Last Updated: 8 December 2014 is a publication of the American Geophysical Union (“AGU”), and AGU wants you to know how we address privacy issues on (the “Site”). AGU provides the privacy policy below (the “Privacy Policy”) to explain how your personal information will be treated by AGU. AGU reserves the right to amend this Privacy Policy at any time. Please check back frequently to see changes. Your use of the Site constitutes acceptance of the privacy policy, including amendments made from time to time.

 1. Collection of Personal Information from Site Users

a. AGU or its third-party service providers may collect and/or track (1) the home server domain names, email addresses, type of computer, and type of Web browser of visitors to the Site, (2) the email addresses of visitors that communicate with AGU or the Site via email, (3) information knowingly provided by the visitor in online forms, registration forms, and surveys, (including name, address, email, and passwords), and (4) aggregate and user-specific information regarding page views.

b. AGU may place Internet “cookies” on visitors’ hard drives. Internet cookies save data about individual visitors, such as the visitor’s name, password, user-name, screen preferences, the pages of a site viewed by the visitor, and the advertisements viewed or clicked by the visitor. When the visitor revisits the Site, AGU may recognize the visitor by the Internet cookie and customize the visitor’s experience accordingly. Visitors may decline Internet cookies, if any, by using the appropriate feature of their Web client software, if available; however, this may impair certain features of the Site.

 c. AGU may place “Web beacons” on the Site. A Web beacon is a clear picture file used to keep track of your navigation through the Site. Web beacons might be used in connection with cookies to gain an understanding of how the Site’s users navigate through and process the content contained in the Site.

 2. Use of Personal Data Collected

AGU or its third party service providers may use personally identifiable information in a number of ways, such as:

a. To communicate with you about your account or to communicate information about the Site.

b. To build higher quality, more useful services, such as analyzing usage trends, and measuring demographics and interests regarding specific areas of the Site.

c. To provide you with prompt and effective customer service.

d. To support the operation of the Site, troubleshoot problems, resolve disputes, and to enforce our Terms and Conditions.

e. To inform you about services related to or to send you email alerts. You have the option to opt out of these types of communications by sending an email to [email protected]

 3. Disclosure of Personal Data Collected

Generally, AGU will not make personally identifiable information available to Third Parties. Notwithstanding the foregoing, AGU may disclose personally identifiable information about you to Third Parties as follows:

a. With your consent.

b. To AGU’s agents, advisors (such as our accountants, or attorneys) and contractors. We only disclose the personal information necessary for them to provide their services to you or to us, and only under strict confidentiality restrictions.

c. As AGU believes necessary to (a) comply with law (including court and government orders and civil subpoenas); (b) enforce or apply the Site Terms and Conditions and other agreements; or (c) protect the rights, property, or safety of AGU, our users, or others.

d. If you partake (or we reasonably suspect that you are partaking) in any illegal or potentially illegal activity. We may disclose personal information even without a subpoena, warrant, or other court order, to the extent we feel it is necessary to inform and cooperate with law enforcement agencies or other appropriate authorities.

e. In aggregated form, i.e., information about multiple users collectively without identifying any individual user, such as the total number of visitors to a particular section of the Site in a given period.

 4. Collection of Personal Data from Children

To the extent that AGU is able to determine the age of users by their submissions to, or communications with, the Site, AGU will not knowingly (a) collect or post information from individuals under thirteen years of age (“Children” or “Child”) without their parent’s or guardian’s verifiable consent, or (b) provide any personally identifying information collected from Children, regardless of its source, to any third party for any purpose whatsoever.

 5. Security Measures

 AGU has implemented numerous security features to prevent the unauthorized release of or access to personal information. In particular, when a visitor provides information through the Site, AGU offers the visitor the ability to use a secure server. The secure server encrypts all information a visitor inputs before it is sent to AGU and is also used to store personal information securely.

 6. Third-Party Web Sites

 The Site may contain links to other Internet web sites. Unless we explicitly state otherwise, we have no control over these third-party sites and their privacy practices, and this Privacy Policy applies only to information you supply to us directly (or that we collect), in connection with use of the Site. You should review third-party privacy policies in connection with visiting the Site.

 7. Opt-Out Right

You may opt-out of receiving future information or promotional correspondence from AGU by contacting AGU via email at [email protected] or via postal mail or telephone at the address and telephone number below.

 8. AGU’s Right to Contact Visitors

AGU reserves the right to contact visitors to the Site on matters related to the Site, including but not limited to changes to the Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy, or any other policies or agreements relevant to Site visitors.

 9. Access to and Ability to Correct Personal Data

 Upon request via postal mail, email, or telephone (during regular business hours), AGU will provide to visitors a summary of any personally identifiable information retained by AGU regarding the visitor. Visitors may modify, correct, change, or update personally identifiable information that AGU has collected through the Site or may cause their personal record to be removed from AGU’s database by contacting AGU via postal mail, email, or the telephone number indicated below.

 10. AGU’s Right to Change Privacy Policy

AGU may change the content of the Site and Privacy Policy at any time. Please revisit our Privacy Policy from time to time to be sure you are familiar with our current policy.

 11. Contact Information

 If you have any questions regarding this privacy policy or you would like to review, change, and/or remove your personal information, you may contact us at:

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +1 (202) 462-6900
Mailing address: 2000 Florida Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009, U.S.A.

 12. Governing Law

This Privacy Policy and the privacy practices of AGU will be subject exclusively to the laws of the District of Columbia within the United States of America. AGU makes no representation that this Privacy Policy and such practices comply with the laws of any other country. Visitors who use the Site and reside outside the United States do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable. If you reside outside of the United States, by using the Site, you consent to the transfer and use of your information outside your country.