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Frequently asked questions about privacy and data collection with Notre Dame OCW

Privacy and Data Collection

  1. What information does Notre Dame OCW collect from visitors to the Web site?
  2. Does Notre Dame OCW share the information it receives?

 

  1. What information does Notre Dame OCW collect from visitors to the Web site?

    The information we learn from visitors helps us improve the Notre Dame OCW site, and assists our foundation sponsors in evaluation of usage, access, and impact of Notre Dame OCW on the worldwide educational community. Notre Dame OCW collects the following information from visitors:

    • Information You Provide: We receive and store any information you enter on our Web site or give us in any other way. You provide most such information when you submit feedback on the site, contact us by email, or agree to participate in a visitor survey. This information may include your name and email address, your academic status, your institution, your geographic region, how you are using Notre Dame OCW, and what you think of Notre Dame OCW. In all cases, any information you provide is strictly optional and voluntary and you may choose to use the Notre Dame OCW site without ever providing this information. If you voluntarily provide your email address or other contact information, we will not share personal information with anyone without first requesting your explicit permission to do so.
    • Automatic Information: We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with the Notre Dame OCW Web site. Like many web sites, we make use of "cookies," and we obtain certain types of information when your browser accesses our site. Examples of the information we collect and analyze include the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Notre Dame OCW site; computer and connection information such as browser type and version, operating system, and platform, and; content you viewed or searched for during your visit to Notre Dame OCW. During some visits we may use software tools to measure and collect session information, including page response times, download errors, and length of visits to certain pages. If your browser is configured to not accept cookies, you will still enjoy full access to all Notre Dame OCW content. However, none of this information is personally identifiable or linked back to you individually.

    [See Also Privacy Policy]

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  2. Does Notre Dame OCW share the information it receives?

    Information about our site visitors is an important part of understanding and extending the impact of Notre Dame OCW in the worldwide academic community. Individual personally identifiable information about users (name, email address, etc) will not be made available to third parties except as outlined below, nor will it ever be used for commercial purposes. We share user information only as described below.

    • Agents: We employ companies and individuals to perform functions on our behalf. Examples include compiling and categorizing user feedback, analyzing survey data or data about your use of the site, and providing customer support. These agents have access to user information needed to perform their functions, for example, but may not use this information for any other purposes. These agents are bound by non-disclosure agreements.
    • Institutions interested in the "opencourseware movement": Part of Notre Dame OCW's mission as an organization is to encourage other educational institutions to openly share their course materials with the world, as Notre Dame OCW is doing. In order to accomplish this objective, we are committed to sharing what we learn in public forums, at educational conferences, and with other educational institutions. This may include aggregate data about usage of the site, feedback we have received, and the impact of Notre Dame OCW on people throughout the world. However, in no case will we share any personally identifiable information, such as name or email address, unless you have given us explicit permission to do so.

    [See Also Privacy Policy]

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