Privacy Policy

Last Updated: August 7th, 2015

This privacy policy describes how USDegreeSearch.com (“US Degree Search”) collects and uses personal information that you submit on our site. US Degree Search reserves the right to modify the terms of this policy at any time. We may update this privacy policy to reflect changes to our information practices. If we make any material changes we will notify you by means of notice on this site prior to the change becoming effective or by email upon completion of change. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices.

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 info@usdegreesearch.com. For questions about our policy, please submit your request to info@usdegreesearch.com.

 

Personal Information We Collect

 “Personal Information” is information that identifies you as an individual, such as:

  • Name
  • Postal address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address

 

We collect Personal Information when you interact with us on the Site.  We may associate Personal Information you provide through the Site with Personal Information collected from other sources.  We will use the combined information in accordance with this Privacy Policy as long as it is combined.

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 info@usdegreesearch.com.

 

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 info@usdegreesearch.com.

 

Analytics Partners 

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 info@usdegreesearch.com.

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 info@usdegreesearch.com. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.

 

Cookies

A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user’s computer for record-keeping purposes. We use cookies on our sites. We do not link the information we store in cookies to any personally identifiable information you submit while on our site.

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.

The use of cookies by our third party partners or affiliates is not covered by our privacy policy. We do not have access or control over these cookies. Our partners and affiliates use session ID cookies to make it easier for you to navigate our site and provide search results based on your preferences.

 

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 info@usdegreesearch.com. 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

If you click on a link to a third party site, you will leave the US Degree Search site you are visiting and be redirected to the site you selected. Because we cannot control the activities of third parties, we cannot accept responsibility for any use of your personal information by such third parties, and we cannot guarantee that they will adhere to the same privacy practices as US Degree Search. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of any other service provider from whom you request services. If you visit a third party Web site that is linked to a US Degree Search site, you should read that site’s privacy policy before providing any personal information.

Third-party marketing vendors, including Google, may show US Degree Search ads on sites on the internet and may use cookies to serve ads based on a user’s prior visits to US Degree Search. Users may opt out of Google’s use of cookies by visiting the Google advertising opt-out page http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html.

 

Security

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.

 

Opt-Out

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 info@usdegreesearch.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.

 

Children’s Privacy

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.

 

Assignment

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 info@usdegreesearch.com