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Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the website of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University. Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy, we provide this notice explaining our online information practices.

The Roper Center is working to assure that the private nature of individually identifiable information provided to or collected by the Center is appropriately maintained. We collect no information about you, other than information automatically collected and stored (see below) when you visit our website unless you choose to provide that information to us.  By providing such information to us, you agree that you consent to the terms of this Privacy Policy as it relates to such information.  You have a right to withdraw your consent as it may relate to our collection or processing of your information, unsubscribe from our communications, or to otherwise request access to or erasure of individually identifiable information at any time, and you may notify us of such withdrawal or request by contacting us at the address below.  If you believe that we are in violation of our legal obligations with respect to your information, you also have a right to lodge a complaint with a relevant supervisory authority.

This is a website of Cornell University. It is the policy of Cornell University to respect and protect the privacy of its website users consistent with the applicable laws of the United States. We do not collect, use, or disclose any information about our users without their knowledge.

Visitors should be aware that the Roper Center at Cornell University could be required to disclose personal information in response to valid legal processes such as a search warrant, subpoena, or court order, pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Act. All record keepers face the possibility that disclosure of their records may be compelled in some civil, criminal, or administrative matter.

Information Automatically Collected

In the course of visiting our website, we may automatically collect, store and use the following information about your visit:

  1. Routing information such as the Internet domain and Internet Protocol (IP) address from which you accessed the site. Routing information is used to route the requested webpage to your computer for viewing.
  2. Essential technical information such as pages accessed; time and date accessed; the operating system used; type of browser used; information about the website from which you accessed this website and connection statistics (e.g. ports, number bytes, number packets, time of the first and last packet, etc.). Essential technical information is used for such purposes as helping to respond to your request in an appropriate format and helping to plan website improvements.

This information is not reported or used in any manner that would reveal personally identifying information and will not be released to any outside (third) parties unless legally required.

Personal Information You Provide to Us

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University does not retain personally identifiable information about you when you visit our website unless you choose to provide such information to us (e.g. sending an email message, filling in an online form, etc.).  We use such information for the following purposes: to allow you to access specific services to which you may be entitled (e.g. access to our database, or distribution of our newsletter), and to comply with legal requirements.

We consider any information that could reasonably be used to identify you as “personally identifying information”. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your email address
  • Your Social Security number
  • Your password
  • Credit card information
  • Any combination of data that could be used to identify you such as your birthdate, your zip code, and your gender.

If you believe that any of your information in our systems is incorrect, please contact us at the address below to let us know, and we will immediately correct it.

Children’s Privacy

The Roper Center’s services are not designed for and are not marketed to children below the age where parental consent is required. We do not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from children below the age where parental consent is required, and we do not knowingly allow such persons to use our services. If you are child below the age where parental consent is required, please do not attempt to use the services or send any information about yourself to us. In the event we learn we have collected personal information from a child without parental consent where required, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child below the age where parental consent is required please contact us using the contact information below.


Your personally identifiable information is retained by us for the time during which we need it to provide you with specific services.  At the time we no longer require such information in order to provide you with such services or as provided by law, we will promptly erase it in accordance with our existing document destruction policy and applicable law.


Except as provided to our agents, affiliates, and employees for the specific purposes of providing you with our services, in the course of corporate divestitures, mergers or dissolution, or as you may otherwise explicitly consent, the Roper Center does not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personal information about our visitors, unless required for law enforcement or by statute.

Security and Intrusion Detection

We employ appropriate technical and organizational measures to safeguard all of your personally identifying information from accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorized disclosure, or access. For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, we employ software programs to monitor traffic and to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or to otherwise cause damage. In the event of authorized law enforcement investigations, and pursuant to any required legal process, information from these sources may be used to help identify an individual.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may make changes to this policy from time-to-time in our sole discretion by posting such updates to this website.

Links to Other Websites

This site may contain links to other websites. These may include links to websites operated by other government agencies, other Roper Center/Cornell University entities, nonprofit organizations and private businesses. Providing such links does not imply endorsement of the information or services offered by these linked sites, nor do the Center’s privacy policies apply to these other sites. When you navigate to another website, you are subject to the privacy policy of that website.

If you have any questions regarding information collected by the Center and your privacy please contact:

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
Cornell University
136 Hoy Road
Rhodes Hall, Room 651
Ithaca, NY 14853-3801

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