via the Policy Impacts Site.

“Automatically Collected” Information: When you visit the Policy Impacts Site or open one of our HTML emails, we may record certain information from your web browser by using different types of technology, including “clear gifs” or “web beacons”. This “automatically collected” information may include your Internet Protocol address (“IP Address”), web browser type, the web pages or sites that you visit just before or just after the Policy Impacts Site, the pages you view on our site, and the dates and times that you visit.

The Way Policy Impacts Uses Information

Policy Impacts may use all of the information that we collect from our Users to understand the usage trends and preferences, to improve the way the Policy Impacts Site works and looks, to improve our marketing, promotional efforts, and functionality.

Policy Impacts may use automatically collected information and cookies information to: (a) remember your information so that you will not have to re-enter it during your visit or the next time you visit the Policy Impacts Site; (b) monitor the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns; and (c) monitor aggregate usage metrics such as total number of visitors and pages viewed. Policy Impacts will not use your email address or other personally identifiable information to send promotional or marketing messages without your consent or except as part of a specific program or feature for which you will have the ability to opt-in.

When Policy Impacts Discloses Information

Policy Impacts does not share personal information about Users with third parties unless doing so is appropriate to carry out a User’s request or it reasonably believes that doing so is legally required or is in Policy Impacts’ interest to protect its property or other legal rights or the rights or property of others. We do not share personally identifiable information with other third-party organizations for their marketing or promotional use.


Consistent with the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of thirteen (13) without requiring parental consent. Any person who provides their personal information to Policy Impacts through the Policy Impacts Site represents that they are 13 years of age or older. Links to Other Sites Policy Impacts may link to websites of other companies from the Policy Impacts Site. You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party sites. Policy Impacts’s Privacy Policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other websites.

Our commitment to data security

No data transmissions over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Consequently, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make reasonable efforts to ensure security on our systems. We use secure server software (SSL) and firewalls to protect your information from unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. However, please note that this is not a guarantee that such information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of such firewalls and secure server software.

If Policy Impacts learns of a security systems breach, then we may attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. By using the Policy Impacts Site or providing personal information to us, you agree that we can communicate with you electronically regarding security, privacy, and administrative issues relating to your use of the Policy Impacts Site. Policy Impacts may post a notice on the Policy Impacts Site if a security breach occurs. If this happens, you will need a web browser enabling you to view Policy Impacts’s Service. Policy Impacts may also send an email to you at the email address you have provided to us in these circumstances. Depending on where you live, you may have a legal right to receive notice of a security breach in writing. To receive a free written notice of a security breach (or to withdraw your consent from receiving electronic notice) you should notify us via email at info@policyimpacts.org

Special note to international users

The Policy Impacts Site is hosted in the United States. If you are a User accessing the Policy Impacts Site 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 note that you are transferring your personal data to the United States which does not have the same data protection laws as the EU and other regions, and by providing your personal data you consent to:

  • the use of your personal data for the uses identified above in accordance with the Privacy Policy; and
  • the transfer of your personal data to the United States as indicated above.

Changes and updates to this Privacy Policy

We may occasionally update this Privacy Policy. When we do, we will also revise the “Last Updated” section below. For changes to this Privacy Policy that may be materially less restrictive on our use or disclosure of personal information that you have provided to us, we will attempt to obtain your consent before implementing the change. We encourage you to periodically review this Privacy Policy to stay informed about how we are protecting the personal information we collect. Your continued use of the Policy Impacts Site constitutes your agreement to this Privacy Policy and any updates.

Contacting Policy Impacts

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this Privacy Policy, please email us at info@policyimpacts.org.