National Lab Network, a project of Tides Center, ("we", or the "Website"), believes in the importance of openly sharing ideas and information to foster hands-on learning. We want to build a community that will improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and math education. At the same time, we believe in mutual respect for the use of each other's private information.
We gather/publish information from you on this Website in three primary ways:
- Information entered by you on your Personal Profile, some of which is published and some of which is private;
- Information we gather indirectly and publish about your activity on the Website; and
- Information you publish on the discussion pages or when submitting a project.
In order to foster community and a strong bond between participants on the Website, we encourage you to provide information about yourself such as educational, professional and other background. You may edit all information that you enter on the Website at any time.
All information posted by you, with the exception of your email address, username and password, may be made publicly available. You should not expect any privacy or confidentiality with regard to your Personal Profile (other than your email address, username and password).
1) Information Entered By You on Your Personal Profile:
All information entered on your Personal Profile with the exception of email address, username and password will be made public. Access to your email address, username and password information is limited to those who require the information to provide and manage the Website. We comply with applicable laws and industry standards when transferring, receiving and storing this information.
You may decline to provide your legal name when completing a profile and may, instead, use a pseudonym. However, we encourage you to identify yourself as a means to create a strong reputation for yourself as part of the Peer-to-Patent community.
You may use an email address that identifies you and/or your professional affiliation or you may use an anonymous webmail address. If you have any question about whether or not you should participate in reviewing patent applications on the job you should consult with your employer.
2) Information We Post About Your Activity on the Website:
All your Activity on the Website ("Activity" may include, but is not limited to, the (1) number of postings to the discussion boards, (2) number and names learning communities which you have joined, (3) number and details of project ideas submitted) may be displayed on your Personal Profile.
This Activity information may be automatically collected and published on your Personal Profile.
We may track and collect IP Addresses in order to ensure the security and integrity of the system. Access to IP Address information is limited to those who require the information to provide and manage the Website. We comply with applicable laws and industry standards when transferring, receiving and storing this information. We do not collect and will not display information about your browsing habits.
3) Information posted by you on the discussion pages, when submitting prior art, or annotating prior art submissions on the patent application page:
Information that you affirmatively post, such as postings on discussion pages or submissions of project ideas, may be available for public viewing and archived.
4) Other Uses or Disclosure of Information About You:
In order to provide you the services of the Website, we may collect certain information about service performance, your machine and your service use. We may automatically upload this information from your machine. This data will not personally identify you.
5) Children's privacy
Because we care about the safety and privacy of children online, we comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA). COPPA and its accompanying FTC regulation establish United States federal law that protects the privacy of children using the Internet. We do not knowingly contact or collect personal information from children under 13. Our site is not intended to solicit information of any kind from children under 13.
It is possible that by fraud or deception we may receive information pertaining to children under 13. If we are notified of this, as soon as we verify the information, we will immediately obtain parental consent or otherwise delete the information from our servers. If you want to notify us of our receipt of information by children under 13, please contact us at email@example.com
National Lab Network welcomes your questions and comments about privacy on the Website. Please direct any communications to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Updated: November 12th, 2009:privacy