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POLICIES
 
Privacy Policy
 
Welcome to MUSÉE, an unparalleled resource for exploration of the world’s museums. We are deeply committed to making your experience on our Web site safe, satisfying, and productive. In order to do so, we sometimes request that you provide us with information, which we gather and store along with information collected from other users of our site.
Depending on the information or service you are accessing, you could be asked at various times to provide your name, email address, and/or other information such as your favorite museums.. Generally speaking, the information that we collect helps us provide more of the content, products, and services that you want–when you want them.
We understand that your privacy is very important to you. This is why we believe that all visitors to our site deserve to be informed about the types of information we collect and the manner in which we collect and disseminate it. Because the Internet is a rapidly evolving medium, we may change our privacy policy from time to time. We encourage you to occasionally return to the privacy policy page to see if any changes have been made.
Types of Information That We Collect and How We Collect and Use Such Information.
1. General Information.
MUSÉE gathers general information about all users that visit our site. However, this general information does not reveal the user’s specific identity. For instance, we may know how many visitors use the search engine today, but we do not necessarily know those visitor’s names, addresses, telephone numbers, or any other personal information. Indeed, you can be assured that we will not collect nor use any such personal information, unless you voluntarily submit such information to us through our registration process and other voluntary correspondence with us. The general information that we do collect includes your computer’s operating system, your browser type and version, your browser language, your Internet service provider, and certain “click-stream” information, such as how you use and navigate our site and the length of time which you spend here. We use this data and information to better address the user’s overall experience at MUSÉE.
2. Voluntary Submission of Personal Information.
While using our Web site, you can voluntarily register with us. Registration is entirely optional in order to enjoy many of the benefits and services on our site. When you register, you will be able to take advantage of our site’s full capabilities and we will be able to provide you with a greater and more rewarding experience, by offering you personalized content and information and advertising for products and services that you might like. If you do choose to register, we will gather the following personal information into a database: (1) name, (2) gender (from the title field of Mr. Mrs. Ms. or Miss), (3) email address, (4) street address, (5) city, (6) state or province, (7) country, and (8) postal code.
From time to time we may ask you for other information such as your interests and hobbies so that we may personalize our features to meet your preferences. As with your initial registration, the choice to submit this additional information is entirely yours. However, if you choose to provide us with the requested information, it will be added to your registration data. We use your personal information to provide customized content and other services and to generally improve our products and services. We will only use your email address to periodically send you information concerning new features on the site and other products and services provided by MUSÉE that we feel may be of interest to you. If you do not wish to receive information about the site and our products and services via email, you can choose not to through the Unsubscribe link included in all our electronic correspondence.
We do not share specific personal information that you provide us with any unaffiliated third parties, unless we are required to by law or in response to valid legal process.
We may share general and/or personal information such as your postal codes, gender and/or age with unaffiliated third parties, but we share this information only in the aggregate, i.e., the information that we share is not traceable to a specific user. For example, we may inform an advertiser that of the total number of users who viewed a certain electronic exhibition on our site, 75% were female.
3. Cookies.
To enable many of the features available on the MUSÉE Web site we will assign one or more “cookies” to your Internet browser. Cookies, among other things, speed navigation through our site keep track of customized information so that you do not have to re-enter it each time you visit our site. A “cookie” is a small text file that contains a unique identification number that we transfer and store on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies by themselves cannot be used to find out the identity of any user. This unique identification number automatically identifies your browser–but not the user–to our computers whenever you interact with our Web site. This information helps us dynamically generate personalized advertising and content specifically tailored for you. It also allows us to statistically monitor user traffic on our site and the concentration of such traffic in certain areas of our site. Only when you agree to provide personal information directly to us–such as through registration with our Web site or in response to certain promotions–will we be able to learn anything about you other than the random number that our server computers originally assigned to your browser.
A lot of misinformation has been spread about cookies, how they are used, and what they can do. Cookies can only be read by the server that placed them. In other words, servers of sites that are not affiliated with our servers cannot retrieve the information contained in the cookies placed by our computers on your computer. Since cookies are only text files, they cannot “run” on your computer and have no ability to search your computer for other information, or transmit information contained on your computer’s hard drive to anyone.
4. Third Party Privacy Information.
Sites that are linked to this site may collect information about you through the use of cookies when you “click” on their advertising or content or link. Because of the way in which the Internet operates, we cannot control collection of this information by these third parties. As the user of these sites, you should contact these advertisers or content providers that maintain links with our site directly if you have any questions about their use of the information they may potentially collect. It should be noted that any unaffiliated third party placing advertising or other content on our Web site can only collect general information about you unless you actively provide personal information to them.
5. General Caveat.
Please keep in mind that whenever you submit personal information online, information can be collected and used by people that you do not know. While MUSÉE strives to protect its user’s personal information and privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose online and you must understand that you do so at your own risk.
6. Contact Us.
We hope that this information answers any questions you may have regarding your online privacy at our site. If you have any additional questions or input concerning our privacy policy please contact us at info@musee-online.org.



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Last updated March 18, 2003.