1. Privacy Generally; How Information is Collected.
GEN respects the privacy of our online visitors, and is committed to protecting and safeguarding consumer privacy on the Internet. GEN collects a variety of information to improve the manner by which we operate and offer our products and services, communicate with you about those products and services, and provide effective, timely customer support when needed. GEN collects information in several different ways:
A. Passive Collection:
When you visit a GEN Website, GEN may collect and store information such as your Internet service provider, Internet protocol address, browser type, computer operating system, as well as the links you use to reach the GEN Website, the date and time of your visit, the pages you view on the GEN Website, and user-specific information on the pages you access. We may use this information to improve user experience, to aid in diagnosis of website problems and for other statistical purposes.
In order to help us customize content to your interests, we may also use available Internet technologies, such as “cookies” or other tracking mechanisms. Cookies are used by many websites, and are small text files that are saved to your computer when you visit a website. When you visit that website again, the cookie allows that website to recognize your browser and customize your experience. Cookies may store user preferences and other information. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. If you choose not to accept cookies, some features or services of certain websites may not function properly. Visit your browser’s help pages for more information.
B. Collection of User-Provided Information:
While visiting a GEN Website, you may choose to provide personal information to us in order to receive information about GEN, its locations, programs or services. GEN may collect personal information by asking you to complete an online information form for purposes of contacting or requesting information from GEN, or applying for GEN programs or services. Personal information collected may include, but is not limited to, your name, age, mailing address, city, state, zip code, e-mail address, telephone numbers, U.S. military affiliation and potential campus choice.
You may also choose to provide personal information to GEN in the process of filling out an online application for employment with GEN. This information may include, but is not limited to, your name, mailing address, city, state, zip code, e-mail address, U.S. military affiliation, telephone number, employment history, and list of references. By providing your personal information online, you consent to allow GEN to use that information in accordance with this Policy. Applicants for employment with GEN are required to respond to all questions on our application forms. Applicants may be asked about their ethnicity. Applicants are NOT required to provide information regarding ethnicity. Providing information regarding ethnicity is optional and choosing a particular answer or choosing not to provide this information will not affect the outcome of the application for employment.
2. Globe Education Network Use of Collected Information.
We use the information we gather to help us improve our GEN Websites and our services, and to protect against fraud and misuses of our services. Occasionally we may communicate with you regarding administrative notices, special offerings and upgrades to our services. If you provide personal information to GEN, you agree that GEN may use that information to send you news and information about our schools, our programs and services, or career opportunities that may be of interest to you, and may be sent in various forms, including electronically or by postal mail.
Once you have provided personal information to GEN, we may store, maintain and use this information indefinitely, unless you opt-out of further use of your personal information, by contacting us in writing at the address below or by following an unsubscribe process included in our ongoing communications.
3. Transfer to the United States.
If you are located outside of the United States, the personal information you provide to GEN will be transferred to and stored on servers in the United States. By submitting your personal information via a GEN Website, you consent to this transfer.
Any material, content or information collected by us or sent through a GEN Website by you will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary, and will immediately become the property of GEN to be used at our discretion in accordance with this Policy.
4. Sharing of Personal Information to Third Parties.
GEN does not sell, rent or lease the personal information of GEN Website users to third parties. GEN may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, order fulfillment and/or to send you e-mail or postal mail on behalf of GEN and its locations, programs or services. In addition, GEN may share your personal information with its affiliates and companies we hire to perform support services for us, such as web hosting, credit card processing and order fulfillment. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to GEN and are required to maintain the confidentiality of your personal information.
Other than as set forth above, GEN will disclose users’ personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to applicable laws or comply with legal process served on GEN or its locations; (b) protect and defend the rights and property of GEN; or (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users, employees, or students of GEN, or the safety of the public.
If there is a change of control in a GEN business, the user databases associated with the GEN Websites could be sold as part of a merger or sale transaction and your personal information may be used by the purchaser. If requested as part of a legal proceeding, we will provide personally identifiable information to the appropriate governmental authorities upon receipt of the appropriate documentation.
5. Third Party Links and Services.
We do not knowingly request information from children under the age of 13, and we comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). No one under the age of 18 should submit any personal information to the GEN Websites, or any other website without the consent of a parent or guardian. For more information about protecting the privacy and safety of minors online, we recommend you visit the Federal Trade Commission and TRUSTe websites. We urge parents to regularly monitor and supervise their children’s online activities.
7. Right to Opt-Out; Accessing Your Personally Identifiable Information.
At any time, you may choose to opt-out from receiving materials from GEN. You can opt-out of receiving materials by clicking on an opt-out or unsubscribe link provided at the bottom of electronically sent materials, or by contacting GEN in writing at the following address:
Globe Education Network
Attn: Marketing Department — PRIVACY
8089 Globe Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125
– OR –
e-mail to email@example.com with “unsubscribe” in the subject line.
If you would like to review and/or request changes to the personally identifiable information that we have collected about you through your use of the GEN Websites, please contact us by writing or sending an e-mail to the addresses above.
8. Security of Personal Information; Virus Protection.
GEN is committed to protecting the security of your personal information. We use a variety of security technologies to help protect the personal information you provide to us against any unauthorized disclosure, misuse, loss or alteration.; Although we make every reasonable effort to protect personal information, no method of transmitting or storing electronic data is ever completely secure, and we therefore cannot guarantee that such information will never be accessed, used or released in a manner inconsistent with this Policy. We also cannot guarantee the security of systems that are connected to the Internet or the security of information transmitted over the Internet. GEN employees are made aware of this Policy, and we limit access to personal information only to those employees with a specific need to retrieve such information. You should also take an active role in the protection of your information by keeping your passwords confidential, fully logging out of websites and exiting your Internet browser each time you finish a session.
GEN is not responsible for any electronic virus or viruses, worms, Trojan horse or other harmful or intrusive components that you may encounter through your connection to the Internet. GEN strongly suggests that you routinely scan your personal computer, diskettes or other storage media using a reliable up-to-date virus protection software product to detect and remove any viruses found. An undetected or unrepaired virus, intrusion or exploit may corrupt data and/or destroy your software programs, files or hardware.
The GEN Websites are created and controlled by GEN in the State of Minnesota, and this Policy is governed by the laws of the State of Minnesota, without regard to any applicable conflict of laws provisions. The exclusive jurisdiction and venue concerning all disputes arising out of or relating to this Policy or use of the GEN Websites shall be Hennepin County, Minnesota. GEN reserves the right to modify or amend this Policy at any time by posting the revised Policy on this GEN Website. Any material changes in how we use or share your personal information will only affect the information we collect after the effective date of the Policy revision, unless we clearly express otherwise. By using this GEN Website after this Policy has been revised, you agree to be bound by the revisions.
10. California Residents’ Privacy Rights.
Companies that collect personally identifiable information from California residents and disclose such information to third parties (including affiliated entities) for marketing purposes must, in response to a request by a consumer, either: (a) provide a list detailing the categories of information shared and the entities to which such information was provided; or (b) provide a mechanism by which a consumer may opt-out of having his or her information shared with Third Parties. We have elected the second option, and you may request that your personally identifiable information not be shared with third parties by sending your request, including your full name, email address and postal address, to us using the contact information above. In accordance with California law, California residents are entitled to know that they may file grievances and complaints with California Department of Consumer Affairs, 1625 North Market Blvd., Suite N112, Sacramento, CA 95834; or by phone at (916) 445-1254 or (800) 952-5210; or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BY USING THIS GEN WEBSITE YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ THIS POLICY AND AGREE TO ALL OF ITS TERMS AND CONDITIONS. IF YOU DO NOT SO AGREE, YOU MAY NOT USE THIS WEBSITE.
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