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Biometrics 2004 Privacy Policy
This website (“”) is owned and operated by Elsevier Limited, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1GB, UK, reg. no. 1982084, VAT no. 494 6272 12.

We are committed to maintaining your confidence and trust with respect to the information we collect from you. This privacy policy sets forth what information we collect about you, how we use your information, and the choices you have about how we use your information.

Collection of Information Provided By Your Browser And Through Use Of Cookies
This Site automatically collects information on our server logs from your web browser regarding your use of the Site. Examples of information we collect automatically from all users include the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet; computer and connection information such as browser type and version, operating system, and platform; and full Uniform Resource Locator (“URL”) click stream data, including date and time, and content you viewed or searched for on the Site.

This Site also collects information through the use of “cookies.” Cookies are anonymous, unique alphanumeric identifiers sent to your browser from a web site’s computers and stored on your computer’s hard drive. The type of information we collect as a result of a cookie being stored on your computer is specific to your computer. We use “session” cookies to collect information about your use of the Site (e.g., whether you are logged in) and so that you may view articles, abstracts or other records and browse from page to page. These cookies are temporary and are deleted when you close your browser. We use “persistent” cookies to give you a more personalized browsing experience and help you navigate the Site more efficiently.

We collect and use, and may from time to time supply third parties with, this information only as anonymous, aggregated user data for the purposes of usage analysis, quality control and administering and improving the Site.

We all have stories about the misuse of cookies. A while ago a friend of mine, complained to me about the ads that keep popping up on her computer screen. She recently received quite a bit of press about her fabulous gardens near Galston, Australia which are open to the public during the annual garden tour sponsored by the Galston District Garden Club, as well as press about her generous humanitarian donations to several local causes. Anyway, apparently she had been doing google searches for worthy causes to donate money to, as well as searching for exotic plants for her gardens. Several days later, ads for all sorts of plants and tropical flowers started appearing on her computer screen seemingly targeting her because of her previous searches. Likewise, there were ads requesting donations for several of the charities she had researched. She felt that her privacy had been invaded and didn’t understand what was happening. I explained to her about the use of “cookies’ on websites and how the info is used. What I told her ultimately became the seed for much of the info on the Privacy policy page.

You can prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or disable cookies altogether by accessing your browser’s preferences menu. If you choose to disable cookies altogether, you can use the Site but will not be able to register, login to the Site with a personal User Name and Password, or make use of the advanced personalization features of the Site, although the basic features and functionality offered to unregistered users of the Site will be possible to use.

Collection of Personal Information

We sometimes request users of the Site to provide personal information. The information collected from a user is strictly voluntary and may include contact information such as the user’s name, e-mail address, and postal address.
How Personal Information Is Used
We use the personal information that you provide for such purposes as:
•    completion and support of the activity for which the information was provided, such as allowing access to or delivery of our products or services, processing or fulfilling an order, or responding to your requests or enquiries.
•    website and system administration, such as for the technical support of the Site and its computer system, including processing computer account information, information used in the course of securing and maintaining the Site, and verification of Site activity by the Site or its agents
•    research and development to enhance, evaluate and improve the Site and our services
•    pseudonymous analysis to create a profile used to determine the habits, interests or other characteristics of users for purposes of research, analysis and anonymous reporting
•    communicating with you about changes or updates to the Site and our services and, with your consent, special offers, promotions or market research surveys

Access to your personal information is restricted to our employees, agents, representatives and service providers for the purposes set forth above. Your personal information may be used by all of our trading names and transferred to countries outside of the European Economic Area (“EEA”), including to the United States, for processing. These countries may not have similar data protection laws to the EEA. If we transfer your information outside of the EEA in this way, we will take steps to ensure that your privacy rights continue to be protected. In addition, if you access the Site while you are outside of the EEA, your information may be transferred outside of the EEA in order to provide you with such access.
With your consent, we also may share your personal information with affiliated group companies located both inside and outside of the EEA in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United States and/or with non-affiliated third parties located inside and outside of the EEA who wish to send you information about their products and services that may be of interest to you, and users who have consented to receive such information may receive communications from these third parties. If you wish us to pass your personal information to third parties, please tick the appropriate check box when you register for personalized services or access.

We will not otherwise disclose any personal information without your consent except: in response to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, or to establish or exercise our rights to defend against legal claims; if we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, safety of person or property, violation of our policies, or as otherwise required by law; and if we are acquired by or merged with another company.

Privacy as a relevant and meaningful business policy

Certain businesses and their customers are especially sensitive to privacy concerns. Take for example the wigs industry, where law suits are less influential than customer preference. Although there are human hair wigs available where privacy is respected from such manufacturers as Raquel Welch, Estetica, Envy Wigs, among others, the alternative hair industry has often not fully embraced complete confidentiality, even though customers request plain packaging and no revealing lables. And products like std tests, condoms, and erectile dysfunction products only thrive when their customers can feel their privacy is protected.

Access and Changes to Your Information

Users may access their identified contact information and correct any discrepancies or update information by contacting our customer service center by e-mail at [email protected] -and/or – telephone at +44 1865 843687 -and/or – post at Elsevier Advanced Technology, Elsevier, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1GB, UK. The accuracy of such information is solely the responsibility of the user. No access is given to other data that may have been collected about users.
If you wish to receive e-alerts, e-newsletters, special offers or promotions, please tick the appropriate check box when you register for personalized services or access. If you wish to cease receiving any of this information, amend your preferences either by contacting our customer service center by e-mail at [email protected] -and/or- telephone at +44 1865 843687 -and/or- post at Elsevier Advanced Technology, Elsevier, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1GB, UK or by using the “opt-out” or unsubscribe option or other means provided within the communications you receive. We reserve the right to notify you of changes or updates to the Site whenever necessary.

Third-Party Advertisers

We contract with third-party advertisers that post on the Site banner ads, which may link to other websites not under our control. These third-party advertisers may use cookie technology to measure the effectiveness of their ads or may otherwise collect personally identifiable information from you when you leave this site. We are not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products or other materials offered from such advertisers. Transactions that occur between you and the third party are strictly between you and the third party and are not our responsibility. You should review the privacy policy of any third-party advertiser, as their policies may differ from ours.

Retention of Personal Information

We retain the personal information we collect from you for as long as the information is relevant to our business purposes or until you request that we remove the data by contacting our customer service center by e-mail at [email protected] -and/or- telephone at +44 1865 843687 -and/or- post at Elsevier Advanced Technology, Elsevier, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1GB, UK.

Our Commitment to Data Security

We recognize that your privacy is important to you, and therefore we endeavor to keep your personal information confidential. The personal and demographic information about each user is stored on our servers that are behind a firewall and physically housed within a secured data center. Furthermore, our internal practices help protect your privacy by limiting employee access to and use of such information. However, we do not represent, warrant, or guarantee that your personal information will be protected against unauthorized access, loss, misuse, or alterations, and do not accept any liability for the security of such information submitted to us nor for your or third parties’ use or misuse of such information.

About This Privacy Policy

The foregoing is the current privacy policy of the Site. We reserve the right to change this policy at any time without notice. Any changes to this policy will be posted on this webpage. Our policy does not create a contract or any legal rights.

This privacy policy applies solely to the information you provide while visiting this Site. The terms of this privacy policy do not govern personal information furnished through any means other than this Site (such as via telephone or postal mail).
This Site may contain links to other websites that are beyond our control. Other websites to which you link may contain privacy policies that are different from this privacy policy. We encourage you to check the privacy policy of each website you visit before submitting any information to them.

Questions, Complaints and Dispute Resolution

If you have any questions or comments regarding this privacy policy, please contact our customer service center at:

Online Privacy Policy Query
Elsevier Advanced Technology
The Boulevard
Langford Lane
[email protected]
+44 1865 843687
+44 1865 843971

If at any time you believe that we have not adhered to this privacy policy or you have a complaint regarding the way your personal information is being handled, please contact our customer service center. Disputes under this privacy policy will be resolved by our Customer Service Center, which will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly investigate, and if necessary, to correct any problem.
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Last revised: 12th January 2004

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