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Last Updated July 2023

Privacy Policy

Online Privacy

Hardon Education values online privacy.  It is our policy to collect, process, and retain personal information only as appropriate in the course of providing information and services to visitors and users of our website and certain mobile applications, including students, student prospects, alumni, and staff. This privacy policy describes our online collection and use of personal information about you at our website, social media pages, and mobile applications that link to this policy (collectively the “Online Services”).  For the purposes of this policy, personal information is defined as information, or a combination of information types, that could reasonably allow you to be identified.


Voluntarily Provided Information

We may collect the following user provided personal information to include:

  • Full name

  • Email address

  • Postal address

  • Social security number

  • Tax identification number

  • Identification number

  • Date of birth

  • Sex

  • Race

  • Ethnicity

  • Phone number

  • Course assignments (e.g., papers), and tests

  • Employer

  • Job title

  • Citizenship

  • Alien registration number

  • Financial data and documents

  • Academic data and documents

  • Identity verification data and documents


Information Created in the Course of Using Online Services

We also create information that becomes subject to this privacy policy. This includes, for example, assignment grades, test scores, class grades, transcripts, persistence data, and communications with you.


Cookies and Automatically Collected Information

We may collect the following information automatically through your use of the Online Services:

  • IP/MAC address

  • online identifiers

  • log-in details

  • E-campus and course activity data


For certain Online Services, we also use cookies and similar technologies to enable one-click login to the student/faculty campus, for analytics, fraud detection and advertising.  We and our service providers and third-party advertisement servers may use cookies and similar technologies to, over time, collect information about your usage of our Online Services and across different websites that have a business relationship with Hardon Education’s service provider or third-party advertisement server.


Where required by applicable law, and in particular where automatically collected personal information is not strictly necessary for us to provide you with any part of the Online Services you have specifically requested, we obtain your consent for the use of these automatic collection technologies, web beacons, and other tracking technologies described above through a website banner.


Mobile Apps

Our Online Services may collect certain information automatically from your mobile device when you use one of our mobile applications, including the type of mobile device you use, your mobile device’s unique device identifier, your IP address, and information about the way you use our Online Services. We use this information in an aggregate fashion to track access to our websites, but we do not disclose site usage by individual IP addresses, and web server logs are held on a temporary basis before being deleted from our systems.


Our Online Services may collect precise information about the location of your mobile device, but only with your express consent. Once you have consented to the collection of the precise location of your mobile device, you may adjust this consent by managing your location preferences through the settings of your mobile device.


You can stop all collection of information by our Online Services by uninstalling our mobile application through the standard uninstall process offered through your mobile device.


Third Party Websites

We may provide links to third-party websites. You acknowledge that such links are provided for your convenience only and do not constitute an endorsement by us of such third-party websites. Since we do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for the contents of any linked-to, third-party websites or any hyperlink in a linked-to website, we assume no responsibility for the privacy practices of such websites. We encourage you to review the privacy policies posted on any third-party websites.


How Information is Used and Shared

We may use your personal information for the following purposes:

  • Identification and authentication.  We use your identification information to verify your identity when you access and use the Online Services and to ensure the security of your personal information.

  • Operating the Services and Providing Other Services to You.  We process your personal information to provide the Online Services you have requested and other services for which we have an agreement with you. 

  • Communicating with you.  We may use your personal information when we communicate with you.

  • Marketing.  We may use your personal information to send you newsletters or information about Hardon Education.  When necessary, we will obtain your consent before sending such marketing messages.

  • Exercising our rights.  We may use your personal information to exercise our legal rights where it is necessary to do so.

  • Complying with our obligations.  We may process your personal information to perform fraud prevention checks and/or comply with other legal or regulatory requirements as required by law. We may also process special categories of personal information, such as sex, race, and ethnicity to carry out obligations in the field of employment.

Disclosures of Personal Information

  • We do not share, sell, rent, or authorize any third party to use personal information submitted by users of our Online Services for the third party’s own purposes.

  • We may share your personal information with third parties under the following circumstances:

    • Service providers and business partners.  We may share your personal information with our service providers and business partners that perform marketing services and other business operations and purposes.

    • Affiliates.  We may share your information with affiliated companies for the business operations and purposes.

    • Where required by law.  We may share your personal information with law enforcement agencies, courts, other government authorities or other third parties where we believe necessary to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation, or otherwise to protect our rights or the rights of any third party.

    • In the context of a transaction.  We may share your personal information with potential transaction partners, service providers, advisors, and other third parties in connection with the consideration, negotiation, or completion of a corporate transaction in which we are acquired by or merged with another company or we sell or transfer all or a portion of our assets or business. Should such a sale or transfer occur, we will use reasonable efforts to obligate the entity to which we transfer your personal information to use it in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Notice.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended, is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.  The law requires certain educational institutions to establish and publish a written institutional policy regarding student privacy rights under FERPA. The law provides that except in limited circumstances the institution must not disclose, without appropriate consent, the education records of its students. For more information, please visit Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).


Information Security and Storage

As part of our commitment to maintaining reasonable security, we retain your personal information for as long as we have a relationship with you and possibly longer for legitimate business purposes. When deciding how long to keep your personal information after our relationship with you has ended, we consider our legal obligations. We may also retain records to investigate or defend against potential legal claims.


Changes to this Policy

This Privacy Policy may be amended from time to time. Any such changes will be posted on this page and the effective date of such changes reflected above as the date last updated.

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