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 www.maharishi.foundation (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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.