This policy may be changed from time to time and without further notice. Your continued use of the Site after any such changes constitutes your acceptance of the new terms. If you do not agree to abide by these new terms or any future terms, please do not use the Site. This site is not directed to children under 13 years of age, and children under 13 years of age shall not use this Site to submit any personal information about themselves.
Information We Gather
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Security and Accuracy of Confidential Information
Atlanta Metropolitan State College does its best to ensure that the personal information obtained from you is accurate. You may review the information saved or submitted via the Site at any time up to the point when it is purged from the flat file or database. In the event that there is an error in your personal information, we will correct the information on your request.
We have put in place reasonable physical, technical, and administrative safeguards designed to prevent unauthorized access to our use of the information collected online. While we strive to protect your personal information by encryption and other means, we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of the information you transmit to us, and if you choose to use the Site, you do so at your own risk.
Please keep in mind that the information disclosed by you on our Site in certain forums - for example, information, including personal information, that you may provide to others on bulletin boards, through blogs or in chat rooms that may be available on the Site - can be collected and used by visitors to the Site. If you post any data within a public forum on our Site, that data is now public.
Sharing of Information
Atlanta Metropolitan State College is committed to maintaining the privacy and accuracy of your personal information. We do not actively share personal information gathered from the Site. However, some information collected from the Site may be subject to the Georgia Open Records Act ("ORA"). This means that while we do not actively share information, in some cases we may be compelled by law to release information gathered from the Site. Georgia public universities also comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ("FERPA"), which generally prohibits (with some exceptions) the release of education records without student permission. For more details on FERPA, currently enrolled students should see the catalog.
This website uses Google Analytics to help analyze how users use the site. The tool uses "cookies," which are text files placed on your computer, to collect standard Internet log information and visitor behavior information in an anonymous form. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including IP address) is transmitted to Google. This information is then used to evaluate visitors' use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity for Atlanta Metropolitan State College.
We will never (and will not allow any third party to) use the statistical analytics tool to track or to collect any Personally Identifiable Information ("PII") of visitors to our site. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. Neither we nor Google will link, or seek to link, an IP address with the identity of a computer user. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any Personally Identifiable Information from any source, unless you explicitly submit that information via a fill-in form on our website.
You may choose to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically default to accept them, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies. If you reject cookies by changing your browser settings then be aware that this may disable some of the functionality on our Website.
Visitors to our website may be able to register to use our services, attend events, make a purchase, join a community or upload/download information. When you register, you will provide personal information such as name, address, email, telephone number or facsimile number and other relevant information. If you are making a purchase, we will request financial information including your credit card number, expiration date, and security code. Any financial information we collect is used only to bill you for your purchase. This information may be forwarded to your credit card provider. We will not disclose personally identifiable information we collect from you to third parties without your permission except to the extent necessary, including: to fulfill your requests, to protect ourselves from liability, to comply with the terms and conditions of our internet host provider.
Lawful Basis for Collecting and Processing Personal Data
Atlanta Metropolitan State College is an institute of higher education involved in education, research, and community development. In order for Atlanta Metropolitan State College to educate its students, both in class and online, engage in research, and provide community services, it is essential and necessary for AMSC to exercise its lawful basis, to collect, process, use, and/or maintain the personal data of its students, employees, applicants, research subjects, visitors, and others involved in its educational, research, and community programs. These activities include, without limitation, admission, registration, delivery of classroom, online, and study abroad education, grades, communications, employment, applied research, development, program analysis for improvements, and records retention.
The lawful basis for the collection and processing of personal data by Atlanta Metropolitan State College falls under the following categories:
- Processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by Atlanta Metropolitan State College or by a third party in providing education, employment, research and development, and/or community programs
- Processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject (any person whose personal data is being collected, held or processed) is party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract
- Processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which Atlanta Metropolitan State College is subject
- The data subject has given consent to the processing of his or her personal data for one or more specific purposes
Atlanta Metropolitan State College will protect all personal data and special categories of sensitive personal data that it collects or processes for a lawful basis. Any personal data and special categories of sensitive personal data collected or processed by AMSC shall be:
- Processed lawfully, fairly, and in a transparent manner
- Collected for specified, explicit, and legitimate purposes, and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes
- Limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are collected and processed
- Accurate and kept up to date
- Retained only as long as necessary
There will be some instances where the collection and processing of personal data will be pursuant to other lawful bases.
Types of Personal Data Collected
Atlanta Metropolitan State College receives personal data and special categories of sensitive personal data from multiple sources. Most often, Atlanta Metropolitan State College gets this data directly from the data subject or under the direction of the data subject who has provided it to a third party (for example, application for undergraduate admission to Atlanta Metropolitan State College through use of a common application). Examples of data that AMSC may need to collect in connection with the lawful basis are: name, email address, IP address, physical/mailing address and other location identifiers, phone number, photos, as well as some sensitive data obtained with prior consent.
Individual Rights of the Data Subject
Individual data subjects can expect the following, if requested:
- information about how AMSC is collecting the data
- the data protection officer contact information
- the purposes and legal basis/legitimate interests of the data collection/processing
- information about recipients of any personal data
- if Atlanta Metropolitan State College intends to transfer personal data to another country or international organization
- the period the personal data will be stored
- the existence of the right to rectify incorrect data or erase personal data, restrict or object to processing, and the right to data portability
- the existence of the right to withdraw consent at any time
- the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority (regulators, etc.)
- why the personal data are required and possible consequences of the failure to provide the data
- the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling
- if the collected data are going to be further processed for a purpose other than that for which it was collected
Note: Exercising of these expectations is a guarantee to be afforded a process and not the guarantee of an outcome. Any data subject who wishes to exercise any of the above-mentioned rights may do so by submitting such request at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Security of Personal Data
All personal data and special categories of sensitive personal data collected or processed by Atlanta Metropolitan State College must comply with University System of Georgia’s (“USG”) Cybersecurity Plan, as authorized by the Board of Regents Policy Manual Section 10.4 Cybersecurity: https://www.usg.edu/policies. Anyone suspecting that his or her sensitive personal data has been exposed to unauthorized access, report your suspicion to email@example.com. Otherwise, questions concerning more general data privacy can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Atlanta Metropolitan State College takes seriously its duty to protect the personal data it collects or processes. In addition to AMSC’s overall data protection program, Atlanta Metropolitan State College must make sure it complies with federal, state, and other applicable regulations.
In support of data protection, AMSC, appropriately secures personal data, is transparent about the personal data it collects or processes and the uses it makes of any personal data, and keeps tracks of all uses and disclosures it makes of personal data.
Georgia Open Records Act
As a state college, AMSC is subject to the provisions of the Georgia Open Records Act. Except for those records that are exempt from disclosure under the ORA, the ORA provides that all citizens are entitled to view the records of state agencies on request and to make copies for a fee. The ORA requires that Atlanta Metropolitan State College produce public documents within three business days. For more information on AMSC’s ORA compliance, please visit the Open Records Act page on the Human Resources website.
Atlanta Metropolitan State College keeps the data it collects for the time periods specified in the University System of Georgia Records Retention Schedules.