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Privacy Policy

Effective: 2012-01-23

Applicability

This privacy notice applies only to the Office of Student Financial Assistance (http://www.indiana.edu/~sfa/) and explains our practices concerning the collection, use, and disclosure of visitor information. Visitor information collected by Office of Student Financial Assistance will be used only as outlined in this privacy notice.

Other units at the university may collect and use visitor information in different ways. Therefore, visitors to other university web sites should review the privacy notices for the particular sites they visit. Office of Student Financial Assistance is not responsible for the content of other web sites or for the privacy practices of web sites outside the scope of this notice.

Changes

Because Internet technologies continue to evolve rapidly, Office of Student Financial Assistance may make appropriate changes to this notice in the future. Any such changes will be consistent with our commitment to respecting visitor privacy, and will be clearly posted in a revised privacy notice.

Collection and Use

Passive/Automatic Collection

When you view pages on our site, the web server automatically collects certain technical information from your computer and about your connection including:

  • your IP address
  • the domain name from which you visit our site
  • user-specific information on which pages are visited
  • aggregate information on pages visited
  • the referring web site
  • the date and time of visit
  • the duration of visit
  • your browser type
  • your browser type

Continued use of our web site indicates consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of this information as described in this notice.

This technical information is not retained or utilized.

This information is:

  • used for internal review and is then discarded
  • used to improve the content of our site
  • used to customize the content of our site

Information Sharing

We do not share any aggregate, non-personally-identifiable information with other entities or organizations.

We do not share any personally-identifiable information with other entities or organizations, except when legally required to do so, at the request of governmental authorities conducting an investigation, to verify or enforce compliance with the policies governing our web site and applicable laws, or to protect against misuse or unauthorized use of our web site.

Except as described above, we will not share any information with any party for any reason.

Except as provided in the Disclosure of Information section below, we do not attempt to use the technical information discussed in this section to identify individual visitors.

Active/Manual/Voluntary Collection

Other than automatically collected technical information about your visit (described above, or cookies described below), we may ask you to provide information voluntarily, such as through forms or other manual input in order to make products and services available to you, to maintain and manage our relationship with you, including providing associated services or to better understand and serve your needs. This information is generally retained as long as you continue to maintain a relationship with us. Your providing this information is wholly voluntary. However, not providing the requested information (or subsequently asking that the data be removed) may affect our ability to deliver the products or service for which the information is needed. Providing the requested information indicates your consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of this information as described in this notice. Information we may actively collect could include:

  • the email addresses of those who communicate with us via email

Cookies

A cookie is a small data file that is written to your hard drive that contains information about your visit to a web page. If you prefer not to receive cookies, you may configure your browser not to accept them at all, or to notify and require approval before accepting new cookies. Some web pages/sites may not function properly if the cookies are turned off, or you may have to provide the same information each time you visit those pages.

Our site does not use cookies to store information about your actions or choices on pages associated with our site.

Children

  • We ask children under age 13 to obtain permission from a parent or guardian before interacting with our site.
  • We do not contact children under age 13 about special offers or for marketing purposes without a parent's or guardian's permission.
  • We do not ask a child under age 13 for more personal information, as a condition of participation, than is reasonably necessary to participate in a given activity or promotion.

Use of Third Party Services

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies" (described above) to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including possibly your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google.

For more information, please visit Google's Privacy Center.

Disclosure of Information

Other than sharing your information with other appropriate university personnel and units to ensure the quality, functionality, and security of our web site, or manage your relationship with us, we will not disclose personally identifiable information about your use of the site except under the following circumstances:

  • With your prior written (including email) consent
  • When we have given you clear notice that we will disclose information that you voluntarily provide
  • With appropriate external parties, such as law enforcement agencies, in order to investigate and respond to suspected violations of law or University policy. Any such disclosures shall comply with all applicable laws and university policies.

Security

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of information technologies, no transmission of data over the Internet can be guaranteed to be completely secure. While we are committed to protecting the privacy of our visitors, we cannot guarantee the security of any information that you transmit to University web sites, and you do so at your own risk. However, once we receive your information, we will use reasonable safeguards consistent with prevailing industry standards and commensurate with the sensitivity of the data being stored to maintain the security of that information on our systems.

In addition, we will comply with all applicable Federal, State and local laws regarding the privacy and security of visitor information.

When we transfer and receive certain types of sensitive information such as financial or health information, we redirect visitors to a secure server and will notify visitors through a pop-up screen on our site.

Privacy Notice Changes

From time to time, we may use visitor information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our privacy notice.

Contact Information

If you have questions or concerns about this policy, please contact Office of Student Financial Assistance via email at blfinaid@indiana.edu.

If you feel that this site is not following its stated policy and communicating with the owner of this site does not resolve the matter, or if you have general questions or concerns about privacy or information technology policy at Indiana University, please contact the University Information Policy Office, 812-855-UIPO, uipo@iu.edu.