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Online Privacy Policy

Effective June 22, 2021

This Privacy Policy applies to the website (the “Site”). This Privacy Policy incorporates the Stanford University Online Privacy Policy and includes the following supplemental terms (which supplemental terms take precedence in case of a conflict in the terms). The Stanford University Online Privacy Policy and these supplemental terms are referred to below collectively as this “Privacy Policy.”

By using the Site, you acknowledge the practices and policies outlined in this Privacy Policy.  You acknowledge that we will collect, use, and share your information as described in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy is not a contract and does not create any contractual rights or obligations. Your use of the Site is governed by our Terms of Use at

How We Use Your Information

We may use your Personal Information for the following purposes:

(a) To communicate with you via email: (1) to answer questions that you submit, and (2) to send you the newsletter if you subscribe to it);

(b) To evaluate the effectiveness of the Site and to improve the Site based on what we learn;

(c) To apply for funding to sustain and evaluate the ALLCOVE program and/or the Site;

(d) To investigate or prevent actual or suspected fraud, criminal activity, injury or damage to use or others;

(e) When required by statute, regulation, other law, subpoena, court order, warrant, or similar legal process; and

(f) To assert or protect our rights or assets, if necessary.

We may also de-identify your Personal Information (“De-Identified Information”). This De-Identified Information is not Personal Information, because it cannot generally be used to identify you, and may be used by Stanford for any lawful purpose. Despite our rigorous de-identification process, which includes removing identifiers that reasonably can be used to identify you directly (such as name or telephone number), experts in re-identification may be able to reverse our processes and/or attempt to re-identify you if given sufficient cross-reference information. Consequently, total anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

Additionally, Stanford may use your Personal Information for any other reason if we tell you (1) when we collect it, or (2) in an authorization or consent.

Sharing Your Personal Information

We may share your Personal Information (1) for the reasons we tell you when we collect it, (2) in an authorization or consent or at your direction, or (3) when we believe disclosure is necessary to protect the safety, rights, or property of Stanford or the public.

We may share De-Identified Information in all legally permissible ways.

Children’s Information

The Site is intended for a general audience and not directed to children less than 12 years of age. We do not intend to collect Personal Information from minors under the age of 12 without parental consent.

Information Security

We endeavor to protect the privacy of the Personal Information we hold in our records, but we cannot guarantee complete security. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors, may compromise the security of your Personal Information at any time.

Please note that all information collected by the Site will be processed in the United States, and this may be done by another entity under contract with Stanford. You should be aware that the laws of the United States may not protect your privacy to the same extent as the laws in the country from which you are accessing the Site.

Knowing Your Choices

Your choice to use the Site is completely voluntary.


Do Not Track Signals

Stanford does not respond to Do Not Track signals to the extent received from a web browser. Because there currently is not a universally accepted technological or legal standard for recognizing or honoring DNT signals as reflections of user choice, we do not respond to them at this time. Once such technology is created and has received applicable regulatory approval, we will consider (a) whether it is possible; and (b) if so, how it can be incorporated within Stanford’s environment in the future.

Reviewing and Updating Your Personal Information

You may request a correction to your data or request removal of records from our database by contacting us at Please do not include any Sensitive Personal Information in your messages. When you update or delete information, we may maintain a copy of the unrevised information in our records. In addition, please note that while any changes you make will be reflected in active user databases within a reasonable period of time, we may retain all information you submit for backups, archiving, prevention of fraud and abuse, analytics, satisfaction of legal obligations, or where we otherwise reasonably believe that we have a legitimate reason to do so, as permitted by applicable law.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

We may update this Privacy Policy periodically to reflect any material changes in our programs and practices.  These changes will become effective when posted to website, as of the effective date listed below. Our use of Personal Information is subject to the version of the Privacy Policy in effect at the time such information is used. Your use and continued use of the Site following the posting of any changes to this Privacy Policy means you acknowledge such changes.

Contacting Us

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy, you may contact us by e-mail at