Privacy & Policy

Last updated: July 22, 2019

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Introduction

Thanks for using https://gradjoy.com (the "Site").

At Forward Lending, Inc. ("GradJoy"), we are commited to protecting your security and privacy. This Privacy Policy describes how your personal information is collected, used, and shared when you visit or make an account from https://gradjoy.com (the "Site").

By using the Site, you expressly consent to the collection, storage, disclosure and use of your information as we have outlined in this Privacy Policy and you agree to the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy.

Personal Information We Collect

When you visit the Site, we automatically collect certain information about your device, including information about your web browser, IP address, time zone, and some of the cookies that are installed on your device.

Additionally, as you browse the Site, we collect information about the individual web pages or products that you view, what websites or search terms referred you to the Site, and information about how you interact with the Site. We refer to this automatically-collected information as “Device Information.”

We collect Device Information using the following technologies:

  • "Cookies" are data files that are placed on your device or computer and often include an anonymous unique identifier. For more information about cookies, and how to disable cookies, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org

  • "Log files" track actions occurring on the Site, and collect data including your IP address, browser type, Internet service provider, referring/exit pages, and date/time stamps.

  • "Web beacons," "tags," and "pixels" are electronic files used to record information about how you browse the Site.

Personal information provided by you

When you create an account with GradJoy, you may provide us with certain personally identifiable information you create a GradJoy account, and attempt to connect your student loan data via your loan servicer. When you give us permission by connecting your loan servicers, we collect certian information about you and your loans including, student loan balances and terms, account numbers, lenders, and education history. We refer to this information as "Loan Information."

When we talk about "Personal Information" in this Privacy Policy, we are talking both about Device Information and Loan Information.

How do we use your personal information?

We use the Loan Information that we collect generally to power of GradJoy Manage platform, including displaying all of your loans in one location, notifying you of any changes and providing tips regarding your loans.

We use the Device Information that we collect to help us screen for potential risk and fraud (in particular, your IP address), and more generally to improve and optimize our Site (for example, by generating analytics about how our customers browse and interact with the Site, and to assess the success of our marketing and advertising campaigns).

Sharing your loan information?

We do not share any of your Loan Information, including student loan balances and terms, account numbers, lenders, and education history with any third-party tool, platform or company. All of the Loan Information is encrypted, using commercially reasonable and generally-accepted technology safeguards, through out our infrastructure and it is not viewable or sharable with any third party service.

Sharing your device information?

We share your Device Information with third parties to help us use your Device Information, as described above. For example, we use Google Analytics to help us understand how our customers use the Site--you can read more about how Google uses your Device Information here: https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/. You can also opt-out of Google Analytics here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Finally, we may also share your Device Information to comply with applicable laws and regulations, to respond to a subpoena, search warrant or other lawful request for information we receive, or to otherwise protect our rights.

Behavioural advertising?

As described above, we use your Personal Information to provide you with targeted advertisements or marketing communications we believe may be of interest to you. For more information about how targeted advertising works, you can visit the Network Advertising Initiative’s (“NAI”) educational page at http://www.networkadvertising.org/understanding-online-advertising/how-does-it-work.

You can opt out of targeted advertising by: FULLSTORY - https://www.fullstory.com/optout/ GOOGLE - https://www.google.com/settings/ads/anonymous

Additionally, you can opt out of some of these services by visiting the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out portal at: http://optout.aboutads.info/.

Do not track

Please note that we do not alter our Site’s data collection and use practices when we see a Do Not Track signal from your browser.

Data retention

When you signup for a GradJoy Account, we will maintain your Personal Information for our records unless and until you ask us to delete this information.

Changes

We may update this privacy policy from time to time in order to reflect, for example, changes to our practices or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons.

Contact us

For more information about our privacy practices, if you have questions, or if you would like to make a complaint, please contact us by e-mail at [email protected]

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