Privacy Statement

The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for all websites related to Harvard's authentication system.

The federal government and the technology industry have developed practical tips to help you guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer and protect your personal information.

This policy covers how the Harvard Authentication System site treats personal information that it collects and receives, including information related to your past use of the site.  Personal information is information about you that is personally identifiable — such as your HUID, name, address, email address, or date of birth — and that is not otherwise publicly available.

Information gathering

Our web server software generates log files of the IP addresses of computers that access this web site and of what files they access.

These web server logs are retained on a temporary basis and then deleted completely from our systems. We also collect your credentials (login ID and password) and may ask our visitors to provide information about themselves in order to verify their identity.

We may use cookies to maintain a user's identity between web sessions. The cookies themselves do not contain any personally identifiable information.

Use of information

We do not provide any personally identifiable information we gather or develop about our visitors to any third parties for any purpose.

We use your IP address and files you access to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our website by identifying (1) which parts of our site are most heavily used, and (2) which portion of our audience comes from within the Harvard network.  We also use this information to tailor site content to user needs, and to generate aggregate statistical reports. At no time do we disclose site usage by individual visitors.

All other data we collect from you is used in order to secure your access and help you change your password or other self-service items when you request the change.


This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control.

Contacting this website

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, you can contact

This website may contain links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.

Changes to this policy

An announcement of any changes to this policy will be posted prominently on the first page of our website for three months before any changes go into effect.

Effective Date

The effective date of this policy was May 29, 2012.