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Privacy Policy

This is a U.S. Government Website owned by the United States Marine Corps Recruiting Command.

Privacy Policy:
At LifeAsAMarine.com (the "Website" or the "Site") we, the United States Marine Corps Recruiting Command ("we," "us," "our" or "MCRC"), take your privacy very seriously. This privacy policy ("Privacy Policy") explains how we intend to use any information you provide to us through the Website. By using and/or accessing the Website, you acknowledge your consent to our Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to the collection, use and sharing of your information as set forth in this Privacy Policy you are not authorized to access and/or use this site.

We reserve the right, at our discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions from this Privacy Policy at any time. However, if at any time in the future we plan to use personally identifiable information in a way that materially differs from this Privacy Policy, including sharing such information with more third parties, we will post such changes here and provide you the opportunity to opt-out of such differing uses. Your continued use of the Website following the posting of any changes to this Privacy Policy means you accept such changes.


Non-Personally Identifiable Information Collected and Stored Automatically:
For management of the Website, certain non-personally identifiable information ("Non-Personally Identifiable Data") is collected by us, through the standard operation of our web servers and through use of "cookies" (described more fully below), for statistical purposes, including, without limitation, for market research activities. This Website uses software programs to create aggregated, anonymous statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest to the Website visitors, determining optimal technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas so that we can work on improving such areas of the Website. We also use Non-Personally Identifiable Data collected by us to improve and enhance our users' experience on the Website. For example, we may share Non-Personally Identifiable Data with unaffiliated third parties, such as business partners, manufacturers, distributors and retailers, in an aggregate, anonymous form, which means that the shared information will not contain nor be linked to any user's personally identifiable information.

For Website security purposes and to ensure that this Website remains available to all users, this Website employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change user information, or otherwise cause damage.

When you visit a page on the Website, the internet browser on your computer may download and save a small file from the Website (commonly called a "cookie"). We employ what are known as "single-session cookies," for the purpose of generating aggregated statistics about how the Website is used, and how to improve the Website in the future. Users can choose not to accept the use of these cookies by changing the settings on their local computer's web browser. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. If you prefer, you can set your browser to refuse cookies.

The USA.gov website, http://www.usa.gov/optout_instructions.shtml, provides general instructions on how to opt out of cookies and other commonly used web measurement and customization technologies. Opting out of cookies still permits users to access comparable information and services; however, you may not be able to take full advantage of the Website if you do so. Additionally, it may take longer to navigate or interact with the website if a user is required to fill out certain information repeatedly.

Personally Identifiable Information:
Participation in the Website is totally voluntary. You are under no obligation to provide any information and/or personal data to the Website. However, in order to utilize some of the services or features, such as registering for an account, participating in the Connect and Share Program, or being contacted by a recruiter, you may be asked to provide certain personally identifiable information ("PII") about yourself. PII can include, without limitation, your first and last name, photograph, mailing address, e-mail address, rank, unit, and service information. By providing any PII, you hereby acknowledge and grant us the right to verify any PII that you provide, including but not limited to any information you provide about your current or past service with the Marine Corps. You may also be asked to submit PII about other users so that you can share content from the Website via email. You are not authorized to submit any PII of another user unless you have consent from such user to submit such PII to us. You hereby represent and warrant that you have the necessary authorization to submit any such PII about any such other user.

Except with respect to your profile information, which is publicly viewable by default, we do not share any PII you submit through the Website with any third party other than our agents, contractors, recruiters and affiliated websites in connection with our recruitment purposes or the operation of the Website, unless it is necessary to respond to your inquiry, or to comply with applicable law. Agents and contractors who have access to PII are required to protect this information in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Policy by not using the information for any purpose other than to carry out the services they are performing for the United States Marine Corps. We will never sell or otherwise transfer your PII to any third party not affiliated with us without your prior written consent.

Information Usage:
We will only use your PII as described below, unless you have specifically consented to another type of use, either at the time the PII is collected from you or through some other form of consent from, or notification to, you. We may use your PII in the following ways: (i) to respond to your inquiries or requests; (ii) to send you emails from time to time about our services; (iii) to share your PII with our vendors and subcontractors, but only in connection with performing services for us and never for their own benefit; (iv) as required by law or legal process; (v) to investigate suspected fraud, harassment or other violations of any law, rule or regulation, of the Terms of Use for this Site; (vi) to enable the functionality of the Program and to enhance the user experience of the Program; and (vii) in connection with the recruitment activities of the MCRC.

Security:
The security of your PII is very important to us. When we collect your PII, we use reasonable efforts to protect it from unauthorized access. However, due to the inherently open nature of the Internet, we cannot guarantee that your PII will be completely free from unauthorized access by third parties such as hackers and your use of the Website demonstrates your assumption of this risk.

We expressly disclaim any liability, and you expressly release us and the United States Marine Corps, Department of the Navy, and Department of Defense from any claim, relating to access through shared networks or workstations.

Your Disclosures on the Website:
You should be aware that PII you submit as part of your profile by default will be publicly viewable and will not be subject to the terms of this Privacy Policy. After registering, you may change your account settings so as to make such information not publicly viewable. You should also be aware that any PII or any other information you transmit to a publicly accessible forum of this Website (such as the Connect and Share Program) can be viewed and used by others and is not subject to the terms of this Privacy Policy. We are unable to control such uses of your information and by publicly posting such information, you assume the risk that the information provided by you can be viewed and used by third parties for any number of purposes. We encourage you to exercise caution when making decisions about what information you disclose in such public areas.

Your Disclosures on Third Party Sites:
You should be aware that PII or any other information which you voluntarily include and transmit online to third party websites (including but not limited to blogs and social media sites) may be viewed and used by others without any restrictions. We are unable to control such uses of your PII or other information, and by using such services you assume the risk that the PII or any other information provided by you may be viewed and used by third parties for any purposes. Therefore, you are cautioned not to offer any information of a personal or of a sensitive nature.

Protection for Children:
This Website is not intended for, and we have no intention of collecting PII from anyone who is not at least 17 years old (or 16 years old and a junior in high school or equivalent).
If a child who is not at least 17 years old (or 16 years old and a junior in high school or equivalent) has provided us with PII, that child's parent or legal guardian should contact us at LifeAsAMarine@marines.com or Lead Generation Officer, 3280 Russell Road, Quantico VA 22134, if the parent or legal guardian would like the information submitted by the child deleted from our database that contains information submitted by users of the Website. If we are so contacted or if we otherwise become aware that PII from a child who is not at least 17 years old (or 16 years old and a junior in high school or equivalent) has been collected without such child's parent or guardian's consent, we will use all reasonable efforts to delete such information from our database. MCRC will also delete information at the request of a parent or guardian for any minor, regardless of age.

Unsubscribe:
If you no longer wish to be contacted by us, you may unsubscribe by following the instructions contained at the bottom of any email communication you receive from us or clicking the following link http://usmc.marines.com/unsubscribe. Please note that there might be a brief delay between when you submit your request to unsubscribe and when it is processed and reflected in our systems; accordingly you might continue to receive communications from us for a limited time after you send your unsubscribe request. From time to time the United States Marine Corps will send emails to subscribers that have previously opted into email communication. If you prefer to be removed from the United States Marine Corps email list, opt out by clicking the following link http://usmc.marines.com/unsubscribe.

Third Party Links:
This Website may contain links to third party websites. The presence of these links on the Website does not constitute endorsement by the United States Marine Corps or affiliation or association with such third party websites. The purpose of providing these links is exclusively to assist your pursuit of further information about the United States Marine Corps. Please be aware that we do not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these websites and are not responsible for the privacy practices of those websites. We encourage you to be aware when you access any such third party links and to read the privacy policies of each website that you access. This Privacy Policy only applies to information collected by us from this Website.

Website Terms and Conditions:
Use of this Website is governed by, and subject to, the Terms and Conditions contained at http://www.lifeasamarine.com/marines/support/terms-conditions. This Privacy Policy is incorporated into such terms. Your use, or access, of the Website constitutes your agreement to be bound by these provisions. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS YOU MAY NOT ACCESS OR OTHERWISE USE THE WEBSITE.

United States of America:
Our servers are maintained in the United States of America. By using the Website, you freely and specifically give us your consent to export your PII to the USA and to store and use it in the USA as specified in this Privacy Policy.

Contact Us:
If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy and/or the practices described herein, please contact us at LifeAsAMarine@marines.com or Lead Generation Officer, 3280 Russell Road, Quantico VA 22134.

Governing Law:
This Privacy Policy and our legal obligations hereunder are subject to the laws of the United States of America regardless of the location of any user. You hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of and venue in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, United States of America, in all disputes arising out of or relating to the Website.

Effective Date:
This Privacy Policy was last updated on 17-Apr-2012.

 
 
 
 
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