Privacy Policy

Last Updated July 1, 2019

Your privacy is important to us. DegreeCouncil.org (“we,” “us,” or “our”) is an information distribution company. We’ve created this privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) to inform you how our proprietary platform (“Platform”) gathers, uses, and processes information on behalf of individuals, website owners, leading brands, online education marketers, and other businesses that use our services (collectively, “Clients”).

Information We Collect

In the course of operating the Platform and providing our services, DegreeCouncil.org doesn’t collect any personally identifiable information (“PII”). However, we do collect the following types of information (collectively, the “Information”).

  1. Information from Your Activity. Information that we or our technology providers may automatically collect when you visit, access, and/or use our Clients’ websites (the “Websites”) include your IP address, referring URL, time stamp, browser type and language, operating system, screen height, screen width, color depth, whether your computer is Java enabled, Internet connection type, whether or not your browser accepts cookies, pages viewed on the website, and custom page data, as defined by our Clients.
  2. Inferred Information. Based on the Information we collect from your website activity, search terms entered through your browser, and information gleaned from previous cookies, we may infer other information such as zip code, country, state, time zone, weather, temperature, heat index, wind chill, or proximity to a shipping location.
  3. Information from Cookies and JavaScript Tags. We collect Information using “cookie” technology and JavaScript tags. Cookies are small packets of data that a website stores on your computer’s hard drive so that your computer will “remember” information about your visit. We may use both session cookies (which expire once you close your web browser) and persistent cookies (which stay on your computer until you delete them) to help us collect Information and to enhance your experience using this website.

    If you don’t want us to place a cookie on your hard drive, be sure to turn that feature off on your computer. Please consult your Internet browser’s documentation for information on how to do this and how to delete persistent cookies. However, if you decide not to accept cookies from us, this website may not function properly.

    We use JavaScript tags to trigger a sequence of events that includes viewing a first-party cookie (or setting that cookie if it doesn’t already exist) and to help us and our Clients tailor, analyze, manage, report, and optimize your experience on this website.

How We Use and Share the Information

DegreeCouncil.org uses and shares the Information only as follows.

We’ll access, use, and share the Information as required to fulfill our contractual obligations to our Clients or subsequent requests for service and/or support by our Clients.

Our technical staff may require periodic access to Information to monitor system performance and network capacity, test and fix systems, and develop and implement upgrades to systems.

We may employ other companies and individuals to perform functions on our behalf. Examples may include providing technical assistance and customer service. These other companies will have access to the Information only as necessary to perform their functions and to the extent permitted by law.

In an ongoing effort to better understand visitors to the website, the Platform, and our products and services, we may analyze the Information in aggregate form in order to operate, maintain, manage, and improve the Platform and/or our products and services. This aggregate information does not identify you personally.

We may share some or all of this aggregate information with any of our parent companies, subsidiaries, joint ventures, or other companies under common control with us.

As we develop our businesses, we might sell or buy businesses or assets. In the event of a corporate sale, merger, reorganization, sale of assets, dissolution, or similar event, the Information may be part of the transferred assets.

To the extent permitted by law, we may also disclose the Information: (i) when required by law, court order, or other government or law enforcement authority or regulatory agency; or (ii) whenever we believe that disclosing such Information is necessary or advisable, for example, to protect the rights, property, or safety of DegreeCouncil.org or others.

Accessing and Modifying Information and Communication Preferences

If you would like to opt-out of DegreeCouncil.org’s collection of Information about you using cookies or JavaScript tags, please follow the instructions found on our Clients’ websites. We’ll use commercially reasonable efforts to process such requests in a timely manner.

How We Protect the Information

We take commercially reasonable steps to protect the Information from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. Please understand, however, that no security system is impenetrable. We can neither guarantee the security of our databases nor guarantee that the Information you supply won’t be intercepted while being transmitted to and from us over the Internet.

Important Notices to NonU.S. Residents/Safe Harbor Certification

DegreeCouncil.org complies with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from European Union member countries and Switzerland. DegreeCouncil.org has certified that it adheres to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement.

However, it’s important to note that the Platform and its servers are operated in the United States. If you’re located outside of the United States, please be aware that any Information we gather will be transferred to the United States. By using this website, you consent to this transfer and our use of the Information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

In order to comply with the Safe Harbor framework, we commit to the resolution of complaints about your privacy and our collection or use of your Information.

If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy, please contact us as described in the “How to Contact Us” section below. We’ll investigate your question, respond to your inquiry, and attempt to resolve any concerns regarding your privacy question.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is effective as of the date stated at the top of this Privacy Policy. We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. By accessing and/or using this website after we make any such changes to this Privacy Policy, you’re deemed to have accepted such changes. Please be aware that, to the extent permitted by applicable law, our use of the Information is governed by the Privacy Policy in effect at the time we collect the Information. Please refer back to this Privacy Policy on a regular basis.

How to Contact Us

If you have questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us.


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