Privacy Policy

This policy states the privacy practices for this web sites under the domains hsph.harvard.edu and sph.harvard.edu. Please note: The Alumni Community web site (alumni.sph.harvard.edu) has a separate privacy policy available here.

Information gathering

We may ask our visitors to provide email addresses and other information about themselves.

Our web server software generates logs of the IP addresses of computers that access this web site and of the files here they access. These logs are retained on a temporary basis and then deleted completely from our systems.

We may also collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to this website. We may gather website use statistics ourselves or through service providers such as Google Analytics and retain them for an indefinite period. We may display this statistical information publicly or provide it to others. However, we do not collect or disclose personally-identifying information other than as described in this policy.

We may use cookies to maintain a user’s identity between web sessions.

User generated content (including comments and profiles)

In certain instances, for example during events streamed live from the website at http://theforum.sph.harvard.edu/, users may be able to post comments or participate in live chats on the site.

Any information you disclose in your submission of comments, including name, email, website, and the comment itself is property of HSPH. Additionally, information regarding name and comments may be public on the HSPH site. Comments may be moderated and/or approved by HSPH-authorized moderators.

HSPH reserves the right to reject or remove thereafter any content from appearing on its site that does not meet its user generated content policy. The School is in no way responsible for content posted by outside individuals or groups posting in such sections of the HSPH website.

Use of information

We do not share, sell, or rent individual personally identifiable information except as described in this policy or ordered by a court of law. Information submitted to us is only available to employees and third-party vendors who manage this information for purposes of contacting you or sending you e-mails based on your requesting information. At any time you may opt out of receiving emails that you have requested.

We use your IP address and information on files you access to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our Web site by identifying (1) which parts of our site are most heavily used, and (2) which portion of our audience comes from within the Harvard network. We also use this information to tailor site content to user needs, and to generate aggregate statistical reports. We do not link IP addresses to anything personally identifiable. This means that user sessions will be tracked, but the users will remain anonymous.

Any email address you provide may be used to send you information and to respond to inquiries and other requests or questions. At any time you may opt out of receiving emails that you have requested.

User information may be shared with third-party partners to the extent necessary to provide and improve web services or other communications to users. Any third parties who receive user information for this purpose are prohibited from using or sharing user information for any purpose other than providing services to users.

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; detect, prevent or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues; or protect the rights, property or safety of us, our users or others.

Security

This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control.

Contacting this web site

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

This web site may contain links to other web sites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such web sites.

Effective Date and changes

This Privacy Policy may be amended from time to time. Any such changes will be posted on this page. The effective date of this policy is August 13, 2014.