CareerSpring: User Privacy
At CareerSpring, we are committed to preserving and protecting the privacy of user information. For this reason, we’ve partnered with Vault-Firsthand – a trusted leader in providing comprehensive on-line career engagement and advising services for millions of students across America. Because both CareerSpring and Vault-Firsthand value trust and always doing what is right for communities, the following practices are honored:
- Users of the Career Platform are ultimately the owners of the information they provide. Users provide that information at will, when they register, to inform and optimize their use of the Platform’s services. Yet, at any time they can also cancel their user account. When a user account is deleted from the Career Platform, that user’s information is deleted along with it.
- User information is not shared with third-party vendors for the sale or promotion of products or services that fall outside of those offered by CareerSpring, Vault-Firsthand or its subsidiaries. For example, third-party software engineering companies that manage discrete, functional aspects of the Career Platform may gain access to user data to support the engineering and effectiveness of the Platform’s engagement services.
At CareerSpring, we are also committed to honoring the protection of students’ education records as required by the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or ‘FERPA.’ By virtue of students’ registration on the Career Platform, CareerSpring gains access to students’ personally identifiable information (predominantly, student names). As a result, we take diligent measures to protect student privacy and are meticulous of the personally identifiable information (PII) we share with our Education Partners. Our PII sharing guidelines are as follows:
- CareerSpring shares PII only with University or Community Partners who have signed partnership agreements on file, and request the following:
- registration status for any students affiliated with their organization
- consultation activity for students affiliated with their organization
- CareerSpring does not share PII with University or Community Partners lacking a signed partnership agreement, nor do we share PII with board members or professors, who are interested in knowing the registration status or consultation activity of students affiliated with their organization/class.
Because it is common that an Education Partner may want to know the scope of of their students’ activity with CareerSpring (as in the quantity of students from their organization, irrespective of unique student names), CareerSpring will share the number of students who have completed consultations and/or received an internship or job offer through our job placement services, irregardless of the Education Partner having an agreement on file. This type of data sharing does not include PII.
1. FERPA serves two primary purposes: 1) It gives parents or eligible students more control over their educational records, and 2) It prohibits educational institutions from disclosing “personally identifiable information” without the consent of an eligible student (or, if the student is a minor, the student’s parents).
2. FERPA defines personally identifiable information as information that includes direct identifiers (such as a student’s name or identification number) or indirect identifiers (such as a student’s date of birth, or other information which can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity either directly or indirectly through linkages with other information).