Last updated: May 10, 2012
2. Identification of Readers and Authors
If you are simply reading the information that is accessible at this Site, and you are not logged-in (see Log-in below) no information is being collected about you other than what is collected by the server log of a web site in general—typically your IP address, the name of your operating system (such as Macintosh® or Windows®) and the name and version of your browser (such as Internet Explorer® or Firefox®). The information 3M receives depends on the settings on your web browser. Please check your browser if you want to learn what information your browser sends or how to change your settings. The Site will also set a temporary session cookie. Please review the provision concerning “cookies” below.
B. Log-in, Passwords
3M may obtain information about you by installing a cookie on your computer’s hard drive. A session cookie is used to tag your computer with a computer-generated, unique identifier when you access this Site. A session cookie does not identify you personally and expires after you close your browser. 3M uses additional cookies to collect statistical information about the ways visitors use this Site – which pages they visit, which links they use, and how long they stay on each page. 3M analyzes this information in statistical form to better understand visitors’ interests and needs to improve the content and functionality of our sites.
More cookies may be set when you log in to avoid typing in your user name (or optionally password) on your next visit. You may clear these cookies after use if you are using a public machine and do not wish to expose your username to future users of the machine. (if so, clear the browser cache as well.)
If you do not wish to receive cookies, you may set your browser to reject cookies or to alert you when a cookie is placed on your computer. Although you are not required to accept cookies when you visit this Site, you cannot log in without accepting the session cookie.
3. Personally-Identifiable Information
Any personal information that you provide to 3M will generally be stored in 3M databases or databases maintained by our service providers located in the United States. 3M maintains reasonable safeguards to protect the confidentiality, security and integrity of your personal information. Although 3M uses security measures to help protect your personal information against unauthorized disclosure, misuse or alteration, as is the case with all computer networks linked to the Internet, 3M cannot guarantee the security of information provided over the Internet and will not be responsible for breaches of security beyond its reasonable control.
B. Disclosure to Third Parties
4. E-mail and Mailing Lists
A. Mailing Lists
You may subscribe to the Site’s announcement mailing list to receive outgoing emails from the Site regarding updates. The announcement mailing list does not receive incoming emails. The email addresses in this announcement mailing list are not public.
B. Information email addresses
When you contact us through the “Contact Us” link on the Site, an e-mail is generated. A team of subject matter experts (SMEs) from 3M may view and answer the e-mail. E-mail sent to the 3M system is not publicly visible but is visible to this group of SMEs. The SME team may discuss the contents of your e-mail with other contributors in order to best answer your query.
5. Deletion of Text
Removing text from this Site does not permanently delete it. On normal pages, anyone can look at a previous version and see what was there. If a page is "deleted," any user with "administrator" access on the wiki can see what was deleted. Information can be permanently deleted by individuals having access to the servers; however, there is no guarantee this will happen except when necessitated by legal action.