Security Policy

Texas A&M Stomach Flu

Introduction

We take every reasonable precaution to protect your information. When you submit information to us through our web site, your information is protected both on-line and off-line. All data transferred to/from the http://geoservices.tamu.edu internal network, to/from an external entity, will be encrypted to industry standards (128 bit encryption). Please keep in mind that messages you send to us by Internet e-mail may not be secure. Do not send us any confidential or personal information by Internet e-mail. We maintain appropriate physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to ensure the security, integrity and privacy of your personal information within our company. Only those employees who require your personal information to perform a specific job are granted access to your information. Furthermore, all employees are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices. This Information Security Policy deals with user uploaded, created, or submitted information (referred to as "Data" below). This Policy does not apply to other entities that we do not own or control or persons that are not our employees, agents or within our control. Please take time to read our Terms of Use. If you have any questions about the security of your information at http://geoservices.tamu.edu you may contact us at the following address:

Dr. Daniel W. Goldberg

Texas A&M University, Department of Geography

TAMU 3147

College Station , TX 77843-3147

(979) 862-3551

1. Submission of Data

Most functionality provided by this website makes use of user supplied data. Submitting information to this site is your option and you do so at your own risk. We will make all possible good faith attempts to ensure the security of your data. Information about the steps we take to ensure the security of your data is set forth below.

2. Encryption

Our website allows you the opportunity to upload your data in an encrypted format. You should take this opportunity and only upload data that has been encrypted. This site uses industry standard 128 bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption to secure the communication links between your computer and our servers. All users should use the secure version of the site http://stomachflu.tamu.edu.

3. Passwords

We do not store your passwords as plain text in our user databases. You are the only one who will know your password to your account and your data.

4. Uploading of Data

Uploaded data is stored in the file system our servers. We can not and do not provide backup or restoration services for data that you have uploaded. It is recommended that you make periodic backups of the data you have uploaded to our site. It is further recommended that you encrypt your data before uploading it to our servers such that it will be unreadable by anyone except for you or other parties to whom you provide the password. Your data will remain on our servers until such time that you remove it by deleting it from your account, or we determine that it must be deleted which may occur at any time. Your uploaded data files will be deleted from our servers automatically after 7 days, but we may also delete your data at any time without notice prior to that.

5. Entering of Data

Data entered into the forms of our website are used to provide you the services of the website. This data is not specifically stored, but may be recorded for the purposes of debugging or enhancing the site. After the data have been used for these purposes, they will be destroyed.

6. Creating of Data

Many of the services offered through this site allow you to create your own data. If these data are considered private or confidential to you, you should not choose any available options to allow these data to be shared with other users of the site and the services it provides. Before we share any of your created data, you will be specifically asked to approve it. This data is not specifically stored, but may be recorded for the purposes of debugging or enhancing the site. After the data have been used for these purposes, they will be destroyed.

7. Retention of Data

Like many web sites, we may automatically receive general information that is contained in our server log files such as your IP address and cookie information. When exceptions or errors occur within our site and the services it provides, the pertinent and relevant information is recorded to our logs for the purposes of correcting the error. We may also record statistics relating to the usage of the site and services for the purposes of enhancing and upgrading the services we provide. We may store and/or make use of your data for tuning and diagnostic purposes to improve our services. Your uploaded data files will be deleted from our servers automatically after 30 days, but we may also delete your data at any time without notice prior to that. Diagnostic and/or use of service information derived from your data may be retained indefinitely for tuning and/or service improvement purposes.

8. Changes to this Security Policy

We may make changes to this Policy from time to time. We will notify you of substantial changes to this Policy either by posting a prominent announcement on our site and/or by sending a message to the e-mail address you have provided to us that is contained within your user settings.

9. NO GUARANTEES

While this Information Security Policy states our standards for maintenance of Data and we will make efforts to meet them, we are not in a position to guarantee these standards. There may be factors beyond our control that may result in disclosure of data. As a consequence, we disclaim any warranties or representations relating to maintenance or nondisclosure of Data.