NOAA Central Library is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the NOAA Central Library site and governs data collection and usage. By using the NOAA Central Library site, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collection of your Personal Information

NOAA Central Library collects personally identifiable information, such as your email address, name, home or work address or telephone number. NOAA Central Library also collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by NOAA Central Library. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used by NOAA Central Library for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the NOAA Central Library site.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through NOAA Central Library public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: NOAA Central Library does not read any of your private online communications.

NOAA Central Library encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from NOAA Central Library so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. NOAA Central Library is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the NOAA Central Library and NOAA Central Library family of Web sites.

Use of your Personal Information

NOAA Central Library collects and uses your personal information to operate the NOAA Central Library Web site and deliver the services you have requested. NOAA Central Library also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from NOAA Central Library and its affiliates. NOAA Central Library may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

NOAA Central Library does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. NOAA Central Library may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, NOAA Central Library may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to NOAA Central Library, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

NOAA Central Library does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

NOAA Central Library keeps track of the Web sites and pages our customers visit within NOAA Central Library, in order to determine what NOAA Central Library services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within NOAA Central Library to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

NOAA Central Library Web sites 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 NOAA Central Library or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of NOAA Central Library; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of NOAA Central Library, or the public.

Use of Cookies

The NOAA Central Library Web site 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 NOAA Central Library pages, or register with NOAA Central Library site or services, a cookie helps NOAA Central Library to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same NOAA Central Library Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the NOAA Central Library 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 NOAA Central Library services or Web sites you visit.

Security of your Personal Information

NOAA Central Library secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. NOAA Central Library secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Changes to this Statement

NOAA Central Library will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. NOAA Central Library encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how NOAA Central Library is protecting your information.

Contact Information

NOAA Central Library welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that NOAA Central Library has not adhered to this Statement, please contact NOAA Central Library at oarhq.web.admin@noaa.gov. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.