This privacy policy discloses the information gathering and dissemination practices for the Harvard Extension School website (the website).

The website is maintained by President and Fellows of Harvard College (“Harvard”). As used in this privacy policy, the terms “we,” “us” and “our” refer to Harvard.

This privacy policy applies to information collected by the website both from users who log on to interact with the Site and from users who view and use the Site without logging on. By using the website, you are consenting to our collection and use of your information in accordance with this privacy policy.

See the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regarding confidentiality of student educational records.

Collection of information

1. Browsing information

When you access the website, our servers automatically record information that your browser provides. This may include, among other things, your Internet protocol address, web request, browser type, the date and time of your request, web pages visited, files accessed, and one or more cookies that uniquely identify your browser (see below).

2. Cookies

The website will attempt to store a small piece of data known as a “cookie” on your computer. For example, when you visit a page within the website, a cookie will be placed on your computer (if your computer accepts cookies) or will be read if you have visited the website previously. We may use cookies to establish continuity between related requests, to personalize the website to your preferences, to authenticate your log-in, and to analyze web traffic. Cookies do not themselves contain any personal information. The website logs this session identifier along with other information about each request. You may choose to block cookies with your browser, but if you do, you may not be able to take advantage of the website’s personalized features, including the discussion groups.

3. User communications

When you send e-mail or other communications to us, we may retain the communications in order to process your inquiries, respond to your requests and improve our services.

Contacting this website

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your experience with this site, you can contact: webmaster@dcemail.harvard.edu.

Use of information

We may use the information collected for the following purposes, in addition to those described above: tailoring the website to user needs and improving our service; generating data and reports about usage of the website and its content; supporting the functioning and security of the website and our network and systems; protecting our rights, property, or safety or those of others; and research.

We may contract with third parties to perform functions and provide services to us, including, without limitation, hosting and maintenance of the website. We may provide collected information to those third parties for those purposes. We may also provide your information to third parties in circumstances where we believe that doing so is necessary or appropriate to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request; investigate compliance with or enforce our terms of use; detect, prevent or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues; or protect the rights, property or safety of us, our users or others. The information referred to in this section may include personally identifiable information. In addition, we may share with third parties information about the use of the Site and its content that is aggregated or anonymized so that it does not identify any individual user.

Security

This website has security measures in place to help protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. However, we cannot guarantee that those security measures will be effective.

Links to other sites

This website contain links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of those websites.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this website, or your dealings with this website, please contact us at webmaster@dcemail.harvard.edu.

Changes to this policy

We may change this privacy policy from time to time without advance notice. If we change the policy, we will post the modified policy on this page, and will note the date of modification.

This privacy policy was last updated June 30, 2010.