USM collects personal identifiable information (“Personal Information”) from you under the following circumstances:
When you sign up to receive e-mail newsletters from us.
When you register for University programs, seminars, and special events.
When you request additional information, customer service, or other assistance.
When you participate in special events.
When you participate in surveys, panels, or market research.
In conjunction with your employment or enrollment inquiries or applications.
In conjunction with your applications and inquiries regarding financial aid.
When you participate on social media accounts involving USM properties.
When you participate in communities, chat rooms, and other interactive services.
Any other place on the Web Site where you knowingly volunteer personal information.
In addition, when you interact with the Web Site, our servers may keep an activity log that does not identify you individually (“Non-Personal Information”). Generally, we collect the following categories of Non-Personal Information:
We may collect certain demographic data such as age, gender, and five-digit zip code as part of collecting personal information.
We collect and store certain device information about your computer, mobile device, or other device that you use to access the Web Site. This information may include IP address, geolocation information, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser language, and other transactional information.
We automatically log certain usage information about your use of the Web Site. This information includes a reading history of the pages you view. We use this information to provide you a more customized experience on the Web Site.
We collect and store additional “traffic data” such as time of access, date of access, software crash reports, session identification number, browser types, access times, and referring Web site addresses.
We collect and store your search terms and search results when using the search function on the Web Site.
We also collect and store certain other information regarding our users’ use of the Web Site so that third parties may provide us reports and analysis regarding usage and browsing patterns of the Web Site.
We use the information we learn from you to help us personalize and continually improve your experience on the Web Site. We use your Personal and Non-Personal Information in the following ways:
Except as disclosed below, we don’t sell, barter, give away, rent, or permit anyone outside of USM to use or access your Personal Information.
We occasionally use third-party agents, affiliates and partners to perform functions such as marketing, analytics, providing requested services, providing customer service, etc., on our behalf. These entities have access to the Personal Information needed to perform their functions and are contractually obligated to maintain the confidentiality and security of any personal information collected from the Web Site. They are restricted from using, selling, distributing, or altering this data in any way other than to provide the requested services to USM.
We may also use or disclose your personal information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to (a) conform to applicable law or comply with legal process served on us or the Web Site; (b) protect and defend our rights or property, the University or our users, students or partners, and (c) act under emergency circumstances to protect the personal safety of us, our affiliates, agents, or the users of the Web Site or the public.
We will use or disclose the Non-Personal Information as we determine in our sole discretion.
Cookies and IP Addresses
We use “Cookies” in order to personalize your visit to our Web Site and enhance the experience by gaining a better understanding of your particular interests and customizing our pages for you. A cookie is a message given to a web browser by a web server which is then stored by the web browser in a text file on your computer. Each time the browser requests a page from the server, this message is sent back, which enables the user to be identified. We also collect your IP address when you visit the Web Site to better understand how to serve our clients.
We may occasionally use Web beacons and embedded scripts. Web beacons are small graphic images or other Web programming code (also know as “1×1 GIFs” or “clear GIFs”) that may be included in Web Site pages and e-mail messages. Web beacons or similar technologies may be used for a number of purposes, including (without limitation) to count visitors to the Web Site, monitor how users navigate the Web Site, count how many e-mails that were sent were actually opened, or to count how many particular articles or links were actually viewed. An embedded script is programming code that is designed to collect information about users’ interactions with the Web Site, such as the links users click on. The code is temporarily downloaded onto a user’s computer from our Web server or a third party service provider, is active only while the user is connected to the Web Site, and is deactivated or deleted thereafter. For more information about how we use Web beacons and embedded scripts, please contact us at email@example.com.
USM protects your personal information with several security measures. In addition to normal precautions such as physical security and firewalls, we have strict internal security policies that govern the use of data collected on this Web Site. Nevertheless, please understand that while we try our best to safeguard your Personal Information once we receive it, no transmission of data over the Internet or any other public network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.
Children Under 13
This Web Site is not targeted to children under the age of 13. If you are under 13, please do not use this Web Site.
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Information Sharing and Disclosure to New Owners
Privacy Questions and Complaints
If you have any questions regarding this policy, if you would like to change your preferences, opt-out of receiving e-mail messages and newsletters from USM or if you believe that USM has erroneous or incomplete information about you, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your California Privacy Rights
California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits customers of USM who are California residents to request certain information regarding its disclosure of their personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.