Last updated: January 24, 2023

Your privacy is important to us. When you visit our Center of Excellence site (, the “Center”), sign up for our email distribution list(s), or use any of our services, we appreciate that you are trusting us with your personal information. We have prepared this Privacy Policy to explain how we collect, use, protect, and disclose information when you use the Center. This Privacy Policy also explains your choices for managing your information preferences, including opting out of certain uses of your Personal Information.  This Privacy Policy applies to all users of the Center. 

We may periodically make changes to this Privacy Policy, which will be reflected on this page. It is your responsibility to review this Privacy Policy frequently and remain informed about any changes to it, so we encourage you to visit this page often. By visiting the Center, you accept the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

Notice About the Information We Collect

Types of Data Collected

Personal Data

Personal information that you disclose to use:  We collect personal information that you voluntarily provide us when you express an interest in obtaining information about our resources or content, including when you participate in our virtual and/or in-person events, sign up for our email distribution list(s) and interact with us on our website or submit information through our website form(s).  For example:

  • Personal Data: When you send us an email, we may collect your email address, your name and the content of your email.
  • Form Data: When you complete online forms, all the data you choose to fill in or confirm.


Automatically collected information:  We automatically collect certain information when you visit, use, or navigate our website.  This information does not reveal your specific identity (like your name or contact information) but may include device and usage information.  This information is primarily needed to maintain the security and operation of our website and for internal analytics and reporting purposes.  For example: 

  • Client information: the Internet domain and internet address of the computer/device you are using.
  • Essential technical information: identification of the page or service you are requesting, type of device, browser and operating system you are using and the date, time and location of the device.
  • Nonessential technical information: the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our website and “cookie information”.
  • Additionally, when you access the Center by or through a mobile device, we may collect certain information automatically, including, but not limited to, the type of mobile device you use, your mobile device unique ID, the IP address of your mobile device, your mobile operating system, the type of mobile Internet browser you use, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data. We may also collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit the Center.

The Way We Use Data

Tracking Technologies and Cookies

The Center uses cookies, tags, pixels, and similar tracking technologies (“Cookies”) to provide, customize, evaluate, improve, and secure the Center.

A Cookie is a small piece of text that is placed on your website browser when you visit a website.  These include our own first-party Cookies as well as third-party Cookies of our Service Providers and marketing partners.  Some Cookies are only stored temporarily and destroyed each time you close your web browser.  The Center also uses persistent Cookies, which are not deleted when you close your browser and may collect and store data for a set period of time after you’ve left the Center. You can find out more about Cookies in general and how they work at Cookiepedia.

We use Cookies for the following purposes:

  • Website Operation: Cookies help us run the Center securely and enable basic functions like page navigation.
  • Performance and Analytics: Cookies help us analyze how you interact with the Center. This enables us to monitor and improve the Center performance, services, and your experience. For example, our first-party cookies track and assign identifiers to you including: domain name, browser type and operating system, web pages viewed, links clicked, IP address, MAC address, Unique Device Identifiers (UID), other persistent identifiers, time spent on the Center, and the referring URL (the webpage) that led you to the Center (“Usage Data”).  This Usage Data helps us track how many users visit the Center, how long our users stay, how users interact with the Center, and other performance metrics.  Your Usage Data may be combined with the Personal Information you provide to us.
  • Advertisements: Cookies allow us to deliver advertisements that are meaningful to you. Our third-party advertising partners may use the Cookies to build a profile of your interests, deliver relevant advertising on other websites, and measure the effectiveness of the advertisements.

How to Manage Cookies

If you wish to prevent Cookies from tracking your activity on the Center or your visits across multiple websites, you can set your browser to block certain Cookies or notify you when a Cookie is set.  If you block Cookies, certain features on the Center may not work.  For more information on how you can customize your browser’s Cookie setting please visit the link corresponding to your web browser below:

  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla

Our systems do not recognize browser “Do Not Track” signals, but you may opt out of interest-based advertising in general by visiting the Digital Advertising Alliance’s or Network Advertising Initiative’s websites.  We are not responsible for the completeness, effectiveness, or accuracy of any third-party opt-out options or programs.

We also provide you with additional tools to opt out of marketing from us.  You can learn about this in the “Communications Preferences” section of this Privacy Policy.

Use of Your Personal Data

We use your Personal Information to:

  • provide you access to the Center;
  • better understand access and use the Center, both on an aggregated and individualized basis;
  • maintain, support, and improve the Center;
  • respond to user preferences, and for research and analytical purposes;
  • respond to your requests or questions; and,
  • otherwise communicate with you about the Center.

We will not disclose your Personal Information to third parties, including for their direct marketing purposes, without your consent, except as provided for in this Privacy Policy.  We may disclose to third parties, certain Usage Data regarding the Center.  However, in such cases, your Usage Data is aggregated with the Usage Data of other users and does not identify you individually.

Disclosure of Your Personal Data

Service Providers

From time to time, we may establish a business relationship with other businesses who have confirmed that their privacy practices are consistent with ours (“Service Providers”).  For example, we may contract with Service Providers to provide services such as hosting and maintenance, data storage and management, and marketing and promotions.  We only provide our Service Providers with the information necessary for them to perform these services on our behalf.  Each Service Provider must agree to use reasonable security procedures and practices appropriate to the nature of the information involved to protect your Personal Information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure.  Service Providers are prohibited from using Personal Information other than as specified by The Center.

Notice to California Residents

Under California’s “Shine the Light” law, you may opt out of the sharing of your Personal Information with third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To do so, please Contact us. and clearly state your request, including your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number.

California users under the age of 18 may request the removal of their content or information publicly posted on the Center by Contact us.

Other Transfers

We may share Personal Information and Usage Data with businesses controlling, controlled by, or under common control with our organization.  If our organization is subject to a merger, change in control event, acquisition, or sale, or in the event of a transfer of some or all of our assets, we may disclose or transfer Personal Information and Usage Data in connection with such transaction.

Compliance with Laws and Law Enforcement

We cooperate with government and law enforcement agencies and private parties when required by law.  We may disclose your Personal Information to government or law enforcement agencies or private parties if, in our discretion, we believe it is necessary or appropriate to respond to legal requests (including court orders and subpoenas); to protect the safety, property, or rights of our company or of any third party; to prevent or stop any illegal, unethical, or legally actionable activity; or to otherwise comply with the law.

Third-Party Websites and Links

The Center may contain links to other third-party websites or allow others to send you such links.  A link to a third-party’s website does not mean that we endorse the third party or that we are affiliated with them.  We do not exercise control over these third parties — we are not responsible for how these third parties may treat your Personal Information.  You access third-party websites at your own risk.  You should always read the privacy policy and terms of service for third-party websites before providing any Personal Information.

Children’s Privacy

The Center is intended for users who are 18 years old or older.  We do not knowingly collect Personal Information from children under the age of 13.  If we become aware that we have inadvertently received Personal Information from a child under the age of 13, we will delete such information from our records.

Processing in the United States

Your Personal Information and communications are maintained on servers and databases located in the United States.  If you are located outside of the United States, please be advised that we process and store all information in the United States.  By using the Center, you are agreeing to the collection, use, processing, storage, and transfer of your Personal Information to servers located in the United States.

Communications Preferences

You can opt out of receiving certain e-mails and other communications by Contact us.  If you have questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy, please Contact us.

Privacy Policy Changes

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time.  If we decide to change this Privacy Policy, we will inform you by posting the revised Privacy Policy on the Center.  Those changes will go into effect on the “Updated” date shown in the revised Privacy Policy.  By continuing to use the Center, you are agreeing to the revised Privacy Policy.