Website privacy policy

What information do we collect & why?

This privacy policy applies to the ARCTIC program website. Websites of individual partner or projects may have their own privacy policy.

We respect the privacy of our visitors. We collect only such personal information as needed to provide the information, service, or assistance that you request.

Information Automatically Collected

If you visit our website to browse, read, or download information:

  • Your web browser automatically sends us
    • Basic Internet domain provider information (Your ISP or gateway to the Internet);
    • Browser information you are using on your client (what web browser you are using) which includes the operating system you are using;
    • Date and time you access our site; and
    • the Internet address of the site from which you linked directly to our site.
  • We will use this information as aggregate data to help us maintain this site, e.g., to determine the number of visitors to different sections of our site, to ensure the site is working properly, and to help us make our website more accessible and useful.
  • We will not use this information to identify individuals, except for site security or law enforcement purposes.
  • We will not obtain personally-identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information.

Other Information We Collect

If you choose to identify yourself (or otherwise provide us with personal information) when you use the contact us form, sign up for the newsletter, or take advantage of another service we provide:

  • We will collect (and may retain) any personally identifying information, such as your name, street address, email address, and phone number, and any other information you provide. We will use this information to try to fulfill your request and may use it provide you with additional information at a later time. We will not disclose such information to third parties, except as specified in this privacy policy.
  • If you request information, services, or assistance, we may disclose your personal information to those third parties that (in our judgment) are appropriate in order to fulfill your request. If, when you provide us with such information, you specify that you do not want us to disclose the information to third parties, we will honor your request. Note, however, that if you do not provide such information, it may be impossible for us to refer, respond to or fulfill your request.

How Long We Keep information

We may keep information that will collect for an unlimited period of time.


Please note that electronic communication, particularly email, is not necessarily secure against interception. Please do not send sensitive data by email or web form.

Where possible we try to ensure data communicated between you and us uses secure/encrypted channels.


We may use cookies in order to customize this site for return visitors. These cookies are not required for site functionality. Additionally, third-party widgets such as YouTube or Flickr may install cookies depending on their configuration. You are not required to accept any cookies to use this site.

Google Analytics

We use as our primary method of collecting

We use a tool called “Google Analytics” to collect information about use of this site. Google Analytics collects information such as how often users visit this site, what pages they visit when they do so, and what other sites they used prior to coming to this site. We use the information we get from Google Analytics only to improve this site. Google Analytics collects only the IP address assigned to you on the date you visit this site, rather than your name or other identifying information. We do not combine the information collected through the use of Google Analytics with personally identifiable information. Although Google Analytics plants a permanent cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit this site, the cookie cannot be used by anyone but Google. Google’s ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to this site is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of Use and the Google Privacy Policy. You can prevent Google Analytics from recognizing you on return visits to this site by disabling cookies on your browser.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the website, or your dealings with our services, please contact us

Credit for privacy Policy

This privacy policy is derived from the U.S. House of Representatives website privacy policy as it is open for free re-use. As a product of the government and, as stated in their terms-of-use, they make their materials free from copyright protection and available for re-use.

page last modified: Aug 23, 2018