Privacy Policy

(Excerpted from the web Publishing Policy)

All UNT web sites must provide a privacy statement on their top-level web page (also called home or index pages). Each privacy statement must identify the information collected from site visitors, describe its use, and assure site visitors of the integrity of their information during transmission and storage.

 

Privacy Notice

Each privacy statement must identify both passive and active information collected from site visitors and describe its use. Passive information is collected without alerting the site visitor. Active information is purposely provided by the site visitor.

Examples of passive information include:
  • browser detection: browser type and browser version
  • remote host name: the DNS entry for the computer accessing the web site
  • cookies: hidden identifiers used to store data during a visit, and cumulatively over time
Examples of active information include:
  • name of the site visitor
  • e-mail address of the site visitor
  • comments or answers to questions provided by the site visitor
Security of Private Information

Each web site at UNT will assure site visitors of the integrity of their information, in transit and in storage. This assurance should include whether or not the data is encrypted in transit via Secure Socket Layers (SSL) or Transport Layer Security (TLS), the positions or UNT employees that will be able to access the information, and under what conditions that information will be accessed.

Because the university has special responsibilities to protect students' information under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, any university web site collecting data falling under FERPA guidelines must carefully review its handling of such data and insure that its procedures adhere to the act.

 

Examples of Privacy Statements

Example 1:

This web site (http://ecampus.unt.edu/) uses browser detection to determine the browser type and browser version of site visitors. This information is used only in its aggregate form, to help us further refine our web site design. The remote host name is collected from each site visitor, and is used only to provide statistical data, specifically, the percentage of "hits" from the UNT domain vs. the percentage of "hits" from outside the UNT domain for this web site. The pages accessed by each visitor are recorded and preserved in an aggregate form to provide us with information about the relative usage of the pages in our web site. The web page that referred the site visitor to this UNT web site is also recorded, and used to improve overall site navigation.

E-mail messages sent to the e-mail contact for this web site will be answered by that account holder or forwarded to another individual at UNT to be answered. e-mail messages sent to the e-mail contact for this web site and copies of replies sent by this e-mail contact may be kept and reviewed to help ensure the relevance of information presented in this web site and the usefulness of the replies from the e-mail contact.

Example 2:

This web site (http://ecampus.unt.edu/) uses browser detection to determine the browser type and browser version of site visitors. This information is used only in its aggregate form, to help us further refine our web site design. The remote host name is collected from each site visitor, and is used only to provide statistical data, specifically, the percentage of "hits" from the UNT domain vs. the percentage of "hits" from outside the UNT domain for this web site. The pages accessed by each visitor are recorded and preserved in an aggregate form to provide us with information about the relative usage of the pages in our web site. The web page that referred the site visitor to this UNT web site is also recorded, and used to improve overall site navigation.

E-mail messages sent to the e-mail contact for this web site will be answered by that account holder or forwarded to another individual at UNT to be answered. e-mail messages sent to the e-mail contact for this web site and copies of replies sent by this e-mail contact may be kept and reviewed to help ensure the relevance of information presented in this web site and the usefulness of the replies from the e-mail contact.

Students and instructors that log in to Blackboard Vista classes have more detailed records. Once logged in with a Blackboard Vista User ID, the browser, browser version, remote host and Blackboard Vista User ID will be tracked throughout Blackboard Vista class activities. All actions taken by that Blackboard Vista User ID in a Blackboard Vista class are logged and accessible by the Blackboard Vista Course instructor and the Blackboard Vista System Administrator (at the request of the Blackboard Vista Course instructor or in the course of diagnosing a technical difficulty). Blackboard Vista courses are archived once a semester on the day after grades are due. These archives are kept on tape backup for at least five years. Blackboard Vista course archives are accessible by the Blackboard Vista System Administrator, and will be accessed only in the event of a request from the instructor of that course or governing body of the university, or in the course of diagnosing a technical difficulty.