Privacy Statement and Copyright Notice
This section explains how the POLICY Project will handle information we learn about you from your visit to our web site. The information we receive depends upon what you do when visiting our site.
If you visit our site to read or download information, such as country information or information about one of our projects:
- We collect and store only the following information about you: the name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, aol.com, if you are connecting from an America Online account, or iowa.edu if you are connecting from the University of Iowa's domain); the date and time you access our site, the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site; and what information you view while you visit our website.
- We use the information we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, find out what information is the most viewed, and to help us make our web site more useful to visitors.
If you identify yourself by sending us a comment using our contact page or an e-mail:
You also may decide to send us personally-identifying information, for example, in an electronic mail message requesting a publication, asking a question, or providing us with a comment or suggestion. We use personally-identifying information to respond to your comment or suggestion, and to count the number of people sending us comments.
We want to be very clear: We will not obtain personally-identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us.
Cookies and other information stored on your computer
In general, this site does NOT use the "cookies" that some websites use to gather and store information about your visits to their sites. Cookies are essentially tokens of information, such as preferences and passwords, which some web servers collect from you when you access them. That data is stored on your hard drive - not on the website's server. Whenever you visit a "cookie" site, the server looks for its cookie on your hard drive and, if found, then reads the information it stored there. Cookies generally are stored in your browser's directory or folder in a file named cookie.txt (MagicCookie on a Macintosh).
Some of the links on the POLICY Project website point to non-POLICY sites which may place cookies on your computer. If you want to avoid such cookies, we encourage you to set your browser to notify you when cookies are being set and allow you to reject them. Your system's help files will explain how to do this.
Copyright Notice and General Disclaimer
Information presented on this website is considered public information and may be distributed or copied freely unless identified as being subject to copyright protection. In return, we request only that the POLICY Project be cited as the source of any information copied from this site and that any bylines be similarly credited to the original author.
We strongly recommend that POLICY data be acquired directly from this website and not through other sources that may change the information in some way or exclude material crucial to the understanding of that information. While we make every effort to provide accurate and complete information, some information may change between site updates. Substantive changes may be noted when content is next updated.
Disclaimer of Endorsement
The pages and documents posted on this website may contain hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. These links and pointers are provided for visitors' convenience. We do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of any linked information.
Further, the inclusion of links or pointers to websites is not intended to assign importance to those sites and the information contained therein, nor is it intended to endorse, recommend, or favor any views expressed, or commercial products or services offered on these outside sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites, by trade name, trademark, manufacture, or otherwise. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the disclaimers and security and privacy policies of the new site.