This site is owned and operated by McCormick & Company, Incorporated (“McCormick”). We at McCormick recognize that you are concerned about your personal privacy.

This Privacy Policy is provided to inform you of what personal information is collected on our websites and how that information is maintained and used by McCormick. This Privacy Policy applies to all information collected or submitted on www.mccormickscienceinstitute.org and www.mccormickscienceinstitute.com.

This Privacy Policy is current as of the effective date set forth above. McCormick reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy as our practices may change, so we encourage you to review the privacy policy from time to time.

Information we collect

You don't need to provide any personal information to access our website. However, McCormick provides you the opportunity to enhance your visit to our site by providing personal information to sign up for e-mail newsletters, to apply for MSI characterized samples and to get technical support for use of the site. The information we collect may include, but is not limited to, email, name, contact information, your country, position, the spices you are interested in receiving from us, information about your trial and research protocol, and the type of technical question you have.

How we use your personal information

If you sign up for the MSI News Bulletin service, we may use the information you provide on our website to send you periodic e-mail newsletters with updates about scientific findings related to spices, herbs and health. You may opt out of receiving these communications at any time by clicking on the opt-out link located in each e-mail we send. You may also opt out of receiving newsletters from us by choosing to unsubscribe at the bottom of our site’s “Newsletter Sign-Up” page.

If you apply for MSI characterized samples on our website, then we will use your contact information to contact you and/or to send you such samples by mail, if you meet our requirements.

If you provide us with your email address to submit a question to technical support, we may use your email address to respond to you.

Cookies

A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user’s computer for record-keeping purposes. We use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies on our websites. We use session cookies to make it easier for you to navigate our site. A session ID cookie expires when you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time. Persistent cookies enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance their experience on our site. You can remove persistent cookies by following directions provided in your Internet browser’s “help” file.

If you reject cookies, you may still use our websites, but your ability to use some areas of our sites will be limited and we will not be able to provide you with the most convenient experience

Log files

As is true of most websites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox), internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, the operating system you may be using (e.g., Windows XP or Mac OS), a date/time stamp of when you visited our site, and click-stream data.

We use this information, which does not identify individual users, to analyze aggregate trends, to administer the site, to track users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole.

Disclosure of personal information

Except as provided in this policy, we will not disclose personal information about you without your prior consent or for the primary purpose for which we received it (e.g., to fill a product order). Like many companies, however, we may share aggregate information about people who use our site (for example, the number of people who cook chicken most often for their main meal) to business partners and other third parties.

Compliance with Law

Under certain circumstances, it is possible that personal information may be subject to disclosure pursuant to judicial or other legal requirements, such as warrants, subpoenas or court orders. McCormick will comply with any court order or other legal process and will provide your personal information if required in any legal proceeding. We also may release personal information when we believe in good faith that such release is appropriate to protect the rights, property or safety of McCormick our users, employees, or others. This may include, for example, exchanging information with other organizations for fraud protection and/or credit risk reduction.

Access to your personal information

You may change the personal information you have provided through the Newsletter Sign-up feature of our website by unsubscribing to our newsletter and re-subscribing. To unsubscribe and re-subscribe to our newsletter go to www.mcormickscienceinstitute.org/content.cfm?ID=10305

Security

McCormick's website employs appropriate security measures which are designed to prevent the loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction of personal information.

Note to parents

We don't knowingly collect personal information from children. If you are under the age of 18, please do not use this site. Parents may have information related to their children deleted from our database and refuse to permit further collection or use of the child’s information.

Links to other sites

This website contains links to other McCormick sites and to sites that are not owned or controlled by McCormick. Please be aware that the other McCormick sites have their own Privacy Policies with information pertaining to use of those McCormick sites which we recommend you read carefully. We also provide links to third party websites as a convenience to our site visitors. These links are not intended as an endorsement of or referral to the linked websites. The linked websites have separate and independent privacy statements, notices and terms of use, which we recommend you read carefully. We do not have any control over such websites, and therefore we have no responsibility or liability for the manner in which the organizations that operate such linked websites may collect, use or disclose, secure and otherwise treat your personal information.

How to contact us

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, or the website overall, please contact us.

For questions or comments regarding the McCormickscienceinstitute.org or McCormickscienceinstitute.com website, please send us an e-mail.

For questions or comments regarding the McCormickCorporation.com website, please contact us at the following address:

Corporate Communications
McCormick & Company, Inc.
18 Loveton Circle
Sparks, MD 21152
or send us an e-mail.

This policy was last revised February 17, 2009.