Use "Personal and Private" Folders to Protect Privacy

U-M respects the privacy of its employees and seeks to foster a climate free from arbitrary or capricious monitoring of employees and the records they create, use, or control. The university may, however, need to access or monitor such records in accordance with Privacy and the Need to Monitor and Access University Records (SPG 601.11). U-M recognizes that employees may also have personal, non-work files and records on their U-M computer or in online storage space provided by U-M.

U-M urges you to indicate which files are personal and private by placing them in a folder named Personal and Private. With some exceptions as outlined in SPG 601.11 (for example, when required by law or needed to avert threats to IT systems), the university will not monitor or access materials in folders labeled with the phrase Personal and Private.

No matter what the service at U-M, if you create a folder or label called Personal and Private, the university will treat the contents of that folder as non-institutional data and refrain from monitoring or accessing them in accordance with SPG 601.11.

MiWorkspace Users: See MiWorkspace: Store, Access & Back Up Data for information about the location of a Personal and Private folder on your MiWorkspace computer.