Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Worldwidenews!/AAAS is firmly committed to protecting the privacy of its users.

Information Gathered by Worldwidenews!/AAAS

Worldwidenews! is divided into two areas:

  1. A public area accessible to anyone with world wide web resources, and
  2. A restricted area open to registered journalists and public information officers (PIOs).

Worldwidenews!/AAAS gathers two types of information:

  1. Individual data that journalists and PIOs provide when they register, and
  2. Aggregated data on overall patterns of activity within the site. Such information enables us to accomodate our content to users’ needs and to help those organizations that post information to the site to better understand the demographics of those seeing their materials.

In general, however, Worldwidenews!/AAAS gathers information such as the date and time of your visit; the URL of the last Web page you visited; the type of browser and operating system you’re using and your computer’s IP address.

Worldwidenews!/AAAS does not sell, rent, trade or give away our list of users.

Worldwidenews!/AAAS will not share information about your individual movement within the site or any other personal information about you with any third party. However, as mentioned, we may look at general usage patterns by user type (public, journalists and PIOs) to help us improve the site.

Two exceptions:

  1. Information provided on the registration form is shared with the administrators of journals to which the user has requested access via Worldwidenews!. No other information is shared. Individual access to journals is contingent upon the journal administrators of which you have requested and not by the status of your registration with Worldwidenews!.
  2. The second exception would be in the case of violating Worldwidenews!/AAAS’s embargo policy involving material allegedly obtained via someone’s password-approved access — and only then in response to a specific request by the journal or research institution that submitted the embargoed document, or by the journalist or PIO in question. However, Worldwidenews!/AAAS reserves the right to decline any of these requests if there is not sufficient evidence to support the charge. If we do agree to provide information related to an alleged embargo break, only three factors may potentially be revealed and only to the relevant journal, institution and/or registered user: whether or not the person viewed the document for which the embargo was broken; if so, what time of day he or she viewed it; and whether his or her request for the file, if made, was successfully fulfilled. If we do decide to fulfill such a request by a journal or an institution, the user in question will be notified.
    1. Update, Opt-Out and Deactivation PoliciesYou may update the information in your contact information and other personal information at any time by going to the site and clicking on the My Settings button. However, only a Worldwidenews!/AAAS staff member may approve your changed status (i.e., reporter, freelancer or PIO). Requests for change of status should be made to We may also modify the way your information appears in your profile to conform to our standards of style.You may also remove yourself from Worldwidenews!/AAAS’s database at any time by contacting us via e-mail (; telephone (1-202-326-6716); fax (1-202-898-0391) or mail:Worldwidenews!
      The American Association for the Advancement of Science
      1200 New York Ave., NW
      Washington, DC 20005

Please note that this policy applies only to the Worldwidenews! site, and not to other Web sites to which Worldwidenews! may link. Also, given that Internet technologies are rapidly evolving, we reserve the right to modify portions of this policy at any time. You will be alerted to changes in the privacy policy by a notice on Worldwidenews!’s home page. Continual use of Worldwidenews! following the posting of changes to these terms will affirm acceptance of any changes that were made.

Inquiries about policies governing Worldwidenews! should be forwarded to

Worldwidenews! is a public service project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C., and is administered within the Office of Public Programs.

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