Internet Privacy Policy

INTERNET PRIVACY POLICY STATEMENT

The following statement explains the Internet Privacy Policy adopted by Nauticus for its web site www.nauticus.org. The following is intended to explain our current Internet privacy protection practices. The information presented here is not meant to be a contract of any type, either express or implied, and should not be treated as such by site visitors. We reserve the right to amend our Internet Privacy Policy and Internet Privacy Policy Statement at any time, without prior notice to any visitor.

Governing Law

Virginia statutes, including, but not limited to, the Virginia Privacy Protection Act of 1976 and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, govern our maintenance of public records and access to personally identifiable information in public records. Other sections of the Virginia Code, as well as certain federal statutes address confidentiality issues.

Collection of Information

When a visitor accesses our web site, the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the visitor's computer is collected. This computer address does not contain any personally identifiable information about the visitor. Moreover, no personally identifiable information is collected about visitors who simply browse this site or who download information from it. No other information is collected through our web site unless the visitor deliberately chooses to provide it. For example, if a visitor participates in a survey or clicks on a link to send an email, the visitor's e-mail address, the contents of the e-mail and information volunteered in response to the survey will be collected. A visitor might choose to supply additional information, including his / her name or any data necessary to complete and submit an online form or request for services. Visitors who request services available through this site may be asked to furnish additional information which may be required by law or which is necessary to provide the service requested. The additional information collected will be no more specific than if the visitor were requesting the service by any other means, including by telephone or an in-person visit to Nauticus. Nauticus utilizes various means to gather metrics on our marketing email campaigns. No personal information is collected from recipients of our marketing emails. In all cases, Nauticus strives to collect the minimum information necessary to comply with applicable law and/or provide the service requested.

Use of "Cookies"

Nauticus' web site uses cookies to provide a user with tailored information. A "cookie" is an element of data which a Service or site, when visited by a user, sends to that user's browser which, in turn, may store that element on the user's hard drive or memory. This site uses cookies to better serve users who use such Services; any cookies sent by this site will be marked so that they will only be accessible by this site, as subject to this Privacy Policy. However, at his or her option and at his or her sole expense and responsibility, any user may block or delete our cookies from his or her hard drive. However, by disabling cookies, certain site features and functionality may no longer work properly, or at all.

"Opt-in" Emails

Users may "opt-in" to receive site notifications, newsletters or other information via email. Users may remove themselves from such services at their discretion. Any email sent to an "opt-in" list will include directions for how a user may remove him or herself from the list, or a URL where the user may find such directions.

Use of Collected Information

The Internet Protocol (IP) address of a visitor's computer is used to route the requested web page to his / her computer for viewing. The requested web page and the routing information is sent to our Internet Service Provider (ISP) or other entities involved in transmitting the requested page to the visitor. The routing information may be retained indefinitely. Ordinarily, however, the routing information is deleted periodically from the host computer after the web page is transmitted to the visitor. Nauticus does not try to obtain any information to link it to the visitors who browse our web site. Routing information is used primarily in a statistical summary type format to assess site content and server performance. However, logs of routing information are also retained to permit a security investigation on rare occasions when a "hacker" attempts to breach computer security. In such cases, the logs of routing information may be forwarded together with any other relevant information in our possession to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Optional information provided by visitors enables Nauticus to: (1) provide services or information tailored more specifically to visitor needs; (2) forward visitor messages or inquiries to another entity to provide the service or information; or (3) plan web site improvements. Optional information is retained in accordance with the records retention schedules established under the Virginia Public Records Act.

Protection of Information

Nauticus does not sell, rent or otherwise distribute visitor information, including e-mail addresses, to any outside company or organization. We do not reveal specific information about subscribers or other personally identifiable data to unaffiliated third parties for their independent use, except if required to do so by the Virginia Freedom of Information Act or other law. This policy applies to information that may be collected on Nauticus's site and on that of any third party with whom Nauticus contracts to provide Internet related-services.

Nauticus maintains security standards and procedures regarding unauthorized access to customer information to prevent unauthorized removal or alteration of data.

Nauticus meets accepted standards of security for all transactions that may involve payment of fees through a service available through this site, including the use of encryption and SSL services. Credit card numbers are not stored longer than is required for verification and completion of the subject transaction.

Choice to Provide Information

A visitor is not required legally to provide any information at Nauticus's web site. However, Nauticus's web site will not work without the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the visitor's computer. Failure of the visitor's browser to provide nonessential technical information will not prevent his / her use of Nauticus's web site, but may prevent certain features from working. The visitor's failure to provide optional information may mean that the particular feature or service associated with that part of the web page will not be available for his / her use.

Interactive Features and User-Generated Content

Nauticus provides certain interactive features, such as Facebook and Twitter, for the exchange of ideas and information by visitors in furtherance of its mission. Accordingly, Nauticus encourages you to interact with its site, subject to the following conditions:

You are solely responsible for the content that you submit.

By posting content, you are giving Nauticus and those authorized by Nauticus permission to use it for any educational, promotional or other standard museum purpose.

You will not post any content that is off-topic, partisan-political, contains personal attacks or expletives, or is otherwise abusive, threatening, unlawful, harassing, discriminatory, libelous, obscene, false, pornographic, or that infringes on the rights of any third party.

You will only post content that is yours or for which you have received permission from the person or entity that owns the content and the related intellectual property rights.

You will not insert your own or a third party’s advertising or promotional content into your posting.

You understand that Nauticus may monitor or review discussions, chats, postings, transmissions, bulletin boards or any other postings from time to time.

You understand that Nauticus assumes no responsibility or liability arising from the posting of your content or for any error, defamation, libel, omission, obscenity, danger or inaccuracy contained in any posted information or from any failure or delay in removing such content.

You will not introduce any software viruses, worms or other programs designed to damage software, hardware or telecommunications equipment.

You agree that you will not collect information about the users of this website or use such information for any purpose.

You are not under the age of 13.

Nauticus reserves the right to monitor content or information provided by website visitors in its sole discretion, to edit or remove any content that, in Nauticus' judgment, does not comply with the foregoing rules. Nauticus is not responsible for any user-generated content that is posted on any social media website (ex: Facebook, Twitter) or for any failure or delay in removing such content.

Disclaimer

This site provides links to other web sites. These may include links to web sites operated by other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and/or private businesses. This Privacy Policy Statement applies only to Nauticus's site and to third-party sites that provide Internet related-services for Nauticus under contract. When you link to any other web site, you are subject to the privacy policy of that site. Visitors linking to another site are encouraged to examine the privacy policy statement of that site. Neither Nauticus, nor any agency, officer, or employee of Nauticus warrants the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information published by this system, nor endorses any content, viewpoints, products, or services linked from this system, and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information. Portions of such information may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this system does so at his or her own risk.

Visitor Comments

Visitors who have questions about this Internet Privacy Policy Statement may contact Nauticus at (757) 664-1000.