What Personally Identifiable Information does StudyAbroadFree collect?
A primary purpose of collecting information from you is to provide you with a safe, smooth, effective, and personalized experience. We will only collect information about you that we consider necessary.
Generally, StudyAbroadFree collects information in several ways. Some information is gathered if you fill out the form provided. This information includes, but is not limited to, your name, address, phone number, age, email address, and information concerning your educational interests. You may also choose to submit optional information, such as a password if you register. We often indicate which fields are required and which fields are optional. Additionally, we save browsing and data log information linked to your account. We also collect personal information when you report a problem, either through the Site’s contact form or email system. We may also collect information that you post on our blogs, message boards, or forums. If you contact StudyAbroadFree, we may keep a record of that correspondence.
What are “cookies” and how does StudyAbroadFree use them?
- Remind us of who you are when you login and to access your account information in order to deliver to you a more personalized service;
- Allow you to enter your password less frequently during a session;
- Measure your visiting patterns and education-related parameters in the aggregate. Aggregate data (data gathered across all user accounts) may be gathered in a non-personally identifiable form to build higher quality online services by performing statistical analyses of the collective characteristics and behavior of our visitors, such as how long and how often users view certain pages;
- Determine your clickstream to the Site;
- Better personalize the content that you and other users will see on the Site;
- Collect IP addresses and log-in information for system administration;
- Automatically share some information with Google Analytics and other analytics programs to analyze a broad range of information. However, the analytics are exclusively for our internal use to better manage the website experience for our visitors and evaluate advertising strategies and tactics; and
- Other purposes to assist us in delivering the highest quality service possible.
You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits.
How does StudyAbroadFree use my information?
StudyAbroadFree uses your information to provide you with a customized browsing experience. We also may use your personal information to resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, respond to your inquiries, detect and protect against error, fraud, or other criminal activity, enforce our User Agreement, and for any other purposes that StudyAbroadFree deems appropriate.
Who is collecting information?
When you are using the Site and are asked for personal information, you are sharing that information with StudyAbroadFree. You acknowledge that data can be collected, maintained by, or transferred to a company, an educational institution, or other entity, within the sole judgment of StudyAbroadFree. You also acknowledge and agree that the data can be combined and/or refined and/or used in any other matter with data from any of the websites owned and/or operated, in whole or in part, by StudyAbroadFree.
Please be advised that StudyAbroadFree advertisers or websites that have links on the Site may collect personally identifiable information about you. The information practices of those websites linked to StudyAbroadFree.com are not covered by this Policy.
With whom does StudyAbroadFree.com share my information?
StudyAbroadFree will not disclose your personally identifiable information except as described below:
If you use our Site or if you post on our blogs, forums, message boards, or chat rooms, some personally identifiable information may be seen by other members or users. This includes, but is not limited to, the poster’s name, date of post, comments, IP address, survey responses, and other information. This information may also be transferred to any outside entity, including the press or other media.
Some of our employees and contractors are subject to non-disclosure agreements with us. These and other legal restrictions may prohibit their use of the information you provide us for any purpose except to facilitate the specific StudyAbroadFree-related operation, unless you explicitly agreed or gave your prior permission to them for additional uses.
If you complete a transaction with an advertiser linked to StudyAbroadFree, the information obtained during your visit to that advertiser, and the information you give, may be provided to the advertiser. Advertisers linked to the Site have separate policy practices for which StudyAbroadFree has no responsibility or liability.
We cannot ensure that all of your private communications and other personal information will never be disclosed in ways not otherwise described in this Policy. For example, we may be forced to disclose information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications, or users may abuse or misuse your personal information that they unlawfully collect from the Site. We will try to protect your privacy, however, we do not promise, and you should not expect, that your personal information or private communications will always remain private.
What are my choices regarding collection, use, and distribution of my information?
StudyAbroadFree will contact you (by email, phone, and/or mail) if you complete a contact form on the Site, if you register for a membership, or if you contact us directly by direct mail or email. We will also contact you regarding any problems with your account and for website misuse. We may also contact you regarding our services, such as new features regarding our websites or other education-related updates. We may also contact you about “special offers” from our partners. Also, we may contact you to check on the status of your enrollment or other education-related activities. Simply send us an email if you do not wish to receive optional communications.
How may I use other users’ information?
Recognizing the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all applicable local laws and rules regarding online conduct and privacy, as well as content. Specifically, but not as a limitation, you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding transmission of technical and personal data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside.
Spam. We do not tolerate spam. You are not licensed to add us or any user to your mail (email or physical mail) list without his or her affirmative consent. You are not licensed to use spam in promoting the Site.
What security precautions are in place to protect the loss, misuse, or alteration of my information?
Whenever StudyAbroadFree handles your personal information, we take steps to ensure that your information is treated securely and in accordance with the relevant User Agreement and this Policy. Your information is stored on our servers located in the United States. We use procedural and mechanical safeguards to protect your personal information against loss or theft as well as unauthorized access and disclosure to protect your privacy, including encryption. Unfortunately, however, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. We cannot, therefore, warrant or ensure the security of any information you transmit to us or from our online products or services, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.
Any questions regarding this statement should be directed to info@StudyAbroadFree.com.
This Policy, and the relevant User Agreement, are the sole authorized statements of StudyAbroadFree’s practices with respect to the online collection of personally identifiable information and the usage of such information. Any summaries of this Policy generated by third party software or otherwise shall have no legal effect, are in no way binding upon StudyAbroadFree, shall not be relied upon in substitute for this Policy, and neither supersede nor modify this Policy.
StudyAbroadFree reserves the right to transfer any and all information that we collect from visitors, or that we otherwise collect concerning or in connection with the Site, to a third party in the event of a sale or other transfer of assets or of any portion of our business.
Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your passwords and/or account information. Please be careful and responsible.