Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

The Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has created this privacy policy to demonstrate our firm commitment to protecting your information and informing you about how we handle it. This privacy policy only applies to transactions and activities in which you engage ("Transactions"), and data gathered, on this Web site (the "Site") and does not apply to any other Web site or offline point of contact between you and RTI, or any other company, and consumers. Please review this privacy policy periodically as we may modify it from time to time. This privacy policy was last revised in October 2006. Each time you visit the Site or provide us with information, by doing so you are accepting the practices described in this privacy policy at that time.

This section explains how RTI will handle information we learn about you from your visit to this Site. The information we receive depends upon what you do when visiting our site. If you visit this Site to read or download information:

We collect and store only the following information about you: the name of the domain you are using to access the Internet (for example,, if you are connecting from an America Online account, or if you are connecting from the University of Iowa's domain); the date and time you access our Site; the Internet address of the Web site from which you linked directly to our Site; the type of Web browser you are using; and what information you view while visiting our Site.

We use the information we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of our Site, find out what information is the most viewed, and to help us make our Site more useful to visitors.

This gathering and storing of information is separate from the activity described as monitoring in our Security Notice. The information gathered is used for two purposes: management of the Site and, in the case of suspected unauthorized activity, for law enforcement and possible criminal prosecution (see Security Notice).

For certain sections of the site we require registration. Here we gather the following personal information: first name, last name, email and organization as required fields (title and phone are not required). This information is stored in our database and is used only for the purpose of allowing access to restricted areas and tailoring.

If you identify yourself by sending us a comment using our contact page or an E-mail:

You also may decide to send us personally-identifying information, for example, in an electronic mail message asking a question or providing us with a comment or suggestion. We use personally-identifying information to respond to your comment or suggestion, and to count the number of people sending us comments.

Security Notice

For security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, RTI uses software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.

Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.

Cookies and other information stored on your computer

Cookies are essentially tokens of information, such as preferences and passwords, which some Web servers collect from you when you access them. That data is stored on your hard drive, not on the Web site's server. Whenever you visit a Web site that uses cookies, the server looks for its cookie on your hard drive and, if found, then reads the information it stored there. Cookies generally are stored in your browser's directory or folder in a file named cookie.txt (MagicCookie on a Macintosh).

This Site uses persistent "cookies" only to tailor the site for the use of time zones. We do not use persistent cookies to collect or store personally identifiable information. This site utilizes session cookies to help reduce the amount of information you will have to re-enter when entering form values. We also use session cookies to manage and balance Web traffic among Web servers and to maintain session state information as you navigate through this Site. The session cookies are stored only in the volatile memory of your computer, and expire automatically when you close your Web browser or otherwise end your browser process.

This statement applies to all personal information, regardless of the source of the information or whether in electronic or paper format, that is collected or maintained by RTI International. Personal information means any information that identifies or could be used by RTI International to identify an individual.