Effective Date: August 21, 2020

Who we are

AssiST’Em is an educational consulting company which uses STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to better prepare high school students for entrance into universities prior to the application process. Additionally, we work with younger students to help them become STEM, lifelong learners and start them on the early path to a STEM career. Our website address is: https://www.assistem.org. 

This website privacy policy (“Site Privacy Policy” or “Site PP”) explains the kinds of information, including personally identifiable information (i.e., data that can be reasonably linked to a specific individual or household) (hereafter “PII”), AssiST’EM collects, uses, stores, and shares in connection with the operation of the AssiST’EM websites on which this Site PP is posted.

This Site PP also explains the choices that users can make about the information we collect, use, store, and share. This Site PP does not apply to the practices of companies that AssiST’EM does not own or control (including any third-party products or services that you use in conjunction with our Sites and any third-party websites or mobile applications to which we may link).

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

We collect and store the following information through the Sites:

  • Information provided when you register an account, post blog comments or contact us include:
    • Full name
    • Organization Name (if applicable)
    • Email
  • Technical information automatically gathered from your device for the support of our internal operations includes:
    • IP Address
    • Browser Type
    • Broad Location
    • Number of Visits
    • Referring Page
    • Landing Page


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Social Media

By default, the social media widgets (or buttons) posted on our Site do not collect information about you while you are browsing our Site unless you sign in to your social media account and activate them.

If you engage with our social media pages or the widgets on our Site (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn), you may allow us to have access to certain information from your social media profile to deliver the relevant content. This information may include your name, email address, profile picture, list of friends or followers, etc. We may also obtain non-personally identifiable information (e.g. content viewed and information about advertisements within the content you have been shown or may have clicked on) from your interaction with our content.

When you provide information from your social media account, it can help enable us to do things like (1) give you exclusive content, (2) personalize your online experience with us within and outside our Sites, and (3) contact you through the social networking sites or directly by sending you the latest news, special offerings and rewards. By doing so, you consent to the use of this information in accordance with our Site PP. When you provide PII to us through an application, on our Sites, or on social networking sites, it may be publicly viewed by other members of these websites and we cannot prevent further use of the information by third parties.

Through some social networking sites’ privacy settings, you can control what data you share. For more information about how social networking sites handle your personal information, please refer to their privacy policies and terms of use.

Cookies and third parties we receive data from

AssiST’EM utilizes third party services as part of the Sites to offer a robust service to our users.:

  • Website: The AssiST’EM site uses DreamBuilder and WordPress as a website building platform.
  • Cookies: We use the below cookies throughout our Sites for gathering analytics. Please visit their privacy policies to learn more about their practices, including how to opt-out.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

AssiST’EM limits the sharing of your PII to the greatest extent possible. We use certain reputable third party services to provide an essential piece of the core services of our Sites and in those cases PII may be shared. In these cases, we require these providers to protect the confidentiality and security of PII. We may also share certain information with reputable third parties and service providers for activities solely in support of internal operations, such as to perform analytics or to serve advertisements. Under no circumstance do we share PII for any commercial or marketing purpose unrelated to the delivery of the Sites and services.

Except as described herein, we will only provide PII about our users to a third party if required to do so by law, including in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with state and federal laws or respond to a court order, subpoena, or search warrant. We may also access, preserve and share information when we have a good faith belief it is necessary to: detect, prevent and address fraud and other illegal activity; to protect ourselves, you and others, including as part of investigations; or to prevent death or imminent bodily harm.

We may take steps to de-identify or otherwise modify the information that we collect so that it is not intended to identify you personally. We may also aggregate information about users so that such information is not intended to specifically identify any users. We share this aggregated and anonymous information with third parties in a variety of ways, including to publish trends and improve our system. We require our third party partners to keep all such information in its anonymous form.

How long we retain your data

AssiST’EM stores your PII on our servers for as long as you remain an AssiST’EM customer in order to provide you with service. This does not include any PII that you have requested to be deleted per the below section. If you have commented on blog posts, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

California Residents-Your California Privacy Rights

California’s “Shine the Light” law, Civil Code section 1798.83, requires certain businesses to respond to requests from California customers asking about the business’ practices related to disclosing personal information to third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. Alternately, such businesses may have in place a policy not to disclose personal information of customers to third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. We have such a policy in place. However, if you still have questions or concerns, you may contact us using the contact information provided at the end of this Site PP.

International transfer

If any users submit information to AssiST’EM, it may be necessary to transfer such information we collect internationally. In particular, the information provided likely will be transferred to and processed in the United States by us, our agents or contractors. Our privacy practices are guided by data privacy laws in the United States. The data protection laws of the United States or other countries may not be as comprehensive or equivalent to those in the visitor’s country of residence. By using our Sites, visitors consent to the collection, international transfer, storage, and processing of their information as set forth in this Site PP and any other privacy notice provided at the time the information is collected, and your personal information may be subject to legal requirements, including lawful requirements to disclose personal information to government authorities, in those jurisdictions.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

How we protect your data

AssiST’EM takes security seriously and cares about the integrity of personal information and PII. We use industry-standard methods to keep this information safe and secure while transmitted from your devices to our cloud servers.

We have implemented commercially reasonable precautions, including, where appropriate, password protection, encryption, SSL, firewalls, and internal restrictions on who may access data to protect the information we collect from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. Please be aware that despite our best efforts, no data security measures can guarantee 100% security.

You should take steps to protect against unauthorized access to your password, phone, tablet, and computer by, among other things, signing off after using a shared device, choosing a unique, robust password that nobody else knows or can easily guess, and keeping your log-in and password private. We are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or compromised passwords or for any activity on your account via unauthorized password activity.

“Do Not Track” signals

Some web browsers may transmit “do not track” (DNT) signals to the websites and other online services with which the browser communicates. There is no standard that governs what, if anything, websites should do when they receive these signals. AssiST’EM currently does not take action in response to these signals. If and when a standard for responding is established, we will revisit our policy on responding to these signals.

Children under 13 years old

The Site is not directed to users under the age of 13 (“Children”, singularly “Child”). We do not knowingly collect personal information from Children. If we learn that we have inadvertently gathered personal data from a Child, we will take reasonable measures to promptly delete the data from our records.

If you believe that we have unintentionally collected personal information about a Child, please get in touch with us using the contact information at the end of this Site Privacy Policy.

What data breach procedures we have in place

 AssiST’EM currently uses standard security breach procedures.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

This does not take place on the personal data held on this website, either on an individual or an aggregated level.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

Updates to this site’s privacy policy

We reserve the right to change our practices and our Site Privacy Policy at any time. When we make changes to our privacy practices, we will place an updated privacy policy on the Site. In some circumstances, we may notify you through other means, like email. By continuing to access or use the Site after those changes become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised Site PP.