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Applied Research Laboratories
The University of Texas at Austin

Web Privacy Statement
The Applied Research Laboratories is committed to ensuring the privacy and accuracy of your personal information. As part of our commitment to maintain the privacy of our Web users, The University of Texas has developed this privacy statement. The statement has two purposes:

  1. To educate users about privacy issues

  2. To inform users about specific privacy policies and guidelines employed at The Applied Research Laboratories: The University of Texas at Austin (ARL:UT).

The University of Texas at Austin also complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which prohibits the release of confidential student information.

The Applied Research Laboratory Web consists of several Web servers. Some servers in the arlut.utexas.edu domain may adopt different privacy statements as their specific needs require.

The ARL:UT web contains links to hundreds of other Web sites. Neither ARL:UT nor the University of Texas is responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Web sites.

Information We Gather
Our Web servers maintain logs that contain the following information:

  • Internet address of user

  • Web pages requested

  • Referring Web page

  • Browser used

  • Date and Time

This data is not associated with specific individuals. The data is used in aggregate by system administrators and Web content managers to tune the Web site for its efficiency. Raw data from the Web server logs is only shared with the content manager of each Web site. Summary reports are produced from the logs to help Web publishers determine what Web browsers and pages are most popular. For example, if the aggregate reports show a particular Web page is very popular, we will use this information to make that Web page easier to find.

However, in the event that an attempt is made to compromise our Web or network security, ARL:UT will use logs to help identify and prosecute those responsible, and may share this information with law enforcement officials.

Cookies
Cookies are small pieces of data stored by the Web browser. Cookies are often used to remember information about preferences and pages you have visited. For example, when you visit some sites on the Web you might see a "Welcome Back" message. The first time you visited the site a cookie was probably set on your computer; when you return, the cookie is read again. ARL:UT uses cookies in some of its authentication systems. These cookies are used so Web browsers will not have to repeatedly enter user names and passwords when they go to different parts of the Web site.

Some sites and applications within The University of Texas may also use cookies to retain user preference information. This information cannot be shared with external third parties.

Security and Accuracy of Personal Information
The University does its best to ensure that the personal information we have about you is accurate. Users with a UT EID can check and update personal information such as their address and e-mail address at the secure UT EID Login.

Sharing of Information
ARL:UT does not release personal information gathered through the Web, such as pages visited for personal perferences. Consistent with FERPA, we do not release personal information, other than public directory information, to other parties unless we receive explicit written authorization to do so.

Public Forums
The University of Texas at Austin makes chat rooms, forums, message boards, and news groups available to its users. Any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should therefore exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information in such places.

Questions
If you have questions about this privacy statement or you believe that your personal information has been released without your consent send e-mail to webmaster@arlut.utexas.edu.

26 July 2000


 

 







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