Internet Privacy Policy

The Morgridge Institute for Research (MIR) respects the privacy of every individual who visits our website.  This Privacy Policy describes MIR's policies and procedures for the collection of personal information by this site, and our use and dissemination of such information.  This Privacy Policy does not apply to other sites that may be accessible through the MIR site, and does not apply to the practices of persons or entities that MIR does not control, manage or employ. The MIR site may contain links to other sites that are operated by third parties, including, but not limited to, third party sites that may display the name, trademarks, service marks and logos of MIR. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of those other sites to learn how they collect and use information about you.  By visiting the MIR website, you accept the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

What personally identifiable information does MIR collect and what does MIR do with it?

In general, you can visit the MIR website without disclosing any personal information.

Events: If you register to participate in a MIR event using our event registration site, we will ask you for your name and e-mail address. We will store this information in order to send you future event invitations.

Website Registration:  If you choose to customize the MIR website to your needs by becoming a registered MIR website user, we will require, at a minimum, your email address. We will retain your email address and the preferences you select so that you will not have to reenter the information each time you access our website. The preferences you select may include requests for email, news, and information on specific events. Once you become a registered user, you will be able to access your profile by entering your user name and password each time you use the MIR website.

Contributions:  If you wish to make a gift to MIR to assist MIR in fulfilling its mission, we ask you to provide your name, address, telephone number, email address, and credit card information.  We maintain a record of your contribution and keep a record of your financial transaction. Credit card numbers are held only until the charge can be processed (usually several minutes), then the number is only available to our financial customer service staff for purposes of problem resolution.

Requests: If you submit an online request for MIR information, or submit a question through a “contact us” query, we may have to gather more than your email address from you to respond to your request. Such information will vary with the request but may include requests for your name and telephone number.

What other information does MIR collect?

MIR’s site uses “cookies” to store information about your visit to our site. Cookies are tiny files placed onto the hard drive of your computer the first time you visit our website that enable our server to recognize or “remember” who you are the next time you visit. Cookies are used to speed up your access to the MIR website and the information you wish to see; they tell us the type of browser you are using, the type of computer operating system you are using, the IP address of your computer, and the domain name of the website from which you linked to our site. Cookies do not capture your email address, transmit viruses or retrieve any other data from your hard drive.  They produce statistics on how frequently our various pages are visited, and allow us to understand how traffic patterns work at MIR’s site so we can continue to improve the site and diagnose problems. The majority of web browsers accept cookies, but the “help” menu on your browser should give you options for preventing, accepting, or receiving notice of new cookies. However, please be aware that if you block cookies, some MIR website functionality may be lost.

Does MIR share your personal information with other companies?

MIR shares your personal information with partners who assist in services associated with the MIR website. Without this relationship, MIR could not provide its service to you.  Otherwise, MIR does not share your personal information with third parties except when it believes disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with a legal obligation, to protect MIR and its users, or in an emergency where someone's safety is at risk.

Whenever MIR permits an external third party to access personally-identifiable information, appropriate procedures are followed to help ensure that the information is used only for authorized purposes and by authorized persons in a manner consistent this Privacy Policy, and that the security, integrity and privacy of the information is maintained. While MIR will employ procedures to help ensure that your information is only used for authorized purposes as described above, we cannot make any guarantees with respect to the actions or policies of such third parties.

How does MIR secure your personal information?

We are committed to protecting the confidentiality of your personal data. We have implemented commercially reasonable technical and appropriate organizational measures to help us keep your personally identifiable information secure, accurate, current, and complete. The data we collect is stored in password-controlled servers. However, such precautions do not guarantee that our website is invulnerable to all security breaks. MIR makes no warranty, guarantee, or representation that the use of the MIR web site is protected from viruses, security threats, or other vulnerabilities and that your information will always be secure.

To the extent MIR transfers any personal information to third parties, MIR will use commercially reasonable efforts to assure that such third parties to whom it may transfer any personal information have knowledge of this Privacy Policy and provide sufficient protection of such personal information. MIR requires that a secure session be established using industry standard encryption called Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Secure Electronic Transaction (SET) protocol when you submit personal information to us to input credit card or debit card information for payment, and access certain web pages on the MIR site. Additionally, MIR utilizes digital certificates issued by GeoTrust under the Equifax name, an established signer of digital certificates.

Can I change or delete personally identifiable information on the site?

Yes. Each email alert you receive from MIR as part of our notification services contains a link to a profile page where you may either change your profile information or unsubscribe from our list. If you change your profile information, your previous profile information will be purged, and only your current profile information will be stored. If you unsubscribe from our notification services, both your profile information and email address will be purged.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to alter or update this Privacy Policy at any time by posting a new one at this location. This Privacy Policy was last updated on August 16, 2010.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy please contact us by email at

You may also write to us at the following address:
Morgridge Institute for Research
PO Box 7667
Madison, WI 53707-7667