Agreement to the Policy
Use of your Personal Information
Cornerstones of Science collects and uses your personal information to operate the Cornerstones of Science website and deliver the services you have requested. Cornerstones of Science also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other services available from Cornerstones of Science.
Cornerstones of Science may also contact you to conduct research through surveys or other tools to gather your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered. Cornerstones of Science does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties.
Cornerstones of Science may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you e-mail or postal mail or provide customer support. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to Cornerstones of Science, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.
Cornerstones of Science does not use or sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent. Cornerstones of Science keeps track of the websites and pages our customers visit within Cornerstones of Science, in order to determine what Cornerstones of Science services are the most popular.
Cornerstones of Science websites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Cornerstones of Science or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Cornerstones of Science; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Cornerstones of Science, or the public.
If you choose to provide us with personal information, through such methods as completing a form or sending us an email, we will use that information to respond to your message and to help us get you the information or services you have requested.
Some of our Web sites may ask visitors who request specific information to fill out a registration form. Other information collected at Web sites through questionnaires, feedback forms or other means, enables us to determine visitors’ interests, with the goal of providing better service to our visitors.
The Cornerstones of Science website may use “cookies” to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time.
The purpose of a cookie is to tell the web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize Cornerstones of Science pages, or register with Cornerstones of Science site or services, a cookie helps Cornerstones of Science to recall your specific information on subsequent visits.
When you return to the same Cornerstones of Science website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Cornerstones of Science features that you customized. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the Cornerstones of Science services or websites you visit.
Cultural Sensitivity Statement
Cornerstones of Science is a non-denominational, non-partisan public charity that welcomes all cultures and religions to participate in our programs and activities. We are guided by sensitivity and respect for others, embracing a common goal of inspiring, engaging, and encouraging youth of all backgrounds to be part of the Cornerstones of Science community and embrace the wonders of science.
Types of Information We Collect
We collect Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”) and Non-Personally Identifiable Information (“Non-PII”) to facilitate the operation, funding, and management of Cornerstones of Science programs.
Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”):
This refers to information that lets us know the specifics of who a person is. It includes a first and last name, title, mailing address (including zip code), email address, phone number, and, to facilitate certain transactions, credit card information.
Non-Personally Identifiable Information (“Non-PII”):
This refers to information that does not by itself identify any specific person. Through the use of cookie technology or otherwise, we may track and collect Non-PII about your computer and software when you visit one of our Sites. This information may include: (i) your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address; (ii) your domain server; (iii) your type of computer; (iv) your type of web browser; (v) your access times; and (vi) the web sites you came from and navigate to next.
This information is anonymous information that does not personally identify you. For more information on cookies, see below.
Collection and Use of PII
We only collect PII when you provide it to us. You may provide certain PII to us when you: (a) register for any Cornerstones of Science program or event; (b) subscribe to our newsletter; (c) send e-mail messages, submit forms, or transmit other information by telephone or letter; (d) visit other points on the Sites that state that such information is being collected; or, (e) attend a Cornerstones of Science event or a Cornerstones of Science affiliate or operational partner activity.
When you engage in certain activities on any of our Sites, we may ask you to provide PII by filling out and submitting an online form. Depending upon the activity, some of the PII may be mandatory and some may be voluntary. If you do not provide the mandatory PII with respect to a particular activity, you or your child will not be able to engage in that activity.
By entering personal information into Cornerstones of Science Sites you agree to allow Cornerstones of Science to collect, use, and disclose the information for the management of Cornerstones of Science programs and efforts, as well as to communicate with you about Cornerstones of Science programs and efforts. Cornerstones of Science sometimes uses vendors to help manage programs, efforts, and communications, and such vendors may have temporary access to this information strictly for the conduct of Cornerstones of Science programs or activities under the same standards of privacy and security as Cornerstones of Science staff.
Collection and Use of Non-PII
We, or entities that provide direct service to us, may track and collect Non-PII about your computer and software when you visit a Site. This may be done at different places on that Site in several ways, including through the use of cookie technology or through other means.
We will primarily use Non-PII to; analyze and enhance the operation of our Sites, improve our marketing and promotional efforts, statistically analyze use, improve our product and service-offerings, gather demographic information, customize and improve our Sites’ content, layout, and services, diagnose problems with our servers, software, and administer our Sites, often with the assistance of our vendors.
How we Share Information
We do not rent or sell PII or Non-PII to others. We may share PII and Non-PII with vendors, affiliates, services providers, and other third parties (collectively, “Service Providers”) who are acting on our behalf to help operate our Site, handle communications, conduct Cornerstones of Science programs, or complete transactions you request.
Your Choices on the Collection and Use of Information
We may, from time to time, send you e-mails regarding our programs and services. Also, you have choices with respect to cookies, as described below. By modifying your browser preferences, you generally have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject all cookies, some parts of our Sites may not work properly.
How We Protect Information
We use current industry standard, security measures to protect your PII. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. While we strive to protect your PII, you acknowledge that: (a) there are security and privacy limitations of the Internet that are beyond our control; (b) the security, integrity, and privacy of any and all information and data exchanged between you and us through our Sites cannot be guaranteed; and, (c) any such information and data may be viewed or tampered with in transit by a third party.
Privacy Policies of Third-Party Sites
We may authorize links to any part of one or more of our Sites who wish to help extend our mission. We ask that you contact us to let us know of your intentions to link to one or more of our Sites, and indicate the purpose of the link. No link may present or display a product or activity in a way that states or implies endorsement by Cornerstones of Science. Cornerstones of Science does not endorse any commercial organizations, candidates for elected office, or products.
On a case-by-case basis, we will consider requests from groups or persons to out-link to their web sites. Cornerstones of Science will grant such requests only where it is determined that such links will clearly support our mission and where we have concluded that such links will not in any way jeopardize our reputation, independence, objectivity, or mission.
From time to time, Cornerstones of Science may unilaterally decide to out-link to private, commercial, or other web sites. The same criteria described above will apply. Cornerstones of Science reserves the right to remove any such links at any time.
How to Contact Us
Cornerstones of Science
PO Box 995
Brunswick, Maine 04011