Privacy Policy

Information collection and its use
Global uses Google Analytics to capture anonymous web traffic data and navigation patterns on the website. Collecting this anonymous website usage data helps GIS provide a more meaningful and targeted experience for those who use the website. Analytics does not use, and GIS does not send to Google Analytics, personally identifiable information (e.g. name, email address). Google Analytics does collect IP Address and device (e.g., mobile, desktop, web browser) information from visitors to the website. GIS uses Google Analytics to track resources that are being downloaded from the website (e.g., template forms, conference presentation slide-sets) so that the relative usefulness of tools and resources can be assessed.

For more information about Google Analytics' data collection practices, please visit

cookie is a piece of text data a website sends and stores on a visitor’s computer. Global uses cookies for two purposes: 1) measuring traffic patterns/collecting information about visitor navigation, and 2) providing a continuous website experience for GIS members

Here is a table that describes the cookies used on the GIS website:

Cookie Provider Purpose
ASP.NET_SessionId GIS To provide a continuous website experience for logged-in users
_gat Google Analytics To collect anonymous website traffic and usage data
_ga Google Analytics To collect anonymous website traffic and usage data
_gid Google Analytics To collect anonymous website traffic and usage data

For details on how Google Analytics uses cookies, please visit: Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Websites.

To learn how to disable cookies in your web browser, please visit: How to Disable Third-Party Cookies (

This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that the GIS web site is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites. We encourage users to be aware when they leave the GIS web site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that may collect personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by the GIS web site.

Survey / Feedback
From time to time the GIS web site may be used to request information from users via surveys. Participation in these surveys is completely voluntary and a user therefore has a choice whether or not to participate in a survey and disclose any information that is requested. The requested information may concern site usefulness and content satisfaction. Users might be asked to submit personal information (email address) when they contact GIS for communication purposes. Survey information will be used for monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site. Users' personally identifiable information is not shared with third parties.

Notification of Changes
In the wake of a change of the privacy policy, the changes will be posted in the policy statement only and no other place. However users may be notified of any such change through the home page. Users are requested to read the policy statement regularly to keep note of such changes and the policy statement of the website.

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*This is the first draft of the policy statement. dlf edits