CollegeNET, Inc. Privacy and Security Statement

Last Updated: December 12, 2016

The privacy and security of our users' personally identifiable information, which we call "personal information" in this document, is a high priority for CollegeNET, Inc. ("CollegeNET"). This Privacy and Security Statement ("Statement") explains what personal information we collect from you and how we use it. We encourage you to read the summaries below and to click on “Learn More ” if you would like more information on a particular topic.

This Statement applies to personal information collected by CollegeNET on its Web sites at www.collegenet.com, www.corp.collegenet.com, www.usacademy.collegenet.com, www.mycoalition.org, www.contribute.com, www.applyweb.com, www.collegenet.cn, and www.25live.collegenet.com/name of client institution, and to all personal information provided to us, whether such is provided by customers, end users, vendors, employees, or others, online or offline. There is a link to this Statement on each of these Web sites, as well as on each account creation page. These links are how we provide notice to you of our privacy practices.

We also act as an outsourced service provider for colleges, universities, nonprofits, and other organizations (referred to in this Statement as our "client institutions"). When our client institutions collect information about you through the use of our facilities, their privacy policies and practices govern their use and disclosure of that information.

PLEASE READ THIS STATEMENT CAREFULLY. IT IS YOUR CHOICE WHETHER OR NOT TO PROVIDE PERSONAL INFORMATION TO COLLEGENET. IF YOU CHOOSE NOT TO, YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO COMPLETE, SAVE, OR SUBMIT A FORM OR USE SOME SERVICES ON OUR SITES.

Personal Information We Collect

We collect personal information to operate effectively and provide you with the best experiences with our services. You provide some of this information directly, such as when you create a CollegeNET account, start or submit a form hosted by CollegeNET, or contact us for support. We get some of the information, such as your IP address, by recording how you interact with our services.

Personal information is information that directly identifies or is directly associated with an identifiable person. Some examples of personal information include a user's name, address, email address, social security number, citizenship, date and place of birth, and parents' names and addresses. Personal information does not include aggregate information or de-identified information. Aggregate information is information about the use of our Web sites, such as information collected about site users, or a category of services or users, from which any personal information has been removed. An example of aggregate information would be de-identified data indicating that forty-seven percent of the site's registered users have identified themselves as male.

We provide Web-based software as a service applications to client institutions. We host Web-based admissions, scheduling, event management, housing, parking, tuition, registration, contribution, scholarship, recruiting, and other services. In the course of providing these services, we collect personal information in email that we receive and in forms that users complete on our Web sites, which forms may include non-text components such as images and videos. These forms are hosted on CollegeNET servers, but users may link to the pages and forms associated with our services via our Web sites or, in some cases, via the sites of the client institutions identified on the forms.

We collect various types of personal information, including demographic, geographic, financial, and other information on our Web sites, such as when you register for and participate directly in one or more of our services. We also collect these types of personal information for our client institutions in the course of providing Web-based software as a service applications and email transaction processing services. We obtain this information via email and in "forms" that you may start or complete on our Web sites.

We collect personal information from you when you voluntarily provide such information by registering for a CollegeNET account. We require you to register for an account in order to fill out an application, contribution, scholarship, or other form we host for a client institution. If you participate directly in our services such as our Scholarship Election System or in USAcademy, we require you to establish a CollegeNET account and to provide additional personal information.

When you create a CollegeNET account, we ask you to create a username and password and to provide your first name, last name, and email address. When you submit an application, make a donation, or otherwise use our facilities to perform an action that requires the payment of a fee (e.g., to pay admission application fees or to make a donation to a client institution), we collect your electronic payment information.

An application or other form is "in process" from the time you start it until the time you complete it. While it is in process, the applicable client institution may see the information you have entered into it, and you may access the form and modify the information you have entered into it by following the instructions on the application or other form. Once you submit a form, you will not be able to access or modify the information submitted on that form through CollegeNET.

You agree that the personal information you provide to us is accurate and complete.

We also automatically collect some information when you use our sites, such as your IP address (a unique number assigned to a specific computer on the Internet) and standard information included with every communication sent on the Internet. This information allows us to determine your browser version and type, operating system, browser language, Internet service provider, and which pages you view on our Web sites, as well as the hardware model of the mobile device you use to access our services, operating system, and version, unique device identifiers and mobile network information. All of this information may be aggregated and used for various purposes. It is not, however, used to identify you personally.

How We Use Personal Information

We use the personal information we collect to provide services to you, which includes using the information to improve and personalize your experiences with our services. We may also use the information to communicate with you, for example, by informing you about your account.

We use personal information that you provide to us to complete the transactions requested by you, to administer our services such as USAcademy and our Scholarship Election System, and, if applicable, to contact you for administrative purposes or provide you with customer service, respond to your questions, problems, or complaints, request feedback, to monitor/analyze trends, usage, and activities in connection with our services, to organize the Web sites to better serve you, customize our products and services, and develop new products and services. We may also use publicly available postings, submissions, and other content that you post or transmit to or within our Scholarship Election System or USAcademy (collectively, "Postings") for any purpose.

We retain personal information for no longer than necessary to fulfill the purposes stated herein, or for the period required by law, and thereafter we securely dispose of the information to prevent loss, theft, misuse, or unauthorized access.

Reasons We Share Personal Information

We share your personal information with your consent or as necessary to complete any transaction or provide any service you have requested or authorized, including sharing your information with client institutions whose forms you have started or submitted. We also share information with vendors working on our behalf; when required by law or to respond to legal process; to protect our customers; to protect lives; to maintain the security of our services; and to protect our rights or property.

We do not disclose your personal information to third parties other than for the limited purposes described in this Statement.

We do not rent or sell personal information to third parties.

We may disclose personal information that you provide to us when you participate directly in our services such as USAcademy or our Scholarship Election System to the person, school, or organization that you designate.

We provide personal information that we collect for a client institution to that client institution. When you provide information to us in forms that we host for client institutions, we transmit your personal information (excluding your electronic payment information, if applicable) to those parties identified in the applications, contributions, scholarships, or other forms you start or submit and, if applicable, to the third party service providers specified by the client institutions. The client institution's privacy policies and practices, and not this Statement, govern the client institution's use of that personal information. Client institutions may initiate transmission of your personal information to third parties through CollegeNET-served technologies. We also disclose your electronic payment information to our payment processor in order to complete any online payment of admission application fees, contributions, or other fees to the parties you have selected.

Except as set forth in this Statement, CollegeNET will not disclose your personal information to third parties. CollegeNET may disclose your personal information to third parties when CollegeNET reasonably believes it is necessary to do so in order to prevent abuse, fraud, or unlawful use of our Web sites or our services, protect our rights, safety, or property, or protect the rights, safety, or property of our client institutions or other end users; or when we believe doing so is necessary to comply with the law. We also may disclose personal information in connection with any merger, acquisition, or sale of our assets, as well as in the event of an insolvency, bankruptcy, or receivership in which personal information could be transferred to third parties as part of our business. Finally, we may also disclose personal information to third party vendors and service providers who assist us in performing functions necessary to operate our business (for example, analyzing data, processing electronic payments, and fulfilling or delivering orders or other materials).

By providing us with your personal information, you are giving us your express consent to our disclosure of your personal information for the purposes described in this Statement.

Other Important Privacy Information

Below you will find additional privacy information you may find important.

Third Party Privacy Practices

While we strongly support the protection of privacy on the Internet, we do not have control over, and cannot be responsible for, the actions of our client institutions or other third parties. When we collect personal information in the course of acting as a service provider to our client institutions, the privacy policies and practices of the client institution whose form you have started or submitted will govern how that client institution treats your personal information. Our client institutions typically provide privacy statements at their sites describing how they treat personal information. We encourage you to review each such third party's privacy statement, if any, and to otherwise understand its privacy practices, before providing personal information directly to it or in our forms on which it is named. Additionally, you may be able to access non-CollegeNET sites from our Web sites (for example, by clicking on an advertisement or a search engine link). When you access non-CollegeNET sites from our Web sites, the policies described in this Statement, along with all other CollegeNET policies, no longer govern.

Minors

Our sites and the forms accessible using our technology are not intended to collect personal information from children under the age of 13. If you are under 13 years old, you should not create an account with us, otherwise provide personal information to us through our sites or other services, or create any applications or other forms through our services.

If you are between the ages of 13 and 17, reside in the state of California, and have registered for a CollegeNET account, you may request and obtain removal of content and information that you posted on CollegeNET services that you participated directly in, such as our Scholarship Election System or USAcademy. To request removal of such content and information, you must send an email to help@collegenet.com that complies with the following: (i) the email must be sent from the email address associated with the CollegeNET account; (ii) the subject line of the email must say "Content Removal Request"; and (iii) the body of the email must include the user name of the CollegeNET account. CollegeNET will send you an email to acknowledge receipt of your content removal request. You must then send a reply email to CollegeNET’s acknowledgement email to confirm your content removal request. CollegeNET will remove the content and information posted by you within seven (7) business days after receipt of your reply email confirming your content removal request.

CollegeNET does not guaranty the complete or comprehensive removal of content and information posted by you in the following circumstances: (i) if any applicable law requires CollegeNET to maintain the content or information; (ii) if the content or information was stored or posted by a third party who also registered for a CollegeNET account, including any content or information that was originally posted by you and then stored, republished, or reposted by such third party (such as a friend or other third party in a post about you); (iii) if CollegeNET has anonymized the content or information so that you cannot be individually identified; (iv) if you fail to follow the instructions for submitting a request for removal of the content or information; and (v) if you received compensation or other consideration for providing the content or information (such as being awarded a scholarship in our Scholarship Election System). Please note that CollegeNET cannot remove information you entered into a form after you have submitted that form. If you want to update information on such a form, you must contact the client institution to which the form was submitted.

Cookies

We may use cookies, Web beacons, or other technologies to identify users, to collect information about their preferences and history, and to customize their experiences. We use cookies to prevent you from having to repeatedly enter your login information, to save college and scholarship searches temporarily, to administer our Web sites and help us understand how visitors use them, and to improve our Web sites and related products and services.

We may use third parties, including network advertisers and other third party ad servers, to deliver ads or other functionality to you. These third parties may use cookies, Web beacons, or other technology to collect information about your visits to our Sites and may use that information to present news and advertisements that may be of interest to you (including while you are no longer on our Sites) or to integrate with social networking sites. This Statement does not apply to, and we are not responsible for, cookies, Web beacons, or similar technologies in third party services, and we encourage you to check the privacy policies of such third parties to learn about their use of cookies and other technology.

You may refuse to accept cookies by following the procedures specific to your Web browser. If you do so, your browser may react strangely, and you may not be able to complete, save, or submit a form or use some services on our Sites.

Security

We take reasonable measures to help protect information about you from loss, theft, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction.

Passwords

Your account information, if you create an account, is accessible online through the use of a password. To protect the confidentiality of personal information that you provide in connection with a user account, you must keep your password confidential and not disclose it to any other person. CollegeNET is not responsible for the consequences of any passwords that you disclose or which are lost or stolen. Please advise us immediately if you believe your password has been misused or otherwise misappropriated.

Location of Personal Information

When you provide us with your personal information, that information may be transferred, stored, and disclosed to jurisdictions other than the jurisdiction you entered it in or reside in, and to entities in such other jurisdictions.

P3P

Some of CollegeNET's Web sites may support the Platform for Privacy Preferences ("P3P"). P3P allows Web site operators to convey their privacy policies, to the extent possible, in standardized, machine-readable code. This allows P3P-enabled browsers like Internet Explorer to "interpret" the code and automatically compare it to privacy preferences selected by the user in the browser's settings. In some cases, users may not have selected privacy preferences but instead rely on the default settings in the browser. A P3P-enabled browser automatically informs the user if the Web site's privacy practices do not meet the browser's settings. The user may use this information to decide whether or not to view the site.

Even if a CollegeNET Web site supports P3P, the resulting code does not convey all of CollegeNET's privacy practices. There are certain inherent limitations in trying to explain human concepts about privacy in machine-readable code. For example, P3P is not capable of coding policies with regard to the collection of children's information and parental consent. Moreover, different browsers may interpret CollegeNET's P3P code in different and, at times, conflicting ways. Because of these limitations, P3P does not fully, and may not accurately express all of CollegeNET's data practices. Accordingly, P3P results obtained through use of your browser should only be considered as a shorthand expression of CollegeNET's privacy practices, whereas this Statement is the primary source of information and will take precedence over P3P for all purposes.

Promotional Communications

You may opt out of receiving promotional emails from us by following the instructions in those emails. If you opt out, we may still send you non-promotional communications, such as those about your account or our ongoing business relations.

California Privacy Rights

California law permits residents of California to request certain details about how their information is shared with third parties for direct marketing purposes. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please contact us at privacy_info@collegenet.com.

Scholarship Election System

Our Scholarship Election System is a Web-based service that awards scholarships to winning candidates. In order to participate in our Scholarship Election System, you must register for a CollegeNET account and provide some personal information such as name, email address, and mobile phone number to us.

The Scholarship Election System allows a registered user to become a candidate for scholarships for which he or she is eligible, to vote for other scholarship candidates, to post comments, videos, essays, candidate statements, and other information, and to indicate a relationship to a candidate.

Scholarship Election System registration is separate from general CollegeNET account registration. To register for the Scholarship Election System, you are required to provide your full name, city of residence, email address, valid mobile telephone number (capable of receiving text messages), the US college to which you would like CollegeNET to apply any scholarship funds that you may be awarded, and the date on which you anticipate that any scholarship funds that you may win would be used. You may also provide optional information, including the name of your high school, a photo of yourself (or another image), and a general statement (regarding, for example, the reasons why users should vote for you to receive a scholarship). Your mobile telephone number is used to send you a text message containing a passcode. You must enter that passcode on the Scholarship Election System Web site in order to confirm your registration.

Your Scholarship Election System user name, photo or other image, high school, and general candidate statements, posts you make to discussions, other information you may put in your profile, and any relation to a candidate you indicate on the site, will all be publicly available on the site. Please keep this in mind when you choose a user name and if you choose to disclose your photo, statements, discussion postings, and other information in connection with the Scholarship Election System. Please do not write or post any images or information that you do not want publicly available.

USAcademy

USAcademy is a Web-based service that allows users to access information about US culture, US colleges and universities, and the experience of attending college in the United States. In order to participate in USAcademy, you must register for a CollegeNET account and provide some personal information to us.

USAcademy allows a registered user to access information about US culture, US colleges and universities, and the experience of attending college in the United States and to participate in interactive areas of the site.

Your USAcademy user name, photo or other image, other information you may put in your profile, questions you ask, and posts you make to discussions, will all be publicly available on the site. Please keep this in mind when you choose a user name and if you choose to disclose your photo, statements, discussion postings, and other information in connection with USAcademy. Please do not write or post any images or information that you do not want publicly available on the site.

Statement Changes

We will modify this Statement if our privacy practices materially change in the future. We will notify you of any such modification by posting the modified Privacy Statement on our sites and indicating at the top of the Statement the date it was last updated. We may also notify you of modification or changes by sending you an email or other notification. We encourage you to review the Statement each time you visit one of our sites, to see if this Statement has been updated since your last visit to make sure you understand how personal information you provide to us will be used.

Corrections / Questions

We will not deny your access to your personal information unless applicable law or regulatory requirements allow or require us to refuse to provide some or all of the personal information that we hold about you. You may view and update your personal information by logging in to your account or by sending email to us at privacy_info@collegenet.com. Please note that we cannot change information that you provided in a form that has already been submitted. If you want to update information on such a form, you must contact the client institution to which the form was submitted.


If you have any questions about this Statement, please email us at privacy_info@collegenet.com.

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