Privacy policy


Welcome to the Brain Research Foundation (“BRF”) website. This Privacy Policy describes how we collect, protect, and use information we receive from visitors to this site (the “Site”). Your use of the Site is subject to this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use. Please read this Privacy Policy before using the Site or submitting personal information to us.

BRF may change this Policy from time to time to the extent permitted by applicable law by updating this page. BRF reserves the right to change, modify, add, or remove portions of our Policy at any time without prior notice, to the extent permitted by applicable law. Please periodically review our Policy for changes.

What we collect

We collect information you may submit on this Site, including:
  • Name
  • Address
  • Zip code
  • Telephone number
  • Occupation
  • Email address
  • Credit card number and expiration date (for online purchases or donations)

We may also collect information passively using various technologies, such as cookies, Internet tags, and web beacons.

What we do with the information we gather

We collect this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping.
  • We may use the information to improve our products and services.
  • We may periodically email information that we think you may find interesting, including information about BRF and our products and services, our affiliates and business partners and their products and services, or other entities.
  • As otherwise described at the time you provide your information or in subsequent notices to you.
  • For other BRF business purposes.

While BRF is not in the business of selling customer data, BRF does share personal information with third-party business partners, such as contractors who are providing services to BRF, or, to the extent applicable, third parties with whom BRF is conducting a joint program. If BRF sells one of its divisions, your personal information may be transferred to the buyer so that the buyer can continue to provide you with information and services. BRF will also disclose your information to its affiliates and parent companies to protect its interests or the company, if it believes it is otherwise required to do so by law, if doing so will not violate any law, or if in response to requests from government authorities, to address national security situations, or when otherwise required by law.

Security

The confidentiality of personal information transmitted over the Internet cannot be guaranteed. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. For more information about credit card security or other payment options, please email us at privacy@theBRF.org.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file that asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyze web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes, and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyze data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the Site.

Links to other websites

Our Site may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our Site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information you provide while visiting such sites, and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Children’s privacy

The Site is not intended for, nor does BRF believe that it is appealing to, children and BRF does not knowingly collect or use any personal information from children. If you are a parent and become aware that your child has provided us with information, please contact us at privacy@theBRF.org.

Choices and contacting BRF

You may opt out of receiving marketing messages from BRF by emailing privacy@theBRF.org or by following the instructions that are included in any such marketing messages. If emailing, please type in the subject line “UNSUBSCRIBE.” If you have other questions about this Site’s privacy practices, you may email us at privacy@theBRF.org. Alternatively, you may send a letter to the following address:

Brain Research Foundation
111 West Washington Street, Suite 1710
Chicago, Illinois 60602

If you have an established business relationship with us, and are a resident of California, you have the right to request from us a list of the categories of personal information we have disclosed to third parties for those third parties’ marketing purposes, and a list of all third parties with whom we have shared that information. We will include in that list the information required by California law, namely the names and addresses of the third parties who received the information and used it (or whom we believe may have used it) for their own marketing purposes. To exercise your rights, you may make one request each year by emailing us at privacy@theBRF.org or writing us at the address listed above. Indicate in your letter that you are making a “California Shine the Light” inquiry. Responses to requests sent to either of these addresses will be provided within 30 days.

Effective date

This Privacy Policy is effective as of August 1, 2009, and may be updated from time to time.