International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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International Year of Chemistry 2011

Privacy Policy

Your privacy on the Internet is of utmost importance to the International Year of Chemistry (IYC). This privacy statement describes IYC’s policy concerning the gathering and sharing of visitors’ information through the IYC web site. Also, through this site you may reach or be directed to other sites that relate to IYC, such as the sites of our national committees; all these sites have their own privacy statements which are similar to this one but may vary slightly. By visiting the IYC website you are accepting the practices described in this policy.

What Information Does IYC collect?

Normal Website Usage

In general, you can browse the IYC site without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself. The only information we gather during general browsing is from standard server logs. These include your IP (Internet Protocol) address, domain name, browser type, operating system, and information such as the web site that referred you to us, the files you downloaded, the pages you visit, and the dates/times of those visits.

Collection of Personally Identifiable Information

If you log on, register for a newsletter, provide contact information, request information, provide feedback or join an electronic mailing list, you will be asked to provide personal information such as your name, postal address and e-mail address. This information is collected only with your knowledge and permission, and is kept in a IYC database.

The IYC site uses cookies* to track traffic coming to our site. Cookies will also be used to identify a person who chooses to register on our site. If you choose to register on our site and are given a password to log in, we will identify you with cookies. You will always have a chance to opt out at any time. Cookies are session based and will expire when you logout.

What Does IYC Do With The information It Collects?

Normal web usage

The information gathered during general browsing of the ‘’ domain is used to analyze trends and usage of the IYC site and to improve the usefulness of the site. It is not connected with any personal information. However, if you have registered with IYC in connection with any activity on the IYC site, the information we collect about your normal web usage will be identifiable to you.

Personally identifiable information

IYC may use the personal information you provide to:

  • Contact you either in response to a query or suggestion, or to send you newsletters, documents, publications, etc. We also may provide the information to the IYC national committees so they can contact you as well;
  • Publish your contact information so people with similar IYC interests may contact you;
  • Undertake statistical analysis.
What if I don’t want to provide personal information?

Providing personal information on the IYC web site is optional. If you choose not to provide personal information, you can still browse and use the IYC site, but you will not be able to register or carry out certain other actions.

Opting out and changing your information

At any time, you can cancel or modify your information by returning to the web page where you first provided the information and contacting the focal point for that page and relevant IYC department. When contact details are not provided on the page, you can contact us for further information.


We do not sell or share any personally identifiable information volunteered on the IYC site to any third party without prior consent. We do, however, share some user information with our national committees. Any information provided to IYC by users of the IYC site is held with the utmost care and security, and will not be used in ways other than as set forth in this privacy policy, or in any site-specific policies, or in ways to which you have explicitly consented. IYC employs a range of techniques and security measures to protect the information maintained on our system from loss, misuse, unauthorised access or disclosure, alteration, or destruction.

However, IYC assumes no responsibility for the security of information.

The IYC site contains links to sites external to the domain. IYC is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such sites.

Notification of changes

Changes to this privacy policy will be posted here and will be available via the IYC home page at


For questions or queries regarding this privacy policy, please contact us through the Contact link.


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