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IVC's Privacy Policy

Originally posted on March 6, 2017; updated March 6, 2017

Your privacy is important to us at IVC Immigrant Visa Center, Inc. (IVC).  This Privacy Policy applies to all our websites (Websites), including www.visacenter.org and www.studentadvisers.net and our Subscription Service (the Subscription Service).  Committed as we are to protecting your privacy and security, you must be aware that this Privacy Policy governs IVC's data collection, processing and usage practices.  Please note that IVC is not responsible for any and all information you provide to third-party applications or websites that may be accessed through the Websites. 

Contact Us.  If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or our treatment of the information you provide us, please write to us by email at it@visacenter.org or by mail to IVC Immigrant Visa Center, Inc., Room 1001 10/F Prestige Tower Condominium, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City 1605 Philippines, ATTN: PRIVACY.

Policy Changes. This Privacy Policy is updated periodically and modifications will be posted on our Websites. You are therefore advised to check our Websites regularly to view the most recent changes. If you do not agree with the business practices described in this Privacy Policy, you should not use the Websites or the Subscription Service.

Collection of Personal Information.  When you explore our Websites, you can do so without providing personal  information such as, but not limited to, your name, Email address and telephone number.  When you register for the Subscription Service, you will be asked for personal information and you will need to consent to our using it in the manner described herein.  Cookie information you have requested and your IP address may be recorded by the Websites and/or third parties from your browser or computer. Whatever IP addresses that we track on our website are used to give us an idea on which particular articles and segments of our website are popular, and how often these are visited and how long each visit session is.  We do not link IP addresses to anything that is personally identifiable to you so you therefore, remain completely anonymous.

Security of your Personal Information.  We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your Personal Information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. We secure the Personal Information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure.  We retain Personal Information that you provide us as long as we consider it potentially useful in contacting you about the Subscription Service or our other services, and then we securely delete the information. We will delete this information from the servers at an earlier date if you so request, as described in "Opting Out and Unsubscribing" below. And as we take your privacy very seriously, we will not sell, rent or disclose the information that you have shared with others.

Use of Personal Information.  In addition to the uses identified elsewhere in this Privacy Policy, we may use your Personal Information to: (a) improve your browsing experience by personalizing the Websites and to improve the Subscription Service; (b) send information to you which we think may be of interest to you by post, email, or other means; (c) send you marketing communications relating to our business or the businesses of carefully-selected third parties which we think may be of interest to you.  In those cases, we do not transfer your unique Personal Information to the third party.

Use of Credit Card Information.  We collect and process payment information from you when you schedule an appointment for legal briefing online with one of our Visa Counselors or immigration lawyers, including credit cards numbers and billing information, using third party PCI-compliant service providers. Except for this, we do not collect Sensitive Information from you. We will never sell or share your Personal Information to any third party.  If you give us credit card information, we use it solely to check your financial qualifications and collect payment from you. We use a third-party service provider to manage credit card processing. This service provider is not permitted to store, retain, or use information you provide except for the sole purpose of credit card processing on our behalf.  When sensitive Personal Information (such as a credit card number and/or geo-location data) is collected on our Websites and/or transmitted to other websites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Cookies. Cookies are small data files that a website you visit may save on your computer or handheld device that usually includes an anonymous unique identifier.  The Website may use cookies for user authentication, tracking our audience size and traffic patterns, and in certain other cases.  Cookies can be disabled in your web browser if you do not wish cookies to be placed on your PC or handheld device.  The option to do so is normally found in your browser's security settings section. However, you must note that permanently disabling cookies in your browser may hinder your use of not only our Website but others as well and interactive services. 

Social Media Websites.  Our Websites include Social Media Features, such as the Facebook Like button and Widgets, such as the Share This button or interactive mini-programs that run on our sites. These features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our sites, and may set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Social Media Features and Widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Websites. This Privacy Policy does not apply to these features.  Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy policy and other policies of the companies providing them.

External Websites.  Our Websites provide links to other websites. We do not control, and are not responsible for, the content or practices of these other websites. Our provision of such links does not constitute our endorsement of these other websites, their content, their owners, or their practices. This Privacy Policy does not apply to these other websites, which are subject to any privacy and other policies they may have.

Compelled Disclosure.  We reserve the right to use or disclose your Personal Information if required by law or if we reasonably believe that use or disclosure is necessary to protect our rights or to comply with a law, court order, or legal process.

Opting Out and Unsubscribing.  If you provide us with your Personal Information, you have the following rights with respect to that information: to review the user information that you have supplied to us;  to request that we correct any errors, outdated information, or omissions in user information that you have supplied to us ; to request that your user information not be used to contact you; to request that your user information be removed from any solicitation list that we use; to request that your user information be deleted from our records; to opt out of being solicited by IVC or any of its subsidiaries and divisions.  To exercise any of these rights or unsubscribe from our Email Service, please contact us at it@visacenter.org or by mail to IVC Immigrant Visa Center, Inc., Room 1001 10/F Prestige Tower Condominium, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City 1605 Philippines   Attention: Privacy. We will promptly change, correct, or delete your information and notify you of the action we have taken. 

Anti-Spam Policy.   Our Acceptable Use Policy applies to us and to our clients and, among other things, prohibits use of the Subscription Service to send unsolicited commercial email in violation of applicable laws, and requires the inclusion in every email sent using the Subscription Service of an "opt-out" mechanism and other required information.

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