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Privacy Policy

Metrics help justify our funding. We log IP addresses, URLs accessed, and tool usage. We set cookies for authentication purposes as well as to make the site more usable. We collect your name, email address, organization or school, and ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) if applicable. You may volunteer additional information as well to help us understand who we serve. We combine your usage metrics with others to create an aggregate picture of how the site is being used, and we report that usage publicly on our site and send similar quarterly reports to our program sponsors. However, such usage reports never contain detailed information about your activities as an individual without your prior consent.

We respect your privacy. We will never sell your e-mail address or other personally identifiable information to third parties, or make that information publicly available without your permission. Users are responsible for any privacy issues consequent to uploading files containing metadata (e.g., images with GPS coordinates).  Users are responsible for stripping metadata, as appropriate, before uploading files.

From time to time, we work with other other projects that seek to study social interactions on the site. We may share your activities with those groups, but they are bound by a Memorandum of Understanding to follow our policies and respect your privacy in the same way that we do. We may contact you on their behalf and ask you to participate in their study, but your participation is voluntary, and your information will not be publicly released without your prior consent.

We reserve the right to contact you to request additional information or to keep you updated on changes to You may opt out of receiving newsletters and other non-essential communications by updating the settings in your account profile.


Changes to policy

We may occasionally update our Privacy Policy to reflect changes in our practices and services. If we make material changes in the way we collect, use, or share your personal information, we will notify you and/or prominently post notices of the changes on our website.