Privacy Statement

  • IMPACT is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the IMPACT website and governs data collection and usage of that site. By using the IMPACT website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

    Collection of Your Personal Information

    IMPACT collects personally identifiable information, such as your email address, name, home or work address or telephone number. This information is provided by you when creating an IMPACT account. It may also be asked for or provided during the usage of the IMPACT website, such as but not limited to: when requesting access to IMPACT resources, services and on forum posts.

    There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is sent as part of normal web traffic and maybe automatically collected by IMPACT. This information can include: your IP address, user name, browser type and access times. This information is used by IMPACT for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service and to provide general statistics regarding use of the IMPACT website.

    IMPACT encourages you to review the privacy statements of websites that you may choose to link to from IMPACT so that you can understand how those websites collect, use and share your information. IMPACT is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on websites outside of the IMPACT website.

    Use of your Personal Information

    IMPACT collects and uses your personal information to operate the IMPACT website and deliver the services you have requested. IMPACT may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

    IMPACT does not sell, rent or lease data it collects to third parties. IMPACT may share data with the IMPACT Administrators, Data Hosts, Data Providers and Review Board members from the IMPACT community to help us deliver requested IMPACT services. These parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these requested services and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

    IMPACT will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal processes served on IMPACT or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of IMPACT; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of IMPACT, or the public.

    Use of Cookies

    The IMPACT website requires the use of "cookies" in order to function properly. These include non-persistent (session-based) cookies during an active session for proper operation of pages for registered IMPACT users during that one session. The purpose of these cookies is to identify a user to the IMPACT web server only when accessing content within the IMPACT domain. Search filters and website preferences may also be stored as persistent cookies so that they can take effect when you return to the site.

    IMPACT does not use "ad" cookies to track user activity. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to disable cookies. If you choose to disable cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the IMPACT services.

    Use of Third Party Services to Record Who Our Users Are and How They Use Our Website

    IMPACT does not permit third party advertising on our website and we do not share user data with third parties for marketing, sales or advertising purposes. In order to measure use and utility of our system both for performance and continued funding we record and report website usage statistics within the project and to promote project funding. This includes unique user counts and basic non-identifiable demographic information such as number of unique users, top countries who visit, etc. We use the third party tool Google Analytics to collect this data and generate reports for us.

    Many companies use Google Analytics for targeted advertising. Again, IMPACT does not! We strictly use the tool to comply with metrics reporting needed to continue our funding. To protect your privacy, we ask Google to anonymize your IP address, to not collect the additional information that they would otherwise collect for advertising and to disable the advertising features.

    Security of Your Personal Information

    IMPACT secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. IMPACT secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure.

    Changes to this Statement

    IMPACT will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect feedback or changes in operations or policy. IMPACT encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how IMPACT is protecting your information.

    Contact Information

    IMPACT welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that IMPACT has not adhered to this Statement, please contact IMPACT at We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.