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If you have any questions about this project’s privacy practices, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, address and email address when you contact us.
Scope of this policy
This web site uses third party web metrics to record the details of your visit. This involves collecting data such as the pages you have viewed, the browser you have used, and so on. Web metrics data can range from the anonymous (e.g. time/date of visit) to the identifiable (e.g. IP address). These data provide useful statistics for project managers and project funders, as well as support the improvement of web site design and functionality. These data are always anonymous, and almost always aggregated.
Some NSDL-funded websites offer users resources that can be customized or that invite participation beyond browsing free-access pages. Those sites invite users to register – for free – for individual user accounts. Registering for such accounts requires voluntary online submission of pertinent user information, or attributes. When a user registers for an account with NSDL or NSDL funded resources, the following information may be collected: 1. Name (First and Last OR Username) 2. Email Address 3. Position/Job Title/Subject Expertise 4. Personal password
NSDL will use this information for the following purposes: 1. Allowing access to appropriate content 2. Personalizing content based on area of interest/need 3. Web Metrics 4. Issuing updates, invitations, newsletters, etc. 5. Confirming personal acccounts In the event that collected information will be used for purposes other that those described above, users will be notified of such changes and will be given the option to opt out of those furtherances.
HTTP Cookies are small text files that a website uploads to a user’s computer in order to provide the user’s computer with enough information that it remembers the user’s previous visit(s). This allows the user to access certain features of the website more efficiently than they would if it was a first visit or if a computer is set to not accept cookies. While cookies, in general, are innocuous, they have also raised controversy as some people feel that there are similarities between having a cookie on a computer and having a surveillance device in their homes. This is a misunderstanding of the underlying technology of cookies. While they do convey information about a user, this is solely information about a user’s computer and browser session (IP address, navigation, etc.), and this information is collected for the purposes of authentication, user tracking, and maintaining user preferences.
Compliance with court orders
NSDL will not voluntarily share user information with parties outside of the project’s scope. In the event of a subpoena or court order for the release of such information to local, state, or federal courts, NSDL will comply with the jurisdictional law regarding such a transmission of information and will supply only that information which it is legally compelled to hand over. Every reasonable attempt will be made to preserve the anonymity and/or privacy of individuals identifies in whatever data is subpoenaed. NSDL will also make reasonable and legal effort to inform users about the transmission of such subpoenaed data.