PACT spends a lot of time researching various aspects of privacy, so our aim is to respect yours in practice.
This privacy statement applies to the main PACT website, which includes the PACT homepage at https://pact.mit.edu/, as well as all subpages hosted on the site. This Privacy Statement explains how we handle and use the personal information we collect about our members and site visitors.
Your Personal Information
You can visit the PACT website without telling us who you are and without revealing any personal information about yourself.
Voluntarily Provided Information
In using specific features, such as web forms, on the PACT website, you may be asked to provide additional information, such as your name or email address, that may be needed to contact you or to subscribe you to updates. In such cases, it is our intent that your provided information will be used only to fulfill the request(s) you make of us, and to allow us to contact you if there are any problems with your request. We will not share, exchange, or sell your email address and other provided personal information to third parties.
Basis for Processing
We process your personal information collected on the PACT website to facilitate our online interactions with you. We only collect and process your personal information in furtherance of the PACT team’s legitimate interests and/or to fulfill any obligations to you.
If you have concerns about this privacy statement, any of these purposes, or how we communicate with you, please contact us via our Contact Us page. We will always respect a request by you to stop processing your personal information (subject to our legal obligations).
How Your Information Is Stored and Secured
The PACT website uses administrative, technical, and physical security measures to protect your personal information. There are reasonable security measures in place to help protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. However, no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is 100% secure.
How Long We Keep Your Personal Information
We will maintain a record for you until such time as you tell us that you no longer wish us to keep in touch. After such time, we will retain a core set of information for PACT’s legitimate purposes, such as archival, scientific, and historical research and for the defense of potential legal claims.
Rights for All Individuals: Required for Individuals in the European Economic Area but Extended to All of Our Users
You have the right in certain circumstances to (1) access your personal information; (2) correct or erase information; (3) restrict processing; and (4) object to communications, direct marketing, or profiling. While these rights are only legally required for individuals in the European Economic Area, we extend them to all of our users around the world. To the extent applicable, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation provides further information about your rights. As an individual in the European Economic Area you also have the right to lodge complaints with your national or regional data protection authority.
If you are inclined to exercise these rights, we request an opportunity to discuss with you any concerns you may have. To protect the personal information we hold, we may also request further information to verify your identity when exercising these rights. Upon a request to erase information, we will maintain a core set of personal data to ensure we do not contact you inadvertently in the future, as well as any information necessary for MIT archival purposes. We may also need to retain some financial information for legal purposes, including US IRS compliance. In the event of an actual or threatened legal claim, we may retain your information for purposes of establishing, defending against, or exercising our rights with respect to such claim.
By providing information directly to PACT, you consent to the transfer of your personal information outside of the European Economic Area to the United States. You understand that the current laws and regulations of the United States may not provide the same level of protection as the data and privacy laws and regulations of the EEA, but PACT will extend all of these rights to all of our users to the extent permissible under United States law.
The PACT website may contain links to third-party sites located outside of PACT. PACT is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these websites. We encourage you to review privacy statements and policies published by these third-party sites.
We may change this Privacy Statement from time to time. If we make any significant changes in the way we treat your personal information, we will make this clear on our website or by contacting you directly.
The controller for your personal information is PACT. We can be contacted via our Contact Us page.