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Privacy Notice

Effective date: October 10, 2018

This privacy notice describes how The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, LLC (JHU/APL) (“we”, “our”, or “us”) collects and processes personal information about you through www.jhuapl.edu and all other JHU/APL websites and applications that link to this policy (the “Services”), how we use and protect this information, and your rights in relation to this information.

This privacy notice applies to all personal information that we collect or process about you. Personal information means any information, or a combination of information, which relates to or identifies you as an individual.

Personal Information That We Collect

We collect personal information about you from a variety of sources, including information we obtain from you directly (e.g., when you contact us or sign up for a newsletter) and information that we generate about you in the course of our relationship with you. We may be required by law, or as a consequence of any contractual relationship that we have with you, to collect certain personal information about you. Failure to provide this information may prevent or delay the fulfillment of these obligations.

Information That We Collect Directly from You

The categories of information that we may collect directly from you may include your name, contact details, username, password, e-mail address, age, date of birth, information about your employment (if you apply for a position), and information about your dependents (if you enroll a child in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics [STEM] course).

Information That We Collect About Your Use of the Services

When using our Services, we may also collect information from your computer or mobile device (e.g., your IP address, e-mails sent or received, and websites); your computer usage activity (e.g., pages you visit when using the Services), and information generated as a result of using our Services (e.g., help desk tickets, security clearance requests).

Like many websites, JHU/APL utilizes “cookies” to maintain a record of your visit to the Sites and your use of the Services. A cookie is a small text file that is transferred by a web server and stored on the hard drive of your computer or mobile device. This information does not identify you personally, and you remain anonymous unless you have provided JHU/APL with personal information.

How We Use Your Personal Information and the Basis on Which We Use It

We may use your personal information to verify your identity and ensure the security of your personal information; to process your personal information to provide the Services that you have requested; to analyze information about your use of our Services to improve our customer experience; to communicate with you; to ensure the security of our site and our networks; and to comply with other legal or regulatory requirements explicitly required by law. If you do not provide us with required personal information, we may be unable to provide the Services that you have requested.

We may also anonymize your personal information in such a way that you may not be re-identified by us or any other organization, and may use this anonymized information for any other purpose.

How and When We Share Your Personal Information

We may share your personal information with our service providers and business partners that perform business operations for us for the purposes set forth above. For example, we may partner with companies to process secure payments (e.g., PayPal for STEM commitment fees) and support e-mail and messaging services. Where required by law, we may share your personal information with law enforcement agencies, courts, other government authorities or other third parties to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation, or otherwise to protect our rights or the rights of any third party.

Your Rights Over Your Personal Information

You have certain rights regarding the personal information that we hold about you, subject to local law. These may include the rights to access, correct, delete, restrict or object to our use of, or receive a portable copy in a usable electronic format of your personal information. You also may have a right to lodge a complaint with your local data protection or privacy regulator. Please note that we may require additional information from you in order to honor your requests.

We encourage you to contact us using the contact information set forth below to update or correct your information if it changes or if the personal information that we hold about you is inaccurate. Where you have provided your consent to any use of your personal information, you can withdraw this consent at any time.

If you would like to discuss or exercise any rights you may have under the law, please contact us using the contact information set forth below.

Information Security and Storage

We implement physical, technical, and organizational security measures designed to safeguard the personal information that we process through the Services. These measures are aimed at providing ongoing integrity and confidentiality for your personal information. We evaluate and update these measures on a regular basis. However, no information system can be 100% secure, so we cannot guarantee the absolute security of your information.

We retain your personal information for as long as we have a relationship with you. When deciding how long to keep your personal information after our relationship with you has ended, we take into account our legal obligations and the necessity to validate the effectiveness of our programs. We may also retain records to investigate or defend against potential legal claims.

Contact Us

JHU/APL is responsible for the personal information that we collect and process. Should you have questions or concerns about these policies and practices, please send us an e-mail through our Contact Us page.

Changes to the Policy

We may modify or update this privacy notice from time to time. If we make any revisions that materially change the ways in which we process your personal information that we collected previously, we will notify you of these changes before applying them to that personal information.

Disclaimer of Liability

Information on this JHU/APL website is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and noninfringement. In no event will JHU/APL be liable for damages of any kind, including without limitation any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages even if JHU/APL has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

Although every effort is made to ensure the correctness of information submitted for publication, the website may inadvertently contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Information may be changed or updated without notice. JHU/APL may also make improvements and/or changes to the products and the programs described in this information at any time without notice. JHU/APL assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in this publication or other documents that are referenced by or linked to this publication.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

Reference herein to any specific commercial products, processes, or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply endorsement or recommendation by JHU/APL. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein shall not be used for advertising or product-endorsement purposes.

No Transfer of Rights

Nothing in this website shall be construed as conferring any license or right under any patent, trademark, or other intellectual property rights held by JHU/APL or any third party whatsoever, by implication, estoppel or otherwise.

Contact Us

Should you have questions or concerns about these policies and practices, please send us an e-mail through our Contact Us page.