Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Last Revised: April 2019

At College Matters we’re committed to valuing and protecting your privacy. Marylin Newell, d/b/a College Matters (“us”, “we”, or “our”) operates the College Matters website at https://CollegeMatters.us (together understood as the “website” or “services”). By continuing to use our services you acknowledge and agree to our updated Privacy Policy. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

By using this website – either by accessing our website via a web browser – you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy. Unless otherwise defined in this Privacy Policy, terms used in this Privacy Policy have the same meanings as in our Terms of Use posted at. https://CollegeMatters.us/terms-of-use.

This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data when you use our website and the choices you have associated with that data. College Matters uses customer data solely for the purposes of providing additional information on topics of interest in higher education; preventing abuse; and providing and improving the website.

Definitions

Website – Website is the College Matters website https://CollegeMatters.us.

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 website or from the website infrastructure itself (for example, the duration of a page visit).

Cookies – Cookies are small pieces of data stored on your device, computer or mobile.

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, College Matters is a Data Controller of your Personal Data.

Data Processors (or website Providers) – Data Processor (or website Provider) means any natural or legal person who processes the data on behalf of the Data Controller. We may use the websites of various website Providers in order to process your data more effectively.

Data Subject (or User) – Data Subject is any living individual who is using our website and is the subject of Personal Data.

Information Collection and Use – We collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our website for you.

Tracking Cookie Data – College Matters does not use cookies for any purpose other than to identify users of our website. Cookies are files with small amount of data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. 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 will not be able to use some portions of our website.

Use of Data – College Matters uses the collected data for various purposes:

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

Disclosure – We may disclose your personal information if we are required by law to do so or if you violate our Terms of Service.

3rd Party Services – In general, the third-party providers used by us will only collect, use and disclose your information to the extent necessary to allow them to perform the services they provide to us. However, certain third-party service providers, such as payment gateways and other payment transaction processors, have their own privacy policies in respect to the information we are required to provide to them for your purchase-related transactions. For these providers, we recommend that you read their privacy policies so you can understand the manner in which your personal information will be handled by these providers. In particular, remember that certain providers may be located in or have facilities that are located in a different jurisdiction than either you or us. So if you elect to proceed with a transaction that involves the services of a third-party service provider, then your information may become subject to the laws of the jurisdiction(s) in which that service provider or its facilities are located. Once you leave our website or are redirected to a third-party website or application, you are no longer governed by this Privacy Policy or our website’s Terms of Use.

Retention of Data – College Matters 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. College Matters will 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 website, or we are legally obligated to retain this data for longer time periods.

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 from those of your jurisdiction. If you are located outside the United States and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including Personal Data, to the 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. If our website is acquired or merged with another company, your information may be transferred to the new owners so that we may continue to engage with you.

Security – 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. College Matters will take reasonable steps to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

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.

Website Providers – We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our website (“Website Providers”), to provide the website on our behalf, or to assist us in analyzing how our website 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.

Analytics – We may use third-party website Providers to monitor and analyze the use of our website including, but not limited to, Google Analytics. Google Analytics is a web analytics website offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. Google uses the data collected to track and monitor the use of our website. This data is shared with other Google websites. Google may use the collected data to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network. We have requested that all IP addresses be anonymized by Google Analytics to help protect your identity. Google Analytics anonymizes the address as soon as technically feasible, at the earliest possible stage of the collection network. More information about IP anonymization in Google Analytics can be found here https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/2763052. You can opt-out of having made your activity on the website available to Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. The add-on prevents the Google Analytics JavaScript 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 https://policies.google.com/privacy.

Links to Other Sites – Our website 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 have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party sites or websites.

Children’s Privacy – Our website does not address anyone under the age of 18 (“Children”). We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your Child has provided us with Personal Data, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Data from children without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.

Changes To This Privacy Policy – We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page. You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page.

Questions And Contact Information – If you would like to access, correct, amend or delete any personal information we have about you, register a complaint, or simply want more information contact our Privacy Compliance Officer at https://CollegeMatters.us/contact-us or by mail at:

ATTN: Privacy Compliance Officer
College Matters
6 Marshall Pond Rd
Hebron, ME 04238

Thank you, as always, for your continued support.

College Matters