University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse

As of July 13, 2012.

What we do—and don't do—with the information we collect

This is the website of the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, at the University of Michigan Law School. We can be reached at:
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
University of Michigan Law School
625 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1210

The following describes the policies and practices of the Clearinghouse with regard to the collection and use of personal information from users of, and Clearinghouse update subscribers. Throughout this page, the terms "we," "us," and "our" are meant to include Clearinghouse faculty, staff, and students.

We have the utmost respect for your privacy and will not trade, sell or exchange your personal information with anyone. We only share your information only with third parties we have contracted with to provide you services on our behalf, as described below under "With whom we share the information."

When it comes to collection and use of personal information, our guiding questions are:
"Will having this information help us better understand our users and their needs?" and
"Will having this information help us better help this individual?"

Note: The documents posted on the Clearinghouse are public documents, obtained from public sources — usually, the courts in which those documents were filed. These documents are available to any member of the public who goes to the trouble to find them, and they are not the subject of this privacy policy.

Information we collect about you

When you register
In order to save searches or documents, you will need an account. The only required information to obtain an account is a username, password—both of which you pick—and an email address, so that we can remind you of your username and password, if you forget them. The password is encrypted, and nobody at the Clearinghouse has access to it.

You may update and change any information about yourself by navigating through the options on the account page (after you log in).

When you browse the site
When you visit our website, we collect information about your session (e.g. session length, pages visited, files downloaded) based on the IP address of your computer. Our website uses cookies to facilitate this tracking. For an excellent description of cookies and how they work see Wikipedia on cookies. This information is stored in log files. Log data is used in aggregate to analyze how people use our website.

How we use the information

Aggregate information
Our goal is to create a resource that is useful and used. Therefore, the majority of the information we collect from website tracking has to do with what our users are interested in and how they use our work. We analyze this data in aggregate.

Email addresses
We use your email address to communicate with you by sending you updates (if you have requested any), and your password if you request that. When you submit ideas, questions, or comments to the Clearinghouse faculty or staff, we will use your email address to respond directly to you. If there is an additional important need to communicate with you (for example, if there is a potential security breach on the website information), we will use your email to enable such communication.

Information sharing
We may share aggregate information about our audience (e.g. demographics, interests, website usage) with donors, partners, website users, or other interested parties. Please note that this is not personal information, only general summaries of the activities of our audience.

Third party service providers
We will not share individual-identifying personal information about you with third parties without your permission, with the exception of service providers or other organizations we contract with to fulfill services on our behalf (e.g. delivering email or mail), or under the circumstances described in "Compliance with legal requirements" below.

Compliance with legal requirements
We may disclose personal information if we are required to by law, or we believe that such action is necessary to (a) comply with the law or with legal process, (b) protect and defend our rights and property, (c) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of the Clearinghouse's site or work, or (d) protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public.