Privacy Policy

The Right to Know Website and Application Privacy Policy 

Last Updated: May 15, 2024

Welcome to the Privacy Policy for the Right to Know website and mobile application, a pair of online resources provided by the Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition (RIHSC) where you can find honest, accurate, reliable sexual and reproductive health information.  RIHSC knows you care about your privacy, and RIHSC cares about your privacy too!  We’ve provided this Privacy Policy to help you understand how we use, process, and disclose your personal information collected through, and in connection with, the Right to Know website and app.

We may make changes to this Privacy Policy from time to time, and the new version will take effect as soon as we post it, which we’ll indicate by changing the “Last Updated” date at the top of this page.  Please come back to this page frequently to ensure you’re aware of any changes.

Before we get into the details, let’s make sure we’re on the same page about what “personal information” means.  In this Privacy Policy, we use the term “personal information” to mean any information that identifies, relates to, describes, is capable of being associated, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular person.

If we “de-identify” information (in other words, if we remove certain pieces of personal information from a data set so that the remaining data can’t reasonably be traced to a particular person) or if we “aggregate” information (in other words, if we pool information that relates to a group of people, where each person’s individual identity has been removed), that information is no longer “personal information.” This Privacy Policy doesn’t cover how we use, process, or disclose de-identified or aggregated information.

How does RIHSC collect personal information, what kinds of personal information is collected, and how does RIHSC use it?

  • We collect the personal information you provide us.

The personal information RIHSC collects includes information that you provide to us when you communicate with us through the Right to Know website or app and in any related email correspondence with us.  This includes information like your first and last name, email address, and any other information you choose to share with us.

We primarily use the personal information you provide to us to communicate with you, including to answer your questions and respond to your comments.  We might also use your personal information to improve our Right to Know website and app. For example, if you contact us with a really great question about a topic that we think others might also be wondering about, we might add information about that topic to the Right to Know website and app. With your permission (and if you are under the age of 18, your parent or guardian’s permission), or at your direction (or if you are under the age of 18, at your parent or guardian’s direction), we may use the personal information you provide to us to share your story (or stories) with the public, like we do on our “Real Stories” page, here.

We may also use the personal information you provide to us if it is required for us to comply with the law, or to bring or defend RIHSC from legal claims or lawsuits.

IMPORTANT: If you send us a message through the Right to Know website or app, or by email, and tell us that you are harming or abusing others or yourself (or threaten to do so), or if you tell us that you are being harmed or abused by another person, we may be required to take action (including by contacting the police or other social services agency, if we think you are in danger). If you need help, please contact counseling or crisis support, your parents, guardian, teacher or other trusted adult or call 9-1-1, or visit this page, where we’ve provided 24/7 resources for calls, chat, or text help.

  • Some personal information is collected automatically when you use the Right to Know website or app.

We also collect certain personal information automatically from your device or browser whenever you use the Right to Know website and app, and when you open our email messages, typically through technologies known as “cookies” or similar technologies, like “web beacons” and “pixels.”  Some of these cookies and other technologies are operated by RIHSC, and others are provided by our service providers and business partners (like Google Analytics). The information collected automatically from your browser or device may include:

  • Information about the device or internet browser you use, including your IP address, browser type, Internet service provider, device type/model/manufacturer, operating system, date and time stamp, and a unique ID that may allow us and our service providers and business partners to uniquely identify your browser or device.
  • Information about your use of the website and app, including the site you were visiting right before you came to the Right to Know website or app and the site you’re headed to when you leave, how frequently you access the Right to Know website or app, whether you open our emails or click the links contained in those emails, and whether you access the our website or app from multiple devices. We may also collect information about the pages that you visit on our website and app, the links you click, the search terms you enter, the videos you watch, your language preferences, and other similar actions.
  • Information about your approximate location. Certain third-party tools that we use may be able to tell your approximate geographic location based on your IP address or similar technical information.
  • Analytics information. As we mentioned above, we use third-party data analytics tools such as Google Analytics to help us measure traffic and usage patterns for the Right to Know website and app and to better understand our users. You can learn more about Google’s practices at http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners and view its opt-out options at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

We may use the information automatically collected from your device or browser for different purposes, including to make sure the Right to Know website and app are secure, to monitor and improve the website and app, to remember information so that you will not have to re-enter it during your visit or the next time you visit the website or app (like your language preference), for data analytics purposes (for example, so we can count the total number of visitors, analyze how users move around the website and app, and learn more about our users’ characteristics), etc.), to understand the effectiveness of our public advocacy efforts (for example, when we partner with a social media company or search engine to promote the Right to Know website or app), and to diagnose or fix technology problems.

If you’d like to prevent third-party cookies from automatically collecting your personal information on our website and app and on other websites and apps, you can follow your browser or device’s instructions to block those cookies, or you can use the “opt-out” tools provided by the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) and the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI).  If you decide to opt out of cookies, please note that certain parts of our website and app may not work as they are supposed to.

  • We collect personal information from third parties that help us operate the Right to Know website and app.

We sometimes engage service providers and business partners to help us with some of the activities mentioned above, like data analytics, public advocacy, email services, and the operation and functionality of our Right to Know website and app more generally.  They may share personal information they have collected from or about you with us.  For example, when we partner with a social media company or search engine to promote the Right to Know website or app, we may receive information from those partners about the users who viewed or clicked on the promoted content.

Does RIHSC share personal information?

RIHSC may share personal information in limited circumstances.

  • Service Providers. As we mentioned above, RIHSC relies on service providers and business partners to help with some aspects of the Right to Know website and app, which sometimes include the processing of personal information.
  • Business Transaction. In the event that RIHSC is involved in a business transaction, such as a merger (where two businesses join together to form one business), we may disclose certain personal information to a third party during the negotiations of the deal, but only after the third party agrees to keep the information confidential.
  • Legal Obligations and Rights. We may disclose personal information to third parties:
    • to protect the health and safety of us, of you, and of others;
    • in connection with our establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims (including lawsuits); or
    • to comply with laws or to respond to requests by government regulators, courts, or law enforcement.
  • With Your Permission. In some circumstances, and with your permission (or if you are under the age of 18, with your parent or guardian’s permission) or at your direction (or if you are under the age of 18, at your parent or guardian’s direction), we may share your personal information with other third parties or publicly (for example, on our “Real Stories” page).

How long does RIHSC keep personal information?

We will usually store the personal information we collect about you for no longer than we need it to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected, and in any event, in accordance with applicable law. For example, in most cases when you contact us through the Right to Know website or app, we will keep your name and email address for as long as necessary to fully respond to your message.  Once the purposes for which we collected your information have been fulfilled, we will either delete or de-identify the personal information or, if this is not possible (for example, because the personal information has been stored in backup archives, like email archives), then we will securely store the personal information until deletion or de-identification is possible.

How does RIHSC secure personal information?

Although we strive to maintain reasonable safeguards to protect your personal information, no security system is impenetrable, and so we cannot guarantee that your personal information is 100% secure when you send it to us over the internet or when it is stored in our systems.

Does RIHSC collect personal information from children under 13?

The Right to Know website and app are not intended for use by children under the age of 13. If you suspect that your child under the age of 13 has provided personal information to us, we encourage you to contact us to request that we remove your child’s personal information from our systems. If we learn that any personal information we collect has been provided by a child under the age of 13, we will promptly delete that personal information.

What about the links to other websites and online resources?

The Right to Know website and app may contain links to websites or other online resources owned and operated by third parties. RIHSC encourages you to review the privacy policies of those third-party websites and resources so that you understand how those third parties collect, use, and share your information. RIHSC is not responsible for the privacy practices of those third parties.

Questions about this Policy?

RIHSC welcomes your comments and questions. Please contact us using the “Contact” webform available here.

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