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Peer 2 Peer University ("P2PU") cares about the personal data of its users. These Privacy Guidelines explain the collection, use and disclosure of “personal information” across all P2PU Web sites hosted under the p2pu.org domain (e.g. www.p2pu.org, blogs.p2pu.org, archive.p2pu.org, wiki.p2pu.org, etc.).
As used in this policy, “personal information” means information that would allow a party to identify you such as, for example, your name, address or location, telephone number or email address.
P2PU is an open and transparent organization. In that spirit, we share as much information as possible about our products, services, operations, and associations. Users who interact with P2PU Web sites should therefore understand and be aware that any personally-identifying information provided to P2PU may be made available to the public. There are three exceptions to this broad principle, explained below.
Except as described below, P2PU does not collect or require visitors to its Web sites to furnish personal information. Like most Web site operators, P2PU collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preferences, referring site, and date and time of each visitor request. P2PU also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, which are non-personally identifying in and of themselves but could be used in conjunction with other information to personally identify users.
P2PU's purpose in collecting this information is to better understand how P2PU's visitors use its Web sites. To that end, P2PU may share potentially personally-identifying information with its employees, contractors, volunteers, and its subsidiaries and related organizations. P2PU may also release non-personally-identifying information about visitors (e.g., by publishing a report on Web site usage trends). Otherwise, P2PU will not publicly release potentially personally-identifying information except under the same circumstances as P2PU releases personally-identifying information. Those circumstances are explained below.
Certain members of the P2PU community (course organizers, participants, etc.) choose to interact with P2PU in ways that require P2PU and others to know more about them. The amount and type of information that P2PU gathers from those members depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, members who wish to post content to certain portions of P2PU's Web sites or participate in live chat session(s) are asked to provide usernames that identify that content as having been posted by a particular member. P2PU asks course leaders and participants to create user profiles, which may include photographs and personal descriptions. Members who are registered and sign in to the P2PU website are able to contact members through their profiles. Contact information such as email addresses are not publicly available on the P2PU Web site, however if a user sends email through the website, that user’s email address will be revealed to the recipient.
Course leaders and participants in the same course are likely to obtain personally-identifying information for the purposes of collaboration and communication in the course itself. P2PU is not responsible for the disclosure of personally-identifying contact information that is volutntarily revealed when participating in a course.
As a general rule, users should assume that that any personally-identifying information provided through P2PU's Web sites will be made available to the public. There are three broad exceptions to that rule:
Certain P2PU products or services may contain features that report, or that permit users to report, the user's usage patterns to P2PU. The reports generated by these features typically include non-personally-identifying information such as the configuration of the user's computer and the code running at the time the problem occurred. Some of the features give users the option of providing personally-identifying information. P2PU may analyze the information provided by these interactive product features to develop a better understanding of how its products are being used.
Where P2PU has collected personally-identifying information subject to one of the three exceptions described in the Community Members section, above, it discloses that information only to those of its employees, volunteers, contractors and its subsidiaries and related organizations that need to know that information in order to process it on P2PU's behalf and that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, volunteers, contractors and subsidiaries and related organizations may be located outside of a visitor's home country; by using P2PU's Web sites, the visitor consents to the transfer of his/her information to them. P2PU does not rent or sell such information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors or its subsidiaries and related organizations, as described above, P2PU discloses such information only when required to do so by law, or when P2PU believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of P2PU, members of the P2PU community, or the public at large.
P2PU permits users to freely update and correct their personally-identifying information as maintained by P2PU. To do so, users should look for links or contact information available on whichever P2PU Web sites store the relevant information, or contact P2PU by email. Users are permitted to deactivate their profile, however, contributions to the P2PU Web site will not be removed when the profile is deactivated.
What Are Clear GIFs? -- Clear gifs (also known as web beacons) are used in combination with cookies to help web site operators understand how visitors interact with their websites. A clear gif is typically a transparent graphic image (usually 1 pixel x 1 pixel) that is placed on a site. The use of a clear gif allows the site to measure the actions of the visitor opening the page that contains the clear gif. It makes it easer to follow and record the activities of a recognized browser, such as the path of pages visited at a website.