Commitment to Individual Privacy
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College is committed to protecting the privacy and accuracy of confidential information submitted by employees, students, and visitors to our website. We do not actively share personal information gathered. However, because LBWCC is a public institution, some information collected from the LBWCC website may be subject to the Alabama Public Records Law. Thus, in some cases we may be compelled by law to release information gathered from our Web servers. This may include server log information, e-mail messages sent to an individual identified on the website, and information collected from Web-based forms.
Alabama Public Records Law (Alabama Code §36-12-40)
Except where required by law, no personally identifiable information will be shared outside of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College or third-party agents that are operating under a contract with LBWCC. We will under no circumstances sell your information to third party companies or otherwise distribute your personally identifiable information to anyone beyond the terms explained in this policy.
Under the Code of Alabama 1975, Section 36-12-40, citizens have the right to inspect and take a copy of any public writing of the state, unless access to it is expressly forbidden by statute. Some examples of records restricted by statute are records of ongoing criminal investigations, juvenile court records, probation reports, tax returns, and financial statements.
Under this code, LBWCC may be required by law enforcement or applicable law to provide personally identifiable information to the appropriate governmental authorities. We will also cooperate with law enforcement agencies to help identify and report anyone attempting to use our services for illegal activities.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. §1232g)
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College also complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which generally prohibits the release of students’ education records without consent. FERPA only applies to currently enrolled students.
It is LBWCC's policy to collect the least amount of personally identifiable information required to fulfill its required duties and responsibilities, to complete a particular transaction or as required by law. This policy applies to the collection of all personally identifiable information, regardless of the source or medium. For site administration functions, information, other than personal information linked to a particular individual, is collected for analysis and statistical purposes of website navigation. This information is used to help diagnose problems, assess what information is of most interest, determine technical design specifications, identify system performance and/or problem areas, and other administration functions. You may choose whether or not to provide personal information to LBWCC via the Internet. If you choose not to provide the personal information we request, you can still visit most of the LBWCC's websites, but you may be unable to access certain options, offers, and services that involve our interaction with you.
Wherever your personal information may be held within the LBWCC or on its behalf, we intend to take reasonable and appropriate steps to protect the information that you share with us from unauthorized access or disclosure.
Some of our Web pages utilize “cookies.” A “cookie” is a small text file that may be used, for example, to collect information about website activity. Some cookies may serve to recall personal information previously indicated by a Web user. Cookies created by LBWCC Web pages cannot be read by a third party. Most browsers allow you to control cookies, including whether or not to accept them and how to remove them. You may set most browsers to notify you if you receive a cookie, or you may choose to block cookies with your browser.
Tracking technologies may record information such as Internet domain and host names; Internet protocol (IP) addresses; browser software and operating system types; clock stream patterns; and dates and times that our site is accessed. Our use of tracking technologies allows us to analyze trends and statistics to improve our website and your Web experience. Data used from tracking technologies is not linked to Web users’ personal information.
Third Party Services
On LBWCC's behalf, third parties may provide certain services available on the LBWCC website. LBWCC may provide information, including personal information, collected on the Web to third-party service providers to help us deliver programs, products, information and services. Service providers are also an important means by which the LBWCC maintains its website and mailing lists. We will take reasonable steps to ensure that these third-party service providers are obligated to protect personal information on our behalf.