• Privacy Policy


    Last Updated: September 25, 2015

    The New York Academy of Science (the "Academy," "we," "us," and "our") is committed to protecting and securing your personal information. This privacy policy (this "Privacy Policy") explains how we may collect, store, use, and disclose information when you access or use our website,, and all of our other websites to which this Privacy Policy is posted (collectively, the "Website"), and our online services made available by us through the Website (together with the Website, the "Services").

    Your Acceptance of this Privacy Policy

    By accessing or using the Services, you consent to our collection, storage, use, and disclosure of your information as described in this Privacy Policy. The provisions contained in this Privacy Policy supersede all previous notices and statements regarding our privacy practices with respect to the Services. If you do not agree to every provision of this Privacy Policy, you may not access or use the Services.

    We may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time in our sole discretion, subject to applicable law. When we revise this Privacy Policy, we will post a revised version on the Website. The revised Privacy Policy will be effective upon posting on the Website, unless otherwise set forth therein or as otherwise required by applicable law. You are free to decide whether or not to accept a revised version of this Privacy Policy, but accepting this Privacy Policy, as revised, is required for your continued access and use of the Services. If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy or any revised version of this Privacy Policy, your sole recourse is to terminate your access and use of the Services. Except as otherwise expressly stated by us, your access and use of the Services are subject to the version of this Privacy Policy in effect at the time of your access or use of the Services.

    Information We May Collect

    The Academy collects personal information that identifies you and non-personal information that does not identify you. When non-personal information is, directly or indirectly, associated or combined with personal information, such non-personal information will be considered personal information for purposes of this Privacy Policy. In addition, to the extent Internet Protocol ("IP") addresses (numbers used by computers on the network to identify your computer and transmit data to you) or similar identifiers or information are considered personal information by applicable law, we will treat such identifiers and information as personal information under this Privacy Policy.

    If you sign up to become a Member of the Academy, make a donation, subscribe to an e-newsletter or other e-mail service, or request additional information about the Academy through the Website or participate in any of the Services, we may request personal information, such as your name, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, and birth year, in order to respond to your inquiries or provide services to you. Also, if you make a membership payment or donation or make a purchase via the Website, the Academy will collect the financial information necessary to do so. In addition, from time to time, we may request information from you through online surveys, sweepstakes, or other promotions. Your participation in these activities, including the disclosure of any requested personal information, is completely voluntary.

    We may also use cookies to collect information about you from time to time. A cookie is a small file that contains information (such as your login name for the Website) and is stored by your computer's browser. We use cookies to help recognize you when you visit the Website and to monitor traffic on the Website. [We do not use cookies for any other reason.]

    The Academy may also collect information through IP addresses or environmental variables, such as the domain from which you access the Website, the time you accessed the Website, type of web browser and operating system or platform you use to access the Website, and the pages you visit while accessing the Website. [We use this information only for the purpose of better serving our Members and other visitors to the Website and do not disclose this information to any third parties.]

    Do Not Track Signals

    Do Not Track ("DNT") is an optional browser setting that allows you to express your preferences regarding tracking by advertisers and other third parties. We do not use technology that recognizes DNT signals from your web browser.

    How We May Use Information

    We may use non-personal information as described elsewhere in this Privacy Policy and for research and commercial purposes, such as to improve the Services.

    We may use personal information obtained in connection with the Services for the following purposes:

    • To fulfill and process your membership requests and donations.
    • To fulfill and process your requests for information, publications, and services.
    • To provide information about the Academy and its activities, products, and services to you.
    • To contact winners of contests, sweepstakes, and other promotions and award prizes.
    • To personalize content to meet your needs and interests.
    • To allow you to update your information.
    • For our marketing and promotional purposes.
    • To improve the quality and value of our products and services.
    • To make your experience accessing and using the Services as pleasant and useful as possible.

    How We May Share Information

    We may share non-personal information with third parties as described elsewhere in this Privacy Policy and for our commercial purposes.

    We do not share personal information with third parties, except as described elsewhere in this Privacy Policy and as follows:

    • If you request or authorize it.
    • To complete a transaction or provide a service requested by you.
    • To our third-party service providers that provide services on our behalf, such as payment processing, data analysis, e-mail delivery, hosting, order fulfillment, infrastructure, network storage, customer service, technical support, and promotional services.
    • To comply with applicable laws, rules, and regulations and governmental and quasi-governmental requests, court orders, and subpoenas.
    • To protect our rights, property, and safety or the rights, property, and safety of our users and others.
    • If the disclosure is done as part of a purchase, transfer, or sale of services or assets (e.g., in the event that substantially all of our assets are acquired by another party, your personal information may be one of the transferred assets) or in the event of bankruptcy.
    • To our marketing partners and other scientific, academic, publishing, professional, and other third-party organizations that may provide you with information on products and services related to your profession or that we otherwise believe may be useful or of interest to our Members or other audiences[; provided, that you may opt out of this sharing as described further below in this Privacy Policy].
    • When particular event attendee lists are made available to other attendees and sponsors of the same event.
    • We will not disclose or store financial information, except as necessary to process membership payments, donation requests, and purchases.

    Your Choices About Your Personal Information

    You may manage certain collection and sharing of information in connection with your access and use of the Services as follows:

    • You may visit the Website without revealing any personal information. However, if you do so, we will be unable to contact you with information about the Services and you will be unable to enter in any sweepstakes, contests, or other promotions offered in connection with the Services. In addition, your ability to access and use certain features of the Services may be limited.
    • You may adjust your web browser's settings to inform you when cookies are being set, to block all or certain types of cookies, or to erase all cookies. However, if you choose to block or erase cookies, the performance of certain features of the Services may be limited or not work at all.
    • You may opt not to receive promotional emails or other communications from us by contacting us as provided below in the "Contact Us" section or by following the "unsubscribe" instructions in any promotional email or other communication you receive from us. Please note, however, that we may still send you non-promotional emails about your relationship with us. We will do our best to honor all opt-out requests in a timley manner and in compliance with governing regulations. However, you may still receive some promotional communications after you notify us that you no longer wish to receive such communications because our promotional mailings and other communications are often prepared well in advance of our actual mailings and communications.

    You have the option to tell us not to share your personal information with our affiliates and other third parties who may use your personal Information to market to you directly. To opt-out of this sharing, please contact us as provided below in the "Contact Us" section.

    Your California Privacy Rights

    For California Residents Only: We may disclose your personal information to our affiliates and other third parties who may use your personal information to market to you directly.

    You have the option to tell us not to share your personal information with our affiliates and other third parties who may use your personal information to market to you directly. To opt-out of this sharing, please contact us as provided below in the "Contact Us" section. We will not share your personal information with our affiliates and other third parties for their marketing purposes after we receive your notice that you are opting out of such sharing.


    We use commercially reasonable security measures, such as encryption technologies and physical safeguards, to protect personal information from loss, misuse, or alteration. However, no method of electronic transmission or storage is 100% secure. Therefore, we cannot guarantee absolute security of your personal information.

    Protecting Children's Privacy

    The Academy is committed to protecting the privacy of children. The Services are not directed at, or intended to be attractive to, children younger than 13 years old, and we do not knowingly collect any personal information from children under the age of 13. If you are under the age of 13, do not use the Services or submit any information to us.

    Third-Party Links

    The Website may contain links to third-party websites operated by individuals or companies unrelated to the Academy. Our posting of these links does not indicate our endorsement of such websites, any third party, or any products or services available through such websites or any relationship with such third parties, unless otherwise specifically stated. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of such third-party websites or their content. We provide links to third-party websites only for your convenience, and you access them entirely at your own risk. We recommend that you review the privacy policies posted on such third-party websites. This Privacy Policy only applies to the Services.

    Updating Your Information

    It is important to us that we have your correct contact information so that you receive publications, communications, products, and services. You may change or update your personal information by using the "Login" or "My Profile" links on the Website. You can also email us at

    Subject to applicable law, which might, from time to time, oblige us to store your personal information for a certain period of time, we will respect your wishes to correct inaccurate information or delete your information. Otherwise, we will retain personal information for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy, unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by applicable law.

    Copyright and Trademark Notice

    The text, images, software code, and other content on the Website are the property of the Academy and/or its third-party content providers or licensors and protected by United States and/or international copyright laws. You may download and print extracts of such content for your own personal, non-commercial use. However, any other use, including republication or redistribution, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of, and a license from, the Academy and/or its third-party content providers or licensors. New York Academy of Sciences, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Science & the City, Scientists Without Borders, and other trademarks of the Academy are protected by United States and/or international trademark and related laws. Any use of such trademarks is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of, and a license from, the Academy. You may not remove or alter any trademark, copyright, or other notice from the content on the Website under any circumstance. For additional information about the use of copyrights and trademarks on the Website, please refer to our Terms of Use. To request our prior written consent to use certain text, images, software code, trademarks, and other content available on the Website, you may email us at

    Contact Us

    If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at

    Revision History

    Updated 09/25/2015