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Privacy - Community Forum

(December, 2014)

I. INTRODUCTION

Internet2 recognizes and respects the privacy interests of its community members. We are committed to protecting that privacy and keeping visitors to our Community Forum (“Community Forum”) informed about our Privacy Policy. This policy discusses how Internet2 collects, stores, and uses data collected from individuals who use our Community Forum.

II. WHAT THIS POLICY COVERS

  • The information, including any personal information, that we collect
  • Reasons we may collect personally identifiable information (“PII”)
  • Ways in which information, including your PII, may be used and disclosed
  • Security measures to prevent misuse of information entrusted to Internet2

III. WHAT INFORMATION IS COLLECTED

Internet2 collects two kinds of information from visitors to our Community Forum: (i) information we collect when you visit our website and (ii) information we collect when you register to participate in our online community.

A. INFORMATION WE COLLECT WHEN YOU VISIT THE WEBSITE

If you are visiting the Community Forum to browse through the site and read forum posts, we may collect and store information related to the Community Forum pages you visit. With respect to “do not track” requests, Internet2 does not support such requests and continues to collect the information described herein.

B. INFORMATION WE COLLECT WHEN YOU REGISTER

If you choose to register to participate in our Community Forum, you will be required to submit your full name, institutional affiliation, email address, and phone number. We also may collect your IP address.

C. NO INFORMATION FROM CHILDREN UNDER 13

No part of the Internet2 Community Forum is directed to children under the age of 13, and Internet2 does not knowingly collect or maintain PII from children under the age of 13.

IV. WHY WE COLLECT THIS INFORMATION

Internet2 collects PII from you for several reasons:

  • To identify you by name and institutional affiliation when you post a message in our Community Forum
  • To enable us to contact you when necessary in connection with questions or comments you may have posted in the Community Forum
  • To allow community members who already have your contact information to contact you in connection with questions or comments you may have posted
  • To enable us to log and prosecute abuse of this policy, the Community Forum Terms of Use, or any other relevant policy

V. WHAT THIRD PARTIES, IF ANY, IS THE DATA SHARED WITH

Unless otherwise specified herein, Internet2 will not give, sell or provide access to your personal information to any company, individual, or organization for its use in marketing, commercial solicitation, or other promotional purposes.
When you post in the Community Forum, your full name and institutional affiliation, as well as the content of your post, will be shared with the community. By posting in our Community Forum, you are granting consent for this information to be shared publicly on the Internet. We will not share your email address or telephone number publicly with your forum post, but members of the community who already possess your contact information may contact you privately with regard to a particular forum post.

In order to operate the Community Forum, Internet2 may share your personal information with third party contractors. These third parties will be contractually required to protect your personal information as set forth in this Privacy Policy.

Internet2 also may share your personal information with forum moderators. These moderators are community members who have volunteered to oversee the communication activity and organization of the Community Forum. Moderators are not employees, contractors, or agents of Internet2. A moderator may use your personal information to contact you privately regarding an inquiry or comment you may have posted in the Community Forum.
We will not share the information you give us with a government agency except as required by court order or other government demand that has the force of law, or as otherwise required by applicable law.

VI. HOW DATA IS ANONYMIZED/PROTECTED

Internet2’s Community Forum uses industry standard technical, administrative and physical safeguards to maintain the security of your personal information. Internet2 enables the password you input to be encrypted when in route between your browser and the Internet2 server(s) and when in route between the Internet2 server(s) and some other browser or server. This practice helps prevent unauthorized third parties from intercepting and gaining access to your private data during transmission over the Internet. Internet2 uses 128-bit, Secure Socket Layer encryption supported by all popular Web browsers.

Some of the data you provide us, such as your phone number and email address, is stored in a password-protected environment, and access is provided only to those who require access to administer and maintain the system, provide requested support, or respond to your inquiry or comments.

VII. MUTUAL OBLIGATION TO PROTECT PRIVACY

To access the Internet2 Community Forum, users must input their InCommon credentials. Users who do not have InCommon credentials may be issued self-selected passwords. For security reasons, your password must not be disclosed to any other party. Users acknowledge that disclosing passwords to others may result in the temporary or permanent termination of their rights to use the Community Forum. The misuse of passwords or misrepresentation of identity by use of another's password may compromise the security of the service, and would allow Internet2 to enforce its rights under the Terms of Use. If you lose control of your InCommon credentials or self-selected password, you may lose substantial control of your personally identifiable information and may be subject to legally binding actions taken on your behalf. Therefore, if your password has been compromised for any reason, you should immediately contact the administrator who issues InCommon credentials at your institution to reset your old password. If your password has been compromised and you do not have InCommon credentials, please contact the Community Forum administrator at the email address provided below. Internet2 and InCommon shall not be responsible for any damages incurred as a result of unauthorized use of your password and hereby expressly disclaim all responsibility for any such damages.

VIII. ACCESS TO PERSONAL INFORMATION AND OPPORTUNITY TO UPDATE INFORMATION

Users may access and update the information provided to Internet2 in connection with registration to use the Community Forum at any time by contacting the Community Forum administrator at the email address provided below.

IX. NOTICE FOR UPDATES AND CHANGES TO POLICY

As our Community Forum evolves, we may update this Privacy Policy to reflect changes in the manner in which we deal with personal information, whether to comply with applicable regulations and self-regulatory standards, or otherwise. The Privacy Policy posted here will always be current. We encourage you to review this statement regularly.

X. WHO TO CONTACT IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact forum-admin@internet2.edu.