Privacy Policy

Within this Site you may access a number of UCAR-sponsored sites and services.  Some of these sites and services are governed by their own privacy policies.  In the absence of a referenced privacy policy, this General Privacy Policy shall apply. Your use of this web site signifies your agreement to this privacy policy.

1.  What Personal Information Does UCAR Collect? You can visit most UCAR Web sites  and access most of our services without identifying who you are, or revealing personal information such as your name, birth date, e-mail address or mailing address, that can be used to identify you.  However, some services may require registration. When you register with us, you may need to complete certain fields (some are required and some are optional), as well as choose a user name and password. In these situations, if you choose to withhold any personal information requested by us, it may not be possible for you to gain access to certain services or parts of a specific Web site.

If you do provide personal information when signing up for a service or completing a survey, UCAR will process such information for specific and limited purposes which we inform you about when we ask you for information.  For example, we may collect and use personal data to provide you with services, to respond to a question, or to communicate with you for other purposes.  Except as described in Section 3 hereof, unless expressly described in an applicable privacy policy, UCAR will not distribute your information to third parties.

2.  General Use Information. UCAR receives and stores certain types of information whenever you interact with the Web site. For example, UCAR maintains Web activity log files such as the number of pages requested, time spent on a page, and result sets from search queries. UCAR and its outside contractors extract and aggregate information from these log files for security purposes as well as to gauge and improve the effectiveness of the Web site and services.

3.  Sharing of Information.  Certain partners and outside contractors hired by UCAR have access to user information in order to assist UCAR in carrying out security, financial and operational activities. From time to time, UCAR may also share user information with its sponsors, auditors and consultants.  UCAR informs these parties about safeguarding personal information, and requires them to use it only for an authorized purpose consistent with this privacy policy.

4.  Cookies. Parts of the UCAR Web site may use cookies to improve your interaction with the site or service (e.g. directing your browser to the same server in a cluster for your entire session).  UCAR Web sites may also use cookies for Web traffic analysis purposes (e.g. determining unique visits to a site).

5.  Signing Up For Services. In some instances, UCAR may request information through an enrollment process for a Web service, Web site analysis, survey, or event registration. To enroll or participate, you may voluntarily supply personal information. UCAR shall use the information, and may share the information with event planners, as described in the enrollment process or Section 3 of this Policy. Contact the Web site operator to correct any information you submit.

6.  Security. UCAR maintains all personal data with technical, administrative, and physical safeguards intended to protect against loss, unauthorized access, destruction, misuse, modification, and improper use. No computer system or information can be completely protected against every possible hazard, but UCAR provides reasonable and appropriate controls to protect personal information against foreseeable hazards.

7.  Public Forums. UCAR maintains a number of public e-mail lists and forums for use by interested individuals. Some are open for subscription and use; others are moderated where a list or forum moderator may limit subscription and posting access. In each case, users can subscribe and unsubscribe from these areas at any time. Contact the Web site operator to correct any information you submit.

Please note that any information that you post to a public bulletin board or chat room is available to all persons accessing that site. Unsubscribing from a list or forum will not remove any name, e-mail address or information that was part of any previous posting from any archive of these lists or forums.

8.  Legal Requirements. UCAR may access and disclose any and all available user information to the extent necessary to meet national security, public interest, or legal process requirements, such as a court order or subpoena.

9.  Children’s Guidelines.  Students are advised to consult with their parents before giving any personal information online.

10.  Third Party Sites. This Privacy Policy applies only to UCAR Web sites that do not have their own express privacy policies.  UCAR may provide links to other Web sites which we believe may be of interest to our visitors. Due to the nature of the World Wide Web, UCAR cannot and does not guarantee the standards of Web site links it provides and cannot be held responsible for the contents of non-UCAR sites. By entering such sites through the links provided, you accept all responsibility for use and agree that you will not hold UCAR responsible for anything that happens as a result of your entering and using such sites.

If you have any questions about this privacy statement or the practices of UCAR, please contact the Office of General Counsel using the contact information below.

Privacy Preferences Contact Information

Please include your name, address, and e-mail address when you contact us.

Privacy Preferences
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
c/o Office of General Counsel
3090 Center Green Drive
Boulder, CO 80301

By telephone: (303) 497-8874
By e-mail: privacy@ucar.edu