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Privacy Statement for Data Collected Online

At the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), we value visitors to our Service (as defined in the Terms of Use) and take your personal privacy seriously. We have posted this privacy statement to inform you of our practices for handling the data the SEI collects online via this Service. The Service site was created in the United States and does not necessarily comply with laws of any other country, so please review this statement before submitting any data though this site. This privacy statement is incorporated into and subject to the Terms of Use. Please direct any questions or comments regarding this statement to privacy-info@sei.cmu.edu.

Use of Cookies and Web Beacons

A cookie is a small text file containing information that a web site transfers to your computer for recordkeeping purposes. We use cookies to analyze traffic patterns on our site.

A web beacon is a transparent, 1-pixel image in .gif format that helps us collect data about visitors viewing a web page -- for example, to count the number of visitors to a page or to deliver a cookie to visitors' browsers when they view that page. We may use web beacons on this site from time to time for these and other purposes.

Cookies and web beacons cannot give us access to your computer or to information beyond what you provide to us. Disabling cookies in your browser will prevent us from using cookies or web beacons to collect data about your visit to our site, but you will still be able to view the publicly available information on our web site. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies. Consult your browser's manual or online help if you want information on restricting or disabling the browser's handling of cookies. If you are using a shared computer and you have cookies turned on, be sure to log off when you finish.

Third Party Cookies

In the course of serving third-party sponsors of this site, our third-party sponsors may place or recognize a unique "cookie" on your browser.

Collecting Your Personal Information

Sometimes we ask you for information that personally identifies you (personal information) so that you can perform actions on the SEI Web site (such as accessing certain parts of the site, contacting us, or requesting information). This personal information may include name, email address, postal address, country, and telephone number, and may also include additional information when necessary—for example, if you choose to take actions like these:

  • register for SEI courses, programs, or events
  • contact us
  • volunteer to complete surveys or participate in polls
  • enter a promotional program or activity
  • request newsletters, promotional emails, printed materials, etc.
  • purchase merchandise

Choice Regarding Collection of Personal Information

You may choose not to provide us with personal information, in which case you may not be able to perform actions on the SEI Web site like those described above.

Links to Other Sites

Links to third-party Web sites may appear within the SEI Web site for your convenience and information. Using these links will cause you to access Web sites that are not part of the SEI Web site, even though they may contain SEI logos, information, etc. The SEI is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of other sites. We suggest that you carefully review the privacy policies of each site you visit.

How We Use and Share Information Collected

We do not connect the personal and impersonal information we collect on the Service.

We may provide third parties with aggregated impersonal information collected from SEI Web site users.

We may use personal information collected from you to—among other things—respond to you, contact you, or provide you with information or services. We occasionally contract with other organizations to provide services such as packaging, mailing, or delivering merchandise, materials, information, etc.; processing orders for merchandise; and processing course and event registrations. We provide such organizations with only the information they need to deliver such services.

When you give us your personal information online, we will not sell, trade, or rent this personal information to third parties or share it without your consent, other than in the situations described above. The SEI does not intend to reveal personal information except as outlined in this privacy statement. Your personal information may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country where the SEI, its affiliates, or its agents are located.

The SEI or Carnegie Mellon University may disclose the personal information of individual users if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary, as when conforming to the edicts of the law, complying with a legal process served on the SEI or its Web site, acting in urgent circumstances involving personal or public safety, or protecting and defending the rights or property of the SEI and its Web site.

Children's Privacy

Protecting children's privacy is extremely important to us. The SEI Web site is not intended for the use of or designed to attract the attention of children, and we do not collect personal information from anyone we know to be under age 13 without requesting parental consent.

Your Consent

By using this site, you consent to the collection and use of this information by the SEI. If there are any changes to the terms of this statement, the revised version will be posted on this Web page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it.

Your Ability to Access and Update Personal Information

If you have questions about the personal information you have submitted via the SEI Web site, please contact privacy-info@sei.cmu.edu.