LPR data: data that is stored, collected, or generated by a license plate recognition device. Such data can include, but is not limited to:
- a context image of a vehicle and its immediate surroundings
- an image of the license plate
- any parking permissions associated with the vehicle
- the duration a vehicle has been parked in a space or within a parking facility
- an alphanumeric version of the license plate number, and U.S. state of the license plate, if applicable, generated by software processing of the license plate image which are also stored with the record.
- other data associated with the LPR read, such as:
- the LPR device used to conduct the read
- the global positioning system coordinates of the LPR device at the time of the read
- the date and time of the observation
- the parking zone, location, or area selected at the time of the read
- the read status (e.g., uploaded, rejected, hit)
- the staff member logged into the LPR system through the LPR device
Identifiable data: Any data that can be used to identify, contact, or locate an individual, either alone or combined with other easily accessible sources.
De-identified (or aggregated) data: Data that does not identify a specific individual; that is, data from which all identifiers, such as name, email address, Stanford ID, address, and phone number, have been removed.
Information Collected by LPR Program
To participate in Stanford’s LPR-based parking permit program, certain information about your parking usage may be collected. We will obtain information from you and your vehicle in any of the following ways.
- Handheld LPR: a handheld device used primarily for enforcement purposes and to assist officers with entering license plate data.
- Fixed LPR: a device installed in a (semi)permanent location that tracks vehicles as they drive by the device or park in a parking space. Some examples of where these can be found include, but are not limited to, at the entrances, egresses, or near parking spaces inside of a parking facility, or near roads associated with Stanford properties.
- Mobile LPR: fixed LPR devices mounted to a moving vehicle.
While no owner or driver information is stored directly with the LPR record, LPR data is linked to individual customer accounts within the Stanford Transportation parking management system.
Stanford employees and students use Stanford single sign-on to access our online ordering portal through our website. Whether or not you sign into our online ordering portal, Stanford Transportation automatically receives data for customers who have single sign-on access to our system. Data Stanford Transportation receives automatically has been approved by Stanford as information Stanford Transportation needs to administer parking and transportation services effectively at Stanford.
Information you provide:
Registration and Account Setup
When you use our websites (including, but not limited to, the Stanford Transportation and parking permit websites) to create your account during the permit registration process, we collect personal information about you. Stanford Transportation automatically receives certain information about Stanford employees and students, including: name; SUNet ID; email address; university employee ID; phone number; employment type; department; residence and/or work addresses; affiliation; status of affiliation (active, on leave, terminated); preferred contact information; hire date; parking permit type; and method of payment. If you are in a carpool, you also provide the names and email addresses of members in your carpool.
LPR and Transportation Program Participation
As part of the LPR-based parking permit program and other Stanford Transportation programs, we receive or you provide your personal information, including, but not limited to, name, phone number, email address, work and residence addresses, and vehicle information, if applicable.
Stanford Transportation may use data, such as the frequency a vehicle is parked on campus, to determine eligibility and rewards for commute incentive programs.
Data Storage Length
LPR data will be stored for no more than six (6) months. If your vehicle was cited as being parked in violation of university, county or state parking regulations, those incidences are stored for at least one year. Data may be retained longer than one year if the record is part of an investigation or retention is required by law.
If implemented, you would have the option of using our Live Chat feature (provided by an outside vendor) to communicate with Stanford Transportation. This feature collects information including, but not limited to, your name and the communication between yourself and the Stanford Transportation staff.
We may collect non-personally identifiable information about you whenever you interact with the Stanford Transportation website. Non-personal information may include the browser name, the type of computer, and technical information about your means of connection to our website, such as the operating system and the Internet service providers utilized and other similar information.
Web browser cookies
For the purposes of program planning and evaluation, University Human Resources may share limited information regarding University employees, including university employee ID, job type, worksite address, organization unit and department.
How Stanford Transportation Uses Your Information
We will use your data primarily for the purpose of administering the parking program at Stanford, analyzing campus parking utilization, providing parking availability information to customers (when available), supporting other transportation programs, and evaluating our programs. As such, we will only use your personally identifiable LPR data as described below or permitted by law, and the data are accessible only by limited parties, such as a small subset of the staff of Stanford Transportation, their agents and vendors, and the IT personnel that maintain the data and websites.
As part of our quality control process, your data will be checked for accuracy and corrected when necessary.
Your data may be used for the following purposes:
a) To allow you to participate in Stanford Transportation programs by accessing Stanford Transportation’s parking management system and to enable Stanford Transportation to administer its parking and other transportation programs and services. Your information is also used to allow you to register and confirm eligibility for a parking permit or other transportation programs. Your information may also be shared with external systems to facilitate use of university parking permits for permission to park.
b) To issue monetary and other rewards (e.g., commute-based incentives, carpool and vanpool subsidies) and to track participation in various Stanford transportation programs. Your name and employee ID number may be sent to your respective payroll system to issue such incentive(s).
c) To offer non-monetary prizes to participants. Identifying information of eligible participants, such as name and delivery address, may be sent to an outside vendor for the purpose of issuing prizes and program membership gifts.
d) To evaluate your parking usage type and frequency to determine if you would benefit from a different permit type or could be eligible for incentive programs.
e) To request feedback about Stanford’s programs.
f) To evaluate the effectiveness of programs and services, such as changes in parking choices and/or commute behavior.
g) To notify you of information, updates, resources, programs, services, initiatives, or surveys related to transportation. For these purposes, your information, including, but not limited to, name, email address, affiliation, Clipper card number, parking permit number, and permit expiration date may be sent to an outside vendor that manages our communications platform.
h) To calculate parking rates based on utilization among participants as a whole and by groups (e.g., faculty, staff, students, affiliates, and visitors) and to design strategies to increase use of alternatives to driving alone.
i) To suggest, plan, and improve parking and transportation programs, operations, and services at Stanford University, Stanford Health Care, Stanford Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, or other Stanford owned or managed properties.
j) For use in planning to meet Stanford’s entitlement commitments, such as the University’s General Use Permit.
When used for purposes (a) through (j), your data may be combined with data provided by other university departments and will be subjected to aggregate data analysis and reported both to groups and individuals within Stanford University and to outside groups (e.g., Santa Clara County Planning, City of Palo Alto) and for research, educational, and publication purposes. No identifiable information will be contained in the reports.
Authentication and tracking logs will be used to produce usage statistics and identify potential website improvements. This information does not contain any personally identifiable information.
Information Stanford Transportation Shares with Third Parties
Stanford Transportation uses third-party vendors and IT services for storage and processing of your LPR and other customer data; for the purposes identified in (a) through (j) above; and for administration of the LPR-based and other transportation programs. At the discretion of Stanford Transportation, Stanford Health Care and Stanford Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital may be involved in storing LPR data, collecting LPR data, and administering LPR-based transportation programs. Stanford Transportation does not sell or license identifiable LPR data to any third parties for any other purpose.
Aggregated and de-identified data may be shared with Stanford Health Care and Stanford Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital for operational and planning purposes. At the discretion of Stanford Transportation, personally identifiable data, (such as employee ID, permit type, employer affiliation) excluding identifiable LPR data, may be shared with the Stanford Health Care and Stanford Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital for parking credential, reporting, and other operational purposes.
Identifiable data, excluding identifiable LPR data, may be shared with consultants of Stanford Transportation for the sole purpose of planning efforts designated by Stanford Transportation.
How Stanford Transportation Protects Your Personal Information
Stanford Transportation is committed to protecting the security of your personal information. We maintain safeguards to protect the security, integrity, and privacy of your data, including the following practices:
- storing information we collect on computer systems located in controlled facilities with limited access;
- protecting the transmission of your information over the Internet, through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol;
- using a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosures; and
- limiting access to data to authorized personnel only;
We endeavor to protect the privacy of the personal information we hold in our records, but we cannot guarantee complete security. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors, may compromise the security of your personal information.
Knowing Your Choices
You may choose not to visit or use the Stanford Transportation website or participate in Stanford Transportation's programs and services. If you choose not to use the Stanford Transportation website, you will be unable to participate in certain transportation programs, including Stanford’s parking permit program which is based on the LPR system.
You may be able to add, update, or delete certain personal information as explained below. When you update or delete your information, we may maintain a copy of the unrevised information in our records.
Reviewing and Updating Your Personal Information
You may access, and in some cases, edit or delete your information, such as your vehicle information, through the Stanford Transportation website. You may also request a correction to your data, request removal of records from our database or submit any questions or concerns to the Stanford Transportation team using the procedure under “Contacting Us.” Please do not include any high-risk data or other sensitive information in an email or voicemail message.
Stanford Transportation has the discretion to update this policy at any time. We encourage checking this page for any changes to stay informed about how we are helping to protect the personal information we collect. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to periodically review this policy. Your use of Stanford’s transportation and parking services following these changes signifies your acceptance of the policy.
Last Updated: 03/14/2022
Stanford University | Stanford Transportation