Privacy Policy

 

This Privacy Policy is designed to help you understand how the owner of the GreatDegree.com website (“GD”) collects and use the personal information you decide to provide via the website located at www.greatdegree.com (the “Site”).

This Privacy Policy is part of the binding contract formed between you and GD under the GreatDegree.com Terms of Use and Agreement (the “Agreement”).  

You should read this Privacy Policy and the Agreement carefully.  By using or accessing the Site, you are accepting the terms of and practices described in the Agreement, including this Privacy Policy.

For purposes of this Privacy Policy, the term “Member” has the meaning set forth in the Agreement.

The Information GD Collects

"Personal Information" means personal and personally identifiable information you place, post, or make on the Site about yourself. “Personal Information” includes all information about a person, including but not limited to name, email address, telephone number, physical address, gender, school, photographs or other images, academic history, extracurricular activity and any other personally identifiable or biographical information.

When you use the Site, you may provide us with Personal Information you knowingly choose to disclose. 

By using the Site, you are consenting to have your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States.

Use of Personal Information Obtained by GD

GD will use your Personal Information (including your name and email address) to inform you of offers and services we think would be enjoyable or valuable to you.  You may opt out of such emails, but GD reserves the right to send you notices about your account even if you opt out of all voluntary email notifications.

GD may also use your Personal Information to provide information or services to you, to answer your questions and to communicate with you about GD’s services or the Site.

Sharing Your Information with Third Parties

In all situations discussed in this section in which GD may disclose your Personal Information to third parties, GD may do so by selling your Personal Information, renting your Personal Information or otherwise exchanging your Personal Information for value and consideration. 

GD may disclose your Personal Information to third parties. One purpose for doing so is to personalize advertisements and promotions of GD or third-party partners of GD.

GD may disclose your Personal Information to third-party colleges, universities and other higher education providers to be used in their outreach and recruitment efforts.

GD may provide your Personal Information to third-party marketers and service providers. GD does this when we believe such sharing is reasonably necessary to offer GD’s services; legally required; or permitted by you. Specifically, GD may use third parties to facilitate its business, including hosting the Site at a co-location facility, sending email updates about the Site or to process payments for products or services. In these instances, our third-party service providers may have access to your Personal Information. When GD provides your Personal Information to third-party service providers, we implement reasonable contractual and technical protections limiting the use of that Information for the specified purposes.

GD may supply your Personal Information to data aggregators and marketers for the purpose of sending email or otherwise communicating with you.

GD may be required to disclose Personal Information to a third party in response to lawful requests (such as subpoenas or court orders) or in compliance with laws or regulations. Additionally, GD may share your Personal Information with a third party when GD believes it is necessary to comply with law, to protect GD’s property, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, law enforcement officials and other government agencies.

GD may provide services jointly with other companies on the Site. GD may share your Personal Information with such companies in connection with the services.

If the ownership of GD or all or substantially all of GD’s business changes hands (by sale, merger or otherwise), your Personal Information may be transferred to the third-party acquirer 

In the event GD becomes the subject of a bankruptcy proceeding, whether voluntary or involuntary, GD, or our trustee in bankruptcy, may sell, license or otherwise dispose of your Personal Information in a transaction approved by the bankruptcy court.

Opting In and Opting Out

GD may use check boxes (or comparable means) to confirm your consent to receive special offers and/or other information from GD and other third-party partners of GD. By checking such boxes or leaving a box checked, you are choosing to receive commercial communications from GD and third-party partners of GD, and you will be consenting to GD providing your Personal Information to those third parties, and you may receive information and offers from GD and third-party partners of GD by e-mail, U.S. mail or other means. 

You may opt out of receiving future commercial communications from GD or third parties either (i) by modifying or deleting the your Personal Information on your user account page the Site; (ii) by following the instructions located at the bottom of an e-mail, (iii) by sending a request to us by email to info <at> greatdegree <dot> com, or (iv) by sending us a request by mail to Campus Direct, Inc., Attention: GreatDegree.com, 4733 Elm Street #300, Bethesda, MD 20814. 

Please note that opting out using these means will not affect your previous consent to receive communications from GD’s third-party partners or to have your Personal Information disclosed to a third party for the purpose of displaying your Personal Information on their websites. 

GD cannot control the actions of its third-party partners, which operate independently of GD. 

Links

The Site may contain links to other websites. GD is not responsible for the privacy practices of other web sites, including those linked-to from the Site. We encourage you to be aware when you leave the Site to read the privacy statements of any linked websites that you visit.

Some of the third-party websites accessible via links on the Site may request Personal Information.  When you provide Personal Information to/on such third-party websites, the operators of the third-party websites may provide such Personal Information to GD. This Privacy Policy will govern how GD treats Personal Information acquired by GD in this way.  However, to be clear, this Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected/acquired by GD. GD cannot guarantee or control how the operators of third-party websites will use Personal Information that you provide to them or on their sites.

Changing or Removing Information

All uses and disclosures of your Personal Information discussed in this Privacy Policy will continue unless and until you access your user account page on the Site and:

(i) modify the Information (in which case, the modified Information will be used and disclosed); 

(ii) delete the Information (in which case the remaining Information will continue to be used and disclosed); or 

(iii) terminate your status as a Member on the Site, which you can do on your user account page on the Site (in which case, GD will promptly discontinue the use and disclosure of your Personal Information).

Deleted Personal Information may remain in backup copies for a reasonable period of time but will not be generally available on the Site.

Gathering Aggregate Data and Cookies

GD routinely gathers information about the use of the Site by all users collectively. GD’s server logs provide us with information such as what pages are being visited most, what domains our visitors are coming from, when our Site is busiest, and what websites are referring users to us. This information helps us to improve our services and to evaluate our marketing efforts. We typically use such data anonymously and aggregately, and this information may be shared with third parties in the aggregate. 

When you access and use the Site, GD collects technical information, including your browser type and IP address. In addition, we store certain information from your browser using "cookies" to remember usernames and passwords for tracking click streams and informing the web server that you have returned to a specific page. Cookies are pieces of data normally stored by your browser. Cookies cannot obtain Personal Information. One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save time. Because of cookies, GD can deliver faster and more accurate results and a more personalized Site experience. However, you can remove, disable or block the Site’s cookies using the security or option settings in your browser.

Third Party Advertising

Advertisements that appear on the Site are sometimes delivered (or "served") directly to users by third party advertisers. Such advertisers may automatically receive your IP address, and they may download cookies to your computer or use other technologies such as JavaScript and "web beacons" to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize advertising content. Doing this allows the advertisers to recognize your computer each time they send you an advertisement in order to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize advertising content. In this way, they may compile information about where individuals using your computer or browser saw their advertisements and determine which advertisements are clicked. GD does not have access to or control of the cookies that may be placed on the Site by the third-party advertisers. Third-party advertisers have no access to your Personal Information unless you choose to share it with them.

Security

GD takes appropriate precautions to protect your Personal Information. Your Personal Information is located on a secured server behind a firewall. When you enter certain sensitive information (such as credit card number or your password), we (or in the case of credit card information, our data-secure e-commerce partner) encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). Please be aware that email is not recognized as a secure communication.  GD requests that you not send sensitive private information to us by email.

GD is not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Site.

Notices and Revisions

GD reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time. Non-material changes and clarifications will take effect immediately, and material changes will take effect within 30 days of their posting on the Site. If GD modifies the Privacy Policy, we will post the modifications and will indicate the Policy's new effective date on the top of the page. 

At GD’s discretion, GD may notify you of changes to the Privacy Policy by email, or with notice on our home page. GD encourages you to review this Privacy Policy on an ongoing basis so that remain aware of the current Policy. 

Children Under Age 13

GD does not knowingly collect or solicit Personal Information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to use the Site or register on the Site. If you are under 13, please do not use the Site or attempt to register on the Site or send any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, or email address. No one under age 13 may provide any Personal Information to or on the Site. If GD learns that we have Personal Information of a child under age 13, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have Personal Information from or about a child under 13, please contact us by email to info <at> greatdegree <dot> com (use standard email format).

Children Between the Ages of 13 and 18

GD recommends that minors 13 years of age or older ask their parents for permission before sending any information about themselves to anyone over the Internet.

Contacting the Web Site

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at info <at> greatdegree <dot> com (use standard email formatting).