Website “Cookies” Notice and Disclosure Statement
This Cookies Notice and Disclosure Statement (“Notice”) is provided by Zovio, a leader in education technology services. The Notice also applies to our affiliated academic organizations, namely Ashford University, Fullstack Academy, Inc.(including the, Grace Hopper Program), [email protected] and Tutorme.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small pieces of data sent from a website and stored on a website user's web browser while a user is browsing a website. When the user browses the same website in the future, the data stored in the cookie can be retrieved by the website to notify the website of the user's previous activity. Cookies do lots of different jobs, such as letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving the user experience. They can also help to ensure that advertisements you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.
Cookies do not harm your computer in any way, and do not monitor off-line behaviors through your device, such as your location. You can find more information about cookies at: www.allaboutcookies.org.
Like virtually all websites, our websites use certain types of cookies. This allows us to collect non-personal information through a variety of technologies. This helps us identify visitors who return to our site and tells us such things as how many users visited our site, the pages that were accessed, and whether there were any technical problems in loading pages or navigating through our site. By collecting this information, we learn what parts of our sites are the most interesting or valuable to our users, and can monitor overall interest in our websites. It also lets us spot technical problems with our site so we can correct them right away. This, in turn, helps us upgrade our websites and improve our offerings for our visitors.
Am I required to accept cookies to use this website?
What are the types of cookies that websites use?
There are four general categories of cookies that are used on websites:
Strictly necessary (or essential) cookies. These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around a website and use its features, such as services you have asked for. Without these cookies, those services would not be available to you. This includes, for example, browsing as a registered user, accessing secure areas of the site, or making a purchase through the site. It also includes cookies that we necessarily must use to honor opt-out preferences, to the extent that they those preferences are linked to a specific user’s IP address. Like all public websites, our site uses strictly necessary cookies.
Performance cookies. These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, such as the number of visitors browsing the site or a particular section of the site, the pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a specific visitor. Rather, the information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. The information that we gather through performance cookies is only used to improve how the website works, and to help us evaluate site usage. Like virtually all websites, we use performance cookies on our sites.
Performance cookies are similar to tools that perform website analytics, such as Google analytics. That service generates detailed statistics about a website's traffic and the sources of that traffic. In other words, it tells website owners how many visitors came to their site, and whether those visitors came to the site after clicking on a link in a search engine or via another referral source. In this way, the website is able to evaluate traffic to its site as well as the ways to increase use of the site. Like many websites, we use analytics on our sites.
Functionality cookies. These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. This allows you to have a better experience while using the site. The information these cookies collect may be anonymized and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites. Like virtually all websites, we use functionality cookies on our sites.
Targeting or advertising cookies. These cookies collect information about your browsing habits in order to make advertising relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organizations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organization. Like virtually all websites, we use targeting/advertising cookies on our websites.
What happens if I permit cookies on my browser?
Unless you disable such technologies, by using our website and online services, you agree that we can place these types of cookies and related technologies on your device.
What are web beacons?
Certain pages on our site may contain web beacons (also known as Internet tags, pixel tags and clear GIFs). We use web beacons to help display content to visitors and to generate statistics regarding web traffic and trends. Web beacons cannot identify you as an individual.
How do I change my cookie settings?
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set on your browser, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org. To find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:
- Google Chrome
- Microsoft Edge
- Mozilla Firefox
- Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Apple Safari
To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer's website. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Does Zovio permit third parties to install cookies or similar web technologies on its websites?
As a general rule, we are not permit any third parties (such as advertisers) to install cookies on our websites or engage in behavioral advertising. However, on some of our websites, such as our social networking pages, it is possible that individuals have uploaded third party content, such as videos from YouTube or elsewhere, or embedded content and sharing tools from other third party sites. Since we do not control the dissemination of cookies by any sites that are not owned or operated by Zovio, you should check the relevant third party website(s) for more information about these cookies, and whether and how you may opt out of receiving them. Generally speaking, however, you may disable third party cookies by adjusting your browser settings. Instructions may be found at www.aboutcookies.org.
Version: December 2019