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Privacy Policy

We recognize that your privacy is very important and take it seriously. This Privacy Policy describes the policies and procedures of Mérieux Foundation USA ("Fondation Mérieux USA," “FMUSA,” “we,” or “us”) on the collection, use, and disclosure of your information when you use the website made available at http://www.fondation-merieuxusa.org/ (the “Website”). We will not use or share your information with anyone except as described in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy does not apply to information we collect by other means (including offline) or from other sources.

  1. Information collection and use

  2. How we share your information

  3. How we protect your information

  4. Your choices about your information

  5. Children’s privacy

  6. Links to other websites

  7. Changes to our Privacy Policy

1. Information Collection and Use

We use information we collect to analyze how the Website is used, diagnose service or technical problems, maintain security, personalize content, remember information to help you efficiently access your account, monitor aggregate metrics such as total number of visitors, traffic, and demographic patterns, and may track users as necessary to comply with applicable laws.

User-Provided Information: You may provide us information about yourself, such as your name and email address, in the course of using the Website. We may use your email address to send you Website-related notices (including any notices required by law, in lieu of communication by postal mail). We may also use your contact information to send you marketing messages. If you do not want to receive such messages, you may opt out by following the instructions in the message. If you correspond with us by email, we may retain the content of your email messages, your email address, and our responses.

Cookies: When you visit the Website, we may send one or more “cookies” - a small data file - to your computer to uniquely identify your browser and let us help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through the site. A cookie may convey anonymous information about how you browse the Website to us, but does not collect personal information about you. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive after you close your browser so that it can be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the Website. Persistent cookies can be removed by following your web browser’s directions. A session cookie is temporary and disappears after you close your browser. You can reset your web browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some features of the Website may not function properly if the ability to accept cookies is disabled.

Log Files: Log file information is automatically reported by your browser each time you access a web page. When you use the Website, our servers automatically record certain information that your web browser sends whenever you visit any website. These server logs may include information such as your web request, Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, referring / exit pages and URLs, number of clicks, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed, and other such information.

Clear Gifs Information: When you use the Website, we may employ clear gifs (also known as web beacons) which are used to track the online usage patterns of our users anonymously. No personally identifiable information from your FMUSA account is collected using these clear gifs. In addition, we may also use clear gifs in HTML-based emails sent to our users to track which emails are opened by recipients. The information is used to enable more accurate reporting and make FMUSA better for our users.

Third Party Services: We may use a third party analytics service, such as Google Analytics, to help understand use of the Website. Such services collect the information sent by your browser as part of a web page request, including cookies and your IP address. Use of this information by each respective third party analytics service is governed by its privacy policy.

2. How We Share Your Information

Personally Identifiable Information: We may share your personally identifiable information with third parties for the purpose of providing the Website to you. If we do this, such third parties’ use of your information will be bound by this Privacy Policy. We may store personal information in locations outside our direct control (for instance, on servers or databases co-located with hosting providers).

We may share or disclose your information with your consent, such as if you choose to sign on to the Website through a third-party service. We cannot control third parties’ use of your information.

We may disclose your personal information if required to do so by law or subpoena, or if we believe that it is reasonably necessary to comply with a law, regulation, or legal request; to protect the safety of any person; to address fraud, security, or technical issues; or to protect our rights or property.

Non-Personally Identifiable Information: We may share non-personally identifiable information (such as anonymous usage data, referring/exit pages and URLs, platform types, number of clicks, etc.) with interested third parties to help them understand the usage patterns for certain of our services.

3. How We Protect Your Information

We use commercially reasonable physical, managerial, and technical safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of your personal information. We cannot, however, ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or guarantee that your information on the Website may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards.

In the event that personal information is compromised as a result of a breach of security, we will promptly notify those persons whose personal information has been compromised as required by applicable law.

4. Your Choices About Your Information

You may, of course, decline to submit personally identifiable information through the Website, in which case we may not be able to provide certain services to you.

5. Children’s Privacy

Protecting the privacy of young children is especially important to us. We do not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to submit such information on the Website. If we become aware that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information.

We are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from the Website, nor the information or content contained therein. Please remember that when you use a link to go from the Website to another website, our Privacy Policy is no longer in effect. Your browsing and interaction on any other website, including those that have a link on our website, is subject to that website’s own rules and policies.

7. Changes to Our Privacy Policy

If we change our privacy policies and procedures, we will post those changes on this page to keep you aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we may disclose it. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at contact@fondation-merieuxusa.org, or send mail to:

Mérieux Foundation USA
1211 Connecticut Avenue NW, 8th Fl.
Washington, DC 20036

Last updated: June 25, 2014

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