Dual City Media goes to great lengths to respect and protect your privacy. We promise that we will not share your contact information to a college, university, sponsor or advertiser without your express permission. We also promise that we will take all reasonable precautions to prevent your personal data from being accessed by unauthorized individuals.
1. Information We Collect
Information is collected from our users at several different points during visits to AllAreaColleges.com.
Registration - A user must register in order to use this site. During the registration process, a user is required to provide certain information, such as name, address, e-mail address, date of birth, gender, country of citizenship, educational background, grades, and extracurricular activities. In addition, a user may choose to provide other information, such as intended major, career objectives, hobbies and other interests. This information may be updated and amended at any time after the initial registration. Dual City Media encourages its users to provide these fields of information so that users may maximize the effectiveness of our college search and matching services. If the user will be applying for financial assistance, certain financial and other information regarding the user's family will also need to be provided.
Collection of Information from Children - Dual City Media abides by federal law and the guidelines set up by the Federal Trade Commission regarding youth privacy. As such, Dual City Media will not knowingly collect any personal information from or allow the registration of young people under the age of thirteen (13) years.
Cookies and Web Site Information - We use "cookie" technology and web server logs to collect information about how our web site is used by you. Cookies are small pieces of data that are stored by your web browser on your hard drive. The cookies allow our web servers to recognize the computer used by you to access our websites. Cookies allow you to move from page to page on the website, by remembering the information about the entire session.
Information gathered through cookies and by our web server logs may include the date and time of visits, your IP address, the pages viewed, time spent at our Web site, and the Web sites visited just before and just after our Web site. This information may be appended to your personal information provided by you to us to help us provide you with better service and information. It also may be collected on an aggregate basis, and shared with or collected by third-party Web analytics services to help Dual City Media understand our users' aggregated Web site usage patterns and related trends.
User Communications - When you send email or other communications to Dual City Media, we may retain those communications in order to process, respond or improve our services.
Chat Rooms and Public Postings - The Dual City Media site may initially and/or in the future contain chat rooms, public posting forums or one-to-one communication forums permitting direct communications with other users. Any information provided by you in these rooms or forum is deemed to be information available to public viewing, not subject to any disclosure restrictions or representations. We are not responsible for any information posted and/or viewed in such portions of our website.
2. Use of Information
The information you supply to Dual City Media enables us to provide the college search and matching services which you select by matching your background to the admission requirements and/or preferred student backgrounds of colleges and universities. Participating colleges and universities may search the non-personally identifiable information of users (such as grade point averages or class standing, but not names or addresses) in order to decide which users they are interested in having apply for admission. Dual City Media will also recommend certain colleges and universities to students, and we will use a similar methodology to select which students should be informed of those opportunities. Under no circumstances will we share any of your personally identifiable information with colleges or universities without your consent. When a student appears to be a viable candidate for admission, a notice will be placed in your message in-box in the college center on our website, and we will send you an email that may contain a link to your message in-box. Once you have reviewed the notice in your message in-box, you may give us permission to release your contact information to such college or university so that they may directly contact you.
In addition, Dual City Media uses your information in order to customize our site to your interests and enhance your overall experience. Dual City Media uses various methods to recognize you, including requesting your e-mail address and password before accessing our site. Once Dual City Media recognizes you, pages, advertisements, including advertisements and offers in your college center, and other content is customized for you so that you can see what interests you the most. In addition, as described above, Dual City Media utilizes passive information to learn more about how you interact with our site. This passive information may be combined with your other information for purposes such as testing and improving your experience at our site and the compilation of broad aggregate demographic data and related usage information for internal purposes and for disclosure to third parties such as advertisers and content and Web analytics partners. This aggregate passive information does not contain any personal information which can identify any individual user.
Optional Information - At various other points during your visit to Dual City Media, you may be asked to provide information about yourself. For example, you may wish to participate in a survey or a contest, or apply to a scholarship. Participation in surveys, contests or scholarships or the use of other services which require the input of additional information is completely voluntary on your part, and you have the choice about whether to disclose the information necessary to use these features of our site. Contact information will be used to process entries, send promotional material, notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving use of and satisfaction with the Dual City Media site. Dual City Media may also conduct surveys on behalf of colleges, universities and other parties in order to provide them marketing and business information; provided however, none of your personally identifiable information will be shared as part of such surveys without your consent.
Please be sure to consult the official rules of any contest or sweepstakes you enter on Dual City Media as specific data collection and usage practices may vary by contest or sweepstakes.
3. Sharing of Information
Sharing Information with Colleges and Universities - During the registration process, and at certain points thereafter in connection with specific offers, Dual City Media asks you whether information about you may be sent to third parties, including colleges, universities and sponsors who have products, services and opportunities which may be useful to you. Because Dual City Media understands how important your information is to you, we do not share any information that can identify you without your permission. If you give your permission to allow third parties to contact you, personal information about you (such as your contact information and other information collected during your visit to Dual City Media) may be shared with colleges, universities and other organizations. Regardless of your decision regarding the sharing of your personal information, we reserve the right to share aggregate demographic data and related usage information with our business partners and university and college users. Such aggregate information will not contain any personal information which can identify any individual user.
Disclosure to Law Enforcement and Similar Disclosures - Dual City Media reserves the right to release personal information if required by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary or appropriate.
Sale or Merger - In the event that Dual City Media sells, assigns or transfers some or all of its business to a successor or acquirer, Dual City Media may sell, assign or transfer all of your information, regardless of your opt status, to such successor or acquirer.
Dual City Media has security measures in place to help protect against the loss, misuse and/or unauthorized alteration of the information you provide to us or that we collect. You are the only user authorized to update your profile, unless you provide your password information to another party. We will assume that anyone who has the required login information and password for your account is you, so please keep this information confidential. Parents, guardians and counselors with whom you permit to have access to your account will have their own login information and password, and will not be permitted to alter your information or authorize the release of your information.
Dual City Media helps protect personally identifiable information by utilizing both online and offline security methods, including firewalls, passwords and restricted physical access to the servers where your information is stored. Our staff is trained to comply with our security procedures, are bound by confidentiality and our security procedures are reviewed and revised periodically.
If you have any questions about security issues at our site, please send an e-mail to [email protected], and we will try to answer your questions.
5. Other Provisions
Disclaimer - Dual City Media provides information created both by Dual City Media, and by third parties. While our site strives to provide accurate advice, Dual City Media does not make any warranty regarding the accuracy, reliability or use of any information provided on this site. Please see our Terms and Conditions.
Choice/Opt-out - Dual City Media users are given the opportunity to "opt-out" of having their personally identifiable information used for purposes not directly related to our site. You may opt-out from receiving specified types of communications from Dual City Media at any time. Dual City Media will only communicate with you according to your instructions. If you have any questions relating to opting-out, please contact us at [email protected], and we will try to answer your questions.
Your privacy is important to Dual City Media. If you have questions about any of the provisions described above, please contact us at [email protected].
Alternatively, you may contact us at:
5115 Excelsior Boulevard, Suite 217
St Louis Park, MN 55416