Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us. To help protect your privacy, we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used at this Site.

We may collect different types of information during your interactions with our Site (such as newsletter signup, blog commenting, contact us forms, scholarship applications, etc.). This information may include personal information (e.g., name, phone number, postal address, email address, and certain payment information), technical information (e.g., technical information, including device identifier, IP address, browser type, operating system) and usage information (e.g., how you use and navigate to and from our Site, and information about content or advertisements you have been shown or have clicked on). We may combine these types of information together, and collectively refer to all of this information in this Privacy Policy as “Information.” Information may be collected as described below and through the use of cookies, web beacons, pixels, and other similar technologies by us or others acting on our behalf. Below we describe the types of Information we may collect and how they are used:

Marketing Products and Services: We use the Information we collect about you on our Site, to fulfill your requests, and otherwise provide or analyze your use of our products, programs, services and content, to facilitate sharing and other interactions with Social Media sites, and to provide, develop, maintain, personalize, protect, and improve your experience. For example, we use Information collected on our Site to enable you to do things like (i) get information about our products, services, and content, (ii) locate and access personalized information or functionality based on your location, or (iii) read and post comments, content, and reviews. We may also use these Information to offer, market, and advertise products, programs, and services from us and our affiliates, business partners, and select third parties that we believe may be of interest to you.

Communicating with You and Others: We use Information about you to communicate with you, such as to send you information about promotions, and Site features. You may also choose to receive push notifications from us on your mobile device. If you choose to submit content for publication online or in other comment section, we may publish your screen name and other Information you have provided to us on our Site. From time to time, we also may use this Information to offer, market, or advertise products, programs, or services to you from us and our affiliates, business partners, and select third parties that we believe may be of interest to you.

Use of Technical and Usage Information: We use technical and usage information to improve the design, functionality and content of our Site and to enable us to personalize your experience with our Site. We use this Information (i) to provide, develop, maintain, personalize, protect, and improve our Site, products, programs, and services and to operate our business, (ii) to perform analytics, including to analyze and report on usage and performance of our Site, (iii) to protect against, identify, and prevent fraud and other unlawful activity, (iv) to create aggregate data about groups or categories of our users, and (iv) for us and our affiliates, business partners, and select third parties to target, offer, market, or advertise products, programs, or services.

Public Comments: If you post or share Information or content, such as photos, or comments, while interacting on our Site, or when you interact with our blog through Social Media sites, depending on your privacy settings this Information and your username may become public on the Internet or within a community of users. We cannot prevent further use of this Information once it is made public.

Compliance: We may use Information collected to detect, investigate, and prevent activities on our Site that may violate our Terms of Use, could be fraudulent, violate copyright, or other rules that may be otherwise illegal, to comply with legal requirements, and to protect our rights and the rights and safety of our users and others.

Consent: We receive and store any information you enter on our website or provide to us in any other way. You can choose not to provide us with certain information, but then you may not be able to take advantage of many of our special features. We are very concerned about your privacy and we will never provide your email address to a third party without your explicit permission. However, we may disclose Information when you provide us with your consent to do so.

Legal and Law Enforcement Purposes: We may disclose Information in response to legal process, for example in response to a court order or a subpoena, or in response to a law enforcement agency’s request. We also may disclose such Information to third parties: (i) in connection with fraud prevention activities, (ii) where we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, (iii) in situations that may involve violations of our Terms of Use, (iv) to protect our rights and the rights and safety of others, and (v) as otherwise required by law.

Sponsors and Co-promotions: Rest assured that we neither rent nor sell your personal information to anyone and that we will only share your personal information only as described in this privacy policy. We may sometimes offer content that are sponsored by or co-branded with identified third parties. We may also disclose Information to companies whose practices are not covered by this privacy policy. For example, we may share Information we collect with our affiliates to provide, improve, offer, market, and otherwise communicate with you about their own products and services. By virtue of these relationships, the third parties may collect or obtain Information from visitors that participate in offers or surveys. We have no control over these third parties’ use of this Information. We encourage you to visit the privacy policy of any such third party to learn about their data practices.

Ad Choices: We may work with reputable third parties to present advertisements, and engage in data collection, reporting, ad delivery and response measurement, and site analytics on our Sites and on third party websites across the internet and applications over time. These third parties may use cookies, web beacons, pixels, or similar technologies to perform this activity. They may also obtain information about applications you use, websites you visit, and other information from across your devices and browsers in order to help serve advertising that may be more relevant to your interests on and off our Sites and across your devices and browsers. They may also use this information to associate various browsers and devices together for the purpose of this interest-based advertising and other purposes like analytics.

Cookies: Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser and tell us how and when pages in our website are visited and by how many people. Our cookies do not collect personal information, and we do not combine information collected through cookies with other personal information to tell us who you are or what your screen name or e-mail address is. We may use cookies and other technologies (i) to provide, develop, maintain, personalize, protect, and improve our Sites, products, programs, and services and to operate our business, (ii) to perform analytics, including to analyze and report on usage and performance of our Sites and marketing materials, (iii) to protect against, identify, and prevent fraud and other unlawful activity, (iv) to create aggregate data about groups or categories of our users, (v) to synchronize users across devices, affiliates, business partners, and select third parties, and (vi) for us and our affiliates, business partners, and select third parties to target, offer, market, or advertise products, programs, or services. Cookies and other technologies also facilitate, manage, and measure the performance of advertisements displayed on or delivered by or through us and/or other networks or sites. By visiting the Site, whether as a registered user or otherwise, you acknowledge, and agree that you are giving us your consent to track your activities and your use of the Site.

Changes of Privacy Policy: We reserve the right to amend this privacy policy from time to time. If we make any changes, we will notify you by posting an announcement on the Site.

 

Updated January 24, 2018