is to inform you of our collection, use and disclosure practices regarding information that we collect
through www.wearetheindependents.com and www.michigancolleges.org (together the “Sites”). This
other information or website not owned by MCA. By visiting the Sites, or providing us with
Your continued use of the Sites after changes have been posted will constitute your acceptance of
The Michigan Colleges Alliance takes your privacy very seriously and is committed to protecting it.
information or intentionally share it with other organizations without your consent.
Summary of our practices: This section gives a brief overview of our data collection and use
practices. Please see below for a more detailed discussion of each topic.
We collect the following information through the Sites:
– Information that your browser routinely shares with websites.
– Personal information that you choose to provide us on a voluntary basis.
We use and disclose the information we collect for the following purposes:
– To process and respond to your inquiries for information about our member colleges and
universities and to provide you with additional information about programs, site features, or
special events that you may be interested in.
– Subject to your right to opt-out with our member colleges and universities in order to allow
our member colleges and universities to contact you with information about their programs
– To help us improve our website, understand the Sites’ users and their preferences.
Other details about our practices:
www.wearetheindependents.com and www.michigancollege.org.
– We use your personal information only for the purposes for which it is collected and consistent
with this Policy, and we retain your information as permitted by law.
material changes in how we use personal information we’ve previously collected from you.
What information we collect: You may visit and browse our Sites without providing any personal
information. However, to receive information and/or services from us, MCA may ask for and collect
from you personally identifiable information at various points throughout the Sites. Depending on
the information and/or services you request, you may be asked to provide your name, email address,
twitter handle, anticipated or actual high school graduation date, anticipated or actual college start
year, what you are interested in studying in college, how you heard about us, and similar information.
Similar to other websites, and in addition to the information you knowingly provide, when you visit
our Sites’ MCA also collects information that your browser routinely shares with websites such as the
IP addresses used by people that visit us, as well as site usage statistics such as web browser types and
page requests. This data is not usually personally identifiable, and is used to more efficiently operate
MCA’s programs, prepare for network load demands, promote our organization and administer the
Website. We will not attempt to associate this data with any personal information we collect from the
How MCA uses and shares your information: MCA may use your personal information:
• To process and respond to inquiries and for the purposes for which you provided the
information, such as to register e-mail, enter contests, or receive information about a program.
• To alert you to new programs, site features, special events and services.
• Comply with legal requirements.
Subject to your right to opt-out (discussed later in this policy), we may share your name and email
address with our member colleges and universities. We may also share your personal information
with third parties when necessary in the following situations (i) to complete your request, such as
when it is necessary for the third party to provide information about a project, product, or service; (ii)
to outsource one or more of the functions described above; or (iii) to share your information with the
authorities in response to a legal order or official request, or when we believe you have acted in
Choice: MCA may share your name, e-mail address, anticipated or actual high school graduation date,
anticipated or actual college start year, and area of college study with MCA member colleges and
universities. You have the right to opt-out of such information sharing. MCA may also use your
personal information to send you surveys or email messages about MCA programs, events, and
services. You may also choose to opt-out of receiving email and information from MCA. You may
opt-out by calling MCA at (248) 356-3114 Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm
Eastern Time or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We may use non-personal information we collect from the Sites’ to personalize the content and
improve the navigability of the Site.
uses “cookies” which are text files placed on your computer to collect standard internet log
information and visitor behavior information in an anonymous form. The information generated by
the cookie about your use of the website (including IP address) is transmitted to Google. This
information is then used to evaluate visitors’ use of the Sites and to compile statistical reports on Site
activity for Michigan Colleges Alliance.
More information on how Google Analytics collects and processes data may be found at
How we protect information: MCA has taken certain physical, administrative and technical steps to
safeguard customer information which may include but are not limited to password restricted access
to personal information and encrypting data where applicable. We take efforts to help ensure the
security, integrity and confidentiality of customer information; however, no transmission or electronic
storage of information can be guaranteed to be 100% secure and we will not be liable for breaches of
data security or confidentiality due to system failures or unauthorized access by third parties, or other
causes beyond our reasonable control.
Children: Our Sites are not directed toward children under 13 years of age nor does MCA knowingly
collect personal information from children under 13. If you are under 13, please do not submit any
personally identifiable information to MCA. If despite these efforts, a child has provided us with
personal information, a parent or guardian of that child may contact us if they want the information
deleted from our records.
of a site to which you are linked so you may understand how those sites collect, use, and share your
information. MCA is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.
send to MCA by email or other means of communication. We may retain your emails or other
communications in order to process your inquiries, respond to your requests and improve our
send us an email at email@example.com or call us at (248) 356-3114 Monday through Friday
between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Eastern Time.
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