EFFECTIVE DATE: JULY 31ST, 2013
Registration. Users must register to use our website services. When you register, we ask for your name, age, e-mail address, the school you will be attending or are attending and your major course of study in school. Once you are a registered user you can update your profile.
Forms and Reservations. We also use forms for searching for, checking availability on, and applying for housing opportunities listed on our Site. We collect your contact information (e.g., your e-mail address, mailing address and/or telephone number), a copy of your passport (which will include, among other things, your name, a photo of you, your date and place of birth, country of citizenship, validity period for the passport, issuing authority, place of issue and passport number, and the dates the passport was issued and will expire), a copy of your Form I-20 visa (which will include, among other things, your name, your date and place of birth, country of citizenship, your school information, the purpose of your visa and level of education pursued, major in school and length of study, expected report date, English proficiency, estimated cost per academic term and means of support, parent name and address for students under 18 years of age, admission number and visa issue date), and a bank statement (which will include, among other things, the account owner’s name, bank, bank account number, deposit date and account balance). This information is used to assist users in reserving housing through our Site.
Special Contests or Promotions. We may occasionally present a special contest or promotion that is sponsored by another company. To qualify for entry in such contest or promotion, we may ask you to provide personal information. If we plan to share your personal information with the sponsor(s) or with others, we will provide a statement to that effect in the contest or promotion terms.
IP Address. An Internet Protocol (“IP”) address is a unique string of numbers that is assigned to your computer by your Internet Service Provider. Web servers automatically identify your computer by its IP address. We will use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our Site. Your IP address also may be used to gather broad demographic information.
Customized experience. We gather your personally identifiable information to provide you with a customized experience on our Site. Your personally identifiable information helps us tailor the content, services, goods and advertising to your current and future needs.
E-mail. If you register with our Site, from time to time, we may send you e-mail messages informing you of our products and services and also third party products and services we believe may be of interest to you, such as new features and services, special offers and updated information. Our newsletters (see below) may contain code that enables our database to track your usage of the newsletters, including whether the e-mail was opened and/or what links (if any) were clicked. We will combine such information with other information we have about you and may use this information to improve your experience with our Site and/or provide customized e-mail communications to you.
We may also disclose information you provide if required to do so by law or if we have a good faith belief that disclosure is necessary to (1) comply with the law or with legal process served on us; (2) protect and defend our rights or property; or (3) act in an emergency to protect someone’s safety.
We may gather demographic information from you (for example, your age, education level or kinds of properties you are interested in) from time to time. We will not share such information with any other person or entity in a manner that identifies you as an individual, unless we let you know that at the time of collection or we have your permission. When we share demographic information with third parties, we will give them aggregate information only.