A student project in partnership with Harvard University Common Spaces

Last updated on April 22nd, 2020

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy discloses the privacy practices for dearharvard.org (the Project). The Project is an independent student project created with the support of Harvard Common Spaces. By using this website, you are consenting to our collection and use of information in accordance with this Privacy Policy:

In Short:

We collect two types of information: content you submit to the Project, and technical information such as your IP address for technical and usage statistics purposes. We own this data and store it ourselves. We will not use any technical information to identify you, but our team and other visitors to the site may identify you using the information you share on the postcard. We will not share or sell your data to a third party or vendor, with the exception of Harvard University. Please continue reading the following and our Terms of Service.

Aditionally, this website is secured using Google reCaptacha. By using this site you also accept Google's Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

What information do we gather about you?

We gather two types of information from you: Postcard Information and Website Usage Information.

Postcard Information

The Postcard information is entered by you, on our website. This includes a photograph that you agree you have the copyright to, and a brief message you compose. Optional entry fields include your name, city, a social media link, and tags. This information will be stored in a database for display on the site, and will be accessed later to print the postcards and exhibit them, with the help of Harvard Common Spaces. This information may also be transferred to the Harvard University Archives. This information is public on the website, as well as on digital displays on the Harvard campus.

Website Usage Information

We collect certain information regarding your use of dearharvard.org, such as your IP address and browser type. We use the information we gather from you for systems administration purposes, abuse prevention, and to track usage, and for the other purposes described in this policy. All information is stored on our secure servers. We will not share, sell, rent, swap, or authorize any third party to access web usage information.


Cookies are small files that are stored on your computer (unless you block them). We use cookies to protect against threats and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. You may disable cookies through your individual browser options. These cookies are from three sources:

  • dearharvard.org
  • Cloudflare
  • Google

Information Protection

This site has reasonable security measures in place to help protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. However, no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is 100% secure.

Changes to this policy

This Privacy Policy may be amended from time to time. Any such changes will be posted on this page.