Boston Partners in Education (“Boston Partners” or the “Organization”) respects the privacy of all those who visit our website and endeavors to implement measures designed to protect the privacy of those using our services. Note, however, that we do collect and use information from visitors to our website. This Website Privacy Policy sets forth our practices and the terms relating to the collection and use of information from you in connection with your visit to the Boston Partners in Education website.

Please be aware that Boston Partners reviews its website privacy practices from time to time, and that those practices and this policy are, therefore, subject to change. We ask that you bookmark and periodically review this page to ensure continuing familiarity with the most current version of our Website Privacy Policy. To contact Boston Partners about website-related privacy issues, please e-mail us at [email protected] with your request.

Except as set forth within this Website Privacy Policy, in guidelines issued by the Organization from time to time, or as otherwise required or permitted by law, we do not release personally identifiable information about our website visitors without their permission.

What information does Boston Partners collect from you in connection with the organization’s website?

Personally Identifiable Information

Boston Partners collects and stores certain personally identifiable information that you voluntarily provide or otherwise convey through your use of this website, such as through web pages that allow you to request volunteers or register as a volunteer. Such information may include your name, address, e-mail address, and similar types of information. Although certain areas of the Organization’s website may require that you provide us with such personally identifiable information in order, for example, to complete certain on-line forms, you are free to use the remainder of the site without providing such personally identifiable information.

We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children (defined herein as minors younger than thirteen years of age). If you are under the age of thirteen, you are prohibited by Organization policy from submitting any personally identifiable information via this website. If you are under the age of eighteen (but at least thirteen years of age), you must first have a parent or legal guardian read our Terms of Use Agreement and this Website Privacy Policy and consent to the terms before you may submit personally identifiable information.

Non-Personal Information

Boston Partners also collects non-personal information such as website usage, traffic patterns, website performance and related statistics based on our tracking of your visits to the website. Although such information may not be personally identifiable, we can determine from an IP address a visitor’s Internet Service Provider and the geographic location of his or her point of connectivity. We may also use small text files placed on a user’s computer hard drive (“Cookies“) to help us determine the type of content and websites to which a visitor to the Boston Partners website links and the length of time each visitor spends at any particular area of the Organization’s website. Cookies allow Boston Partners to serve you better and more efficiently, and to personalize your experience at the Organization’s website. Nevertheless, you should be able to control how and whether Cookies will be accepted by your web browser. For more information on how to do so, please refer to the documentation accompanying, or assistance offered through, your browser.

How We Use (and Do Not Use) the Information We Gather in Connection with Boston Partners’ Website

Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the different ways Boston Partners uses the information that it gathers through this website. Keep in mind that, while Boston Partners encourages all third parties involved to adhere to our policies regarding the privacy of our visitors and to otherwise handle personally identifiable information in a responsible manner, we cannot and do not assume any responsibility for any actions or omissions of third parties, including the manner in which any third party uses information received either from Boston Partners or independently. Nevertheless, in the event that you encounter any third party associated with, or who claims association with, Boston Partners who you feel is improperly collecting or using information about you, please feel free to contact the Organization by e-mail at [email protected].

Personally Identifiable Information

Boston Partners may use personally identifiable information that we receive or collect from you to provide and improve our products and services, send announcements or other communications, process your requests, or otherwise administer our business. The personally identifiable information collected by Boston Partners may also be used to improve the content of our website and to better address the needs and interests of website visitors.

Although Boston Partners does not sell personally identifiable information concerning website visitors to third parties, we may, in certain circumstances, share personally identifiable information with third parties. For example, Boston Partners may use third party service providers to facilitate our services and provide operations for one or more aspects of the Organization’s website. Such third party service providers may, in certain circumstances, require a visitor’s personally identifiable information in order to facilitate our services and provide such operations.

Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, we reserve the right to release information collected from a visitor (whether or not personally identifiable), including information contained within our access logs, when that visitor is in violation of our published guidelines, or partakes (or is reasonably suspected of partaking) in any illegal activity, even without a subpoena, warrant or other court order, and to release such information in response to court and governmental orders, civil subpoenas, discovery requests and as otherwise required by law. We cooperate with law enforcement agencies in identifying those individuals who may be using our servers or services for illegal activities. We also reserve the right to report any suspected illegal activity to law enforcement individuals or entities for investigation or prosecution.

Non-Personal Information

Boston Partners will use the non-personal information it collects regarding your site usage for making changes or enhancements to the website and to better address the needs and interests of website visitors, as well as for other internal administrative purposes. We also may use data regarding site usage to determine which pages of the website are most helpful to visitors and to improve the information available through such pages. Further, we may provide statistical information and other non-personal information to advertisers, affiliates and other current and potential business partners. We may also use aggregate data to inform these third parties as to the number of people who have seen and clicked on links to their websites.

Third Party Privacy Policies

Boston Partners’ website contains links to other Internet websites. Links to the Organization’s website may likewise be featured on independent third party websites. Boston Partners has no control, and is not responsible for, the privacy practices of other websites that may host links to the Organization’s website or that you may visit through links on the Organization’s website, including such websites’ use of any information (such as IP address, browser type, or usage history) collected when visitors to the Organization’s website click through links to such websites. We recommend that you review individual site privacy policies before providing any information on such websites.

Changing or Deleting Personal Information; Business Transfers

Boston Partners strives to maintain accurate, complete and current information.  If you would like to update or correct personally identifiable information or have personally identifiable information that you provide or convey through your use of this website removed from Boston Partners’ database, please contact us at [email protected] with your request, and we will use reasonable efforts to comply with your request. Upon receipt of a request to delete personally identifiable information, we will delete the applicable personally identifiable information from our active databases.  Keep in mind, however, that there will be residual information that will remain within Boston Partners’ databases, access logs and other records, which may or may not contain such personally identifiable information. The residual information will not be used for commercial purposes; however, Boston Partners reserves the right, from time to time, to re-contact former customers or users of the Organization’s website.

Protecting Personally Identifiable Information

Boston Partners uses reasonable security measures to protect the personally identifiable information that we collect via the website. However, while we take reasonable steps to protect your personally identifiable information, we cannot guarantee and do not warrant or represent, that all information will be protected against loss, misuse, or unauthorized access by third parties. By your use of this website, you acknowledge and agree that your use of the Internet and this website is at your own risk, that no Internet data transmission can be guaranteed as secure from such incidents, and that you will not hold us responsible for any breach of security that is not solely caused by our negligence.

How Do I Find Out About Changes to this Website Privacy Policy?

If Boston Partners changes its privacy policy for its website, we will post those changes here.

Contact Us

Questions, comments or complaints regarding this Website Privacy Policy or regarding our information practices should be directed to Boston Partners in Education at [email protected] or, if by U.S. mail, at Boston Partners in Education, 192 South Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02111, Attn: Boston Partners in Education Privacy Officer.

Last update: 12/1/2008