Privacy Policy

Collected Information

You do not have to provide any personal information to read the content of our Websites. However, there are many instances where an individual may provide the Society with personal information. These include but are not limited to: students applying to participate in an education program (e.g. Intel Science Talent Search), an individual subscribing to one of our publications (e.g. Science News) or other communications (e.g. enewsletter or eblast), an individual who is a member/volunteer or who is interested in volunteering/becoming a member, an individual who claims and maintains a profile and/or claims a digital achievement badge in the Student Alumni Network or an individual who makes a donation or purchases a gift membership. Information that may be collected includes name, address, city, state, zip code, email address, date or year of birth, school, grade level, awards, username and/or password. For entrants in the Intel ISEF, the Regeneron STS and Broadcom MASTERS, the Society also requests social security number and ethnicity, but providing this information is optional. If an entrant wins a monetary prize for participating in the Society competitions, the entrant will be required to provide their tax identification number to process payment in accordance with IRS rules.

Users may use the Websites without registering, but registration must occur in order to use any of the personalized web services. The Websites’ registration form requires specific contact information, including, but not limited to, name, address and e-mail address.  Users’ contact information is used to learn more about our Users and to contact Users when necessary. Unique identifiers are collected to verify a User’s identity and for use as account numbers in our record system.

When you make a donation or gift membership, become a member or renew a membership, we also ask for your credit card information (i.e., card type, number, security code and expiration date). Credit card payment processing is handled by a third party and we do not receive or store any credit card information.

To post comments on our Websites, you must register with and provide personal information to a third-party provider. The personal information provided to the third-party provider is governed by its privacy policy.

The following guidelines set forth our practices for handling your personal information.

Cookies or Other Tracking Technology

Cookies are files that contain information created by a web server that can be stored on a User’s hard disk for use either during a particular session (“per-session” cookie) or for future use (“persistent” cookie). The Society may use cookies to facilitate automated activity, store and track the Society ID numbers, session status and navigation patterns. Cookies are not used to disseminate significant information about Users over the Internet or to analyze any information that Users have knowingly or unknowingly provided. When a User registers, the system will ask whether the User approves of the attachment of a cookie.

Users may instruct their Internet browsers to opt out of accepting a “persistent” cookie and rather accept only a “per-session” cookie, but will need to login each time they visit the Websites to enjoy the full benefits. If the User declines the attachment of any cookie, the User may not have access to the full benefits of the website. Registration enables the Websites to better determine a User’s interest areas and provide the most relevant information.

We may also use web beacons, clear gif technology, action tags or other technologies to collect aggregate website visitation data by tracking how users navigate to and through the Websites. We may also use this technology to track the delivery of HTML email messages. Web beacons cannot be declined when delivered using a regular web page, but they can be refused when delivered by email. If you do not wish to receive web beacons by email, you will need to disable HTML images or select text only for emails received with your email software.

Some web browsers may transmit “do not track” signals to the websites with which the browser communicates. There is no standard that governs what, if anything, websites should do when they receive these signals. We do not currently take action in response to these signals. We may revise this policy if and when a standard for responding to these signals is established.

We may use a web analytics service, such as Google Analytics, to record and analyze your activity on our Website.  The Websites or any such service may track your browsing across web sites that use the same service, may collect statistical data and/or your IP address or track advertising effectiveness.

Our Websites interface with social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter and may include social media features such as the Facebook “like” button, widgets or interactive mini-programs that run on our Websites. These features may collect your IP address, screen resolution, the type of browser you use, browsing information and may set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. If you are a member of a social media site, the features may allow the social media site to connect your visit to our Websites to your personal information. Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy policy of the party providing it.