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Privacy Policy

Your data and privacy is important to us here at Maharishi Foundation International and our affiliated organizations (collectively, “MFI”, “us”, or “we”).  This policy was created to make sure you understand the data we collect about you when you use the MFI App (“App”) or visit our website at (the “Services”), what we do with it, and how it is protected. 

This policy may be updated from time to time.  Whenever we make updates, we will include the date of the most recent modification near the top of this page and may provide you with additional notice of material changes by, for example, providing you with in-app notification.

Information You Give Us. When you register with us and use the App, you generally provide: a) your name, email address, birth date, user name, password and other registration information; b) profile information such as background photo, interests, name, and other information you choose to provide; c) transaction-related information, such as when you make purchases to use our Services, respond to any offers, or download or use applications from us; d) information you provide us when you contact us for help; e) credit card information for use of programs delivered through the App, and; f) information you enter into our system when using the App, such as contact information.

Automatically Collected Information. In addition, the App may collect certain information automatically, such as the type of mobile device you use, your mobile device’s unique device ID, the IP address of your mobile device, your mobile operating system, the type of mobile Internet browsers you use, and information about the way you use the App such as a record of your activity on our servers which may include details such as the date and time a message was sent.

Location Information: The App does collect precise information about the location of your device. We use the information to enable the App to help you find directions to events described in the App.

Device Contacts/Address Book: When you give us permission to access your device's contacts or address book to use certain Services (such as "tell a friend"), we may collect information from your device's contacts/address book such as email addresses and phone numbers.

Cookie Information: We may collect information stored or recognized on your mobile phone about things like your website activity and/or browser or device information through the use of cookies and similar technologies.

Information We Get From Third Parties. We may collect and process information about you from third-parties who offer services to you and/or us through the App, such as analytics companies who help us do things like understand what may have gone wrong in the App that caused your App to crash. To the extent that you use any of these third-party services through the App, the third party's terms and privacy policies govern the use of those services.

How We Use Information. We mostly use the information we collect about you to carry out the Services you have requested from us and to continuously improve your in-app experience, but we use the information in other ways too.  Here is more detailed explanation of how we use your information:

  • Provide, maintain, and protect your in-app experience and use of Services. We use information we collect about you to provide the Services you request from us and to provide the functionality of the App and the features you choose to use.
  • Personalize content. We use the information you provide to us to personalize content and make suggestions that are relevant to you.
  • Analyze usage to maintain features that are working well and improve and/or develop new features to enhance your in-app experience. We aim to continuously improve our offerings to bring you the best way to make meaningful connections. Accordingly, we are continuously analyzing how users access and use the App and its features in order to improve existing Services and develop new ones. Our analysis of how you use the App can help us do things like evaluate the popularity and functionality of certain features, identify and fix potential bugs, and understand what our users want. 
  • Communicate with you. The information we collect lets us keep you posted on MFI’s latest product announcements, software updates, and upcoming events if you haven’t been active for a while. If you indicated that you wished to receive special offers, and information about services that might be of interest to you, MFI may occasionally send you messages regarding such. If you do not wish to continue to receive these offers, you can block, unsubscribe, or email us at Changes may require up to ten business days to take effect.
  • Show and measure services. We may use information to improve our offerings and measurement systems so that we can show you relevant services that may be of interest to you and measure the effectiveness and reach of the services.
  • Promote safety and security. We may use your information to verify identity, determine eligibility to use the Services, and recommend appropriate Services. We also use information for loss prevention, anti-fraud, and to enforce our Terms of Service.

We may also use the information you provide us to contact you from time to time to provide you with important information, required notices and marketing promotions.

How We Share Information. We may share your information if you ask us to. Other than information you’ve asked us to share, we do not share, sell or transfer your personal information without your consent, except as described below:

  • as required by law, such as to comply with a subpoena, or similar legal process;
  • when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request;
  • with our trusted service providers who work on our behalf, do not have an 
independent use of the information we disclose to them, and have agreed to adhere 
to the rules set forth in this Privacy Policy;
  • if MFI is involved in a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, you will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our Website of any change in ownership or uses of this information, as well as any choices you may have regarding this information.

How Long We Keep Your Information. We keep your personal information for different periods of time depending on why we collected it and how we use it, but we keep it only as long as the data is accurate, necessary and relevant for us to provide the Services, maintain our legitimate business operations, and/or or meet our legal obligations. 

Your Controls and Choices. We provide you with certain controls and choices regarding the use of your personal information, which may include:

  • Correcting and updating account information. By logging into your account on our Site and/or the App, you may be able to change certain account information. Your account settings may also permit you to opt-out of some types of notification messages. To protect your privacy and security, we require your username and password in order to verify your identity before granting you account access or making changes.
  • Changing your choices for marketing communications. You can opt-out of the marketing communications we send by clicking the unsubscribe link in the applicable email. Please note that, even after you opt out from receiving marketing messages from us, you may continue to receive transactional and product-related messages.
  • Changing your choices regarding meditation tracking and reminders. You can opt out of other communications or messages that tell you about your meditation progress via tracked meditations or meditation reminders, by changing the settings in the app regarding those messages.
  • Cookies and other technologies. You may be able to opt-out of certain cookies, targeted advertising and other technologies.

In many circumstances, you can exercise these choices yourself using the tools described above. If you cannot do so, please contact us. We will respond to your request promptly. Please be aware that, if you do not allow us to collect personal information from you, we may not be able to deliver certain products, features and services to you, and some of our products and services may not work appropriately or be able to take account of your interests and preferences. 

Security of Your Information.

We store, use, and maintain your personal information using reasonable security measures designed to protect the security of your personal information. Such measures vary depending on the nature of your information. For example, your account is protected by the password you use to access your MFI account. It is important that you protect and maintain your account’s security and immediately tell us of any unauthorized access or use of your account. When you sign into your account, we also encrypt the transmission of your login information between the App and our servers.

Despite these efforts, you should know that we cannot fully eliminate security risks associated with online transmissions. We cannot guarantee that unauthorized access, hacking, data loss, or other breaches will never occur, and we cannot guarantee the security of your information. You are responsible for helping to protect the security of your information by having a strong password unique to MFI that you keep confidential and protecting your device.

European Users. For citizens of the European Union, you should know that MFI is a controller and a processor of your personal information. The legal bases for which we collect and use the information described above depends on what the information is and why we collected it. The four bases upon which we rely include:

  • Contract. This means we need the information to perform our contract with you. 
  • Legitimate Interests. This means we have a legitimate interest that does not outweigh your privacy rights. When we collect and process information based on our legitimate interests, we consider how we can accomplish what we need to in a way that is the least obtrusive to your privacy.
  • Legal Obligations. We may need to use your personal information to comply with a law enforcement preservation request, subpoena, or other legal process or to protect the rights of other users.
  • Consent. If we have no other legal basis for collecting or using your information, we will ask you for consent for a specific purpose. If we do, you have the right to withdraw consent at any time. Withdrawing your consent will not apply to any processing conducted in reliance on lawful processing bases other than consent.  

EU Users' Rights. In addition to other rights detailed in this Privacy Policy (such as requesting deletion, correction or updating of your personal information), EU citizens have certain rights regarding use of personal information, including:

  • Right to Object and Restrict Processing. You have the right to object to or restrict our use of your personal information for direct marketing purposes or under certain circumstances when the legal bases for using your information is based upon our legitimate interest. If you wish to object to our use of your information, you can send us a request to delete your account.
  • Right to Erasure. You have the right to have your personal data erased and no longer processed. You can send us a request to delete your MFI account. Upon receiving the request, we will make a reasonable effort to delete your personal information from the App and from our internal network within a reasonable period of time as long as we are not obligated to preserve your information due to things like law enforcement preservation requests, subpoenas, investigations, litigation, or otherwise meet any of our other legal obligations. We may also retain depersonalized information after deletion.

Children. Children under the age of 13 are not permitted to create a MFI account or use our Services. We understand the importance of taking extra precautions to protect the privacy and safety of children, so we don’t knowingly collect, use, store, or disclose personal information from children under 13 (16 for users in the European Union)  If we learn that we have inadvertently collected the personal information of a child under 13 (16 in the EU), we will take steps to delete the information as soon as possible.

Data Transfers. We store information on servers located in the United States and the United Kingdom, and may also store information on servers and equipment in other countries. Accordingly, when you use our Services, your personal information may be sent to the United States, the United Kingdom, and possibly other countries. Because of this, your personal information may be available to legal authorities under a lawful order made in that country; and the laws of those countries may be less strict regarding your personal information than the laws where you live.

Personal information collected in the EU may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside of the EU and processed by employees operating outside of the EU who work for us, one of our business partners, or service providers. When we transfer personal information across country borders, we will make sure there is a transfer mechanism in place to transfer the data in a manner consistent with that described this Privacy Policy

Your Consent. By using the Services, you are consenting to our processing of User Provided and Automatically Collection information as set forth in this Privacy Policy now, and as amended by us. "Processing,” means using cookies on a computer/handheld device or using or touching information in any way, including, but not limited to, collecting, storing, deleting, using, combining and disclosing information.

Effective Date. This Privacy Policy is effective and was last updated on May 22, 2020.