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openCortex.org Privacy Statement
Last updated: July 16, 2005

This statement describes what you can expect from us regarding personal data on openCortex.org, and your associated rights and responsibilities. This statement is a part of the openCortex user agreement but trumps any conflicts with the agreement. This statement does not address anyone else's practices or our practices beyond the openCortex.org site.

Cookies, IP Addresses and URLs. Cookies are data snippets that websites store on your computer's hard drive. We use cookies to analyze site use, store your preferences/passwords (if you've registered) and personalize your experience (including tracking your site use to do so). You can configure most web browsers to reject cookies or notify you when cookies are placed. If you're not registered, rejecting cookies won't noticeably affect your experience on openCortex.org. You must accept cookies to access openCortex.org as a registered user.

Your access provider assigns an IP address to your computer when you use the Internet. We log each IP address that accesses the site, along with referring/destination URLs. We use this data, as well as other data in our databases, to analyze site and user behavior, troubleshoot technical problems, resolve disputes, address complaints and prepare aggregated reports. We do not share any data with 3rd parties.

Registration/Member Data. When you register, you provide us with some personal data (including your email address). You can also tell us more about yourself through your profile page.

We use registration and member data for many purposes, including to email you content alerts. In most cases, you can configure your account to turn these emails on and off. However, service notification emails (such as emails about user agreement changes) are not optional while you have an account.

Through your account page, you can choose to publicly display (or hide) some data about yourself (including your photo).

Content and Ratings. You can publish articles, images, comments and other content. Members can choose to rate your content and its relevance to the topic taxonomy.

Your member name is automatically displayed with content you publish and ratings that you leave on other content.

We, and our licensees, can republish your content as described in the user agreement. We you.re your ratings to develop aggregate ratings, which we use to sort content and identify/feature popular members and content. For example, we may promote most popular or highest-rated reviews and members.

Data Changes. If you terminate your account or delete/change your data or content, we usually update our live databases immediately. To do this, please edit your Member Profile. However, some data may update more slowly, and some old data may remain in our archives and records. If your account is being terminated or suspended, we may maintain some data to prevent re-registration.

Communicating with Other Users. You may not harvest personal data (including email addresses) from the site, and specifically you may not use email addresses displayed on the site to ask users to join or contribute to your services.

Children. If you are 12 and under, please do not use the site or provide any data to us.

Limits on Our Abilities. Our site is very complicated, so we might inadvertently use or disclose your data in ways inconsistent with this statement. For example, a temporary software glitch could lead to public display of your personal data despite your preferences otherwise. We might also make ad hoc uses of your data in ways not mentioned here. In these anomalous situations, your sole remedy is that we will try to rectify the anomaly as soon as we can.

Security. We use industry-standard security protocols, such as (if and where appropriate) firewalls and restrictions on which employees can access user data. However, perfect security does not exist on the Internet. Also, in theory third parties can intercept Internet transmissions containing your personal data, and we don't control the privacy/security of transmissions to and from the site while in transit.

Notification of Changes
This policy may be revised over time as new features are added to the Web site. We will post our new privacy policy, along with the date of its last revision, prominently so that you will always know what information we gather, how we use that information, and whether we will disclose it to anyone. Please check this Web page for information about revisions to our privacy policy.

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