Webcourses Privacy Statement

This statement relates to the DIT’s virtual learning environment Webcourses. Within Webcourses you may find links to other websites for which DIT does not have editorial responsibility or control, including the websites of student organisations and societies.  While DIT encourages compliance with this web privacy statement at such sites, we ask Webcourses users to consult the privacy statement of individual sites or contact the persons responsible for those sites, in order to understand the policies and practices under which they operate.

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) fully respects the rights of users of Webcourses and is committed to protecting your privacy rights and to providing users with a safe and functional virtual learning environment. 

Collection and use of personal information

Webcourses may ask you to provide personal identifying information including names, addresses, contact details etc. Any such information volunteered by you through the process of using this website will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality and processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1988 and Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003.

Information on Webcourses activity is collected routinely by DIT and by its service provider, Blackboard, and DIT reserves the right to monitor user activity. Records are kept of when users access modules and resources along with a record of all communication activities including forum posts, assignment submissions etc. These records may be used to monitor student activities and engagement within a module, or as evidence in matters arising such as harassment, bullying or the uploading of inappropriate materials.

Information on webcourses activity may aggregated with data from other DIT systems in order to review aspects of our courses, monitor student progress and manage our resources more efficiently. DIT may also collect anonymised data on webcourses usage for statistical purposes or administrative functions.

In exceptional cases permitted by data protection laws, we may process and disclose data without consent or notice to you, for example if it is required to investigate offenses, to present injury or damage or to comply with a legal obligation.

Users must be aware that any personal identifying information voluntarily posted to public areas of this website, such as the discussion boards and chat rooms, may then be available for use by others and DIT cannot prevent this. Users should not post personal or sensitive information to any part of Webcourses.


Cookies and collection and use of technical information

In order to use webcourses you must have cookies enabled within your browser. “Cookie” technology involves the placing of a small text file on your computer for the purpose of assigning an identifying number to your web browser, thus allowing DIT to track your activities in the site.

These cookies are not used to gather identifiable personal information on individual users, except in so far as this is permitted by law and may be necessary in order to prevent or detect problems or offences in relation to the operation of the platform. This information may be used for the purposes of evaluating your use of webcourses and to improve our service to you.  It is stored and used in the aggregate only and is not used to obtain personal data or to contact you personally.

Types of cookies used by Webcourses

Theuse of cookie and related technologies in Webcourses is in junction with Blackboard’s Privacy and Cookie policy. Webcourses also makes use of the following cookies:

  • Security: These cookies allow us secure access to your account, and to allow you to move between DIT systems without additional authentication.
  • Google Analytics (_utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz): These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. More Information

How to remove cookies

If you don’t want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser settings so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set. 

If you wish to restrict or block the web browser cookies set on your device, you can do this through your browser’s Help function.

You can also visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains detailed information on how to manage cookies on a wide variety of browsers. 

For more Information on Cookies, please visit http://www.aboutcookies.org/

Please note that should you decide to disable cookies within your browser, some of the functionality of webcourses may be impaired.

Your Rights

Pursuant to the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003, you have a right to obtain a copy of the data held about you for a fee.  Also, if incorrect information is held about you, you have a right to request that this information is amended or erased.  Further information on your rights under the Data Protection legislation is available at http://www.dit.ie/recordsmanagement/dataprotection/

This statement should not be construed as a contractual undertaking.  The Institute reserves the right to review and amend this statement at any time without notice and you should therefore re-visit this webpage from time to time.

Any queries or concerns you may have about the processing of personal information on this website should be addressed to:

Records Manager
Dublin Institute of Technology
143-149 Lower Rathmines Road
Dublin 6

E-mail: foi@dit.ie
Tel: +353-1-402 7519