When a user visits this website, the website will automatically collect and store information such as (a) the internet protocol address and domain name of the user’s internet service provider, (b) the type of browser or operating system used, (c) the date and time of the visit, (d) the web pages and services that were accessed, (e) the address of the previously accessed website, and (f) any download from this website. None of the foregoing information is deemed “personal information,” meaning information about a natural person that can be used to identify the person.
However, certain transactions that the user may voluntarily initiate on the website, such as an information request or the submission of a program application, will require the user to submit items of personal information. (This website does not intentionally collect personal information about children aged 13 or younger and will promptly remove such information upon notification by any user of the website.) In addition, when the user initiates such a transaction, the website may transfer simple text files, or “cookies,” to the user’s computer in order to facilitate subsequent aspects of the transaction. The user may limit the operation of these “cookies,” though doing so may limit the ability of the website to further the transaction.
The Institute generally will use personal information only to further the purposes for which the information has been requested or for the purpose of maintaining and improving the security and functioning of this website. The Institute generally will disclose this information only to its employees, consultants, and agents with a legitimate need for the information and generally will not disclose such information to any third party for commercial purposes. However, the Institute may disclose this information if disclosure is required by law or, in the discretion of the Institute, for the protection of the Institute’s legal rights.