SCHOLAR'S APP – PRIVACY POLICY
Last updated: July 6, 2018
 

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Introduction

This Privacy Policy pertains to the Scholar’s App website, located at the following URL: https://www.scholarsapp.com/(referred to herein as the “Scholar's App Website” or the “Website”). The “Scholar's App Website,” as used in this Agreement, collectively includes all of the webpages, services, content and software comprising or made available through the Website and the individual webpages, including, without limitation, the Scholar’s App application, school-specific forms (called “Supplements”), inquiry forms and all other forms, documents and materials available on or via the website.

Our Privacy Pledge

Scholar’s App is committed to protecting your privacy. We use and disclose information collected on or through the Scholar’s App Website only as described in this Privacy Policy and we utilize industry-standard security practices and procedures to protect your personally identifiable information, as further described below.

Purpose of This Privacy Policy

The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to explain our policies regarding: (a) our collection of information on the Scholar’s App Website, (b) our use and disclosure of the information collected, (c) our use of cookies on the Scholar’s App Website and (d) our security measures for the protection of information. This Privacy Policy applies to all information we collect on or through the Scholar’s App Website.

Relation to Terms of Service

This Privacy Policy forms a part of and is incorporated into the Terms of Service governing your use of the Scholar’s App Website. If you have any questions, concerns or comments about the Terms of Service and/or this Privacy Policy, please contact us through any of the several means described below.

Children Under the Age of 13

THE SCHOLAR'S APP WEBSITE IS PROVIDED SOLELY FOR USE BY REGISTERED USERS AGE 13 OR OLDER.We do not knowingly solicit or collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. All users are required to enter their date of birth at the time of registration. Children under the age of 13 are not permitted to use the Scholar’s App Website themselves and will not be permitted to register or submit a Scholars App application. Parents or legal guardians of children under the age of 13 may register to use the Scholar’s App Website and submit the Scholar’s App application on behalf of a child under the age of 13. For simplicity, “you” or “your” as used in this Privacy Policy includes both the registrant and/or the applicant, as applicable, even if not the same person. By registering for an account on the Scholar’s App Website and by accessing or using the Scholar’s App Website, the registrant affirms and verifies that he or she is age 13 or older. This policy will be strictly enforced. If you believe that a child under the age of 13 has provided any personally identifiable information to us through the Scholar’s App Website, contact us immediately. Any personal information provided by a child under the age of 13 will be permanently and immediately destroyed.

Your Consent and Age Verification

As further explained in the Terms of Service, when you access or use the Scholar’s App Website and when you register for an account on the Scholar’s App Website, you agree to the Terms of Service, including this Privacy Policy, as revised from time to time. You also agree to any revisions to this Privacy Policy when you continue to access or use the Scholar’s App Website after receiving notice of such revisions via the means of notification described below. In addition, by registering for an account on the Scholar’s App Website and by accessing or using the Scholar’s App Website, you verify that you are age 13 or older and give your consent to the collection, use and disclosure of information in the manner disclosed in this Privacy Policy, as revised from time to time. If you do not agree with our policies or practices or you do not consent to the collection, use and/or disclosure of information as disclosed herein, you should not access or use the Scholar’s App Website or, if you are already a registered user, you should discontinue your use of the Scholar’s App Website.

Our Policies Regarding the Collection of Information

The information we collect can be broadly categorized as general information and personally identifiable information.

General information. General information does not specifically identify you and may include, for example, information automatically provided to us by your browser or computer, such as your IP address, Internet service provider, the type of browser you are using, your operating system, the website you visited prior to and after this website, the webpages you visited on this website, your location information, and the date and time of your visit. We automatically collect some general information from you indirectly each time you visit the Scholar’s App Website and the webpages within the site. This type of general information helps us determine, for example, your computer environment, the type of browser and version you are using and the pages you visit on the Scholar’s App Website.

Personally identifiable information is specific to you and identifies you individually. Personally identifiable information includes information such as your name, date of birth, social security number, mailing address and email address. As used in this Privacy Policy, personally identifiable information also includes demographic, academic and other related information about you and your background, as well as any personally identifying information provided about your child, parents, guardians and/or siblings, as applicable.

Scholar’s App necessarily requires applicants to provide personally identifiable information and other information to enable the applicant’s selected schools to identify the applicant and process the applicant’s inquiry form and/or application for admission. All personally identifiable information collected by us is voluntarily provided by you directly when you register for a Scholar’s App account and user id and each time you complete a Scholar’s App application, inquiry form, Supplement or other form on the Scholar’s App Website. Some of the personally identifiable information requested is mandatory and must be provided by the registrant or applicant in order to complete the registration, inquiry or application process. All other information is optional and should not impede the application process if omitted by the applicant.

We may also collect personally identifiable information when you contact us via phone or email for technical support or other requests. By voluntarily providing personally identifying information, you are consenting to our use of such information as described in this Privacy Policy.

Our Policies Regarding Use and Disclosure of Information

Use of General and Personally Identifiable Information. The general information that we collect automatically from users of the Scholar’s App Website (such as IP address, browser type, etc.) is stored primarily in our log files. With the exception of IP address, which may be stored with personally identifiable information in our database to help authenticate your acceptance of our Terms of Service, general information is not used to identify individual users of the Scholar’s App Website. We use general information to analyze website usage loads and trends, to administer the website and to improve the website and our service. We may also use and disclose general information in the aggregate without disclosure of personally identifiable information.

We use your personally identifiable information to prepare your Scholar’s App application. We store this information in our database until it is submitted to scholarship committees for scholarships that you qualify for. We retain a copy of your application, other forms and all general and personally identifiable information in our database for your future use, for the use of scholarship committees and/or other forms, and for our records. All personally identifiable information remains subject to this Privacy Policy, as revised from time to time, and is protected according to our security policies and practices described below. We do not promise to retain your personally identifiable information or general information for any minimum period of time and we may delete all or some of your information at any time, with or without notice, without liability, in the event that you violate our Terms of Service or for any other reason in our sole and absolute discretion. We may use your email address and/or other contact information to communicate with your from time to time about your Scholar’s App application or the scholarships to which your application has been sent, to provide you with technical or other information about the Scholar’s App Website or to respond to your inquiries and requests for customer service. These communications are not promotional in nature. We may also use aggregated (i.e., non-identifying) general and/or personally identifiable information for statistical and other purposes and we may share such aggregate information with our member scholarship committees and partners.

Disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information to Third Parties. We do not sell, lease, license, share or otherwise disclose your personally identifiable information to third parties, except as described in this Privacy Policy.

In providing this service to you, we necessarily must share your Scholar’s App application and related information, including your personally identifiable information, with the scholarships for which you qualify. By submitting a Scholar’s App application via the Scholar’s App Website, you are consenting to such use and disclosure of your application and related information to those scholarship committees, including your personally identifiable information. Note that we cannot and do not control the use and/or disclosure of your personally identifiable information by the scholarship committees to whom your Scholar’s App application is submitted and we are not responsible for any use or misuse by those scholarship committees or any third party. Once your Scholar’s App application is submitted to a particular scholarship committee, the information on the application submitted to the scholarship committee cannot be changed through the Scholar’s App Website. You must contact the scholarship committee directly to change or correct a submitted application.

We may disclose personally identifiable information to our independent contractors, service providers and/or vendors who assist us in performing internal business functions and/or provide other services necessary to the operation of our business and/or the Scholar’s App Website.

We may also disclose personally identifiable information and/or general information to third parties when we reasonably believe that disclosing such information is necessary to: (a) identify or contact a user of the Scholar’s App Website; (b) to prevent abuse, fraud, or unlawful use of the Scholar’s App Website or Scholar’s App application; (c) to protect our rights, safety, or property and/or the rights, safety, or property of others; (d) to initiate or defend a legal action relating to the Scholar’s App Website; or (d) to respond to or comply with a subpoena, other legal or administrative process or law, rule or regulation.

Qualified colleges, universities, nonprofit scholarship services, and educational organizations pay a license fee to use this information to recruit students and manage enrollment in connection with educational or scholarship programs.

  • The student agrees to share their profile information with colleges, universities, and scholarship programs. This information will be used for recruitment, scholarship opportunities, and college planning outreach.
  • These organizations must sign a license agreement, which outlines the specific terms for which the student information can be used before it must be destroyed.
  • Under no circumstances are these organizations allowed to give the student information to other organizations.
  • Scholar’s App consistently monitors the use of student information by licensed organizations for compliance.
  • Users can opt out of at any time

Finally, we may disclose personally identifiable information in the event of a merger, acquisition, or sale of our business or assets, or in the event of an insolvency, bankruptcy, or receivership, if such information is transferred to one or more third parties as part of our business or assets.

Your Access to Personally Identifiable Information

You may correct or update your personally identifiable information at any time by accessing your Scholar’s App application on the Scholar’s App Website. However, the information on any applications submitted to a school prior to such corrections or updates will not be changed. To make changes to an application already submitted, you must contact the school directly. To avoid fraud, abuse and mistakes, we do not allow you to deactivate your application or close your account online. To deactivate your Scholar’s App application and/or close your account, you must send a signed, written request to our office address set forth below with your name, user id, the reason for your request and a telephone number by which we can reach you. We will attempt to respond to each such request within a reasonable time after receipt. We will retain archived copies of your account, Scholar’s App application and personally identifiable information for our records, subject to this Privacy Policy.

Our Use of Cookies

A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from our server and stored on your computer’s hard drive. We use cookies for managing your online sessions while you are using the Scholar’s App Website, to save you from having to repeatedly enter your user ID and password, and to secure your communications with the Scholar’s App Website, when necessary. We do not store personally identifiable information in cookies.

You may choose to accept or reject cookies. By modifying your browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject cookies from the Scholar’s App Website, you may not be able to use those parts of the website that require cookies.

Our Security Practices and Procedures

We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personally identifiable information you submit to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. When you enter sensitive information on our webpages, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). We use the same type of encrypted transmissions when providing your application information to your selected schools and when you provide your payment information to the school’s chosen payment processor. We also restrict physical and electronic assess to our servers through the use of perimeter security and industry-standard firewalls. However, be aware that any emails you send to or receive from us are inherently not secure. Contact us by telephone if your question or comment involves sensitive personally identifiable information.

In addition to encrypted transmissions and physical and electronic security, we require you to select a unique user ID and password when you register to use the Scholar’s App Website. You must enter your user ID and password each time you log in to the Scholar’s App Website to access your account. It is your responsibility to maintain the secrecy of your password and to change your password periodically. We recommend that you do not divulge your password to anyone in order to avoid unauthorized access to your account. Each time you are finished working in your account, you should logout of your account, close your browser window and clear the computer cache to avoid unauthorized access to your account. You should contact us immediately if you believe your password or account has been compromised.

No method of transmission over the Internet or data security scheme is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially reasonable means to protect your personally identifiable information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. If you have any questions about our security practices, you may contact us by any of the means described below.

Links to Other Websites

This website may contain links to other websites that are not owned or controlled by or affiliated with Scholar’s App. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site and to read the privacy policies of each website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy policy applies only to information collected by the Scholar’s App Website.

Notice of Modifications to This Privacy Policy

Scholar’s App reserves the right to modify this Privacy Policy from time-to-time as necessary to reflect changing circumstances, including, for example, changes in our information collection and/or usage practices. Scholar’s App will notify you of any modifications to this Privacy Policy by electronically posting the revised Privacy Policy on the Scholar’s App Website. We encourage you to review this Privacy Policy frequently in order to be aware of any changes in the way we collect, use and/or disclose your information. The revised Privacy Policy will be effective as of the Effective Date displayed at the top and bottom of this document. Your continued use of the Scholar’s App Website after the Effective Date of the revised Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of the revised Privacy Policy. In addition, Scholar’s App may, but is not obligated to, notify you via e-mail and/or by other means of such modifications.


Information for California Residents

This section provides additional information for residents of California under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The terms used in this section have the same meaning as in the CCPA. This section does not apply to information that is not considered "personal information," such as anonymous, deidentified, or aggregated information, nor does it apply to publicly available information as defined in the CCPA.

Personal Information Collected in the Last 12 Months

We collect the following categories of personal information about Counselors:

  • Personal Identifiers, including name, email address, postal address, and telephone number
  • Online Identifiers, including unique personal identifier, IP address, and online identifier
  • Internet Activity, including email open and click-through rates and browsing history
  • Geolocation data
  • Visual information
  • Non-public education records
  • Professional information

We collect the following categories of personal information about Parents:

  • Personal Identifiers, including name, email address, postal address, and telephone number
  • Online Identifiers, including unique personal identifier and IP address
  • Internet Activity, including email open and click-through rates
  • Commercial and Financial Information, including account name
  • Geolocation data
  • Professional information

We collect the following categories of personal information about Recommenders:

  • Personal Identifiers, including name, email address, postal address, and telephone number
  • Online Identifiers, including unique personal identifier and IP address
  • Internet Activity, including email open and click-through rates
  • Geolocation data

We collect the following categories of personal information about Reviewers:

  • Personal Identifiers, including name, email address, postal address, and telephone number
  • Online Identifiers, including unique personal identifier and IP address
  • Internet Activity, including email open and click-through rates
  • Geolocation data

We collect the following categories of personal information about Scholarship Providers:

  • Personal Identifiers, including name, email address, postal address, and telephone number
  • Online Identifiers, including unique personal identifier and IP address
  • Internet Activity, including email open and click-through rates
  • Commercial and Financial Information, including purchases, credit card or debit card number, bank or other financial account number, account name, and signature
  • Geolocation data
  • Visual information
  • Professional information

We collect the following categories of personal information about Students/Applicants:

  • Personal Identifiers, including name, alias, email address, postal address, telephone number, driver's license number, passport number, and military ID number
  • Online Identifiers, including unique personal identifier and IP address
  • Internet Activity, including email open and click-through rates
  • Commercial and Financial Information, including bank or other financial account number and account name
  • Geolocation data
  • Physical characteristics or descriptions
  • Visual information
  • Characteristics of Protected Classifications, including age, sex or gender, race or color, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, medical condition, disability, and military or veteran status
  • Other Sensitive Data, including union membership, racial or ethnic origin, and religious or philosophical beliefs
  • Medical information
  • Professional information

We collect the following categories of personal information about Website Visitors:

  • Personal Identifiers, including name, email address, and telephone number
  • Online Identifiers, including unique personal identifier, device identifier, and IP address
  • Internet Activity, including interactions with websites, apps or ads

We collect the following categories of personal information about Business Prospects:

  • Personal Identifiers, including name, email address, postal address, and telephone number
  • Online Identifiers, including unique personal identifier and IP address
  • Professional information

Sources of Personal Information

We collect personal information about Counselors from the following sources:

  • You (the consumer)
  • Other Consumers
  • Data Analytics Providers

We collect personal information about Parents from the following sources:

  • You (the consumer)
  • Other Consumers
  • Data Analytics Providers

We collect personal information about Recommenders from the following sources:

  • You (the consumer)
  • Other Consumers
  • Data Analytics Providers

We collect personal information about Reviewers from the following sources:

  • You (the consumer)
  • Other Consumers
  • Data Analytics Providers

We collect personal information about Scholarship Providers from the following sources:

  • You (the consumer)
  • Other Consumers
  • Data Brokers
  • Data Analytics Providers
  • Ad Networks

We collect personal information about Students/Applicants from the following sources:

  • You (the consumer)
  • Other Consumers
  • Data Analytics Providers

We collect personal information about Website Visitors from the following sources:

  • You (the consumer)
  • Data Analytics Providers

We collect personal information about Business Prospects from the following sources:

  • Other Consumers
  • Data Brokers
  • Data Analytics Providers

Business or Commercial Purposes for Collecting Information

We collect personal information about Counselors for the following business purposes:

  • Provide Products or Services
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Error Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Security
  • Internal Research
  • Audit Current Interactions

We collect personal information about Parents for the following business purposes:

  • Provide Products or Services
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Error Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Security
  • Internal Research
  • Audit Current Interactions

We collect personal information about Recommenders for the following business purposes:

  • Provide Products or Services
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Error Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Security
  • Internal Research
  • Audit Current Interactions

We collect personal information about Reviewers for the following business purposes:

  • Provide Products or Services
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Error Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Security
  • Internal Research
  • Audit Current Interactions

We collect personal information about Scholarship Providers for the following business purposes:

  • Provide Products or Services
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Error Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Security
  • Internal Research
  • Audit Current Interactions

We collect personal information about Students/Applicants for the following business purposes:

  • Provide Products or Services
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Error Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Security
  • Internal Research
  • Audit Current Interactions

We collect personal information about Website Visitors for the following business purposes:

  • Sales and Marketing
  • Audit Current Interactions

We collect personal information about Business Prospects for the following business purposes:

  • Provide Products or Services
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Short-Term Transient Use
  • Audit Current Interactions

Information Disclosed for Business or Commercial Purposes in the Last 12 Months, and Categories of Parties Disclosed To

Counselors

Personal Information Disclosed Category of Party
Personal Identifiers, including name, email address, postal address, and telephone numberService Providers
Online Identifiers, including unique personal identifier, IP address, and online identifierService Providers
Internet Activity, including email open and click-through rates and browsing historyService Providers
Geolocation dataService Providers
Visual informationService Providers
Non-public education recordsService Providers
Professional informationService Providers

Parents

Personal Information Disclosed Category of Party
Personal Identifiers, including name, email address, postal address, and telephone numberService Providers
Online Identifiers, including unique personal identifier and IP addressService Providers
Internet Activity, including email open and click-through ratesService Providers
Commercial and Financial Information, including account nameService Providers
Geolocation dataService Providers
Professional informationService Providers

Recommenders

Personal Information Disclosed Category of Party
Personal Identifiers, including name, email address, postal address, and telephone numberService Providers
Online Identifiers, including unique personal identifier and IP addressService Providers
Internet Activity, including email open and click-through ratesService Providers
Geolocation dataService Providers

Reviewers

Personal Information Disclosed Category of Party
Personal Identifiers, including name, email address, postal address, and telephone numberService Providers
Online Identifiers, including unique personal identifier and IP addressService Providers
Internet Activity, including email open and click-through ratesService Providers
Geolocation dataService Providers

Scholarship Providers

Personal Information Disclosed Category of Party
Personal Identifiers, including name, email address, postal address, and telephone numberData Broker, Service Providers
Online Identifiers, including unique personal identifier and IP addressService Providers
Internet Activity, including email open and click-through ratesService Providers
Commercial and Financial Information, including purchases, credit card or debit card number, bank or other financial account number, account name, and signatureService Providers
Geolocation dataService Providers
Visual informationService Providers
Professional informationData Broker, Service Providers

Students/Applicants

Personal Information Disclosed Category of Party
Personal Identifiers, including name, alias, email address, postal address, telephone number, driver's license number, passport number, and military ID numberService Providers
Online Identifiers, including unique personal identifier and IP addressService Providers
Internet Activity, including email open and click-through ratesService Providers
Commercial and Financial Information, including bank or other financial account number and account nameService Providers
Geolocation dataService Providers
Physical characteristics or descriptionsService Providers
Visual informationService Providers
Characteristics of Protected Classifications, including age, sex or gender, race or color, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, medical condition, disability, and military or veteran statusService Providers
Other Sensitive Data, including union membership, racial or ethnic origin, and religious or philosophical beliefsService Providers
Medical informationService Providers
Professional informationService Providers

Website Visitors

Personal Information Disclosed Category of Party
Personal Identifiers, including name, email address, and telephone numberService Providers
Online Identifiers, including unique personal identifier, device identifier, and IP addressService Providers
Internet Activity, including interactions with websites, apps or adsService Providers

Business Prospects

Personal Information Disclosed Category of Party
Personal Identifiers, including name, email address, postal address, and telephone numberData Broker, Service Providers
Online Identifiers, including unique personal identifier and IP addressService Providers
Professional informationData Broker

CCPA Rights

Your CCPA rights are described below. You can make a Request to Know or a Request to Delete under the CCPA by submitting a Privacy Request at the top of this page, or by clicking here.

Right to Know

You have the right to request to know the following about the personal information we have collected about you in the past 12 months:

  • the categories and specific pieces of personal information we have collected about you
  • the categories of sources from which we collect personal information about you
  • the business and commercial purposes for which we collect personal information
  • the categories of third parties with whom we share the information
  • the categories of personal information about you that we disclosed for a business purpose, and the categories of third parties to whom we disclosed that information for a business purpose

If you make a Request to Know more than twice in a 12-month period, we may require you to pay a small fee for this service.

Right to Delete

You have the right to request that we delete any personal information about you that you have provided to us. We will permanently delete from our records any personal information that is not necessary for our business operations and direct our service providers to do the same.

We consider information to be necessary for our business operations if it is used to:

  • Complete an obligation to you that you have requested
  • Detect and resolve issues related to security or functionality
  • Comply with legal obligations

Right to Non-Discrimination

If you exercise your CCPA consumer rights:

  • We will not deny goods or services to you
  • We will not charge you different prices or rates for goods or services, including through the use of discounts or other benefits or penalties
  • We will not provide a different level or quality of goods or services to you

Right to Opt-Out

You have the right to opt-out of the sale of your personal information.

We do not sell any personal information to any third parties.

Request Verification

Before we can respond to any CCPA requests, we will need to verify that you are the consumer who is the subject of the CCPA request. Verification is important for preventing fraudulent requests and identity theft.

The verification process depends on which type of request you make and how you make it. Typically, identity verification will require you to confirm certain information about yourself based on information we have already collected. For example, we will ask you to verify that you have access to the email address we have on file for you. If we cannot verify your identity based on our records, we cannot fulfill your CCPA request.

For a request that seeks specific personal information, we ask that you sign a declaration stating that you are the consumer whose personal information is the subject of the request, as required by the CCPA.

In some cases, we may have no reasonable method by which we can verify a consumer's identity. For example:

  • If a consumer submits a request but we have not collected any personal information about that consumer, we cannot verify the request.
  • If the only data we have collected about a consumer is gathered through website cookies (i.e., the consumer visited our website but had no other interaction with us), we are unable to reasonably associate a requester with any data collected; therefore, we cannot verify the request.

Authorized Agent

A California resident's authorized agent may submit a Request to Know or a Request to Delete under the CCPA by emailing us at privacy@scholarsapp.com. Requests submitted by an authorized agent will still require verification of the person who is the subject of the request in accordance with the process described above. We will also ask for proof that the person who is the subject of the request authorized an agent to submit a privacy request on their behalf. An authorized agent that has power of attorney pursuant to California Probate Code section 4121 to 4130 must submit proof of statutory power of attorney, but consumer verification is not required.

If you have trouble accessing this notice, please contact us at privacy@scholarsapp.com.

Contact Us

If you have any privacy-related questions, please send them to privacy@scholarsapp.com.