Effective as of June 24, 2013.
We encourage you to review this statement regularly.
- The personal identifying information we collect
- Reasons we collect personal identifying information
- Creating an account when you are under 13 years of age
- Ways in which personal identifying information may be used
- With whom personal identifying information may be shared
- Security measures to protect information entrusted to XAP and the PA State System Online Application
- Modifying and deleting your information
Except as set forth below, personally identifiable data you enter on PA State System Online Application is not made available or distributed to third parties, except with your express consent or at your express direction.
In particular, XAP will not give, sell or provide access to your personal information to any company, individual or organization for its use in marketing or commercial solicitation or for any other purpose, except with your express consent, at your direction, as is necessary for the operation of this site, or pursuant to one of the exceptions listed below.
When required by law to comply with any valid legal process such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute, regulation or court order, XAP will supply such information contained in your PA State System Online Application account as XAP reasonably determines, based on the advice of counsel, it is legally required to supply and bound by FERPA laws in processing.
In addition, XAP may release specific information relevant to special cases, such as a physical threat to you or others or an attempted breach of security on the PA State System Online Application site.
THE PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION WE COLLECT
PA State System Online Application collects personal identifying information from you including, but not limited to, your name, date of birth, address, e-mail address, telephone number, grade level, parent's contact information, Social Security number, such additional information as you choose to include in your portfolio or are required to provide by the university applications that you choose to complete, and information associated with activities you have undertaken on PA State System Online Application.
REASONS WE COLLECT YOUR PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION
PA State System Online Application collects personal information from you primarily for three reasons.
The first reason is to perform a task on PA State System Online Application, such as filling out a specific university admission application, requested by you.
The second reason is to enable you to submit in a convenient and efficient manner information that is likely to be needed when you complete university admission applications and forms made available through the PA State System Online Application.
The third reason is to enable XAP to respond to your questions or contact you when necessary in connection with the functioning of the PA State System Online Application.
When the effective functioning of a module on the PA State System Online Application does not require personal information, none is collected, and any such module can be accessed without opening an account or providing any personal data.
When you log on to PA State System Online Application, your browser will automatically transmit to the PA State System Online Application server the IP address of your computer and type of browser you are using.
Although your browser transmits the IP address of your computer, the PA State System Online Application does not associate this IP address with any personally identifiable information regarding you.
The PA State System Online Application does not collect any personally identifiable information other than what users submit and their browsers transmit.
CREATING AN ACCOUNT WHEN YOU ARE UNDER 13 YEARS OF AGE
If you are not yet 13 years old, PA State System Online Application will not allow you to create an account.
If you are 13 years of age or older, you are encouraged to create an account on the PA State System Online Application and to utilize all of the PA State System Online Application, to apply to PA State System universities.
WAYS IN WHICH PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION MAY BE USED
PA State System Online Application will use your personal identifying information to complete the following forms and surveys, to obtain information for you and to effect transactions on your behalf, in each case only upon your instructions to do so:
- Complete applications for admission
Your personal identifying information may also be used for the following purposes:
We may use your identifying information to help diagnose problems with the PA State System Online Application server and to administer the PA State System Online Application website.
Summary data representing a compilation of aggregate data representing the PA State System Online Application users may be collected by XAP and provided to various entities including universities and other educational institutions represented on the PA State System Online Application. NO PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION IS MADE AVAILABLE AS PART OF THESE SUMMARY REPORTS.
Some examples of summary data are the number of monthly visitors to the site, the number of admission applications submitted over the PA State System Online Application, and the PA State System Online Application functions utilized by PA State System Online Application users in specified age or grade ranges.
WITH WHOM PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION MAY BE SHARED
Any time you request that we perform a task that involves a transfer of data, the data related to the performance of that task will be made available to a recipient you designate or to a service provider assisting us in completing that task.
- If you submit an application for admission to a university or other educational institution, the personal data required to complete that application will be provided on your behalf to the admissions office of the institution to which you are applying.
Note: If you begin an application for admission to a university or other educational institution, your name and other data entered on that application may be provided to the admissions office of that institution, even though you have not yet submitted a completed application to that institution.
SECURITY MEASURES TO PREVENT MISUSE OF INFORMATION ENTRUSTED TO PA State System ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM
PA State System Online Application causes the data you input to be encrypted when in route between your browser and the PA State System Online Application server and when in route between the PA State System Online Application server and some other browser or server.
This practice helps prevent unauthorized third parties from intercepting and gaining access to your private data during transmission over the Internet.
The PA State System Online Application uses 128-bit, Secure Socket Layer encryption supported by both Netscape's and Microsoft's browsers.
Your account residing on the PA State System Online Application server is password protected, and access is provided only to the account holder who created the password, anyone to whom that account holder entrusted the password, and those employees of XAP who require such access to administer and maintain the PA State System Online Application system or to provide requested customer support to users of PA State System Online Application.
Each XAP employee who has access to the data residing on the PA State System Online Application server has agreed in writing to respect the privacy of all such personal data.
We protect customer information through physical, electronic, contractual and procedural measures that comply with or exceed applicable laws and standards.
We train our employees to protect customer information and only authorize access for employees who we believe have a business need for that information.
We hold employees accountable to a Code of Conduct and Ethics that properly protects customer information.
We maintain policies and procedures that provide for the proper physical security of workspaces and records.
We require contractors and other companies that provide services on our behalf to protect information, and we prohibit those companies from using it for any other purpose.
We only provide them with information that we believe is necessary to fulfill their responsibilities or to provide a financial service to you.
A cookie is a small file that a website transfers to a user's computer, which may then be stored on its hard drive.
Cookies enable you to maintain continuity as you move from page to page on PA State System Online Application and to avoid the nuisance of being asked to provide the same information repeatedly.
Cookies also allow us to make sure that only your browser can exchange information regarding your account with our servers.
Cookies cannot be used to steal personal information or to gain access to information that you did not directly provide.
The cookies we use are set when you log on to PA State System Online Application and are erased when you log off PA State System Online Application or completely close your browser.
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Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies.
You should note, however, that various PA State System Online Application services might not function properly when cookies are not utilized.
PA State System Online Application hosts links to other sites or resources, and you may link to one of those sites or resources for a variety of purposes, such as visiting an official university website.
XAP is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any websites to which PA State System Online Application links or for the conduct of persons operating those websites.
XAP, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, PA State System, the universities, the associations of universities and the agencies represented on the PA State System Online Application do not have control over, and do not endorse such external sites and resources.
XAP, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, PA State System, the universities, the associations of universities and the agencies represented on PA State System Online Application shall not be liable for any content, advertising, products or other materials on or available from such sites or resources.
In addition, XAP, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, PA State System, the universities, the associations of universities and the agencies represented on PA State System Online Application shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, advertising, products or materials on or available through any such site or resource.
MODIFYING AND DELETING YOUR INFORMATION
You may update, otherwise modify or delete from the data stored on PA State System Online Application any personal information you previously provided.
To modify personal information, (i) sign in to PA State System Online Application, (ii) access either your portfolio or an application containing the information you want to change, and (iii) modify that information using standard word-processing techniques. To delete personal information that is not a required field to be completed in your portfolio, (i) sign in to the PA State System Online Application, (ii) access your portfolio, and (iii) delete the information you want to remove from PA State System Online Application using standard word-processing techniques and (iv) save the change.
To delete personal information that is a required field to be completed in your portfolio, you will need to contact XAP at 1-800-GOTO-XAP and request that your profile be deleted.
Please recognize that if you delete information, it will no longer be available on PA State System Online Application so that, for example, if a university to which you previously submitted an application were to attempt to retrieve that application from PA State System Online Application after you made the deletion the deleted information would no longer be accessible.
Similarly, when accessed over PA State System Online Application, information that has been updated or otherwise modified will appear in its then-most current form, rather than in the form in which it may have been submitted at some earlier time.