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Privacy Policy

  • SUNY Erie’s Commitment to Privacy

    At SUNY Erie, we are committed to protecting your privacy and making it easier and more efficient for individuals and businesses to interact with SUNY Erie. We recognize that it is critical for individuals and businesses to be confident that their privacy is protected when they visit ecc.edu. You can travel through most of ecc.edu without giving us any information about yourself. Sometimes we do need information to provide services that you request, and this commitment of privacy explains our online information practices.

    SUNY Erie does not collect any personal information about you unless you provide that information voluntarily by sending an e-mail, completing a web form, or completing the online application. This policy is consistent with the provisions of the Internet Security and Privacy Act, the Freedom Information Law, Personal Privacy Protection Law and General Data Protection Regulation.

    Information Collected Automatically When You Visit ecc.edu

    When visiting ecc.edu, SUNY Erie uses Google Analytics to automatically collect, analyze and store the following information about the user’s visit:

    • Page Information
      • URL – the URL of the page the user is viewing
      • Title – the title of the page the user is viewing
    • Browser Information
      • Browser name – the browser the user is using
      • Viewport or Viewing pane – the size of the browser window
      • Screen resolution – the resolution of the user’s screen
      • Java enabled – whether or not the user has Java enabled
      • Flash version – what version of Flash the user is using
    • User Information
      • Location – this is derived from the IP address where the hit originated. The IP address itself is not available in GA as it is personally identifiable information (PII) which violates the terms of Google Analytics.
      • Language – derived from the language settings of the browser
      • Frequency and Retention - how many times the user has been on the site and how long they are on the site
      • Source - ISP the user of the site used
      • Device - device type of users browsing (computer, tablet or mobile device)
      • Channels - the keywords and sites that referred them

    None of the above-mentioned information is deemed to constitute personal information. The information that is collected automatically is used to improve ecc.edu’s content and to help SUNY Erie understand how users are interacting with its website.

    This information is collected for statistical analysis and to determine what information is of most and least interest to our users. The information is collected to guide in-house marketing decisions and SUNY Erie is not authorized to sell or otherwise disclose the information collected from ecc.edu.

    Information Collected When You E-mail ecc.edu

    During your visit to ecc.edu you may send an e-mail to SUNY Erie. Your e-mail address and the contents of your message will be collected. The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video, and graphic information formats included in the message. Your e-mail address and the information included in your message will be used to respond to you, to address issues you identify, to improve this website, or to forward your message to other SUNY Erie personnel for appropriate action.

    Your e-mail address is not collected for commercial purposes, and SUNY Erie is not authorized to sell or otherwise disclose your e-mail address for commercial purposes. SUNY Erie does not knowingly collect personal information form children under the age of 18. Google Analytics specifically filters collection of children’s information to SUNY Erie. Users are cautioned, however, that the collection of personal information submitted in an e-mail or web form will be treated as though it was submitted by an adult.

    Use of Personal Information

    Your submitted information will be used for the purpose to deliver the product, services, or materials requested. Your information may be used to communicate with you information and updates pertaining to SUNY Erie.

    Disclosure of Information Through Website

    SUNY Erie will only collect personal information through ecc.edu or disclose personal information collected through ecc.edu if the user has consented to the collection or disclosure of such personal information to SUNY Erie by the user, constitutes consent to the collection and disclosure of the information by SUNY Erie for the purposes for which the user disclosed the information to SUNY Erie. However, SUNY Erie may collect or disclose personal information without the consent if the collection or disclosure is: (1) necessary to perform the statutory duties of SUNY Erie, or necessary for SUNY Erie to operate a program authorized by law, or authorized by state or federal statute or regulation; (2) made pursuant to a court order or by law; (3) for the purpose of validating the identity of the user, or (4) if information to be used solely for the statistical purposes that is in a form that cannot be used to identify any particular person. Further, the disclosure of information including personal information, collected through ecc.edu is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law and the Personal Privacy Protection Law. SUNY Erie may disclose personal information to federal or state law enforcement authorities to enforce its rights against unauthorized access or attempted unauthorized access to SUNY Erie information technology assets.

    Retention of Information Through this Website

    The Google Analytics information collected through ecc.edu is retained by SUNY Erie for 38 months. Data is automatically deleted at the end of the retention period on a monthly basis. Emails send to the ecc.edu domain or information submitted in a web form are retained indefinitely on a message archive system housed on premises. The message archive system is backed up daily.

    Access to and Correction of Personal Information Collected Through ecc.edu

    Any user may submit a request to SUNY Erie’s privacy compliance officer to determine whether personal information pertaining to that user has been collected through ecc.edu. Any such request shall be made in writing and must be accompanied by reasonable proof of identity of the user. Reasonable proof of identity may include verification of a signature, inclusion of an identifier generally known only to the user, or similar appropriate identification. The form can be filled out here: Personal Data Request

    In the event that SUNY Erie has collected personal information pertaining to a user through ecc.edu and that information is to be provided to the user pursuant to the user’s request, the privacy compliance officer shall inform the user of his or her right to request that the personal information be amended, corrected and collected under the procedures set forth in Section 95 of the Public Officers Law and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

    Confidentiality and Integrity of Personal Information Collected through ecc.edu

    SUNY Erie is strongly committed to protecting personal information collected through ecc.edu against unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. Consequently, SUNY Erie limits employee access to personal information collected through ecc.edu to only those employees who need access to the information in the performance of their official duties. Employees who have access to this information follow appropriate procedures in connection with any disclosures of personal information.

    In addition, SUNY Erie has implemented procedures to safeguard the integrity of its information technology assets, including, but not limited to, authentication, authorization, monitoring, auditing, and encryption. These security procedures have been integrated into the design, implementation, and day-to-day operations of ecc.edu as part of our continuing commitment to the security of electronic content as well as the electronic transmission of information. For website security purposes and to maintain the availability of ecc.edu for all users, SUNY Erie employs software to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise damage ecc.edu.


    The Website may use "cookies," which are text files holding small amounts of data, to collect information to anonymously track how visitors interact with the Website, including where they came from or what they did on the Website.  The College uses this analytical information to improve users’ experiences online. The cookies utilized by Google Analytics are stored on the device visiting the site. The information collected by Google Analytics and presented to SUNY Erie do not include single cookie identifiers and therefore SUNY Erie does not derive personal information from cookies. Cookie information used is detailed here: Use of cookies

    Users do not need to have cookies turned on to use the Website.


    The information provided in this privacy policy should not be construed as giving business, legal, or other advice, or warranting as fail proof, the security of information provided through ecc.edu.