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Privacy Policy and Terms of Agreement

Online Degree Navigator LLC Privacy Policy and Terms of Agreement 

Last Updated: June 21, 2013

Overview

Online Degree Navigator LLC (ODN) respects the privacy of our users and has developed this Privacy Policy to demonstrate its commitment to protecting your privacy. As an individual who is a user of our website or its services, this Privacy Policy is intended to describe for you the information we collect about you, how that information may be used, with whom it may be shared, and your choices about such uses and disclosures. We encourage you to read this Privacy Policy when using our website or services. ODN believes that the information that we gather about you should be used solely to assist you in finding, comparing, reviewing, enrolling or inquiring about courses, degrees, certificate courses or related services. We gather personal information that you expressly provide when you enter information into a form or register on our website including, without limitation, your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and other unique personal identifiers such as your date of birth. If you choose not to provide the requested personal information, we may not be able to offer you personalized services that require such information. We do not sell or make available this information for any other reason than having our partners contact users about services or courses for which they have requested information or expressed interest. By using our websites, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy. If you have any questions about our privacy practices, please refer to the end of this Privacy Policy for information on how to contact us.

Cookies

Individual cookie data is never shared with or sold to any third parties. ODN uses cookies to track which areas of our site are most visited for the purpose of better optimization and user experience. If users reject the cookie, they may still use our site. Some of our business partners use cookies on our site (for example, advertisers). However, we have no access to or control over these cookies, once we have given permission for them to set cookies for advertising. This privacy statement covers the use of cookies by ODN only and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Profile

We store information that we collect through cookies, log files, clear gifs, and/or third parties to create a profile of our users. A profile is stored information that we keep on individual users that contains details of their viewing preferences. This information is not tied to the user’s personal information. We do not share your profile with other third parties.

Log Files

Like most standard website servers we use log files. This includes Internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user's movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses, etc. are not linked to personal information.

Clear Gifs

We and our third party advertising companies employ a software technology called clear gifs, that help us better manage content on our site by informing us what content is effective. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users.

Third Party Advertising

The ads appearing on this website are delivered to users by third party web servers selected by our advertisers. Information about users' visit to this site, such as number of times they have viewed an ad (but not user name, address, or other personal information), is used to serve ads to users on this site.

Special Offers and Updates

From time to time, members who have requested information from our partners will receive information on products, services, special deals, and a newsletter. Out of respect for the privacy of our users we present the option to not receive these types of communications. Please see the Choice and Opt-out sections.

Newsletter

If a user wishes to subscribe to our newsletter, we ask for contact information such as name and email address. Out of respect for our users privacy we provide a way to opt-out of these communications. Please see the Opt-out section.

Service Announcements

On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account. However, these communications are not promotional in nature. Users may opt-out of these communications. Please see our Choice and Opt-out section.

Customer Service

We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regards to issues relating to their account we reply via email, in accordance with the user’s wishes.

Legal Disclaimer

Though we make every effort to preserve user privacy, we may need to disclose personal information when required by law wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process served on our Website.

Service Providers

We partner with other third parties to provide specific services (e.g., student loans, text books, and other education-related products and services). When the user signs up for these particular services, we share names, or other contact information that is necessary for the third party to provide these services. Service provider forms may ask for contact information (such as name, email, address) and sensitive information (such as date of birth and social security number) for in order to perform their service (such as to verify previous student loans). These third parties are not allowed to use personal information except for the purpose of providing these services.

Business Transitions

In the event ODN goes through a business transition, such as a merger, being acquired by another company, or selling a portion of its assets, users' personal information will, in most instances, become part of the assets transferred. Users will be notified via email prior to a change of ownership or control of their personal information. If as a result of the business transition, the users' personal information will be used in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection they will be given choice consistent with our notification of changes section.

Opt-out

Users who no longer wish to receive any communication from ODN may unsubscribe and opt-out by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the end of the newsletter or email. Users of our site are always notified when their information is being collected by any outside parties. We do this so our users can make an informed choice as to whether or not they should proceed with services that require an outside party.

Links

This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we, ODN, are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personal information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this website. Certain links on ODN may be i-framed, in an RSS feed or in a redirect form for tracking purposes only. If a URL appears to be masked, it is done to ensure our internal tracking systems log activity. ODN does not condone nor tolerate deceptive link building.

Surveys & Contests

From time-to-time our site requests information from users via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information. The requested information typically includes contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Anonymous Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site. Users' personal information is not shared with third parties unless we give prior notice and choice.

“Email This Link” Service

Throughout the site, users are able to "Email This Link" to a friend that sends the particular course, program, article or related service offered by ODN. To facilitate this service, ODN collects the sending parties email address, name and a brief comment (optional) as well as the receiving parties email address and name. This information is gathered for the purpose of notifying sending a one-time invitation to the visitor's friend(s) and the visitor of ODN services. This information is not sold or given to any third party source.

Security

ODN takes every precaution to protect our users' information. When users submit sensitive information via the website, their information is protected both online and offline. All school request information forms use encrypted data using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is industry standard and it enables users to enter Personal information in a safe and secure manner. While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also do everything in our power to protect user-information offline. The servers that store personal information are in a secure environment.

Forums

If you use forums on this site, you should 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. We are not responsible for the personal information you choose to submit in these forums. In addition, all users of our forums must adhere to the ODN Member Conduct listed below:

Member Conduct

You understand that all information, data, text, messages, or other materials ("Content"), whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, are the sole responsibility of the person from whom such Content originated. This means that you, and not ODN, are entirely responsible for all Content that you upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available via the service. ODN does not control the Content posted via the Service and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content. You understand that by using the service, you may be exposed to Content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable. Under no circumstances will ODN be liable in any way for any Content, including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any Content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, emailed, transmitted or otherwise made available via the service.

Notification of Changes
If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the homepage, and other places we deem appropriate so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected. If, however, we are going to use users' personal information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection we will notify users via email. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner.

Limitation of Liability

You understand and agree that any dispute over privacy is subject to the terms and conditions of this privacy policy. You agree that our liability for any breach of this privacy policy shall be limited to the value of the transactions or services provided to you by us to the extent such claim is not otherwise barred by our terms and conditions.

Contact Information

If users have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy, please contact by email at info@odnav.org with the subject as "Privacy Policy."

Terms of Use Agreement

Last Updated: October 7, 2010

This Terms of Use Agreement governs your use of this website and creates a legal agreement between you and Online Degree Navigator LLC (ODN). This Terms of Use Agreement may be updated or modified by ODN periodically. Therefore ODN suggests you read and note any changes to this statement each time you visit this website. If you do not agree and accept without modification the notices and terms and conditions set forth herein, do not use this website. Our Terms of Use Agreement includes ODN's Privacy Policy, located at www.onlinedegreenavigator.org/Privacy-Policy, which is incorporated into this Agreement by reference and, therefore, also governs your visit to the website.

Registration and Account Security

You represent and warrant that the registration information you provide to ODN is and will remain true and accurate. You are solely responsible for the security and confidentiality of your password and account. Furthermore, you are solely responsible for any and all activities that occur under your account. You agree to immediately notify ODN of any unauthorized use of your account or any other breach of security with regard to your use of the website of which you become aware.

Intellectual Property

All material on or available through this website, including text, images, data, and illustrations, (collectively, the "Material") is protected by U.S. and international copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property laws, and is owned, controlled, or licensed by ODN. Unauthorized copying, reproduction, republishing, uploading, downloading, posting, transmitting or duplicating the material, in whole or in part, is prohibited. Provided that you agree to and accept without modification the notices, terms and conditions set forth in these Terms of Use Agreement., ODN grants you a personal, non-exclusive, non-assignable and non-transferable license to visit, view, and retain a copy of pages of this website for your own personal, non-commercial use only. You may not modify, copy (except as set forth in the preceding sentence), distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, create derivative works from, license or sublicense, assign, or otherwise transfer this license or any of the Material or any information, material, software, products or services from this website. You may not link to or frame the Material, the website, or any portion thereof, for any purpose unless specifically authorized in writing by ODN provided that nothing herein grants you any license, express or implied, to use any of ODN’s federal or common-law trademarks except as such trademarks may be embedded in the link itself. Moreover, you may not visit or use the website to appropriate ODN’s trademarks or tradedress and/or to copy or imitate the “look and feel” of the website, or any portions thereof, for any reason.

Access and Interference

You will not use any robot, spider, crawling, scraping, or other automated device, process, or means to access this website. Nor will you use any manual process to monitor or copy the website or the content contained thereon for any unauthorized purpose without ODN’s prior written permission. You will not use any device, software, routine, or take any action that interferes with the proper working of the website.

Partner Websites and Third-Party Websites

ODN partners with a range of other websites. Notwithstanding the foregoing, for your convenience, this website may reference or link to other third-party websites throughout the Web (“Third-Party Websites”). ODN has no control over Third-Party Websites or the content within them. Accordingly, ODN cannot guarantee, represent, or warrant that the content contained on such Third-Party Websites is accurate, legal, and/or inoffensive. This Terms of Use Agreement does not extend to your use of Third-Party Websites, and your use of Third-Party Websites is solely at your own risk. By using the ODN website to search for or link to Third-Party Websites, you understand and agree that you may not make any claim against ODN for any damages or losses, whatsoever, resulting from your use of the ODN's website to obtain search results or to link to Third-Party Websites.

Suspected Violation of our Terms of Use Agreement

Violations of this Terms of Use Agreement, including unauthorized use of this website, may be investigated and appropriate legal action may be taken, including civil, criminal and injunctive redress. You agree that monetary damages may not provide a sufficient remedy to ODN for violations of these Terms of Use Agreement, and you consent to injunctive or other equitable relief for such violations. You understand and agree that in ODN’s sole discretion and for any reason whatsoever, or for no reason, and without prior notice, ODN may terminate your access to the website.

Forums and Public Communication

ODN makes available public Forums where you and other users can post content for public viewing (“Forum Content”) to facilitate socializing and networking with others interested in online education. You agree that all Forum Content is the sole responsibility of the individual or entity from whom such Forum Content originated. This means that you (and not ODN) are entirely responsible for all Forum Content that you submit via the Forum or elsewhere on the website. ODN does not control or guarantee the accuracy, completeness, usefulness, integrity, or quality of Forum Content. You understand and agree that you may be exposed to Forum Content that is offensive, indecent, or objectionable. Under no circumstances will ODN be liable in any way for any Forum Content, including any errors or omissions in any Forum Content or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Forum Content submitted via this website. You acknowledge that ODN may or may not pre-screen Forum Content, but that ODN will have the right in its sole discretion, for any reason whatsoever (or for no reason) to pre-screen, refuse, move, or remove any Forum Content that is available via the website. Without limiting the foregoing, ODN may remove any Forum Content that violates the Terms of Use Agreement or is otherwise objectionable in ODN’s sole discretion. ODN asserts no ownership rights over the Forum Content you post, transmit, or otherwise make available for inclusion on the Forums or elsewhere on the website. With respect to such Forum Content, however, you grant ODN a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to use such Forum Content on the Forums, anywhere on the website, or elsewhere and in any media for the purpose of providing, promoting, or advertising the website and related services; such license will survive the termination, for any reason, of these Terms of Use Agreement. You agree that you will not use a Forum or this website to submit or otherwise make available Forum Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, racially or otherwise hateful, or otherwise objectionable; harms minors; impersonates any person or entity or falsely states or otherwise misrepresents your affiliation with a person or entity; conflicts with any obligations you have under law including under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under non-disclosure Agreements); infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade-secret, or other proprietary rights of any third party; constitutes or contains unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other form of unauthorized solicitation; constitutes or contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy, or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; interferes with or disrupts the website, related services, or servers or networks connected thereto or disobeys any requirements, procedures, policies, or regulations of networks connected to this website or related services; violates any applicable local, state, national, or international law or any regulations having the force of law; is used to stalk or otherwise harass another.

Claims of Infringement

ODN respects the intellectual property of others and requires that you do the same. In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), the text of which may be found on the U.S. Copyright Office website at http://www.copyright.gov/legislation/dmca.pdf, ODN will respond expeditiously to notices of alleged copyright infringement that are reported to us. ODN will disable and/or terminate the accounts of users that are repeat infringers. If you believe your content has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please report to us your claim via email at info@odnav.org. While ODN considers all such notices seriously, you may be liable for damages (including costs and attorneys’ fees) if you materially misrepresent that content or activity is infringing.

Warranty Disclaimers

Your use and browsing of this website is solely at your own risk. This website, and everything on this website, is provided as is without warranty of any kind, either express or implied. ODN specifically disclaims all warranties and conditions of any kind, including all the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title or non-infringement. Without limitation, ODN makes no warranties or representation that the website will be error-free or uninterrupted, that defects will be corrected, or that this website or its server are or will be free of viruses or other harmful components. In addition, ODN makes no warranties or representations regarding the use or results of the use of the content on this website. You understand and agree that applicable law may not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so the above exclusion may not apply to you.

Indemnification

You will defend, indemnify, and hold ODN or its agents harmless from your use of and access of the website; (your violation of any of these Terms of Use Agreement; your violation of any third-party right including any copyright, trademark, tradedress, trade secret, or privacy right of content available on the Website. This defense and indemnification obligation will survive this Terms of Use Agreement and your use of the website.

Limitation of Liability

In no event will ODN or its agents be liable for any indirect, consequential, special, incidental or punitive damages arising out of your access to, or use of, this website or the content or materials therein, whether in a contract action or based on negligence, or other tort action, or any other claim whatsoever, even if ODN has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. In no event will ODN’s total liability to you for all damages, losses, and causes of action, whether in contract, tort, negligence, or otherwise, exceed the amount paid by you, if any, in accessing this website.

Termination

This Terms of Use Agreement and/or website may be terminated by ODN for any reason (or for no reason) at any time without notice. In the event of termination, you are no longer authorized to access the website and all limitations on ODN’s liability regarding your use of the website and any Forum Content you post will survive.

General

This Terms of Use Agreement will be governed by the laws of the state of Illinois. Any claim or dispute between you and ODN that arises in whole or in part from this website will be decided exclusively by a court of competent jurisdiction located in Chicago, Illinois. Use of this website is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give full effect to all provisions of this Terms of Use Agreement, including without limitation this paragraph and the warranty disclaimers and liability exclusions above. ODN has endeavored to comply with all legal requirements known to it in creating and maintaining this website, but makes no representation that Materials on this website are appropriate or available for use in any particular jurisdiction. Use of this website is unauthorized in any jurisdiction where all or any portion of this website may violate any legal requirements and you agree not to access this website in any such jurisdiction. You are responsible for compliance with applicable laws. Any use in contravention of this provision or any provision of this Terms of Use Agreement is at your own risk. This Terms of Use Agreement, together with the privacy policy constitutes the entire agreement between you and ODN concerning this website. If any provision of this Terms of Use Agreement is deemed invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remaining provisions of the Terms of Use Agreement shall govern such use. ODN’s failure to insist on or enforce strict performance of any provision of this Terms of Use Agreement will not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right.

If you have questions, please contact ODN at info@odnav.org. Please include the words, “Terms of Use Agreement” in the subject line of your email.