Privacy Statement


Your privacy

Dalhousie University is committed to providing our faculty, staff, students, and visitors with websites that respect their privacy. This page summarizes the privacy policy and practices for all official Dalhousie University websites.

Our websites do not automatically gather any personal information from you, such as your name, phone number, or email address. This information is only obtained if you provide it voluntarily, through contacting us via email or through an online form. Any information that you choose to provide will be protected in accordance with applicable privacy legislation and Dalhousie University policies and procedures.

Dalhousie University will only use your personal information for the stated purposes for which it was collected, unless you provide consent otherwise. Your personal information will only be disclosed to or accessed by Dalhousie University employees with a need to know in relation to the purposes for which it was collected. Dalhousie University will not sell or rent your personal information to any third parties.

Some of our webites may collect more information than is described here and may have additional privacy requirements. Where applicable, please be sure to familiarize yourself with such requirements.

Information gathered automatically

Dalhousie University’s web servers log some information about Internet traffic on our web pages. While we make no attempt to link the information captured to the identity of individual visitors, these logs capture aggregate, generic, non-personal identifying information about visitors such as:

  • The Internet domain and Internet Protocol (“IP”) address from which you access our websites
  • The type of browser and operating system used
  • The date and time you access our websites
  • The uniform resource locator (URL) of the pages you visit
  • If you linked to one of our websites from another website, the address of that website
  • Your general geographic location

We use this information to help us make our websites more useful to our audiences by learning about the number of visitors, and by monitoring traffic patterns and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record information about specific individuals and their visits.

In some cases, the Internet domain or IP address of visitors could allow for individual identification, depending on the naming standards followed by your Internet service provider. If this concerns you, you may wish to ask them about their policies and practices.
Visitor information is not disclosed to anyone except Dalhousie University personnel who need the information for legitimate business purposes such as responding to a request.

Information collected in e-mails and web forms

Should you choose to provide us with personal information — as in an email or by filling out an electronic form and submitting it to us through our website — we will use that information to respond to your request.

Dalhousie also allows for web user feedback. This information is provided through Kampyle, a web feedback service hosted in Israel. The optional feedback form is offered to 1) allow users to provide feedback and 2) for Dalhousie to make improvements on usability and function. The service allows for the user to provide feedback through standard, preformatted responses, and allows for the user to provide an email address for a return message. No other personal information is collected beyond what the user voluntarily chooses to submit.

Cookies

A cookie is a small text file containing a unique identification number that is transferred (through your browser) from a website to the hard drive of your computer. The cookie identifies your browser and will NOT let a website know any personal information about you, such as your name and address. Since cookies are only text files, they cannot run on your computer, search your computer for other information or transmit any information to anyone.

Dalhousie University may use cookies to:

  • Monitor website usage and improve the operation and performance of our websites to make them easier and more convenient to use; for example, cookies help us remember who you are through your browser settings so that we can offer and provide more personalized services (e.g. language preference).
  • Save passwords and preferences for you so that you will not have to re-enter them the next time you visit a website.
  • Measure aggregate user traffic and demographic statistics related to the websites (e.g. number of users, average time spent, average age and similar statistics). This information helps us to better understand when to update, change or offer new services and provides us with details as to the performance of third party advertisements and content.
  • Dalhousie University and third party advertising providers used by Dalhousie University may use cookies when serving advertisements.

If you are concerned about the use of cookies, you can refer to the help information in your browser software for information on how to disable cookies. If you wish to delete cookies from your machine, consult your browser’s help files for instructions on how to do so.

Links to other sites

Our websites may contain links to other sites. We are not responsible for the content and the privacy practices of other websites.