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Last Modified: October 1, 2020

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Aventine Research Institute (“Aventine,” “we,” “us” or “our”) respects your privacy and is committed to protecting it. This policy (the “Privacy Policy”) describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide when you visit the website www.aventine.org (the “Website”), and our practices for collecting, using, maintaining, protecting, and disclosing that information. This Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time without notice to you. By accessing or using the Website, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to, or cannot comply with, all the terms of this Privacy Policy, do not access or use the Website.

THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT AND HOW WE USE IT

In the course of operating the Website, Aventine collects or receives the following types of information, which may include personal information.

Contact Information

We may collect contact information from you, such as your email address, and any personal information you choose to provide, if you opt to receive updates from us or if you email, text or contact us through the Website. We use such contact information for purposes such as providing you with information about Aventine, responding to your inquiries, or sending you email alerts.

Server Logs

Like most websites today, our web servers keep log files that record data each time a device accesses those servers. The log files contain data about the nature of such access, including the device’s IP address, user agent string (e.g., operating system and browser type/version), and referral URL (i.e., the external source by which you arrived at our Website, or the pages you’ve clicked on while on our Website). We may use these log files for purposes such as assisting in monitoring and troubleshooting errors and incidents, analyzing web traffic, or optimizing the user experience.

Cookies

We collect information using “cookie” technology. Cookies are small packets of data that a website stores on your computer’s or mobile device’s hard drive (or other storage medium) so that your computer will “remember” information about your visit. We use both first and third-party session cookies and persistent cookies. Below is a general primer on session and persistent cookies; information collected by cookies depends on its particular purpose. For more information, please see the information regarding analytics providers discussed further below.

Session Cookies: We use session cookies to make it easier for you to navigate our Website. A session ID cookie expires when you close your browser.

Persistent Cookies: A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time or until you delete them. You can remove persistent cookies by following directions provided in your web browser’s “help” file. To the extent we provide a log-in portal or related feature on our Website, persistent cookies can be used to store your passwords so that you don’t have to enter it more than once. Persistent cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our visitors to personalize their experience on our Website.

In some cases, we may associate information that you have provided to us, such as an email address, with the cookies that we use. In addition to facilitating the purposes described above, this is useful in understanding your engagement with other content related to our Website (e.g., email open rates, URL click-throughs).

If you do not want us to place a cookie on your hard drive, you may be able to turn that feature off on your computer or mobile device. Please consult your browser’s documentation for information on how to do this and how to delete persistent cookies. However, if you decide not to accept cookies from us, certain aspects of the Website may not function properly or as intended.

Geolocation Information

We may, with your consent, automatically collect geolocation information from your device via your browser’s location services. This consent may be provided by you on the device level by consenting to location services generally through your browser’s settings. If you do not wish to provide geolocation information, please consult your browser’s documentation regarding how to turn off location services. If you disable location services, you may not be able to use the full array of features and functionalities available through our Website.

Aggregate Data

In an ongoing effort to better understand our users and their engagement with our Website, we might analyze your information in aggregate form to operate, maintain, manage, and improve the Website. This aggregate information does not identify you personally. We may share this aggregate data with our affiliates, agents and business partners. We may also disclose aggregated user statistics in order to describe Website engagement to current and prospective business partners and to other third parties for other lawful purposes.

Third-Party Analytics Providers

We use one or more third–party analytics services to evaluate your use of the Website, as the case may be, by compiling reports on activity (based on their collection of IP addresses, Internet service provider, browser type, operating system and language, referring and exit pages and URLs, date and time, amount of time spent on particular pages, what sections of the Website you visit, number of links clicked, search terms and other similar usage data) and analyzing performance metrics. These third parties use cookies and other technologies to help collect, analyze, and provide us reports or other data.

By accessing and using the Website, you consent to the processing of data about you by these analytics providers in the manner and for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy. For more information on these third parties, including how to opt out from certain data collection, please visit the sites below. Please be advised that if you opt out of any service, you may not be able to use the full functionality of the Website.

For Google Analytics, please visit: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en.

Onward Transfer to Third Parties

Like many entities, we work with other companies to perform certain services related to our operations. We may disclose personal information to certain types of third-party companies but only to the extent needed to enable them to provide such services. The types of companies that may receive personal information and their functions are: hosting services, technical assistance, database management/back-up services, and site use analytics.

Disclosure to Public Authorities

We may be required to disclose personal information in response to lawful requests by public authorities, or to other third parties when compelled to do so by government authorities or required by law or regulation including, but not limited to, in response to court orders and subpoenas.

HOW WE PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION

Aventine takes very seriously the security and privacy of the personal information that it collects pursuant to this Privacy Policy. Accordingly, we implement reasonable and appropriate security measures to protect your personal information from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction, taking into account the risks involved in processing and the nature of such data, and comply with applicable laws and regulations. Please understand, however, that no security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of our databases or the databases of the third parties with which we may share your information (as permitted herein), nor can we guarantee that the information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted over the Internet. In particular, e-mail sent to us may not be secure, and you should therefore take special care in deciding what information you send to us via e-mail.

CHILDREN

We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13 through the Website. If you are under 13, please do not give us any personal information. We encourage parents and legal guardians to monitor their children’s Internet usage and to help enforce our Privacy Policy by instructing their children to never provide personal information without their permission. If you have reason to believe that a child under the age of 13 has provided personal information to us, please contact us at info@aventine.org and we will endeavor to delete that information from our databases.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL NON-US RESIDENTS

Our servers are located in the US and elsewhere. Please be aware that your information may be transferred to, processed, maintained, and used on computers, servers, and systems located outside of your state, province, country, or other governmental jurisdiction where the privacy laws may not be as protective as those in your country of origin. If you are located outside the United States and choose to use the Website, you do so at your own risk.

DO NOT TRACK

Aventine does not respond to “Do Not Track” settings or other related mechanisms at this time.

LINKS TO EXTERNAL WEBSITES

Our Website may contain links to third-party websites (“External Sites”). Aventine has no control over the privacy practices or the content of any such External Sites. As such, we are not responsible for the content or the privacy policies of such External Sites. You should check the applicable privacy policy and terms of use when visiting any such External Sites.

CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

This Privacy Policy is effective as of the last modified date stated at the top of this Privacy Policy. We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time with or without notice to you. By accessing the Website after we make any such changes to this Privacy Policy, you are deemed to have accepted such changes. Please be aware that, to the extent permitted by applicable law, our use of the information collected is governed by the Privacy Policy in effect at the time we collect the information. Please refer back to this Privacy Policy on a regular basis.

HOW TO CONTACT US

If you have questions about this Privacy Policy, please e-mail us at info@aventine.org with “Privacy Policy” in the subject line.

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