eXtension Privacy Policy

October 02, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF


Your privacy is important to eXtension Foundation. This privacy statement provides you with information regarding the personal information collected during your visits to the eXtension web site, how it is used, with whom it may be shared and what choices you have regarding collection and distribution of your personal information.


What personal information may be collected?

When you register with eXtension, we collect personally identifiable information, including your name and address. We may also ask for information about your areas of interest to provide relevant resources to better serve your needs. You may choose not to share your geographical information or areas of interest, but we encourage you to do so to receive a more personalized experience with eXtension.

Unregistered users of eXtension must provide their e-mail address and name when providing a comment or asking a question. “Ask the Expert” questions will also require a zip code in order to provide appropriate answers.

How will my information be used?

Information provided by unregistered users will be used only to follow-up on the particular question or comment from the user. Users have the option to register or opt-in to receive additional information or communications from eXtension.

For registered users, information collected during registration may be used to provide tailored information and resources for each user based on areas of interest and geographical location. Geographical information may be used to provide a customized home page featuring relevant local information and news. Information collected on your areas of interest may be used to provide you with publications and news related to your interests on your personalized home page. Registered users have the option to allow eXtension to share your personally identifiable information with local Cooperative Extension offices to better serve your needs. You may also choose to receive local Extension newsletters and other communications. To ensure your privacy, you will be provided with a way to unsubscribe from any newsletters you may receive.

Information sharing and disclosure

We do not share or sell your personally identifiable information to third parties. Registered users will have the choice to opt-out of any sharing of personal information with our partner universities or local Extension offices. We use cookies at extension.org to collect anonymous traffic data via Google Analytics.

While browsing the eXtension site, you may sometimes encounter links to other companies or agencies that are not controlled by eXtension or its partners. Please be aware that eXtension is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to be cautious when leaving the eXtension web site and carefully read the privacy statements of other web sites.

If you make a comment, use a bulletin board or chat room on this site, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you submit there can be read, collected or used by other users of these forums, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums.

Access to personally identifiable information

If your personally identifiable information changes, or if you no longer want to be a part of the eXtension web site, you may correct, update, or deactivate it by making the change on your account information page or by emailing eXtension at privacy@extension.org.


You may use the eXtension web site without registering. Some features require you to input your name and e-mail address in order to receive follow-up from eXtension. When you register to use the eXtension web site, you will be asked to share personally identifiable information that will allow you to receive a personalized experience on the web site. You may choose not to share information other than your name and e-mail address. We provide you the opportunity to "opt-out" of having your personally identifiable information used for certain purposes, including sharing your information with local Extension offices, when we ask for this information.

If you choose to receive local newsletters or other communications and later decide you no longer wish to subscribe, you may opt out of receiving them by following the unsubscribe instructions included in each newsletter.


We are committed to protecting the personal information you submit to us, and we follow generally accepted industry standards, including physical, managerial, and electronic procedures, to secure your information, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. If you have questions about security on our Web site, please contact eXtension at privacy@extension.org.

Children’s Privacy

eXtension Foundation is committed to protecting the privacy of children. eXtension will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without prior verifiable parental consent as described in the Terms of Use.

Contact information

If you have any questions regarding eXtension's privacy policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, please contact eXtension at privacy@extension.org.

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