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Brown University E-Commerce Privacy Statement

Brown University has developed this e-commerce privacy statement in order to demonstrate our commitment to safeguarding the privacy of those who utilize our e-commerce websites. Brown University e-commerce websites are developed in accordance with this privacy statement and adhere to the following sets of privacy principles. This statement applies to all Brown University departments and groups authorized to sell goods and services, and to collect payments over the campus network and the Internet.

Treatment of Your Information

Brown University websites covered by this policy may request personal information from you in order to complete an e-commerce transaction, for example, your name, phone number(s), physical address, shipping address (if different), email address, credit card number and expiration date. Other information may be collected at individual points of sale. Your information will be used only to execute the immediate transaction and for other business needs of Brown related to the transaction, and will be provided to other parties only as necessary to complete your transaction and provide services to you. Otherwise, Brown will not provide any of your personal information to third parties without your permission, and we will not sell any personal information to third parties for purposes of marketing, advertising or promotion. Brown may release account and other personal information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with law or to protect the rights, property, or safety of Brown, our users, or others.

Network Security

The information you provide to the website covered by this policy is protected in transit by using a network protocol called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). Through the use of SSL, information being transmitted is encrypted or scrambled to make it extremely difficult for anyone who intercepts the information to read it. To further protect your personal and financial information, Brown has contracted with a certified Internet commerce transaction service provider responsible for managing the interactions between the University and its credit card processors.

Use of Cookies

Some Brown websites may be designed to follow the progress of your transaction by passing pieces of information to your web browser for storage and subsequent retrieval (“cookies”). A cookie is a file written to your computer's hard drive that is often used to remember information about preferences and pages you have visited. Also, if you submit personal information to our website (such as your name, interests, or preferences), we may use cookies to keep track of such information so that you will not need to reenter this information during subsequent visits. You may set your Internet browser preferences to notify you when you receive a cookie or you may decline acceptance of cookies. If you decline acceptance of cookies, however, you may experience less than optimal performance from our website.

Caution on Links to Other Websites

Our website may contain links to other websites. Please be aware that Brown University is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. The user is encouraged to be aware when they leave our website and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects information about you. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this website.


By conducting electronic commerce transactions on our website, you consent to Brown University's use and collection of the information you provide for the purposes of the transaction and other uses as specified in this statement.

If Brown’s privacy guidelines change, such changes will be reflected on this page. By continuing to use our websites after a change is posted, you agree to the applicable version of these guidelines. Please refer to this policy before making a transaction or sharing personal information.