Privacy statement

Introduction

We are committed to protecting your privacy and providing users with a safe and functional personal learning and development environment. This Statement of Privacy applies to the University's eportfolio.waikato.ac.nz Mahara site and governs data collection and usage. This site is provided for the purposes of teaching and learning. You are reminded that your use of Mahara and any associated tools is subject to the University's Computer Systems Regulations. You should also be aware of the following:

Collection of personal information

By registering on the University's eportfolio.waikato.ac.nz Mahara site you will be required to provide us with a certain amount of personal information. We will only use your personal information for the purpose for which you provided it to us.

As eportfolio.waikato.ac.nz users you are able to determine what personal information you make available to others. By default, unless assigned administrator or staff access rights, a user may only view your display name (or name if you have not chosen / could not choose a display name) and your default profile picture. If you have a Gravatar profile the image associated with your email will be displayed. You are free to change your photo and control other information that is available about yourself. You should be careful not to add personal or private information about yourself that you do not wish others to see.

We may collect system usage for statistical purposes. However this data will not identify any individual.

Respecting Privacy

You are expected to respect the right to privacy of others. You must not make inappropriate use of others’ personal information or post private information or contact details (e.g. address, email) about another person. You must not re-post a comment or information that was sent to you privately without permission of the person who sent the a comment or information. Any contact from another user or receipt of any comment you feel uncomfortable about should be reported immediately. Information on the University complaints procedures is found on the student complaints policy.

Cookies

In order to use eportfolio.waikato.ac.nz, you must have cookies enabled within your browser. Please note that no personal information is stored within the cookies used in eportfolio.waikato.ac.nz.

A cookie is a data file that is placed on your computer by a webpage server. Cookies are not programs, spyware or viruses and are unable to perform any operation by themselves.

Storage and security of your personal information

We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that any personal information we hold is not subject to loss or misuse or unauthorised access, disclosure or alteration.

In order to help protect your personal information, please do not disclose your username or password to any person.

Changes to this privacy statement

We may occasionally make adjustments to our privacy statement to reflect changes to the system and in response to customer feedback. As such we suggest you check the privacy statement each time you visit this site.

Contact

If you have any questions regarding this statement or believe we have not adhered to the above criteria, please contact us and we will use all reasonable efforts to remedy the issue.