Privacy Policy

Last Updated: April 26, 2018

Thank you for using OpenTopography!

We deeply value your privacy. This Privacy Policy describes how we collect, use, process, and disclose your information when you access and use the data, services and content provided by OpenTopography. The terms of use for OpenTopography are described here.

Information we collect

1. Account information
When you sign up for an OpenTopography Account, we ask you for personal information (such as your name, email address, affiliation, etc).

2. Information pertaining to advanced features.
You may choose to provide us information to use advanced features of OpenTopography (e.g. power user status).

3. Usage information
When submitting data download and processing jobs on OpenTopography (registered and guest users) we collect email information as well as detais of algorithms used including parameters specified for the algorithms.

4. Log Data and Device Information
Standard server log information, such as IP address, time spent on the site, browser type, etc., is collected and assessed on an aggregate, rather than individual, basis in order to track site statistics, data that are most popular to our visitors, performance monitoring, and troubleshooting.

5. Cookies and Similar Technologies. 
We use cookies and other similar technologies. You may disable the usage of cookies through your browser settings. OpenTopography currently does not respond to a “Do Not Track” signal in the HTTP header from your browser or mobile application due to lack of standardization regarding how that signal should be interpreted.

How we use collected information

Studying access statistics and usage patterns helps to project future hardware needs, and aids in the design of new functionality. We also use this information for site and system security. Aggregate and anonymized usage information may be shared with our data provider partners to allow them to quantify usage of their data. We also share anonymized user and usage information with our primary funders, the National Science Foundation.

We may also use the email information provided to contact you when there is a job failure. We may also periodically send you news updates pertaining to OpenTopography and high resolution topography if you opt-in to our newsletter during account registration.

We do not share user account information or log data with third parties for marketing or other purposes.