Cookies and Privacy Information for Blackboard Learn

Date Published: 5/08/2012
Versions: 9.1 SP 10, SP 9, SP 8, SP 7 (hf1), SP 6

Blackboard Learn  makes use of the following cookie and related technologies for the described purposes 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

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 and 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.  Third party content may be embedded on pages within Blackboard products.  This third party content may include cookies from the content issuer. See third party cookies (below) for more details.

A visitor connecting to the website that hosts this product will be issued cookies that are strictly necessary for security and application performance.  This product will provide the user with a dialogue box which informs the user that the cookie is being set and obtains the users consent to the cookie.   After the user has reviewed the notice and accepted the cookie, the user may continue to use the software product.   The user may not use the product without accepting the cookies.  

First Party Cookies

CookieCookie NamePurpose
Session id trackingJSESSIONUsed for session tracking. It keeps the information about the current user session so that the user does not need to identify themselves repeatedly. Nobody else can identify the user using this cookie.  This is used by the tomcat webserver
Session Id trackingSession_idStores the session ID for non-secure requests
Session Id trackingS_session_idStores the session ID for secure requests to track whether the current session should be displayed using the high contrast option
LocalGuest.session.localeUsed to store the locale information for someone logged in as a guest
SCORM playerMTMCookieUsed by the SCORM player to track if cookies can be used
Tree Viewer*_selnd,tree_*Used by the tree viewer javascript to store node information (selected, expanded etc)
Outcomes navigationClp_nav_menuarea_*Used by outcomes to track navigation and menu selections
Test cookieCookies_enabledA test cookie to make sure the browser has cookies enabled
BBDriveXythosdriveUsed for detecting if BbDrive is installed on the local computer
Cookie consent confirmationCookie_consent_acceptedThis cookie tells the server that the user has already given the consent for storing cookies so the user will no longer be asked for consent when logging in. It contains no user identifying data.

Third Party Cookies

Content and Tools used in conjunction with Blackboard products may install additional cookies on your computer.   Below we have provided a list of these items that we have collected for your information.  These cookies are subject to privacy policies of the issuing site or service and not controlled by Blackboard or the institution operating Blackboard software.  Organizations using Blackboard products should examine the content provided and determine if this material is consistent with their privacy policies.  If you do not agree with the use of cookies as described below, as well as outlined by the applicable organization which controls the cookie, do not use the applicable product.

Storage of User Preferences and Personal Information

Users Preferences and Personal Information Stored Locally on your Computer or Terminal Device

This application stores user preferences and/or personal information on the terminal device or computer that accesses this product. 

ItemDescriptionPotential for Disclosure to Other UsersRemoval of Cookies
Session & Login InformationThis application stores your user session locally in a browser cookie (noted above).  This cookie persists until you log out of the Blackboard Learn application.If you fail to log out of the Blackboard Learn application and leave the terminal device without closing the entire browser application, this information could be used by other users of the same terminal device or computer.Log out of the Blackboard Learn Application. 

Users Preferences and Personal Information Stored On the Remote Server Supporting this Application

ItemDescriptionPotential for DisclosureOptions
Password Passwords are stored as a hash 
User Session   
User Contributed MaterialsTests, Discussion Board Postings, Assignments, Calendar Events, Course Mail and other materials uploaded to the softwareInformation may be shared with instructors, other course members and guests to the course consistent with the individual configuration settings of the course and instructor. 

Requesting Removal of Private Information

To remove stored materials from this service contact your local institution. 

Tracking of Activities and Usage

This software monitors your usage as your interactions 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 stored and the application is being used. You are advised to consult counsel of our choice regarding applicable laws and regulations.  Blackboard may attempt to limit the disclosure of this information consistent with Blackboard’s legal advice and our privacy policies.