EFFECTIVE DATE: October 25, 2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education (“The Chronicle”) values your privacy.

The following policies apply to all Chronicle Web sites, including chronicle.com, chroniclevitae.com, aldaily.com, adjunctproject.com, collegerealitycheck.com, and philanthropy.com (collectively, the “Site”). Certain portions of the Site may have additional terms posted that apply specifically to them in addition to this Privacy Policy or, if expressly so stated, instead of this Privacy Policy.

In this Privacy Policy (“Policy”), we describe how we collect, use, and disclose information that we obtain about visitors and registered users (collectively “users”) and the services available through our Site (collectively, the “Services”). On our Site, we collect information from individuals in their capacity as individuals, and, in certain scenarios, as representatives of an educational institution. Unless we note otherwise, this Policy applies to the information that we collect from all users to our Site, including individuals submitting information on behalf of an educational institution. References to “you” mean the users of this Site, either individually or as a representative of any organization on whose behalf you may be accessing the Site.

By visiting the Site, or using any of our Services, you agree that your personal information will be handled as described in this Policy. If you do not agree with our policies and practices, you may choose not to use the Site. Your use of our Site or Services, and any dispute over privacy, is subject to this Policy and our User Agreement incorporated by reference into this Policy.

Table of Contents

The Information We Collect You About You Information We Collect Directly From You Information We Collect About You From You Third Parties Information We Collect Automatically Third-Party Analytics What Do We Do With the Information We Gather About You? How We Share Your Information Privacy Settings Our Use Of Cookies And Other Tracking Mechanisms Disabling Cookies. Local Storage Objects Clear GIFs, Pixel Tags And Other Technologies Advertising/Third-Party Ad Networks User-Generated Content Third-Party Links Security Of Personal Information Access To Personal Information Deleting Your Account What Choices Do I Have Regarding Use of My Personal Information? Types Of Communications Frequency Of Communications Notice To Non-U.S. Users Special Notice To California Consumers Contact Us Changes To This Policy

 The Information We Collect You About You.

Information We Collect Directly From You. We collect information directly from you, automatically as you use our Site and our Services, and, in certain situations, from third parties. The type of information that we collect varies based on the particular Site that you visit and your interaction with our Site and Services.

Additional Information We Collect from Vitae Users

Information We Collect About You From You Third Parties. Certain portions of our Site allow users to provide information about other persons. For example, you may upload your contacts on our Site. If you do so, we may collect e-mail addresses about those contacts.

Information We Collect Automatically. The Chronicleuses “cookies,” Web beacons, and other technologies to collect automatically the following information and similar information about your use of our Site or Services: your domain name; your browser type and operating system; Web pages you view; links you click; your IP address; the length of time you visit our Site and/or use our Services; and the referring URL, or the Web page that led you to our Site. We do not respond to Web-browser “do not track” signals or other mechanisms that might enable consumers to opt out of tracking on our Site. As discussed below, you may opt out of tracking by third-party network advertisers. Please see the sections “Our Use of Cookies and Other Tracking Mechanisms” and Advertising/Third-Party Ad Networks and Online Tracking” for additional information.  

Third-Party Analytics. We use third-party service providers, including Inspectlet, Google, Analytics, and other companies, to evaluate and analyze the activities of visitors to our Site, including the use of our Services. We use analytics to help us improve our Site and our Services, performance, and user experiences. These third-party service providers will use cookies and other tracking technologies to conduct the analytics. One of our analytics providers, Inspectlet, will have access to personal information that you submit through this Site. Inspectlet’s access to and use of your personal information is governed by its privacy policy, www.inspectlet.com/legal#privacy. 

What Do We Do With the Information We Gather About You? We may use the information that you provide and that we gather about you for the following purposes:

How We Share Your Information. We may share the information that we collect about you, including your personal information (collectively, “information”), as follows:

In addition to the disclosures described above, for our Vitae users, we also may share your Vitae Information in the following situations:

Privacy Settings. If you are a Vitae user, you have choices about who may view the information that you post to our Site and through our Services, including your User Profile and your activity feed. The default setting allows all persons who visit our Site to view your User Profile and your activity feed. You may restrict, however, who may view your User Profile and what information persons may see in your User Profile. To do so, log into your account and select the appropriate privacy setting.

Our Use of Cookies and Other Tracking Mechanisms. We use cookies and other tracking mechanisms to track information about your use of our Site or Services. Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser for record-keeping purposes.

We use these technologies to recognize you and to provide personalization, as well as to help us understand which parts of our Site are the most popular, where our visitors are going, and how much time they spend there. We also use cookies to ensure that your browser does not see the same advertisement repeatedly, to present ads in a series or sequence, and to measure the number of unique visitors who have viewed a particular ad. We use cookies to store user preferences, record past activity on a site in order to better service you when you return, and to customize Web page content based on users’ browser type or other information that you have provided.

We may combine this information with other personal information we collect from you. There are two types of cookies: session and persistent cookies. We also permit third-party cookies on our Site.

Disabling Cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you can edit your browser options to block them in the future. The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your computer from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. Visitors to our Site who disable cookies will be able to browse certain areas of the Site but will not have access to most areas of our Site.

Local Storage Objects. We may use Flash Local Storage Objects (“Flash LSOs”) to store your Site preferences and to personalize your visit. Flash LSOs are different from browser cookies because of the amount and type of data stored. Typically you cannot control, delete, or disable the acceptance of Flash LSOs through your Web browser. For more information on Flash LSOs, or to learn how to manage your settings for Flash LSOs, go to the Adobe Flash Player Help Page, choose “Global Storage Settings Panel,” and follow the instructions. To see the Flash LSOs currently on your computer, choose “Web Site Storage Settings Panel” and follow the instructions to review and, if you choose, to delete any specific Flash LSO.

Clear GIFs, Pixel Tags, and Other Technologies. Clear GIFs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on your computer’s hard drive, clear GIFs are embedded invisibly on Web pages. We may use clear GIFs (a.k.a. Web beacons, Web bugs, or pixel tags), in connection with our Site to, among other things, track the activities of Site visitors, help us manage content, and compile statistics about Site usage. We and our third-party service providers also use clear GIFs in HTML e-mails to our customers, to help us track e-mail response rates, identify when our e-mails are viewed, and track whether our e-mails are forwarded.

Advertising/Third-Party Ad Networks and Online Tracking. We, advertisers, sponsors, and our third-party service providers may use third parties such as network advertisers to display advertisements on our Site. Network advertisers are third parties that display advertisements based on your visits to our Site as well as other Web sites. We, advertisers, our third-party service providers, and the ad networks may track your behavior on this Site.  Specifically, third-party ad-network providers, advertisers, sponsors, and/or traffic-measurement services may use cookies, JavaScript, Web beacons (including clear GIFs), Flash LSOs, and other technologies to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize advertising content to you. This enables us and these third parties to target advertisements by displaying ads for products and services in which you might be interested. These third-party cookies and other technologies are governed by each third party’s specific privacy policy, not this one. We may provide these third-party advertisers with information about your usage of our Site and our Services, as well as aggregate or non-personally-identifiable information about visitors to our Site and users of our Service.

You may opt out of many third-party ad networks, including those operated by members of the Network Advertising Initiative (“NAI”) and the Digital Advertising Alliance (“DAA”). For more information regarding this practice by NAI members and DAA members, and your choices regarding having this information used by these companies, including how to opt out of third-party ad networks operated by NAI and DAA members, please visit their respective Web sites: www.networkadvertising.org/optout_nonppii.asp (NAI) and www.aboutads.info/choices (DAA).

Opting out of one or more NAI member or DAA member networks (many of which will be the same) means only that those members no longer will deliver targeted content or ads to you. It does not mean that you will no longer receive any targeted content or ads on our Site or other Web sites. You may continue to receive advertisements based, for example, on the particular Web site that you are viewing. Also, if your browsers are configured to reject cookies when you visit the opt-out page, or you subsequently erase your cookies, use a different computer, or change Web browsers, your NAI or DAA opt-out may no longer be effective. Additional information is available on NAI’s and DAA’s Web sites, accessible by the links above.

User-Generated Content. We invite you to post content to our Site, whether in your User Profile or through contributing to our blogs, columns, video logs, or posting Webinars.

Any content that you post to our Site and through our Services, including any User Profile (subject to your User Profile privacy settings) will be available to all other visitors to our Site. If you post content on our Site or Services, your posting may become public, and we cannot prevent such information from being used in a manner that may violate this Policy, the law, or your personal privacy. 

Third-Party Links. Our Site and Services may contain links to third-party Web sites. Any access to and use of such linked Web sites is not governed by this Policy, but instead is governed by the privacy policies of those third-party Web sites. We are not responsible for the information practices of such third-party Web sites.

Security of Personal Information. We have taken commercially reasonable precautions to protect the information we collect from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. Please be aware that despite our best reasonable efforts, no data security measures can guarantee 100% security.

You should take steps to protect against unauthorized access to your password, phone, and computer by, among other things, signing off after using a shared computer, choosing a robust password that nobody else knows or can easily guess, and keeping your log-in and password private. We are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or compromised passwords or for any activity on your account via unauthorized password activity.

Access to Personal Information. You may modify personal information that you have submitted by logging into your account and updating your User Profile. Please note that copies of information that you have updated, modified, or deleted may remain viewable in cached and archived pages of the Site for a period of time.

Deleting Your Account. You may contact us to delete your account.

What Choices Do I Have Regarding Use of My Personal Information?

Types of Communications.You have choices about the types of communications that you receive from us and from third parties (such as education institutions, recruiters, and service providers).  They may include the following:

Frequency of Communications. From time to time, we may send you promotional e-mails about products and services/features that we believe would be of interest to you.  You will be provided with means to submit options regarding the frequency of e-mails. With regard to e-mail communications received from us, please note that it may take as much as 10 days to process your request. If you opt out of receiving promotional e-mails from us, we will still communicate with you through e-mail about your account or any of the Services that you have requested or received from us (for example, we may continue to send you contact requests). 

Notice to Non-U.S. Users. The Chronicle is based in the United States.  Use of your information by The Chronicle is intended for use only within the United States and its territories.  If you use our Site and our Services, your information will be stored in the United States. We may, however, use third-party service providers that are located outside of the United States. Content and use of that content is intended to conform to United States law and practices. Use outside the United States is at your risk, and you agree to comply with all applicable laws and use or nonuse of content. 

Special Notice to California Consumers. California residents may request, free of charge, a list of what personal information (if any) we provided to third parties in the preceding year for that third party’s direct-marketing purposes. You may make one request per calendar year. In your request, please attest that you are a California resident and provide a current California address for your response. You may request this information in writing by contacting us as set forth in the User Agreement. Please allow up to thirty (30) days for a response. 

Contact Us. If you have questions about the privacy aspects of our Services or would like to make a complaint, please write to us at 1255 23rd Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037 or see our complete information on contacting The Chronicle.