HBCU Privacy Policy

The Application (“The Application ,” “us,” “we,” “our”) is committed to protecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy describes our policies and procedures regarding the online data collection and usage policies and practices that apply to the The Application website (https://theapplication.org/), related websites, and any services that we offer thereon (the “Website” or “Services”). Please note that this privacy policy does not apply to any third-party websites, service or applications, even if they are accessible through the Website.

We use Your Personal data to provide and improve the Service. By using the Service, You agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

We use your Personal Information to provide and improve the Website. By using the Website, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

1. Revisions to this Privacy Policy

Any information that is collected via the Website is covered by the Privacy Policy in effect at the time such information is collected. We may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time. We advise you to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page.

2. Information that We Collect From and About You

In order to provide the Website, we may collect information that can reasonably be used to directly or indirectly identify a person (hereinafter “Personal Information” or “PI”).

This information may include:

A. Information Collected or Received from You

  1. Account Information: This information may include your personal account preferences, any photos you may upload, employer, registration information (e.g., for various newsletters, forums, or events).
  2. Information You Provide In Your Forum, Social Media, or Blog posts: This includes any information that you voluntarily decide to disclose at your own discretion.
  3. Contact Information: Depending on how you choose to use the Website, you may provide us with contact information such as your: email address, gender pronouns, first and last name, work contact information, phone number, and physical address.
  4. Information That Is Automatically Collected: Depending on how you access the Website, we may collect information regarding the type of device on which the Website is accessed, the operating system name and version of the device used to access the Website, device manufacturer, application version accessed on your device, unique identifiers, device ID, IP address, geolocation data, the time and date of your visit to the Website, and other diagnostic data.
  5. Demographic Information: We may collect certain information about population characteristics from you. This information includes your, age, preferences, gender, marital status, parental marital status, race or ethnicity, military service status, occupation, career history, interests and favorites.
  6. Information Collected From You If You Are A University or College Applicant:
    • Applicant Education and Extracurricular Information: To take full advantage of our Website, you may choose to share education or extracurricular information with us such as your: school transcripts, job history, high school name, activities and clubs, High School counselor name, Student ID, previous employers, resume, letters of recommendation, personal statements and application essays, or entrance exam scores.
    • Financial Information and Socioeconomic Status: We may collect limited financial information about you and, in some cases, your parents. This may include student loan information, housing status, parental income, income bracket, pay frequency, etc.

B. Information Collected Using Cookies and other Web Technologies

We use cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on Website and store certain information. Tracking technologies used are beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze Website.

C. Information about you provided by third parties

In certain instances, we may also acquire Personal Information about you from third parties. For example, this may include information collected from publicly available social media sites or your school (at your request).

3. Use of Your Personal Information

The Application may use Personal Information for the following purposes:

D. To Provide And Maintain Our Service

This includes monitoring the usage of our Website.

E. To Manage Your Account

This includes managing your registration as a user of the Website. The Personal Information you provide can give you access to different functionalities of the Website that are available to you as a registered user.

F. For The Performance Of A Contract

This includes the development, compliance and undertaking of the purchase contract for the products, items or services you have purchased or of any other contract with us through the Website.

G. To Contact You

We may use your PI to contact you by email, telephone calls, SMS, or other equivalent forms of electronic communication, regarding updates or informative communications related to the functionalities, products or contracted services, including the security updates, when necessary or reasonable for their implementation. If you opt-in to receive SMS messages, we may send you text messages relating to our Services. You may opt-out at anytime from receiving such message by following the opt-out instructions send via the messages.

H. To Provide You With The Application Updates

This includes any news, special offers and general information about other goods, services and events which we offer that are similar to those that you have already purchased or enquired about unless you have opted not to receive such information.

I. To Augment Your User Profile

We may use your Personal Information to draw inferences about you to complement the information you provide to us.

J. To Manage Your Requests

We may use your Personal Information to attend to and manage your requests to us.

K. Other

We may use your Personal Information in other ways we may describe to you at the time when you provide the information and for other purposes with your consent.

4. Information that We Share with Third Parties

We will not share any PI that we have collected from or about you with any third party except as described in this Privacy Policy.

L. Information Shared in Order to Provide our Services

We may share your PI to the extent necessary to provide the Website. This includes, but is not limited to, updating, securing, and troubleshooting, as well as providing support.

M. Information Shared With Our Service Providers

We may share your Personal Information with third-party Service Providers to work with us to administer and support the Website. Examples include hosting our web servers, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance, processing credit card payments, and providing customer service.

Please note that we do not store or collect your payment details. That information is provided directly to our third-party payment processors whose use of your Personal Information is governed by their Privacy Policy. These payment processors adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council.

N. Information Disclosed to Colleges, Universities, Employers, or Networking Contacts

Depending on how you use our Website, we may disclose your PI to various Colleges, Universities, and Employer at your direction. We may also share your information with various networking contacts such as career coaches, individuals in your industry, event facilitators, etc.

O. Information Disclosed in Connection with Business Transactions

We may disclose PI to a third party in the event of reorganization, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfer, or other disposition of all or any of our business, assets, or stock, including in connection with bankruptcy or similar proceedings.

P. Information Shared With Third Parties To Market Their Products Or Services

We may share your PI with our business partners to offer you certain products, services or promotions.

Q. Information Disclosed for Our Protection and the Protection of Others

We may disclose your PI if legally required to do so, pursuant to a request from a governmental entity, or if we believe in good faith – after considering your privacy interests and other factors – that such action is necessary to:

  1. Conform to legal requirements or comply with legal processes (including subpoenas);
  2. Enable valid investigations by an academic institution seeking to enforce its code of conduct or honor code;
  3. Enforce or apply our terms of use and other agreements, including for billing and collections purposes;
  4. Protect our property rights, rights and safety or property, rights and safety of a third party, our affiliated companies, or the public in general; or
  5. Stop any activity that we consider illegal, unethical, or legally actionable.

R. Information Disclosed to Others in Accordance with Your Preferences

We may disclose such PI to third parties if you consent to such disclosure. For example, when you share Personal Information or otherwise interact in the public areas with other users, such information may be viewed by all users and may be publicly distributed outside. If you interact with other users or register through a third-Party social media service, your contacts on the third-Party social media service may see certain PI such as your name, profile, pictures and description of your activity. Similarly, if you elect to use our Website to submit applications, your Personal Information will be transmitted to your intended recipients at your election.

S. Information Shared with our Affiliates

We may share your Personal Information with our affiliates, in which case we will require those affiliates to honor this Privacy Policy. Affiliates include any subsidiaries, joint venture partners or other companies that we control or that are under common control with us.

5. Retention of Your Personal Information

Except as otherwise permitted or required by applicable law or regulation, we will only retain your Personal Information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.

6. The Security of Your Information

The security of your Personal Information is important to us and we take reasonable administrative, physical and electronic measures designed to safeguard your PI from unauthorized access or inappropriate use by third parties. Please be aware, however, that no method of transmitting and storing information over the internet is completely secure. Accordingly, we cannot guarantee the absolute security of any Personal Information we collect.

7. Your Choices

We respect your privacy and do our best to honor your choices with respect to your Personal Information. As such, we provide you with the following options with respect to your PI. You may request:

  1. Access to your PI to know what information we have collected about you;
  2. That we correct your PI if such data is out of date or incorrect; or
  3. That we delete any PI that you have provided to us (please note that if you choose to exercise your right to delete, we cannot delete your PI without also deleting your user account).

In the event you decide to exercise these rights, we will do our best to honor your choices upon receipt of a verified request.

8. Our Policy Toward Children

Our Website is not directed to children under 13 and we do not knowingly collect PI from children under 13. If we learn that we have collected PI of a child under 13 without verification of parental consent, we will take steps to delete such information from our files as soon as possible.

9. Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding this policy or would like to exercise your rights, please contact us at info@hbcu20x20.com.

10. Last Updated

March 23, 2023