Last updated on April 26, 2023.
In this Policy, when we refer to “Personal Information,” we mean information that identifies you or that can be used to identify you, for example by combining the information with other data. Personal Information includes your name, date of birth, postal address, email address, telephone number, or other direct identifiers. Personal Information does not include anonymous or aggregated data that can no longer be used to identify you, even if combined with other data. The specific definition of Personal Information may vary from one jurisdiction to another.
Why do we gather information?
We gather information from you so we can communicate with you, process your donations, enhance and customize your experience using our Website, and inform you of our research, newsletters, publications, events, online opportunities and other updates we believe might be of interest to you.
We also gather information automatically about you during your use of the Website to improve the effectiveness of our Website, operations, mobile experience, or marketing efforts, to prevent fraud and theft, and to otherwise protect visitors to our Website and business.
What information do we collect directly from you and how long do we keep it?
When you donate to MHIF through our Website, we collect your name, address, email address and phone number, and amount of donation. We may keep this information as required by law and for an additional period to respond to any inquiries from you. We retain Personal Information collected directly from you in the context of a donation to meet professional obligations, prevent fraud, resolve inquiries or disputes, troubleshoot problems, assist with an investigation, enforce our Terms and Conditions and take other actions permitted or required by applicable law. Our payment processing vendor collects your credit card information or payment account information. This data may be maintained for a period after the payment posts to respond to your inquiries.
When you submit feedback on a digital application supported by MHIF (e.g. ViV Aortic, ViV Mitral, Valve PPM, PCI), we may collect your name and email address. This data may be maintained for a period of time to respond to your feedback.
What information is automatically collected from our Website visitors?
When you visit our Website, certain information is collected automatically, such as IP address, device ID, browser setting, operating system, referring domain, language preferences, mobile carrier, website activity and cookies.
Our cookies generally fall into one of four categories: Essential, Functional, Analytics and Target.
Essential Cookies are necessary to provide you with products and services available through our Website. If you refuse them, it will impact your ability to access some of the Website’s functions and features.
Performance Cookies help us enhance the performance and functionality of our Website and offerings, but are not necessary for your use. Still, certain functions or features may become unavailable if you refuse them.
Analytics Cookies collect information that is used to help us understand the use of our Website and offerings, the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns, or to help us customize our Website to enhance your experience.
Target Cookies record your visit to our Website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed, so we can recognize you as a prior visitor and track your activity on our Website and others you visit. These Cookies remain on your device for us to use during your next visit to our Website. In contrast to these “persistent” cookies, some cookies (“session cookies”) are deleted when your browsing session has ended.
If you do not wish to allow MHIF and other third parties to use this information to show you more relevant advertising, you can use a tool created by the Network Advertising Initiative to control your online advertising preferences more broadly.
Apart from these ad-specific choices, there are “do not track” or similar browser choices available to online users. Our Website will not operate any differently when a “do not track” signal is received.
What do we do with the information we collect?
In addition to the purposes described in the “Why do we gather information?” section and otherwise above, we may combine the information we collect through our Website, including your Personal Information, with Personal Information we collect about you from offline interactions, for example, interactions by telephone or in person. We may also combine your Personal Information with information we obtain from other sources, such as public records or websites, or other third parties.
We may also aggregate and/or de-identify information, including your Personal Information, to create information that does not identify you or other individuals, and we may use that information for the above-listed purposes and other business purposes.
With whom do we share the information we collect?
We may release your Personal Information to others (including law enforcement) if we believe such release is reasonably necessary (i) to comply with a government or law enforcement request or judicial process; (ii) to operate this Website; (iii) to process any orders or registrations; (iv) to conduct any promotions in which you participate; or (v) to protect the rights or property of MHIF, its Affiliates, users, customers, recipients, sponsors, or other affected parties.
In addition, we may share aggregate, non-individual information incapable of identifying you or a particular person, with third parties for lawful purposes.
We maintain a variety of security measures, including physical, electronic, and administrative safeguards, to help protect Personal Information collected through the Website from loss, misuse and unauthorized access or disclosure. However, no system can be completely secure, so we do not promise, and you should not expect, that your Personal Information, searches, or other communications will always remain secure. In particular, please note that any Personal Information you send to MHIF via email or other Internet transmission is not completely secure (such as from tampering or hacking) or error free. Due to the nature of the Internet, there is a possibility that unsecured (unencrypted) email could be intercepted and read by third parties. MHIF assumes no responsibility for interception of Personal Information that you send in an unsecured (unencrypted) email message or other Internet transmission to and from the Website. Therefore, you should take special care in deciding what information you send to us via e-mail or other Internet transmission. If you have reason to believe that your information has been compromised, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MHIF may maintain the information it collects through the Website, including Personal Information, on computers located outside of your state, province, country, or other government jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ from those in your jurisdiction. We generally process data, including Personal Information, in the United States. We do not transfer your Personal Information to another country without the existence of adequate security and privacy controls.
When you click on links that take you to third-party websites, you will be subject to the privacy policies and terms and conditions of those third-party websites, not ours. We are not responsible for those websites or the actions of third parties. We encourage you to read their privacy policies and user terms and conditions.
We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. Our Website is intended for users over the age of 18, and we do not knowingly collect Personal Information from children under the age of 13 through our Website. If we learn that we have collected Personal Information directly from a child under the age of 13 through our Website, we will delete that information.
Your Privacy Choices and Rights with Respect to Personal Information
You may update the Personal Information you provide to us through the Website, including your contact information, at any time by following the instructions on the relevant page of the Website or by contacting us at email@example.com.
For information about the choices and rights you have with respect to cookies, please see the section “What information is automatically collected from our Website visitors?” above.
Users in the European Economic Area or the United Kingdom
- Your consent;
- Compliance with a legal obligation of MHIF; or
- MHIF’s legitimate interests, e.g., conducting its operations, including informing you of MHIF’s activities, raising funds, and marketing activities.
Data protection laws in the EEA and UK provide you the following rights with respect to Personal Information processed by MHIF:
- Correction. You have the right to request to have us correct or update Personal Information about you that is inaccurate or incomplete.
- Erasure. You have the right to request deletion or erasure of Personal Information about you in certain circumstances.
- Restriction. You have the right to request that MHIF restrict the way it processes Personal Information about you.
- Objection. You have the right to object to the way that MHIF processes Personal Information about you.
- Portability. You have the right to request MHIF to transfer Personal Information about you to someone else.
- Withdrawal of Consent. When we rely on your consent as the basis for processing Personal Information about you, you have the right to withdraw your consent.
- Complaint. You have the right to make a complaint about our Personal Information practices to your local data protection authority.
MHIF’s ability or obligation to comply with your requests may be limited or qualified by applicable law. MHIF may require evidence of your identity or additional relevant information based on your relationship with us before we are able to act on your request when the information we have is insufficient to accommodate your request. We will respond to you as soon as reasonably possible to advise you of the outcome of your request. To request to exercise one of these rights, contact us using the contact information provided below.
Minneapolis Hearth Institute Foundation
Attention: Privacy Rights
920 East 28th Street, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55407