Regulatory Compliance

The Information Security team is responsible for coordinating compliance with state, federal and international laws and regulations dealing with the security of Duquesne University's information resources.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Information

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a federal law that was enacted in 1998 to combat the theft of electronic media such as software, games, photography, videos or music over the internet.

The DMCA is a complex act designed to manage digital copyright infringement and liability in many ways, including but not limited to the following:

  • Imposes rules prohibiting the circumvention of technological protection measures in place on copyrighted materials
  • Imposes rules prohibiting the production and distribution of any technology (hardware or software) whose main purpose is to circumvent copyright protection mechanisms
  • Sets limitations on copyright infringement liability for internet service providers (such as Duquesne University).

According to the DMCA, if Duquesne University (the internet service provider) acts expeditiously to remove or disable access to infringing material identified in a formal notice from the copyright holder (or its agent), the University will not be held liable for copyright infringement of that material. Although Duquesne does not typically monitor for these violations, once notified, we are bound by DMCA to act swiftly to stop illegal sharing on the university network.

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European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The EU General Data Protection Regulation, enacted on May 25, 2018, protects and empowers all EU citizens' data privacy and reshapes the way organizations across the region approach data privacy.

The GDPR applies to entities located outside of the EU who control or process personal data of anyone who is in the EU, regardless of EU citizenship. This includes organizations that offer goods or services to, or monitors the behavior of, people inside the EU. GDPR applies even if the processing takes place outside of the EU. This includes members of the Duquesne University community who may be residing (permanently or temporarily) in the EU and EU citizens who attend or work for Duquesne University. This regulation also includes EU citizens who participate in campus activities including alumni organizations, mailing lists, forums or other functions.

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