Privacy Policy

CRDF Global, which hosts this Website, is committed to protecting the privacy and security of the information that our Users and Members provide to us in the course of using our Web Site. Please review this Privacy Policy so that you understand our practices regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of information relating to your use of the Web Site. CRDF Global provides this Privacy Policy to help you make an informed decision about whether to use or continue using the Web Site. If you do not agree to abide by the terms and conditions in this Privacy Policy or any future modifications thereto, do not use or access the Web Site. By using our Web Site, you agree to comply with and be bound by this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use. This Privacy Policy is part of and subject to the Terms of Use. All words and expressions defined in the Terms of Use shall, unless the context requires otherwise, have the same respective meanings in this Privacy Policy.


Your privacy is a serious matter to us. In order to make your visits to our Web Site and use of the services available through our Web Site as worthwhile as possible, we may ask you for Personal Information and we may collect certain information from your computer each time you visit us.

"Personal Information" includes, for example, your name; home and/or business address; e-mail address; telephone, wireless and/or fax number; demographic information and/or other information that may identify you as an individual or allow online or offline contact with you as an individual. This privacy statement explains, in general, what Personal Information and other information is collected on our Web site, how the information is used, and with whom we may share such information. Please take a few minutes to read our Privacy Policy so that you understand how we treat your information.


We collect two kinds of information: (i) user provided information, and (ii) Web Site usage information. This information will only be used as described in this Privacy Policy.

Collection of User Provided Information

We collect Personal Information from users of our Web site, for example, through such users' activities, transactions and completion of online forms on our Web site. Such information is collected, for example, when users register as a network member or subscribe to features on our Web site, complete surveys, submit a comment or question to us using a "contact us" or similar feature on our Web site, send us an e-mail, send a user an email through our system, or in any other way submit Personal information to us via our Web site.

If you join GIST Network community, subscribe to an e-newsletter or other e-mail service provided by the Web Site, request additional information about GIST or CRDF Global or participate in any of the other services and activities on or through the Web Site, you may need to create a User account and password as a network member and we may request your Personal Information such as name, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, birth year or other personal information in order to give you access to our services and use the Web Site. Please note that if you complete a personal, organizational or project profile on this Web Site, some Personal Information, including contact details (but not your email) will be visible to other registered users of this Site. In addition, from time to time, we may request information from you through online surveys or other promotions.

Please keep in mind that, whenever you decide to comment or post information, User Content, or files on the Web Site, you may be voluntarily disclosing any personal information contained in your comment or posting. Any such information can be collected and used by other Users and you may receive unsolicited communications as a result. We cannot control which Users will access such information or what they may do with such information. Any content that is posted on the Web Site at your direction (or the direction of anyone using your account) becomes published content and is not considered Personal Information that is subject to the terms of this Privacy Policy.

You may be able to contact other users of the Web site by clicking on an "Contact this User" or similar button on our Web site, and under certain circumstances you may also be able to send a user's profile to a third party. In some of these cases, you may provide Personal Information to us such as the name and e-mail address of a third party. Such information will be treated in accordance with this Privacy Policy and applicable law. Note that we may contact senders and recipients of such communications for information concerning their experience using such features either available now or planned in the future.

Collection of Non-Personally-Identifiable Information

When you use the Web Site, our servers or servers operated for us by a third party may automatically record certain information that your web browser sends whenever you visit any Web Site. We also may collect information through IP addresses (a number used by computers on the network to identify your computer and transmit data to you) or environmental variables such as the domain from which you access the Internet, the time you accessed our Web Site, type of web browser and operating system or platform used, activity conducted on our Web site, communications with other users made through our web site such as an envelope information (e.g. sender, recipient, date, time and subject), and the names of the pages you visit while at our Web Site.

We may also use cookies and web beacons to collect information about you. Cookies are pieces of data that a Web Site transfers to a User's hard drive for record-keeping purposes. Web beacons are transparent pixel images that are used to track the online usage patterns of our Users anonymously (i.e., in a non-personally-identifiable manner). We use cookies and web beacons to provide enhanced functionality on the Web Site and to aggregate and analyze traffic data such as total number of visitors, pages viewed, etc. You have many choices with regards to the management of cookies on your computer. All major browsers allow you to block or delete cookies from your system. To learn more about your ability to manage cookies and web beacons, please consult the privacy features in your browser.


You are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of your account information and keeping it updated. It is important to us that we have your correct contact information so that you do not miss out on further communications or have problems receiving publications or other communications, products or services. You may change or update your information by clicking on Manage My Profile link on the Web Site or by e-mailing us at


We use the information that is collected through the Web Site for the following purposes:

To provide information about GIST, CRDF Global, and their respective activities, products and services;

To provide information to other Users of the Web Site consistent with the GIST initiative;

To fulfill and process your requests for information, publications, and services;

To personalize content to meet your needs and interest;

For our site development and promotional purposes;

To improve the quality and value of our services; and

To make your experience with the Web Site as pleasant and useful as possible.

CRDF Global may also share or disclose non-personally identifying profile information or aggregate information to third parties. We may disclose your Personal Information if compelled to do so by Court order or other requirement of law, or if we, in good faith, believe such release is advisable or necessary. We may also disclose Personal Information and/or other User information that CRDF Global believes, in good faith, is appropriate or necessary to enforce the Terms of Use or this Privacy Policy, take precautions against liability, to investigate and defend itself against any third party claims or allegations, to protect the security or integrity of the Web Site, and to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of CRDF Global, its Users, or others.

CRDF Global reserves the right to transfer or assign information about its Users to a successor-in-interest in connection with the sale of CRDF Global or substantially all of CRDF Global’s assets, a merger with another entity or as a result of any transfer or re-organization of all or part of CRDF Global’s business.

Except as stated in this Privacy Policy, we shall not share your Personal Information with third parties without first contacting you and getting your consent to such further uses.


You have certain control regarding the use of your information:

As discussed above, you may set your browser to inform you when cookies are being set before a cookie is stored; not accept cookies at all or erase all cookies from your hard drive. However, if you choose to reject or erase cookies, your ability to navigate our Web Site may be limited.

You also may choose not to provide us with any personally-identifiable information. However, if you do so, we will be unable to provide you with information or e-mail services. Additionally, your ability to navigate and use our Web Site may be limited. And finally, you may opt-out of receiving further communications from us through the opt-out links at the bottom of e-mails that we send to you and on certain other communication methods that we use with you. You may also:


CALL US: +1 703 526 9720

FAX US: +1 703 526 9721


GISTnet Webmaster

CRDF Global

1530 Wilson Blvd, 3d FL

Arlington, VA 22209


We shall do our best to honor all opt-out requests, but there may be a delay between the time you submit a request and the time of the actual removal of your name and contact information from our mailing and other communications lists as these are sometimes generated in advance of our actual mailings and communications.


Access to all User accounts, including all GISTnet members is password-protected. Access to CRDF Global-controlled passwords is limited to only those of CRDF Global employees, contractors, authorized persons who need it in order to perform their job functions, and as otherwise required of us by law. To protect the security of your information, you should keep your password information secret. Although we will take reasonable measures to protect your information and content, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. Hardware or software failures, unauthorized use, hacking, unlawful conduct, actions of third parties, and other factors may lead to a security breach. We cannot control the actions of other Users or third parties. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that the content you Post on the Web Site or information that you provide to CRDF Global will not be viewed by unauthorized persons. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Web Site.


Users across the world access our Web Site. CRDF Global makes no representation or warranties to you that this Privacy Policy is in compliance with the privacy or data protection laws or regulations of any country from which you access or use the Web Site. By your use of the Web Site, you consent to our collection, use, and disclosure of your Personal Information consistent with the terms of this Privacy Policy, including transfer of your Personal Information to servers and facilities in the United States of America or other locations (including a country other than the country from which you access or use the Web Site) at which CRDF Global’s servers and/or databases may be re-located from time to time.


We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. Our Web Site is not directed at children, and we do not knowingly collect any information from children. Persons under the age of 18 are not permitted to register as users or network members of GISTnet.


Our Web Site may contain links to third party Web Sites operated by individuals or companies unrelated to CRDF Global.   We are not responsible for the privacy practices of such third party Web Sites. We recommend that you review the privacy policies posted on such third party Web Sites prior to utilizing them.


This Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time in accordance with the provisions of the Terms of Use.


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