Last Updated: August 7th, 2015
If you do not agree to the terms of this policy, in whole or in part, you are not authorized to use this website and should terminate registration by following the opt-out instructions (please see the “Opt Out Instructions below) or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about our policy, please submit your request to email@example.com.
Personal Information We Collect
“Personal Information” is information that identifies you as an individual, such as:
- Postal address
- Telephone number
- Email address
As part of the standard operation of the Site, we may collect certain non-personal information from you, including but not limited to your browser type, operating system, and the domain name from which you accessed the Site. In addition, we may collect information about your browsing behavior, such as the date and time you visit the Site, the areas or pages of the Site that you visit, the amount of time you spend viewing the Site, the number of times you return to the Site and other click-stream data.
In addition, we may collect your IP address and other information through the use of electronic “cookies”. For more information about “Cookies”, please see the “Cookies” section below.
How we use personal information
We use personal Information to provide you the services you request (such as College or Scholarship information), to customize our sites, to improve your user experience and our services, and to provide information about other products and services which we think might interest you. We use Technical Information to operate, administer, test and improve our sites, and to customize and improve the user experience.
By registering with US Degree Search online through our website or a partner website you are providing your express, written consent to the collection, processing, and transfer of your personal information in accordance with this policy. US Degree Search may use your information a) as disclosed at the time such information is provided to us , b) to respond to your request to be contacted with assistance finding colleges, universities and/or career training programs by contacting you at the phone number and/or email address you provided to US Degree Search or its partner websites, c) to protect the rights or property of US Degree Search, its affiliated online properties, and other registrants of US Degree Search websites, and d) as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our Web site, e) to contact you via email and/or phone regarding other products and services that match your interests.
US Degree Search may utilize an automated dialing platform, also known as predictive dialing, in order to respond to your request to be contacted at the phone number you provide to US Degree Search or its partner websites. This includes home, mobile or business phone numbers, depending on what number you provide. We do not utilize pre-recorded messages and will not contact you if you request to be added to our Do Not Contact list. You can add your phone number to our Do Not Call List by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How personal information is disclosed
Marketing and Advertising Partners
We may share your personal Information and technical Information with third parties whose products and services we think may be of interest to you, such as educational institutions; financial companies, such as those that make or arrange student loans and other financial products; non-financial institutions, such as retailers who sell a wide range of products and services to consumers; direct marketing companies; nonprofit organizations. If you prefer not to receive marketing materials from third parties, you may opt-out or contact us by email at email@example.com.
We may share your personal Information and technical Information with third parties who use the information solely for analytical purposes. The third-party analytics provider cannot associate your IP address with your personally identifiable information.
Third-Party Service Providers
From time to time we may use third parties to perform specific services, such as sending emails or newsletters to US Degree Search users. If we use a third party to provide specific services, then your personal information may be shared with that party to the extent necessary for the third party to provide these services. These third-party service providers are only allowed to use personally identifiable information for the purpose of providing the specific services requested by US Degree Search.
Disclosure to Law Enforcement and Similar Disclosures
While US Degree Search strives to protect the personal information of all users, US Degree Search will disclose information if legally required to do so, if requested to do so by a government entity, or if it believes in good faith that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to legal requirements or comply with legal process; (b) protect our rights or property or our affiliated companies; (c) prevent a crime or protect national security; or (d) protect the personal safety of users or the public.
Access to your Personal Information
If your personal information changes, you may request that we correct or update it by emailing Customer Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. If you wish to cancel your account or request that we no longer use your information to provide you services contact us at email@example.com. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
We use session ID and persistent cookies. We use session cookies to make it easier for you to navigate our site. A session ID cookie expires when you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time. You can remove persistent cookies by following the directions provided in your Internet browser’s “help” file.
We set a persistent cookie to store your preferences so that each time you visit the site you do not have to set your search preferences more than once. Persistent cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site.
Targeted or Behavioral Advertising
Targeted advertising (also known as Behavioral Advertising) uses information collected on an individual’s web browsing behavior such as the pages they have visited or the searches they have made. This information is then used to select which advertisement should be displayed to a particular individual on websites other than US Degree Search. For example, if you have shown a preference for nursing while visiting US Degree Search, you may be served an advertisement from US Degree Search for nursing related programs when you visit a site other than US Degree Search. The information collected is only linked to an anonymous cookie ID (alphanumeric number); it does not include any information that could be linked back to a particular person, such as their name, address or credit card number. The information used for targeted advertising either comes from US Degree Search or through third party website publishers. If you would like to opt out of targeted advertising from US Degree Search that occurs when visiting our third party advertising publishers, please opt out or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that this will opt you out of targeted ads from US Degree Search and any other participating advertisers. If you opt out, you will continue to receive online advertising from US Degree Search; however, these ads may not be as relevant to you.
Links to Third Party Sites
US Degree Search regularly monitors our websites, affiliated websites, and databases for fraud, abuse, and unauthorized use of information to protect your personal information that is under our control.
We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personally identifiable information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
If you have any questions about security on our Web sites, you can email us at Info@usdegreesearch.com.
Do Not Call Registry Compliance
By submitting personal contact information to US Degree Search through this website or any of its affiliated online properties, you hereby grant written permission to US Degree Search, its affiliated websites, and its business partners to contact you by telephone, mail, and/or e-mail. Further, by registering with US Degree Search through this website or any of its affiliated online properties you are consenting to receive phone calls from US Degree Search, its affiliated websites, and its business partners for contact via telephone, including but not limited to lenders that may contact you regarding credit counseling and thereby registrants waive their right to file a claim with the FTC or any other agency in reference to these calls or contacts.
US Degree Search registrants may opt-out of receiving further newsletters and emails from US Degree Search at any time by following the “unsubscribe” instructions in any US Degree Search e-mail received, by clicking here, or by sending an email to email@example.com. Please note that unsubscribing from one email list does not automatically unsubscribe you from any other email list to which you are subscribed. Please read the email carefully to find out which list you are unsubscribing from.
Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important to us. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information from those we actually know are under 18, and no part of our website is structured to attract or intended for anyone under 18 years of age.
In its sole discretion, US Degree Search may transfer, sell or assign your personal information collected on and through this website and affiliated online properties to one or more third parties, as a result of the sale, merger, consolidation, change in control, transfer of substantial assets, reorganization or liquidation of US Degree Search and/or its affiliated online properties.
To contact US Degree Search, please send all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org