We know that you care about how your personal information is used and shared, and we take your privacy very seriously. By visiting the Great Grades website, you are accepting the practices outlined in this policy.

This Privacy Policy covers Great Grades’s treatment of personal information that Great Grades gathers when you are on the Great Grades website and when you use Great Grades services. This policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that Great Grades does not own or control, or to individuals that Great Grades does not employ or manage.

Information Collected by Great Grades

We only collect personal information that is relevant to the purpose of our website. This information allows us to provide you with a customized and efficient experience. We collect the following types of information from our Great Grades users:

Information You Provide to Us: We receive and store any information you enter on our website or provide to us in any other way. You can choose not to provide us with certain information, but then you may not be able to take advantage of many of our special features.

Registration: In order for you to use Great Grades services you must complete a registration form. As part of this registration form, we require select personal information.

User Profile: To allow you to express yourself beyond just the information collected during registration, we enable you to provide additional information, such as a bio. In addition, you may choose to include a photo of yourself in your profile as an avatar. As indicated below, in the section titled “Sharing Your Information”, you can control how your information is displayed and used.

Automatic Information: We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with us. Great Grades and its authorised agents automatically receive and record certain “traffic data” on their server logs from your browser including your IP address, Great Grades cookie information, and the page you requested. Great Grades uses this traffic data to help diagnose problems with its servers, analyse trends and administer the website.

Many companies offer programs that help you to visit websites anonymously. While Great Grades will not be able to provide you with a personalised experience if we cannot recognize you, we want you to be aware that these programs are available.

E-mail Communications

Great Grades is very concerned about your privacy and we will never provide your email address to a third party without your explicit permission, as detailed in the “Sharing Your Information” section below. Great Grades may send out e-mails with Great Grades-related news, products, offers, surveys or promotions. You may also receive notification e-mails from Great Grades, which inform you of actions that have been performed on the site. If you do not want to receive e-mail from us, please follow the instructions contained in the unwanted e-mail message. However, please note that in all cases you will continue to receive all system e-mails (e.g. those regarding forgotten user passwords) and legal notices (e.g. updates to our policies) from us.

Cookies

Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser and tell us how and when pages in our website are visited and by how many people. Great Grades cookies do not collect personal information, and we do not combine information collected through cookies with other personal information to tell us who you are or what your screen name or e-mail address is.

The “help” portion of the toolbar on the majority of browsers will direct you on how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to command the browser to tell you when you receive a new cookie, or how to fully disable cookies. We recommend that you leave the cookies activated because cookies allow you to use some of Great Grades’s coolest features. Some of our business partners, like our advertisers, may use cookies on our website. We have no access to, or control over, these cookies.

For further information please visit the About Cookies website.

Sharing Your Information

Because Great Grades enables people to discover and share information with one another through comments, information about the people who use Great Grades is an integral part of the Great Grades experience. Rest assured that we neither rent nor sell your personal information to anyone and that we will share your personal information only as described below.

Great Grades Personnel: Great Grades personnel and authorised consultants and/or contractors may have access to user information if necessary in the normal course of Great Grades business.

Business Transfers: In some cases, we may choose to buy or sell assets. In these types of transactions, user information is typically one of the business assets that is transferred. Moreover, if Great Grades, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred.

Protection of Great Grades and Others: We may release personal information when we believe in good faith that release is necessary to comply with a law; to enforce or apply our Terms of Use and other policies; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of Great Grades, our employees, our users, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

User Profile information: Information collected during registration and subsequent visits, such as your full name and location, may be displayed to other Great Grades users in your User Profile. The User Profile is the area on Great Grades where we allow you to tell other Great Grades users about yourself. You may control what personal information is displayed in your User Profile.

Syndication: Great Grades allows for the RSS syndication of all of its public content within the Great Grades website.

With Your Consent: Except as noted above, we will contact you when your personal information is shared with third parties or used for a purpose incompatible with the purpose(s) for which it was originally collected, and you will be able to opt out to prevent the sharing of this information.

Keeping Information Secure

Your Great Grades account information is protected by a password for your privacy and security. Protect against unauthorized access to your password and to your computer by logging off once you have finished using a shared computer.

Only employees who need personal information to perform a specific job (for example, a customer service representative) are granted access to it. All of our employees are kept up to date on our privacy and security practices.

Ways to Control Display and Use of Your Information

As stated previously, you can always opt not to disclose information, but then you may be unable to use certain features on our website.

By visiting your User Profile, you can correct, amend, add or delete personal information on our website.

If you do not wish to receive e-mail from us or other Great Grades users, please follow the instructions contained in the unwanted e-mail message.

However, please note that you will continue to receive all system e-mails (e.g. those regarding forgotten user passwords) and legal notices (e.g. updates to our policies) from us.

As explained earlier, the “help” portion of the toolbar on the majority of browsers will direct you on how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to command the browser to tell you when you receive a new cookie, or how to fully disable cookies. Please note, however, that if your browser does not accept cookies, you will not be able to take advantage of some of our attractive features.

Children Under 18 Years of Age

You must be 14 years and older to register to use the Great Grades website. As a result, Great Grades does not specifically collect information about children. If we learn that Great Grades has collected information from a child under the age of 13, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. We recommend that minors between the ages of 14 and 18 ask and receive their parents’ permission before using Great Grades or sending information about themselves or anyone else over the Internet.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

Great Grades may amend this Privacy Policy from time to time, at its sole discretion. Use of information we collect now is subject to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time such information is used. If we make changes to the Privacy Policy, we will notify you by posting an announcement on the Great Grades website so you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances if any, it is disclosed.

Conditions of Use

If you decide to visit Great Grades website, your visit and any possible dispute over privacy is subject to this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use, including limitations on damages, arbitration of disputes, and application of Ontario law.

Effective Date of this Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is effective as of September 1, 2013.