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Privacy Policy

Clear Admit LLC

 

Effective November 18, 2016

 

Welcome to Clear Admit (“Clear Admit,” “we,” “us” or “our”). Clear Admit provides MBA admissions advice, community input, and digital content to candidates seeking admission to top-rated MBA programs (collectively, the “Services”) through Clear Admit websites (including the website located at URL https://www.clearadmit.com), applications and mobile platforms (collectively, the “Platforms”).

IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ALL THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS PRIVACY POLICY AND THE CLEAR ADMIT TERMS OF USE AGREEMENT, PLEASE DO NOT ACCESS OR USE THE CLEAR ADMIT SERVICE, OR ACCESS OR USE THE CLEAR ADMIT PLATFORMS.  IF YOU HAVE ALREADY DOWNLOADED AND INSTALLED A CLEAR ADMIT APPLICATION AND DO NOT AGREE WITH ALL THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS PRIVACY POLICY AND THE CLEAR ADMIT TERMS OF USE AGREEMENT, YOU MUST IMMEDIATELY TERMINATE YOUR USE OF THE CLEAR ADMIT SERVICES AND CLEAR ADMIT PLATFORMS BY UNINSTALLING ALL CLEAR ADMIT APPLICATIONS.

  • This Privacy Policy explains how we, and some of the companies we work with, collect, use, share and protect information obtained through our websites, applications, mobile platforms and social media channels, and your choices about the collection and use of your information.
  • By accessing or using the Services you understand and agree that we are providing a platform for you to obtain MBA admissions advice, community input, and digital content for admission to top-rated MBA programs and to post information regarding your application and admission to such programs as well as other content and materials (collectively, “User Content”), and to share User Content publicly. This means that other users may search for, see, use, or share any of your User Content that you make publicly available through the Services, consistent with the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy and the Clear Admit Terms of Use Agreement (which can be found here). By accessing or using the Services, you also agree to abide by the Clear Admit Terms of Use Agreement.
  • This Privacy Policy applies to all visitors, users, and others who access or otherwise use the Services (Users).

 

1. INFORMATION WE COLLECT

Information you provide to us directly:

The following is the information that you may provide to us directly in connection with your access to and use of the Services and the Platforms:

  • Your name, email address, username, password, city, state, the gender with which you identify and the racial/ethnic group with which you identify are required to register for an account for the Clear Admit Services (the “Required Registration Information”). During the registration process you also have the option to provide your phone number, zip code and country, whether you served in any branch of the U.S. military, whether you have already taken the GMAT or GRE, when you plan to take the GMAT or GRE, when you plan to apply to graduate school, the types of MBA programs you are considering, your target schools, your post-MBA target career(s), your post-MBA target companie(s), your annual income, your number of years of full-time work experience, your plans to fund your graduate school studies, and how you were first made aware of Clear Admit (the “Optional Registration Information,” and collectively with the Required Registration Information, the “Registration Information”).
  • User Content that you post to the Services.
  • Communications between you and Clear Admit. For example, we may send you Services-related emails (e.g., account verification, purchase and billing confirmations and reminders, changes/updates to features and functionality of the Services, and technical and security notices). Note that you may not opt out of Services-related emails.
  • If you wish to make changes to your Registration Information, you may do so using the My Account tab on the home page of the Clear Admit website.

 

Analytics information:

  • We use third-party analytics tools to help us measure traffic and usage trends for the Services. These tools collect information sent by your system or device in connection with your access to and use of the Services and the Platforms, including the web pages you visit, the interactive features you use, and other information that assists us in improving the Services and the Platforms. We collect and use this analytics information with analytics information from other Users so that it cannot reasonably be used to identify any particular User.

 

Cookies and similar technologies:

  • When you access or use the Services or the Platforms, we may use cookies and similar technologies like pixels, web beacons, and local storage to collect information about how you use Services and Platforms and the various features and functionality we provide.
  • We may ask advertising firms or other partners to serve ads or other services to your system or device, which may use cookies or similar technologies placed by us or the third-party firms or partners.

 

Log file information:

  • Log file information is automatically reported by your browser each time you make a request to access or use a web page or application. It can also be provided when the content of the web page or application is downloaded to your browser or device.
  • When you access or use the Services, our servers automatically record certain log file information, including your web request, internet protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, referring /exit pages and URLs, number of clicks and how you interact with links on the Services, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed, and other similar information. We may also collect information from emails sent to our Users which then help us track which emails are opened and which links are clicked by recipients. The information allows for more accurate reporting and improvement of the Services and Platforms and for our other business purposes.

 

Device identifiers:

  • When you use a mobile device such as a phone or tablet to access or use the Services or the Platforms, we may access, collect, monitor or store your mobile device, or remotely store one or more “device identifiers.” Device identifiers are small data files or similar data structures stored on or associated with your mobile device, which uniquely identifies your mobile device. A device identifier may be data stored in connection with the device hardware, data stored in connection with the device’s operating system or other software, or data which we send to the device.
  • A device identifier may deliver information to us or to a third-party partner about how you browse and use the Services and may help us or others provide reports or personalized content and advertisements. Some features or functionality of the Services may not function properly if use or availability of device identifiers is disabled or otherwise impaired.

 

Metadata:

  • Metadata is typically technical data that is associated with User Content. For example, metadata can describe how, when and by whom certain User Content was collected and how that content is formatted.
  • In the future, we may add functionality by which Users can add or may have metadata added to their User Content, including a hashtag (e.g., to mark keywords when you post media which may include a photo or video), geotag (e.g., to mark your location to a photo or video), comments or other data. This would make your User Content more searchable by others and more interactive.

 

2. HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION

  • In addition to some of the specific uses of information we describe in this Privacy Policy, we may use any information that we receive or have access to:
    • register you on the Services and manage your User account
    • help you efficiently access your information after you sign-in to your account
    • remember information so you will not have to re-enter it during your access to or use of the Services
    • provide personalized content and information to you and others which could include online ads or other forms of marketing
    • provide, improve, test, and monitor the effectiveness of the Services
    • develop and test new products, features and functionality
    • monitor metrics such as total number of visitors, usage, traffic, and other patterns
    • diagnose or fix technology problems
    • automatically update the Clear Admit application on your system or device.
    • run contests, special offers or other events or activities (“Events”) on the Services
    • provide reports to advertisers, marketing or other business partners
    • enforce agreements with you, including the Terms of Use Agreement and this Privacy Policy
    • facilitate communications with Users

 

3. SHARING OF YOUR INFORMATION

We reserve the right to rent or sell information that does not personally identify you, but we will not rent or sell your personally-identifiable information to third-parties outside Clear Admit or its Affiliates (as defined below) without your consent, except as noted in this Privacy Policy.

Parties with whom we may share your information:

  • We may share your User Content and your information (including but not limited to, information from cookies, log files, device identifiers, location data, and usage data) with businesses that are part of the same group of companies that Clear Admit is part of, or that subsequently become part of that group (collectively, “Affiliates”). Affiliates may use this information to help provide, understand, and improve the Services and Platforms (including by providing analytics), and Affiliates’ own services (including by providing you with better and more relevant experiences).
  • We also may share User Content and your information (including but not limited to information from cookies, log files, device identifiers, location and usage data), with third-parties that help us provide the Services to you (collectively, “Service Providers”). Our Service Providers will be provided with access to your information as is reasonably necessary to provide the Services under reasonable confidentiality terms.
  • We may also share certain of your information such as cookie data with third-party advertisers or marketers. This information would allow third-party ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you.
  • We may remove portions of data that can identify you and share anonymized data with other parties. We may also combine your information with other information in a way that it is no longer associated with you and share that aggregated information.

 

Persons with whom you may choose to share your User Content:

  • Any User Content that you post to the Services automatically becomes available to the public, and once available to the public, that User Content may be re-shared by others and may be indexed and posted by search engines.
  • Any User Content that you post to the Services is searchable by other Users.
  • You cannot remove any User Content that you post to the Services once it is posted. We may remove your User Content, at our sole discretion, if you contact us and ask us to remove such content, provided however, that such content may remain in cached and archived pages of the Services.

 

What happens in the event of a change of control of Clear Admit:

  • If we sell or otherwise transfer all or any part of the stock or assets of Clear Admit to another organization (e.g., in the course of a transaction like a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, dissolution or liquidation), the Registration Information, your User Content and any other information collected through the Services may be among the items sold or transferred to the acquiring organization, including our rights under the Terms of Use Agreement.

 

Responding to legal requests and preventing harm:

  • We may access, preserve and share your information in response to a legal request (such as a search warrant, court order or subpoena). This may include responding to legal requests from jurisdictions outside of the United States. We may also access, preserve and share information when we believe it is necessary to: detect, prevent and address fraud and other illegal activity; to protect ourselves, you and others, including as part of investigations; and to prevent death or imminent bodily harm. Information we receive about you may be accessed, processed and retained for an extended period of time when it is the subject of a legal request or obligation, governmental investigation, or investigations concerning possible violations of our Terms of Use Agreement, this Privacy Policy, any other policies now or hereafter implemented, or otherwise to prevent harm.

 

4. HOW WE STORE YOUR INFORMATION

Storage and Processing:

  • Your information may be stored and processed in the United States or in any other country in which Clear Admit, its Affiliates or Service Providers maintain facilities.
  • Clear Admit, its Affiliates, or Service Providers may transfer your information across borders and from your country or jurisdiction to other countries or jurisdictions around the world. If you are in the European Union or other regions with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law, please note that we may transfer information, including personal information, to a country and jurisdiction that does not have the same data protection laws as your jurisdiction.
  • By registering for, accessing or using the Services you consent to the transfer of information to the U.S. or to any other country in which Clear Admit, its Affiliates or Service Providers maintain facilities, and the use and disclosure of information about you as described in this Privacy Policy.
  • We use certain safeguards to help keep the information collected through the Services secure and take steps (such as requesting a unique password) to verify your identity before granting you access to your account. However, we cannot ensure the security of any information you transmit to us or guarantee that information on the Services may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed.
  • Please do your part to help us. You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your unique password and account information, and for controlling access to your account and to emails between you and us, at all times.

 

5. YOUR CHOICES ABOUT YOUR INFORMATION

Your account information and profile/privacy settings:

  • You can update your account at any time by logging into the Clear Admit website and editing your account settings on the My Account tab on the home page of the Services.
  • Upon registration on the Clear Admit website we will send you (i) periodic Clear Admit newsletters which provide admissions tips, MBA news and prime access to special offers, and (ii) periodic information regarding schools, employers and marketing partners who may be of interest to you. During the registration process you can unsubscribe from either of these email communications by unchecking the check box on the registration page.
  • In addition, you can always unsubscribe from email communications from us by clicking on the “unsubscribe link” provided in such communications. As noted above, you may not opt out of Services-related communications (e.g., account verification, purchase and billing confirmations and reminders, changes/updates to features and functionality of the Services, technical and security notices).

 

How long we keep your information and User Content:

  • Following termination or deactivation of your account, Clear Admit, its Affiliates, or its Service Providers may retain information (including your Registration Information) and User Content indefinitely for the Services or for backup, archival, and/or audit purposes.

 

6. CHILDREN’S PRIVACY

We do not knowingly collect or solicit any information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register for the Services. The Services and their contents are not directed at children under the age of 13. If we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under the age of 13 without parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we may have any information from or about a child under the age of 13, please contact us at [email protected].

7. OTHER WEBSITES AND SERVICES

We are not responsible for the practices of or the information or content on, any websites or services linked to or from our Services.  When you use a link from our Services to another website or service, our Privacy Policy does not apply to those third-party websites or services. Your browsing and interaction on any third-party website or service, including those that have a link on our Services, are subject to that third party’s own terms of use and privacy policies. You expressly acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible and do not have control over any third-parties that you authorize to access your User Content. If you are using a third-party website or service and you allow them to access your User Content, you do so at your own risk.

8. HOW TO CONTACT US

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or the Services or the Platforms, email us at [email protected].

9. CHANGES TO OUR PRIVACY POLICY

We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to change this Privacy Policy (an “Updated Privacy Policy”) at any time and from time to time. You agree that we may notify you of the Updated Privacy Policy by posting it on the Services, and that your access to or use of the Services after the effective date of the Updated Privacy Policy (or engaging in such other conduct as we may reasonably specify) constitutes your agreement to the Updated Privacy Policy. Therefore, you should review this Privacy Policy and any Updated Privacy Policy before using the Services. The Updated Privacy Policy will be effective as of the time of posting, or such later date as may be specified in the Updated Privacy Policy, and will apply to your use of the Services from that point forward. This Privacy Policy will govern any disputes arising before the effective date of the Updated Privacy Policy. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully. If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy, please contact Clear Admit at [email protected], Subject: Privacy Policy.