Information Collection and Use
AVU is the sole owner of the information collected on the AVU Sites, except that third-party content providers and vendors who provide educational products and services distributed by AVU may co-own information provided to them for certain purposes. AVU will not sell, share, rent or otherwise disclose personally identifiable information collected on the AVU Sites, except to affiliated third-party content providers and vendors (and to companies that facilitate transactions with these third parties), and to other third parties who may wish to notify you about their products and services.
AVU collects and uses certain personally identifiable information that is necessary to facilitate your use of the AVU Sites. AVU may also ask you to submit additional information about yourself, and may use the required and additional information for its own and third parties' marketing and promotional purposes. For example, AVU may send you e-mails to introduce new content, products or services that we think might be of interest to you.
AVU collects information from its users at several different points on the AVU Sites.
To use the AVU email system and certain interactive features of the AVU Sites, such as the AVU forum or the personal development tool, users must first register. During registration you are required to provide certain contact information, such as a member name, password and e-mail address. This information may be used to contact you about the services on the AVU Sites in which you express an interest or for other reasons relating to the services on the AVU site. We encourage (but do not require) users to provide certain additional information that we request at the time of registration, so that we can provide a more personalized experience on the AVU Sites.
AVU may supplement the information it receives directly from users with information AVU receives from third parties.
If you offer personal information online on the AVU Sites through any interactive feature, such as a forum, message board, chat room, annotation feature, or similar service, third parties will have access to, and may collect and use, that information. Although AVU strives to protect its users' privacy, AVU cannot guarantee the security of information you post through these interactive features. You disclose such information at your own risk. Persons under 15 may not contribute to any interactive feature on the AVU Sites.
Communications With AVU:
The AVU Sites may request information from users through surveys. Participation is voluntary, and users may choose whether to disclose this information. Information requested may include contact, demographic or other information. Survey information may be used to monitor or improve the use and satisfaction of this site. The information may also be used for marketing and promotional purposes, and to notify you of new content related to your interests. Contact information may be used to notify users of survey results.
A cookie is a piece of data stored on a user's own hard drive containing information about the user. AVU employs cookies to recognize you and your access privileges on the AVU Sites. These cookies keep track of member names and passwords, and personalize the AVU Sites for users. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive cookies, and you may decline to accept them. If you choose not to accept cookies from the AVU Sites, some parts may function less efficiently. For example, you will not be recognized on the site unless you explicitly log in.
We use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the sites, track users' movements, and gather broad demographic and geographical information for aggregate use. In addition, we do collect information such as your browser type and operating system. This information is not linked to personally identifiable information.
Sharing of Aggregate Information:
We may share aggregated demographic information with third parties, such as current and potential content providers and advertisers. Aggregate information is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.
If you are just browsing on the AVU's sites, we do not collect any personal information regarding your use of the site. Registering on our site is optional. If you choose not to register or provide personal information, you can still use the AVU's web site. However, you will not be able to use the AVU email, interactive features and any other service that requires registration.