The information we receive depends upon what you do when visiting our site. If you visit our site to read or download information, we collect and store only the following information about you: the name of the domain from which you access the internet (for example, aol.com, if you are connecting from an America Online account, or iowa.edu if you are connecting from the University of Iowa's domain); the date and time you access our site; the internet address of the web site from which you linked directly to our site; and what information you view while you visit our web site.
We use the information we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, where they come from, find out what information is the most viewed, and to help us make our web site more useful to visitors.
If you identify yourself by sending us a comment using our feedback page or an email, or by signing up for our email updates, we use personally-identifying information to respond to your comment or suggestion, and to count the number of people sending us comments. We want to be very clear: We will not obtain personally-identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us. We maintain the information we collect in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, where applicable.
Cookies and other information stored on your computer
In general, this site only uses "cookies" to enhance the usability of the site. However, you should be aware that on a limited number of pages, the web site uses session "cookies" to only authenticate the identity of the user. We use this technology in order to maintain the integrity of the information presented and authenticate the identity of the individual user.
We take the safeguarding of any personally identifying information very seriously. Any information collected using the "cookies" associated with this section of the web site will be used only in connection with the administration of this site. We collect this information only to authenticate your identity while you are these limited sections of the web site. The "cookie" has no other function, and we will not share any information associated with this "cookie" with individuals not connected with the administration of this section of the web site.
Further, some of the links on the web site point to external sites which may place cookies on your computer. However, you should know that the site may still place a cookie on your computer while you are reading the warning message. If you want to avoid such cookies, we encourage you to set your browser to notify you when cookies are being set and allow you to reject them. Your system's help files will explain how to do this.
For SITE SECURITY purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.
We generally will not obtain personally identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us. See also Privacy Act Notice. If monitoring reveals evidence of possible criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to law enforcement personnel.