GOVERNMENT INNOVATORS NETWORK

Privacy Policy

Communicating and sharing information is easier today than ever because of the Internet. Through the Innovations in American Government Awards Program (the Innovations Program) and the Government Innovators Network (www.innovations.harvard.edu), the Ash Center for Democratic Government and Innovation (the Ash Center, “us”, “we”) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University is helping to create a community of public-sector innovators and to facilitate the exchange of professional knowledge and information across all areas of government. With the greater ease of interaction that the Internet provides, understanding privacy rights is of the utmost importance.

This statement discloses the privacy practices of the Government Innovators Network site (“the Site,” www.innovations.harvard.edu) of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. By accessing this site, creating a user account, or submitting comments, the user (“you”) acknowledges to have read and agreed to our Terms of Use and the following Privacy Policy.

Because this website wants to demonstrate its commitment to your privacy, it is taking steps to comply with accepted privacy standards. This document describes:

  1. Information that we collect that could help locate or personally identify you or a third party
  2. The organization collecting the information
  3. How the information collected is used
  4. With whom the information may be shared
  5. How you may remove your information or opt out of certain services
  6. The kind of security procedures that are in place to protect against loss, misuse, or alteration of information under Ash Center control
  7. How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information

PRIVACY TOPICS

Information Collection and Use
Registration
Discussion Forums and Commenting
Cookies
Log Files and Analytics
User Feedback and Surveys
Site and Service Updates
Correction/Updating Personal Information
Choice/Opt out
Sharing
Special Offers and Updates
Notification of Changes

Information Collection and Use

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation is currently the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement. We do reserve the right to release information that you have submitted where such release is required by law.

Non-registered users may access all areas of the site including research material, awards, news, and search areas, and may “like” items and view comments but will not be able to submit comments or select favorites.

Registered users may comment on innovations, select favorites, submit events, and select topic area interests in order to have a more customized experience.

Your use of this site and/or creation of a user account constitutes consent to this use.

Users Located in the European Economic Area

If you are located in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway (the “European Economic Area”), please click here for additional information about ways that certain Harvard University Schools, Centers, units and controlled entities, including this one, may collect, use, and share information about you.

Registration

In order to use certain features of this website, you must first create a new user account. During registration you are required to create a user name and password, and to provide personalized contact information (such as a name and e-mail address). This information may be used to contact a user for updates and services.

In order to register for the Government Innovators Network, we require the submission of contact information such as your name, location, and e-mail address. In addition, you may choose to share a photo and your LinkedIn account name should you wish for other users to contact you in this manner. The information you submit is used to provide a more customized experience on the site.

The Ash Center will not disclose user name and password information to anyone except the primary contact who created the registration and can provide verification information.

Because of the public nature of our program, you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose any personal or confidential information. We encourage users to provide official address, telephone, and e-mail information, and to avoid using home or personal e-mail addresses.

You agree that any information you submit to us through the Site may be used for evaluation and promotional purposes. By creating a user account and submitting comments or any other information, you also acknowledge that you have the authority to submit such information on behalf of a particular program or initiative.

Your creation of a user account constitutes consent to this use. You acknowledge that your engagement with the Site (such as commenting, downloading innovations, etc.) will not violate the Site’s Terms of Use.

The Ash Center reserves the right to block comments or revoke registration for users that violate our Terms of Use.

Discussion Forums and Commenting

The Government Innovators Network includes a public forum component in some sections where ideas may be shared, debated, and otherwise discussed.

Comments are public and may be viewed by any visitor to the site. Users who submit comments are identified by their first name and last initial. If a user submits a picture upon registration or through updating their user profile, that picture can be made visible to the public or other users.

The Ash Center cannot prevent comments from being “crawled” by other sites and search engines.

You acknowledge that by providing submitting comments to the Site, your name, photo, and comments will be publicly visible and the Ash Center and the Government Innovators Network may encourage an active discussion concerning the subject matter of your comment, program, or initiative.

Because comments and discussions are associated with your profile, they may be identifiable to registered users of the Government Innovators Network and to the public. Please do not include any personal information you do not wish to be public as part of your comments. The Government Innovators Network cannot be held responsible for any use of the personal information that is included in your comments.

The Government Innovators Network does not allow anonymous comments.

The Ash Center may not review all communications and materials posted to or created by users accessing the Site and is not in any manner responsible for the content of these communications and materials. The Ash Center is not undertaking any obligation or liability relating to any contents or activities on the Site. However, the Ash Center reserves the right to block or remove communications or materials that it determines to be (a) abusive, defamatory, or obscene; (b) fraudulent, deceptive, or misleading; (c) in violation of a copyright, trademark or other intellectual property right of another; (d) violates any law or regulation; (e) offensive; or (f) commercial in nature or otherwise unacceptable to the Ash Center at its sole discretion.

Cookies

A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user’s hard drive containing information about the user. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our Site. Once the user closes their browser, the cookie simply terminates. For instance, by setting a cookie on our Site, the user would not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on our Site. If a user rejects the cookie, they may still use our Site but the user will be limited in some areas of our Site. Cookies can also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our Site.

Log Files and Analytics

We use Internet protocol addresses and Google Analytics to analyze trends, administer the Site, track users’ movements, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

User Feedback and Surveys

Occasionally the Government Innovators Network requests information from users via surveys. Participation in these surveys is completely voluntary. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and address) and demographic information (such as zip code and age level). Contact information will be used to notify survey participants. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the users’ satisfaction with the Government Innovators Network Site and for research purposes. Individual surveys will contain explicit information on how survey data will be used.

Site and Service Updates

We also send the user Site and service announcement updates. Registered users are not able to unsubscribe from service announcements, which contain important information about the service. We communicate with the user to provide requested services and in regard to issues relating to their account via e-mail or phone. Request for removal from such updates will result in the deletion of a user account from the Government Innovators Network database. Please see our choice and opt out information below.

Correction/Updating Personal Information

If a user’s personally identifiable information changes, or if a user no longer desires our service, we will provide means to correct, update, or remove that user’s personal data provided to us.

The My Profile section of the Site allows you to access and edit your registration profile and preferences at any time. To delete a profile permanently, please contact us.

Choice/Opt out

Our users are given the opportunity to opt out of having their information used for purposes not directly related to the Government Innovators Network by updating their e-mail communications choices in their user profile, or by contacting us.

Users who no longer wish to receive our newsletter and occasional announcements from our partners may opt out of receiving these communications by contacting us. Please include “OPT OUT” in the subject line. In addition, each e-mail we send includes a link to unsubscribe at the bottom of the message.

Users who no longer wish to have their user account included within our database can also contact us. Please include “DATABASE REMOVAL” in the subject line. Such a request will result in permanent removal from the Government Innovators Network.

Sharing

We may collect and share aggregated demographic information with our partners. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.

We may work with other organizations to provide specific services. When the user signs up for these specific services, we will share names or other contact information that is necessary for the third party to provide these services. These organizations, however, are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services.

Special Offers and Updates

We send all new users a welcome e-mail to confirm a new account. Registered users who opt in will occasionally receive updates on the activities of the Government Innovators Network, information on events, special services, and newsletters.

The Ash Center will not sell contact information to a third party for the purposes of sales and marketing. We may, however, share contact information with other organizations within or outside of Harvard University for the dissemination of appropriate, non-commercial information (executive education opportunities, and additional award or grant opportunities).

Out of respect for the privacy of our users, we present the option to be removed from such lists. Please see our choice and opt out information above.

Notification of Changes

If we decide to change our Terms of Use or Privacy Policy, we will post those changes to our Site so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users via e-mail. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the Privacy Policy under which the information was collected.

If you feel that the Government Innovators Network is not abiding by its posted Privacy Policy or if you have any questions regarding privacy not covered in this policy, please contact us at (800) 722-0074 or through our Contact Us form.

The effective date of this policy is March 17, 2015.