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Privacy Policy

Your Privacy

Western Shores Institute Inc.  (WSI) is committed to protecting your privacy.  You have chosen to do business with us, and we recognize our obligation to keep the information you provide secure and to inform you of our policies concerning its use.  You can be sure that our commitment to protect your information will continue under the principles and online guidelines described below.

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it.

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with any WSI website, please email privacy@wsi-edu.info

 What Information do we collect and when do we collect it?

As you use the Internet, a trail of electronic information is left at each website you visit.  This information can tell us the type of computer and browsing software you use and the address of the website from which you linked to our website.  We may use this information as a form of aggregate information to anonymously determine how much time visitors spend on each page of our website, how visitors navigate throughout the website and how we may tailor our web pages to better meet the needs of visitors.  This information may be used to improve our website or to share with business partners.  Any collection or use of this information will be anonymous and aggregate, and will not contain any personal information. 

Also, in certain areas of our website, such as when you register, request more information, download materials, etc., you are required to enter personal contact information (name, mailing address, email address, phone number) that allows us to contact you (if necessary) and also financial information (credit card information) that allows us to process your registration or order.  If you choose not to provide personal information, you can still browse some of our website (the areas that do not require registration) anonymously.

 What about “cookies”?

To provide better service and a more effective website, we sometimes use “cookies” as part of our interaction with your browser.  A “cookie” is a small text file placed on your computer’s hard drive by our web page server.  “Cookies” are commonly used on websites and do not harm your system.  By configuring your preferences or options in your browser, you determine if and how a “cookie” will be accepted.  We use “cookies” to determine if you have previously visited our website and for a number of administrative purposes.  These “cookies” do not collect personally identifiable information, and we do not combine information collected through “cookies” with other personal information to determine who you are or your email address.

We may use third party advertising companies to serve ads on our site.  These companies may employ cookies and action tags (also known as single pixel gifs or web beacons) to measure advertising effectiveness.  Any information that these third parties collect via cookies and action tags is completely anonymous.

 Why do we collect the Information?

We collect information to process and fulfill your request, to alert you to policy, course and website upgrades/updates, special offers, updated information and new services, and to help us understand our students and customers in order to create content and a web environment that is most relevant to you.

 How Does WSI Protect Student and Customer Information?

We use industry-standard technologies when transferring and receiving consumer data to help ensure its security.  Our sites have security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control.  Our servers are backed up regularly and protected by security systems.

Financial transactions are carried out using a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) that encrypts the data you provide to ensure privacy.  We will notify you when you are using a page that is protected with SSL technology.

 Will WSI Disclose the Information it collects to Outside Parties?

The contact information we collect is used to improve the content of our website and to contact students and customers for marketing purposes.  For example, based on the information you provide we may decide to inform you of existing products and services, that we feel may be of interest to you.  We may also use the collected information to help develop new products and services that we think students and customers may find helpful in the future.  With the goal of bringing you greater convenience and more choices, we make portions of your contact information (never financial information) available to affiliated companies that offer products and services that you also may enjoy and/or benefit from using.  We share information only for legitimate business purposes.  In each case, we carefully review the company and the products and services offered to make sure that they provide value.  If you do not wish to receive any or all such offers, please let us know by emailing us at any time at privacy@wsi-edu.info.  If you don’t want to receive printed materials, please also provide us with your exact name and address and we will be sure your name is removed from the data we share with our business partners.  Please understand that some of WSI’s educational programs are offered by third parties.  By enrolling at WSI, you give us permission to share portions of your contact and financial information with these companies in order for services to be provided to you.

In order to comply with Federal anti-spam laws that took effect January 1, 2004, we now provide a suppression list of the e-mail addresses of those who ask to be removed from our distribution database to third party advertisers who provide e-mail marketing services to our company.  We require all third party marketers to sign an agreement prohibiting them from using this data for any purpose other than sending out our marketing materials.

 Opt Out

We honor all requests to be removed from our e-mailing lists within ten days, and update our suppression list every ten days.  If you prefer to learn about new offers from WSI through a specific medium — for example, through the mail — simply let us know your preference by sending us an email at privacy@wsi-edu.info.  If you do not want to receive messages from WSI, contact us at privacy@wsi-edu.info and we will remove your name from our in-house list and add you to our marketing suppression list.  Our physical address is:

 Western Shores Institute Inc.

Attn: Internet List Services

10383 Southern Maryland Blvd

PO Box 81

Dunkirk, Maryland 20754-0081

We are fully committed to complying with your wishes regarding receiving commercial e-mail messages from us and with the laws regarding unsolicited e-mail.  If for any reason you receive a commercial message directly from us or on our behalf more than ten days after making a request to be taken off our mailing list, we would request that you forward a copy of the e-mail to privacy@wsi-edu.info with a brief explanation of your efforts to unsubscribe and the approximate timeframe you made the request.  We will immediately investigate the matter, confirm that you have been removed, and provide a written response to you detailing our efforts.  If after being added to the suppression list, you request information from WSI, you will be taken off of the suppression list.  Regardless of any request made to WSI, active students will continue to receive mail directly related to the course(s) they are currently taking and/or the program they are participating in. 

 Keeping Student and Customer Information Up-to-Date

Keeping your account information accurate and up-to-date is very important.  If you ever find that our records are incomplete, inaccurate or not current, please email at administration@wsi-edu.info and we will correct the information as soon as possible.

 Public Forums

Our website may make chat rooms, forums, message boards and/or news groups available to its users.  Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information.

 Links

We may create links to other websites.  We will make a reasonable effort to link only to sites that meet similar standards for maintaining each individual’s right to privacy.  However, many other sites that are not associated or authorized by us may have links leading to our site.  We cannot control these links and are not responsible for any content appearing on these sites.

 Notice to Parents

We do not knowingly solicit information from children (individuals under age 18).  Likewise, we do not knowingly market to children.  We recognize that protecting children’s identities and privacy online is important and that the responsibility to do so rests with both the online industry and with parents.  We encourage you to talk to your children about safe and responsible use of their personal information while using the Internet.