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Privacy Policy


BCERF takes the privacy of our visitors seriously. This document explains the types of information we collect from visitors and what we do with that information. In general:

What Information Does BCERF Collect?

BCERF collects two types of information about our online visitors.

How Does BCERF Use the Information?

We use the personally identifiable information you send to BCERF only to meet your requests for information or services. For example, we subscribe you to our mailing list if you request it or answer questions you send through email.

There are times when BCERF may ask an expert outside our program to help answer a question you send via email. In those cases, we strip any personally identifying information from the question before asking for outside assistance. For example, BCERF deletes the email address, personal names, and signature lines from your email before sharing them.

If you subscribe to The Ribbon, we will use your subscription address to send you periodic announcements of BCERF educational programs or resources that may be useful to you or to your organization.

We use the anonymous information we collect to create reports for our funders and partners, and to evaluate our web site usage. For example, in the reports we submit to our funders we track which fact sheets are downloaded most often using a statement like this: "Fact Sheet 5, The Biology of Breast Cancer, was downloaded 3,000 times in the second quarter of 2005." We do not collect or provide information about which users download the fact sheets. In another example, if we notice that hits to a section of the site have gone down, we may evaluate the navigational structure of the site and move resources. Again, this is based on anonymous numbers of hits, not specific visitor information.

Occasionally BCERF posts surveys on our web site. We use the information collected from these surveys to improve our site and our information delivery. We never collect personally identifiable information from the surveys. Answers are always totally anonymous. Cornell University requires that we submit any surveys to an institutional review board (the Cornell University Committee on Human Subjects) for confidentiality review before posting.

Links on the BCERF Web Site

The BCERF web site includes links to other sites. BCERF is not responsible for the privacy or security practices of those other sites. When you leave the BCERF site, please read the privacy statements of any linked sites.

Does BCERF Share Information With Other Groups?

BCERF does not sell, rent, or share personally identifiable information with any other groups either at Cornell University or elsewhere.

Can You Opt Out of Sharing Information?

You never have to provide personally identifiable information to BCERF. Our website and its contents are free for use by any individual.

If you have opted to receive email or other communication from BCERF, for example by subscribing to the eUpdate or The Ribbon, you can opt out of that communication at any time by sending an email to BCERF at: