Updated as of January 15, 2013
What personally identifiable information do I provide to StudentAdvisor.com?
In order for you to take full advantage of the Site, we encourage you to provide your personally identifiable Information to us by registering on the Site or logging in through Facebook Connect. Unless you are registered, you cannot post reviews, ask or answer questions, obtain newsletters or download our college guides. You may choose not to register on the Site. While you will still be able to research, read reviews and obtain information about colleges, you should understand that you will not be able to use certain services or features of the Site, like posting reviews or downloading guides, unless you register.
StudentAdvisor.com asks you to provide various types of personally identifiable information to enhance your experience on the Site. During registration, StudentAdvisor.com may ask for information such as your name, e-mail address, year of birth, gender, Zip code, country, street address, educational background, and current academic status. The more information you provide, the better we are able to customize your experience. We may also ask you for other information at other times - such as when you enter a contest or participate in a promotion, when you post an online comment, answer or question, when you participate in our message boards, or when you order products from us. See below about "cookies" and what other information is collected.
IMPORTANT You need to be aware that your user name will be shown publicly with every contributed post on the community platform or when you rate or review a college. Please protect your identity and choose a fictitious name, since any information you include in a message you post is available to anyone with internet access. When you voluntarily disclose personal information in a post or on the community platform, that information may be collected by others and may result in unsolicited messages from others.
How does StudentAdvisor.com use my personally identifiable information?
Our primary goal in collecting personally identifiable information is to provide you, the user, with a customized experience on StudentAdvisor.com. This includes personalization services, interactive communications, online shopping and many other types of services, most of which are completely free to you.
We use the personally identifiable information you provide to us in several ways. Some examples follow.
StudentAdvisor.com may use your personally identifiable information for editorial purposes, such as to contact you as part of an online survey. Additionally, we may also use the information provided by you to: 1) contact you with legal notices, 2) to advise you of any changes or additions to the Site or the Terms and
Conditions, and 3) account status (including confirmation of registrations). Both entities may also use information about our users and their activities on the Site to send offers and information. However, if you no longer wish to receive any the foregoing, please contact customercare @ studentadvisor.com to request removal from this list. If you wish to unregister from the Site, please contact us at customercare @ studentadvisor.com and ask to have your registration account deleted. Once your account has been deleted, you will no longer have access to certain features and services of StudentAdvisor.com, however, you may reregister at any time.
In order to provide services free of charge, we display advertisements. StudentAdvisor.com delivers targeted advertisements on behalf of advertisers. Advertisers give us an advertisement and tell us the type of audience they want to reach (for example, females over 25 years old). We take the advertisement and display it to users meeting those criteria. In this process, the advertiser never has access to your StudentAdvisor.com account.
StudentAdvisor.com also does research on our users' demographics, interests and behavior based on the information you provide to us including upon registration, on order forms, during a promotion, as well as from our server log files or from surveys. We do this to better understand and serve our users. This research is compiled and analyzed and StudentAdvisor.com may share aggregated versions of this data with advertisers or other businesses. In addition, under customary confidentiality agreements, StudentAdvisor.com may match user information with third party data.
Do other companies or people have access to personally identifiable information I provide to StudentAdvisor.com?
Additional information about personally identifiable information follows.
Promotions: Promotions that run on StudentAdvisor.com may be sponsored by companies other than StudentAdvisor.com or may be co-sponsored by StudentAdvisor.com and another company. Some or all personally identifiable information provided by you during a promotion may be shared with the sponsor. If information will be shared, we will disclose such sharing prior to the transfer. You can decide not to participate in the promotion if you don't want your personally identifiable information to be shared. In certain circumstances, you may not be able to participate in a particular promotion if you chose not to share personally identifiable information. Currently, most StudentAdvisor.com promotions are limited to U.S. or North American residents.
Linked Sites; Advertisers. We do not control the privacy policies or information practices of our advertisers, content providers, sponsors or other sites or businesses to which we provide hyperlinks or access. Please visit the sites of these businesses to review their privacy policies.
Store: If you make a purchase or request a service from a business in the StudentAdvisor store, the information you provide for that transaction (as well as tracking information and cookies as described below) is provided directly to the store business.
Legal Authorities: As you might expect, StudentAdvisor must cooperate with legal authorities, and we may in some circumstances be required to disclose personally identifiable information in response to requests from law enforcement authorities, or in response to a subpoena or other legal process. We can also turn over account information about you if we believe we must in order to prevent a violation of the law, and by accepting this Policy, you consent to our right to do so, in our sole discretion. You also consent to our disclosing information about you in the course of legal proceedings if we believe we are legally required to do so, if we reasonably believe that doing so may mitigate our liability, or if doing so will assist us in enforcing our legal rights.
Data Security: We have in place physical, electronic and managerial procedures to protect the information we collect online. However, as effective as these measures are, no security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of our database, nor can we guarantee that the information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the internet.
Other: If we run competitions or contests on the site, you may be required to provide additional information such as your telephone number and address in order to participate. The exact rules may vary in each case but the specific rules for any contest will state how that information may be used. If you told us in your account preferences that you would be interested in receiving e-mail from us, we may send you e-mails about StudentAdvisor.com products, promotions, or services as well as on behalf of other companies. You can change your account preferences at any time. In addition, in each advertising email you will be provided an ability to opt-out of receiving future emails from the advertiser.
What information do web servers collect?
What are cookies and how does StudentAdvisor.com use them?
StudentAdvisor.com places a "cookie" on the browser of a StudentAdvisor.com user's computer to store and sometimes track information about you. A cookie can be used to tell when your computer has contacted a Web site; we may also use the information for editorial purposes and for other purposes such as measuring certain traffic patterns. For example, cookies are used to ensure that you don't see the same ad too many times in a single session and that you do not have to reenter your login name or password during your visit.
How Can I Opt-Out of Online Advertising Cookies?
Often our advertisers contract with a third-party service to host their ads. In this case, an ad serving vendor contacts the advertisers' hosting service for a particular advertisement. In that case, an independent cookie may be used by the third-party service. We do not have a mechanism to allow visitors to opt-out of cookies from vendors with whom we do not have a contractual relationship.
Kids under 13: This Site is not intended for children under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 13, and they are not permitted to register on the Site.
Users outside the US: StudentAdvisor.com is controlled and operated from the United States, and is not intended to subject us to the laws or jurisdiction of any other country or territory. We do not represent or warrant that the Site is appropriate or available for use in any jurisdiction outside of the United States. Those who choose to access the Site do so on their own initiative and are responsible for complying with all local laws, rules and regulations.
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