- General Information
This website and application (the “Website”) is owned and operated by The Mussar Institute Society, Inc. (“The Mussar Institute”, “TMI”, “we,” or “us.”). We respect and are committed to protecting your privacy and want you to understand what information we gather about you, how we use that information, and the safeguards we have in place to protect that information.
If you reside outside of the United States and would like to use our Website, including registering for an account, you authorize TMI to transfer any personal information that we may collect across national borders and to the United States, where TMI operates. For more information, see “Visiting our Websites from Outside the United States” below.
- Collection, Use, and Disclosure of Information
Collection of Information from Website Browsers
If you are just browsing the Website but are not a registered user, we collect some basic information about your navigation of the Website that helps improve your experience on our Website. For example, we may install cookies (a small text file that is stored on a user’s computer for record keeping purposes) on your computer or in your browser as you browse the Website. When you visit our Website, we may assign your computer one or more cookies to facilitate access to our Website, personalize your online experience and record information about your visit. We may also collect information on which web pages you visited, the links or advertisements you click on and other actions you take while on our Website. The cookies do not store any personal information. If you prefer, you can modify your browser setting to decline cookies but doing so may cause some features and services of our Website not to work properly. We may also collect information such as your browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of your visit. In addition, we may collect an Internet Protocol (IP) address when you browse our site, which may be considered personal information under certain laws.
Collection of Information from Registered Users
Do Not Track Policy
California law requires that operators of websites and online services disclose how they respond to a Do Not Track signal and whether other third parties may collect personal information about an individual’s online activities from their site or service.
Some browsers have incorporated “Do Not Track” features that, when turned on, send a signal or preference to the website or online service that a user visits, indicating that the user wishes to opt-out of third-party tracking for purposes of behavior advertising. TMI does not currently respond to Do Not Track signals.
Retention of Your Information
Use of Your Information
We use the information we collect to:
- Allow you to access and use certain features of the Website, manage your account, and improve website navigation.
- Compile and analyze aggregate statistics and trends.
- Provide you with customer support.
- Comply with any requirements of law.
- To communicate with our users regarding updates to the Website (including related policies and agreements) and information about your account or status.
- Send our newsletter and other announcements, including fundraising.
TMI will not use or disclose your personal information for a purpose other than that for which it was originally collected without your prior consent. We reserve the right to make full use of information that is not personal information.
Sharing Your Information
- We may share your information, including personal information, with our staff, consultants and advisors, and with trusted third-party business partners that assist us in providing services related to the Website and your use of the Website, or who process data on our behalf. We will share only the information necessary for our business partners to provide their services.
- We may share your information, including personal information, in connection with products or services you have requested from us, or to the extent necessary for our trusted business partners to provide such products or services.
- We may be required by law to disclose your personal information in response to a subpoena, court order, or a request for cooperation from law enforcement or other governmental agency.
- Your personal information may be shared when we believe disclosure is necessary in connection with efforts to investigate, prevent, or take other action regarding actual or suspected illegal activity or other wrongdoing, to protect and defend the rights, property or safety of TMI, our users, or others, or to enforce our other agreements or policies.
- We may share your information, including personal information, with your permission in connection with services you have requested.
- If you are registered on our course site, learning.mussarinstitute.org, the forums for posting are open to view by other users, but no personal information is shared, other than what you choose to put in your profile.
- E-Mail Communications
After your registration, you may receive periodic e-mail correspondence from us. Subscribers wishing to unsubscribe from our e-mails can do so by clicking the “unsubscribe” link or following the instructions contained within any email received from us. Alternatively, you may: (1) e-mail us at [email protected] or (2) mail your written opt-out instructions to us and address to, The Mussar Institute, 6545 SW 133 Drive, Pinecrest, FL 33156. Even if you opt-out of such e-mails, we still may e-mail you any notices or other communications in connection with your use of the Website; for example, we may correspond with you about technical problems with content you have posted or edited or in the unlikely instance that our Website’s security has been compromised.
No email subscription information stored on our database is shared or sold to any third party, except to certain service providers to help deliver the e-mails to you. We do not otherwise sell your personal information to third parties for commercial purposes.
- Contributions and Edits
All texts, translations, and annotations submitted to TMI or edited by users for any purpose, such as for our newsletter or postings on sites such as Canvas or learning.mussarinstitute.org, are recorded in a history page. Contributions and edits you make will be publicly attributed to you using your name and may link to a page summarizing your contributions and including any other personal information you have volunteered to provide. If a user would like to have any of their contributions deleted from the Website, please contact [email protected]
For the purpose of investigating abuse or vandalism, TMI may store, in conjunction with each edit or contribution, the IP address associated with the contribution. This IP address will never intentionally be made public and will be accessible only to TMI employees or consultants.
- Third Party Links and Policies
- Special Notice to California Residents
If you are a California resident the following will apply: We do not share any personal information about you with our affiliates and/or Vendors for direct marketing purposes. Even though we do not share your personal information for purposes of direct marketing, if you would like to affirmatively opt-out of any such sharing of your information, you can do so by e-mailing a request to [email protected]
We use reasonable security measures (including physical, electronic and procedural measures) to help safeguard your personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure. However, no system can be completely secure. Therefore, although we take reasonable steps to secure your personal information, we cannot promise or guarantee you that there will never be a breach of security. Please refer to the Federal Trade Commission’s website for information about how to protect yourself against identity theft.
Visiting our Websites from Outside the United States
If you live in the European Union, you have certain rights relating to your personal information, including the right to request access to that information, the right to correct inaccuracies in your personal information, the right to request we delete your personal information and the right to suspend the use or processing of your personal information. You may also withdraw the consent you have provided us to collect, use and process your information at any time, and object to the use of your data in connection with certain activities, such as direct marketing purposes. You may reach us at [email protected] with respect to any of the requests described above.
If you live in a country outside of the United States, you may have certain rights pursuant to local law in your country. TMI attempts to comply with all applicable laws. If you have requests or questions, please contact us at [email protected]
Protecting Children’s Privacy
- How to Contact Us
The Mussar Institute
6545 SW 133 Drive
Pinecrest, FL 33156 USA