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Oceanscape Network Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us.

Thank you for visiting the Oceanscape Network (henceforth to be referred to as ON) website. The ON website is the property of the Oregon Coast Aquarium (also to be referred to as “Aquarium.”)

The Aquarium is committed to protecting your privacy. That is why we have adopted this Privacy Policy. It is intended to describe how we use and process your personal information. Please note that by visiting and using ON, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

What information is ON gathering about its visitors and how is it being used?

Every computer connected to the Internet is provided with a domain name (e.g. aquarium.org) and an IP address (e.g. 192.168.1.100). When a visitor requests a page from within the ON website, our web servers automatically identify and log the HTTP request that is made to them, as follows:

There is nothing unusual, in our view, about the information just described, and the practice of collecting this data has been generally standardized by many web servers today.

The purpose of this information is actually two­fold. One, the Aquarium has found it advantageous to examine visitor traffic in its aggregate so that we can ensure maximum compatibility for the various browsers and operating systems that visit our site. By analyzing these and other visitation patterns, referring URLs and search engine terms, we can strategically enhance our exposure on the Internet.

What about cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are transferred to your computer's hard drive through your web browser from our web server. ON uses cookies in some situations as a means of providing personalization features to our visitors. For example, we use cookies to remember personal settings (such as a login or password) that you may have chosen at our website.

You can choose whether or not to accept cookies by changing the settings of your browser. Typically, by accessing the browsers help feature you can obtain information on how to prevent your browser from accepting all cookies or to notify you when a cookie is being set. If you choose not to accept these cookies, your experience at our website and other websites may be diminished and some features may not work as intended.

What other information does ON request?

We may also request your email address or mailing address for the purposes of conducting a survey, adding you to our mailing list, or by your request to have someone contact you for additional information. Qualified educators and students may also provide information on a voluntary basis for the creation of a user account as part of the ON website curriculum. By providing this information, you are consenting to ON and the Aquarium to store and use that information as needed for our programmatic or communication needs.

Whenever we request the identity of a visitor, we will clearly indicate the purpose of the inquiry before the information is requested.

We will not sell, rent, or otherwise give your email address or other personal information to a third party without your consent.

Will the Aquarium disclose the information collected to third parties?

The Aquarium will disclose your personal information or any of its log file information when required by law or in the good­faith belief that such actions are necessary to:

The Aquarium uses reasonable precautions to keep the information disclosed to us secure. The Aquarium reserves the right to transfer information in connection with the sale of all or part of Aquarium capital stock or assets to any third party. Furthermore, we are not responsible for any breach of security or for any actions of any third parties that receive the information.

The Aquarium also provides "links" to a wide variety of other websites on the Internet. We are not responsible for their privacy policies or how those websites manage information about their users. We strongly urge you to check with them to determine their privacy policy.

Our Commitment to Keeping Young People Safe Online

The ON website was designed specifically for minors, particularly teenagers. Because minors are often vulnerable online, the Aquarium provides these safeguards and promises to the users of the ON website:

Your use of this site is conditioned on your having accepted these terms. You should check back to this policy frequently, since it is subject to change from time to time, and your continued use of the site is conditioned upon your acceptance of any modifications hereto.

Any changes to this Privacy Policy will be posted on this page.