Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sea Grant is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the Sea Grant Web site and governs data collection and usage. By using the Sea Grant website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collection of your Personal Information

Sea Grant collects personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. Sea Grant also collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by Sea Grant. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses. This information is used by Sea Grant for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the Sea Grant Web site.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through Sea Grant public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: Sea Grant does not read any of your private online communications.

Sea Grant encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from Sea Grant so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. Sea Grant is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the Sea Grant and Sea Grant family of Web sites.

Use of your Personal Information

Sea Grant collects and uses your personal information to operate the Sea Grant Web site and deliver the services you have requested. Sea Grant also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from Sea Grant and its affiliates. Sea Grant may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

Sea Grant does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. Sea Grant may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, Sea Grant may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to Sea Grant, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

Sea Grant does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

Sea Grant keeps track of the Web sites and pages our customers visit within Sea Grant, in order to determine what Sea Grant services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within Sea Grant to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

Sea Grant Web sites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Sea Grant or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Sea Grant; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Sea Grant, or the public.

Use of Cookies

The Sea Grant Web site use "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize Sea Grant pages, or register with Sea Grant site or services, a cookie helps Sea Grant to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same Sea Grant Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Sea Grant features that you customized.

You have the ability 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. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the Sea Grant services or Web sites you visit.

Security of your Personal Information

Sea Grant secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Sea Grant secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Changes to this Statement

Sea Grant will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. Sea Grant encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how Sea Grant is protecting your information.

Contact Information

Sea Grant welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that Sea Grant has not adhered to this Statement, please contact Sea Grant at do.not.reply@noaa.gov. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.

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