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Privacy Policy

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This privacy statement discloses the privacy practices for Oceanus.

Information Collection and Use
Oceanus is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement. Oceanus collects information from our users at several different points on our Web site.

Cookies
No personally identifiable information (e-mail address, name, etc.) is collected with the cookies that we set, and accepting cookies while on the Oceanus site will not put the user at risk for marketing to other sites.

Different browsers have different cookie-settings. With Netscape you can ask the browser to allow, warn you, or completely disable cookies. Internet Explorer has an additional feature where you can specify different settings for different security zones. You can choose to allow Web sites to create cookies for you in your "trusted sites" (like Oceanus), to warn you before you create them in your local Intranet zone, and to give you an option to never allow them in a "restricted zone." See the "Help" section of your particular browser for more information on working with cookies.

Web Statistics
We use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track user movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use for reporting and sponsorship purposes. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Sharing
We will share aggregated demographic information with our sponsors and donors. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person. We only share this information so that we can secure funding to continue providing this site free of charge.

Links
This Web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that Oceanus does not claim any responsibility for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Web site.

Security
This Web site takes every precaution to protect our users' information, and we have security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control.

Oceanus Email Alerts
Oceanus will be a continually growing and evolving site. You will want to check back often to see what's new. Subscribing to our Email Alerts will help keep you informed about our latest updates. You can subscribe to clicking below.
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Surveys and Feedback section
From time-to-time our site requests information from users via Web surveys. Participation in these surveys is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information. Information requested may include demographic information (such as education level), but no information that can identify any individual person will be collected. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site.

Send This to a Friend
If a user elects to use our "Send this to a friend" function, we ask them for the friend's name and e-mail address. Oceanus will automatically send the friend a one-time e-mail inviting them to visit the site. Oceanus stores this information temporarily for the sole purpose of sending this one-time e-mail.

Notification of Changes
If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this page.

Questions or Comments
If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Web site, you can contact us using the information below.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is the world's leading non-profit oceanographic research organization. Our mission is to explore and understand the ocean and to educate scientists, students, decision-makers, and the public.
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