Your privacy is critically important to me, Dr. Gerald R. Lucas. Any student information I ask for is based solely on being a more effective educator. With LitMUSE, Humanities Online, and MCA Community, I have a few fundamental principles:
- I don’t ask you for personal information unless I truly need it.
- I don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop pedagogical efficacy, or protect my rights.
- I don’t store personal information on my servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of my services.
Web Site Visitors
Like most web site operators, LitMUSE collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. LitMUSE’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how visitors use its web site. From time to time, LitMUSE may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its web site.
LitMUSE also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments. LitMUSE only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to LitMUSE’s web sites choose to interact with LitMUSE in ways that require LitMUSE to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that LitMUSE gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, I ask visitors who sign up for a blog at Humanities Online to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with LitMUSE — by taking a course on Humanities Online, for example — are asked to provide additional information needed for the education experience, like a user picture or biography. In each case, LitMUSE collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with LitMUSE. LitMUSE does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain web site-related activities.
LitMUSE may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its web sites. For instance, LitMUSE may monitor the most popular posts on MCA Community or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. LitMUSE may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, LitMUSE does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
LitMUSE discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on LitMUSE’s behalf or to provide services available at LitMUSE’s web sites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using LitMUSE’s web sites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. LitMUSE will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations, as described above, LitMUSE discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when LitMUSE believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of LitMUSE, third parties, or the public at large. If you are a registered user of a LitMUSE web site and have supplied your email address, LitMUSE may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with LitMUSE and our community. I primarily use my various various web sites to communicate this type of information, so I expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send me a request (for example via a support email or via one of my feedback mechanisms), I reserve the right to publish it in order to help me clarify or respond to your request or to help me support other users. LitMUSE takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
Comments and other content submitted to my anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case I store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.