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The DARPA Grand Challenge (DGC) Discussion Forum is where prospective team members can meet and post their personal or group capabilities, desires, and intent to enter the Grand Challenge and/or team with other users. Any visitor to the DGC website may view all content but must register prior to posting to the DGC Discussion Forum. Participants are expected to be members of the technical or business community who are able to positively contribute to efforts supporting the DGC. DARPA supports the free flow of information and ideas for DGC and does actively monitor for appropriate use of the DGC Discussion Forum. DARPA may exercise editorial control over the content of the DGC web site, posting of attachments or other material created or accessible on the DGC web site. DARPA may remove any materials that, in our sole discretion, may be illegal, may subject us to liability, or which may violate the Violations of Acceptable Use listed below. DARPA may cooperate with legal authorities and/or third parties in the investigation of any suspected or alleged crime or civil wrong.

The following constitute violations of acceptable use: 

a. Illegal use. Using the DGC web site to transmit any material (by email, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that, intentionally or unintentionally, violates any applicable local, state, national or international law, or any rules or regulations promulgated there under. 

b. Threats. Using the Services to transmit any material (by email, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that threatens or encourages bodily harm or destruction of property. 

c. Harassment. Using the DGC web site to transmit any material (by email, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that harasses another. This is to include unwarranted and unsolicited e-mail from others unless directly associated with DGC efforts.

d. Fraudulent activity. Using the DGC web site to make fraudulent offers to sell or buy products, items, or services or to advance any type of financial scam or falsely solicit information from others participating in the DGC.

e. Copyright or trademark infringement. Using the DGC web site to transmit any material (by email, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or other proprietary rights of any third party, including, but not limited to, the unauthorized copying of copyrighted material, the digitization and distribution of photographs from magazines, books, or other copyrighted sources, and the unauthorized transmittal of copyrighted software. 

f. Collection of personal data. Using the DGC web site to collect, or attempt to collect, personal information about third parties without their knowledge or consent. 

Members are asked to provide certain personal information when they sign up for the DGC Discussion Forum including name, organization, email address, country, and discussion forum role. The personal information collected during the registration process is used to manage each user’s account and may be updated by the user at anytime. This information is not shared with third parties, unless specifically stated otherwise or in special circumstances. Completion of the registration process is required before anyone is permitted to post information to the DGC Discussion Forum. 

Responses to Email Inquiries 
When Visitors or Members send email inquiries to DARPA, the return email address is used to answer the email inquiry we receive. DARPA does not use the return email address for any other purpose and does not share the return email address with any third party. 

"Cookies" and How DGC Uses Them 
A “cookie” is a small data file that can be placed on your hard drive when you visit certain Web sites. DGC Discussion Forum will use cookies to track the number of posts in the forum and will not be persistent or retain personally identifiable information. These cookies do not enable third parties to access any of your registration information and are only valid for each session conducted with the DGC Discussion Forum. 

Revisions to This Policy 
DARPA reserves the right to revise, amend, or modify this policy, our Privacy and Security Notice and our other policies and agreements at any time and in any manner. Notice of any revision, amendment, or modification will be posted in accordance with the DARPA Privacy and Security Notice.

DARPA Privacy and Security Notice

1. The DARPA Web Information Service is provided as a public service by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

2. Except where otherwise noted, information presented on the DARPA Web Information Service is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.

3. For site management and research purposes, this government computer system uses software programs to collect data that is used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest to visitors, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.

4. For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this government computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.

5. Except for those purposes stated in number 3. above and authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Raw data logs are used for no other purposes and are scheduled for regular destruction in accordance with National Archives and Records Administration General Records Schedule 20.

6. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1993.



Last Updated: June 8, 2004

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