The two types of data we collect are submitted information and automatic information. Submitted information is that which users voluntarily submit through our web form and consists of personal contact information and any other details that can help us match users to an education product or service. To ensure users receive the most relevant information about education-related services, schools and programs, we collect, store, and share submitted information with schools and other third parties.
When you submit this data, you are giving OnlineBestColleges.com and our affiliated schools and partners permission to contact you, in accordance with all applicable laws, about education opportunities or related topics. If you do not wish to receive any email communications from school, a third party, or us, you may unsubscribe through a link in the email, which will halt further mailings from that sender.
Automatic information is the other type of data that OnlineBestColleges.com collects, and includes certain types of anonymous information we receive whenever you utilize our site. We use this information to enhance the site and create individualized user experiences. We also use “cookies” to collect anonymous data for analytics, site optimization, and for tailored advertising and marketing purposes. This type of data includes your IP address, as well as your browser and operating system versions.
By using OnlineBestColleges.com, you give us permission to share any automatic information we collect with schools, affiliated companies, and third parties to furnish information regarding programs, degrees, and various education-related products and services. In addition, you agree and acknowledge that we preserve the right to release any collected information — including personal data — to businesses providing our organization with administration services, i.e. an email delivery service. You also give us, our vendors, partners, and affiliates the right to contact you for a period of time and relinquish any rights the Do Not Call list or other applicable law grants you. Your submission may exempt us from other applicable laws and serves as an omission to Do Not Call requirements established by state and federal governments.
We reserve the right to release your personal information in certain legal instances, such as by a subpoena or other legal procedure we deem necessary to protect our rights, ensure the safety of you and others, determine alleged fraud, respond to a government or legal request, and/or in the instance that OnlineBestColleges.com merges, acquisitions, or sells some or all of its assets.
- Web analytics, including anonymous data and demographic information for web analysis and optimization
- “Lead auditing” to confirm submitted information is accurate, relevant and valid
- Conversion-tracking and marketing cookies for, but not limited to, targeting and optimizing digital ad serving to enhance effectiveness, relevance, and user experience
If you choose to remove cookies through your browser settings, please be aware that you may need to do this on a per-use basis, not a one-time basis. If you wish to opt out of receiving personalized ads from third-party advertisers and ad networks that are members of the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) or that follow the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising, please visit the opt-out pages on the NAI and DAA websites.
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