The purpose of this page is to ensure that you are aware of, and understand what information may be collected when you use our public-access facilities, and what we do with that information. Common sense is the general rule here; we will endeavor to keep any personal information private, we won't spam you, and we won't publish any specific information about you without your prior permission.
E-mail addresses obtained through any of the means below will NOT be sold or released to any third party, without prior written or authenticated e-mail consent from the owner of the e-mail address.
As with most web servers on the net, our server will automatically record the following information routinely in a "log" file:
- Your IP address, and hostname if available;
- The date and time of your access;
- The pages you visit on our server;
- The type of browser and operating system you use (your browser will give this information automatically to all web servers); and
- The referring page, if there was one.
These log files are private and confidential and will not be released to the general public. Statistics on what pages are the most popular, what domains are our biggest users, etc. may be viewed internally by our administrative staff, but these do not include any personal information. The intent of these statistics is simply to make our services better.
Any incoming electronic mail to WMRA (see gmail exception below) will generate several log entries that include the routine information associated with normal SMTP (Simple Mail Transport Protocol) operation. Such log entries do NOT include the body (main text) of the message.
In all cases, the information on mail transactions is collected and retained in log files which will not be made available to the general public. The log entries will contain the e-mail address of the sender, its size, the number of recipients, the message ID, and the actual recipient at WMRA and status of delivery (deferred, success, etc.)
This information is kept purely to help us diagnose system problems, or activities that may violate our Acceptable Use Policy or other Operational or Employee rules and regulations.
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 applies only to commercial websites or online services that are targeted to children, and therefore is non-applicable to our facilities. However, in as much as possible, we will voluntarily delete identifying personal information from our system on any child under 13 upon parental request.
WMRA is licensed to the Board of Visitors of James Madison University, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Most of WMRA's computers, including those used as web servers and ftp hosts, are the property of the Commonwealth of Virginia, which has the right to access all files on computing facilities that it owns.