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Privacy Statement

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This Privacy Statement applies to the public websites of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (collectively "The Academies"). We recognize the importance of online privacy, and we strive to minimize the amount of personally identifying information we maintain. Specific information about our privacy practices relating to information collected through our websites are as follows.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

We record the following information automatically for all website visitors: The IP address from which you access the Internet; the date and time; the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site; the name of the file or the words you searched; and the browser used to access our site.

Some public areas of our site use customized JavaScript code to record this same information in a statistics log.

We use this information to measure the number of visitors to the various sections of our site and identify system performance or problem areas. We may also use this information to help us expand the coverage of our websites and to make the websites more useful.


A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's hard drive containing information useful for the user's Web interactions. We do not use cookies to store personal data nor do we link non-personal information stored in cookies with personal data about specific individuals. The Academies use cookies primarily to provide general internal analytics. Some optional or customizable features of our website require that the user's browser accept a cookie. The cookie information does not include personal data such as name, age, phone number, e-mail address, or mailing address. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. If you would prefer, you can set your browser to reject cookies.

Information You Submit to Message Boards and Other Public Areas

Information submitted to public message boards and other public interactive web pages is available to the general public. The e-mail address of users who post such information will be available to anyone who browses or uses the message area. The Academies does not control the sending or receiving of e-mail messages as a result of postings to our websites.

Sharing Personal Data with Third Parties

If a user accesses a webpage on the Academies website to subscribe to one of our publications, register to gain access to specific areas of the Academies' websites, purchase a book or other product, or request to be added to an electronic mailing list maintained by the Academies (“subscription webpage”), we may ask for contact information such as name, address, and e-mail address. We may store this information and may use it to contact you. Your participation and the provision of such information are entirely voluntary.

The use or disclosure by the Academies of such information you provide on or in response to a subscription webpage (such as making subscription lists available to others) is subject to the terms and conditions, if any, set forth on each subscription webpage, and unless stated otherwise on the subscription webpage, such information you provide is not shared with third parties except as provided below. You will be able to opt-out of communications from our partners.

The Academies may share personal data that is disclosed on or in response to a subscription webpage with its consultants or affiliates for internal business purposes and may also disclose personal data if such data is required by law.

Technical Feedback

We may request technical information regarding the operation and functioning of our websites from users through surveys. Survey participation is completely voluntary and the user has a choice whether to disclose any information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and e-mail address) and demographic information (such as zip code and age). Technical feedback received is used to respond to the user's question or comment and to improve our websites. Personally identifiable data submitted by the user for this purpose is not used for other purposes.

For Parents and Guardians

There are activities on the Academies' websites that children can participate in without having to share personally identifiable information. For those activities that may require personally identifiable information, we will not condition a child's participation on the disclosure of more personally identifiable information than is reasonably necessary to administer the activity. We may collect the child's name and online contact information to obtain parental consent or provide parents with notice, respond directly to a child's specific request, or to comply with legal requirements. Unless we indicate otherwise on the specific website in question and obtain prior parental consent, personally identifiable information collected from children will be used solely by us or our agents and will not be sold or otherwise transferred to third parties. We do not monitor public areas of our website for use by minors, and minors and parents should use caution when participating in such activities.

Public Access Records

Electronic comments submitted in connection with or in response to a request for input in connection with a study committee created by the Academies will become part of the public record of that project unless indicated on the specific webpage in question. Participation is completely voluntary and the user has a choice whether or not to disclose any information.


Our webpages may contain links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other websites. Websites maintained by third parties may collect information and use it in a way inconsistent with this privacy statement. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our websites and to read carefully the privacy statements of each website they visit.

Financial Information

The Academies recognizes the importance of protecting the financial information of users of this website that may be collected in connection with the purchase of books, periodicals, or other products, or when making a charitable contribution. Such online transactions may require credit card and personal contact information. We will use your credit card number only to process the payment and not for any other purpose. Specific security provisions may be detailed on specific webpages. If you complete a financial transaction, the financial data is stored and shared with the necessary third parties to complete the transaction.

Changes to this Statement

The Academies reserve the right to change this privacy statement at any time. We will use data in accordance with the privacy statement under which any data has been collected. Questions should be directed to