Information Collection and Use
We collect Personal Information only if you manually enter it into a form or field on the Site. Personal Information includes, but is not limited to, your name, email address, street address, telephone number, gender, age, educational background, and educational interests. We may use your Personal Information in the following ways:
- Your Personal Information may be passed on to schools you have selected and agreed to be contacted by, sometimes through a third party who then passes it on to the schools. If the form you filled out was hosted as a part of our Site, we may also send you a confirmation email to acknowledge your activity on our Site.
- The schools or their partners or vendors may contact you via email, telephone, or mail in order to fulfill your inquiry. By using our Site to send your Personal Information to any schools, you are giving such entities permission to contact you, regardless of whether you are a part of the National-Do-Not-Call Registry.
- We will store your Personal Information in our systems and we may use it to contact you about other products or services which we believe may interest you. If we contact you at all in this manner, it will be infrequent and narrowly targeted.
- We may aggregate your Personal Data for the purposes of producing analyses of trends in the industry and in our business, and we may then share such analyses with, or sell such analyses to, third parties.
By providing us Personal Information, you are consenting to our use of it in accordance with this Policy. If you would like us to stop using the Personal Information you provided in these ways, please email us at: [email protected] If you subscribe to our email newsletter, but subsequently decide that you would like to stop receiving it, you may use the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of each newsletter, or you may contact us at [email protected] and we will see to it that your name is removed from our email newsletter list.
You can use the Site without providing any Personal Information. If you choose not to provide any Personal Information, you may not be able to use certain services offered on the Site.
Internet Usage Data
We also may collect certain non-personally identifiable information (generic information that does not by itself identify you personally) when you visit any part of the Site. Such generic information may include your IP address (which, depending on the type of Internet connection you use, may be the same each time you visit, or may vary with each visit); the type of browser, operating system, and/or Internet connection you are using; the domain name of your Internet Service Provider; how you arrived at the Site, including but not limited to the keywords you used in a search engine, if any, and/or links you may have followed from other sites; and your behavior within the Site, including but not limited to which pages you visited, in what order, and how long you spent on each page. We may use such data in the following ways:
- We regularly use this data and other non-personally identifiable information to determine how we can adjust the design and content of our Site to better meet the needs of our visitors, based on how people are locating the Site, how they are using it, and how the technologies and providers involved affect their experience of the Site.
- We may sell this information to, or share it with, third parties.
In order to improve your experience with us, we may use “cookies,” which are small text files saved on your computer by our web server to store your preferences. Cookies, on their own, do not tell us your email address or any other Personal Information unless you have already provided this information to us. We employ cookies to save you time by saving your information for subsequent visits, and to understand how you are using our Site so that we can continue to improve it. We may use the data in cookies in conjunction with other data we have collected, including Personal Information, to enhance your experience on our Site and to offer you products, programs or services.
If you choose to, you can configure your browser to reject cookies. On most web browsers, you will find a “help” section on the toolbar. Please refer to this section for information on how to receive notification when you are receiving a new cookie and how to turn cookies off. We recommend that you leave cookies turned on because they allow you to take advantage of some of the Site’s features. In addition, we may use third party companies to serve ads on our Site and these companies may employ their own cookies in addition to ours. You can adjust your preferences for receiving cookies from many of these third party companies here: www.networkadvertising.org.
Third Party Advertisers
In addition, we may use third-party companies to serve ads and collect information when users visit our Site. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to our Site in order to provide advertisements on our Site and other websites about goods and services that may be of interest to you. These companies may employ their own cookies in addition to ours. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, please click here: http://www.networkadvertising.org/consumer/opt_out.asp. If you would like to see what information one of these companies has collected about your internet usage, please click here: http://www.bluekai.com/registryoverview.html.
Other Uses of Your Personal Information
In addition to the uses described above, there are limited circumstances in which we may share your Personal Information with certain third parties. We may combine the Personal Information you provide through our Site with information we obtain from third party sources, either online or offline, in order to deepen our understanding of how best to serve you with our Site. We may share your Personal Information with HVACCertification.Org’s subsidiaries or affiliates. The Personal Information you provide to the Site may be included among transferred assets in the event that HVACCertification.Org or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates are involved in a corporate sale, merger, reorganization, dissolution or similar event. Finally, we may disclose your Personal Information if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to (i) comply with a legal obligation, (ii) protect and defend the rights or property of HVACCertification.Org, (iii) act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of the Site or the public, or (iv) protect against legal liability.
Third Party Sites
Our Site does not knowingly collect Personal Information from children under the age of 13. If you are under the age of 13, please do not submit any Personal Information through the Site. We encourage parents and legal guardians to monitor their children’s Internet usage and to help enforce our Policy by instructing their children never to provide Personal Information on this Site without their permission. If you have reason to believe that a child under the age of 13 has provided Personal Information to HVACCertification.Org through this Site, please contact us at [email protected], and we will endeavor to delete that information from our databases.
We take reasonable steps to protect the Personal Information provided via the Site from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. However, no Internet or e-mail transmission is ever fully secure or error free. In particular, e-mail sent to or from this Site may not be secure. Therefore, you should take special care in deciding what information you send to us via e-mail. Please keep this in mind when disclosing any Personal Information to HVACCertification.Org via the Internet.
Other Terms and Conditions
We reserve the right to change this Policy, including the way we use your Personal Information, at any time without prior notice. If we change this Policy, we will update this web page; such updated Policy will be effective immediately upon posting to the Site. Please review this Policy periodically, and especially before you provide any Personal Data. This Policy was last updated on the date indicated above. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of any changes to this Policy constitutes your acceptance of such changes.
Access to Information; Contacting Us
To keep your Personal Information accurate, current, and complete, please contact us as specified below. We will take reasonable steps to update or correct Personal Information in our possession that you have previously submitted via this Site.
Merger, Sale or Bankruptcy
As we develop our business, we might sell or buy businesses or assets. In connection with a corporate sale, merger, reorganization, dissolution or similar event, HVACCertification.Org may assign or transfer this Policy and any and all Personal Information and HVACCertification.Org’s rights therein to the person or entity acquiring the applicable assets or succeeding to the applicable business. In the event of any such transaction, this Policy shall remain in full force and effect and shall be binding on you and any such successor and/or assign. In the unlikely event of our bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, receivership, or assignment for the benefit of creditors, or the application of laws or equitable principles affecting creditors’ rights generally, we may not be able to control how your Personal Information is treated, transferred, or used.
Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns you have regarding this Policy or regarding our collection or usage of information.