Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy describes how and when ardentCause, L3C collects, uses and shares your information when you use our Services. ardentCause receives your information through our various websites, email notifications, and applications (the “Services​”). When using any of our Services you consent to the collection, transfer, manipulation, storage, disclosure and other uses of your information as described in this Privacy Policy.

ardentCause works to protect the privacy of your information. We are fully compliant with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99)

Information Collection and Use​

Information: Before, or at the time of collecting personal information, ardentCause will identify the purposes for which information is being collected. ardentCause will only collect and use personal information with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified and for other compatible purposes, unless ardentCause obtains the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law. ardentCause will only retain personal information as long as it is necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes. From time to time, ardentCause may also communicate with you directly. You can choose to opt-out of any communication by following a procedure to “unsubscribe” at your discretion, provided that this notification does not interfere with the services provided to you, by ardentCause, under contractual arrangements. ardentCause will collect personal information by lawful and fair means; and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned.

Personal data will be relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used, and (to the extent necessary for those purposes) should be accurate, complete, and up-to-date. ardentCause will protect personal information by reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as protecting it against unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification. ardentCause will readily make available to customers information about policies and practices relating to the management of personal information. ardentCause is committed to conducting business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained. Irrespective of which country you reside in or supply information from, you authorize ardentCause to use your information in the United States and any other country where ardentCause operates.

Links:​ ardentCause may keep track of how you interact with links across our Services, including our email notifications or third-party services, by redirecting clicks or through other means. We do this to help improve our Services and to be able to share aggregate click statistics such as how many times a particular link was clicked on.

Cookies:​ Like many websites, ardentCause uses “cookie” technology to collect additional website usage data and to improve our Services. A cookie is a small data file that is transferred to your computer’s hard disk. ardentCause may use both session cookies and persistent cookies to better understand how you interact with our Services, to monitor aggregate usage by our users and web traffic routing on our Services, and to customize and improve our Services. Most Internet browsers automatically accept cookies. You can instruct your browser, by changing its settings, to stop accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit. However, some Services may not function properly if you disable cookies.

Log Data:​ ardentCause servers automatically record information (“Log Data​”) created by your use of the Services. Log Data may include information such as your IP address, browser type, operating system, the referring web page, pages visited, location, your mobile carrier, device and application IDs, search terms, and cookie information. We receive Log Data when you interact with our Services; for example, we do this when you visit our websites, sign into our Services, or interact with our email notifications. ardentCause uses Log Data to provide our Services and to measure, customize, and improve them. If not already done earlier, we will either delete Log Data or remove any common account identifiers, such as your username, full IP address, or email address.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

Your Consent:​ ardentCause may share or disclose your information at your direction, such as when you consent to a collaboration partner or a funder accessing your ardentCause account and data.

Service Providers:​ ardentCause engages service providers to perform functions and provide services to us in the United States and abroad. We may share your private personal information with such service providers subject to confidentiality obligations consistent with this Privacy Policy, and on the condition that the third parties use your private personal data only on our behalf and pursuant to our instructions.

Law and Harm:​ Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Policy, ardentCause may preserve or disclose your information 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 ardentCause’s rights or property. However, nothing in this Privacy Policy is intended to limit any legal defenses or objections that you may have to a third party’s, including a government’s, request to disclose your information.

Business Transfers:​ In the event that ardentCause is involved in a bankruptcy, merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of assets, your information may be sold or transferred as part of that transaction. The promises in this Privacy Policy will apply to your information as transferred to the new entity.

Non-Private or Non-Personal Information:​ ardentCause may share or disclose your non-private, aggregated or otherwise non-personal information.

Changes to this Policy

ardentCause may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time. The most current version of the policy will govern our use of your information. If we make a change to this policy that, in our sole discretion, is material, we will notify you via an update or email to the email address associated with your account. By continuing to access or use the Services after those changes become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised Privacy Policy.

Effective Feb. 2014, updated May. 2017