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Privacy Policy

Consensus connects communities through collaboration and decision-making. Any registered user can participate in a brainstorming event by proposing ideas and by rating, comparing, and giving feedback on existing ideas.

This Privacy Policy describes how and when Consensus collects, uses and shares your information when you use our Services. Consensus receives your information through our website and from our partners and other third parties. For example, you send us information when you use Consensus from our website, or if you sign in with Facebook or Google. 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.

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at davidtlee@stanford.edu.

Information Collection and Use

Basic Account Information: When you create or reconfigure a Consensus account, you provide some personal information, such as your name, password, and email address. In some cases, you may be required to provide your phone number if required by your community, for example, to prevent spam, fraud, or abuse.

Additional Information: We use your email address to send you notifications for the brainstorming event you are participating in. You may use your account settings to unsubscribe from notifications from Consensus. You may also unsubscribe by following the instructions contained within the notification. If you email us, we may keep your message, email address and contact information to respond to your request. If you connect your Consensus account to your account on another service, the other service may send us your registration or profile information on that service and other information that you authorize. Providing the additional information described in this section is entirely optional.

Ideas, Feedback, Comparison, and Rating: Our Services are primarily designed to help connect communities through collaboration and decision-making. When you participate in a brainstorming event, ideas and feedback you submit are displayed to members of your community. Aggregate statistics of comparisons and rating information are also displayed to members of your community. If the community is public, as decided by the community organizers, then the ideas and feedback you submit as well as aggregate statistics of comparisons and rating information are displayed to the public.

Location Information: We may use data from your device to determine location, for example, information about wireless networks or cell towers near your mobile device, or your IP address. We may use and store information about your location to provide features of our Services, such as to generate aggregate analytics of event engagement and to filter for location specific events.

Cookies: Like many websites, we use cookies and similar technologies 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. Consensus 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.

Third-Parties: Consensus uses a variety of third-party services to help us understand and improve the use of our Services, such as Google Analytics. These third-party service providers may collect information sent by your browser as part of a web page request, such as cookies or your IP address.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

Transfer of information: We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting research, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential.

Law and Harm: Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Policy, we 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 Consensus’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.

Our Web Servers

Our web servers are managed by Heroku. You can read more about their security procedures on the Heroku website (https://www.heroku.com/).

Modifying Your Personal Information

If you are a registered user of our Services, we provide you with tools and account settings to access or modify the personal information you provided to us and associated with your account.

Our Policy Towards Children

Our Services are not directed to persons under 13. If you become aware that your child has provided us with personal information without your consent, please contact us at davidtlee@stanford.edu. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we take steps to remove such information and terminate the child's account.

Changes to This Policy

We may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time. The most current version of the policy will govern our use of your information and will be at https://consensus.stanford.edu/privacy. If we make a change to this policy that, in our sole discretion, is material, we will notify you via an 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.