Privacy Statement

About Our Web Site

The National Academies Press respects the privacy concerns of site visitors and customers. This privacy statement relates to that National Academies Press, and the Joseph Henry Press,

Providing Visitors with Anonymous Access

You can browse our Web sites without disclosing personal data subject to the specific policies and provisions set forth below.

Transaction Information

If you purchase items online from the National Academies Press, we ask for information required to complete the transaction such as name, address, e-mail address, and credit card numbers. This data is stored and shared with the necessary third parties to complete the transaction. We will use your credit card only to process the payment and we will not use it for any other purpose. Additional security provisions are described in the National Academies Press security statement.

Visitor Profile Information

If you sign up for e-mail, provide email during purchase check out, or sign in for special access to free content, we will ask for your name, e-mail address, and other information. We will store this information and may use it to contact you. We may also share this information with carefully screened third parties. You may choose not to allow us to share your information.

Sharing Data with Third Parties

The National Academies Press may provide personal data to third parties. Anonymous data in aggregate form may be supplied to third parties. You may opt out.

Choice/Opt Out

You always have the option of removing your name from any e-mail list to not receive future communications. To do so, reply to the “unsubscribe” option included in each e-mail or send a request to


Our Web pages may contain links to other Web sites. The National Academies are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other Web sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our Web sites and to read the privacy statements of each Web site they visit. Web sites maintained by third parties may also refer to products, processes or services of the National Academies; unless we have provided explicit authority, such references in no way indicate our endorsement, recommendation or preference.

Web Beacons and Cookies

A web beacon is an often-transparent graphic image that is placed on a site and can enable analytic tracking of a user visiting the site. The type of information we collect includes the Internet Protocol address of the computer that retrieved the web beacon, the time the web beacon was viewed and for how long, the type of browser that retrieved the web beacon, and the referring page. We use our own and some third-party web beacons to gather anonymous user activity for statistical and analytical purposes.

A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's hard drive containing information useful for the user's Web interactions with a specific Web server. We do not use cookies to store personal data. Our bookstore and special access features of our site require that the user's browser accept a cookie that contains a unique, random number used to maintain a logon session or provide a personalized experience.

Technical Feedback

We may request technical information regarding the operation and functioning of our Web sites from users through comment opportunities or surveys. Participation is completely voluntary and the user has a choice whether or not to disclose any information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and e-mail address) and demographic information (such as zip code and age). Technical feedback received is used to respond to the user's question or comment and to improve our Web sites. Personally identifiable data submitted by the user for this purpose is not used for other purposes.

Changes to This Statement

The National Academies Press reserve the right to change this privacy statement at any time. We will use data in accordance with the privacy statement under which any data has been collected. Questions should be submitted to or via our “contact us” link the bottom of most pages on our site.

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