Privacy Policy

Privacy Statement

The Council for Educational Travel, USA (hereafter “CETUSA”) understands that the privacy of its sponsored students, families, host families, partners, coordinators, managers, agents and other individuals worldwide (hereafter “Users”) is important. To that end, CETUSA has adopted the following policy with regard to the collection, use, and dissemination of personal information of Users of its Service. We refer to our online applications and our website together as the “Service.”

We are providing this policy below so that you may understand the terms and conditions associated with the provision of any personal information provided to us. Please note that this policy has been developed with the recognition that internet technologies continue to develop and evolve rapidly, and that such changes may require us to alter our Privacy Policy. Any such alterations will not affect our general commitment to the protection of a User’s privacy. We will post any changes to our Privacy Policy on this page. Your continued use of this website constitutes acceptance of such terms and policies.

This Privacy Policy is incorporated into and is subject to CETUSA’s Terms and Conditions of Use.

General Statement

You may visit our website without identifying yourself or revealing any personal information. However, certain transactions that you choose to engage on this site will require your submission of personal information, including but not limited to online applications, requests for further information or brochures from CETUSA. As a general rule CETUSA will not sell, swap, rent, or otherwise disclose to any third party any such personal information for commercial purposes. CETUSA may disclose the information to its employees, consultants, agents, and third party partners for the purpose of fulfilling CETUSA program requirements, communicating with Users, for promotional purposes in the U.S. and abroad, and to provide the Department of State with requested data regarding CETUSA programs and/or participants as required by law.

We partner with third parties to provide specific services. When the User agrees to these services, we will share names, or other contact information that is necessary for the third party to provide these services. These partner third parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services.

Cookies

Cookies are unique bits of computer data that many major web sites will transfer to your computer the first time that you visit. Cookies are stored on your hard drive and may be later accessed by the website to track prior usage. Our cookies enable us to provide you with more personal service. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually change your browser to prevent that if you would rather not store the information for future use.

External Links

CETUSA may offer links to third party sites from our site that are not controlled by CETUSA and are not covered by this privacy policy. CETUSA is not responsible for the privacy practices, security or content of such websites.

Security Precautions

This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. However, due to the nature of internet communications, no data transmission over the internet can be guaranteed to be completely secure. While CETUSA remains committed to protecting the privacy of our Users information, we cannot warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.

CETUSA believes in the importance of safeguarding information that it collects from Users around the world, and has these privacy principles to reflect its commitment to privacy and data protection. All CETUSA employees, agents, managers, coordinators, partners, and other individuals are encouraged to practice these principles. CETUSA puts its commitment to privacy protection into action through organizational policies, guidelines and internal procedures that are designed to protect the data of Users.

In our efforts to ensure that we are protecting the privacy of any and all information obtained through our website, CETUSA will periodically review its policies to confirm adherence to established practices.

Business Transition

In the event CETUSA goes through a business transition, such as a merger, acquisition by another company, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, your personally identifiable information will likely be among the assets transferred. You will be notified via a notice on our website for 30 days from any change in ownership or control.

Questions or Feedback

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or to provide us with feedback to help us improve our policies, please contact us by email at privacy@cetusa.org.

Last Update to this Privacy Policy: January, 2010