Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium (henceforth referred to as OCAq) is committed to protecting your privacy. That is why we have adopted this Privacy Policy. It is intended to describe how we use and process your personal information. Please note that by visiting and using OCAq, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

What information is OCAq gathering about its visitors and how is it being used?

Every computer connected to the Internet is provided with a domain name (e.g. aquarium.org) and an IP address (e.g. 192.168.1.100). When a visitor requests a page from within the OCAq website, our web servers automatically identify and log the HTTP request that is made to them, as follows:

  • The IP address of the site that may have referred you.
  • Your IP address.
  • The web page from which you linked to us.
  • The product identifier for version and make of browser (e.g. Internet Explorer 8.0).
  • The operating system that you are running (e.g. Mac OS, Windows, Linux).
  • Search words or terms that are passed from a search engine (e.g. Google, Yahoo, or Lycos).

There is nothing unusual, in our view, about the information just described, and the practice of collecting this data has been generally standardized by many web servers today.

The purpose of this information is actually two-fold. One, OCAq has found it advantageous to examine visitor traffic in its aggregate so that we can ensure maximum compatibility for the various browsers and operating systems that visit our site. By analyzing these and other visitation patterns, referring URLs and search engine terms, we can strategically enhance our exposure on the Internet.

What about cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are transferred to your computer's hard drive through your web browser from our web server. OCAq uses cookies in some situations as a means of providing personalization features to our visitors. For example, we use cookies to remember personal settings (such as a login or password) that you may have chosen at our website.

You can choose whether or not to accept cookies by changing the settings of your browser. Typically, by accessing the browsers help feature you can obtain information on how to prevent your browser from accepting all cookies or to notify you when a cookie is being set. If you choose not to accept these cookies, your experience at our website and other websites may be diminished and some features may not work as intended.

What other information does OCAq request?

We may also request your email address or mailing address for the purposes of conducting a survey, adding you to our mailing list, or by your request to have someone contact you for additional information. Whenever we request the identity of a visitor, we will clearly indicate the purpose of the inquiry before the information is requested. We will not sell, rent, or otherwise give your email address to a third party without your consent.

Will OCAq disclose the information collected to third parties?

OCAq will disclose your personal information or any of its log file information when required by law or in the good-faith belief that such actions are necessary to:

  • Confirm the edicts of the law or comply with a legal process served on OCAq.
  • Protect and defend the rights or property of OCAq, or visitors of OCAq.
  • Identify persons who may be violating the law, the legal notice, or the rights of third parties. Cooperate with the investigations of purported unlawful activities.

OCAq uses reasonable precautions to keep the information disclosed to us secure. OCAq reserves the right to transfer information in connection with the sale of all or part of OCAq capital stock or assets to any third party. Furthermore, we are not responsible for any breach of security or for any actions of any third parties that receive the information.

OCAq also provides "links" to a wide variety of other websites on the Internet. We are not responsible for their privacy policies or how those websites manage information about their users. We strongly urge you to check with them to determine their privacy policy.

Any changes to this Privacy Policy will be posted on this page.