Privacy & Security
The Texas A&M University Institute for Scientific Computation respects your privacy. The Department's main webpage does not collect personal information about visitors. In particular, we do not use "cookies" to collect information.
Personal information that you provide via e-mail or through other online means will be used only for purposes necessary to serve your needs, such as responding to an inquiry or other request for information. This may involve redirecting your inquiry or comment to another person or department better suited to meeting your needs.
Some of our web sites also send general information about your visit to Google Analytics. We do not send personal information to Google Analytics.
We do, however, use server logs to collect information concerning your Internet connection and general information about your visit to our Web site. This information may be used to analyze trends; to create summary statistics for the purpose of determining technical design specifications; and to identify system performance or problem areas.
This means we sometimes acquire, record and analyze portions of the data that is entered into, stored on, and/or transmitted through this site by you. This information is only released -- when legally required -- to help law enforcement investigations, legal proceedings or internal investigations of University rule and regulation violations. These groups would use the information to track the electronic interactions back to the source computer(s) or account(s).
Except for education records governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), all information collected from our web sites, including server logs, and information collected from web forms, or email you send to us, may be subject to the Texas Public Information Act. This means that while we do not actively share information, in some cases we may be compelled by law to release this information.
Some web pages may collect personal information about visitors and use that information for purposes other than those stated above. Each web page that collects information will have a separate privacy statement that will tell you how that information is used. In absence of such privacy statement, this privacy statement will apply.
If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your use of this Web site, please contact the Webmaster or through regular mail at:
Institute for Scientific Computation Blocker Bldg 612 3404 TAMU Texas A&M University College Station, TX 77843-3404 Attn: Webmaster
A cookie file contains unique information that a Web site can use to track such things as passwords, pages you have visited, the date you last looked at a specific page, and to identify your session at a particular Web site. SERVER LOG INFORMATION
The following information is collected from server logs for analysis:
- User/client hostname - The hostname (or IP address if DNS is disabled) of the user/client requesting access
- HTTP header, "user agent" - The user-agent information includes the type of browser, its version, and the operating system it is running on
- HTTP header, "referrer" - The referrer specifies the page from which the client accessed the current page
- System date - The date and time of the user/client request
- Full request - The exact request the user/client made
- Status - The status code the server returned to the user/client
- Content length - The content length, in bytes, of the document sent to the user/client
- Method - The request method used
- Universal Resource Identifier (URI) - The location of a resource on the server
- Query string of the URI - Anything after the question mark in a URI
- Protocol - The transport protocol and version used
Google Analytics stores the following information on their web site:
- User/client hostname - The host-name or IP address of the user/client requesting access
- HTTP header, "user agent" - The user-agent information includes the type of browser, its version, and the operating system on which it is running
- Universal Resource Identifier (URI) - The location of a resource on the server including web pages, images, and other files
- HTTP header, "referrer" - The referrer specifies the page from which the user/client accessed the current page
- Screen colors - Color processing ability of the user/client screen
- Screen resolution - The resolution or dimensions of the user/client screen
- Service Provider - The Internet service provider of the user/client
- Mobile device - If user/client is a mobile device, the manufacturer of the mobile device
- Mobile carrier - If user/client is a mobile device, its Internet service provider
- Bandwidth (Internet connection speed) - The speed of the user/client connection from their Internet service provider
- Java support - If Java is enabled
- Flash version - Which version of Adobe Flash is installed
- Geographic data - Country, State, City, language preference of the user/client
- Time on page - The time spent on a web page
We employ extensive security measures consistent with the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) "Information Security Standards" and Texas A&M University Rules and Standard Administrative Procedures to protect against unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, or destruction of information under our control, as well as the loss, misuse, or alteration of our web sites and/or associated electronic information resources. The information resources that support our web sites undergo an annual information security risk assessment via the Information Security Awareness Assessment and Compliance (ISAAC) system. The ISAAC system assesses the security posture of information systems and measures compliance with information security standards.
The Texas Public Information Act, with a few exceptions, gives you the right to be informed about the information our web sites collect about you. It also gives you the right to request a copy of that information, and to have the university correct any of that information. You may request to receive and review any of this information, or request corrections to it, by contacting the TAMU Public Information Officer or the TAMU Office of Open Records, 1181 TAMU, College Station, Texas, 77843-1181, at (979)862-7777.
Last update: 29Jul2010 - slj