The National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) respects your privacy. We will make every reasonable effort to ensure that any personal information you provide to us is used only for the purposes stated below. While the policy presented here concentrates on information collected by the NCLE/Exchange website, it also applies to personal information submitted by other means (mail, fax, phone, sign-up sheets, and so on). The NCLE/Exchange website requires that you send us some personal information as a part of creating an account, registering for events, and applying for awards or grants.
This information might be received offline as well (mail, fax, phone). NCLE uses the demographic and professional information collected on user profiles and other forms for aggregate analysis, to personalize services for users, and to create targeted mailing lists. This information might also be shared with participating NCLE Stakeholder organizations.
"Anonymous" information collected online
Generally speaking, you can visit the NCLE/Exchange website without revealing any personal information about yourself. We do keep a record of all server activity, which means that every page, image, or other type of file requested by your browser is written into a log file. Each entry in the log contains, among other things, information about the computer you're using to connect to the Internet (its "IP address") and about your browser (e.g., which version of Internet Explorer you're using). It does not, however, tell us anything about you personally. We use aggregate data from the web logs to determine how the site's resources are being used and to refine its navigational structure. If the need arises, we may use the logs to trace the source of abusive or illicit activity. We do not share our web logs with any outside party.
Cookies (keep but make note of the need to check this with Forum One--we can remove this text if Drupal does not depend on Cookies)
A "cookie" is a text file, stored on your computer, that includes information that identifies that computer and can be retrieved by our server to create a seamless browsing session. Most cookies used on the NCLE site are deleted when your browser is shut down or in a fixed amount of time, whichever occurs sooner. Members-only pages and other restricted areas use this type of cookie.Several areas of the NCLE website use so-called "persistent" cookies. These files are retained on the user's hard drive after the browser is shut down. For example, the online store uses persistent cookies that contain some personal information that a user has supplied (e.g., first and last name) and shopping cart data (to allow one to resume an interrupted shopping session). Most browsers accept cookies by default. If you set your browser to reject all cookies, these areas and others may not function properly. Most browsers have a setting whereby the browser alerts you when a server attempts to place a cookie on your hard drive; you are given the option of accepting or rejecting it.
NCLE's web server also places a persistent cookie used by our web log analysis software to identify returning visitors (actually, returning computers - see "Anonymous information collected" above). This is valuable to us in assessing the website's effectiveness.
For more information on cookies, visit this US government site.
Material submitted online
Some areas of the NCLE website allow you to submit questions (i.e., contact NCLE) or express your opinions. All submissions become the property of NCLE and are moderated. Keep in mind that any information you post on the publicly accessible portions of the Exchange website can be viewed by anyone with a web browser. Even when a password is required for viewing particular content, it is impossible to guarantee complete privacy. Don't give out more information than what you would like everyone in the world to know. It should be noted that the e-mail address you submit as part of the registration process for the Exchange is not visible and cannot be retrieved by a member of the public. An authenticated use (one who has logged into the Exchange) can e-mail you, but the system hides your e-mail address.
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