fb-pixelThe Emancipator Privacy Policy - The Boston Globe Skip to main content

Exploring solutions to racial inequity.

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy applies to The Emancipator and its digital applications (collectively, “The Emancipator,” “we,” or the “Site”). The Emancipator is a collaboration between Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research and The Boston Globe.

The Emancipator respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal information. This Privacy Policy explains how we collect, use, process, maintain, and share your personal information, as well as your choices regarding the use, access, and correction of your personal information.


“Personal information” is information that can be used to identify you, directly or indirectly, alone or together with other information. Personal information may include, but is not limited to, your name, physical addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, company affiliations, and associated interests. Personal information does not include anonymous data, such as where the identity of an individual cannot ever be linked to the data. “Aggregated data,” such as statistical or demographic data, may be derived from your personal information, but does not reveal your identity.


We may request and collect personal information from you to provide you with additional information, such as when you sign up for a mailing list or to participate in an event. We also use functional cookies and technologies to help us improve our reader experience. We may also collect and receive your personal information from you, third parties, and online or offline public resources. Additionally, we may combine your Personal information from multiple sources.

We use your Personal information in different situations, including:

Inquiry/Request Response. We may collect your personal information when you contact us for information or technical support in order to respond and provide the appropriate assistance and response.

Events. We may collect or receive your personal information when you register for or attend an event hosted or sponsored by us. If the event is in partnership with a third party, we may share your personal information with that party, so they can, for example, maintain an attendance list, or contact you with event details. We will not share your information with them for their marketing purposes without your consent, which may be obtained at the time of your registration or through a supplemental privacy notice. You do not have to consent to sharing your information in order to attend.

Monitor Digital Properties Usage, Trends, and Experience. When you interact with the Site, we may automatically collect, or facilitate the collection of, personal information on your interactions with us and about your equipment. For example, we may collect personal information by using first and third party cookies, Flash cookies, HTML5 local storage, server logs, web beacons, clear gifs, and other similar technologies. We use these automated technologies to collect personal information because some are strictly necessary for the core functionality of our Site, including performance analytics, personalization, and online security. You may also manage some of the automated technologies being used for these purposes, and your preferences, which is explained further in our Cookie FAQ or manage your settings here.

Mobile Device Location Data. If you use our mobile applications and permit certain precise location settings and permissions, you consent to providing us with access to your precise geolocation information. You may withdraw this consent at any time by turning off those same settings and permissions, but information collected before such withdrawal remains lawful to process.

Consent. If we otherwise notify you and you consent to the sharing.


Except as set out in this Privacy Policy or as required by law, we do not sell, license, rent, or swap your personal information without your permission.


In accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act we do not knowingly collect or store any personal information for children under the age of 13. If you are under 13, please do not provide us any personally identifying information.


We may include links to third party websites, platforms, plug-ins, and applications. We do not control these third party websites, platforms, and applications and are not responsible for their privacy policies. We encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit or application you use.


The Emancipator is based in the United States. By providing us with your personal information you acknowledge and accept that you may be transferring information out of your jurisdiction. If you do not wish for certain personal information to be so transferred, please do not provide your personal information to us and/or take such steps described herein to prevent the collection of your personal information.


We have put in place commercially appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorized way, altered or disclosed, and to maintain its accuracy and integrity. While no security is impenetrable, we implement and maintain commercially appropriate technical, physical, administrative, and organizational measures to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk for our use of the personal information, taking into account the state of the art, the costs of implementation, and the nature, scope, context, and purposes of processing. We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal information breach and will notify you and/or any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.


We will only retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes we collected it for and for the purposes of satisfying any legal (including but not limited to enforcement of agreements or resolving disputes) or reporting requirements.

To determine the appropriate retention period for personal information, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal information, the potential risk of harm from unauthorized use or disclosure of your personal information, the purposes for which we process your personal information and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.

In some circumstances, we may anonymize your personal information (so that it can no longer be associated with you) for research or statistical purposes in which case we may use this information indefinitely without further notice to you.


Lawful Basis for Processing (EU/EEA; UK)

Regardless of your jurisdiction, we will only use your personal information when the law allows us to. That said, if you are a resident of the EU/EEA or the United Kingdom, our lawful basis for collecting and using your personal information will depend on the personal information concerned and the specific context in which we collect it. Generally, we will not collect or access any personal information other than in the manner described above.

What we mean by legitimate interests is the interest of our business in conducting and managing our Site to enable us to give you the best and most secure experience. We make sure we consider and balance any potential impact on you (both positive and negative) and your rights before we process your personal information for our legitimate interests. We do not use your personal information for activities where our interests are overridden by the impact on you (unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law).

Note that we may process your personal information for more than one lawful ground depending on the specific purpose for which we are using your information. If you would like to get more information on how we balance legitimate interests or the specific legal ground we are relying on, please contact us.

Your Data Subject Rights (EU/EEA and UK)

Under certain circumstances, you have rights under applicable data protection laws with respect to personal information we knowingly collected.

We will try to comply with any of these requests pertaining to your personal information in accordance with applicable law. As a security measure, we may need to verify your identity before acting on your request. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response. Please recognize that in certain circumstances we may be unable to provide the access or information sought, or correction or deletion requested. This may be because a request would require us to release commercial confidential information, disclose personal information relating to another person that is not the requestor, or would result in impracticability, excessive redundancy, and/or an undue burden or expense to The Emancipator.

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal information (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if it is clear that your request is unfounded, repetitive or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.

We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.


By using this Site or submitting any of your personal information to us (or both), you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy may be amended from time to time, consistent with the applicable data protection and privacy laws and principles. The most current version of the policy will be posted on The Emancipator.


If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, are seeking to exercise any of your statutory rights, or would like to unsubscribe from a newsletter, please contact the data privacy manager at admin@theemancipator.org.