Privacy Policy

The USC Center on Public Diplomacy has created this privacy policy F.A.Q. in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. This policy applies to the entire USC Center on Public Diplomacy Web site.

What are e-mail addresses and names used for?
Name and e-mail addresses are requested when you attempt to contact the Center via our ‘Contact Us’ form, when you submit a comment in response to a column or blog, and/or when you enter them into the subscription form in order to subscribe to one of our newsletters.

Why do you want to know my name and e-mail address?
Names are requested in order to ensure a modicum of reliability that the person on the other end is a real person. We believe that people who give their names and email when posting comments in our forums are more likely to post honestly. In reality, there is no way that we can verify whether the name you have entered is your own.

What other information do you track about me?
We collect data on any error messages you might receive, such as 404s or “file not found.” We use this information to help diagnose problems with our server, and to administer our website. Your IP address is used to gather broad demographic information, such as the country of origin of our visitors. While the pages you choose to browse are linked in our log files to your computer’s IP, this information is not connected to your email address.

We maintain and periodically review log files that automatically record the following information: the IP adddress (not the e-mail address) from which you are connecting to the USC CPD server; the time at which you requested a file; the name of the file or files you requested; the Internet address of the website from which you were “referred” (for example, the page you were looking at when you clicked on a link that brought you to the uscpublicdiplomacy.org website); any search terms or keywords that you may have used in the search engine which directed you to this site; and your. None of the automatically collected data identifies you as a person.

Do you share my information with other parts of your company?
No.

Do you share my information with other companies?
No.

Do you sell my information to anyone?
No.

Can I start or stop receiving e-mail from you?
Yes. As a user you have complete control over the email lists you are subscribed to. Simply visit our email updates page to update your status.

Whom can I talk to if I have a question about my privacy?
If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this website, please send an e-mail to: cpd@usc.edu.