It is our goal to protect the privacy of all visitors to and users of the RatedbyStudents.com website. We want all visitors and users to understand exactly what information we collect on any visitor and/or user and what we do with information we collect.
Two Types of Information
Anonymous and Aggregate: As is common practice among most websites, we have the technology in place to collect certain information when individuals access our website. This type of information includes the browser being used, an IP address, the pages that are accessed, and the amount of time that an individual spends on our site and on any of its individual pages.
This information is collected and placed into a larger aggregate of information, so that we are able to have general information about use of our website. We use it to improve user experience.
Personal Information: When a user establishes an account on our site, s/he provides certain personal information. This is stored through encryption and firewalls. The user information on his/her account that may be accessed by other users contains only that information that a user wishes to share in setting up a profile. This will include a first name and last initial and other profile information that a user wishes to share. This is all public information and is not protected by us in any way. Should any of your personal information that we have stored change, you are obligated to inform us of those changes.
All content that a user publishes is considered public and not protected. A user may set up privacy settings on his/her own account that limit public access to certain postings. However, we cannot guarantee that these privacy setting are foolproof and cannot be responsible if “unauthorized” access to that “private” content is obtained by other users.
User may remove content from their account pages. However, because that content has been accessed by other users, no user should consider deleted content as fully deleted. Other users may have published your content elsewhere, and that cannot be deleted.
The type of content you published must conform to the terms set out in the Terms and Conditions Agreement published on our website. If you should violate and of the terms of that document, we may remove your account and ban you from further access. If any content you published in in violation of any laws, local, state, or federal, we will inform all appropriate legal authorities and cooperate with them in any investigation and prosecution that may ensue.
User Invitations to Others
Users may invite other to join the RatedbyStudents.com website, and this is a procedure in place for doing so. You supply the site administrators with the name and email address of the individual you wish to invite, and we then send an invitation to that individual. We track and store acceptances and declines, and we also store that individual’s email address. Anyone may contact us and request removal of his/her email address from our database.
No one under the age of 13 may use our site or set up an account on our site. If we discover that a user is under the age of 13 or if another user reports to us that a user is under the age of 13, we will immediately remove that account and block access unless and until that user can prove that s/he is over the age of 13.
Age 13-18: Users in this age bracket should get parental permission before registering on our site and before sending us any personal information. This is a wise policy for anyone of this age before registering on any website.
Age 18 and Over: Anyone over the age of 18 may register on our website and does so at his/her own risk.
Our Use of Your Information
When you register and set up an account, you are responsible for your profile information and any photo you choose to publish. You will only be known by your first name and last initial. You may also set up personal privacy settings. Once you are registered, you may begin to use our site, to publish content, to access the pages of other users and to engage in conversation and discussion. If you choose to provide any other user with additional personal information about yourself or to publish additional personal information on your profile page, you do so at your own risk, and we are not responsible for any consequences of that action.
We will contact you via your email address to inform you of changes, to make announcements, and to let you know about new features.
Sharing Your Information with Third Parties
We do share your profile information with third parties if we believe such parties will have information that will be of use to you. You will see advertisements on your profile page, much the same way as you see them on other social media profile pages. At no time will we give third parties any information about you that is not already published on your personal profile.
Your Contact Information: In general, we will not share your contact information (email address) with any third party unless you consent to that sharing. We will share your contact information under the following circumstances:
- If and when you purchase something using our site, your financial information will be sent to a third-party processor and we will not have access to it.
- If any legal authority requests your contact information, we will cooperate with that authority and provide it. We will also contact legal authorities with your information if we suspect that you have violated any laws as outlined in our Terms and Conditions Agreement.
- If we should transfer ownership of the RatedbyStudents.com website to someone else, your personal information will be a part of that transfer. You will be notified in the event that his occurs and will have the option to close your account and have your personal information deleted.
Third-Party Links on our Site
You access any third-party site at your own risk. We are not liable for and consequences of your access of those sites.
Changing or Removing Your Information
You can use the editing tools on our site to change or modify your profile information. They are located on your account page. You may also remove any content you have previously published. However, that content may continue to exist on the site, if other users have accessed and shared it.
Security Measures We Take
We do everything we can to protect user personal information. Our server is secure with firewall protection. If you send and receive emails, messages, and such, this is not secure or protected content. If you share your information with another user, even through private messaging, it is not secure and protected.
Terms are Binding
When and if we amend or change the Terms and Conditions and/or Privacy Policies, we will notify users via email and publish such changes on the website. Changes go into effect upon publication, and users are bound by them from that time forward.