Last Updated: October 25, 2019

This Privacy Policy explains how information about you is collected, used and disclosed by The Ronald Coase Institute (“Coase Institute”).  This Privacy Policy applies to information we collect when you use our websites, attend our events, and access other services that link to this Privacy Policy (collectively, the “Sites”) or when you otherwise interact with us.

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time.  If we make changes, we will notify you by revising the date at the top of the policy and, in some cases, we may provide you with additional notice (such as adding a statement to our homepage or sending you an email notification).  We encourage you to review the Privacy Policy whenever you access the Sites to stay informed about our information practices and the ways you can help protect your privacy.

Collection of Information

Information You Provide to Us
We collect information you provide directly to us.  For example, we collect information when you sign up to receive email updates, apply to attend a workshop, register for a workshop, provide us with your travel information to arrange your accommodations to one of our events, fill out a form, send us an email, communicate with us via third party social media sites, request information, respond to our requests, apply for a fellowship, or otherwise communicate with us. We also collect information about you, including when you make a donation, attend one of our events, or participate in one of our programs. The types of information we may collect include your name, email address, postal address, phone number, payment information (processed by a third-party payment processor), dietary preferences, government identifiers as visible on identification documents you may send us, as well as any photographs, videos, audio recordings and other information or media you choose to provide.

Information We Collect Automatically When You Use the Sites
When you access or use our Sites, we automatically collect information about you, including:

  • Log Information:  We may log information about your use of the Sites, including the type of browser you use, access times, pages viewed, your IP address and the page you visited before navigating to our Sites.
  • Information Collected by Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies:  We may use various technologies to collect information, and this may include sending cookies to your computer or mobile device.  Cookies are small data files stored on your hard drive or in device memory that help us to improve our Sites and your experience, see which areas and features of our Sites are popular and count visits.  We may also collect information using web beacons (also known as “tracking pixels”).  Web beacons are electronic images that may be used in our Sites or emails and help deliver cookies, count visits, understand usage and campaign effectiveness and determine whether an email has been opened and acted upon.  For more information about cookies, and how to disable them, please see “Your Choices” below.

Information We Collect From Other Sources
We may also obtain information from other sources and combine that with information we collect through our Sites.  For example, if you make a donation to the Coase Institute, we will receive some information back including the identity of the donor, the amount of the donation, and, in some cases, the specific program or cause donated to. We may also receive information about you from parties such as the workshop host (if you attend one of our workshops) and other third parties who may have your personal data or with whom you may have shared your personal data.

Use of Information
We may use information about you for various purposes, including to:

  • Provide, maintain and improve our Sites;
  • Facilitate your participation in events and programs that we and our partners host and your interaction with other participants in such events and programs;
  • Send you confirmations, technical notices, updates, security alerts and support and administrative messages;
  • Request feedback and to otherwise contact you about your use of the Sites;
  • Respond to your comments, questions, and requests and provide mentoring, comments, and advice;
  • Provide you with information you request or that we think will be of interest to you;
  • Solicit donations and support for the Coase Institute;
  • Monitor and analyze trends, usage and activities in connection with our Sites;
  • Personalize and improve the Sites;
  • Link or combine with information we get from others to help understand your interests in the Coase Institute’s programming and Sites;
  • Carry out any other purpose for which the information was collected.

Sharing of Information
We will not share information about you except as follows or as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy:

  • With vendors, partner universities, consultants and other service providers or volunteers who need access to such information to carry out work on our behalf;
  • In response to a request for information if we believe disclosure is in accordance with any applicable law, regulation or legal process, or as otherwise required by any applicable law, rule or regulation;
  • If we believe your actions are inconsistent with the spirit or language of our agreements with you, with our policies, or to protect the rights, property and safety of the Coase Institute, its faculty, volunteers, alumni or others;
  • In connection with, or during negotiations of, any reorganization, formation of a new or successor organization, asset sale or transfer, financing or lending transaction or in any other situation where personal information may be disclosed or transferred as one of the assets of the Coase Institute; and
  • With appropriate notice to you, with your consent, or at your direction, including if we notify you through our Sites or through specific notice that the information you provide will be shared in a particular manner and you provide such information.

We may also share aggregated or anonymized information that does not directly identify you.

Analytics Services Provided by Others
We may allow third parties to use cookies, web beacons, device identifiers, or other technologies to provide analytics services on our behalf across the web.  These entities may collect information about your use of the Sites, including your IP address, web browser, pages viewed, time spent on pages, and links.  This information may be used by the Coase Institute and others to, among other things, analyze and track data, determine the popularity of certain content, and better understand your online activity.

Data Retention
We consider our relationship with the Ronald Coase Institute community to be lifelong. This means that we will maintain a record for you until such time as you tell us that you no longer wish us to keep in touch. After such time, we will retain a core set of information for the Ronald Coase Institute’s legitimate purposes, such as archival, scientific, and historical research and for the defense of potential legal claims.

Transfer of Information to the United States and Other Countries
The Coase Institute is based in the United States and we process and store information in the U.S. and other countries.  Therefore, we and our service providers may transfer information about you to, or store or access it in, jurisdictions that may not provide equivalent levels of data protection as your home jurisdiction.  We will take steps to ensure that information about you receives an adequate level of protection in the jurisdictions in which we process it.

Your Choices
Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default.  If you prefer, you can usually choose to set your browser to remove or reject browser cookies.  Removing or rejecting browser cookies does not necessarily affect third party flash cookies used in connection with our Sites.  To delete or disable flash cookies please visit
for more information.  Please note that if you choose to remove or reject cookies, this could affect the availability and functionality of our Sites.

Promotional Communications
You may opt out of receiving promotional emails by following the instructions in those emails or text messages.  If you opt out, we may still send you other types of emails, such as those about your use of the Sites or any transactions.

Residents of the European Economic Area
If you are in the European Economic Area (“EEA”), you have certain rights and protections under the law regarding the processing of your personal data.

Legal Basis for Processing
If you are in the EEA, when we process your personal data we will only do so in the following situations:

  • We need to use your personal data to perform our responsibilities under our contract with you. For example, we may process your personal data to facilitate your registration for workshops or events.
  • We have a legitimate interest in processing your personal data. For example, we may process your personal data to communicate with you about changes to our Sites, to provide, secure, and improve our Sites, and to provide for the security of you, our staff, and our guests at events that we or our partners host.
  • We have your consent to do so. For example, we will seek your consent before processing your personal data in connection with certain aspects of events we host or writing letters of recommendation on your behalf.
  • We have a legal obligation to process your personal data. For example, we may need to retain information about your donations to comply with our legal obligations.

Data Subject Requests

If you are in the EEA, you have the right to access personal data we hold about you and to ask that your personal data be corrected, erased, or transferred.  You may also have the right to object to, or request that we restrict, certain processing.  If you would like to exercise any of these rights, you may contact us as indicated below.

Questions or Complaints
If you are in the EEA and have a concern about our processing of personal data that we are not able to resolve, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the data privacy authority where you reside.  For contact details of your local Data Protection Authority, please see

Contact Us
If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at
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