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We collect information, including Personally Identifiable Information, when you sign up for a User Account, participate in online courses, send us email messages and/or participate in our public forums. We collect information about student performance and patterns of learning. We track information indicating, among other things, which pages of our Site were visited, the order in which they were visited, when they were visited, and which hyperlinks and other user interface controls were used.
We may log the IP address, operating system and browser software used by each user of the Site, and we may be able to determine from an IP address a user's Internet Service Provider and the geographic location of his or her point of connectivity. Various web analysis tools are used to collect this information. Some of the information is collected through cookies (a small text file placed on your computer). You should be able to control how and whether cookies will be accepted by your web browser. Most browsers offer instructions on how to reset the browser to reject cookies in the "Help" section of the toolbar. If you reject our cookies, many functions and conveniences of this Site may not work properly.
Among other things, we may use the information that you provide (including your Personally Identifiable Information) in connection with the following:
In addition to the above situations where your information may be shared with others, there is also the possibility that MITx will affiliate with other educational institutions and/or that MITx will become a (or part of a) nonprofit entity separate from MIT. In those events, the other educational institutions and/or separate entity will have access to the information you provide, to the extent permitted by FERPA.
We may share the information we collect with third parties as follows:
Our goal is to provide current and future visitors with the best possible educational experience. To further this goal, we sometimes present different users with different versions of course materials and software. We do this to personalize the experience to the individual learner (assess the learner's level of ability and learning style, and present materials best suited to the learner), to evaluate the effectiveness of our course materials, to improve our understanding of the learning process, and to otherwise improve the effectiveness of our offerings. We may publish or otherwise publicize results from this process, but only as non-personally-identifiable data.
If you have privacy concerns, or have disclosed data you would prefer to keep private, please contact us at email@example.com.
Effective Date: February 6, 2012
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