Thank you for visiting the Diatoms of North America website and reviewing our privacy policy. How we handle information we learn about you from your visit to our website depends upon what you do when visiting the site.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

If you visit our site to read or download information, such as text or images, we will automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:

  • The name of the internet domain (for example, "" if you use a private internet access account, or "" if you are connecting from a university domain);
  • The IP address (a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you are using the Internet) from which you access our site;
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  • The date and time you access our site;
  • The Internet address of the web site from which you linked directly to our site;
  • The country and state from which you access our site;
  • The pages you visit and the information you request; and
  • Search terms used to get to our web site from and external search engine and terms used on our site for using our search engine.

This information does not identify you personally. We do not store any personal identifiers. The information collected is a part of a systems log file, and is only used internally for site management purposes.

The information is primarily collected to create summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. We use the information we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, and to help us make our site more useful to visitors.

If You Send Us Personal Information

You do not have to provide personal information to visit our website. If you choose to provide personal information, such as by sending us an email, submitting a form, or filling out a questionnaire, we will use the information to respond to you.

Please do not send us sensitive information, such as your credit card or social security numbers via email. It is possible that during transmission of your email this information may be intercepted by a third party. We cannot guarantee its safety while in transit.

We use personally identifiable information to further our customer's protection and provide better service. This may be to correct broken links that you have identified or provide additional information that you have requested.

Any information that we collect via a questionnaire may be subject to disclosure, but will be handled in accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act and the Freedom of Information Act to ensure the greatest protection of personal privacy.


If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, please forward them to:

Diatoms of North America
Campus Box 450
University of Colorado                                                                                      
Boulder CO 80309 USA

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