Privacy Policy

1.             Statement of ECHOspace privacy policy

Unless we have your express permission, ECHOspace does not share your contact information with anyone, other than reputable contractors doing work for ECHO (such as the contractor that conducts our program evaluations). Such contractors are never allowed to retain or use your contact information except for the purpose of the work we've assigned them.

2.             Types of personal information we keep in our databases

We keep in our databases the information you entered in our Sign Up fields such as your name, contact information, and your cultural and institutional or community affiliations. We also keep a record of any pseudonyms or screen names we're aware of. We offer a number of services that do not require you to register for an account or provide any personal information to us. In order to provide our full range of services, we may collect the following types of information:

  • Information you provide - When you sign up for an ECHOspace account we ask you for personal information (such as your name, email address, cultural affiliation, institutional affiliation and role and an account password).
  • Cookies - When you visit, we send one or more cookies - a small file containing a string of characters - to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser. We use cookies to improve the quality of our service by storing user preferences and tracking user trends, such as how people search.
  • Log information - When you access ECHOspace services, our servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website. These server logs may include information such as your web request, Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser.
  • User communications - When you send email or other communications to ECHOspace, or comment on the resources and Learning Centers on the site we may retain those communications in order to process your inquiries, respond to your requests and improve our services.
  • Other sites - This Privacy Policy applies to ECHOspace services only. We do not exercise control over the sites displayed as search results or links from within our site. These other sites may place their own cookies or other files on your computer, collect data or solicit personal information from you.

3.             How we use your information

We use your personal information:

  • for identification and authentication of registered visitors (for uploading content and commenting on the site), and
  • for purposes of auditing, research and analysis in order to maintain, protect and improve our services;
  • to contact registered visitors if required for site administration or internal research.
  • Ensuring the technical functioning of our network; and
  • Developing new services.

4.             We don't share your information with third parties without permission

When you sign up for a particular service that requires registration, we ask you to provide personal information. If we use this information for purposes other than those described in this Privacy Policy, then we will ask for your consent prior to such use. We will not collect or use personal information unless we have obtained your prior consent.

ECHOspace only shares personal information with other companies or individuals outside of ECHOspace in the following limited circumstances:

  • We have your consent. We require opt-in consent for the sharing of any sensitive personal information.
  • We provide such information to our subsidiaries, affiliated companies or other trusted businesses or persons for the purpose of processing personal information on our behalf. We require that these parties agree to process such information based on our instructions and in compliance with this Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures.
  • We have a good faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary to (a) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request, (b) enforce applicable Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations thereof, (c) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues, or (d) protect against imminent harm to the rights, property or safety of ECHOspace, its users or the public as required or permitted by law.

We may share with third parties certain pieces of aggregated, non-personal information, such as the number of users who searched for a particular term, for example, or how many users clicked on a particular resource or Learning Center. Such information does not identify you individually.

Please contact us at the address below for any additional questions about the management or use of personal data.

5.             Changes

ECHOspace may periodically update this policy, but we have no plans to do so. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat your information by sending a notice to the primary e-mail address specified in your membership record or by placing a prominent notice on our site.

6.             ECHO defined

ECHOspace is a Web project of the collaborating institutions of ECHO (Education through Cultural & Historical Organizations), a program of the United States Department of Education. The institutions are equal owners of the Web site. The US government retains a license to all materials posted on the site. The collaborating institutions of ECHO are (as of 12/31/08) the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Iñupiaq Heritage Center of Alaska, the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum of Hawai'I, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the New Bedford Oceanarium and the Peabody Essex Museum of Massachusetts and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians of Mississippi.

7.             Questions

Any questions about this Privacy Policy should be addressed to Contact Us or:

c/o ECHO Project Director
Peabody Essex Museum
East India Square
Salem, MA 01773.