We may periodically ask you for personal information, and we may collect certain information from your computer each time you visit our website. “Personal Information” means personally identifiable information and includes, for example, your name; street address; e-mail address; SMS or text message address; cell phone number; telephone number; credit card and other payment information; demographic information; year of graduation; academic records; test scores; other information that you choose to provide regarding your academic and extracurricular activities and interests; and/or other information that may identify you as an individual or allow online contact with you.
Right to Opt In and Opt Out
You have the right to “opt-in” and “opt-out” of certain of our uses of your personal information. For example, on this website, you may be able to elect to or elect not to receive correspondence from us or have your personal information shared with other entities for their marketing purposes. You may also make this request by completing the form on the “Contact Us” page indicating which correspondence you would like to receive. If you do not want to receive any promotional correspondence, completing the form on the “Contact Us” page and state whether: (i) you would like to opt-out of receiving all e-mail promotional correspondence from Strong Seed in general or (ii) if you would only like to opt-out of certain of e-newsletters or correspondence or (iii) you would like to opt-out of having your personal information shared with third parties or (iv) you would like to opt-out of receiving SMS or text messages. You may also opt-out of our promotional e-mails by clicking on an opt-out link within the e-mail you receive. Please understand that we ideally would prefer that you do not opt-out of these possibilities because they directly support the large investment made to support the editorial product.
If you opt-out of receiving promotional correspondence from us, we may still contact you in connection with your relationship, activities, transactions and communications with us.
Information Collected on this Website
We may collect personal information from users, for example, through such user’s activities, transactions and completion of surveys and other online forms on our website.
Because some of our most useful services are personalized, registration for such services may be required (although not all areas of our website require registration).
From time to time, we obtain lists of people who may be interested in our products and services from third-party marketing list suppliers. We may use these lists to send direct marketing promotions by e-mail. If you do not wish to receive future promotions via e-mail, please follow the instructions in the Right to Opt In and Opt Out section above.
Web Site Usage Information
Most Web browsers can be set to inform you when a cookie has been sent to you and provide you with the opportunity to refuse that cookie. Additionally, if you have a Flash player installed on your computer, your Flash player can be set to reject or delete Flash cookies. However, refusing a cookie may, in some cases, preclude you from using, or negatively impact the display or function of, the website or certain areas or features of the website.
Clear GIFs: We may use “clear GIFs” (a/k/a “Web beacons” or “pixel tags”) or similar technologies, on the website and/or in our communications (e.g., in our HTML-based e-mails) which enable us to know whether you have visited a Web page or received or opened a message. This allows us to know the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns.
IP Address and Clickstream Data: Our server may automatically collect data about your server’s Internet address when you visit us. This information, known as an Internet Protocol address, or IP Address, is a number that’s automatically assigned to your computer by your Internet service provider whenever you’re on the Internet. In addition to logging your IP Address and sometimes your domain name, our server may also record the referring page that linked you to us (e.g., another website or a search engine); the pages you visit on this website; how long you stay, the website you visit after this website; the ads you see and/or click on; other information about your computer and its settings; any search terms you have entered on this website or a referral site; and other Web usage activity and data.
Matching Web Site Usage Information and Personal Information: Website usage Information may be tracked in both aggregate form and at an individual user level. We may also match information collected from you through different means or at different times, including both personal information and website usage information, and use such information along with information obtained from other sources, including third parties. We may also analyze user behavior as a measure of interest in, and use of, our website and e-mails, both on an individual basis and in the aggregate. Any or all of these activities with regard to website usage may be performed on our behalf by our services providers.
How Personal Information is Used
We may use your personal information, for example, to respond to your requests and to provide you with our product and service offerings (for example, to process your orders and respond to your requests and inquiries). We may also use your personal information to maintain our internal record keeping. In addition, we may send you e-mail notices and offers and otherwise correspond with you, about products, services, companies and events, sponsored by us and others, that we think might interest you. You may opt-out of receiving such notices and offers from us, at any time, by following the instructions in the Right to Opt In and Opt Out section above
Short Message Service
We may make available a service through which you can receive messages on your cell phone or other wireless device via short message service (“SMS Service”). If you subscribe to one of our SMS Services, you thereby agree to receive SMS Service messages from us at the address you provide for such purposes (unless and until you have elected not to receive such messages by following the instructions in the Right to Opt In and Opt Out section above).
You acknowledge and agree that the SMS Service is provided via wireless systems, which use radios (and other means) to transmit communications over complex networks. We do not guarantee that your use of the SMS Service will be private or secure, and we are not liable to you for any lack of privacy or security you may experience. You are fully responsible for taking precautions and providing security measures best suited for your situation and intended use of the SMS Service. We may also access the content of your account and/or wireless account with your carrier for the purpose of identifying and resolving technical problems and/or service-related complaints.
Advertisements and other content displayed or transmitted to you on or through the website may be customized to your interests and preferences, based on your personal information and website usage information, including (but not limited to) non-personally identifying information, which we may obtain from you or from other sources.
When you contribute to a public area or feature of our website, such as a comment, chat room, bulletin board, list serve, blog, wiki or other open forum, the information that you submit will be made available to the general public. Therefore, we recommend that you do not submit any information that you wish not to be made public to such areas of our website, including your home address, phone number, financial information or any other information that would enable other users to locate you or contact you.
Third Party Offers
We may provide visitors an opportunity to receive offers from other third parties who have services, products and offers that we think might be of interest to you.
We may use third party partners, affiliates and service providers to help operate our website and deliver our products and services, and we may share your information with such third parties for such purposes. These third parties are not authorized by us to use your personal information in any other way.
We may disclose aggregate statistics regarding user behavior as a measure of interest in, and use of, our website and e-mails to third parties in the form of aggregate data that do not describe or identify any individual user.
Your Access Rights
You may review and correct the personal information that is accessible to you in your user account on this website by visiting the “My Profile” area of your account on this website.
Third Party “Linked-To” Web Sites
Legally Compelled Disclosures
We may disclose user information when compelled to do so by government authorities or otherwise as required or permitted by law, such as to respond to court orders and subpoenas. We also may disclose user information when we have reason to believe that someone is causing injury to or interfering with our rights or property, other customers or users of the website, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities.
In the event that Strong Seed or all or a portion of its business, or one or more of its divisions, is acquired by one or more third parties as a result of an acquisition, merger, sale, reorganization, consolidation or liquidation, personal information may be one of the transferred assets.
Strong Seed will take steps to protect the security and integrity of all sensitive personal information provided to us. However, due to the inherent nature of the Internet as an open global communications vehicle, we cannot guarantee that information, during transmission through the Internet or while stored on our system or otherwise in our care, will be safe from intrusion by others, such as hackers.
If you contact us by e-mail or a similar feature on our website, your transmission might not be secure. A third party could view information you send by these methods in transit.
You may be able to create an account on our website with a username and password. If so, you are responsible for protecting your account password, and you are responsible for any access to or use of the website by you or any person or entity using your password, whether or not such access or use has been authorized by or on behalf of you.
In the unlikely event that we believe that the security of your personal Information in our possession or control may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you of that development. If a notification is appropriate, we would endeavor to do so as promptly as possible under the circumstances, and, to the extent we have your e-mail address, we may notify you by e-mail. You consent to our use of e-mail as a means of such notification.
Consent to Processing
By providing personal information to this website, you understand and consent to the collection, maintenance, processing and transfer of such information in and to the United States and other countries and territories, in accordance with U.S. law.