Last updated on September 11, 2013.
What Information does The Alumni Factor collect about me as I use the Site and Services?
The Alumni Factor collects Personal Information that you provide us and other information collected through technology used on the Site.
Subscription and Profile Information
Access to the Services is provided on a subscription basis. If you subscribe to the Services, you will be required to provide certain Personal Information, such as name, email address, contact address and telephone number, billing information, and shipping address (if applicable). The Alumni Factor may also collect other information you voluntarily submit on your user profile and personal dashboard, such as universities of interest, college(s) attended, etc.
Billing and Payment Information
When you subscribe to a Service, we collect and store your payment and billing information. Saved credit card information will only be used to process your subscription and any renewals, using our payment partner’s systems.
As a Service to our users, The Alumni Factor may provide bulletin boards, member communities or other forums within the Site that allow Site users with similar interests and experiences to share information (“Public Forums”). Some of the Public Forums made available via the Site may be hosted by a third party service provider, in which case your Personal Information is sent to, handled, stored and hosted by such third party. Please be aware that any information (including Personal Information) that you reveal in a Public Forum or otherwise transmit or post via the Site or a Service (collectively, “User Material”) is available to the public and may be seen, disclosed to or collected by third parties and may be used by others in ways The Alumni Factor is unable to control or predict, including to contact you for unauthorized purposes. The Alumni Factor is not responsible for any Personal Information you provide in Public Forums and has no responsibility to post, remove or edit any of your User Material. For additional information regarding User Material and Public Forums, please read the User Material section of the Terms of Service.
The Alumni Factor may also offer certain messaging services (“Messaging Services”). If you elect to participate in Messaging Services, other users may use the service to communicate with you. We will not provide your contact details to such other user but will notify you by email or on your profile page when you receive a message. The Alumni Factor is not responsible for any Personal Information you provide via the Messaging Services and is not responsible for the content of any message you receive via the Messaging Services.
Surveys, Contests, Sweepstakes, Special Promotions
The Alumni Factor may collect, or engage a third party service provider to collect, Personal Information from you in connection with surveys, contests or other special offers. Participation in such activities is voluntary and will not affect the terms of your subscription.
Log Files / Device Information
The Alumni Factor may collect other information about the computer, mobile device or other device you use to access the Site, such as unique device identifiers, IP address, geolocation data, browser configuration, operating system and other transactional information. The Alumni Factor uses this information for system administration, security, and other internal business purposes.
How does The Alumni Factor use my Personal Information?
Providing Products and Services
We use the information we collect about you to provide you with the Services, fulfill your requests for products and services, and to respond to your inquiries. We may use your Personal Information to periodically send you email newsletters or promotional emails about services offered by The Alumni Factor and its advertisers. If you do not wish to receive such communications, you may opt-out of receiving such communications in the method set forth in the emails.
If you have requested to receive information or be contacted directly from a selected school or other third party, we may provide such school or other third party with information that may include but not be limited to your user name, name and email address. If you do not wish to receive further communications from such selected outside company or school or other third party, you will need to notify the school or other third party.
We use the information we collect to perform statistical, demographic and marketing analyses of the users of the Site and Services. We use this information to assess interest in and attitudes toward individual colleges and universities, to understand the college decision-making process and to improve and enhance our products and Services.
Customizing Your Experience
We use the information that we collect to allow advertising to be targeted to the users for whom such advertising is most pertinent. We also use this information to customize certain Services to provide you with an enhanced experienced based on the type of device you are using to access the Service.
We may use third-party web analytics services on the Site, such as those of Google Analytics. The analytics providers that administer these services use technologies such as cookies, web server logs and web beacons to help us analyze how visitors use the Site. The information collected through these means (including IP address) is disclosed to these analytics providers, who use the information to evaluate use of the Site. To learn more about Google Analytics and how to opt out, please visit http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html.
We also may use the information we obtain about you in other ways for which we provide specific notice at the time of collection.
How Does The Alumni Factor Share my Personal Information?
The Alumni Factor may contract with third party service providers to perform functions on our behalf, which may include website development, website hosting and assisting The Alumni Factor in analyzing or processing Personal Information. These service providers are required to keep confidential the information received on behalf of The Alumni Factor and may not use it for any purpose other than to carry out the services they are performing for The Alumni Factor.
If you choose to submit User Material for publication in a Forum or through the Messaging Services, we may publish in the Forum, or send to your designated recipient(s), your screen name and such other User Material that you supply.
The Alumni Factor may also disclose your Personal Information (A) if in good faith we believe that such disclosure is necessary to (1) comply with law enforcement, governmental mandate, or other legal requirement, (2) protect and defend our rights and property; (3) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of the Site or any Service; or (4) protect the personal safety, property, or rights of our users or the public, (B) in connection with a sale, acquisition or merger of our business, or our business assets (including in the event of a reorganization, dissolution or liquidation); (C) to our attorneys, accountants, or regulators; and/or (D) as approved by you from time to time.
The Alumni Factor may share with third parties aggregate data that does not allow an individual to be identified.
How can I Change my Privacy Options?
Subscription Data / Profile
You may update and/or edit your information online at the Site by logging in to the profile you created when you signed up for your subscription (“Profile”).
If, at any time, you prefer not to receive email marketing communications, simply follow the method set forth in the email to unsubscribe.
How We Protect Personal Information
We maintain administrative, technical and physical safeguards designed to protect the personal information you provide against accidental, unlawful or unauthorized destruction, loss, alteration, access, disclosure or use.
The Alumni Factor does not knowingly collect or store Personal Information from any children under the age of thirteen. Our Site and Services are not directed to children under the age of thirteen. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received Personal Information from a visitor under the age of thirteen on our Site, we will delete the information from our records.
California Privacy Rights
Subject to certain limits under California Civil Code § 1798.83, users of the Services who are California residents may elect to opt out of any disclosure of Personal Information by The Alumni Factor to third parties for their direct marketing purposes by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with “California Opt Out” in the subject line and in the message. This opt-out does not prohibit disclosures made for non-marketing purposes.
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