Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy





OUR COMMITMENT


We are committed to protecting the
privacy of the students and businesses that participate in the
SciTechsperience Internship Program. Since we collect certain types
of information when you apply to SciTechsperience, we believe that it
is important to let you know what information is collected, how the
collected information is used and protected.





In visiting our web site, we want you
to know that you have control over your business and personal
information. You can visit us on the web without telling us who you
are or revealing any business and personal information whatsoever,
including your email address.





We encourage you to take advantage of
the SciTechsperience Internship Program. When you use our online
services, we can assure you that the personal information you provide
us is managed with care.





INTRODUCTION


You are on the
SciTechsperience website: SciTechMN.org, which is owned and operated
by the SciTechsperience Internship Program at the Minnesota
High Tech Association
(MHTA). MHTA is committed to maintaining
the privacy of personal information of the people who use ("you"
or "user") of its web applications ("Site").
Since we collect certain types of information about our users, we
want you to understand the terms and conditions surrounding the
capture and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses
what information we collect, how we use it, and how to correct and
change it. MHTA will provide a link to this privacy policy on all
pages that ask for your personal information.





Employers


Employers may use the SciTechMN.org
site to post internship employment opportunities on the application
and search student profiles posted on SciTechMN if the employer is
approved to participate in the SciTechsperience Internship Program.





Employers posting jobs through the
system are required to comply with all applicable equal employment
opportunity laws, as expressed by the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ),
including the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and
Naturalization Act.





The Immigration and Nationality Act
prohibits citizenship status and national origin discrimination with
respect to hiring, termination, and recruiting or referring for a
fee.8 U.S.C. § 1324b (a) (1) (B).





Employers may not treat individuals
differently because they are, or are not, U.S. citizens or work
authorized individuals. U.S. citizens, asylumees, refugees, recent
permanent residents and temporary residents are protected from
citizenship status discrimination. Employers may not reject valid
employment eligibility documents or require more or different
documents on the basis of a person’s national origin or citizenship
status.





Students


Students use the SciTechMN system to
enroll, post employment profiles, and review internship job
opportunities. By entering data into the SciTechMN system, students
may have data included in aggregate reports to state agencies, in
reports developed for institutional studies, etc.





It is important for students to contact
SciTechsperience/MHTA if they have any concerns regarding the use of
their information. Students have the ability to view, correct or
change their information.





Employers using SciTechMN system will
have access to student profiles for recruiting, interviewing, and
hiring purposes after they’ve been approved to enroll in the
SciTechsperience Internship Program.





Employers will have access to limited
personal information from student profiles—name, school attending,
city/state, year in school, e-mail address, major, type of degree,
phone, and expected graduation date. Employers will be able to view a
student’s personal interest statement, resume, special skills, and
software skills. Grade Point Averages (GPA) and demographic
information is never shared with employers.





If you have questions regarding the
privacy practices and policies of employers with respect to personal
information, we recommend contacting the employer directly.





USE OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE
INFORMATION


For Students



  • Access and use of various tools,
    features, and functionality of the system, such as conducting
    internship employment searches. Personal identifiable information is
    collected to build your student profile and for use in aggregate
    reporting to the State of Minnesota.



For Employers



  • Access and use of various tools,
    features, and functionality of the system, such as posting jobs and
    reviewing student profiles and for use in aggregate reporting to the
    State of Minnesota.



For All Users



  • To communicate regarding use of
    the SciTechsperience website, SciTechMN.org, and its services or to
    advise of the system or Site changes or other events or occurrences
    that may affect access to or use of the site.


  • To provide customer and technical
    services upon request by the user.






From time to time, SciTechsperience may
also disclose personally identifiable information to fulfill certain
legal and regulatory requirements or if we believe, in good faith,
that such disclosure is legally required or necessary to protect
others’ rights or to prevent or mitigate harm.





UPDATING ACCOUNT INFORMATION


SciTechMN.org allows you to change or
correct your personal or company information at any time. To do so,
simply log in to your account, go to your profile, and you will find
options for editing the information you have submitted.





INTERNET PROTOCOL (IP) ADDRESSES AND
AGGREGATED USER DATA


When you enter the SciTechMN site, our
servers log your IP address. This is done to monitor our users on the
Site collectively. We only use such data anonymously and in the
aggregate. We do not use IP addresses to identify information of
individual users.





CHILDREN


SciTechsperience/MHTA does not
knowingly collect or solicit personally identifiable information from
or about children under 18.





SECURITY


When users submit personally
identifiable information via the web site, the information is
protected both online and off-line. All of our user’s information is
restricted to only the SciTechsperience/MHTA employees who need the
information to perform a specific job (for example, our business
manager to reimburse a company with a matching stipend or a
SciTechsperience program administrator) are granted access to
personally identifiable information.





In addition, the student and employer
data is password protected, so only you (or third parties you provide
your SciTechMN.org password to) can access this information. All
personally identifiable information SciTechMN.org collects about you
is stored in limited-access servers. SciTechMN.org has technical,
administrative, and physical security measures and safeguards in
place to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the
information under SciTechsperience/MHTA’s control. This site uses
secure servers to protect from loss, misuse, and alteration of the
information under our control. SciTechsperience will never ask for
your Social Security number and recommends that you do not share it
with an employer unless it is needed to perform a background check as
part of an offer of employment.





PRIVACY POLICY CHANGES


SciTechsperience/MHTA may deem it
necessary or appropriate from time to time to modify this privacy
policy to reflect changes in the way SciTechsperience/MHTA collects
or uses information or changes in privacy-related laws, regulations,
or industry standards. Accordingly, SciTechsperience/MHTA reserves
the right to change this privacy statement at any time by posting the
revised policy on this Site. Information will be handled according to
the privacy statement in effect at the time the information is used.
We encourage you to review the web site and these terms periodically
for any updates or changes. Your continued access or use of this web
site shall be deemed your acceptance of this privacy policy.








QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS


If you have any questions, concerns, or
complaints regarding this Privacy Policy or privacy issues relating
to the Site, you can contact us.





Correcting or Removing Your Personal
Information


If you would like to correct any
personal information you have provided to us or request that we
remove your information from our records, email us at
SciTechMN@mhta.org
with the correction or removal request.





Links to Other Sites


We may provide links to other web sites
not owned or controlled by us that we think might be useful or of
interest to you. We cannot however be responsible for the privacy
practices used by other web site owners or the content or accuracy of
those other web sites. Links to other web sites do not constitute or
imply endorsement by us of the web sites, any products or services
described on these sites or any other material contained in them.
Contact those web sites for their individual privacy policies.







Updated 12/12/13