Privacy Policy

Discover Nikkei and the Japanese American National Museum (collectively, the “National Museum” or “we”) provides this Privacy Policy to inform you of our policies and procedures regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal information we receive from users of www.discovernikkei.org (the “Site”). This Privacy Policy applies only to information that you provide to us through this Site and may be updated from time to time. We will notify you of any material changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on the Site. You are advised to consult this policy regularly for any changes. Unless otherwise defined in this Privacy Policy, terms used in this Privacy Policy have the same meanings as in our Terms of Use.

As used in this policy, the terms “using” and “processing” information include using cookies on a computer, subjecting the information to statistical or other analysis and using or handling information in any way, including, but not limited to, collecting, storing, evaluating, modifying, deleting, using, combining, disclosing and transferring information within our organization or among our affiliates within the United States or internationally.

Information Collection and Use

Our primary goals in collecting information are to provide and improve our Site, services, features and content, to administer your membership as a Nima or Participating Organization (together, the “Service”) and to enable users to enjoy and easily navigate the Site.

Personally Identifiable Information

  • We will ask you for personally identifiable information when you either register with us through the Site as a Nima and create your profile page, or you enter a written agreement with the National Museum to participate in the Service (“Participating Organization”). This refers to information about you that can be used to contact or identify you (“Personal Information”). Personal Information may include, but is not limited to, your name, telephone number, email address, home and/or business postal addresses, profile image, gender, year of birth and other information about yourself. We use your Personal Information mainly to provide the Service and to administer your inquiries.
  • We also collect the other information that you provide as part of registration and the administration and personalization of your Nima or Participating Organization profile page (e.g., without limitation, zip code, city, state and country of residence (each on its own) and individual language and other preferences) (“Non-Identifying Information”).
  • We use your Personal Information (in some cases, in conjunction with your Non-Identifying Information) mainly to provide the Service, complete your transactions and administer your inquiries.
  • Certain Non-Identifying Information would be considered a part of your Personal Information if it were combined with other identifiers (for example, combining your zip code with your street address) in a way that enables you to be identified. But the same pieces of information are considered Non-Identifying Information when taken alone or combined only with other Non-Identifying Information (for example, your language preferences). We may combine your Personal Information with Non-Identifying Information and aggregate it with information collected from other Discover Nikkei Users (defined below) to attempt to provide you with a better experience, to improve the quality and value of the Service and to analyze and understand how our Site and Service are used. We may also use the combined information without aggregating it to serve you specifically, for instance to deliver a product to you according to your preferences or restrictions.
  • We also use your Personal Information to contact you with Discover Nikkei newsletters, updates to Site features, opportunities for participation in the Nima-kai, requests for participation in Discover Nikkei questionnaires or surveys and other information related to Discover Nikkei that may be of interest to you. If you decide at any time that you no longer wish to receive such communications from us, please follow the unsubscribe instructions provided in any of the communications or update your “user preferences” information. (See “Changing or Deleting Information,” below.)

Log Data. When you visit the Site, whether as a Nima, Participating Organization or a non-registered user just browsing (any of these, a “Discover Nikkei User”), our servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website (“Log Data”). This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type or the webpage you were visiting before you came to our Site, pages of our Site that you visit, the time spent on those pages, information you search for on our Site, access times and dates and other statistics. We use this information to monitor and analyze use of the Site and the Service and for the Site’s technical administration, to increase our Site’s functionality and user-friendliness and to better tailor it to our visitors’ needs. For example, some of this information is collected so that when you visit the Site again, it will recognize you and serve information appropriate to your interests. We also use this information to verify that visitors to the Site meet the criteria required to process their requests. We do not treat Log Data as Personal Information or use it in association with other Personal Information, though we may aggregate, analyze and evaluate such information for the same purposes as stated above regarding other Non-Identifying Information.

Cookies

Like many websites, we use “cookies” to collect information. A cookie is a small data file that we transfer to your computer’s hard disk for record-keeping purposes. We use cookies for two purposes. First, we utilize “persistent cookies” to save your registration ID and login password for future logins to the Site. Second, we utilize “session ID cookies” to enable certain features of the Site, to better understand how you interact with the Site and to monitor aggregate usage by Discover Nikkei Users and web traffic routing on the Site. Unlike persistent cookies, session cookies are deleted from your computer when you log off from the Site and Service and then close your browser. We may also use third party services to obtain statistics about the visitors to our Site, and such third parties may also place or read cookies on your browser to perform such services. You can instruct your browser, by changing its options, to stop accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit. If you do not accept cookies, however, you may not be able to use all portions of the Site or all functionality of the Service.

Phishing

Identity theft and the practice currently known as “phishing” are of great concern to the National Museum. Safeguarding information to help protect you from identity theft is a top priority. We do not and will not, at any time, request your username, password, national identification numbers or credit card information in an unsolicited email or telephone communication. For more information about phishing, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

Nimas and Participating Organizations. When you register through the Site and submit your Personal Information to create a Nima profile webpage, Discover Nikkei Users will see your username, city, state and country of residence, the year in which you became a Nima and your language preferences. When you enter a written agreement with the National Museum and submit your Personal Information to create a Participating Organization profile webpage, we will display your name, contact information, mission statement, brief description about your Participating Organization and the year in which you became a Participating Organization. You can choose what other Personal Information you provide as part of your profile (“Other Subscriber Information”) and in some cases you can choose whether to share that information publicly on the Site by making selections on the Site. Providing Other Subscriber Information is voluntary and should correlate with the degree of interaction you want to have with Discover Nikkei Users. We recommend that you guard your anonymity and sensitive information and we encourage Nimas and Participating Organizations to think carefully about what information they disclose about themselves in their profile pages. For example, you may not want to use your real name as your username because that would allow others to identify you.

Aggregate Information and Non-Identifying Information. We may share aggregated information that does not include Personal Information, and we may otherwise disclose Non-Identifying Information and/or Log Data with third parties for industry analysis, demographic profiling and other purposes. Any aggregated information shared in these contexts will not contain your Personal Information.

Service Providers, Business Partners and Others. We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our service, to provide the service on our behalf, to perform Site-related services (including, but not limited to, maintenance services, database management, web analytics and improvement of the Site’s features) or to assist us in analyzing how our Site and Service are used. These third parties have access to your Personal Information only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose. We may also provide aggregated information that does not include Personal Information to our affiliates, who may use such aggregated information solely for the purposes set forth in this Privacy Policy.

Compliance with Laws and Law Enforcement. The National Museum cooperates with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law. We will disclose any information about you to government or law enforcement officials or private parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate to respond to claims and legal process (including, but not limited to, subpoenas), to protect the property and rights of the National Museum or a third party, to protect the safety of the public or any person, or to prevent or stop any activity we may consider to be, or to pose a risk of being, illegal, unethical, inappropriate or legally actionable.

Business Transfers. The National Museum may sell, transfer or otherwise share some or all of its assets, including your Personal Information, in connection with a merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of assets. The National Museum will notify you before transferring your information to a new entity as part of a merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of some or all of its assets if the new entity’s processing of your information will materially differ from that set forth in this Privacy Policy.

Changing or Deleting Your Information

You may review, update and correct the Personal Information provided in your Nima or Participating Organization profile through your Account. If you completely delete all such information, then your Account may become deactivated. If you would like us to delete your record in our system, you may contact us at Editor@DiscoverNikkei.org with a request that we delete your Personal Information from our database. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to accommodate your request. We may retain an archived copy of your records as required by law or for legitimate business purposes.

Security

The National Museum is very concerned with safeguarding your information. We employ reasonable measures designed to protect your information from unauthorized access. We will make any legally required disclosures of any breach of the security, confidentiality or integrity of your unencrypted electronically stored “personal data” (as defined in applicable state statutes on security breach notification) to you via email or conspicuous posting on this Site in the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay, insofar as consistent with (i) the legitimate needs of law enforcement or (ii) any measures necessary to determine the scope of the breach and restore the reasonable integrity of the data system.

International Transfer

Your information may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the privacy laws may not be as protective as those in your jurisdiction. If you are located outside the United States and choose to provide information to us, the National Museum transfers Personal Information to the United States and processes it there. Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer.

Links to Other Websites

Our Site contains links to other websites. If you choose to click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party’s website. The fact that we link to a website is not an endorsement, authorization or representation of our affiliation with that third party, nor is it an endorsement of their privacy or information security policies or practices. We do not exercise control over third party websites. These other websites may place their own cookies or other files on your computer, collect data or solicit personal information from you. Other sites follow different rules regarding the use or disclosure of the personal information you submit to them. We encourage you to read the privacies or statements of the other websites you visit.

Our Policy Toward Children

This Site is not directed to children under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided us with Personal Information without their consent, he or she should contact us at Editor@DiscoverNikkei.org. If we become aware that a child under the age of 13 has provided us with Personal Information, we will delete such information from our files.

Contacting Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at Editor@DiscoverNikkei.org or 213.625.0414 or the Japanese American National Museum, 100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90012.

Last Updated: March 12, 2013

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