The Long-Term Ecological Research Network Communications Office (LTER-NCO) places a high priority on protecting your privacy. This policy explains what types of information is collected by the LTER Network website, lternet.edu, and how this information is used.
What personally identifiable information is collected?
LTER Network participants that register on lternet.edu and individuals that sign up to receive LTER e-communications voluntarily provide us with contact information (such as name and e-mail address). We may use this information for specific, limited purposes. You may always “opt out,” either now or at any time in the future, if you do not wish to receive our messages.
Scope of this policy
The LTER uses your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, to administer lternet.edu, and for statistical metrics used to track website visitor traffic.
lternet.edu may use “cookie” messages to automatically help provide better services. They remind us who you are and your preferences for our website based on what you’ve done and told us before. The “cookie” is placed in your computer and is read when you come back to our website. Cookies let us take you to the information and features you’re particularly interested in. They also let us track your usage of lternet.edu, so we know which parts of our sites are most popular. You can reject cookies or cancel them by instructing your Web browser accordingly.
How your information may be used
We use your personal information to provide you with personalized information to:
- Provide a publicly-accessible online directory of LTER personnel
- Allow access to appropriate content
- Personalize access based on area of role
- Generate web metrics
- Group of individuals into email lists based on position, interest, or other voluntary attributes
- Issue updates, invitations, newsletters, etc.
- Confirm personal accounts
We may also use your information to track visits to our website. This lets us see which of our features are the most popular so we can better serve our users’ needs. It also lets us provide aggregate data about our traffic (not identifying you personally, but showing how many visitors used which features, for example) to outside parties
Access to information
LTER-NCO maintains the accuracy of our information by relying on site authorities and individuals. Users may access and edit their own personal information. Users may contact us about any inaccuracies they may find. Users may delete their voluntary personal information from our database and may be entirely deleted by contacting their site authority.
The LTER-NCO does not provide, sell, or rent email addresses to anyone outside the organization except as required by a subpoena or court order.