Privacy Policy

This site was produced by Columbia University Digital Knowledge Ventures (Columbia DKV). Columbia DKV is a service unit of Columbia University. Columbia DKV is committed to protecting the privacy and security of the users of its sites. This privacy policy describes our practices regarding: (1) what personally identifiable information of yours is collected from you; (2) who is collecting the information; (3) how the information is used; (4) with whom the information may be shared; (5) your choices regarding the collection and use of the information; and (6) the security procedures we use to protect the loss, misuse, or alteration of information under Columbia DKV's control.

Please read this privacy policy carefully. We may change it from time to time to address new issues and reflect changes on our sites, and as the need arises. All changes to this privacy policy will be posted here. Please refer to this privacy policy regularly. If you have any questions or concerns about this privacy policy, please send us an e-mail at

Scope of Privacy Policy
This privacy policy applies to your use of all of the sites and services operated by Columbia DKV including this site and any other site that Columbia DKV may operate in the future (collectively, the "Columbia DKV Sites"). Unless otherwise stated, all references to the Columbia DKV Sites in this privacy policy include all such sites. Except as specifically described below, this privacy policy DOES NOT apply to your use of any other site owned by Columbia University or other Columbia affiliated sites or unaffiliated third-party sites to which any of the Columbia DKV Sites link. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of any such sites before you reveal personally identifiable information to them while visiting their sites, or by obtaining any products or services from them.

Information Collection and Use
General Policy: Columbia DKV is the sole owner of the information collected on the Columbia DKV Sites. Columbia DKV will not sell, share, rent, or otherwise disclose personally identifiable information collected on its sites except to affiliates.

Columbia DKV collects and uses certain personally identifiable information that is necessary to facilitate your use of its sites. Columbia DKV may also ask you to submit additional information about yourself, and may use the required and additional information for its own and third parties' marketing and promotional purposes. For example, Columbia DKV may send you e-mails to introduce new content, products, or services that we think might be of interest to you. As explained below, you may choose not to submit information that is not necessary to facilitate your use of its site. You also may "opt-out" of allowing Columbia DKV to use your personally identifiable information for its own marketing or promotional purposes and those of its affiliates.

You may have to register to access Columbia DKV Sites or services. In some cases, registration fees will be charged. In order to register, you will be required to submit information, such as a user name, password. and e-mail address. This information may be used to contact you about the services on this or other Columbia DKV Sites in which you express an interest. It may be used to notify you about changes to the Columbia DKV Sites' Terms and Conditions of Use and this Privacy Policy, and it may be used to contact you if it appears you are having difficulty using services offered by the Columbia DKV Sites.

If fees are charged, you will have to provide billing information, such as a credit card number. This information is used for billing purposes, to fulfill orders, to handle customer service inquiries, and for project review and evaluation purposes. This information may be shared with third parties who may follow up with you for course evaluation purposes. If we have trouble processing a transaction or registration , we may use your contact information to reach you.

Interactive Features
Information that users submit to interactive features on Columbia DKV Sites, such as a posting to an online discussion forum, may be collected and used by third parties. While Columbia DKV strives to protect its users' privacy, it cannot guarantee the security of this information. You disclose such information at your own risk.

Persons under 13 may not contribute to any interactive features on the Columbia DKV Sites.

Communications With Columbia DKV
If you send us an e-mail with questions or comments to our e-mail address,, we may use your personal information to respond to your questions or comments. We may also share your information with a third party we designate to assist with our response. We may file your comments for future reference, or we may discard the information after we have reviewed it.

The Columbia DKV Sites may request information from users through surveys. Participation is voluntary, and users may choose whether to disclose this information. Information requested may include contact, demographic, or other information. Survey information may be used to monitor or improve the use and satisfaction of this site. The information may also be used for marketing and promotional purposes, and to notify you of new content related to your interests. Contact information may be used to notify users of survey results.

A cookie is a piece of data stored on a user's own hard drive containing information about the user. Columbia DKV may employ cookies to recognize you and your access privileges on the Columbia DKV Sites. These cookies keep track of user names and passwords, and personalize the Columbia DKV Sites for users. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive cookies, and you may decline to accept them. If you choose not to accept cookies from the Columbia DKV Sites, some parts may function less efficiently.

Log Files
Columbia DKV stores information about the use of its sites in log files. These files contain information about what pages were visited, when, and where were the requests to view the pages coming from. This last bit of information is a users' IP address. We use IP addresses to help analyze how Columbia DKV Sites are used. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Sharing of Aggregate Information: We may share information from our log files with third parties. Aggregate information is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.

Choice/Opt Out
We give you the opportunity to "opt-out" of having your personally identifiable information used by Columbia DKV for purposes not directly related to your use of the Columbia DKV Sites. Persons who register for the Columbia DKV Sites, or who buy a service from or through the Columbia DKV Sites, but do not want to receive any marketing or promotional materials from Columbia DKV, or do not want Columbia DKV to share personally identifiable information with its affiliates for purposes unrelated to a particular transaction for which such information may be necessary, can so notify us.

You may, at any time, opt-out of such uses by Columbia DKV that are not directly related to your use of the Columbia DKV by sending us an e-mail at

Protecting your privacy and your information is a top priority. We have taken careful measures to secure both your information and our physical premises. For example, we exercise great care in providing secure transmission of your information from your computer to our servers. Our secure server software encrypts information before transmitting it, ensuring that all Internet transactions remain private (unless sent by an unsecured means, such as e-mail).

In certain circumstances, and as exceptions to this privacy policy, we will, without notice to you, release specific information about you or your account to comply with any valid legal process such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute or court order, or in other special cases, such as, for example, an attempted breach of the security of the Columbia DKV Sites, or a physical threat to you or others.

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