Terms and Conditions for Readers of Crime Lab Report

These terms apply to this website (hereafter website), which is managed and maintained by the Forensic Foundations Group, LLC in Clinton County, Michigan. When publishing information, opinions, news, links, and other content, Crime Lab Report strives to insure that the information is current and accurate, but we do not guarantee that it is accurate or current, or useful for your purpose(s). Crime Lab Report reserves the right to modify, change, otherwise edit or remove this website from public view and Crime Lab Report is not liable for any damages incurred due to these changes. All material on this website is protected by domestic and international copyright laws, international conventions and laws. Use of the contents of this website without the written consent of the Chief Managing Editor is strictly prohibited. The content of this website cannot be reprinted, or published in a magazine, book, or CD-ROM, etc without the prior written permission of the Chief Managing Editor. Exceptions are made for the use of material for noncommercial, educational purposes.

Editorial Policy

Much like the profession of forensic science, Crime Lab Report's reputation depends on accuracy and fairness in every publication we create. For this reason, the following editorial policies have been adopted to govern the actions and decisions of our editorial board:

1. Crime Lab Report will not knowingly publish inaccurate data or information.

2. Crime Lab Report will not knowingly distort the context of issues or arguments being deliberated in the public domain.

3. Crime Lab Report will not represent itself as being the only source of reliable information pertaining to forensic science. Our primary goal is to spark vigorous debate, thoughtful commentary, and useful research that helps the profession to work more efficiently and effectively on behalf of United States citizens.

4. Crime Lab Report will conduct sufficient research to support its opinions and conclusions.

5. Crime Lab Report will immediately correct any confusion caused by the publication of opinions or conclusions that are demonstrated to be based on erroneous information. Most often, this will be accomplished by the publication of opposing viewpoints submitted by our readers; however, major errors will be corrected directly and publicly by our editorial board.

6. Crime Lab Report will only criticize comments made and/or actions taken by specific individuals and organizations that our editors or guest authors judge to be worthy of such criticism.

7. Crime Lab Report will not tolerate the publication of personal attacks or unsubstantiated accusations at our web site.

8. Crime Lab Report acknowledges that it will make mistakes from time to time. It is hoped that our editorial practices will significantly minimize their frequency and maximize the confidence of our readers. We rely on the vigilance of our editors and the scrutiny of our readers to help us comply with our editorial policies.

9. Crime Lab Report's editorial policies will be updated as necessary to ensure accuracy and fairness in our reporting.

10. Crime Lab Report primarily publishes four kinds of information for visitors to our website and subscribers to our publications.

Crime Lab Report Commentary

Opinions, observations, and interpretations are written and/or edited by one or more members of our editorial board. In order to protect the reputations of any organizations with whom our editors are affiliated or employed, the author(s) of our editorials may or may not be revealed. These opinions are published strictly for the purpose of lending a unique and informed perspective to the discussion of issues pertaining to forensic science. At no time will inaccurate information be knowingly published by Crime Lab Report. Every effort is made to maximize the value of our comments and their usefulness to our readers; however, we encourage readers to submit opposing viewpoints. We will publish viewpoints that are thought-provoking and informative.

Guest Commentary

Opinions, observations, and interpretations written by guest authors, which are edited by members of our editorial board. Crime Lab Report does not necessarily agree with nor endorse the comments and opinions of guest authors and interviewees; however, we make every effort to ensure that our guests present coherent arguments that can withstand a reasonable degree of intellectual scrutiny.

Links to news and information

Hyperlinks that direct our readers to news articles and other sources of information that our editors have judged to be informative and relevant. Crime Lab Report cannot assume responsibility for the accuracy of information published by third parties; however, we seek to limit our references to authoritative sources.


General information posted for the short-term use of our readers. Crime Lab Report posts announcements pertaining to events and occurrences within the forensic science community. We encourage readers to submit announcements whenever possible.

Anti-Spam Pledge

When you register at crimelabreport.com we may ask you for personal information. We pledge to respect your right to privacy. We will not provide, sell or lease your personally identifiable information - including name, address, phone number or email - to any third parties. We gather this information so we can contact members in the event of problems, and to facilitate the distribution of our publications. From time to time, we will send you e-mail announcements, including announcements on new products, offers and services from Crime Lab Report or its sponsors and affiliates.


Crime Lab Report respects the privacy of individuals who visit our site. This Privacy Policy outlines the information that we collect through crimelabreport.com and how we use that information, so that you can decide whether and how you wish to provide information to us. In adopting this Privacy Policy, our intent is to balance our legitimate operational and organizational interests in collecting and using information obtained through our program with your reasonable expectations of privacy.

Your viewing of this document confirms that you have read and accept the practices outlined in this Privacy Policy.

Collection of Information

Personal data is collected when users voluntarily subscribe to Crime Lab Report’s publications or participate in its research studies. This includes, but is not limited to, name, phone, address, email, and organizational affiliations. You can choose not to provide certain information, but then you may not be able to take advantage of all our web site's features.

Anonymous and aggregated information, such as which web pages users access, the number of daily visits to crimelabreport.com and anonymous responses to questions, is automatically collected through various methods. In the course of using crimelabreport.com, we may also automatically track certain information about you. This information includes the URL that you just came from, the URL you go to next, and the Internet browser you are using. This statistical information is important to allow us to evaluate and improve the services we provide, to monitor the site's performance and to make it easier for visitors to use crimelabreport.com.

Use of Cookies

The crimelabreport.com site or its sponsors and affiliates may use "cookies" to collect information. A cookie is a small data file that most web sites write to your computer's hard drive or memory for record keeping purposes when you visit them. Cookies allow activities to be measured on the various areas of the crimelabreport.com site and to improve your user experience, for example by remembering your passwords and viewing preferences, thus allowing you to visit various parts of crimelabreport.com without re-registering.

You may also get cookies from our advertisers in connection with serving advertisements. We do not have access to cookies set by third parties or the information that they may contain.

Most Internet browsers are initially set to accept cookies. If you prefer, you can set your browser to refuse cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent.

Information not Covered by this Policy

This Privacy Policy only covers information collected at crimelabreport.com, and does not cover any information collected by any other web site or offline by our sponsors and affiliates or any other company.

Through crimelabreport.com, you will be able to access information, advertisements, web sites, features, contests, extensive news coverage, and offers by other parties. Such third party content and resources may be accessed through links to other web sites, pop-ups, frames within the crimelabreport.com site, or other technological means. Crime Lab Report will always endeavor to identify the third party source of the content. Users should review the privacy policies of those third parties before providing personally identifiable information on a co-branded, affiliated, framed or linked site. Such third parties may send their own cookies to you, and may collect data and make uses of it that Crime Lab Report would not. We do not control these sites or uses, or bear any responsibility or liability for them.

Performance data and information associated with competition that you choose to post with Crime Lab Report is also not covered by this Privacy Policy, and is not considered a confidential communication.

Children Under 13

In general, Crime Lab Report does not knowingly collect any personal data at crmelabreport.com from individuals under 13 years of age. If you are under 13, do not send any information about yourself to crimelabreport.com, including your name, address or e-mail address. In the event crimelabreport.com conducts a research project that requires the submission of information from younger persons, we will collect such information only with prior verified parental consent. If we learn that we have collected any personal information from a child under the age of 13 without parental consent, we will delete that information from our database as quickly as possible. Crime Lab Report encourages all parents to instruct their children in the safe and responsible use of the Internet.

Use and Sharing of Information Crime Lab Report's use and disclosure of information obtained through the use of crimelabreport.com will comply with the terms set forth below. In all cases, we will use your information only as permitted by law.

Crime Lab Report's Use of Information: Crime Lab Report uses both the personal and aggregated and usage information we collect for multiple purposes. For example, we use this information to plan programs, cultivate sponsorships, administer information requests and provide requested services. We may use your e-mail or other address information to contact you regarding customer service issues or billing matters. Personal and aggregated information may also be used to improve the content of crimelabreport.com, perform system administration activities, and to customize the content, advertising and layout of the site for each individual user.

We may also use your information to contact you regarding matters that we believe will be of interest to you. For example, we may send you e-mails regarding updates to crimelabreport.com, promotions or contests being conducted through the site, and services and products offered by Crime Lab Report, our affiliates, or third parties.

Please note that we may combine the information about you that we collect at crimelabreport.com with information available to us from other sources, including registration information and information received from promotional partners or other third parties.

Disclosure of Information to Third Parties

Crime Lab Report will not share your information with our sponsors and affiliates or any other third party.

Crime Lab Report will not share your personally identifiable information with third parties.

Crime Lab Report may share anonymous or aggregated user information with third parties for advertising and other purposes.

Legal Action

Crime Lab Report may disclose user information in connection with law enforcement or governmental investigations or inquiries, to enforce compliance with the policies governing crimelabreport.com and applicable laws, and to protect and enforce the intellectual property and other legal rights of Crime Lab Report and third parties.

Sale of Business

In the event that Crime Lab Report, the bulk of its assets or one or more of its web sites is acquired by another company, Crime Lab Report may sell, transfer or otherwise disclose user information in connection with such transaction.

Opting Out

It is possible for you to use much of crimelabreport.com without giving us any personally identifiable information. You can request at any time that Crime Lab Report not send future e-mails to you by requesting deactivation of your account. All publications include an “opt-out” link for unsubscribing from our publication list.


Crime Lab Report takes reasonable measures to protect the security of the information transmitted between browsers and our web server. To protect your privacy, however, please do not use e-mail or crimelabreport.com to communicate information you wish to be kept strictly confidential. You acknowledge that any transmission of data may be illegally intercepted and used by third parties.

Changes to Content

Crime Lab Report reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time. It is your responsibility to review this policy from time to time to be familiar with changes. At the beginning of the policy, we will post the date on which it was last updated. You can e-mail us with any further questions at editors@crimelabreport.com.

Disclaimer of Liability

Crime Lab Report is an independent research organization that analyzes media, industry, and public-policy trends related to forensic science and its stakeholders. Information published on Crime Lab Report web pages is intended for educational use only.

The opinions published by Crime Lab Report are approved for publication by the Chief Managing Editor following review by members of the editorial board. These opinions may not necessarily represent those of our sponsors or other organizations affiliated with Crime Lab Report and its editors. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy and contextual honesty, all opinions and news items should be corroborated with independent research before being construed as factual. Crime Lab Report will quickly correct and/or retract any information demonstrated to be erroneous. We welcome opposing viewpoints and will publish responses from our readers, which may be edited for economy and clarity.

Neither Crime Lab Report, nor any of its editors, employees, sponsors, or advertisers shall be responsible or held liable to users at Crime Lab Report for any improper or incorrect use of the information described or contained at the Crime Lab Report website. In no event shall Crime Lab Report be liable for any damages arising in any way out of the use of this system, even if advised of the possibility of such damage. This disclaimer of liability applies to any damages or injury, including but not limited to those caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, computer hacker, communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, alteration of, or use of record, whether for breach of contract, tortuous behavior, negligence or under any other cause of action.

Disclaimer of Warranties and Accuracy of Data

Although the data found at Crime Lab Report has been produced and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made regarding accuracy, adequacy, completeness, legality, reliability or usefulness of any information. This disclaimer applies to both isolated and aggregate uses of the information. All warranties of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, freedom from contamination by computer viruses or hackers and non-infringement of proprietary rights are disclaimed. Changes may be periodically made to the information herein; these changes may or may not be incorporated in any new version of the publication. If you have obtained information from Crime Lab Report from a source other than Crime Lab Report's pages, be aware that electronic data can be altered subsequent to original distribution. Data can also quickly become out of date. It is recommended that careful attention be paid to the contents of any data, and that the originator of the data or information be contacted with any questions regarding appropriate use. If you find any errors or omissions, we encourage you to report them to our editorial board.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

Crime Lab Report is a distributor of content sometimes supplied by third parties and users. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, links, or other information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, users, or others, are those of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and do not necessarily state or reflect those of our editorial board, organizations with whom our editors may be affiliated, and our sponsors. Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by Crime Lab Report.

Disclaimer of External Links

Crime Lab Report websites contain links to other related Internet sites and resources. Crime Lab Report is not responsible for the contents or operation of any off-site pages referenced. The user specifically acknowledges that Crime Lab Report is not liable for the defamatory, offensive, or illegal conduct of other users, links, or third parties and that the risk of injury from the foregoing rests entirely with the user. Links from Crime Lab Report web pages on the World Wide Web to other sites do not constitute an endorsement from Crime Lab Report. These links are provided as an information service only. It is the responsibility of the web user to evaluate the content and usefulness of information obtained from other sites. Since Crime Lab Report is not responsible for the availability of these outside resources or their contents, you should direct any concerns regarding any external link to its site administrator or webmaster.

Disclaimer of Duty to Continue Provision of Data

Due to the dynamic nature of the Internet, resources that are free and publicly available one day may require a fee or restricted access the next, and the location of items may change as menus, home pages, and files are reorganized. The user expressly agrees that use of Crime Lab Report's web pages is at the user's sole risk. Crime Lab Report does not warrant that the service will be uninterrupted or error free. The documents and related graphics published could contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. Changes are periodically added to the information herein. Crime Lab Report may make improvements and/or changes in the information and/or programs described herein at any time.

Choice of Law

Construction of the disclaimers above and resolution of disputes thereof are governed by the laws of the State of Illinois. The laws of the State of Illinois, U.S.A., shall apply to all uses of this data and this system. By use of this system and any data contained therein, the user agrees that use shall conform to all applicable laws and regulations and user shall not violate the rights of any third parties.

These terms apply to the following Crime Lab Report website URLs, their subsequent pages, and links to other Crime Lab Report information.

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