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Introduction to this Privacy Notice The Federation of American Scientists (“FAS” "we", "us", "our") cares about your privacy and wants you to be familiar with how we collect, disclose, and otherwise use ("Process") your information. This Information Collection Statement describes our practices in connection with the information we collect through this COVID-19 Ask a Scientist Site and Service ("Service"). Please read the following to learn more about our privacy practices.
Definition of Personal Information For purposes of this Information Collection Statement, "Personal Information" means any information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, either alone or when combined with other personal or identifying information that is linked or linkable to a specific individual.
What We Collect and How We Use Information In providing you the content on this Service, we may collect information from you when you voluntarily provide it to us, such as when you:
We use that information solely for the purposes of responding to your request and improving the Service. For example, we may share your question with a network of individuals who will research the answer to the question. We may also post a version of your question and our answer that would be useful to provide to the public via the Service. We do not publish your name or email address. We take reasonable steps to protect the information you provide us from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. We have implemented appropriate physical, electronic and managerial procedures to help safeguard and secure your information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access or disclosure, alteration or destruction. Unfortunately, no security system is 100% secure; thus, we cannot ensure the security of all information you provide to us via our services. We work with partners to provide this service to you.
Other information we may collect about you:
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Our Service This Service provides information, translations and links to other websites as a convenience to you. These include links to websites operated by third-party government agencies, nonprofit organizations, universities and private businesses. Given the fast changing nature of the coronavirus crisis, we will do the best we can to keep information, translations and links up to date but please note that information, translations and links may become out-of-date and are not a substitute for official advice or medical advice from a licensed professional. The information that we provide you via the Service should be considered general information and not personal advice. When you use one of these links, you are no longer using this Service, and this Information Collection Statement does not apply. When you visit another website, you are subject to the privacy notice and information collection practices of that site. Any visitor who proceeds to those external sites and relies on any information obtained from them does so at his or her own risk and assumes any and all liability from damages which may result from accessing a third-party site linked to from the Service. We exercise no control over the third-party organization's views, accuracy, copyright or trademark compliance, or the legality of the material contained on those websites, and do not sponsor, endorse, or approve the information, content, products, materials, opinions or services contained on such external sites. Furthermore, when you follow a link to another website, portions of their information may be incorrect or out-of-date. FAS does not warrant the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information published by external sites.
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Contact Information If after reviewing this Information Collection Statement, you have any questions, complaints or privacy concerns, or would like to make any requests in relation to your personal information, or obtain further information on safeguards, please send an email to [email protected].
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Last updated 13 October 2020