Privacy Policy

Sonoran Desert Institute

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Privacy and Use of Personal Information

The Institute keeps track of visits to SDI websites and pages in order to deliver customized content and to gauge the popularity and efficiency of sites, sections and services.

At some pages on the SDI site, the Institute may request personally identifiable information, such as user’s email address, name, home or work addresses, or telephone numbers. In addition, information about the user’s computer hardware and software is automatically collected by the Institute or by other Internet entities. This information may include the user’s IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This collected information serves to provide operational and statistical feedback.

SDI does not sell, rent, lease or lend its Inquiry, Applicant, Student, or Instructor lists to third parties. SDI may share data with trusted partners who help SDI perform statistical analysis. All such third parties are prohibited from using the student’s personal information except to provide services to the Institute and are required to maintain the confidentiality of the student’s information.

The Institute will not disclose the student’s personal information, except as required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary in order to accomplish the following:

  • Conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on the Institute
  • Protect and defend the rights or property of the Institute
  • Act under demanding circumstances to protect the personal safety of the users of the Institute’s websites, the functionality of those websites, or the general public

Security of Personal Information

The Institute secures students’ personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. The Institute secures this personally identifiable information on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. Personal information, such as a credit card number, is only transmitted to other websites through the use of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encrypted protection.