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This Blog (the “Blog”) is operated by Oxford University Press USA, with offices located at 198 Madison Ave., New York, NY, 10010 (“OUP”). OUP is part of the Oxford University Press, Inc. corporate family. OUP, together with OUP’s other subsidiaries and affiliates, are collectively referred to in this Privacy Policy as “we,” “us,” “our,” or other similar pronouns, or “The OUP Family.” The OUP Family is collectively the publisher of this Blog and the “speaker” in this Privacy Policy.

This Privacy Policy governs your use of the OUP Blog located at http://blog.oup.com. By visiting this Blog, and/or using any other services that may be offered on or through this Blog, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy as they may be amended from time to time. As we may update and expand our services, this Privacy Policy may change, so check back to this page periodically. This Privacy Policy is incorporated into, and part of, [the Oxford University Press Blog Terms and Conditions of Use], which also governs your use of this Blog in general. This Privacy Policy explains, in general, what Personal Information and other information may be collected on our Blog, how the information may be used, and with whom we may share such information. Please take a few minutes to read our Privacy Policy so that you understand how OUP treats your information.

This Privacy Policy does not apply to information that you may provide to us, or that we may obtain, other than through our Blog, such as by phone, through postal mail and through other live and print mediums.


Your privacy is a serious matter to us. In general, you may use the Blog without giving us your Personal Information. “Personal Information” includes, for example, your name; home and/or business address; e-mail address; telephone, wireless and/or fax number; text message address or other wireless device address; instant messaging address; credit card and other payment information; demographic information and/or other information that may identify you as an individual or allow online or offline contact with you as an individual.

What Information is Collected on this Blog?

User-Provided Information

Personal Information may be collected from users of our Blog, for example, through such users’ activities, transactions and completion of online forms on our Blog, if any. Such information may be collected, for example, if and when users subscribe to features that may be available on our Blog (if any), submit comments to our Blog posts, submit a comment or question to us using a “contact us” or similar feature on our Blog, send us an e-mail, or in any other way submit Personal Information to us via our Blog.

Web site Usage Information


We may use “cookies” to keep, and sometimes track, information about you. Cookies are small data files that may be stored on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies may track where you travel on our Blog and on which posts you comment. A cookie may also enable us to relate your use of our Blog to other information about you, including your Personal Information, if applicable. Most Web browsers can be set to inform you when a cookie has been sent to you and provide you with the opportunity to refuse that cookie. However, refusing a cookie, may, in come cases, preclude you from using, or negatively impact the display or function of, the Blog or certain areas or features of the Blog.

IP Address and Clickstream Data

Our server may automatically collect data about your server’s Internet address when you visit us. This information, known as an Internet Protocol address, or IP Address, is a number that’s automatically assigned to your computer by your Internet service provider whenever you’re on the Internet. Our server may also record the referring page that linked you to us (e.g., another Web site, blog or search engine); the pages, posts and links you may visit on this Blog; the Web site you may visit after this Blog; other information about the type of Web browser, computer, platform, related software and settings you are using; and other Web usage activity and data that may be logged by our Web servers. We may use this information for internal purposes, such as to administer our Blog. Such information may also be used to gather broad demographic information, such as country of origin and Internet service provider. We may also link this information with your Personal Information, if applicable.

Any or all of these activities with regard to Web Site Usage Information may be performed on our behalf by our services providers.

How is the Personal Information used?

We may use the Personal Information you may provide to or through our Blog, for example, to respond to your requests and to provide you with certain information. We may also use your Personal Information to maintain our internal record keeping. We may also match information collected from you through different means or at different times, including both Personal Information (if any) and Web Site Usage Information (as described above), and use such information along with information obtained from other sources, including third parties.

We may analyze user behavior as a measure of interest in and use of our Blog, both on an individual basis and in the aggregate.

Do we share Personal Information and Web site Usage information with others?

Public Forums

When you contribute to our Blog, the information that you submit is not confidential, and can be viewed by the general public, including persons in countries which may not have data protection laws as comprehensive as those that exist in your country. For this reason, we recommend that you do not submit any sensitive information, including your full name, home address, phone number, other information that would enable other users to locate you, or financial information, on these areas of our Blog.

Service Providers

We may use third party partners and service providers to help operate our Blog and deliver our information and services, and we may share your information with such third parties so that they may provide information or services for or through this Blog, or for our business.

Legally Compelled Disclosures

Business TransferIn the event that OUP, any entity of The OUP Family, or substantially all of its assets, are acquired by one or more third parties as a result of an acquisition, merger, sale, reorganization, consolidation or liquidation, Personal Information may be one of the transferred assets.


OUP will take reasonable steps to protect the security and integrity of sensitive Personal Information provided on this Blog, to the extent that OUP has solicited such information. That said, in general, OUP requests that you not provide any sensitive information to the Blog, and we may not become aware of any sensitive information contained in your comments to Blog postings. Because the Internet is an open global communications vehicle, we cannot guarantee that information, during transmission through the Internet or while stored on our system or otherwise in our care, will be safe from intrusion by others, such as hackers. For example, if you contact us by e-mail or a “contact us” or similar feature on our Blog, you should be aware that your transmission might not be secure. A third party could view information you send by these methods in transit. We are not responsible for disclosure of your information due to errors or unauthorized acts of third parties during or after transmission.

In the unlikely event that we believe that the security of your Personal Information in our possession or control may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you of that development. If a notification is appropriate, we would try to do so as promptly as possible under the circumstances, and, if we have your e-mail address, we may notify you by e-mail. You consent to our use of e-mail as a means of such notification. If you prefer for us to use another method to notify you in this situation, please e-mail us at blog.us@oup.com with the alternative contact information you wish to be used.

Consent to Processing

By providing Personal Information to this Blog, you understand and consent to the collection, maintenance, processing and transfer of such information in and to the United States and other countries and territories.

Third Party “Linked-To” Web Sites

When you are on our Blog you may have be able to visit or link to other sites not operated by OUP, including other Web sites operated by other members of The OUP Family or by unaffiliated third parties (including, for example, without limitation, any sites that may facilitate any RSS feeds that may be available on or through our Web Site). These other sites may collect Personal Information about you. OUP does not control such sites and is not responsible for the information practices of such sites. This Privacy Policy does not address the information practices of those other Web sites, and the Privacy Policies of such Web sites should be located on those sites.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

Any changes or updates will be effective immediately upon posting to this Blog. Under certain circumstances, we may also elect to notify you of changes or updates to our Privacy Policy by additional means, such as posting a notice on the front page of our Blog or sending you an e-mail.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments regarding our privacy practices, you may contact us at blog(dot)us(at)oup(dot)com.

Effective Date: [3-30-07]