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Privacy Policy
Columbia Interactive is a unit of Columbia Digital Knowledge Ventures LLC (Columbia DKV). Columbia DKV is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Columbia University. Columbia DKV is committed to protecting the privacy and security of the users of our sites. This privacy policy describes our practices regarding: (1) what personally identifiable information of yours is collected from you; (2) who is collecting the information; (3) how the information is used; (4) with whom the information may be shared; (5) your choices regarding the collection and use of the information; and (6) the security procedures we use to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under Columbia Interactive's control.

Please read this privacy policy carefully. We may change it from time to time to address new issues and reflect changes on our sites, and as the need arises. All changes to this privacy policy will be posted here. Please refer to this privacy policy regularly.

If you have any questions or concerns about this privacy policy, please send us an e-mail at

Scope of Privacy Policy
This privacy policy applies to your use of all of the sites and services operated by Columbia DKV including Columbia Interactive and any other site that Columbia DKV may operate in the future (collectively, the "Columbia DKV Sites"). Unless otherwise stated, all references to the Columbia DKV Sites in this privacy policy include all such sites. Except as specifically described below, this privacy policy DOES NOT apply to your use of any other site owned by Columbia University or other Columbia affiliated sites or unaffiliated third-party sites to which any of the Columbia DKV Sites link. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of any such sites before you reveal personally identifiable information to them while visiting their sites, or by obtaining any products or services from them.

Information Collection and Use
General Policy: Columbia DKV is the sole owner of the information collected on the Columbia DKV Sites. Columbia DKV will not sell, share, rent or otherwise disclose personally identifiable information collected on the Columbia Interactive Sites except to affiliates.

Columbia Interactive collects and uses certain personally identifiable information that is necessary to facilitate your use of the Columbia Interactive Sites. Columbia Interactive may also ask you to submit additional information about yourself, and may use the required and additional information for its own and third parties' marketing and promotional purposes. For example, Columbia Interactive may send you e-mails to introduce new content, products or services that we think might be of interest to you. As explained below, you may choose not to submit information that is not necessary to facilitate your use of the Columbia Interactive Sites. You also may "opt-out" of allowing Columbia Interactive to use your personally identifiable information for its own marketing or promotional purposes and those of its affiliates.

To use certain interactive features of the Columbia Interactive Sites, users must first register. During registration you are required to provide certain contact information, such as a user name, password and e-mail address. This information may be used to contact you about the services on the Columbia Interactive Sites in which you express an interest. It may be used to notify you about changes to the Columbia Interactive Sites' Terms and Conditions of Use and this Privacy Policy, and it may be used to contact you if it appears you are having difficulty using services offered by the Columbia Interactive Sites.

We collect information from users on our enrollment forms for E-Seminar offerings. We may require users to provide contact information (such as names and addresses), financial information (such as credit card numbers) and additional information. This information is used for billing purposes, to fulfill orders, to handle customer service inquiries, and for E-Seminar review and evaluation purposes. and may be shared with third parties who may follow up with course enrollees for course evaluation purposes. If we have trouble processing an enrollment, or you contact us about an enrollment, we may use this contact information to reach you.

Interactive Features
If you offer personal information online on the Columbia Interactive Sites through any interactive feature, such as a forum, message board, chat room, annotation feature, or similar service, third parties will have access to, and may collect and use, that information. Although Columbia Interactive strives to protect its users' privacy, Columbia Interactive cannot guarantee the security of information you post through these interactive features. You disclose such information at your own risk.

Persons under 13 may not contribute to any interactive feature on the Columbia Interactive Sites.

Communications With Columbia Interactive
If you send us an e-mail with questions or comments to our e-mail address,, we may use your personal information to respond to your questions or comments. We may also share your information with a third party we designate to assist with our response. We may file your comments for future reference, or we may discard the information after we have reviewed it.

The Columbia Interactive Sites may request information from users through surveys. Participation is voluntary, and users may choose whether to disclose this information. Information requested may include contact, demographic or other information. Survey information may be used to monitor or improve the use and satisfaction of this site. The information may also be used for marketing and promotional purposes, and to notify you of new content related to your interests. Contact information may be used to notify users of survey results.

A cookie is a piece of data stored on a user's own hard drive containing information about the user. Columbia Interactive may employ cookies to recognize you and your access privileges on the Columbia Interactive Sites. These cookies keep track of user names and passwords, and personalize the Columbia Interactive Sites for users. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive cookies, and you may decline to accept them. If you choose not to accept cookies from the Columbia Interactive Sites, some parts may function less efficiently.

Log Files
We use IP addresses to Log Files:analyze trends, administer the sites, track users' movements, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Sharing of Aggregate Information: We may share aggregated demographic information with third parties. Aggregate information is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.

We give you the opportunity to "opt-out" of having your personally identifiable information used by Columbia Interactive for purposes not directly related to your use of the Columbia Interactive Sites. Persons who register for the Columbia Interactive Sites, or who buy a service from or through the Columbia Interactive Sites, but do not want to receive any marketing or promotional materials from Columbia Interactive, or do not want Columbia Interactive to share personally identifiable information with its affiliates for purposes unrelated to a particular transaction for which such information may be necessary, can so notify us.

You may, at any time, opt-out of such uses by Columbia Interactive that are not directly related to your use of the Columbia Interactive Sites by leaving all of the subjects of interest (Architecture, Arts, etc.) unchecked on the registration page, or by sending us an e-mail at

Protecting your privacy and your information is a top priority. We have taken careful measures to secure both your information and our physical premises. For example, we exercise great care in providing secure transmission of your information from your computer to our servers. Our secure server software encrypts information before transmitting it, ensuring that all Internet transactions remain private (unless sent by an unsecured means, such as e-mail).

In certain circumstances, and as exceptions to this privacy policy, we will, without notice to you, release specific information about you or your account to comply with any valid legal process such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute or court order, or in other special cases, such as, for example, an attempted breach of the security of the Columbia Interactive Sites, or a physical threat to you or others.

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