Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting GetEducated (owned by Approved Colleges, LLC), hereinafter known as “the Site” or “GetEducated” which includes the website itself and all the related platforms and systems.  We are 100% committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and secure online experience. The text below details our information collection policies including the information we collect during your use of the Site and how this information is used and stored. It also details the process for how you can update or delete your personal information from our systems.

Please read this policy carefully. By using the Site, you agree this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Service. We reserve the right to modify this policy at any time. The policy covers personally identifiable information (PII) which includes information relating to an identified or identifiable person, data collection and reporting. Personally identifiable information is defined as any information that is associated with your name or personal identity.

Data Collection

The Site collects various types of user behavior and  personal information in order to provide these details to your chosen colleges and universities and to improve user experience and content relevancy.

Types of information we collect may include, but are not limited to, first name, last name, phone number, mailing address, email address, age, gender, educational background and prior work experience. The Site also collects information about your browsing behavior (pages you’ve visited) and similar to other commercial websites, we use a standard technology called a “cookie” to collect information about how you use the Site. The use of these technologies provides us with information such as your browser, operating system, IP address and referring URL. We may also augment the data we collect with other information from other online or offline sources.

We do not hold your personal information for longer than is necessary; when we no longer have any use for your data, your data is deleted. After 90 days, your data will be deleted from our internal systems (note: this does not include 3rd party systems).

Information Sharing

We share your information with third parties for various reasons including, without limitation, those described below and outside of these, we will never sell your personal information to third parties without your prior consent. These third parties may contact you by telephone, text, email or physical mail.

  1. Information Requests: If you submit a request for more information from one of our partners (typically, a college or university) on the Site, we will share the information collected with the partner(s) from which you are seeking information and they will likely contact you with more information. We may transfer that information to our partner(s) across borders and from your country or jurisdiction to other countries or jurisdictions around the world, so that they may provide the information you requested. If you wish not to be contacted a second time by one of our partners, your request should go to the partner(s) directly.
  2. Marketing & Related Services: We reserve the right use personal information collected on the Site in order to provide you with the information requested as well as related information that may be of interest to you. We use several third parties to increase website functionality, improve user experience and enable marketing functions and these include, but are not limited to, Inspectlet, Mailchimp, JustUno, Google Analytics, Google Ad Manager, Google Ads, Google Tag Manager, Facebook Custom Audiences and Swiftype. Some or all of your information may be shared as a part of enabling those services.
  3. Related Entities: We may share your information with our other in-house products, with successors, and assigns, or in connection with a merger or sale of all assets and technologies. You will be notified via prominent notice on the Site of any change in ownership or uses of your personal information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your personal information.
  4. Required by Law: In rare situations, we may be required to disclose personal data in response to lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements. We reserve the right to disclose your personal information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on the Site.

Opt-Out Policy

We honor your privacy and you can choose whether to share your information with the Site or any third party. You can opt-out of our services in several ways. You may decline to provide personally identifiable information (PII) on the Site. If you have already submitted PII, you may request an update to or removal of your information by contacting us via our contact form.

If you no longer wish to receive communication from us, you may opt out from through our contact form or by following the unsubscribe instructions contained in all of our email communication. If you opt-out, we will no longer contact you after processing your opt-out request (up to 5 days) unless otherwise stated in this privacy policy. If your information was shared with third parties prior to the processing of your opt-out request, those third parties may continue to contact you and you will need to follow a similar process with them to opt-out of their services.

Most browsers can be set to notify you if you receive a cookie, or you may choose to block cookies with your browser. Blocking cookies may result in a lower quality experience for you while you are visiting the Site and if you decline to supply or provide certain information, you may not be able to use or participate in some or all of the features offered through GetEducated and affiliated products.

GetEducated is not structured to attract children. Accordingly, we do not intend to collect personally identifiable information from anyone we know to be under 13 years of age.

Outbound Links

Within GetEducated, the user may encounter links to independent resources, pages and sites. GetEducated makes every reasonable effort to only provide outbound links that are both safe and of value to the user but cannot guarantee the user experience on third-party sites. Please contact us immediately if you have a poor experience with one of our outbound links. If you submit personal information to any of these sites, your information is governed by their privacy policies. We encourage you to carefully read the privacy policy of any website you visit.

Forums, Reviews & Social Media

If you use our forum on this website, be aware that any personal information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other users of these forums, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. To request removal of your personal information our forum, please contact us. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.

We offer user reviews on the Site which may contain personal information. If you wish to request the removal of your review from the site you may contact us.

The Site includes Social Media functionality, such as the Facebook Like button and other similar widgets. These site enhancements may collect IP address, which page you are visiting on our site, and may set a cookie. These enhancements are hosted by a third party or hosted directly on the Site. Your interactions with these are governed by the privacy policy of the provider.

Information Security

We take every available security measure to protect the confidentiality of personal information and appropriately limit access to it. Any information transmitted through GetEducated is done so at the user’s own risk and we cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will never be able to defeat our measures or use your personal information for improper purposes.

Our services utilize HTTPS certificates using Sha256 with RSA encryption signature algorithm and TLS 1.1 and 1.2 protocols, which prevents man-in-the-middle intercepting of data transfer.  All data is saved in a SQL Server 2016 Enterprise Server database using Microsoft Enterprise Data libraries. 

GetEducated web properties are hosted with Rackspace, a Tier 1 and PCI Level 1 hosting facility, on a truly single-tenant, secure dedicated server that is backed by Fanatical Support.  The dashboard and database are behind a dedicated Cisco ASA 5508 X firewall.  All database access within our applications is done via Parameterized Stored Procedures to prevent SQL injection attacks. Any sensitive information i.e., passwords are stored encrypted using TripleDES encryption and all servers reside behind a Cisco ASA 5508 X firewall with restricted access based on ports and IP addresses.  

Security patches and updates are implemented immediately upon availability, thus ensuring the most current security measure are in place. Anti-virus protection is provided as part of our managed solution and servers are closely monitored.