• Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement


At the Horatio Alger Association, we respect and protect the privacy of our Members, Scholars, applicants and partners and those who use our website. We want to give you the comfort and confidence you need to fully participate in our online offerings so that we can better serve your needs. This Privacy Policy provides details of our approach to privacy and how we collect, use and protect your personal information. Our employees are trained and required to safeguard your information. Using physical, electronic and procedural safeguards, we restrict access to personal information to those employees and agents for business purposes only. Additionally, we use internal and external resources to review the adequacy of our security procedures.

The Horatio Alger Association will strive to enforce this Privacy Policy to the best of its ability but is not responsible for information that is lost, stolen, or otherwise transferred without the Association’s knowledge and/or consent.

Personal Data Collected

The Horatio Alger Association collects data from our partners, Scholars, and applicants and from those who visit and use the Horatio Alger Association website. We collect data in order to enhance the services we provide, to better fulfill our nonprofit mission, and, where appropriate, to keep you informed and up to date about our programs. We take care to only collect personal information that you knowingly provide to us. We may collect the following kinds of personal information:

  • name and address, including e-mail address;
  • gender and date of birth;
  • details about education; and
  • information about professional career;

We also collect non-personal information (browser type, page views, etc.) so that we can analyze how our website is being used and what information is most useful to our Members and partners.  Visitors to our website often conduct research about Horatio Alger’s mission and we record information that identifies visitors. We use this information to enhance our technological capabilities, which in turn helps all visitors who use our site.

Information Protection

We protect the confidentiality of your personal information by using industry-recognized security technological, physical and organizational safeguards, such as firewalls, coupled with carefully developed security procedures that protect your information from loss, misuse or unauthorized alteration. When we ask for sensitive information, such as credit card numbers, we apply proportionate safeguards, for example encrypting it during transmission.

The Horatio Alger Association makes every effort to maintain the privacy and security of your personal data but all users should understand that our security practices, processes, or technology do not guarantee absolute security of your information. It is in your best interest to take all normal personal precautions to protect your information such as Do not sharing passwords; closing your browser when it is not in use and avoiding vehicles such as public networks, internet cafes, etc.

Uses of Information Collected

The Horatio Alger Association analyzes the information provided to it in order to:

  • Determine if information, research and programs requested by users may be adopted as part of our nonprofit mission.
  • Communicate with Members, applicants and partners about questions they may have concerning our mission, scholarship programs, research, and general information about the Horatio Alger Association.
  • Help Members, directors and officers participate in Horatio Alger Association activities such as the Horatio Alger Awards Induction Ceremonies and the National Scholar Conference.
  • Administer programs and services for Members and Scholars.
  • Provide information about new Horatio Alger Association programs.

When we ask you for information, we tell you, or it will be clear, what we need to fulfill your request and how we will use it.

Anti-Spam and Opting Out

We do not make your personal information available to anyone outside of the Horatio Alger Association for any marketing purpose without your consent. Where applicable, we will seek your express consent to contact you, including by way of commercial electronic messages. Visitors may opt out of having their personal information collected and used by the Horatio Alger Association for the purposes stated above by contacting the Privacy Team. For example, you can unsubscribe at any time from receiving commercial electronic messages by following the instructions in the message.

Even if you have opted out of receiving marketing communications from us, please be aware that we may still contact you for other purposes. For example, we may contact you to provide communications you have consented to receive, regarding our relationship with you, or if you contact us with an inquiry.

Duration of Information Storing

Generally, the Horatio Alger Association will not store information any longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data are processed. This storage policy is in compliance with applicable privacy legislation.

When we no longer are required to retain the information, we will destroy, erase, or de-identify the information. Legal requirements, however, may require us to retain some or all of the personal information we hold for a period of time that is longer than that for which we might otherwise hold.

Disclosure and Transfers of Information

The Horatio Alger Association will protect and keep your personally identifiable information private and will not disclose or transfer this information to third-parties without your consent, except as follows:

With your consent:

  • We may use third party service providers to whom we may transfer your personal information for retention, processing or other use, for example our agents and advisors (such as our accountants and attorneys). Whenever we hire other organizations to provide support services, we will only disclose the personal information necessary for them to provide their services to you or us, and they will be required to conform to our privacy standards and to allow us to audit them for compliance. Our affiliates or our service providers may be located inside and/or outside of the jurisdiction in which your personal information was collected. As a result, that country’s courts, governments or law enforcement agencies could obtain disclosure of your information in accordance with that country’s laws.
  • As the Horatio Alger Association believes necessary to: (a) comply with the law (including but not limited to court and government orders and civil subpoenas); (b) enforce or apply our Terms of Use and other agreements; or (c) protect the rights, property or safety of the Horatio Alger Association, our website visitors or others.
  • If you partake (or that we reasonably suspect that you are partaking) in any illegal or potentially illegal activity. Under these circumstances, we may disclose personally identifiable information even without a subpoena, warrant, or other court order, to the extent we feel necessary to inform or cooperate with law enforcement agencies or other appropriate authorities.
  • In aggregated form, i.e., information about multiple users collectively without identifying any individual user, such as the total number of visitors to a particular section of our website in a given week.

Access, Correction and Accountability 

The Horatio Alger Association will provide you with access to your information and make every reasonable effort to ensure your rights are fully supported.  Your rights are:

  • the right to be informed about the collection and use of your personal data (per this Privacy Policy);
  • the right to access and/or correct your personal data;
  • the right to object to or stop the processing of your personal data; and
  • the right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling.

Upon request to the Privacy Team via postal mail, e-mail or telephone (during regular business hours), the Horatio Alger Association will provide to visitors a summary of any personally identifiable information retained by the Horatio Alger Association regarding the visitor. Visitors may modify, correct, change or update personally identifiable information that the Horatio Alger Association has collected through its website or may request their personal record to be removed from the Horatio Alger Association’s database by contacting the Privacy Team.

Web Technologies

We use a variety of technologies on our website. Among these are cookies; pieces of information that our website provide to your browser when you visit our sites. Cookies allow us to track overall site usage and determine areas users prefer, and also allow us to make your visit to our website easier by recognizing you when you return and helping to provide you with a customized experience. You can choose to decline cookies while at our website; however, this may limit your ability to access certain areas of the website. Most browsers accept and maintain cookies by default. Check the “Help” menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preference.

Our website tracks usage data, including, for example, your IP address, your browser type and version, which pages you view, which page, if any, linked you to our site, and which link, if any, you follow off of our site. We use this data in the aggregate to better understand website activity to improve our site offerings. We do not track URLs that you type into your browser, nor do we track you across the Internet once you leave our sites.

By using the Horatio Alger Association’s website, you are consenting to our use of cookies in accordance with our Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to our use of cookies in this way, it is your option to alter your browser settings accordingly or to not use the Horatio Alger Association website. If you disable the cookies that the Horatio Alger Association uses, this may impact your user experience while on the Horatio Alger Association website. We may access and set cookies using web beacons, also known as single-pixel GIFs, which are invisible graphical images. These web beacons provide us with useful information regarding our site, such as which pages users access. When we send you e-mails, we may include a single-pixel GIF to allow us to determine the number of people who open our e-mails. When you click on a link in an e-mail, we record this individual response to allow us to customize our offerings to you.

Links to Third-Party Websites

Our website may contain links to other websites. Unless we explicitly state otherwise, we have no control over these third-party sites and their privacy practices. This Privacy Policy applies only to information you supply for what we collect in connection with the use of our website. Upon visiting any third-party website to which we may provide a link, you should review the privacy policy specific to that site.

Other Information

The Horatio Alger Association reserves the right to amend this website at any time. Please check back frequently in order to see changes, and note that your use of our website constitutes your acceptance of the Privacy Policy, as it may be amended from time to time. If we make material changes to any of our privacy policies or practices regarding personally identifiable information, we will post the changes on this website 30 days before they take effect.

We may use other sources to supplement the information you give us. For example, we may validate your address using other sources. We use this data to help us maintain accuracy and provide you with better service.

Copyright © 2018, the Horatio Alger Association of Canada

Last Updated: 12/6/2018

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