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Privacy Policy

The Center on Education and Work Privacy Policy for the career information systems CareerLocker (United States version), and ecareers.sg (Singapore version)

Introduction

This Privacy Policy is for the users of our career information systems in the United States and overseas. We provide access to personal information if it will enhance that experience. The Center on Education and Work adheres to guidelines created in the United States by the Children's On-Line Privacy Protection Act of 1998 and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1996.

Table of Contents

Information You Enter About Yourself
General Information Use for Website Improvement
Professional Users
Career Information Systems Using the WC-Connection Feature
Aggregated Reports and Use of Aggregate Data
Access to Personal Information at Pre-University/College Settings
Access to Personal Information in Adult and Other Settings
Linked Sites
Disclaimer

Information You Enter About Yourself

In order to use our website effectively, it is necessary that you enter information about yourself, your interests, your goals, assessments you have taken, and other personal data. Except as stated herein, this information is not disclosed to any other group or agency for any purpose, nor, except as necessary to correct system problems, is individual information looked at by staff of The Center on Education and Work.

General Information Use for Website Improvement

In general, we gather information about all of our users collectively, such as areas users visit most frequently and services users access the most. We look at the profiles individual users enter into assessments, however, never in conjunction with data that identify the individual. We may also use individually entered data for demonstration purposes but only if it is impossible to identify its source.

Typically, we only use data anonymously and in the aggregate. This information helps us determine what is most beneficial for our users, and how we can continually create a better overall experience for them. We may share this information with others, but only in the aggregate, so that they too may understand how users interact with our site.

As mentioned earlier, we may look at individual information if it is essential to site operation, error correction, and maintenance; however, if possible, our staff does not look at information that can be related to any individual.

Professional Users

Information entered by those designated as "professional users" of the website is accessible as noted above. In addition, for professional users who access classroom activities, their first and last names (as entered during registration) are linked to any activity that they access as a PDF file. The purpose of this link is to allow other professionals to know if another individual at their site might have used an activity in which they have interest.

Career Information Systems Using the WC-Connection Feature

The WC-Connection feature allows businesses/organizations to create a webpage that describes the various occupations, apprenticeships, and opportunities available by the businesses/organizations. This information is linked to other data on the website via occupations, industries, and location.

If, at any time, a business/organization wishes to delete or correct any of the information provided, it can use a secure Username and Password to access the data entry form and make corrections. An editor from The Center on Education and Work reviews the information before the changes are uploaded to the system.

Aggregated Reports and Use of Aggregate Data

Institutions or agencies that make the career information systems available to their students, customers, or clients can receive aggregated information in the form of various reports. However, except as noted, these reports are designed to ensure that individuals cannot be associated with the data. These reports serve a variety of purposes for the institution including enhancing their ability to provide specific services to their users.

The Center on Education and Work also reserves the right to use aggregate information (which does not allow identification of individuals) for research on student or adult preferences and for website site improvement.

Access to Personal Information at Pre-University/College Institutions

Pre-university (K-12) educational institutions are covered by the United States Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1996 (FERPA). Additionally, the career information systems were designed in accordance with the United States Children's On-Line Privacy Protection Act of 1998. We maintain the same access policies for our systems in the United States and outside the United States.

FERPA includes many specific provisions that are reflected in the way the career information systems operate in preuniversity institutions. First, all student eportfolios at a site are accessible to the Site Administrator (generally, a counselor or teacher associated with the site) for the website and to designees of the Site Administrator. However, under FERPA, the Administrator and/or the designees must have a "legitimate interest" to look at student material. Second, a record is kept of any user who accesses the eportfolio of a student; an individual is required to agree that he/she has a legitimate interest in accessing the information. Third, the student (or parent of a student under 18) can request a report that shows any access made to the student's eportfolio. Fourth, access to eportfolios is in "read-only" mode. And, fifth, a parent can obtain access to her/his child's eportfolio (student under 18) by requesting access through the Site Administrator.

Pre-university Site Administrators or their designees can also list, by occupation or institution, the names of students who have accessed information on each occupation or institution. These lists can be used to inform students of opportunities that the school makes available to students interested in a particular occupation or institution.

Access to Personal Information in Adult and Other Settings

For users participating from universities, colleges or other adult settings in which users are over the age of 18, administrators will only have access to the user eportfolio if the user grants permission for such access. The user can also withdraw access at any time.

Linked Sites

The career information systems contain links to third party websites ("Linked Sites"). The Linked Sites are not under the control of The Center on Education and Work and The Center on Education and Work is not responsible for the contents of any Linked Site, including without limitation any link contained in a Linked Site, or any changes or updates to a Linked Site. The Center on Education and Work is not responsible for webcasting or any other form of transmission received from any Linked Site nor is The Center on Education and Work responsible if the Linked Site is not working appropriately. The Center on Education and Work is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by The Center on Education and Work of the site or any association with its operators. You are responsible for viewing and abiding by the privacy statements and terms of use posted at the Linked Sites.

Disclaimer

The material on this website could include technical inaccuracies or other errors. Your use and browsing of the site is at your risk. The Center on Education and Work shall not be liable for any direct, incidental, consequential, indirect, or punitive damages arising out of your access to, or use of, the WISCareers, CareerLocker, or ecareers.sg websites. The Center on Education and Work does not warrant that the functional aspects of the site will be uninterrupted or error free or that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or other harmful components. Without limiting the foregoing, everything on the WISCareers, CareerLocker, or ecareers.sg websites is provided to you "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NONINFRINGEMENT. Please note that some jurisdictions may not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so some of the above exclusions may not apply to you. The Center on Education and Work reserves the right to make changes to the WISCareers, CareerLocker, or ecareers.sg website at any time without notice.