Privacy Policy


Last Revised November 26, 2018

We are committed to delivering information services that recognize and respect users’ privacy concerns. This Privacy Policy is intended to inform you of our general policies and practices regarding our collection, use, and disclosure of the information that you submit to us and that we collect from you during your use of the USC Race and Equity Center’s (the “Center”) PRISM Platform (“PRISM”) accessible online through the website at and (collectively, the “Website”), and other websites, online locations, apps, media, software, devices or networks now in existence or developed later for PRISM, including all content, information and functionality available through them (which are collectively referred to in this Privacy Policy as the “Sites,” or individually as a “Site”).

This Privacy Policy applies to all users of our Sites, and has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their “Personally Identifiable Information” (“PII”) is being used online. PII, as described in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with our website.

The University of Southern California (“USC”), the Center, and each of our officers, agents, employees, representatives, subsidiaries, and affiliates are collectively referred to herein as “we”, “us”, or “our”.

Our Information Collection and Use Practices

Information you submit voluntarily provide to us: We collect any information you enter on our Sites, or that you give us in any other way. You can choose not to provide certain information, but you may not be able to take advantage of our services and features. PII that you may be asked to provide when registering on our site include the following (by providing us with any PII, you affirmatively consent to our collecting that information—if you do not consent to our collecting certain PII, please do not provide them):

-     First and last name

-     Home or other physical address, including street name and name of a city or town

-     Email address

-     Telephone number

-     Your race or ethnicity

-     Your job position or title

-     The identity of any institution or organization with which you may be affiliated

-     Any other identifier that permits physical or online contacting of specific individual

-     Other details you provide to help you with your experience, including any personal information you provide through any interactive component or feature of PRISM or on any Site

We only collect PII that you provide through the Sites, and retain your PII for no more than _____ months/years after you have provided it. [NOTE: UNDER THE EU’S GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR), PERSONAL DATA MUST BE LIMITED TO A PERIOD OF TIME NO LONGER THAN NECESSARY, AND REMOVED AFTER IT IS NO LONGER REQUIRED]

We may use the information you provide, including your name and contact information (email, address, telephone number) and other identifiers, in order to allow you to provide website feedback, register for events, or use our online applications and services.

We may share information that does not personally identify you without restriction.

Please be aware that any PII that you submit through the PRISM Sites (including but not limited to your race or ethnicity, your job position or title, and the identity of any institution or organization with which you may be affiliated) may be made publicly available to other users or visitors of the Sites, and you must use your own discretion in deciding whether to use the Sites and what information you wish to share through the Sites.

Cookies and Website Analytics

The Sites may automatically certain information: When you visit our Sites, you disclose certain information, such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address and the time of your visit. Our site, like many other sites, records this basic information about visits to our site. We retain certain statistical information automatically collected through our sites (which information is maintained anonymously without identifying individual users) indefinitely for the purpose of improving our sites and user experience.

“Cookies”: Cookies are pieces of information that are transferred to your computer from a web server. They are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.

We use cookies and similar technology to collect aggregate (non-personal) information and data about website usage and traffic by all of our visitors and to help us remember you and your preferences when you revisit the websites so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. They are also used to help us understand your preferences based on previous or current site activity, which enables us to provide you with improved services. These cookies may stay on your browser into the future until they expire or you delete them. We also use technology to remember you the next time you log in. We may also use trusted third-party services that track this information on our behalf. Some of these cookies are erased when you close your browser window and some persist for a period of time. Further general information about cookies and how they work is available at Most browsers are set up to accept cookies, but you can decline cookies by adjusting your browser settings to notify you when you receive a new cookie or to refuse to accept cookies. If you turn cookies off or reject cookies, some features on our Sites may not function .

We generally limit the information we collect to information that is adequate and relevant for the purpose of providing information about our site and services to you, and we may allow selected third parties to place cookies through the website to provide us with better insights into the use of the website or user demographics. These third parties may collect information about a user’s online activities over time and across different websites when he or she uses our website.

Many websites use Google Analytics (or other similar web analytics tools) to collect information about visitor traffic and behavior. This allows us to identify usage trends and to improve the performance and content of our websites.

We do not use this tool to collect or store your personal information, and it cannot be used to identify who you are.

You can use the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-on to disable tracking by Google Analytics.

We currently do not use technology that responds to do-not-track signals from your browser.

Access and Choice

You can choose not to receive certain emails from us by “unsubscribing” using the instructions in any email you receive from us.

With any information we collect about you, you have the right to:

-     Be informed about what information we collect

-     Request access to the information we collect about you

-     Request corrections to any information we collect about you that may be inaccurate

-     Request that we erase any information we have collected about you

-     Request that we restrict how we process any information we collect about you

-     Request that we transfer any information we have collected about you to another organization of your choosing, which we will accommodate to the extent that it is reasonably and technologically possible to do so

-     Object to any information about you that we collect

When do we collect information?

We collect information from you when you fill out a form or enter information on our Sites.

How do we use your information?

We may use the information we collect from you when you register for our Sites or for any service available through our Sites, including PRISM, sign up for our newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing or other communication, surf the website, or use certain other Site features in the following ways:

•     To follow up with them after correspondence (live chat, email or phone inquiries)

•     To administer our business activities

•     To notify you about changes to our website, new services, or special offers

How do we protect your information?

We do not use vulnerability scanning and/or scanning to PCI standards.

We only provide articles and information. We never ask for credit card numbers.

We use regular Malware Scanning. 

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States' consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children's privacy and safety online.

We do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old, and do not permit third-parties, including ad networks or plug-ins, to collect PII from children under 13.

Updates to Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time. We encourage visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to this Privacy Policy. If we make changes, we will post an updated effective date. Your continued use of the Sites after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

How To Contact Us

If you have questions about the type of data that is collected and how they are stored or used on servers we directly operate or manage, you may contact our designated “data controller” at:



Supplemental Privacy Notice to California Residents

We do not give, share, or sell any personal information to a third party unless required by law, but to comply with California’s “Shine the Light” law (codified at California Civil Code section 1798.83), provide you with the following, supplemental notice:

If you are a California resident, you are entitled to request and obtain from us once per calendar year information regarding “personal information” about you (as that term is defined under California Civil Code section 1798.83) that we shared, if any, to a third party for the third party’s direct marketing purposes. The information will include (1) a list of the categories described in California Civil Code section 1798.83(e)(6) that were disclosed in during the preceding calendar year, if at all, and (2) the names and addresses of all of any third parties with whom we shared any such personal information about you during the preceding calendar year, and if the nature of such third parties’ business cannot reasonably be determined from the third parties’ name, a description of the nature of the third parties’ business or examples of products and services that the third party marketed.

To make such a request, please email the PRISM Website administrator at and include “Request for California Privacy Information” in the subject line. We will provide the requested information to you at your email address. You may also contact us by address or telephone at:


635 Downey Way Suite 214

Verna & Peter Dauterive Hall (VPD)

Los Angeles, CA 90089