Cookies and Privacy Information for Wimba Classroom

Date Published: 6-15-2012
Versions: 6.x
Wimba Classroom 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 a 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. 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.
How this product obtains End User Consent for Cookies
A visitor connecting to the website that hosts this product will be issued cookies that are strictly necessary for security and application performance.(Note: the following is not yet accurate.) 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 and Related Technologies

Cookie Name Purpose More Information
AuthCookieHandler_Horizon Created after a successful login. Stores a session key, the username, the user's nickname, the currently logged in chat id, and the server time of the initial login. This cookie expires at the end of the session.
HorizonLoginCnt Tracks the number of unsuccessful logins.
request_uri Stores the initial requested URL.
useplugin Stores whether or not to use the audio plugin.
mac_osx This cookie is set when Mac OS X is detected.
testresults Tracks the results from the wizard tests. Expires at the end of the session.
wizardconf Tracks the name of the configuration used to set up the wizard.

Third Party Cookies

Content and Tools used in conjunction with Blackboard products may install additional cookies on your computer. We have made an effort to collect and note these items below for disclosure. 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 in the following manner, as well as outlined by the applicable organization which controls the cookie, do not use the applicable product.

Item Cookies Blackboard Data Sharing: Description & Purpose Third Party & Privacy Policy
Weather Module See for details The weather module may be made available or selected by students within a Community Tab pages.  This module contains a remote image that sets cookies for tracking usage.  This information may be combined with other visits to  A user may fill out a web form that directs to  This form will disclose and store Zip code and location information to
YouTube Mashup See Google Privacy Policies YouTube may track users based on Flash cookies.  Viewing pages containing YouTube videos will result in tracking by YouTube subject to Google privacy policies including the page which contained the YouTube Video Google &

Storage of User Preferences and Personal Information

Users Preferences and Personal Information Stored Locally on your Computer or Terminal Device
[Choose the one that best describes your application]
_____This application stores user preferences and/or personal information on the terminal device or computer that accesses this product. 

Item Description Potential for Disclosure to Other Users Removal
Session & Login Information This 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.

____This application does not store user preferences and / or personal information on the terminal device or computer that accesses this product. 
Users Preferences and Personal Information Stored On the Remote Server Supporting this Application
[Use Example below]

Item Description Potential for Disclosure Options
User Directory Information System Administrators may disable the user directory tool.  
End Users may modify the information disclosed from with in the options under “Personal Information”
Course Roster System administrators and instructors may disable the course roster tool from individual courses or the entire Blackboard Learn application.
User Session
User Contributed Materials Tests, Discussion Board Postings, Assignments, and other materials uploaded to the software Information 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 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 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.