Privacy Statement Friday, May 23, 2003

The Atlas webmaster has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate a commitment to privacy. The following discloses the information gathering and dissemination practices for the Atlas web site.

Information Automatically Logged
In order to better service the needs of those who visit the Atlas site, Atlas servers keep track of certain traffic data. This data includes the platform used (such as a Macintosh or PC), browser type (such as Netscape or Microsoft Internet Explorer), IP address (or Internet Protocol address, which identifies the visitor's service provider, but not the visitor personally) and the previous URL (Uniform Resource Locator or web address) visited by the visitor before clicking through to Atlas. None of this data discloses personal information, and the information revealed is used exclusively for internal administrative purposes such as to help diagnose problems with Atlas servers , to compute statistics about usage, and to administer the web site. This data is not used for any other purpose.

Important: The LSU CADGIS Research Laboratory, the sponsor of the Atlas web site, reserves the right to review and/or monitor system transactions for compliance with policies and/or applicable law. Upon reasonable cause, the LSU CADGIS Research Laboratory may disclose such transactions to authorized persons for official purposes, including criminal and other investigations, and permit the monitoring of system transactions by law enforcement agencies. Access or use of Atlas and its online facilities by any person, whether authorized or unauthorized, constitutes consent to these terms.

Cookies
A cookie is a small data file issued to visitors by certain web sites and is stored on the visitor's hard drive. A cookie file can contain information such as a user ID that the site uses to track which pages are visited - information that is useful for marketing purposes and to keep high-traffic pages easily accessible to users. A cookie cannot read or extract information from a hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. Visitors can refuse cookies by turning them off in the browser.

Atlas makes minimal use of cookies. Currently, Atlas uses one non-persistent cookie per application.

Personal Information
The Atlas web site does not request any personal information or collect any information that personally identifies you or allows you to be personally contacted. Since we do not collect any personal information on this web site, we do not share any personal information with any third parties nor do we use any personal information for any purposes.

Users of the AtlasAlert email list will need to provide an email address in order to receive messages. Any email addresses given for subscription to the AtlasAlert list will not be given to any third party except authorized law enforcement agencies with reasonable cause. Only the Atlas webmaster and appointed auxillaries are able to post to the list.

External Links
This site contains links to other sites. Atlas and its sponsor, the LSU CADGIS Research Laboratory, are responsible for neither the privacy practices nor the content of such web sites.

Security
This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control.

Contacting the Webmaster
The Atlas webmaster welcomes comments and questions about this policy and about the web site. Due to the rapidly evolving nature of technologies the Atlas sponsors employ to maximize the efficiency of the web site, the webmaster will periodically update this policy. Notice of any revisions will be posted to this page. If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this web site, you can contact Farrell Jones, webmaster, at gis@lsu.edu