Privacy and Security Policy
The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) maintains this
Web site as a public service. This policy describes TEEX's privacy and
security practices regarding information collected from visitors to the
site, including what information is collected and how that information
is used. The policy applies to all pages beginning with www.teex.com, teexweb.tamu.edu, and teexweb.teex.tamus.edu. Please note that all information collected or
maintained by TEEX is subject to the provisions of the Texas Public
Information Act (Chapter 552, Texas Government Code). The identity of
most members of the public who communicate with state agencies through
the Internet is confidential under Texas law. Exceptions to
confidentiality may be reviewed at Texas Government code, Section
Social Security Number
All participants of TEEX
courses, technical assistance, and exercises are advised that disclosure
of a full Social Security Number (SSN) is optional unless required for
reporting purposes by the participant's occupation's certifying
organization or a grant/contract sponsor. The SSN is used to maintain
accurate participant training records and to reliably report such data
to supervisors or other agencies. A participant SSN will not be
disclosed to any other person(s) without the participant's prior written
consent. Section 559.003 of the Texas Government Code requires that
all participants be informed that, with few exceptions, participants are
entitled on request, to receive, review and correct any information
collected by the use of this form. It is the policy of TEEX that all
federal statutes will be followed pertaining to employment and
recruitment of students without regard to race, sex, color, religion,
national origin, age, or disability.
Use/Release of Information Server Logs/Log Analysis Tools
TEEX uses server logs and log analysis tools to create summary
statistics about Web site usage to improve site management. The
statistics are used for purposes such as assessing what information is
of most interest to users, determining technical design specifications,
and identifying system performance or problem areas. TEEX does not
report or use this information in any manner that would reveal
personally identifiable information, and does not release the
information to any outside parties unless required to do so under
applicable law. The following information is collected for this
- User/client hostname - Hostname (or IP address, if DNS is disabled) of the user/client requesting access.
- HTTP header, "user-agent" - Type of browser used, the browser version, and the operating system it is running on.
- HTTP header, "referrer" - Page from which the user/client accessed the current page.
- System date - Date and time of the user/client request.
- Full request - Exact request the user/client made.
- Status - Status code the server returned to the user/client.
- Content length - Length, in bytes, of the document sent to the user/client.
- Method - Request method used.
- Uniform Resource Identifier (URI or URL) - Location of a resource on the server.
- Query string of the URL - Anything after the question mark in a URL.
- Protocol - Transport protocol and version used.
Security and Intrusion Detection Language
We use a secure socket
layer (SSL) connection to enhance the security of any information you
choose to submit to us on our Web site. In other areas of our Web site,
we provide only the security necessary to maintain our Web site and
information we provide to you. TEEX monitors network traffic for site
security purposes and to ensure that the site remains available to all
users. Unauthorized attempts to upload information, change information
on this site, or otherwise cause damage are strictly prohibited and may
be punishable under Texas Penal Code Chapters 33 (Computer Crimes) or
33A (Telecommunications Crimes). Except as may be required for
authorized law enforcement investigations, no attempts are made to
identify individual users or their usage habits. TEEX does not use raw
data logs for any other purposes; however, it is possible that parts of
raw data logs could be determined to be open records by the Office of
the Attorney General. If such a determination were made subsequent to a
Public Information Act request for the logs, TEEX would be required to
disclose parts of the logs deemed open by the Office of the Attorney
State agencies may not sell or release the
e-mail addresses of most members of the public that have been provided
to communicate electronically with a government body without the
affirmative consent of the affected member of the public. Exemptions to
this confidentiality may be reviewed at Texas Government Code, Section
552.137. Personally identifiable information contained in a question or
comment sent to TEEX in an e-mail message or submitted in an online form
is only used by TEEX to respond to the request and to analyze trends.
TEEX may redirect the message to another government agency or government
employee who is in a better position to answer the question.
TEEX uses Web-based forms for such purposes as collecting survey
results and providing online registration. Personally identifiable
information collected from Web-based forms has a specified use (for
example, registration, survey response, etc.) and TEEX uses the
information only for that purpose. Each Web-based form contains a link
electronic format through this Web site is entitled, on request, to
receive and review the information TEEX collects about the individual,
and to have TEEX correct the information. To do this, please contact
TEEX at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cookies and Web Bugs
other purposes. The TEEX Web site does use Google Analytics to track
what visitor's are looking at on the website. If you have questions or
comments about TEEX's privacy and security policy, please send an email
or call TEEX at (979) 458-6874.