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The Idaho Museum of Natural History (also herein referred to as “IMNH” or “the Museum”) is strongly committed to protecting the privacy of its online guests, customers, members, donors, and friends. We believe that maintaining privacy on the Web is very important, and that informing our visitors about the types of information we collect and how we use it is crucial.
Types of Information Collected
The Idaho Museum of Natural History does not collect any personal information about individuals-such as names and postal or e-mail addresses-except when such information is knowingly provided to the Museum. Personal information might be obtained from online transactions such as purchases, subscriptions, registrations, or membership pledges. Additionally, personal information may be transmitted as part of a form submission or in connection with other activities, services, or resources made available on our site. Any personal identification information retrieved by the Museum must be voluntarily submitted by the user. The Museum’s Web site does collect some anonymous “non-personally identifiable” aggregate information about visitors automatically when pages on our Web site are requested through a browser. This information is used for statistical purposes and to help us monitor how guests navigate our site, allowing us to tailor our services for the majority of visitors. Non-personally identifiable information may refer to information about our visitors’ browsers (e.g., Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer), operating systems (e.g., Windows or Macintosh), Internet Service Providers (e.g., AOL or NET.COM,) and other similar information. The Museum’s Web site collects IP addresses as a component of the non-personally identifiable aggregate information. An IP address is a number assigned to your computer by a Web server when you’re on the Internet. This information is used only for non-user-specific purposes such as determining how many users visited a specific area of our site. Such information could, if necessary, be used to identify a user in order to comply with safety and/or security issues or with legal requirements.
How Information is Used
Any personal information provided to the Idaho Museum of Natural History is maintained and accessible only by the Museum unless the Museum explicitly states otherwise. The following are examples of how the Museum might use the personal information it collects: If you made a purchase at the Museum’s online store, the required personal information (similar to that provided during a telephone or mail-order purchase) will be used to complete your order. If you indicated that you were interested in receiving Museum-related news and information, you might receive e-mails that we feel may be of interest to you. The following is an example of how the Museum may use the non-personally identifiable information it collects: Aggregate data could be analyzed to describe the collective characteristics and behaviors of online visitors and subsequently be used to further optimize the effectiveness of our site.
With Whom Information is Shared
The Museum will never intentionally disclose any personal information about you as an individual user (such as your name, street address, telephone number, credit card number, or e-mail address) to any third party without having received your prior permission.
Third Party Partners
The Idaho Museum of Natural History has teamed up with reputable third-party vendors in order to provide certain services to its online users. The Museum has taken all possible precautions to insure that the privacy of its online visitors is protected by any online partners. In cases when users leave the Museum’s site to visit one of its partners’ sites, users are encouraged to become familiar with the privacy statements of each site they visit.
The Idaho Museum of Natural History protects all personal and non-personally identifiable information that it receives via the Internet against unauthorized access. In addition, the Museum’s Web site uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption to process purchases made on its online store and ticketing systems. By using this technology, online customers can feel confident that their personal information is protected from interception by any third party. Sensitive credit card information is not permanently stored on any IMNH Web server and though your order information is retained for our records, this information is never shared with other companies or persons.
What is a secure connection?
When a secure connection is established between your browser and a Web site, any data that is transferred over the connection will be encrypted to prevent it from being viewed by a third party. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption, the standard for most browsers and servers, makes it very difficult for anyone to intercept or decode messages exchanged over this type of secure connection. Browsers such as Netscape Communicator and Internet Explorer display an image of a locked padlock in their status bar when connected to a secure site. Secure transactions are also indicated when the prefix in the location bar of your browser switches from http:// to https://. If you do not see the padlock at the bottom of your browser’s window, if the padlock is unlocked, or the protocol in the location bar is not listed as https://, then any data exchanged with the Web site is potentially visible to others. Depending on your browser, you may be able to view authentication information about a secure page by double-clicking on the locked padlock in the status bar. For more information on how your software establishes a secure connection, see the help files for your particular browser.
Links to Other Sites
Users may find content on the Museum’s site that links to the sites and services of our partners, sponsors, or other third parties. In many cases, these links represent cooperative projects or are established with persons or entities that have a significant connection to or relationship with our site. Although every effort is made to ensure that any referrals are to reputable and relevant sources, the Museum does not control the content or links that appear on these sites. In addition, these sites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing. These sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies, or no policy at all. The Museum maintains a policy against the non-consensual collection or sharing of personal information and encourages visitor’s to review the privacy policies of any sites they visit to insure their personal information is being protected.
The Museum does not knowingly collect personal information from children minors. Minors should always ask parents for permission before providing personal information to any Web site or purchasing any products or services online. The IMNH urges all parents to participate in their children’s exploration of the Internet and to teach them about protecting their personal information while online.
Promotional Email, Newsletter and List-Serve policy and “opt-in/opt-out” Elections
If you give us permission, we may use any personal identification information you submit for Museum marketing and promotional purposes. For example, on occasion the Museum may wish to send e-mails to inform users of new exhibitions or other events we think might be of interest to them. You will not receive such communications unless you have willingly provided the personal information required. In some cases, you will be required to “opt-in” by joining a newsgroup or mailing list. If you do “opt-in,” you will always have the option to “opt-out” at any time by “unsubscribing” to that particular list or following the “opt-out” instructions included within the body of the e-mail message. If for any reason you do not wish to receive e-mail from the Museum, please follow the instructions for “unsubscribing” included within the body of the message that was sent to you.
Occasional changes may be made to this document as new services and content are added to our site or to reflect changes in the Museum’s policies. Visitors to the Museum’s Web site are encouraged to check this document periodically to stay informed of current IMNH privacy guidelines.
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