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The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is a non-profit organization that encourages excellence and innovation in informal science learning by serving and linking its members worldwide and advancing their common goals. Please take a moment to review this Privacy Policy, which describes the information we collect at this web site ("Site") and how we use it.

This Site is operated primarily for the benefit of ASTC members. No part of this Site is directed toward anyone under the age of 13. Users of this Site from outside of the United States should be aware that this Site and the servers that make this Site available are located in the U.S. Information submitted to this Site will be transferred to and processed in the U.S.

This Site contains links to other web sites. Links to other sites are added only as a convenience to users. ASTC is not responsible for the privacy or other practices of such sites.

Non-personally identifiable user data
When you visit this Site, our systems collect non-personally identifiable information about your computer, including IP address (your computer's unique signature), operating system (e.g., Windows 98), browser software (e.g., Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape), and Internet Service Provider (e.g., AOL). We also collect information about what you view on the Site. This information reflects our users as a whole and helps us to better understand how the Site is used and to develop new features and offerings likely to interest our members and users. We occasionally disclose non-personally identifiable user data, such as the number of visits to the Site and top-visited pages, for example to funders or organizations posting job ads.

Personally identifiable user data
ASTC offers certain online services that require the collection of various types of personally identifiable information. Examples include the distance-learning area of the Site, ASTC Connect; e-mail discussion lists like ISEN-ASTC-L; online event registration; and publications purchases.

ASTC may provide information and updates to users of these services. In some cases, such as e-mail discussion lists, the ASTC Annual Conference, and ASTC Connect, your information will be available, online or offline, to other participants in those discussion lists or events. In addition, we may, with your consent, provide your contact information to third parties, such as event sponsors. ASTC is not responsible for any use of personally identifiable user data by third parties.

We provide below an overview of information collection practices of some of our most popular online services. ASTC will not use or disclose your personally identifiable information without your consent except (i) as described in this Privacy Policy, (ii) as required by law or in response to a court order or legal request, or (iii) to protect our Site, our intellectual property, our users, or the rights of third parties.

1. ISEN-ASTC-L e-mail discussion list
Users may subscribe to the ISEN-ASTC-L e-mail discussion list by following instructions in the Professional Development section of this Site. The list collects subscribers' names and e-mail addresses. Messages posted to ISEN-ASTC-L are archived, and the list archives are available to any users of this Site. ISEN-ASTC-L subscribers may unsubscribe at any time. However, once a message is posted on the discussion list, the message, including your information, will remain in the list archives.

2. ASTC Connect
If you choose to participate in ASTC Connect, the distance-learning area of this Site, we require certain personal information, such as name, institution, and e-mail address. This information is used by moderators, planners, and evaluators of ASTC Connect in facilitating and improving ASTC's online professional development programs. Names, institutions, and e-mail addresses of participants in ASTC Connect workshops may be shared with other participants in the same workshop to facilitate networking and communication. Postings on the ASTC Connect e-mail discussion lists are archived, and the list archives are available to others enrolled in ASTC Connect programs. While participants in ASTC Connect discussion lists may unsubscribe at any time, once a message is posted on the discussion list, the message, including your information, will remain in the ASTC Connect archives.

3. Event registration and publications purchases
When you register for an ASTC event or purchase publications through the ASTC web site, ASTC asks you to provide your name, e-mail address, billing address, shipping address, telephone number, credit card payment information, and membership number, if applicable. This information is required to complete the billing process. ASTC may contact you regarding your registration or purchase. ASTC also collects information about your online registration and purchases such as the product or event name, date, and price. ASTC uses this information to document your purchase internally and to bill you. Order information is shared with third parties, such as your credit card company, and the designated shipper, in order to fulfill your order. ASTC may also compile and share aggregate information for statistical purposes, such as to track purchasing trends. If you indicate on the order or registration form that you are interested in receiving further information from ASTC, ASTC may occasionally send you information via e-mail and/or regular mail about ASTC events, publications, exhibitions, membership, or other programs or services that we feel may be of interest to you. In addition, we may, with your consent, provide your contact information to third parties, such as event sponsors. ASTC is not responsible for any use of personally identifiable user data by third parties.

Data security
Online registration and purchases are performed through Verisign Secure Site. Information sent to this Site, if in a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) session, is encrypted to protect against disclosure to third parties during transmission. ASTC also adopts internal procedures to maintain the security of personal data. However, ASTC cannot warrant the security of any information you transmit.

Cookies
Some of the pages on this Site utilize "cookies" so that we can better serve you when you next return to the Site. Cookies are identifiers that a web site places on your computer's hard drive in order to facilitate the interaction between your computer and the web site. For example, ASTC Connect uses cookies to make it easier for returning participants to log in. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually change your browser to prevent that.

Miscellaneous
If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, you may contact ASTC at info@astc.org or by mail at 818 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20006-2734, U.S.A. Contact us at this same address if you wish to opt-out of receiving information and updates from ASTC. ASTC reserves the right to amend this Privacy Policy at any time without notice, and only the current Privacy Policy will be deemed effective.

Updated: May 2004



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