Privacy Policy


This privacy policy sets out how "NextGen IL" uses and protects any information that you give "NextGen IL" when you use this website.

“NextGen IL” is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

“NextGen IL” may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 5/1/14.

What we collect

We may collect the following information:

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyze web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyze data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to enable you to visit other websites of interest easily. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Research study consent

Dr. Matthew Easterday, Assistant Professor in the Department of the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, is conducting a research study to understand how young people use new media tools to participate in the policy deliberation process.

If you agree to participate by using the website, your log data will be used in the research study. Your log data includes messages you have typed, liked or shared, your interests, what you do on the site, where you go on the site and your background information, etc. The research study will not release your name and personal information to the public. This study will last 24 months and your participation in it will end whenever you decide to stop using the website. We may contact you for a follow up interview to clarify questions we may have on your use of the website.

Your participation in this study does not involve any risk to you beyond that of everyday life.

Participation in this study will involve no cost to you. You will not be paid for participating in this study.

Study records that can identify you will be kept confidential by removing identifiers and storing data in a secure space, allowing only research to staff to review the data. The results of the research study may be published, but your name will not be used. Your participation in this research study is completely voluntary. If you have any questions about this study you may contact:

Matthew Easterday -- the principle investigator of the research study at (847) 467-2353.
AAnna Bethune — the research assistant for the study at (872) 484-4413.

If you want a copy of this consent for your records, you can print it from the screen. If you would you like documentation linking you to this research study, please email your request to the Principal Investigator at