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ISEEK Privacy Statement

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (MnSCU) is firmly committed to respecting the privacy of all website visitors to the extent permitted by state and federal laws, including the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, Minn. Stat. Ch. 13. This Privacy Statement of ISEEK is intended to explain the ways in which information is collected, the way we will use the information collected, and the protections we will provide the information you choose to give to us on the ISEEK websites. The ISEEK websites include iseek.org, mncareerpathways.org, and mnprogramsofstudy.org.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

When you visit our websites, we routinely collect and store information about your visit to help us manage our sites and improve service. This information includes:

  • The Internet Protocol ("IP") Address and domain name used to access this site. (The IP address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet service provider or to your computer.);
  • The type of browser and operating system you used;
  • The date and time you visited this site;
  • The web pages or services you accessed on this site;
  • The website you visited prior to coming to this site; and
  • Search terms used to find this site or to search for information on this site.

We use this information to determine the number of visitors to the site, and to different sections of the site, to monitor system performance, to assess technical design requirements, and to meet our users' needs.

We analyze the above information in the aggregate. We do not release any personally identifiable information collected from these activities without your consent, unless we are legally permitted or required to do so.

Cookies

We use "cookies" to customize your browsing experience. "Cookies" are pieces of information stored by your web browser on your computer on behalf of a website and returned to the website on request. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, 13.15, subdivisions 4 and 5, this is the required notice to users that we will install a cookie on your computer at certain times when you access this website. This information may be used for purposes of evaluating electronic government services, preventing unlawful intrusions to electronic systems, or as otherwise provided by law. We use cookies for a number of purposes, including but not limited to: carrying data about your current session at the site from one web page to the next, and identifying you to the site between visits.

We also may use cookies to evaluate our website and to track advertising campaign performance from banner ads, opt-in e-mails and through third party advertising services. We use these cookies to track traffic patterns to help us improve the layout of our site and to understand, for example, the effectiveness of our advertising and marketing campaigns.

Our websites also include third-party features, such as Google Analytics, Share functionality, links to Facebook and Twitter, customer support widgets, and others. These features may collect information about your IP address and which page you're visiting on our site, and they may set a cookie to make sure the feature functions properly. These features and widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our site. Your interactions with those features are governed by the privacy policies of the companies that provide them.

Google Analytics is used to analyze traffic to our site. Google uses cookies to provide this service to us. Google's cookies are used to store information, such as what time your visit occurred, whether you have been to the site before, and what site referred you to our web page. ISEEK does share aggregate data from Google Analytics with our partners and with the public. This aggregate data does not include personally identifying information. ISEEK may also give third parties access to its Google Analytics in the course of doing business, for example to a consultant or analyst for the purpose of reviewing or updating Google Analytics configurations or settings.

Cookies remain on your computer until you delete them. If you prefer not to receive cookies, you may turn them off in your browser settings, or you may set your browser to ask you before accepting a new cookie. This site may not function properly if the cookies are turned off.

Secure applications at ISEEK, which require users to log in, may or may not use cookies in order to track things such as passwords and session information.

Information Voluntarily Provided By You

In the course of visiting this website, you may choose to provide us with information about you to help us serve your needs. Unless you voluntarily participate in an activity that asks for such information, we do not collect personal information about you. For example, you may fill out a web form, participate in a survey, send an email, sign up for a mailing list, or request further information be sent to you by mail. Any personally identifiable information you send us will be used only for the purpose indicated, such as to send information to you or respond to your questions or comments. Requests for information will be directed to the appropriate staff members to respond to the request, and may be recorded to help us update our site to better respond to similar requests.

The information we collect is not limited to text characters, and may include audio, video, and graphic information formats that you send to us. We do not rent, sell, or exchange any personal information you provide to us without your consent, except to the extent permitted or required by law.

If you choose not to provide us with personal information on a contact, help, or registration form, we may be unable to contact you.

Public Disclosure

In the State of Minnesota, laws exist to ensure the government is open and that the public generally has a right to access records and information possessed by State government. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public's right to access public records to protect to the privacy of individuals.

All information that you voluntarily provide to us becomes public data once we receive it, unless an exception in law exists. That means that if someone, including the news media, requests public information, we are obligated to provide it to them, unless it is otherwise protected by state or federal law.

Security Statement

MnSCU has taken a number of steps to safeguard the integrity of its data and prevent unauthorized access to information that is maintained in our computer systems. These measures are designed and intended to prevent the corruption of data, block unknown or unauthorized access to our systems and information, ensure the integrity of information that is transmitted to us, and to provide reasonable protection of private information that is in our possession.

In the course of ensuring network security and consistent services for all users, we employee software programs to do such things as monitor network traffic, identify unauthorized access or access to nonpublic information, detect computer viruses and other software that might damage our computers or network, and monitor and tune the performance of our network. In the course of such monitoring, these programs may detect information such as e-mail headers, addresses from network packets, and other information. Information from these activities is used only for the purpose of maintaining the security and performance of our networks and computer systems. As with other personally identifiable information, we do not release this information to others without your consent unless permitted or required by law, including Minn. Stat. 13.15.

Unauthorized attempts to deny service, upload information, change information, or to attempt to access a non-public site from this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable by law.

If you have any questions or concerns about this privacy policy or any privacy practices on an ISEEK website, you may contact:

ISEEK
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Wells Fargo Place
30 7th Street East, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55101-7804

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