Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) operates the https://www.tropicalstudies.org website.
This page is used to inform website visitors regarding our policies with the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information for anyone who visits our website. Your privacy and personal information are very important to us and we are committed to protecting it.
WHY WE COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION
We collect certain personal data in order to provide you with information about our programs, to facilitate your completion of application or reservation forms, and to process payments you make to us.
INFORMATION COLLECTION AND USE
In order to fulfill your request or for your optimal experience on our website, we may require you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information, including but not limited to your name, email, phone number, and postal address. If you pay for services or make a donation online, we may also collect payment information.
If you apply for one of our education programs, in addition to what is mentioned above, we may collect your date of birth, citizenship, GPA, emergency contacts, official transcripts, recommendation letters, and more.
We do not sell any of our student, researcher, visitor, or donor information of any kind.
Whenever you visit our website, we collect information that your browser sends to us that is called Log Data. This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser version, pages of our website that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, and other statistics.
Cookies are files with small amounts of data that is commonly used an anonymous unique identifier. These are sent to your browser from the website that you visit and are stored on your computer’s hard drive. Our website uses these “cookies” to collect information and to improve our service. You have the option to either accept or refuse these cookies and know when a cookie is being sent to your computer. If you choose to refuse our cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our website.
We may employ third-party companies and individuals to facilitate our work (such as content management), to provide certain services on our behalf (such as website hosting and customer relationship management), or to assist us in operating our website. These third parties have access to your personal information. The reason is to perform the tasks assigned to them on our behalf. However, they are obligated not to disclose or use the information for any other purpose.
We value your trust in providing us your personal information, thus we strive to use commercially acceptable means of protecting it. Personal information stored on our web server is securely encrypted and stored away from publicly-accessible areas of the web site. But remember that no method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure and reliable, and we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
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Our Services do not address anyone under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personal identifiable information from children under 13.
Updated: August 10, 2018