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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy Summary

Thank you for visiting the National Blue Ribbon Schools website and reviewing our privacy policy. This website is operated by RMC Research Corporation for the Department of Education under contract on behalf of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program (Contract # ED-OCO-11-O-0085). This privacy policy applies to the National Blue Ribbon Schools (NBRS) website and all services offered by RMC Research for the purposes of this contract.

This Privacy Policy governs the manner in which the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program collects, uses, maintains, and discloses information collected from users (each, a “User”) of the http://www.nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/ website (“Site”). This privacy policy applies to the Site and all products and services offered by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program.

Personal identification information

We may collect personal identification information from Users in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when Users visit our Site, register on the Site, subscribe to the newsletter, respond to a survey, or fill out a form, and in connection with other activities, services, features, or resources made available on our Site. Users may be asked, as appropriate, for name, email address, mailing address, phone number. Users may, however, visit our Site anonymously. We will collect personal identification information from Users only if they voluntarily submit such information. Users can always refuse to supply personally identification information, although that may prevent them from engaging in certain Site-related activities.

Non-personal identification information

We may collect non-personal identification information about Users when they interact with our Site. Non-personal identification information may include the browser name, the type of computer and technical information about the User’s means of connection to our Site, such as the operating system and the Internet service providers used and similar information.

Web browser cookies

Our Site may use “cookies” to enhance the User experience. The User’s web browser places cookies on his or her hard drive for record-keeping purposes and sometimes to track information about them. The User may choose to set the web browser to refuse cookies, or to send an alert when cookies are being sent. If the User elects to refuse cookies, some parts of the Site may not function properly.

How we use collected information

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program may collect and use Users’ personal information for the following purposes:

  • To improve customer service
    Information you provide helps us respond to your customer service requests and support needs more efficiently.
  • To personalize the User experience
    We may use information in the aggregate to understand how our Users as a group use the services and resources provided on our Site.
  • To improve our Site
    We may use feedback you provide to improve our products and services.
  • To send periodic emails
    If the User decides to opt-in to our mailing list, he or she will receive emails that may include program news, updates, related product or service information, etc. If at any time the User wishes to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email. Alternatively, the User may contact us via our Site.

How we protect your information

We adopt appropriate data collection, storage, and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information, username, password, transaction information, and data stored on our Site.

Our Site is in compliance with PCI vulnerability standards in order to create as secure of an environment as possible for Users.

Sharing your personal information

We do not sell, trade, or rent Users’ personal identification information to others. We may share generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any personal identification information regarding visitors and Users with our business partners, trusted affiliates and advertisers for the purposes outlined above. We may use third-party service providers to help us operate our business and the Site or administer activities on our behalf, such as sending out newsletters or surveys. We may share your information with these third parties for those limited purposes provided that you have given us your permission.

Third party websites

Users may find advertising or other content on our Site that link to the sites and services of our partners, suppliers, advertisers, sponsors, licensors, and other third parties. We do not control the content or links that appear on these sites and are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our Site. In addition, these sites or services, including their content and links, may change constantly. These sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies. Browsing and interacting on any other website, including websites which link to our Site, are subject to that website’s own terms and policies.

Compliance with children’s online privacy protection act

Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our Site from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13.

Changes to this privacy policy

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has the discretion to update this privacy policy at any time. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page. We encourage Users to frequently check this page for any changes to stay informed about how we are protecting the personal information we collect. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this privacy policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

Your acceptance of these terms

By using this Site, you signify your acceptance of this policy and terms of service. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our Site. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this Site, or your dealings with this Site, please contact us at:
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program
http://www.nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program
c/o RMC Research Corporation
1000 Market St. Suite 2
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603.422.8888
NBRSNewsletter@NationalBlueRibbonSchools.com

This document was last updated on February 28, 2013