Our privacy commitment
IT IS OUR POLICY TO ONLY COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION THAT YOU VOLUNTARILY SUPPLY.
Access to and use of the Services is also governed by our Terms and Conditions which are also linked to the Site.
Information We Collect About You and How We Collect It
When you use the Services, we do not collect any personally identifiable information without your consent. If you are simply perusing our Site or viewing the Services, we collect no personally identifiable information from you. We may, however, utilize both standard and Flash cookies in the course of providing the Services. Generally speaking, "cookies" are small data files stored on your own computer's hard drive. They are generated by web sites like the Site to provide users with a personalized and enhanced online experience. By assigning and storing a random user name cookie on your hard drive, we are able to offer you personalized collection, filtering, and delivery of information that we feel will be of the greatest interest and value to you. This includes not only our web sites' original content, but also advertisements especially targeted to you in accordance with your content preferences and traffic patterns, as revealed by the cookie. Overall, aggregated usage information helps us improve our offerings by showing us how different areas of the web sites are being used. No personally identifiable information is transmitted via these cookies. Cookies, by themselves, cannot be used to reveal or discover the identity of the individual user; your acceptance of our cookie will not compromise your anonymity while using our web site. If you choose to reject the cookie, you may still use our web site although certain functions and applications may be disallowed as a result, and you will not benefit from the personalized and enhanced services discussed throughout this policy. Certain features of the Services may also use local stored objects (or Flash cookies) to collect and store information about your preferences and navigation to, from and on the Site. Flash cookies are not managed by the same browser settings as are used for browser cookies. For information about managing your privacy and security settings for Flash cookies, see Choices about How We Use and Disclose Your Information.
In order to use the Services you will be required to enter a certain minimal amount of personal information (e.g., name, email address, college you are attending, how many years you have attended, etc.) that is required to, for example, read and comment on content. Providing additional information beyond this essential information to make use of the Services is your choice.
In addition, you may be asked to voluntarily provide or enter certain non-essential information. For instance, we may ask you, whether you would like to provide certain demographic information (e.g., age, education-related information, etc.). However, disclosure of this non-essential information is not required to use the Services. Although we encourage you to volunteer such optional information so we may provide a more personalized experience for you and thus deliver greater value to you, you have the choice to provide, or not provide, such additional information. Any information voluntarily given expresses a consent to "opt-in" for services provided by Us or our partners and affiliates. We may also redistributed in a secure manner any information voluntarily provided to Us to approved partners and affiliates.
Separate and apart from the information that we may ask you to submit is the information you may provide to be published or displayed (hereinafter, "posted") on public areas of the Services, or transmitted to other users of the Services or third parties (collectively, "User Contributions"). Please be aware and remember that your User Contributions are posted on and transmitted to others at your own risk. We cannot control the actions of other users of the Services with whom you may choose to share your User Contributions. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that your User Contributions will not be viewed by unauthorized persons.
We are dedicated to the security of your personal information, and take every commercially reasonable precaution to maintain that protection. To prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, maintain data accuracy, and facilitate the appropriate use of information, we use physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to attempt to protect the personal information we collect from you. Encryption tools are used when collecting or transferring sensitive information such as names and addresses. Additional database content is protected either by means of a two-key encryption algorithm or behind a firewall using security software. Access to the database is limited to our employees who have a legitimate business need to access the personal information contained therein and to our contractors and service providers who we require to keep all information to which they have access completely confidential.
Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted pursuant to use of the Services. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures used in connection with the Services.
If you have any questions about the security of your information, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How We Use Your Information
We use information that is disclosed by you during the delivery of the Services to present the Services and its contents to you; to provide you with information, products or services that you request from us; to fulfill any other purpose for which you provide it; to carry out our obligations and enforce our rights arising from any contracts entered into between you and us, including for billing and collection; to notify you about changes to the Services or any products or services we offer or provide though it; to allow you to participate in interactive features of the Services; to provide you with information we believe you would find useful; and for any other purpose with your consent.
We may also use the information we have collected from you to enable us to display advertisements to our advertisers’ target audiences. Even though we do not disclose your personal information for these purposes without your consent, if you click on or otherwise interact with an advertisement, the advertiser may assume that you meet its target criteria.
Composite tracking information generated by cookies for traffic accounting and content analysis may used or the purpose of documenting site activity and other trends. We emphasize that the foregoing statistical information is not linked to any personal information and cannot identify any individual user of our web site. In order to better deliver the Services, we may disclose aggregated information about our users, and information that does not identify any individual. Such disclosure will not be given to anyone other than our subsidiaries and affiliates; contractors, service providers and other third parties we use to support our business; a buyer or other successor in the event of a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution or other sale or transfer of some or all of the Company’s assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation or similar proceeding, in which personal information held by the Company about users of the Services is among the assets transferred. Any disclosure of said anonymous usage information to parties other than those listed above will not be done without your consent.
There are certain limited circumstances when legal obligations may require us to disclose your personal information. These include circumstances when we are compelled to comply with any court order, law or legal process, including to respond to any government or regulatory request; when we must enforce or apply our Terms and Conditions and other agreements, including for billing and collection purposes; and when we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to protect the rights, property, or safety of the Company, our customers or others, such as exchanging information with other companies and organizations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.
Choices About How We Use and Disclose Your Information
We do not control third parties’ collection or use of your information to serve interest-based advertising. However these third parties may provide you with ways to choose not to have your information collected or used in this way. You can opt out of receiving targeted ads from members of the Network Advertising Initiative ("NAI") on the NAI’s website.
Children Under the Age of 13
The Services are not intended for children under 13 years of age. No one under age 13 may provide any information to or through the Services. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If you are under 13, do not use or provide any information on through the Services or on or through any of its features, use any of the interactive or public comment features of the Services or provide any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address or any screen name or user name you may use. If we learn we have collected or received personal information from a child under 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. If you believe we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at email@example.com.
Accessing and Correcting Your Information
You may send us an e-mail at [firstname.lastname@example.org] to correct or delete any personal information that you have provided to us. We cannot delete your personal information except by also deleting your user account. We may not accommodate a request to change information if we believe the change would violate any law or legal requirement or cause the information to be incorrect.
If you delete your User Contributions from the Site, copies of your User Contributions may remain viewable in cached and archived pages, or might have been copied or stored by other users of the Services. Proper access and use of information provided in connection with the Services, including User Contributions, is governed by our Terms and Conditions.