Privacy Policy

This privacy policy (the "Privacy Policy") applies to this World Wide Web site and any variations or successors to this website (video.mit.edu, "MIT Video Site") and any "MIT Video" branded software downloadable or otherwise available from the MIT Video website ("MIT Video Applications") (collectively, "MIT Video Network"). This Privacy Policy ("Privacy Policy") applies to all Users ("Users") of the MIT Video Network. MIT Video Network is managed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s video team (herein, "MIT Video").

Information MIT Video Collects

MIT Video may collect two (2) types of information about you: Personal and Non-Personal.

1. "Personal Information." Personal Information refers to information that lets MIT Video know the specifics of who you are and which may be used to identify, contact or locate you (e.g. name, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address). MIT Video may collect Personal Information when you use the MIT Video Network including, without limitation, setting up account information, filling out surveys, corresponding with MIT Video, or otherwise volunteering information about yourself.

2. "Non-Personal Information." Non-Personal Information refers to information that, by itself, does not identify you as a specific individual (e.g. demographic information or website visitations). MIT Video may collect Non-Personal Information through any of the methods discussed above as well as automatically through use of industry standard technologies described further below.

How MIT Video Collects Your Information

The Personal Information practices set forth apply to all MIT Video's customers worldwide.

1. Registration. Prior to using one or more of the MIT Video Network, MIT Video may require certain Personal Information and Non-Personal Information to create an individual account ("Account") or to enable features or functionality of the MIT Video Network. Failure to provide all required information required by MIT Video may prevent access to any or all MIT Video Network, and failure to maintain accurate information may result in suspension or termination of access to any or all MIT Video Network.

2. Information Collected Through Technology. While you are able to visit the MIT Video Site and remain anonymous, MIT Video or its third party service providers may still collect Non-Personal Information about your use of the MIT Video Network (e.g. your Internet browser, operating system, IP address, connection speed, and the domain name of your Internet service provider). Such information may be gathered by the following methods:

(a) Cookies. Cookies, including local shared objects, are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive which work by assigning to your computer a unique number that has no meaning outside of the MIT Video Site. Cookies do not generally contain any Personal Information. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually configure your browser to prevent this. Not accepting cookies may make certain features of the MIT Video Network unavailable to you.

(b) IP Address. You may visit many areas of the MIT Video Site anonymously without the need to become a registered User. Even in such cases, MIT Video may collect IP addresses automatically. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you begin Services with an Internet services provider. Each time you access the MIT Video Site and each time you request one of MIT Video's pages, the server logs your IP address.

(c) Web Beacons. Web beacons are small pieces of data that are embedded in web pages and e-mails. MIT Video may use these technical methods in HTML e-mails that MIT Video sends to Users to determine whether they have opened those e-mails and/or clicked on links in those e-mails. The information from use of these technical methods may be collected in a form that is Personal Information.

(d) Tracking Content Usage. If you use the MIT Video Services and you post audio visual materials including, without limitation, text, logos, artwork, graphics, pictures, advertisements, sound and other related intellectual property contained in such materials (collectively, "Content") to your website or to a third party website, MIT Video tracks and captures Non-Personal Information associated with User accounts and the use of Content.

How MIT Video Uses Your Information

1. System Administration. MIT Video may use Non-Personal Information for the purposes of system administration, assisting in diagnosing problems with MIT Video servers, monitoring MIT Video's system performance and traffic on the MIT Video Network and to gather broad demographic information about MIT Video customers.

2. Personalization. MIT Video uses Cookies and IP Addresses to track features such as delivering Content specific to your interests and informing you of new, relevant services or certain third party offerings.

3. Notices to Registered Users. If you have registered for an Account, MIT Video may use your Personal Information to send e-mails regarding your registration, including confirmation to verify the accuracy of any information you have provided, and instructions on how to post Content. MIT Video may also send you e-mails to verify your identity or to notify you if MIT Video believes your use the MIT Video Network violates any applicable agreement for the use of the MIT Video Network.

4. Promotional E-mails. MIT Video may use your Personal Information to send you e-mails periodically listing promotions or events relating to the MIT Video Network or from MIT Video's marketing partners or sponsors. You have the choice to opt-out of receiving such promotional e-mails by sending an e-mail to (please enable JavaScript to see e-mail address) and/or following the instructions in such correspondence. Once MIT Video's has processed your opt-out request, MIT Video will not send you promotional e-mails unless you opt back in to receiving such communications.

5. Contact Information. If you contact MIT Video by telephone, e-mail or letter, MIT Video may keep a record of your contact information and correspondence. If you report a problem with the website, MIT Video may collect this information in a file specific to you. You may contact MIT Video at (please enable JavaScript to see e-mail address) to request the removal of this information from MIT Video's database.

How to Access and Change Your Personal Information

Upon request, MIT Video shall allow Users to update or correct Personal Information previously submitted, but only to the extent such activities will not compromise privacy or security interests. Additionally, upon request, MIT Video shall delete Personal Information from the database where such information is stored; however, it may be impossible to entirely delete a User's entry without some residual information being retained due to the manner in which data backups are maintained. Requests to delete Personal Information shall be submitted to (please enable JavaScript to see e-mail address).

Disclosure of Information to Third Parties

MIT Video does not sell, trade or rent Personal Information collected through the MIT Video Network to any third party. Notwithstanding the foregoing, MIT Video shall: (1) fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies; and (2) may be required to disclose Personal Information upon receipt of a court order, subpoena, or to cooperate with a law enforcement investigation.

Safeguarding Your Personal Information

1. Security Measures. MIT Video takes appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of Personal Information. These include, but are not limited to, internal reviews of: (a) MIT Video's data collection; (b) storage and processing practices; (c) electronic security measures; and (d) physical security measures to guard against unauthorized access to systems where MIT Video stores Personal Information. All MIT Video employees, contractors and agents who access Personal Information are bound by confidentiality obligations and may be subject to discipline, including termination and criminal prosecution or unauthorized use or disclosure of Personal Information.

2. Third Party Links. The MIT Video Network may contain links to third parties who may collect Personal Information and Non-Personal Information directly from you. Additionally, MIT Video may use third parties to provide components of the MIT Video Network. In either case, such third parties may have separate privacy policies and data collection practices, independent of MIT Video. MIT Video: (a) has no responsibility or liability for these independent policies or actions; (b) is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites; and (c) does not make any warranties or representations about the contents, products or services offered on such websites or the security of any information you provide to them.

MIT Video continually strives to implement new technologies and processes to better protect you, your privacy and your use of the MIT Video Network. As a result, changes to this Privacy Policy may be made by MIT Video from time to time. In no event will these changes result in the degradation of any of the security measures designed to protect you from unauthorized disclosure, as such measures are described in this Privacy Policy.

Persons Under 18:

MIT Video does not knowingly collect Personal Data from persons under the age of 18. If you are under the age of 18, please do not submit any Personal Data through the Site. We encourage parents and legal guardians to monitor their children’s Internet usage and to help enforce our Privacy Policy by instructing their children never to provide Personal Data on this Site without their permission. If you have reason to believe that a person under the age of 18 has provided Personal Data to MIT Video through this Site, please contact us, and we will endeavor to delete that information from our databases.

Links to Other Websites:

This Privacy Policy applies only to the Site. This Site may contain links to other websites not operated or controlled by MIT Video (the "Third Party Sites"), this may include other websites operated by employees of MIT. The policies and procedures we described here do not apply to the Third Party Sites. The links from this Site do not imply that MIT Video endorses or has reviewed the Third Party Sites. We suggest contacting those sites directly for information on their privacy policies.

Other Terms and Conditions:

Your access to and use of this Site are subject to the Terms of Use.

Changes to MIT Video’s Privacy Policy:

The Site and our business may change from time to time. As a result, at times it may be necessary for MIT Video to make changes to this Privacy Policy. MIT Video reserves the right to update or modify this Privacy Policy at any time and from time to time without prior notice. Please review this policy periodically, and especially before you provide any Personal Data. This Privacy Policy was last updated on the date indicated above. Your continued use of the Site after any changes or revisions to this Privacy Policy shall indicate your agreement with the terms of such revised Privacy Policy.

Jurisdiction and Cross-Border Issues.

We do not represent or warrant that the Site, or any part thereof, is appropriate or available for use in any particular jurisdiction. Those who choose to access the Site do so on their own initiative and at their own risk, and are responsible for complying with all local laws, rules and regulations. We may limit the Site’s availability, in whole or in part, to any person, geographic area or jurisdiction we choose, at any time and in our sole discretion. By using the Site and submitting any Personal Information, you consent to the transfer of Personal Information to other countries, such as the United States, which may provide a level of data security different from your country of residence.

Access to Information; Contacting MIT Video:

To keep your Personal Data accurate, current, and complete, please contact us as specified below. We will take reasonable steps to update or correct Personal Data in our possession that you have previously submitted via this Site. Please also feel free to contact us if you have any questions about MIT Video’s Privacy Policy or the information practices of this Site.

You may contact us as follows:
MIT Video / Privacy Policy
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 11-400
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
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617.253.2700

Last Updated: February 1, 2012