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The Journal of Pattern Recognition Research provides an Open Access publishing option for authors in all fields of pattern recognition and artificial intelligence. All articles are free to download and author's retain the right to use their article for non-commercial purposes.

This Privacy Policy describes how your personal information is handled for the services on the Journal of Pattern Recognition Research (JPRR) websites. It applies generally to the website and content and other related websites where this policy appears in the footer of the page. The policy that appears in the footer of the page is always the policy that applies. Subject to the requirements of applicable law, JPRR strives to provide a consistent set of privacy practices. By accepting the Privacy Policy and the User Agreement in registration, you expressly consent to JPRR’s collection, storage, use and disclosure of your personal information as described in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy is effective upon acceptance for new users and is otherwise effective on September 13, 2008.

You can browse JPRR’s sites without revealing any personal information about yourself. Once you provide JPRR with your personal information, for example, once you register as a new user, you are not anonymous to JPRR. If you choose to give JPRR your personal information, you consent to the transfer and storage of that information on JPRR’s servers located in the United States.

JPRR may collect and store the following personal information: name, email address, physical contact information, professional information, such as research or review interests or biographical information, and (depending on the service used) sometimes financial information, such as credit card or bank account numbers; transactional information based on your activities on the sites (such as submitting, reviewing, discussing, commenting); shipping, billing and other information you provide to purchase a paper or a subscription; community discussions, chats, dispute resolution, correspondence through our sites, and correspondence sent to us; other information from your interaction with JPRR’s sites, services, content and advertising, including computer and connection information, statistics on page views, traffic to and from the sites, ad data, IP address and standard web log information; additional information JPRR may ask you to submit to authenticate yourself; information from other companies, such as demographic and navigation data; and other supplemental information from third parties.

JPRR does not sell or rent your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes without your explicit consent. JPRR may combine your information with information collected from other companies and use it to improve and personalize the services, content and advertising. If you do not wish to receive marketing communications from JPRR or participate in JPRR’s ad-customization programs, simply indicate your preference in JPRR or by following the directions provided with the communication or advertisement.

JPRR’s primary purpose in collecting personal information is to provide you with a safe, efficient, and customized experience. You agree that JPRR may use your personal information to: provide the services and customer support you request; resolve disputes, collect fees, and troubleshoot problems; prevent potentially prohibited or illegal activities, and enforce our User Agreement; customize, measure and improve the services, content and advertising; tell you about the services, targeted marketing, service updates; and compare information for accuracy, and verify it with third parties.

JPRR may disclose personal information to respond to legal requirements, enforce JPRR’s policies, respond to claims that a submission or other content violates the rights of others, or protect anyone's rights, property, or safety. Such information will be disclosed in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. JPRR may also share your personal information with: members of the JPRR.ORG corporate family to provide joint content and services (like registration, transactions and customer support), to help detect and prevent potentially illegal acts and violations of JPRR’s policies, and to guide decisions about their products, services and communications; service providers under contract who help with JPRR’s business operations (such as fraud investigations and bill collection); other third parties to whom you explicitly ask us to send your information (or about whom you are otherwise explicitly notified and consent to when using a specific service); law enforcement or other governmental officials, in response to a verified request relating to a criminal investigation or alleged illegal activity, JPRR in its sole discretion believes necessary or appropriate in connection with an investigation of fraud, intellectual property infringement, piracy, or other unlawful activity; and other business entities, should JPRR plan to merge with or be acquired by that business entity. Without limiting the above, in an effort to respect your privacy and JPRR’s ability to keep the community free from bad actors, JPRR will not otherwise disclose your personal information to law enforcement, other government officials, or other third parties without a subpoena, court order or substantially similar legal procedure, except when JPRR believes in good faith that the disclosure of information is necessary to prevent imminent physical harm or financial loss or to report suspected illegal activity.

Your User ID is displayed throughout JPRR (and hence available to the public), and is connected to all of your JPRR activity. Other people can see your submissions, reviews, discussions, feedback, ratings and associated comments. Notices sent to other community members about suspicious activity and policy violations on JPRR’s sites refer to User IDs and specific items. If you associate your name with your User ID, the people to whom you have revealed your name will be able to personally identify your JPRR.ORG activities. If you access JPRR’s sites from a shared computer or a computer in an internet café, certain information about you, such as your User ID, activity or reminders from JPRR, may also be visible to other individuals who use the computer after you.

JPRR enables you to share personal information to publish a contribution. JPRR encourages you to disclose your privacy practices and respect the privacy of other users. JPRR cannot guarantee the privacy or security of your information. To help protect your privacy, JPRR allows only limited access to other users' contact information. When users are involved in a review/evaluation of a contribution, they may have access to each other's name, User ID, email address and other contact information. In all cases, you must give other users a chance to remove themselves from your database and a chance to review what information you have collected about them.

You agree to use user information only for: JPRR transaction-related purposes that are not unsolicited commercial messages; using services offered through JPRR, or other purposes that a user expressly chooses.

JPRR uses small files placed on your hard drive called “cookies” on certain of JPRR’s pages to help analyze JPRR’s web page flow; customize JPRR’s services, content and advertising; and promote trust and safety. JPRR offers certain features that are available only through the use of cookies. JPRR uses cookies to help identify you and maintain your signed-in status. Most cookies are “session cookies,” that are automatically deleted from your hard drive at the end of a session. You are always free to decline JPRR’s cookies if your browser permits, although doing so may interfere with your use of some of JPRR’s sites or services. You may encounter cookies from third parties on certain pages of the sites that JPRR does not control.

JPRR does not tolerate spam. Make sure to set your JPRR notification preferences so JPRR communicates to you as you prefer. You are not licensed to add other JPRR users, even a user who has reviewed an article submitted by you, to your mailing list (email or physical mail) without their express consent. To report JPRR-related spam or spoof emails to JPRR, please forward the email to   or  .

You may not use JPRR’s communication tools to send spam or otherwise send content that would violate our User Agreement. JPRR automatically scans and may manually filter messages to check for spam, viruses, phishing attacks and other malicious activity or illegal or prohibited content, but JPRR does not permanently store messages sent through these tools. If you send an email to an email address that is not registered in JPRR’s community (via Suggest-a-Reviewer or other tools), JPRR does not permanently store that email or use that email address for any marketing purpose. JPRR does not rent or sell these email addresses.

Your password is the key to your account. Do not disclose your JPRR password to anyone. If you do share your password or your personal information with others, remember that you are responsible for all actions taken in the name of your account. If you lose control of your password, you may lose substantial control over your personal information and may be subject to legally binding actions taken on your behalf. Therefore, if your password has been compromised for any reason, you should immediately notify JPRR and change your password.

You can see, review and change most of your personal information by signing on to JPRR. Generally, JPRR will not manually modify your personal information because it is very difficult to verify your identity remotely. You must promptly update your personal information if it changes or is inaccurate. Once you make a public posting like a biographical description, you may not be able to change or remove it. Upon your request, JPRR will close your account and remove your personal information from view as soon as reasonably possible, based on your account activity and in accordance with applicable law. JPRR does retain personal information from closed accounts to comply with law, prevent fraud, collect any fees owed, resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, assist with any investigations, enforce our JPRR User Agreement, and take other actions otherwise permitted by law.

Your information is stored on JPRR’s servers located in the United States. JPRR treats data as an asset that must be protected and use lots of tools (encryption, passwords, physical security, etc.) to protect your personal information against unauthorized access and disclosure. However, third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications, and other users may abuse or misuse your personal information that they collect from the site. Therefore, although JPRR works very hard to protect your privacy, JPRR does not promise, and you should not expect, that your personal information or private communications will always remain private.

Except as otherwise expressly included in this Privacy Policy, this document addresses only the use and disclosure of information JPRR collects from you. If you disclose your information to others, whether they are authors, reviewers or editors on JPRR sites or other sites throughout the internet, different rules may apply to their use or disclosure of the information you disclose to them. JPRR does not control the privacy policies of third parties, and you are subject to the privacy policies of those third parties where applicable.

JPRR may amend this Privacy Policy at any time by posting the amended terms on this site. All amended terms automatically take effect 30 days after they are initially posted on the site. In addition, JPRR will notify you through the JPRR Announcements. You may write to us at: JPRR. Attn: Legal - Global Privacy Practices, P.O. Box 927015 San Diego, California 92192-7015, or e-mail to  .