My.harvard Privacy Statement

my.harvard Privacy Statement


This Privacy Statement describes the ways in which Harvard University gathers and uses personal information about individuals through the my.harvard application managed by Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT). In this Privacy Statement “my.harvard” refers only to the HUIT-managed my.harvard application accessed via or


This Privacy Statement applies to all users of the my.harvard application with my.harvard user accounts, regardless of relationship to Harvard.

Information Gathering

The personal information about users that may be collected by Harvard through my.harvard includes:

  • Student contact information, date of birth, ethnicity and gender, class enrollments and grades, tuition, financial aid information including social security number, admissions data, veteran status, advising notes, degree and program status
  • Military ID, state ID, parent/guardian ID, school ID, driver’s license, foreign government ID, permanent resident card, naturalization papers, passport
  • Contact data and date of birth for individual student’s approved delegates
  • Contact information for parents/guardians, emergency contact, and missing persons contact

Personal information collected by Harvard also includes data related to use of the my.harvard application, and identifiers or other information about a user’s Harvard affiliation or status.

Harvard also collects log files of the IP addresses and browsers of computers accessing the application and the pages visited.

Use of Information

The personal information collected by Harvard through my.harvard is used for reporting and analytics, and for administration of student finances and student records. Course search data is used to tune search relevancy. Some student data is used for institutional and required federal reporting.

Harvard may review users’ IP addresses and data on the files and resources they access to administer my.harvard and to provide technical support and help diagnose problems. Harvard may use and retain email or other communications to staff in order to process inquiries, respond to requests, and improve services.

Harvard may use documentation collected to verify identification.

Other uses of personal information by Harvard are described in other parts of this Privacy Statement.

Sharing of Information

My.harvard is provided and hosted by the third-party vendor Sierra-Cedar. Data related to use of the my.harvard application and identifiers or other information about a user’s Harvard affiliation and status are released by Harvard to Sierra Cedar or accessible to Sierra Cedar through the application to enable use of the application by individuals. This includes log files of the IP addresses and browsers of computers accessing the application and the pages visited. Sierra Cedar may also have access to other personal data provided by users in the course of using the application for troubleshooting purposes. For more information on Sierra Cedar’s use of data see the Sierra Cedar privacy policy at

Other third-party vendors provide tools and applications that may be integrated with my.harvard. Some may be contracted for by Harvard and some may be added by end users. These vendors may have access to user identifiers and other user personal information to enable use of their services.

The my.harvard application contains links to other websites.

Harvard may also share personal information with other service providers in connection with data uses described in this Privacy Statement.

Each such third-party provider may have its own privacy policy. Harvard is not responsible for the privacy practices of such third parties or the content of such websites.

Other sharing of personal information by Harvard is described in other parts of this Privacy Statement.

In addition, Harvard may share and disclose personal information if Harvard believes that doing so is necessary or appropriate to: satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request; investigate compliance with or enforce this Privacy Statement or any acceptable use policy for my.harvard; detect, prevent or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues; or protect, defend or enforce the operations, property, rights and safety of users, Harvard, Harvard affiliates, or others.

Cookies and Related Technologies

Harvard may use cookies and related technologies (“Cookies”) to gather information when users navigate through my.harvard, in order to enhance and personalize the experience, to help provide services available through my.harvard, to analyze website usage, and to help improve the websites and our related services. To find out more about cookies, visit

You can review your Internet browser settings, typically under the sections “Help” or “Internet Options,” to exercise choices you have for certain Cookies or you can opt out of the collection and use of some Cookies through tools like the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page. If you disable or delete certain Cookies in your settings, you may not be able to use features of our websites.

We may use third party analytics such as Google Analytics or similar analytics services. For information on how Google processes and collects information using Google Analytics, please see, and for how to opt out, please see

The opt-outs described above may not work for all browsers or devices.

Information Protection

There are security measures in place to help protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the personal information under Harvard’s control. No data transmission, processing, sharing or storage by any party can be guaranteed to be completely secure.

Contact Information

Please contact with any questions or concerns about this Privacy Statement or the practices of the my.harvard application.

Users Located in the European Economic Area and the United Kingdom

If you are located in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway (the European Economic Area) or the United Kingdom, please see for Harvard’s Additional EEA Privacy Disclosures.

Changes to this Privacy Statement

This Privacy Statement may be amended from time to time. Any such changes will be posted on this page. This Privacy Statement was last updated on June 22nd, 2021.