CollegeCandy.com gathers user information such as name, email address, age and other facts to authenticate who you are. CollegeCandy.com collects data regarding personal interests and other demographic information. We also gather information on how you use this service, which helps us, in part, to improve the site for your use. In the interest of privacy and protection, CollegeCandy.com is available for only students who are in college. Users must have an .edu email address; if they don’t but can prove they are in college by means of a verification form CollegeCandy.com will furnish them with an email address that grants them access of a user ID and password.
Your User Profile Information, from pictures to your written entries, is shared with other people using the site (to the degree that you wish and indicate in your privacy settings) in order to encourage interaction among users. Communication among users takes place through the CollegeCandy.com service, which doesn’t reveal your email address. However, your email address is used by CollegeCandy.com so that we can send you updates and newsletters, if you wish.
Occasionally, CollegeCandy.com or a sponsor may underwrite a promotion or sweepstakes on the site. CollegeCandy.com will share your information with a sponsor if you have agreed to allow us to by “opting in” during the registration process. CollegeCandy.com will indicate which company or sponsor is requesting the information. CollegeCandy.com users who have received an invitation to participate in such a contest may opt to not be included and ask that the sponsor purge their personal information from their data base.
Third-party advertisers may come from users of CollegeCandy.com or an advertising partner, who can set cookies, allowing the ad server to recognize your computer each time you are sent an advertisement. Ad servers gather information about how you saw their advertisements and which ones you responded to. Advertisers then send the advertising message of most interest to you. CollegeCandy.com will occasionally share users’ information, but not by name or any other identifying criteria, so that third-party users can learn, for example, what soft drinks are most popular at a particular school.
CollegeCandy.com users may edit their personal content at any time. They can also limit the amount of their content available to other users. However, if it has been captured by other users, it is impossible to receive that provided information. Members can indicate when they no longer want to receive solicitations from CollegeCandy.com, such as email newsletters, by adjusting their Account Settings.
We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Web site. These companies may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp