Privacy Policy

The Internet-Based Studies in Education And Research e-Learning Environment is committed to maintaining the privacy of individuals who make use of the Internet-based program. The process to maintain user privacy includes steps to both physically and electronically protect information collected by Internet-Based Studies in Education And Research. Additionally, the Internet-Based Studies in Education And Research program adheres to internal policies related to the release of user information. In the sections below it is described how information furnished to Internet-Based Studies in Education And Research is collected and used.

What information is collected by Internet-Based Studies in Education And Research?

Individuals who access the Internet-Based Studies in Education And Research website can browse all non-secured areas of the website without any personal information being collected. The Internet-Based Studies in Education And Research program is divided into two sections: non-secured and secured.

The non-secured area of Internet-Based Studies in Education And Research includes all of the education content introduction web pages, the home page, the program's overview web pages and the help web pages. The secured area of Internet-Based Studies in Education And Research is password-protected and includes all web pages related to quizzes, tests, certificates and views into the results/status of an account.

Secured and non-secured areas of the website:

A basic set of information is collected by the Internet-Based Studies in Education And Research website for every visit. The information below is stored in log files on the website's server.

  • The Internet address of the computer
  • The time and date of visit
  • The page that is viewed
  • The previous page viewed
  • The browser and operating system used

Secured areas of the website:

Individuals who need to access secured sections of the Internet-Based Studies in Education And Research website are required to create an account. Information specific to an individual, such as quiz/test score results and certification status, is stored in areas of the website that is only accessible by a log in specific to an individual.

Note: all account information is recorded through 128-bit encrypted connections to the server, which is the highest security possible.

How does Internet-Based Studies in Education And Research use the information collected?

Secured and non-secured areas of the website:

The data collected in the log files is not used to identify information specific to an individual. The data is reviewed for the following reasons only:

  • Statistical reports on general use and performance of the Internet-Based Studies in Education And Research program
  • Activity that indicates possible security violations

Secured areas of the website:

The information collected in the secured areas of Internet-Based Studies in Education And Research is used to gauge an individual's progress through completion of a training module.

The Internet-Based Studies in Education And Research program allows a selected group of individuals to view user status information only. No specific quiz or test result is visible. This select group has to apply for access to the information and must use a password-protected interface to view an individual's module status. This group helps to ensure compliance with established training requirements. The following groups of individuals have access to a users training status:

  • Approved University and UPMC Research Administrators
  • Approved University and UPMC Research Project Managers
  • University's Office of Research (OOR)
  • University's Research Conduct and Compliance Office (RCCO)

How does Internet-Based Studies in Education And Research collect information about users?

The Internet-Based Studies in Education And Research program's web server and an individual's web browser pass information back and forth every time a user interacts with the website. In these interactions required information is identified and saved appropriately.

The quiz/test process tracks individual usernames when selected answers are submitted to the system. The learning management system (LMS) then knows which account to save the results in. It is this process which ultimately results in completion of a module.

If you have any question about the use of the Internet-Based Studies in Education And Research website please contact the Internet-Based Studies in Education And Research support desk at Internet-Based Studies in Education And Research Support Desk.

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