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The University of Massachusetts Boston is committed to preserving and maintaining the privacy of visitors to its Websites.

When you visit the Elder Index homepage (, and all pages within, your visit is anonymous, without tracking of any individual name or other identifiable mark.

Like most websites, we collect aggregate user data to understand patterns and improve the website experience.

The University of Massachusetts Boston does not sell or share confidential user information with any outside party, unless we are required by law.

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What Information Is Collected

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We may change the terms of this privacy policy at any time. Any changes will be reflected on this page, and considered in effect upon posting.

For users from the EU: GDPR

This website is intended for general use and is viewable on the internet throughout the world. If you are visiting this website from the European Union (EU), personal information you provide to the university may now be subject to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and was designed to strengthen data privacy protections for EU residents.