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Privacy Policy

The Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is committed to respecting users of our website. For that purpose, this policy has been adopted to address the collection and use of information from the CALS website. To maintain effective privacy practices, CALS retains the right to update this policy without notice.

Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences by sending an email to calsweb@cornell.edu. Please reference this Privacy Policy in your subject line.

Information Collected

CALS collects two types of information from users: information provided by the user to receive requested information and/or services, and information passively collected upon a user’s visit to our website.

Passively Collected Information

When a user visits our site, some information such as the visitor’s Internet protocol (IP) address, Internet service provider, operating system, the site from which the visitor arrived, and the time and date of the user’s visit may be collected automatically as part of the software operation of the website. This intake of information is not personally identifiable. Additionally, CALS is currently using Google Analytics, a web metrics service, to collect certain information automatically upon a user’s visit. For more information regarding Google Analytics, see Google's privacy policy.

Information Retention

Information that is collected will be retained for an unlimited period of time or until a right of erasure request is issued. Please contact gdpr@cornell.edu for all questions regarding the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Security

Please note that electronic communication is not guaranteed to be secure against interception and do not send confidential data by email or web form.

Cookies

We may use cookies for a variety of purposes to improve your online experience, for security, and analytics.

Information Provided by the User

Users may provide CALS with non-personally and personally identifiable information to utilize certain services and retrieve information. Such instances may not be noticeable to the user and include, but are not limited to: filling out surveys, completing registration information, and submitting certain online forms.

Use of Information

CALS uses information collected solely for internal purposes, such as part of enrollment in the college or to see what pages are most frequently visited, to improve our website. We do not sell, trade, or rent your personal information to others. We may share your information across departments within CALS or within Cornell University, as appropriate. We may release account information when we believe, in good faith, that such release is reasonably necessary to:

  • comply with law
  • enforce or apply the terms of any of our user agreements or
  • protect the rights, property or safety of CALS, any department or office affiliated with CALS, Cornell University, our users, or others.

Your consent

By using this website, you consent to the collection and use of this information by CALS, its affiliated departments and offices, and by Cornell University for your enrollment in programs offered through CALS. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page before the changes take effect. Of course, our use of information gathered while the current policy is in effect will always be consistent with the current policy, even if we change that policy later. If you have questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at calsweb@cornell.edu.  

Security

All information provided to CALS is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a proven coding system that allows your browser to automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us. We also protect account information by placing it on a secure portion of our website that is only accessible by certain qualified employees of CALS. As effective as encryption technology is, however, no security system is completely impenetrable, so we cannot guarantee the absolute security of our database, nor can we guarantee that information you supply won't be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet.

Other Websites

Our website contains links to other websites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another website for which CALS has no responsibility. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on all such sites as their policies may be different than ours.

Contacting the Website

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this website, or your dealings with this website, you can contact us by email at calsweb@cornell.edu.