Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: This site is an online training center operated by the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments Submitted by Users

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media Submitted by Users

Some lessons include assignments which require you to upload materials for grading. In creating these materials you should not include any personal information within the document that you would not want shared (e.g., personal pictures uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included). User submitted materials will be deleted upon grading or course completion.

Contact forms

Contact forms are used to allow visitors to submit comments and support requests. Wherever possible we attempt to explain why we need contact information and we obtain opt-in consent prior to form submission.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Lessons on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Link to Youtube and Vimeo policies.



HDI uses Google analytics to analyze our website activities in order to better serve our visitors’ needs. We do not capture IP addresses or other personally identifiable data  with the exception of visitors’ state, city or town. This geographical data is only used in aggregate to help us better understand any correlations between the popularity of our content and its usage among geographical areas.

Who we share your data with

HDI partners with state and federal agencies to provide required professional development courses. In this capacity we are required to maintain a record of user course completions and share these records with the partner agency.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

We allow visitors to submit comments and support requests. Wherever possible we attempt to explain why we need contact information and we obtain opt-in consent prior to collecting any contact information.