Portraits of American Life Study
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The PALS seeks to understand the impact of religion in everyday life, and ultimately the connections between religious change and other forms of change among diverse individuals and families over the course of their lives.
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This document describes the information gathering and dissemination practices for the Web site http://www.palsresearch.org. The Portraits of American Life Study provide this Internet site as a public service. Information presented on these pages (except for downloaded datasets and files) is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate keyword/link/byline credits is requested.

Information Automatically Logged

We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, to administer our Web site, and for statistical purposes.

Registration Form

Our site's registration form asks users to give us contact information (such as their name, e-mail address, and telephone number) and demographic information (such as their institutional affiliation). Users are also requested to provide information on research interests and intended use of the data.

Users are expected to provide us with information on published materials that they have authored which reference Portraits of American Life Study data files. These materials will be included in an on-line public database containing bibliographic records.

Information from the user registration page may be used in summary form to provide usage data to sponsoring agencies. Unique identifiers (such as e-mail address) are collected from public data users to verify the user's identity, and for use as identifiers in our record system. Although the data user list will not be shared with third parties, the Portraits of American Life Study may use the list for electronic mail user surveys, announcements of new data products, data alerts, and other purposes.

When registering for access to PALS data files, users may opt to receive data product and data alert announcements via electronic mail.


This site has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. To ensure that this service remains available to all users, this computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.

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.

Choice/Opt in

Our site provides users the opportunity to opt to receive communications from us at the point where we request information from potential users of PALS public datasets and files.

Users may request the removal of their information from our active database or to not receive future communications, by sending electronic mail to PALS@rice.edu.


This site gives users the following options for changing and modifying information previously provided:

Send electronic mail to PALS@rice.edu.

Send mail to the following postal address:

Kinder Institute for Urban Research
Rice University
6100 Main St. MS-208
Houston, TX 77005

This Privacy and Security Notice was modeled after the Panel Study of Income Dynamics Privacy Notice.