Frequently Asked Questions

I was timed out in a database. Does the vendor have a record of all the subjects I was searching?

Answer:

The policy of the University of Minnesota Libraries is to respect and protect the privacy of the students, staff, faculty and other users. To ensure network security and consistant service for all users, software programs may be used to monitor network traffic, identify unauthorized access or access to non-public or restricted information and detect viruses and other software that might cause damage to the network. In addition, the Libraries may periodically collect and store information to help manage our Websites and to improve service.

Personally identifiable information from these activities is not released to external parties unless required by legal proceedings or law enforcement. Vendors, publishers and other external suppliers of digital information resources with whom the Libraries have contracts for access may collect information for the same purposes. Our contracts with the external vendors prohibit them from distributing or selling this information.

All data collection is governed by the Federal Privacy Act and Minnesota State Statute.

 

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