Like most website operators, American University collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. American University’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how American University’s visitors use its website. American University also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. American University does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to American University’s websites choose to interact with American University in ways that require American University to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that American University gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who comment to an email address. In each case, American University collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with American University. American University does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
American University may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, American University may monitor the most popular articles or comments on the Lanthorn.com site. American University may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, American University does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
American University discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on American University’s behalf or to provide services available at American University’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using American University’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. American University will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, American University discloses potentially personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when American University believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of American University, third parties or the public at large. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. American University takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
Legal Actions & Disputes
By accessing this website, user agrees that jurisdiction and venue for any and all legal actions or disputes against American University and any of its employees shall be governed by the laws of the United States of America.