How we collect visitor information
Automatic tracking via cookies. Like most websites, HEI stores "cookies," or pieces of information stored directly on the browsers of visitors to our site. This allows us to collect information on website traffic or other online behavior, which we use to improve user experience. These cookies do not collect personally identifiable information about users nor are they linked to any personally identifiable information on our site. Likewise, our site records IP address of visitors for purely functional reasons (e.g., logging geography of visitors). Learn more about cookies here.
Users retain the right to reject cookies and can do so through their browser cookie settings or by using a browser plugin.
Website Analytics. This website also uses third-party services such as Google Analytics (to monitor and assess our web traffic), and social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter (as engagement platforms for our visitors). Although HEI does not collect personally identifying information through these services, we do collect and view aggregated, anonymized information, such as the pages that users visit, the countries they visit from, and the devices they use to access them.
Voluntary information you provide via forms. We collect personally identifying information when you submit your name or other information through the mail, phone, or a form on our website—for example, when contacting us, subscribing to HEI communications or RSVPing for an event. The exact information can vary but may include identifying information—such as name, address, and other voluntarily provided data. By submitting this information, you are consenting to the processing of that information for the purposes identified on the form.
This information is collected strictly for use by HEI and will not be shared with any third parties. We neither rent nor sell your information.
How we use collected data
Your data are stored on a secure database on secure servers and are accessible only by designated staff or approved third parties (such as Google Analytics), as described above. This information enables us to provide you with updates on our work and opportunities to get involved.
Automatically collected information (such as Google Analytics) is viewed only in the aggregate and is used to help us improve website experiences.
Your rights and choices
Users retain the right to reject cookies and can do so through their cookie settings or by using a browser plugin.
You can request to be removed from any e-mail, phone, or mail communications through the HEI Contact Us form.
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Main phone: (617) 488-2300
Health Effects Institute
75 Federal St., Suite 1400
Boston, MA 02110