Privacy Policy

Effective August 1, 2014

College Kickstart LLC ("College Kickstart") knows that you care how personal information about you is collected, used, shared and stored (“Personal Information”).

This Privacy Policy explains how Personal Information will be used when you use our website (“Website”) and services (“Services”), and how you can control the its collection, correction and/or deletion.

Please review this Privacy Policy in conjunction with our Terms of Service (“Terms”) as they govern your use of our Website and Services. Capitalized terms, if not defined in this Privacy Policy, are defined in the Terms.

How We Use Your Personal Information

When you use our Services, you provide us with information such as your test scores, GPA, class rank and a list of schools you're interested in. We have no rights to Personal Information except for the limited rights that enable us to offer the Services.

We need your permission to do things like running analyses on your behalf, tracking your progress, tracking overall network statistics and providing technical support. These and other features may require our systems to access and store your Personal Information. You give us permission to do these things, and this permission extends to trusted third parties we work with.

How We Share Personal Information with Third Parties

We share Personal Information with third parties in the following ways:

  • As required by law, such as to comply with reporting requirements, a subpoena, or similar legal process
  • In connection with an investigation of fraud, intellectual property infringement, piracy, or other unlawful activity or as we believe reasonably necessary to protect or enforce our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others
  • With any other third party you authorize us to share your Personal Information with
  • To support our business activities, such as processing your payments and offering customer service. These companies are authorized to use Personal Information only as necessary to provide these services to us and are obligated to keep your information confidential. Some of our pages serve content directly to/from our service providers while preserving the look and feel of our site, such as when you enter credit card information. Please be aware that you are providing Personal Information to these third parties and not to College Kickstart. This Privacy Policy does not govern the privacy practices of these third parties.
  • If College Kickstart is involved in a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of its assets or bankruptcy, you will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our Website of any change in ownership or uses of your Personal Information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your Personal Information.

How We Store and Protect Personal Information

We may store Personal Information in locations outside our direct control (for instance, on servers or databases co-located with hosting providers).

We use Security Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption technology to encrypt sensitive personal information (such as your email or password) before it travels over the internet. Credit card numbers are never collected by us or stored on our database or servers. All credit card transactions are processed by our third party service providers.

Ultimately, security is a shared responsibility with the users of our Website and Services. Protecting Your Data is also your responsibility. You are responsible for safeguarding your password, secret questions and answers, and other authentication information you use to access the Services. You should not disclose your authentication information to any third party and should immediately notify College Kickstart of any unauthorized use of your password or other authentication information. College Kickstart cannot secure personal information that you release on your own or that you request us to release.

The security of your Personal Information is important to us. We follow generally accepted standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. However, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

If you have any questions about security on our Website or become aware of any bug or any actual or threatened breach of our security, you are encouraged to contact us at support@college-kickstart.com.

Compromise of Personal Information

We will promptly notify you should your Personal Information be compromised. Notwithstanding, College Kickstart: (a) is not responsible or liable for any consequences that may result because you have released or shared Personal Information with a third party; and (b) does not accept liability for any unintentional disclosure or a disclosure that occurs due to a security breach of our systems or facilities.

User Access and Choice

You may, of course, decline to submit your Personal Information to us; in which case, you may not be able to become a Member or use certain Services.

If your Personal Information changes, you may correct, update, amend, remove, or ask to have it removed by making the change on your user account or by emailing our Customer Support at support@college-kickstart.com. If you no longer desire our service, you can cancel your account at any time by contacting us at the same email address.

We will retain your Personal Information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. We will also retain and use your Personal Information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.

Do/Do Not Track Signals

Notification, Electronic Communication and Opt-Out

You consent to our using your email address to send you Service-related notices, including any notices required by law, in lieu of communication by postal mail. You may not opt out of some Service-related communications.

Upon registration, or on other areas of the site, you may opt-in to receive periodic messages from us, including changes to features of the Service, newsletters, promotions and special offers. If you wish to subscribe to these emails, we will use your name and email address to send them to you. Out of respect for your privacy, you may choose to stop receiving our newsletter or marketing emails by following the unsubscribe instructions included in these emails, accessing email preferences manager on your account settings page or you can contact us at privacy@college-kickstart.com. Opting out may prevent you from receiving email messages regarding updates, improvements, or offers.

Children's Privacy

Protecting the privacy of young children is especially important. College Kickstart does not knowingly collect or solicit Personal Information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register. If you are between the ages of 13 and 17, please use our Service with adult supervision. If you are under 13, please do not send any Personal Information to us. If we learn that we have collected Personal Information from a child under age 13, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any Personal Information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at the contact information below.

Cookies, Analytics/Log Files and Clear GIFs

Technologies such as: cookies, beacons, tags and scripts are used by College Kickstart and our analytics and other service providers. These technologies are used in analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. We may receive reports based on the use of these technologies by these companies on an individual as well as aggregated basis.

A “cookie” is a small data file that we transfer to your computer’s hard disk. We may use cookies in order to collect certain information about you, such as IP addresses (e.g., whether you are logged on from a .com, .gov, or .edu domain), domain names (the Internet address of a computer), and the type of computer and operating system being used. We may also use cookies to identify your computer when you revisit our Website, to recall your authentication information, or to track statistical information related to navigation throughout the Website. Our Website may use both session cookies and persistent cookies in order to better operate the Website so as to enhance your experience while using the Website, and to share with advertisers to provide you with a more personalized visit to the Website. A session cookie enables certain features of the Website and our Service and is deleted from your computer when you disconnect from or leave the Website. A persistent cookie remains after you close your browser and may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the Website. You can find out more about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.com

You may refuse to accept cookies, or remove cookies, by editing your web browser preferences or options. You do not have to accept all cookies sent to you by this Website; however, depending on the particular cookie you reject, you may not be able to use some of the features of this Website.

We may also employ software technology known as “web beacons” or “clear GIFs” which helps us keep track of what content on our Website is effective. Web beacons are small graphics with a unique identifier that are used to track the online movements of Internet users. Web beacons are embedded in the web pages you review, so they are not stored on your hard drive. The web beacons we use do not track or collect any personally identifiable information about you and they are in no way linked to your personally identifiable information.

As is true of most websites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information may include internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and/or clickstream data. We do not link this automatically collected data to other information we collect about you.

We may partner with a third party to either display advertising on our Website or to manage our advertising on other sites. Our third party partner may use technologies such as cookies to gather information about your activities on this site and other sites in order to provide you advertising based upon your browsing activities and interests. If you wish to not have this information used for the purpose of serving you interest-based ads, you may opt-out by clicking here (or if located in the European Union click here) Please note this does not opt you out of being served ads. You will continue to receive generic ads.

Links to Other Websites, Blogs/Forums and Social Media Widgets

Our Site includes links to other Websites whose privacy practices may differ from those of College Kickstart. When you use a link to go from our Website to another website, such as that of our payments processors, the privacy policy for the other website governs. We encourage you to carefully read and understand the privacy policy of any Website you visit.

Our Website offers a publicly accessible blog. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas may be displayed publicly and read, collected, and used by others who access them. To request removal of your personal information from our blog, contact us at support@college-kickstart.com. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.

Our Website includes Social Media Features, such as the Facebook Like button and Widgets, such as the Share this button. These Features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our Website, and may set a cookie to enable the Feature to function properly. Social Media Features and Widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Website. Your interactions with these Features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.

English Language

The English version of this Privacy Policy governs. All disputes, claims and causes of action (and related proceedings) will be communicated in English.

Governing Law

You agree that: (i) the Service shall be deemed solely based in California (where we have our headquarters); and (ii) the Service shall be deemed a passive one that does not give rise to personal jurisdiction over College Kickstart, either specific or general, in jurisdictions other than California. This Privacy Policy is governed by the laws of the State of California, without respect to its conflict of laws principles. Any claim or dispute between you and College Kickstart that arises in whole or in part from the Service shall be decided exclusively by a court of competent jurisdiction located in Alameda County, California. The Service is controlled and operated from our facilities in the United States. College Kickstart makes no representations that the Service is appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who access or use the Service do so at their own volition and are entirely responsible for compliance with local law, including but not limited to export and import regulations. Unless otherwise explicitly stated, all materials found on the Service are solely directed to individuals, companies, or other entities located in the U.S.

If you are visiting from the European Union or other regions with laws governing data collection and use, please note that you are agreeing to the transfer of your information to the United States and processing globally. By providing your information you consent to any transfer and processing in accordance with this Policy.

Changes to Our Privacy Policy

If we make a material change to our privacy policies and procedures as to the collection, use or disclosure of your Personal Information, we will post a notice of those changes on our Website or notify you by email (sent to the email address specified in your account) to keep you aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances we may disclose it, prior to the change becoming effective. You are bound by changes to the Privacy Policy when you use the site after those changes have been posted. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this Website or your dealings with this Website including any bugs or actual or potential threats to the security of our Website and protection of your personally identifiable information, please contact us at privacy@college-kickstart.com.