Website Privacy Policy

Scope

This Website Privacy Policy applies to all public web pages on Whitman College's website at www.whitman.edu.

Purpose

Whitman College created this policy as part of its commitment to maintain the privacy of users of the Whitman College's website. The policy has two purposes:

  1. To inform users and Whitman's content creators about Whitman Colleges' privacy guidelines.
  2. To notify users about the terms and conditions governing use of the Whitman College website.

Online Surveys and Other Information Provided by the User

While viewing pages on www.whitman.edu, a user may choose to provide information to help Whitman College serve that user's needs or conduct research. Person(s) responsible for creating forms that collect personal information should clearly state the extent to which the information a user provides will be shared. Aggregate data from forms may be shared with external third parties in ways that do not compromise privacy.

Rules on Sharing of Information

Whitman College uses www.whitman.edu for business purposes and is committed to ensuring the privacy of personal information. Use of the site is subject to all applicable state and federal laws and Whitman College policies. It is Whitman College's usual practice not to share any personal information entered into web forms (e.g. email addresses, names, phone numbers, etc.) with those outside Whitman College. However, when circumstances arise for the need to share information, Whitman College may share:

  • as authorized by law,
  • as permitted under Whitman College's policies,
  • if clearly stated on a web page that information the user enters will be shared and the user indicates consent by providing the information,
  • if consent is otherwise given

Rules for Individuals under Thirteen Years of Age

Whitman College is committed to complying fully with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. Accordingly, any user of the Whitman College Web that is under the age of thirteen may not provide Whitman College with personal information, and Whitman College will not use any such information in its database or other data collection activities. Users under the age of thirteen and their parents or guardians are cautioned that the collection of personal information volunteered by unauthorized children online or by e-mail will be treated the same as information given by an adult until Whitman College becomes aware that the user is under the age of thirteen and such information may be subject to public access.

Information Whitman College Gathers

Whitman College gathers information about computers or devices used to access www.whitman.edu and about general activity on the site such as the following:

  • Internet address of computer or device
  • Type of browser or other client application used
  • The operating system of the computer or device
  • Web pages requested
  • Referring pages
  • Time spent on the site

Summary reports containing this information may be shared with website content managers and other Whitman College employees. Whitman College uses this information in aggregate to understand what pages are popular and how users are navigating to and within the site.

Cookies and Login Security

Cookies are small pieces of data stored by a browser on a computer. Cookies are often used to retain information about preferences and pages a user has visited. You can disable cookies, remove cookies from your hard drive, and refuse to accept cookies.

Whitman College makes use of demographic information gathered through Google Analytics, through the use of their Demographics & Interests reports, to gain a deeper understanding of the visitors to the website so we can cater content to them while also tracking our success at reaching new visitors.  In addition, as you browse Whitman College's website, advertising cookies may be placed on your computer so that we can understand what you are interested in.  Our display advertising partners then enable us to present you with retargeting advertising on other sites based on your previous interaction with our website. The techniques our partners employ do not use personal information such as your name, email address, postal address or telephone number. You can visit this page to opt out of targeted advertising.

Questions

If you have questions about this privacy notice or believes that your personal information has been released without consent, please send an email to itso@whitman.edu.