Privacy and cookies policy

Scope of this Privacy and Cookies Policy

At GED Testing Service LLC, we recognize the importance of protecting the privacy of your Personally Identifiable Information (as defined below).  We provide this Policy to help you to understand what we may do with any Personally Identifiable Information that we obtain from you and how we may use cookies and similar technologies.  This Privacy and Cookies Policy (hereinafter “Policy”) governs our collection and use of Personally Identifiable Information on all websites and web pages offered by GED Testing Service LLC that provides a link to this Policy, including principally www.gedtestingservice.com  (collectively, the “Site”).  This Policy does not govern Personally Identifiable Information collected by our foreign affiliates, on other GED Testing Service LLC websites or web pages having separate privacy or cookies policies or not linking to this Policy.  GED Testing Service LLC is a joint venture of the American Council on Education (“ACE”) and NCS Pearson, Inc., whose operations and data servers, where your data is sent and held, are located wholly within the United States.  By providing information to us on the Site, you accept the terms of this Policy.  All references to ‘our’, ‘us’, or ‘we’, in this Policy and within the opt-in notice are deemed to refer to GED Testing Service LLC, as appropriate.

Personally Identifiable Information Collected

GED Testing Service LLC collects certain Personally Identifiable Information that you provide voluntarily when using the Site.  “Personally Identifiable Information” includes information that can identify you as a specific individual, such as your name or address.  “Personally Identifiable Information” does not include anonymized, aggregate or statistical information.  Under the following circumstances, GED Testing Service LLC may collect Personally Identifiable Information from you:

Aggregation of Non-Person-Specific Data.

We may statistically aggregate in non-person-specific form test responses and other information collected in the certification admission test registration and delivery process and transfer this information to scoring vendors, to independent testing centers, and to other third parties.  Such aggregated non-person-specific information may be used for quality control, operations management, security and marketing purposes and to enhance, develop or improve licensure, certification, and academic admission testing processes, testing services, tests and related products and services.  By registering for a test through us, you give your consent to this non-person-specific data aggregation and the use and transmission of this aggregated statistical data as outlined above.

Email Newsletters.

We may use your email address to send you an email newsletter about certification, admission testing.  You may opt out of receiving the newsletter at any time by notifying us by email at communications@GEDtestingservice.com or following the opt-out instructions in the email newsletter.

How We Use Your Personally Identifiable Personal Information

GED Testing Service LLC uses your Personally Identifiable Information to:

Transfer of Information to Jurisdictions.

By registering for the GED® test through us, you give your consent for your Personally Identifiable Information (with the exception of your debit/credit card information) to be transmitted by GED Testing Service LLC to the jurisdiction from whom you seek the GED® credential.  The jurisdiction requires this Personally Identifiable Information so that (a) tests can be correctly administered; (b) a GED® credential can be processed and issued; and (c) you can receive further information about academic testing. For further information about how a specific jurisdiction may use your Personally Identifiable Information, please contact the jurisdiction. 

Other Transfer of Information.

In addition to transmitting certain Personally Identifiable Information about you to a jurisdiction, we may disclose Personally Identifiable Information in the following situations: (a) in response to a subpoena, court order or legal process, to the extent permitted and required by law; (b) to protect your security, or the security of other persons, consistent with applicable law; (c) to address actual or suspected fraud or other illegal activities; (d) in connection with a sale, joint venture or other transfer of some or all of the assets of GED Testing Service LLC or its parent companies NCS Pearson, Inc. and American Council on Education; (e) to our contractors or agents, including independent testing centers, who are committed or obliged to protect your privacy in a manner consistent with this Policy. For purposes of validating test and user integrity and security, we may supply audio- and video-tapes of test candidates in a testing center at a particular time to any jurisdiction whose examination was being administered at that time in such test center. By registering for an examination through us, you give your consent for your Personally Identifiable Information to be transmitted in the situations outlined above.

Marketing by Third Parties

GED Testing Service LLC honors your preferences with regard to sharing your Personally Identifiable Information outside GED Testing Service LLC for marketing purposes.  Prior to our sharing your Personally Identifiable Information with our affiliates or other third parties for marketing purposes, you will be given the opportunity to indicate whether you wish your Personally Identifiable Information to be shared with such parties.

Disclosure of Your Personal Information

Generally. GED Testing Service LLC will not sell or disclose your Personally Identifiable Information to third parties except with your consent, or as set forth below:

Registration for Tests and Other GED Testing Service LLC Services

Personally Identifiable Information collected from you in connection with test registration is used in accordance with this policy, your consent or applicable U.S. law.  For example, your Personally Identifiable Information and scores may be additionally provided to parties you designate to receive your scores and may, where applicable, be shared with the school district or other entity that has paid the fee for you to take the test or to receive a certificate of achievement or credential relating to the test, testing centers, selected scholarship programs and agencies, government agencies having authority over your school and more rarely, parties approved by GED Testing Service LLC’s executive management to engage in research to inform and improve educational practices.  Such researchers must meet certain standards and are required to sign confidentiality agreements.  In certain situations, GED Testing Service LLC may also provide your Personally Identifiable Information to parties providing support services to any of the organizations described in this Privacy Policy.

Your Choices

GED Testing Service LLC strives to provide you with choices with regard to our use of your Personally Identifiable Information.  For example, although we may occasionally use your Personally Identifiable Information to contact you regarding products or services of GED Testing Service LLC we think might interest you, you will be given instructions on how to opt out of receiving further communications of this nature by email.  Note, however, that in such a case, you would still receive program-related messages and similar transactional communications by email.  In addition, as noted above, you will have the opportunity to choose not to receive marketing materials from our affiliates or third parties. 

Information Received from Internet Service Providers Through This Website

This website receives information that is automatically generated by a user’s Internet service provider (ISP).  This information may include the IP address (a number automatically assigned to a computer by the ISP), the associated URLs, domain types, the browser type used to access our site, the country, state and telephone area code, the location of the ISP’s servers, the pages of our site that the user views, any search terms entered on this site, and the user’s website address and email address.  This information may be collected for system administration purposes, to gather broad demographic information and to monitor the level of activity on the site.  GED Testing Service LLC does not routinely link IP addresses to Personally Identifiable Information; however, we reserve the right to link IP addresses and other information supplied by the ISP to Personally Identifiable Information in order to protect the integrity of our system and for security purposes.

Cookies and Web Beacons

Cookies.  Cookies are small text files that a web server places on your computer or mobile device.  Cookies contain information that can later be read by the web server that originally placed the cookie on your computer or mobile device.

Here is a list of the main types of cookies we use, and what we use them for.

  1. 1.     Strictly Necessary Cookies: These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies services you have asked for, like shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided.
  2. 2.     Performance Cookies: These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. Some of these are analytics cookies, set using third party web analytics software, which allow us to understand more about how our website is used. These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor.  All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous and does not affect your privacy.  It is only used to improve how a website works. We might also use these cookies to highlight GED Testing Service LLC products or services which we think will be of interest to you based on your use of our websites.  For example, like many companies we use Google Analytics.  We use Google Analytics to obtain web trend information about user interaction with this site.  We use this information for system administration purposes and to identify problems and improve service.  While Google Analytics collects and reports information on an anonymous basis, Google Analytics uses cookies and collects IP addresses to gather web trend information.  For further information about Google Analytics, and for links to Google’s Privacy Policy and an opt-out tool for Google Analytics, go to http://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.htmlBy using this Site you agree we may place these types of cookies on your device.
  3. 3.     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. For instance, these cookies can be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customize. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymized and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites. By using this Site you agree we may place these types of cookies on your device.
  4. 4.     Targeting or advertising cookies: These cookies are used to deliver adverts more 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.  Most of our websites do not use targeting cookies.  By using this Site you agree we may place these types of cookies on your device.

3rd Party Cookies and Social Networks.If you click on a hyperlink from this Site to any third party websites (e.g. if you 'share' content from this Site with friends or colleagues through social networks), you may be sent cookies from these third party websites.  Third party websites will have their own privacy and cookie policies which we cannot control. Please check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.

 

Web Beacons. Web Beacons are small strings of code that provide a method for delivering a graphic image on a web page for the purpose of transferring data.  For example, when you visit a page on this Site, the code for the page being visited may be transferred to us.  The information transmitted to us is used internally, and not shared with third parties, except as provided in this Policy.  We use this information for the following purposes:

By using www.gedtestingservice.com, unless otherwise specified by local law or regulation, you agree to the use of cookies and web beacons for the collections of information in order to provide the services you requested and to improve those services.

Transmission of Information

Data collected and received by us in connection with the delivery of the GED® test may be transmitted within the United States and to other countries.  GED Testing Service LLC’s computer operations are currently based in the United States.  The Internet is a global environment.  By using this site and sending information to us electronically, you consent to transborder and international transmission of any data that you may choose to supply us.  Information transmissions to this site and emails sent to us may not be secure. Given the inherent operation and nature of the Internet, all Internet transmissions are done at the user’s own risk.

Links to Other Sites

The Site may contain links to other sites provided by third parties.  GED Testing Service LLC does not control the privacy policies or practices of these websites.  You should review the privacy policy of the third party offering the website before providing any Personally Identifiable Information at these websites.  GED Testing Service LLC is not responsible for the content or practices of any linked third party websites, and we provide these links solely for the convenience and information of our visitors.

Information from Children

This website and our GED Testing Service LLC are not directed to children or anyone under the age of 13.  GED Testing Service LLC will not, through this website or through its GED test registration and administration process, knowingly collect, maintain or use any Personally Identifiable Information about anyone under the age of 13.

Security

The security of your Personally Identifiable Information is important to us. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card numbers or social security numbers) on your registration or order forms, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL).  However, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure.  Therefore, while we strive to use commercially reasonable means to protect your Personally Identifiable Information, we cannot guarantee that your Personally Identifiable Information will never be disclosed in a manner inconsistent with this Policy (for example, as a result of unauthorized acts by third parties that violate applicable law).

Independent Testing Centers.

GED® examinations are administered through independent testing centers.  These centers may provide unrelated services and may collect and use Personally Identifiable Information for other purposes under different terms and policies.  If you have any questions or concerns about an independent testing center’s collection or use of any of your Personally Identifiable Information, please talk to the independent testing center directly. If you have unaddressed concerns about an independent testing center relating to examination services supplied by GED Testing Service LLC, please contact us at contracts@GEDtestingservice.com.

Information Access and Corrections.

To access and correct the Personally Identifiable Information that we have collected under this policy, please contact us or send us an email. To protect your privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making alterations. 

Resolution of Concerns.

If you have questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or how we handle Personally Identifiable Information, please contact us at 

If you have questions or concerns about this Policy or how we handle Personally Identifiable Information, please contact us at gedtestingservice.com.  If we are unable to satisfactorily address your concerns, you should contact the Data Protection Authority, or other relevant organization, in your area. 

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to change the terms of this Privacy Policy from time to time by posting an updated Privacy Policy.  We encourage you to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes or updates.

How to Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about this Policy, please contact us at Contracts@GEDtestingservice.com.  You may also contact us at +1 952-681-3444.

Effective Date of this Policy is 7/1/2013.