Who we are
Our website address is: https://www.openchannelsys.com.
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
Who we share your data with
If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Where we send your data
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
1. PERSONAL INFORMATION COLLECTION.
Through providing the Services, we may collect information that, alone or in combination with other reasonably available information, can reasonably identify or relate to a specific individual or household (“Personal Information”) as follows:
1.1 Information You Provide: We collect Personal Information you provide when you interact with Services to communicate with a Partner, such as by chatting with a bot provided on a Partner’s website or sending text messages to a Partner using our Services. This Personal Information includes information you provide during these interactions, such as your name, email address, phone number, physical address or zip code, demographic information (such as your school, gender, age or birthdate), and information about your interests and preferences.
1.2 Information Provided By Our Partners: Our Partners enter your Personal Information into the Services so that they may communicate with you via the Services. This Personal Information includes, but is not limited to, your name, email address, phone number, and any other Personal Information our Partners may choose to provide.
1.3 Third Party Services: Our Services may be made available on the web sites of our Partners or other third parties, such as Facebook. Our Services may also include links to web sites or services hosted by third parties, such as chat rooms, through which you may communicate directly with third parties and/or other Users. We only collect information regarding your interaction with the Services and do not gather information from the third party sites regarding your interactions with the third parties or other Users on those services.
1.5 Information Collected Automatically: Depending on the Service used, we and certain service providers may automatically collect “Usage Information” when you access and use the Services online. To do so, we automatically assign and collect a unique identifier (“Device Identifier”) for any computer, mobile phone or other device (any, a “Device”) you may use to access the Services online so that our servers can recognize your Device. The Usage Information we automatically collect based on your Device Identifier include details of your online interaction with the Services, such as when and what messages you send and receive via the Services online. Usage Information is generally non-identifying, but if we associate it with you as a specific and identifiable person, we treat it as Personal Information.
Usage Information is automatically collected via tracking technologies, including:
Cookies: Cookies are small text files stored on your Device that allow us to recognize your Device and personalize the content of our Services. For more details on cookies please visit All About Cookies. Our Services may utilize Cookies to store your Device Identifier to improve your current and future experience by allowing us to understand your usage of our Services and recognize you if you return to our Services. Cookies can be turned off via your browser settings if you so choose. However, if you turn your cookies off, some features of our Services may not function properly.
An Embedded Script: We and service providers may use an embedded script, which is programming code that is designed to collect information about your interactions with the Services, such as the links you click on. The code is temporarily downloaded onto your Device from our server or that of a service provider, and is deactivated or deleted when you disconnect from the Services.
HTML5: We use Local Storage Objects (“LSOs”) such as HTML5 to store content, information and preferences, such as the messages you exchanged with the Services, to optimize the performance of the Services and provide certain features. Various browsers may offer their own management tools for removing HTML5 LSOs.
2 OUR USE OF YOUR INFORMATION.
Unless you have explicitly agreed to interact directly with us, such as to receive additional information or services that may be of interest to you, we only use the Personal Information collected via the Services as described above to provide the Services to our Partners.
3. INFORMATION SHARING.
- Our Partners: Because we provide the Services on behalf of our Partners, we may share your Personal Information with the Partners with whom you are communicating through the Services.
- Service Providers: We will share your Personal Information with unaffiliated entities that provide services to us or our Partners in connection with the Services, such as companies that provide hosting and other IT services, send messages through the Services, or offer customer service. These service providers are subject to confidentiality obligations which limit their use and disclosure of such information.
- With Your Consent: We may share your Personal Information with third parties with your consent (if permissible under applicable law) provided at the time you provide us with information.
Open Channel Systems does not share your Personal Information with third parties for their marketing purposes without your consent and in compliance with all applicable laws. Open Channel Systems may share non-Personal Information, such as aggregate or de-identified user statistics, demographic information, Usage Information, and related insights with our Partners and third parties, such as other schools and universities, for our marketing purposes.
4. THIRD PARTY ANALYTICS.
Depending on the Service used, we may use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”), to provide us with information regarding traffic on the Services, including the pages viewed and the actions Users take when visiting the Services. For more information on how Google uses this data, go to www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/.
Please note that your browser setting may allow you to automatically transmit a “Do Not Track” (DNT) signal to websites and online service you visit. DNT is a privacy preference that users can set in certain web browsers to inform websites and services that they do not want certain information about their webpage visits collected over time and across websites or online services. However, we do not recognize or respond to browser-initiated DNT signals, as the internet industry is still working to determine what DNT means, how to comply with DNT, and how to create a common approach to responding to DNT. To find out more about “Do Not Track”, please visit http://www.allaboutdnt.com.
5. MOBILE USE.
6. YOUR RIGHTS.
For additional information applicable to California residents, please see here.
7. THIRD PARTY CONTENT AND SERVICES.
Certain content provided through the Services may be hosted and served by third parties, including our Partners. In addition, the Services may link to third party web sites or content over which Open Channel Systems has no control and which are governed by the privacy policies and business practices of those third parties. Please also note that Open Channel Systems content and widgets may be included on web pages and web sites that are not associated with us and over which we have no control. These third parties may independently collect data. Open Channel Systems is not responsible or liable for the privacy practices or business practices of any third party.
Open Channel Systems take data security very seriously. Open Channel Systems takes commercially reasonable technical, physical, and administrative security measures to protect the Personal Information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. Such measures vary depending on the sensitivity of the information at issue. Please note that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially reasonable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. In the event that Open Channel Systems becomes aware of a data breach impacting your Personal Information, we will provide notification in compliance with all applicable laws. If you have any questions about security on our Services, you can email us on email@example.com
9. INTERNATIONAL USERS.
The Services are operated in the United States and intended only for Users located in the United States. However, if you access the Services from outside of the United States, please be aware that information we collect will be transferred to and processed in the United States. By using the Services, or providing us with any information, you fully understand and acknowledge this transfer, processing and storage of your information in the United States.
Personal Information Collection and Disclosure
- Categories of Personal Information Collected: In the past 12 months, we have collected the following categories of Personal Information, as described in greater detail in the “Personal Information Collection” section above:
- Identification Information, such as your name, email address, phone number, physical address or zip code, and Device Identifier.
- Demographic Information, such as school, gender, age, or birthdate, as well as information about your interests, activities, and preferences.
- Communication Information, such as the content of your communications with us and our Partners.
- Professional and Educational Information, such as the school you attend, or the schools you are considering attending, and information about your academic and work history that you or our Partners provide.
- Online Activity Information, such as the Device used to access a Service online and the Usage Information regarding that Device’s interaction with the Service, including when and what messages are sent and received via the Service.
- Sources of Personal Information: We collect the above categories of Personal Information from you, our Partners, and as otherwise described in the “Personal Information Collection” section above.
- Purposes of Collection and Disclosure: We collect and disclose the above categories of Personal Information for the business and commercial purposes described in the “Our Use Of Your Information” and “Information Sharing” sections above.
- Categories of Personal Information Disclosed for a Business Purpose: In the past 12 months, we have disclosed for a business purpose all of the above categories of Personal Information to service providers and as described in the “Information Sharing” section above.
- Categories of Personal Information Sold: In the past 12 months, we have not sold your Personal Information.
12. QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS.