Last Updated: September 14, 2009
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbiaTM)* respects your privacy and we are committed to protecting the privacy of the information you provide to us while using our web sites and their services.
Technologies that Allow Us to Customize Your Experience
To collect information about your visit to our Site that will enable us to enhance and customize your experience on our Site, we use various technologies, including the following:
Information Collected by Web Servers
CASAColumbia web servers and, in certain instances, web servers of third party service providers performing business functions on our behalf (discussed below) may automatically collect certain non-personal information, such as the pages you visit and the domain name of your Internet service provider. This information is used to measure traffic and usage patterns. The servers also may log Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, or the location of your computer on the Internet, for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes, as well as for aggregate site usage statistics. Also, in some instances, we may use IP address logs to anonymously track session and web site usage and behaviors. Your IP address may be linked to your personally identifiable information for limited purposes, such as to enforce Site usage quotas and to track financial transactions conducted on the Site. We do not release this information to other organizations except for certain third party service providers performing business functions on our behalf (discussed below).
A "cookie" is a piece of information that a web server may place on your computer when you visit a web site. Cookies are commonly used by web sites to improve the user experience. Many cookies last only through a single web site session or visit (session cookies). Others may have an expiration date or may remain on your computer until you delete them (persistent cookies).
Information Collected and How We Use It
Some parts of our Site may allow users to choose to provide us with personal information. For example, if you post comments or engage in discussions on certain interactive sections of our Site, send a letter to an elected official through our Site, or sign up for email updates or newsletters, you may be asked to provide information such as your contact information (name, email address, mailing address, etc.). Also, in some instances, you may be asked to create an account and submit personal information to create such an account. If you prefer that we not collect any personal information from you, please do not provide us with such information. Also, if you prefer that we not contact you in the future through use of this contact information, please do not provide us with such information.
The information that you provide to CASAColumbia may be used to complete and support the immediate activity requested, administer and run the Site, improve the Site, contact you if necessary or if requested, and comply with any requirements of law. The information may also be used to contact you in the future about CASAColumbia news as well as various events, reports, publications, functions, activities and opportunities.
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Online Continuing Education Activities
Some parts of our Site may offer online continuing education activities that require participants to complete a multiple-choice knowledge test in order to qualify for continuing education units (CEUs). Responses to individual test questions are processed in real time to calculate a percent-correct score to determine eligibility for CEUs, but this information is not stored. For each online education activity, we store only the successful completion status only in the user's database record. This personal information is not shared with other organizations except for certain third party service providers performing business functions on our behalf (as discussed above) or if the individual requests that we verify his or her successful completion of a continuing education course to an accrediting body. If we publicly release any data about online education activities, it will be in aggregate (group) form and will not contain any personally identifiable information.
Some parts of our Site may offer users the opportunity to subscribe to email updates. In some instances, the user must register for a free online account. Registration is required to protect the privacy and security of individualized settings required for these services, and includes the solicitation of certain information from you. Your self-chosen password is stored on a secure server and will not be divulged except to the email address associated with it in the subscription account. Following registration, we employ browser cookies to recognize a subscriber and his or her online account access privileges. You may opt-out of receiving email updates or delete your account by using our contact information below.
Online Advocacy Messages and Petitions
Information We Share and With Whom We Share It
We will not provide your personal information to unaffiliated third parties for their use in marketing their products or service to you without your express consent.
In the event that CASAColumbia undergoes a transaction in which its assets or activities are merged, sold or transferred, any user information which CASAColumbia has collected, including personal information, may be among the transferred business assets. By submitting your information on the Site, you agree that your data may be transferred to outside parties as part of such a transaction or as part of the preparation for such a transition.
Compliance with Law and Fraud Protection
We may disclose any information we deem necessary, in our sole discretion, to comply with any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request. In addition, we may disclose any information when we believe, in our sole discretion, disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss or in connection with suspected or actual illegal activity.
If you are under thirteen years of age, you may browse our Site. However, you may not provide personal information to us. This Site is not directed to children under the age of thirteen and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of thirteen on the Site. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received personal information from a visitor under the age of thirteen on the Site, we will delete the information from our records.
How We Protect Personal Information
We maintain reasonable safeguards for this Site to protect against unauthorized disclosure, use, alteration or destruction of the personal information you provide on the Site.
Updating Your Information
If you would like to update your contact information, you may do so by contacting us at (212) 841-5200 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may choose not to receive mail or email communications from us by emailing us at email@example.com and including the word "remove" or unsubscribe" in the subject line.
If you have questions, concerns, or comments about our privacy policies or practices, we would like to know what they are so we can address them. Please contact us at (212) 841-5200 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.