Privacy Statement

The following privacy statement discloses information gathering policies in regards to the Appalachian State University Office of Internal Audits in their use of the domains internalaudits.appstate.edu and www.internalaudits.appstate.edu.

Terminology Used in this Privacy Statement

Personally Identifiable Information: Information that may identify a user as a unique person. Such information includes name, full address, social security number, financial information such as credit card numbers, etc.

Sensitive Personally Identifiable Information: Personally Identifiable Information whose misuse might result in injury - financial or otherwise - to the unique person to whom it is applicable. Such information includes social security number, financial information such as credit card numbers, etc.

Passive Information Collection: Information collected from a user without their knowledge.

Active Information Collection: Information collected from a user with their permission, either explicit or implied.

What Personally Identifiable Information is Collected

Passive Information Collection: IP addresses are automatically logged by our server software. IP addresses may or may not be considered Personally Identifiable Information, depending on the practices of the user's ISP. On the Appalachian campus, many IP addresses are permanently assigned, making it possible to identify the physical location of the computer used to access the website.

Active Information Collection: This website automatically logs all information submitted in forms, plus the date of entry and the IP address of the computer from which the form was submitted. IP addresses may or may not be considered Personally Identifiable Information, depending on the practices of the user's ISP. On the Appalachian campus, many IP addresses are permanently assigned, making it possible to identify the physical location of the computer used to access the website.

Cookies: Cookies are used on this website to remember a visitor's browser features.

How Personally Identifiable Information is Used

IP addresses are used to compile aggregate website activity statistics (eg. aggregate pageviews, hits, referrals, etc.).

All Personally Identifiable Information will be used in the context in which it is submitted, and will be used to complete the requested service as initiated by the user. Unless otherwise specified, entry of some Personally Identifiable Information - such as email addresses, mailing addresses, and telephone numbers - will make the user eligible to be contacted by the Appalachian State University Office of Internal Audits.

How Personally Identifiable Information is Protected

Where Sensitive Personally Identifiable Information may be entered into online forms, such pages are digitally encrypted and transmitted. Further information concerning the encryption types and methods may be obtained by clicking on the 'closed lock' icon which will appear in the user's browser after the loading of such a page.

All Personally Identifiable Information is stored in a secure environment where access is restricted to authorized representatives of the Appalachian State University Office of Internal Audits.

How Personally Identifiable Information is Shared

Personally Identifiable Information is not sold, shared, or otherwise distributed to parties other than the Appalachian State University Office of Internal Audits, except in those cases where distribution of this information is necessary to complete the requested service as initiated by the user.

How Personally Identifiable Information may be Modified/Removed

The Appalachian State University Office of Internal Audits hereby disclaims any knowledge of the information gathering policies of outside websites to which this website may be linked. For information gathering policies of outside websites, please refer to the privacy statement covering the domain in question.

If any user has questions or concerns related to this Privacy Statment, that user is encouraged to contact the Appalachian State University Office of Internal Audits by telephone at (828) 262 2281.


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