VoteFlare Privacy Statement

Welcome to VoteFlare, a voter registration monitoring service offered by the Technology Science Initiative at Harvard University (“Harvard”).

By accessing content on the website (the “Site,” which includes all pages within the web domain), creating a VoteFlare User Account, and/or accessing the VoteFlare service (the “Service,” as described in the Terms of Use), you agree to our collection and use of information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

This Privacy Policy explains what information VoteFlare collects about you through the Site and the Service, how we use that data, and when and with whom we share it. Capitalized terms contained but not otherwise defined in this Privacy Policy have the meanings provided in our Terms of Service.


Information We Collect

We collect information, including Personally Identifiable Information, when you access the VoteFlare website, create a User Account, or otherwise use the Service or communicate with VoteFlare. “Personally Identifiable Information” means your name, your email address, and other information that personally identifies you or that pertains to you as an identified or identifiable individual.

The following are examples of the information we collect:

We collect your Home State, and (at your option) your email address and/or your mobile phone number when you create a User Account. We also collect Required Information about you, which necessarily includes Personally Identifiable Information, so that we can perform the Service for you.

We also may obtain information about you when you contact our technical support team, send us email or receive email from us, or otherwise communicate with us through the Site.

When you use our Site, we may collect information about which pages of the Site were visited, the order in which they were visited, when they were visited, and which hyperlinks and other user interface controls were used. We also may collect a variety of other information, including IP address, operating system, unique IDs of cookies, unique IDs sent from mobile devices, network carriers or data providers, device types, browser types, version and language, Internet Service Provider (ISP) information, referring and exit websites and applications, attributes of computer or device usage, date/time stamps, clickthrough URLs, information contained in HTTP headers or other internet transfer protocol signals, clickstream data, and other similar data. We may be able to determine your geographic location (or the location of your device or ISP) with such data. You may be able to change the settings on your computer or mobile device to prevent it from providing us with any location information.


Most browsers and mobile devices offer instructions on how to disable cookies (typically in “Preferences” or “Settings”). If you disable our cookies, some functions and conveniences of our Site may not work properly or at all. We will attempt to honor your privacy preferences, but we may not be able to honor all of them, including, for example, Do Not Track signals sent by your browser.

How We Use the Information We Collect, Whom We Share it With, and Why We Share It

We use the information we collect to make the Service available to you. We may also use the information to communicate with you about the Service, and in the other ways described below.

We disclose the information as necessary to provide the Service, as well as for other purposes described below. For example, to provide the Services, we may share some of your information with members of the VoteFlare team. We may also input your information into a Voter Registration Database, in order to check your Home State’s records regarding your voter registration. 

We may collect, use, process, store, and share information about you, including in some cases Personally Identifiable Information, in the following ways:

  • To authenticate your identity.
  • To respond to a specific inquiry or provide you with access to the Service.
  • To provide, administer, maintain, improve, individualize, and evaluate the Site or the Service. This may include sharing information with members of the VoteFlare team, administrators, and others who are involved in performing these functions for us, as well as with other third parties in some circumstances.
  • To send you notices, updates, and communications (whether by email, phone, text or SMS messages, pop up notifications, or other similar methods) about the Service.
  • To maintain and improve the functioning and security of the Site, the Service, and our software, systems, and network.
  • To enable service providers or contractors to perform certain functions on our behalf, including, for example, payment processing.
  • To respond to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process; in response to a request for cooperation from law enforcement or another government agency; to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding actual or suspected violations of our Terms of Service or this Privacy Policy, illegal activities, fraud, security or technical issues, misuse of the Site or the Service, or other misconduct, or to enforce our Terms of Service or this Privacy Policy; as otherwise may be required by applicable law; or to protect our rights, property, or safety or those of others.
  • To share aggregated information with the public and with third parties, including but not limited to researchers and partners.
  • To achieve any purpose described elsewhere in this Privacy Policy.
  • To achieve any purpose to which you have consented at the point of collection of information or at another time.
  • To achieve any other purpose permitted by law.

We may collect usage information about your use of the Site or the Service. This enables us to tailor experiences that are most appropriate for you.

We may use data that is no longer personally identifiable because it has been aggregated or anonymized for product development, research, analytics, and other purposes, including for the purpose of analyzing, improving, or marketing the Service.

Use of Certain Third-Party Applications and Websites

We may provide links to third-party sites, applications, or resources. Those websites, applications, and resources are not under our control, and you acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible for the collection and use of your information by them or for their content. We encourage you to review the privacy policies and terms of use of each website, application, and resource you visit or use.

Disclosure in the Event of Transfer of the Service

In the event that the Service is transferred to another organization, information about you, including Personally Identifiable Information, may be transferred or disclosed to Harvard’s successor and others involved in the transaction.


The security of your Personally Identifiable Information is important to us, and we endeavor to protect Personally Identifiable Information in our possession or control. This includes a variety of privacy and security policies, processes and procedures, including administrative, physical, and technical measures. Nonetheless, no method of collection, storage, or transmission is entirely secure, and we cannot guarantee that our security measures will be effective.


We may make changes to this Privacy Policy at any time. The Site will post notice of changes to the Privacy Policy on this webpage, and by accessing the Site or Service after the modifications to this Privacy Policy has been posted, you agree to be bound by the modified Privacy Policy. Accordingly, you should periodically revisit this page to review the then-current Privacy Policy.


If you have any questions or requests about this Privacy Policy or our handling of your information, you may contact us at