Cookies and Privacy Information for Blackboard xpLor

Date Published: 6/11/2013
Versions: Ongoing

Blackboard xpLor makes use of the following cookies and related technologies for the purposes described in the tables below. These disclosures are made consistent with Blackboard privacy policies and regulations such as the EU Privacy directive. For more information visit our Privacy Center at http://www.blackboard.com/privacy/

About Cookies

A cookie is a file issued from a website, Internet-based application or Internet-delivered content to an end user’s connected device (e.g. web browser, smartphone, etc). Cookies may be used to uniquely identify a user. They may be used to track individual preferences and other information about a web user. Blackboard products use this technology to provide secure learning experiences, track usage and manage application performance.

A visitor connecting to the website that hosts xpLor will be issued cookies that are strictly necessary for security and application performance. You may refuse the issuance of first- and third-party cookies (see below) by selecting the respective settings on your browser. Please note that in this event you may not be able to use the full functionality of xpLor.

First- and Third-Party xpLor Cookies

xpLor is accessed from within the browser in two separate states:

  1. Within an iframe embedded in the interface of a learning management system, LMS
  2. Within an entire browser window, maintaining its own (xpLor) interface

In each state, xpLor operates on the user’s device from a different perspective: when embedded, xpLor is a third-party service to the LMS; when in its own window, xpLor is a first-party service. The cookies stored by xpLor in either scenario are the same, regardless of context.

xpLor Cookies

The following are cookies created and stored by xpLor, using the xpLor-specific domain. These may be first- or third-party cookies, depending on the state or context in which the user is interacting with xpLor:

Cookie Cookie Name Purpose
Session ID tracking app Stores the session ID and server-side user ID. Only stores non-personally identifiable information. Non-persistent session cookie.
Session ID security app.sig Stores a cryptographic signature of the app cookie to ensure it has not been altered. Non-persistent session cookie.
Session lifespan ts Used to timeout sessions after a user leaves xpLor. Non-persistent session cookie.

The above cookies are base-level cookies which are required for users to access xpLor.  These cookies may be appended with instance-specific or environment-specific variables (i.e., "prod01_app", "beta02_app.sig", etc.) depending on the application version users are connecting to.

Third-Party Cookies

The following are cookies created and stored by third-party services or applications:

Item Cookies Blackboard Data Sharing: Description & Purpose Third Party & Privacy Policy
Google Analytics _ga Used to distinguish users by Google Analytics. https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage
UserVoice Various cookies xpLor uses UserVoice as an optional feedback mechanism. Users are not required to use UserVoice functionality. If used, UserVoice may store several cookies of their own. https://www.uservoice.com/compliance/
Third Party Cookie Test BbTest Used by the Blackboard link proxy service to test the browsers support for 3rd party cookies. No information is stored in the cookie. Its existence is simply needed to run the test. N/A
Link Proxy ID __xpLor_request_info__ Used by the Blackboard link proxy service to track which user is viewing which website. N/A

Please note that there is always a chance that another third-party tool, website or extension stores its own cookies when interacting with users’ systems. Because xpLor is often used as a pass-through to other websites and/or services, users may be exposed to the cookie policies of these third-party services. Blackboard cannot outline every cookie that users may encounter while operating within xpLor.

Requesting Removal of Your Blackboard xpLor Account

To remove stored materials (i.e. documents uploaded on xpLor) from this service contact the Blackboard xpLor support team. We may request additional identification information for purposes of verifying the request to have your account removed.

Tracking of Activities and Usage

xpLor monitors your usage as you interact with it. This information is collected and shared consistent with the privacy policies noted above. The laws governing such a disclosure vary, depending on where the server is located and the application is being used. Blackboard may attempt to limit the disclosure of this information consistent with statutory obligations and Blackboard’s privacy policies.

Google Analytics

This website uses "Google Analytics", a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (Google). 
Google Analytics uses cookies to help Blackboard to analyze how users use this website. The information generated about your use of this website (including your IP address) will be transferred to and stored by Google on servers located in the USA. In case IP anonymisation is activated on this website, Google will truncate the IP address for users located in Member States of the European Union as well as for other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. 
Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to Google in the USA and truncated there. 
Google will use this information on behalf of Blackboard for the purpose of evaluating your use of this website, compiling reports on website activity for Blackboard and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to Blackboard. 
Google will not connect your IP address with any other data saved by Google. 
You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the according settings on your browser. Please note that in this event you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. 
Furthermore you can prevent Google’s collection and use of data via cookies (including your IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB.

Please note that on this website Google Analytics code is supplemented by "gat._anonymizeIp()" to ensure an anonymized collection of IP addresses (so called IP-masking).

You may deactivate Google Analytics via this link https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB.