- Security Statement
- Our Commitment to Children's Privacy
- How You Can Review or Correct Your Personal Information
- Opt-Out Procedure
- Information Collected from Employment Applications and Resumes
Westat is committed to the protection of the privacy and confidentiality of data obtained through its business and research activities. Westat's internal and study-specific procedures routinely review the use of data to ensure that it is consistent with this policy, the Westat Assurance of Confidentiality of Survey Data, any individual authorization, and all applicable laws and international standards regarding privacy protection.
Westat complies with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from European Union member countries. Westat has certified that it adheres to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement. To learn more about the Safe Harbor program, and to view Westat's certification, please visit http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/ (external site) [*].
When you give us your personal information (such as your name, address, telephone number, or email address), we will not sell, trade, or give this information to any third party. The information about you will only be used to improve our relationship and service to you.
If you have provided us with your email address but do not want to receive email, we will respect your wishes. Just follow the "opt-out" procedure described in Section 7 below.
From time to time this Site may contain links to other sites. Westat is NOT responsible for the privacy practices or the content on other web sites. Westat does not disclose unique identifiers to those responsible for any linked sites. The linked sites, however, may collect personal information from you when you enter their site. This collecting of information is not subject to Westat's control. To ensure protection of your privacy, always review the privacy policies of the sites you visit when linking from this Site.
Although the use of "cookies" (i.e., small data files sent to your browser and stored on your computer's hard drive in order to track usage behavior) is common on the Internet, Westat does not use "cookie" technology to obtain information from online visitors to the Site or store any personal information in cookies. Some information may be stored in temporary session-only cookies solely to help manage sessions in interactive portions of the Site.
In an effort to safeguard your personal information, Westat uses a variety of procedures to insure the security of the information you provide to us through this Site. Your personal information is protected by Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). We use SSL encryption to protect online forms and other confidential information from interception and hacking. We use SSL because we believe that it provides reliable and secure operations infrastructure and comprehensive security, trust, and authentication practices.
The encryption technology used does not apply to email transmissions. Therefore, if your communication includes sensitive information and you prefer not to use our secure online forms, please contact us by postal mail, courier, telephone, or fax rather than by email.
The content of this Site and any data provided through this Site, including information such as your contact information that you may send via the email information request form or the email message form, are housed on secure servers.
Our Commitment to Children's Privacy
Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. We do not collect or maintain information at the Site from persons we know to be under age 13, and no part of our Site is designed to attract anyone under age 13. Please do not communicate with or contact us if you are under age 13.
How You Can Review or Correct Your Personal Information
You can contact Westat (email link) to ask if we are keeping personal information about you which was gathered through this Site. If we do have personal information about you gathered through this Site, we will provide you with a readable copy of such personal information at no charge. Factual errors in your personal information, including out-of-date information, can be corrected by sending us a request that credibly shows our error.
You may always opt-out of receiving communications from us and/or from receiving or maintaining your personal information (such as your name, address and/or other contact information that you provide when you communicate with us). To remove any personal information from our database or to not receive future communications from Westat, contact us (email link) with the word "remove" in the subject line.
Information Collected from Employment Applications and Resumes
Last Updated: December 16, 2011