MINNESOTA EDUCATOR RECRUITMENT CENTER and EDUCATE MINNESOTA PRIVACY POLICY

 

Effective Date: September 1, 2019

 

We can be reached by email at: support@educatemn.org

 

The educatemn.org site (the “Site”) is owned and operated by the Minnesota Educator Recruitment Center (hereinafter referred to as “MERC”, “we”, “us”, or “our”). We have created this Privacy Policy to inform you of our collection, use and disclosure practices regarding personal information that we collect through the Site. This Privacy Policy applies only to information gathered on and through the Site, and does not apply to any other information or web site not operated by MERC. This Privacy Policy incorporates by reference the Terms and Conditions for the Site, which likewise apply to this Privacy Policy. Please review this Privacy Policy periodically as we may update it from time to time. Each time you visit the Site or provide us with information, you are, by doing so, accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy at that time. You agree that by using the Site, you are expressly and affirmatively consenting to our use and disclosure of the information you provide in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

This Site contains links to the websites of many other organizations to which this policy does not apply. We cannot, and do not, assume responsibility for the privacy policies, terms of use, practices, or actions of any third parties.

 

Summary

We value the privacy of our web site’s visitors. We do not sell your personal information without your consent. This section gives a brief overview of our data collection and use policies. Please see below for a more detailed discussion of each topic.

MERC is not a public entity, nor is MERC a responsible party in the review, qualification, or hiring candidates for any employer on the Site.  Job Seekers should review the Applicant Data Practices Notice (www.educatemn.org/applicant-data) to learn about the rights of those seeking employment with public schools in Minnesota.

We collect the following information:

  • Information that your browser routinely shares with websites.
  • Personal information that you provide us on a voluntary basis, related to employment, such as: contact information including, but not limited to, name, email address, phone numbers, street address,  and demographics including race, ethnicity, and gender.
  • Any information you use to apply to jobs on our website including, but not limited to, employer generated screening questions,  work experience, and education. 
  • Activity history including, but not limited to, applications submitted, searches, and jobs clicked on.

We use and disclose the information we collect for the following purposes:

  • To provide services that you request.
  • To help us improve our Site, understand our Site’s users and their preferences, and to market our products and services.
  • To our contractors who provide supporting services, as needed for such services, but only on terms consistent with this policy.
  • To protect our business interests or the rights of others, when required by law, to cooperate with law enforcement, or in connection with the sale or merger of all or part of our business.

We use the following tracking technologies:

  • cookies, web beacons and similar technology tracks movement across our website and keeps track of our registered users and their preferences.
  • Google web analytics services may use cookies and browser information to provide demographic and other statistical information about the visitors to our website.

Other details about our practices:

  • Although the Site may contain links to other websites, this policy applies only to the websites operated by MERC.
  • We use your personal information only for the purposes for which it is collected and consistent with this policy, and we retain your information as permitted by applicable law.
  • We may update this policy from time to time, but we will allow you to opt in to any material changes in how we use your personal information.

 

How we collect information

Information provided by your web browser

You never need to provide personally identifiable information to search for jobs on our Site. Logging into the Site, and providing personal information, is always optional for you.

However, like many other web sites, we may record information that your browser routinely shares, and we may automatically track certain information based upon your behavior on the Site (“Aggregate Information”). This information may include the URL that you have just come from (whether this URL is on our Site or not), the URL you go to next (whether this URL is on our Site or not), your computer’s browser information, mouse clicks, mouse movements, scrolling activity, text that is typed and your IP address. All Aggregate Information that is collected on the Site is collected via Google web analytics services. Google does not track your browsing habits across web sites that do not use Google’s services.

Personal information that you provide

We may collect personal information that you choose to provide to us on a voluntary basis. When we ask for your personal information, it is so that we can provide a product or service to you and communicate with you about those products or services. For example, when you provide us with your name and resume, we may use that information to provide you with information about job postings or services that may be of interest to you. The Minnesota Educator Recruitment Center reserves the right to retain Users’ personally identifiable information, resumes, cover letters and any other documents indefinitely.

Posting a resume

Posting your resume on the Site puts you in front of Employers with open positions each day. When you post your resume, we automatically create a registration for you using the email address and password that you supply. When you return to the Site in the future you will use that same email address and password to access and edit your existing resume. Posting your resume gives you the most visibility to the broadest Employer audience possible by making your resume searchable in our Candidate Database. Any registered Employer user who purchases access to the database can view your resume and contact details (to the extent you include them in your resume).

You may remove your resume from our searchable database at any time. However, employers, recruiters and others who have paid for access to that database, as well as parties who have otherwise gained access to the database may have retained a copy of your resume in their own files or databases. We cannot control the retention, use or privacy of resumes or profiles that have been downloaded by third parties. Accordingly, you should not put information you would not want made public in your resume.

 

How we use the information we collect

We will generally use the information that we collect to help us operate the Site, to provide requested products and services, to help us understand our users and their preferences, and to market products and services to our Site’s users that may be of interest to them. The following provides a more specific description of our uses and disclosures of the information that we collect. We will seek your consent before we use your personal information for any other purposes.

We may use your personal information to contact you and deliver information to you that, in some cases, is targeted to your interests (such as relevant job postings, services, advertisements, educational or other career development opportunities), or provide administrative notices or communications applicable to your use of the Site. By providing us with your personal information, you expressly agree to receive this information via email or by any other mode of communication for which you have provided us with contact information. If at any time you decide you no longer wish to receive these communications, you may opt out of any further receipt by following the opt out provisions provided in each such communication. MERC may also aggregate certain non-personally identifiable information about its users (such as occupation, location, education and experience) and use such anonymous information to prepare reports that it provides to its Users.

To improve the Site, we may use business partners to help us design and operate our website or provide other services to support the Site. For example, we may hire a company to design a communications campaign for prospective educators. Unless otherwise indicated on our website, if we allow our business partners to access the personal information we collect, it will be for limited purposes and in compliance with this privacy policy.

You should be aware that when you choose to publicly display or distribute personal information (such as their email address or resume) on the Site, that information can be collected and used by others. This may result in unsolicited messages from third parties for which MERC  is not responsible.

You may have arrived at the Site by following a link from an affiliate’s website. If so, please be aware that MERC may share any information we collect on this Site with that affiliate.

MERC may also disclose personal information when we determine that such disclosure is necessary to comply with the law, to cooperate with or seek assistance from law enforcement or to protect the interests or safety of MERC or other users of the Site. In addition, personal information we have collected may be passed on to a third party in the event of a transfer of ownership or assets or a bankruptcy of MERC. Such disclosures may be made with or without your consent, and with or without notice.

 

About Cookies

MERC uses cookies for the protection and convenience of our Users. Cookies enable us to serve secure pages to our Site’s users without asking them to sign in repeatedly. MERC may store non-personally identifying information about you such as past jobs viewed and job searches conducted by your computer in a cookie that it places on your computer. We do this in order to present you with job recommendations based on your interests as expressed previously through your searches. Most Internet browsers enable you to erase cookies from your computer hard drive, block all cookies, or receive a warning before a cookie is stored. Please be aware; however, that some of the Site’s features or services may not function properly without cookies. In addition, some of the employers that use our Site may place cookies on your computer when you use a hyperlink to leave our Site and go to the employer’s site. Employers may use such cookies to distinguish your web browser uniquely. Often, Employers use such information to track the effectiveness of their job postings by measuring how many users who view their postings later became job applicants.

How we protect your personal information

MERC will use commercially reasonable means to protect the integrity of the Site and to limit access to your personal information. However, we cannot provide absolute assurances against, and will not be liable for, breaches of confidentiality due to system failures or unauthorized access by third parties.

 

Privacy Rights for California Residents

California law permits its residents to request and receive information about a business’ disclosure of certain categories of personal information to other companies for their use in direct marketing. If you are a California resident and a user of any of the Sites, you can request a copy of this information from the Site by sending an email to support@educatemn.org or a letter to the Minnesota Educator Recruitment Center at 1202 Niles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55116. Please include your name and email address in email requests, and your name and postal address in mail requests.

 

Some Important Tips To Use When Dealing With Prospective Employers

  • We will never request your social security number, and you should never give out your social security number to a prospective employer
  • Never provide credit card or bank numbers or engage in a monetary transaction of any sort with a prospective employer through the Site.
  • Employers on MERC are all located within Minnesota.  Be cautious when dealing with contacts outside of Minnesota.

 

Changes to this policy.

Our business and the laws that regulate us change from time to time, and we reserve the right to change this policy. If we do change this policy, we will post the revised version on the Site. If we propose to change our policy in a way that would permit us to make additional uses of the personal information that we had previously collected about you, we will obtain your affirmative, express consent before using your information in a materially different way.