The Library understands that the privacy of its users is important. To that end, we have adopted this Policy with regard to the collection, use, and dissemination of personal information requested from visitors of the website. Personal information is information associated with a user's name or personal identity. We are providing this Policy so that you may understand the terms and conditions associated with the provision of any personal information to us. Your continued use of the website constitutes acceptance of this Policy.
As stated above, the Library is committed to protecting the privacy of its users. We believe that our policies conform to the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association, which provides this summation of the library community's commitment to privacy: "We protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted." Users of the Library website and resources are encouraged to read the Harvard University Library's Privacy Statement , which covers the use of Harvard Library's e-resources and the use of Harvard's online catalog, including borrowing and other transaction records. This website may contain links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such other websites.
You may visit this website without identifying yourself or revealing any personal information. However, certain transactions that you choose to engage in on this website require your submission of personal information, including, but not limited to, news feed requests, brochure or video requests, listservs and mailing lists, profile updates, applications, registrations, surveys and certain databases. As a general rule, the Library will not sell, swap, rent, or otherwise disclose to any third party any such personal information for commercial purposes. Such information will be utilized only for the purpose stated. To accomplish such purpose, the Library may disclose the information to its employees, consultants, and agents who have a legitimate need to know the information. The Library also reserves the right to disclose this information under special circumstances, including (as described in more detail below) disclosures required by law, court order or circumstances under which disclosure, in the sole discretion of the Library, is necessary to protect the legal rights, including the intellectual property rights, of the Library or the President and Fellows of Harvard College.
In addition to personal information that you may provide to us, we note that the Library server software collects information about each session, including the IP address of each computer that accesses the website and what files they access. The server software generates logfiles of such information, which are retained on a temporary basis (initially on our system, and then for a period of time on backup tapes) and are then deleted completely.
Use of Information
While the Library does gather information as described above for administrative purposes, we believe that our use of such information conforms to the precepts of confidentiality denoted in the ALA Code of Ethics statement. The Library may use the information gathered to analyze the use of the website, to troubleshoot problems and to improve services. For example, the Library may use your IP address and files you access to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer the website by identifying which parts of our website are most heavily used. The Library may also use this information to tailor site content to user needs, and to generate aggregate statistical reports. At no time will we disclose site usage by individual users. Notwithstanding the foregoing, please note that we may be obligated to release such information in connection with judicial proceedings (i.e., to federal law enforcement agents in response to a search warrant or subpoena issued in accordance with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, 50 U.S.C. 1861, as amended by the USA Patriot Act (Public Law 107-56), which law prohibits library staff from informing you that such a request has been received).
The Library website has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of information under our control. Unfortunately, due to the nature of Internet communications, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be completely secure. While the Library remains committed to protecting the privacy of our users, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems. We do so using secure technology, privacy protection controls, and restrictions on employee access; however, we make no representations regarding the veracity of such measures.
Please note that this Policy has been developed with the recognition that Internet technologies continue to develop and evolve rapidly, and that such changes may require us to alter this Policy. Any such alterations will not affect our commitment to the protection of our visitors' privacy.
Contacting this Website
If you have any questions about this Policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, you can contact:email@example.com