Privacy Policy

Last updated: April 10, 2021

This privacy policy describes our policies and procedures on the collection, use and disclosure of your information when you use the service and tells you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you.

  • We will only use your data to up your experience.
  • We’ll protect your data like it’s our own.
  • We’ll always talk your language and have your back – no nonsense, no surprises.
  • You decide what and how you hear from us.
  • Your info won’t just hang about – if we don’t need it, we’ll delete it.

Protecting Your Privacy

best-online-colleges, we are 100% committed to protecting the privacy and security of our customers and site visitors (yep, we mean you). The best-online-collegesteam members are customers themselves, of both best-online-colleges and other internet sites – so we totally appreciate and respect how important privacy is. If you have any questions about how we Protect Your Privacy, drop us a line at admin@best-online-colleges.info

For all our services, the data controller — the company that’s responsible for your privacy— is ASOS.com Limited

The company “ Best Online Colleges “ operates the website https://best-online-colleges.info/ which provides the SERVICE.

The operators of this website take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We handle your personal data confidentially and pursuant to the statutory data protection regulations and this privacy policy.

Various personal data are collected when you use this website. Personal data are data which can be used to identify you personally. This privacy policy explains which data we collect and what we use them for. It also explains how and for what purpose this is done.

We would like to point out that data transfer on the Internet (for example when communicating by email) may have security vulnerabilities. It is not possible to provide 100% protection for your data from access by third parties.

For a better experience while using our website, we may require you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information, including but not limited to your name, phone number, and postal address. The information that we collect will be used to contact or identify you.

Log Data

We want to inform you that whenever you visit our website, we collect information that your browser sends to us that is called Log Data. This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser version, pages of our Website that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, and other statistics.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

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.

An anonymous string created from your email address (also known as a hash) can be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The description of the Gravatar service is available here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravatar_(web_service). After approval of your comment, your profile photo is visible to the public as part of your comment.

Media

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.

Cookies

Cookies are files with small amount of data that is commonly used an anonymous unique identifier. These are sent to your browser from the website that you visit and are stored on your computer’s hard drive.

Our website uses these “cookies” to collection information and to improve our Website. You have the option to either accept or refuse these cookies, and know when a cookie is being sent to your computer. If you choose to refuse our cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Website.

For more general information on cookies, please read this Wikipedia article: HTTP cookie

I    Responsibility for data processing

The controller responsible for the processing of data on this website under Art. 4 No. 7 GDPR is

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
Scharnhorststr. 34-37
10115 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0)30 18615 0
Internet: www.bmwi.de
Email: info@bmwi.bund.de

You can contact our Data Protection Officer as follows:
Officer for Data Protection at BMWi
Scharnhorststr. 34-37
10115 Berlin
Email: datenschutzbeauftragte@bmwi.bund.de


II    Rejection of advertising mails

We hereby reject the use of contact details published as part of the legal information obligation to send advertising and information materials which have not been expressly requested. The operators of this website expressly reserve the right to take legal action in the event of the unsolicited receipt of advertising information, for example by spam emails.

III    Data recording on our website

When you visit our website, we process your personal data as follows:

1.    Server log files

a. Type and scope of data processing
The provider of the site automatically collects and saves information which your browser automatically sends to us in so-called server log files. These are as follows:

•    IP address
•    Date and time of the request
•    Referrer URL
•    Host name of the accessing computer
•    Browser type and browser version
•    Operating system and its interface

These data are not combined with other data sources.

b. Purpose of data processing
The collection of data to provide the website and saving the data in log files is essential for operating the website. There is therefore no right on the part of the user to object to this.

c. Legal basis
The basis for the data processing is Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR. The temporary storage of the IP address is required to enable the website to be delivered to the user’s computer. The user’s IP address must be saved for the duration of the session for this purpose. Log files are saved to ensure the functionality of the website and the security of our information technology systems.

d. Duration of storage
The data will be erased as soon as they are no longer required to achieve the purpose for which they were collected. For collecting the data to provide the website, this is when the session is ended.

For saving the data in log files, this is the case after seven days at the latest, the backups are stored in encrypted form for 14 days.

e. Right to object and deletion option
Due to the fact that the data required for providing the website and the saving of the data in log files is essential for operating the website, users have no right to object to the data being processed.

2.    Cookies

a. Type and purpose of data processing
Cookies are small text files which are placed on your computer and are saved by your browser. They are used to make the website more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies do not cause any damage to your computer and do not contain viruses.

The website uses various essential cookies to ensure that it functions correctly and to make it easier to navigate for users, as well as cookies which are not essential for the technical functioning of the website, but enable us to carry out various tasks, particularly analyses.

When our website is opened, the user is notified of the use of essential cookies and of other non-essential cookies and their consent to process the personal data used in this respect (relating to the non-essential cookies) is obtained. This notification also includes information about this privacy policy.
Further details of the cookies used are also provided in the appropriate paragraphs of this privacy policy.

b. Legal basis
The legal basis for processing personal data using technically essential cookies is Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR. Our legitimate interest is the provision of the website.

c. Duration of storage, right to object and deletion option
Cookies are saved on the user’s computer and sent from the computer to our site. Therefore, as the user, you have full control over the use of cookies. By changing the settings in your Internet browser, you can disable or restrict the transfer of cookies. Cookies that have already been saved can be deleted at any time. This can also be done automatically. If cookies for our website are disabled, it is possible that you will be unable to use all the features of this website.

Furthermore, we refer your attention to the consent tool on our website in which you can select your choice relating to settings for all non-essential cookies.

3.    Email contact and contact form

a. Type and scope of data processing
You can contact us using either a contact form provided on our website or by email using the email address provided on our website.

If you contact us using the contact form, the data you enter in the input mask will be sent to us and saved when you send them. The following data will be saved:

•    User’s email address
•    User’s name
•    Country of origin
•    Subject
•    Free text box for the message
•    Browser type and browser version
•    Operating system and its interface
•    Date and time when the contact was accepted
•    Optional: Degree/professional qualification
•    Optional: Current profession
•    Optional: Age
•    Optional: Gender

Before you send the completed contract form, your consent to our processing the data is obtained, and reference is made to this privacy policy.

Furthermore, you can contact us using the provided email address. In this case, your personal data submitted with the email will be saved. The data will not be forwarded to third parties.

b. Purpose and legal basis for data processing
Your data will be processed exclusively to handle your concern. In the event that you contact us by email, this also comprises the required legitimate interest in processing the data. The other personal data processed when you send your query are used to prevent any abuse of the contact form and ensure the security of our information technology systems.

The legal basis for processing the data if the user’s consent has been obtained is Art. 6 (1) lit. a of the GDPR. The legal basis for processing the data sent in an email is Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR. If the purpose of the email contact is to conclude a contract, the additional legal basis for processing the data is Art. 5 (1) lit. b GDPR.

c. Duration of storage, right to object and erasure option
The data will be erased when they are no longer required to achieve the purpose for which they were collected, in other words when the conversation with you, the user, is ended or the matter has been fully clarified.

You have the opportunity at any time to revoke your consent for processing the personal data (see below “Revocation of consent declarations”).

IV    Your rights

1.    Information, restriction of processing, erasure
Under the current statutory regulations set out in Art. 15 of the GDPR, you have the right at any time to be provided with free of charge information about the personal data, their origin and recipients stored on you, the purpose of the data processing and, if applicable, under Art. 16 of the GDPR, the right to demand the rectification, restriction of processing (Art. 18 GDPR) or erasure of these data (Art. 17 GDPR). For this purpose and if you have any other questions relating to personal data, you can contact us at any time using the address provided above.

2.    Right to data transferability
You have the right to have any data, which we process automatically on the basis of your consent or to fulfil a contract, to be sent to you or a third party in a commonly used, machine-readable format (Art. 20 GDPR). If you request that the data are sent direct to a different controller, this will only be done if it is technically feasible.

3.    Right to complain to the relevant supervisory authority
In the event of breaches of data protection law, the data subject has the right to complain to the relevant supervisory authority (Art. 77 GDPR and Section 19 German Federal Data Protection Act [BDSG]). The relevant supervisory authority in data protection matters is the state data protection officer of the German state in which our company is located. A list of data protection officers and their contact details is available using the following link: www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html.

4.    Revocation of consent declarations
There are data processing procedures which are only possible with your express consent. You can revoke any consent you have already given at any time. You only need to send an informal notification to us by email for this purpose. The legality of any data processing operations, which have been performed before the revocation, will not be affected by this revocation.


V    Your right to object under Art. 21 GDPR

You have the right, for reasons resulting from your specific situation, to object at any time to us on an informal basis against the processing of your personal data taking place on the basis of Art. 6 (1) lit. e GDPR (data processing in the public interest) and Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR (data processing on the basis of a legitimate interest). If you submit an objection, we shall cease to process your personal data unless we can provide evidence that there are compelling grounds, which merit protection, for processing the data which outweigh your interests, rights and freedoms, or the data processing is taking place for the purpose of lodging, exercising or defending legal claims.


VI    Social media

1. Social media links
If you use the social media icons of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. on our website, your personal data will not automatically be forwarded. To prevent automatic data transfers to the service providers of social media, these services are included on our website by means of Internet links. We have no joint data protection responsibility if your data are processed by these service providers for purposes defined by them.

Our social media sites are part of our public relations work. Our aim is to inform appropriate target groups and exchange information with them.

All our social media service providers are certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield, and this can be viewed by anybody, which means that a legally reasonable level of protection is provided for personal data:

•    Facebook, Inc. (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000GnywAAC&status=Active),
•    Twitter Inc. (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000TORzAAO&status=Active),
•    Google LLC (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt000000001L5AAI)

2. YouTube plug-in
After you click on one of the preview images from the YouTube website operated by Google, this website uses plug-ins to embed video content. The operator of the site is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.

If you open a sub-site with an embedded video, a connection is made to the YouTube servers. At this point YouTube is notified which of our pages you have visited. We use YouTube’s extended data protection to embed YouTube videos. When this option is used, none of our visitors’ data are saved unless they actually view the video (the video can be started by clicking on it).

If you start an embedded video on our website, Google will process and save various data (IP address, our website’s sub-site on which the video is embedded, etc.). If you are logged into your YouTube account, YouTube may assign your surfing habits direct to your personal profile. You can only prevent this if you log out of your YouTube account before viewing the video. The provider of this website has no influence on the transfer of these data.

YouTube videos are embedded with the purpose of making our website more attractive. This is also our legitimate interest in accordance with the legal basis set out in Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR.

Further information about how user data are handled is available in YouTube’s privacy policy: https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy.

VII Additional services

1. Google conversion tracking

a. Type and scope of data processing
Furthermore, we use so-called conversion tracking as part of our use of the Google AdWords service. If you click on an advertisement inserted by Google, a cookie for conversion tracking is placed on your computer/device. These cookies lose their validity after 30 days, do not contain any personal data and can therefore not be used for personal identification purposes. The information obtained using the conversion cookie is used to prepare conversion statistics for AdWords customers who have chosen to use conversion tracking. Users’ data are processed in pseudonym form as part of the Google Marketing Service. This means that Google, for example, does not save all process users’ name or email address, but instead processes the pseudonym user profiles relevant to the appropriate data cookie. In other words, from Google’s point of view, the advertisements are not managed and displayed for a specifically identified person, but for the cookie owner, regardless of who this cookie owner is. This does not apply if a user has expressly permitted Google to process these data without this pseudonymisation. The information about users collected by Google Marketing Service are transferred to Google and saved on Google’s servers in the USA.

The Google Marketing Services used by us include the online advertising program “Google AdWords”. We particularly use the remarketing function within the Google AdWords service. In the case of Google AdWords, each AdWords customer receives a different “conversion cookie”. This means that cookies cannot be traced using AdWords customers’ websites. The information obtained using the cookie is used to prepare conversion statistics for AdWords customers who have chosen to use conversion tracking. AdWords customers are supplied with the total number of users who have clicked on the advertisement and who have continued to a page with a conversion tracking tag. However, they do not contain any information that allows users to be personally identified.

We use Google’s Remarketing technology. This technology sends users targeted advertising on Google Partner Network’s websites, if they have already visited our webpages and online services and have shown an interest in these. The advertising is displayed by the use of cookies. The use of these text files enables the behaviour of users to be analysed when they visit the websites and then used for targeted product recommendations and interest-based advertising. No personal data from the visitors to the websites are saved.

Further information about using data for advertising purposes by Google is provided on the summary site: https://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads, Google’s privacy policy can be viewed at https://www.google.com/policies/privacy.

More information about Google and the Google (Ads) can be viewed at http://www.google.com/privacy/ads/.

Google is certified under the Privacy Shield Convention, thus guaranteeing compliance with European data protection law: https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt000000001L5AAI&status=Active

b. Legal basis for data processing
The data are processed on the basis of Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR. Our legitimate interest is in enhancing our website.

c. Right to object and deletion option
You can permanently disable the use of cookies by Google by using the following link and then downloading and installing the plug-in provided there: https://www.google.com/settings/ads/plugin. You can also disable the appropriate cookies by opening the NAI (Network Advertising Initiative) disabling page at http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/.

Furthermore, you can disable advertisements on Google and interest-related Google advertisements (within the Google Display Network) in your browser by clicking on the “Off” button at https://adssettings.google.de or disabling it at http://www.aboutads.info/choices. Further information about possible settings and data protection at Google is available at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/?fg=1.

If you would like any information that this privacy policy cannot provide or if you would like more information on a specific point, please contact the controller named above.

2. 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.

  1. Service Providers

We may employ third-party companies and individuals due to the following reasons:

  • To facilitate our Service;
  • To provide the Service on our behalf;
  • To perform Service-related services; or
  • To assist us in analyzing how our Service is used.

We want to inform our Website users that these third parties have access to your Personal Information. The reason is to perform the tasks assigned to them on our behalf. However, they are obligated not to disclose or use the information for any other purpose.

  • 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.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

  • Security

We value your trust in providing us your Personal Information, thus we are striving to use commercially acceptable means of protecting it. But remember that no method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure and reliable, and we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

  • Links to Other Sites

Our Service may contain links to other sites. If you click on a third-party link, you will be directed to that site. Note that these external sites are not operated by us. Therefore, we strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of these websites. We have no control over, and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third-party sites or services.

  • Children’s Privacy

Our Services do not address anyone under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personal identifiable information from children under 13. In the case we discover that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we immediately delete this from our servers. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your child has provided us with personal information, please contact us so that we will be able to do necessary actions.

  • Changes to This Privacy Policy

We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. Thus, we advise you to review this page periodically for any changes. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page. These changes are effective immediately, after they are posted on this page.

VIII Contact Us

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy, please do not hesitate to contact us using this form.

  • We will only use your data to up your experience.
  • We’ll protect your data like it’s our own.
  • We’ll always talk your language and have your back – no nonsense, no surprises.
  • You decide what and how you hear from us.
  • Your info won’t just hang about – if we don’t need it, we’ll delete it.