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Privacy Policy

CSHL is a research and educational institution. The Laboratory has research programs focusing on cancer, neurobiology and plant genetics and a broad educational mission, including the recently established Watson School of Biological Sciences. We invite you to explore our Website.

Information Collection and Use
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory collects information from our users at several different points on our website.

Links
The Cold Spring Habor site contains links to other Web sites. Please be aware that our privacy policy does not apply to these linked sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Web site.

Cookies
A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's hard drive containing information about the user. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site. Once the user closes their browser, the cookie simply terminates. For instance, by setting a cookie on our site, the user would not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on our site. If a user rejects the cookie, they may still use our site. The only drawback to this is that the user will be limited in some areas of our site.

Log Files
We use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track user's movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Care in Using Forums
Community communication features such the Memory Baord are at the heart of the community experience at CSHL. Visitors who wish to use these tools should be aware that disclosing personally identifiable information online makes the information public information. Such disclosure may increase a user's chance of receiving "spam" or unsolicited email from unscrupulous users.

We strongly recommend that users take extra care to use discretion when disclosing information online in chat rooms or forums. In the future, CSHL will be adding new components to the site in order to further safeguard visitors' information.

How to Contact Us for Corrections/Updates
We use e-mail links located on the "Contact Us" page to allow you to contact us directly with any questions or comments. We read every message sent in and try to reply promptly to every one. We then either file your comments to improve on our site, features, and programs, or review and discard the messages.