This statement sets out StudyNet’s policies relating to the collection and use of your personal information. It applies to your conduct on StudyNet. These policies are in addition to StudyNet’ general Terms and Conditions of use and should be read in conjunction with such Terms and Conditions of use.
2.Your personal information is important to us
We recognise that your privacy is very important and that you have a right to control personal information. We know that providing personal information is an act of trust and we take that seriously. The following sections set out how we handle and protect your personal information and safeguard your privacy.
3. StudyNet user
To become a StudyNet user, you must first obtain user logins from StudyNet, by setting up your StudyNet account. At sign-up, you will be prompted for information such as your e-mail address, password, secret question, country, state and postcode.
Upon registration, you will have access to more rewarding and personalised experience on StudyNet’s site. You will be required to login each time you visit StudyNet.
How we collect information about you
There are four main ways we collect information about you:
Access Device and Browser Information
When you access StudyNet from a computer, mobile phone, or other device, we may collect information from that device about your browser type, location, and IP address, as well as the pages you visit.
If you are not or do not log in as a StudyNet user
Whenever you visit StudyNet, our servers automatically record information about your usage of the website, such as the time of the visit, its duration and the pages you visit. This is to help us understand what parts of our website our users enjoy the most and to help us ensure that advertisements on the website are most directly relevant to your interests. If you have not identified yourself on the website, such as by registering to be a user or logging in to your user account, the information we collect about you remains anonymous.
If you log in as a StudyNet user
Once you have become a StudyNet user, we collect personal information about you in order to provide you with the full benefits of an registered user. When you first register, we collect information from you such as your e-mail, name and suburb, and will continue to add to your user profile as you interact more on the website, for example, if you enter a competition or subscribe to our newsletters etc.
4. If you log in through Social Media sites
We may also obtain information from other sources and combine that with information we collect through our websites. For example, if you create or log into your account through a social media site, we will have access to certain information from that site, such as your name, account information and friends lists, in accordance with the authorisation procedures determined by such social media site.
5. If you enter into a competition
6. How we preserve your privacy
Cookies are pieces of information that a website transfers to your computer’s hard disk for record-keeping purposes. Most web browsers are set to accept cookies. However, if you do not wish to receive any cookies, you may set your browser to refuse them. In some instances this may mean you will not be able to take full advantage of parts of the website.
8. How we use and disclose your information
We will not disclose any information about you without your consent unless it is:
Required by law;
We believe it necessary in order to provide you with a service which you have requested from StudyNet, including engaging professional service providers who need access to such information to carry out their work for us, such as to help perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, process payments, or arrange for deliveries;
For direct marketing purposes;
We suspect that your use of the website is in breach of the Terms and Conditions of Use;
To protect the rights or property of StudyNet, any StudyNet user or any member of the public; or
To lessen a serious threat to a person’s health or safety.
We will never share your personal information with a third party or allow a third party to promote its products and services directly to you without your explicit consent.
In order to operate the website or deliver a service you have explicitly requested, we sometimes share your personal information with an affiliate, related party or with a service partner.
For direct marketing purposes, your Personal Information will be added to our database. The database may be used for ongoing marketing and educative purposes. The type of marketing and educative activities that we undertake includes forwarding material to you so that you are kept updated in relation to various issues and our services. If at any time you do not wish to continue receiving this information, we provide an “opt-out” procedure in each communication to you.
By disclosing your Personal Information to us, you consent to your Personal Information being disclosed to our overseas service providers, which may not meet the standard set by the Australian Privacy Principles.
9. Sharing Information on StudyNet
StudyNet is designed to make it easy for you to find and connect with education providers and related service providers, however you can restrict other users from accessing some of your information via choosing to select “visible” or “invisible” mode in the application itself. We share your information with third parties when we believe the sharing is permitted by you, reasonably necessary to offer our services, or when legally required to do so.
These third parties are prohibited from using your personally identifiable information for any other purpose.
Although we allow you to set privacy options that limit access to your information, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot control the actions of other users with whom you share your information. We cannot guarantee that only authorised persons will view your information. We cannot ensure that information you share on StudyNet will not become publicly available. We are not responsible for third party circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures on StudyNet. You can reduce these risks by using common sense security practices such as choosing a strong password, using different passwords for different services, and using up to date antivirus software.
10. Sharing of Your Personal Information
StudyNet may share your personal information as follows:
when you give StudyNet your consent to do so, including if StudyNet notifies you that the information you provide will be shared in a particular manner and you provide such information;
if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on StudyNet or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of StudyNet; or, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of StudyNet, or the public; and
in connection with, or during negotiations of, any merger, sale of company assets, financing or acquisition, or in any other situation where personal information may be disclosed or transferred as one of the business assets of StudyNet.
StudyNet may also share information about you and your choices of courses, including the courses providers in aggregated or anonymized form that does not directly identify you, such as providing information about your courses or institutions selected.
11. Social Sharing
StudyNet may offer social sharing features and other integrated tools (such as the Facebook “Like” button), which let you share actions you take on our website with other media, and vice versa. The use of such features enables the sharing of information with your friends or the public, depending on the settings you establish with the entity that provides the social sharing feature. For more information about the purpose and scope of data collection and processing in connection with social sharing features, please visit the privacy policies of the entities that provide these features.
Communicating with StudyNet users:service messages and promotional messages we send to you
We send our users service e-mails which contain important information about updates, changes and developments on the website, such as if we take down a service which we know you are currently using, or, if we have improved a service and want to communicate its new functionality to you. For you to continue to make the most of what is available on the website, it is essential that we send these communications.
From time to time, we will send you user-only offers from our related entities and carefully selected partners, e-mail newsletters to which you have subscribed, and tell you about new competitions.
You can manage the type of information you receive from us by:
updating your user account profile;
unsubscribing from the message you receive; or
e-mailing us on our privacy feedback form (please allow seven days for this request to be processed).
How we store your information and keep it secure
We will take all reasonable steps to keep secure any information we hold about you and to keep this information accurate and up to date. Your information is stored on secure servers that are protected in controlled facilities.
In addition, our employees and the contractors who provide services related to our information systems are obliged to respect the confidentiality of any personal information held by us. However, we will not be held responsible for events arising from unauthorised access to your personal information.
You can also play an important role in keeping your personal information secure by maintaining the confidentiality of any password and accounts used on StudyNet. Please notify us immediately if there is any unauthorised use of your account by any other Internet user or any other breach of security.
Sensitive Personal Information
The security of your personal information is important to us. When you enter sensitive information (such as passport details, academic transcripts, credit card numbers referred to as Sensitive Personal Information) on our website, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). When Sensitive Personal Information details are collected, we simply pass them on in order to be processed as required. We never permanently store complete Sensitive Personal Information details. We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the Sensitive Personal Information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. If you have any questions about security on our Website, you can email us at StudyNet.
How you can access your information
If you are a StudyNet registered user, you can access, change and update your user account profile at any time on the website. If you wish to know what other information we have gathered about you while you have been logged in to the website, you can request this information via our privacy feedback. We will endeavour to respond to your request within seven days.
Opt-Out and Unsubscribe
We give you an opportunity to opt-out of receiving announcements of certain information. Users may opt-out of receiving promotional communications from StudyNet by contacting to our Privacy Officer.
What happens on Co-Branded sites and StudyNet links to other websites
What to do if you have a problem or question
If you make us aware of any ongoing concerns or problems with our website, we will take these issues seriously and work to address these concerns. You can contact us using the privacy feedback.
Display of Advertising (your choices)
Many of the Web sites and online services we offer, as well as those of our partners, are supported by advertising. We may display ads on StudyNet (including the websites and mobile sites bearing the StudyNet header and footer), and the sites of our advertising partners including our third party ad network.
When we display online advertisements to you, we will place a one or more persistent cookies on your computer in order to recognize your computer each time we display an ad to you. The cookies we use for advertising have an expiry date of no more than 2 years. Because we may serve advertisements on many different Web sites, we are able to compile information over time about where you, or others who are using your computer, saw and/or clicked on the advertisements we display. We use this information to make predictions about your characteristics, interests or preferences and to display targeted advertisements that we believe may be of interest to you. We may also associate this information with your subsequent visit, purchase or other activity on participating advertisers sites in order to determine the effectiveness of the advertisements.
While we may use some of the information we collect in order to personalise the ads we show you, the systems we use are designed to select ads based only on data that does not personally and directly identify you. For example, we may select the ads we display according to certain general interest categories or segments that we have inferred based on (a) demographic or interest data, including any you may have provided when creating an account (e.g. age, zip or postal code, gender), demographic or interest data acquired from other companies, and a general geographic location derived from your IP address, (b) the pages you view and links you click when using the StudyNet website and its advertising partners web sites and services, and (c) the search terms you enter when using internet search services, and (d) information about the users you most frequently interact with through the StudyNet website.
When we display personalised targeted ads, we take a number of steps designed to protect your privacy. For example, page views, clicks and search terms used for ad personalisation targeting are stored separately from your contact information or other data that directly identifies you (such as your name, e-mail address, etc.). We also give you the ability to control your preferences to receive this type of advertising via the StudyNet opt out tool.
Further information on Privacy
For more information about privacy issues in Australia, visit the Australian Federal Privacy Commissioner’s website (www.privacy.gov.au).