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CompareTopSchools - Privacy Policy

Last Updated on May 25, 2018

TriAd Media Solutions, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, "TriAd Media Solutions", "us", "we", or "our") recognize that your privacy is very important and we aim to clearly explain how we collect and process your information. This privacy policy applies to this site CompareTopSchools and all websites owned and operated by TriAd Media Solutions on which this privacy policy is displayed (such websites referred to hereafter as the "Service"), whether individually or collectively). This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data when you use our Service and the choices you have associated with that data. We use your data to provide and improve the Service. By using the Service, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy.

1. Definitions

  • Service
    Service is the CompareTopSchools website operated by TriAd Media Solutions.
  • Personal Data
    Personal Data means data about a living individual who can be identified from those data (or from those and other information either in our possession or likely to come into our possession).
  • Usage Data
    Usage Data is data collected automatically either generated by the use of the Service or from the Service infrastructure itself (for example, the duration of a page visit).
  • Cookies
    Cookies are small pieces of data stored on your device (computer or mobile device).
  • Data Controller
    Data Controller means the natural or legal person who (either alone or jointly or in common with other persons) determines the purposes for which and the manner in which any personal information are, or are to be, processed. For the purpose of this Privacy Policy, we are a Data Controller of your Personal Data.
  • Data Processors (or Service Providers)
    Data Processor (or Service Provider) means any natural or legal person who processes the data on behalf of the Data Controller. We may use the services of various Service Providers in order to process your data more effectively.
  • Data Subject (or User)
    Data Subject is any living individual who is using our Service and is the subject of Personal Data.

2. Information We Collect

  • a. Personal Data

    While using our Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you ("Personal Data"). Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:

    • Email address
    • First name and last name
    • Phone number
    • Address, City, State, Province, ZIP/Postal code
    • Cookies and Usage Data

    We may use your Personal Data to contact you with newsletters, marketing or promotional materials and other information that may be of interest to you. You may opt out of receiving any, or all, of these communications from us by following the unsubscribe link or instructions provided in any email we send or by contacting us.

  • b. Usage Data

    We may also collect information how the Service is accessed and used ("Usage Data"). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer's Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.

  • c. Location Data

    We may use and store information about your location if you give us permission to do so (“Location Data”). We use this data to provide features of our Service, to improve and customize our Service.

    You can enable or disable location services when you use our Service at any time, through your device settings.

  • d. Tracking Cookies Data

    We use cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on our Service and hold certain information.

    Cookies are files with small amount of data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your device. Tracking technologies also used are beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze our Service.

    You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service.

    Examples of Cookies we use:

    • Session Cookies.
      We use Session Cookies to operate our Service.
    • Preference Cookies.
      We use Preference Cookies to remember your preferences and various settings.
    • Security Cookies.
      We use Security Cookies for security purposes.

3. How We Use the Information

TriAd Media Solutions uses the collected data for various purposes:

  • To provide and maintain our Service
  • To notify you about changes to our Service
  • To allow you to participate in interactive features of our Service when you choose to do so
  • To provide customer support
  • To gather analysis or valuable information so that we can improve our Service
  • To monitor the usage of our Service
  • To detect, prevent and address technical issues
  • To provide you with news, special offers and general information about other goods, services and events which we offer that are similar to those that you have already purchased or enquired about unless you have opted not to receive such information

4. Legal Basis for Processing Personal Data Under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

If you are from the European Economic Area (EEA), TriAd Media Solutions legal basis for collecting and using the personal information described in this Privacy Policy depends on the Personal Data we collect and the specific context in which we collect it.

TriAd Media Solutions may process your Personal Data because:

  • We need to perform a contract with you
  • You have given us permission to do so
  • The processing is in our legitimate interests and it's not overridden by your rights
  • To comply with the law

5. Retention of Data

TriAd Media Solutions will retain your Personal Data only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy. We will retain and use your Personal Data to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations (for example, if we are required to retain your data to comply with applicable laws), resolve disputes, and enforce our legal agreements and policies.

TriAd Media Solutions will also retain Usage Data for internal analysis purposes. Usage Data is generally retained for a shorter period of time, except when this data is used to strengthen the security or to improve the functionality of our Service, or we are legally obligated to retain this data for longer time periods.

6. Transfer Of Data

Your information, including Personal Data, may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction.

If you are located outside United States and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including Personal Data, to United States and process it there.

Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer.

TriAd Media Solutions will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of your Personal Data will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of your data and other personal information.

7. Disclosure Of Data

  • a. Business Transaction

    If TriAd Media Solutions is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, your Personal Data may be transferred. We will provide notice before your Personal Data is transferred and becomes subject to a different Privacy Policy.

  • b. Disclosure for Law Enforcement

    Under certain circumstances, TriAd Media Solutions may be required to disclose your Personal Data if required to do so by law or in response to valid requests by public authorities (e.g. a court or a government agency).

  • c. Legal Requirements

    TriAd Media Solutions may disclose your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:

    • To comply with a legal obligation
    • To protect and defend the rights or property of TriAd Media Solutions, Inc.
    • To prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service
    • To protect the personal safety of users of the Service or the public
    • To protect against legal liability
  • 8. Security Of Data

    The security of your data is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

    9. "Do Not Track" Signals

    We do not support Do Not Track ("DNT"). Do Not Track is a preference you can set in your web browser to inform websites that you do not want to be tracked.

    You can enable or disable Do Not Track by visiting the Preferences or Settings page of your web browser.

    10. Your Data Protection Rights Under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

    Your Data Protection Rights Under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you have certain data protection rights. TriAd Media Solutions, Inc. aims to take reasonable steps to allow you to correct, amend, delete, or limit the use of your Personal Data.

    If you wish to be informed what Personal Data we hold about you and if you want it to be removed from our systems, please contact us.

    In certain circumstances, you have the following data protection rights:

    • The right to access, update or to delete the information we have on you.
      Whenever made possible, you can access, update or request deletion of your Personal Data directly within your account settings section. If you are unable to perform these actions yourself, please contact us to assist you.
    • The right of rectification.
      You have the right to have your information rectified if that information is inaccurate or incomplete.
    • The right to object.
      You have the right to object to our processing of your Personal Data.
    • The right of restriction.
      You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal information.
    • The right to data portability.
      You have the right to be provided with a copy of the information we have on you in a structured, machine-readable and commonly used format.
    • The right to withdraw consent.
      You also have the right to withdraw your consent at any time where TriAd Media Solutions, Inc. relied on your consent to process your personal information.

    Please note that we may ask you to verify your identity before responding to such requests.

    You have the right to complain to a Data Protection Authority about our collection and use of your Personal Data. For more information, please contact your local data protection authority in the European Economic Area (EEA).

    11. Service Providers

    We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service ("Service Providers"), to provide the Service on our behalf, to perform Service-related services or to assist us in analyzing how our Service is used.

    These third parties have access to your Personal Data only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.

    a. Analytics

    We may use third-party Service Providers to monitor and analyze the use of our Service.

    Google Analytics
    Google Analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. Google uses the data collected to track and monitor the use of our Service. This data is shared with other Google services. Google may use the collected data to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network. You can opt-out of having made your activity on the Service available to Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. The add-on prevents the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js, analytics.js, and dc.js) from sharing information with Google Analytics about visits activity.

    For more information on the privacy practices of Google, please visit the Google Privacy Terms web page: http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/

    b. Behavioral Remarketing

    TriAd Media Solutions uses remarketing services to advertise on third party websites to you after you visited our Service. We and our third-party vendors use cookies to inform, optimize and serve ads based on your past visits to our Service.

    Google AdWords
    Google AdWords remarketing service is provided by Google Inc. You can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize the Google Display Network ads by visiting the Google Ads Settings page: http://www.google.com/settings/ads

    Google also recommends installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on - https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout - for your web browser. Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on provides visitors with the ability to prevent their data from being collected and used by Google Analytics. For more information on the privacy practices of Google, please visit the Google Privacy Terms web page: http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/

    Facebook
    Facebook remarketing service is provided by Facebook Inc. You can learn more about interest-based advertising from Facebook by visiting this page: https://www.facebook.com/help/164968693837950 To opt-out from Facebook's interest-based ads follow these instructions from Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/help/568137493302217 Facebook adheres to the Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising established by the Digital Advertising Alliance. You can also opt-out from Facebook and other participating companies through the Digital Advertising Alliance in the USA http://www.aboutads.info/choices/, the Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada in Canada http://youradchoices.ca/ or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance in Europe http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/, or opt-out using your mobile device settings. For more information on the privacy practices of Facebook, please visit Facebook's Data Policy: https://www.facebook.com/privacy/explanation

    c. Links To Other Sites

    Our Service may contain links to other sites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party's site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit.

    We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.

    Legal Disclaimer

    You can always choose not to provide personal information, even though it might be needed to take advantage of CompareTopSchools offers or website features. If you do not want to receive e-mail or other communications from us or if you wish to check your personal information, please contact us. In the event that CompareTopSchools and some of our assets are sold or transferred or used as security, the personal information collected on our website may be transferred to third parties as part of that transaction. CompareTopSchools may also provide personal information or provide access to personal information to any of our affiliated businesses or to our business partners. CompareTopSchools may use your personal information to reply to you and send information to you. If CompareTopSchools is requested by law enforcement officials or judicial authorities to provide personal information on individual users, CompareTopSchools may, without your consent, provide such information. In matters involving claims of personal or public safety, CompareTopSchools may provide your personal information to appropriate authorities without your consent or court process. CompareTopSchools recognizes you may be concerned about the security of your personal information, and we are committed to employing reasonable technology in order to protect the security of our website. However, even with the best technology, no website is 100% secure. We will take reasonable measures that we believe are appropriate to protect your information from loss, misuse, alteration or destruction, and, where possible, will ask that any third parties to whom we may transfer your information take comparable steps to protect that security. Our Privacy Policy only applies to this website. Our website may from time to time contain links to sites outside our control. Please be aware that these sites may collect personal information about you, and operate according to their own privacy practices that may differ from our Privacy Policy. Remember to consult that website's own privacy policy, as once you're outside this website, any information you submit is no longer in our control.

    Anti-Spam Policy

    Spam is commercial email or unsolicited bulk email which has not been requested by the recipient. You will not receive CompareTopSchools email communications unless you submit your email address and register to receive these communications. You may receive third-party emails advertising CompareTopSchools products and services. If you wish to retract this permission from the third-party, please follow their opt-out instructions.

    If you believe you have received such an unsolicited commercial email, please forward a copy of the email to unsubscribe@comparetopschools.com. We will respond promptly and courteously to you and we will continue to do our utmost to ensure that you are not being sent unauthorized emails by any advertisers or affiliates on our behalf.

    Choice/Opt-Out

    Our website provides visitors the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications from us, our partners, or third parties at the point where we request information about the visitor. This website gives the users the following options for removing their information from our database to not receive future communications:

    1. You can visit the following URL:
    http://www.optout-kpwp.net/o-kpwp-i03-97759391bb9c2b47d3f69985205cc843

    2. You can send an unsubscribe request to unsubscribe@comparetopschools.com.

    3. You can write to:
    Attn: CompareTopSchools
    TriAd Media Solutions
    2 Hudson Place, 8th Floor
    Hoboken, NJ 07030

    Cookies

    Our site uses cookies when entering the site and once a form is submitted. The only information that is stored is only an indicator that the application was filled and if you try to fill out another one within 60 days it will give you an option to either fill out another application or leave.

    Changes to Privacy Policy

    If we decide to change the way we are going to use users' personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection we will notify users by posting a notice on our Web site for 30 days.

    Contacting the Web Site

    If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this web site, you can direct all correspondence to info@comparetopschools.com or write to Attn: CompareTopSchools, TriAd Media Solutions, 2 Hudson Place, 8th Floor, Hoboken, NJ 07030.

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Disclosure: Not all programs are accelerated, available in all locations, or in both online and on-campus formats. Financial aid including grants, scholarships and loans may be available to those who qualify. Program lengths and outcomes vary according to each institution's specific curriculum and employment opportunities are not guaranteed. CompareTopSchools is a consumer information site that offers free, independent ratings and recommendations of colleges and universities. While we receive advertising revenue from most of the schools we rate and recommend, our editors thoroughly research each school and offer their honest opinions when rating each one. We are independently owned and operated and all opinions expressed on this site are our own, including, without limitation, our designation of a particular institution as being a "top" or "best" school, college or university.