NDU Privacy and Security Notice

National Defense University is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the National Defense University Web site and governs data collection and usage. By using the National Defense University website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

The NDU.edu website is provided as a public service by National Defense University. The NDU.edu website is hosted by Defense Media Activity, which provides Internet, mobile, and communication technologies to Department of Defense agencies per DoD Directive 5105.74.

Information presented on this website is considered public information and may be distributed or copied unless otherwise specified. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.

Collection of your Personal Information

National Defense University collects personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. National Defense University also collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by National Defense University. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses. This information is used by National Defense University for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the National Defense University Web site.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through National Defense University public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: National Defense University does not read any of your private online communications.

National Defense University encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from National Defense University so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. National Defense University is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the National Defense University and National Defense University family of Web sites.

Use of your Personal Information

National Defense University collects and uses your personal information to operate the National Defense University Web site and deliver the services you have requested. National Defense University also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from National Defense University and its affiliates. National Defense University may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

National Defense University does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. National Defense University may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, National Defense University may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to National Defense University, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

National Defense University does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

National Defense University keeps track of the Web sites and pages our customers visit within National Defense University, in order to determine what National Defense University services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within National Defense University to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

National Defense University Web sites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on National Defense University or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of National Defense University; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of National Defense University, or the public.

Use of Cookies

The National Defense University Web site use "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize National Defense University pages, or register with National Defense University site or services, a cookie helps National Defense University to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same National Defense University Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the National Defense University features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the National Defense University services or Web sites you visit.

Security of your Personal Information

National Defense University secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. National Defense University secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Changes to this Statement

National Defense University will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. National Defense University encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how National Defense University is protecting your information.

NDU Privacy Program Policy

See NDUI 8500.02, "Governance and Privacy Program Policy and Procedures (AR-1)," July 6, 2018 

Contact Information

National Defense University welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that National Defense University has not adhered to this Statement, please contact National Defense University at Chief_Privacy_Officer@ndu.edu, 202-685-4059. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.