Policies

 
 

The Bitter Student wants to do right by you, and that starts with respecting your privacy - something we take very seriously. The following are policies we have implemented with you in mind. This is how we govern our content community. 

PRIVACY POLICY

The Bitter Student, LLC - http://thebitterstudent.com (the Site) collects, uses, maintains and discloses information collected from users (“User”) and content creators (each, who submit content) of the the Site. This privacy policy applies to the Site and all products and services offered by The Bitter Student, LLC. 

Store order information 

When you pay for a product or service, your credit card information is securely sent to our online payment processor, Stripe, for processing. This transaction data is transferred using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), and none of your credit card data is accessed or stored by us. You can find Stripe’s privacy policy here. You must provide basic contact information (such as name, email and shipping address). We use this information only for billing purposes and to fill your orders. If we have trouble processing an order, we will use this information to contact you.

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We will collect personal identification information from Users only if they voluntarily submit such information to us. Users can always refuse to supply personally identification information, except that it may prevent them from engaging in certain Site related activities.

Newsletter

If you wish to subscribe to our newsletter(s), we will use your name and email address to send the newsletter to you. Out of respect for your privacy, we provide you a way to unsubscribe.

We use MailChimp to manage our newsletter and other email lists. There is no third-party tracking in messages we send through MailChimp, but we do use MailChimp’s own analytics, which may aggregate how many subscribers open a message or click the links inside. MailChimp’s privacy policy is available here.

We also use Google Drive to backup our newsletter information, including contact details. We do this in case of data lose from one of the the providers.

In any case, we keep your information secure and safe. 

You can unsubscribe from our newsletter by clicking on the unsubscribe link provided at the end of the newsletter. 

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to provide us with data or statistics from a User for the duration the User remains on our Site. 

We use this data (such as bounce rate, search terms used) to deliver a better website experience which includes, but is not limited to, improving customer service, personalize the user experience, improve our Site, and to run promotions. All information is kept strictly anonymous. 

The cookies used by Google Analytics do not identify users nor do they associate IP addresses with any personally identifiable information. 

You can read more about Google's Privacy Policy here

We provide you a way to opt out of this because we respect your privacy. You are able to visit the Google Analytics website, where you will find Google’s “opt-out” tools for various web browsers.

Web browser cookies

Our Site may use “cookies” to enhance User experience. User’s web browser places cookies on their hard drive for record-keeping purposes and sometimes to track information about them. User may choose to set their web browser to refuse cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. If they do so, note that some parts of the Site may not function properly.

Sharing your personal information

We do not sell, trade, or rent Users personal identification information to others. We may share generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any personal identification information regarding visitors and users with our business partners, trusted affiliates and advertisers for the purposes outlined above. We may use third party service providers to help us operate our business and the Site or administer activities on our behalf, such as sending out newsletters or surveys. We may share your information with these third parties for those limited purposes provided that you have given us your permission.

Third party websites

Users may find advertising or other content on our Site that link to the sites and services of our partners, suppliers, advertisers, sponsors, licensor and other third parties. We do not control the content or links that appear on these sites and are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our Site. In addition, these sites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing. These sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies. Browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites which have a link to our Site, is subject to that website’s own terms and policies.

Advertising

Ads appearing on our site may be delivered to Users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile non personal identification information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This privacy policy does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Google Adsense

Some of the ads may be served by Google. Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to Users based on their visit to our Site and other sites on the Internet. DART uses “non personally identifiable information” and does NOT track personal information about you, such as your name, email address, physical address, etc. You may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy at http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html

Changes to this privacy policy

The Bitter Student has the discretion to update this privacy policy at any time. When we do, we will post a notification on the main page of our Site, revise the updated date at the bottom of this page and send our subscribers an email. We encourage Users to frequently check this page for any changes to stay informed about how we are helping to protect the personal information we collect. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this privacy policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

Your acceptance of these terms

By using this Site, you signify your acceptance of this policy and terms of service. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our Site. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, please contact us at at staff@thebitterstudent.com. 

copyright policy

The Bitter Student respects copyright law (http://www.copyright.gov/legislation/dmca.pdf.) and expects its users and content creators to do the same. We will terminate in appropriate circumstances any content creators and subscriber who are established to be repeat infringers. If you believe that anyone has violated your copyright rights through use of our Services, you may email us, and we will thoroughly investigate your claim upon notification. 

Email: staff@thebitterstudent.com

Copyright Notice to Content Creators

Content Creators must comply with all applicable intellectual property laws, such as copyright, trademark, patent and trade secret laws, when posting Content to our Site. Do not submit any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. If you have permission from said owner, you need to submit, in writing, proof of permission. The Bitter Student, LLC will direct any claims of misused content from other sources to the contributor who submitted the piece. Writers are responsible for their own submissions. This site distributes, posts, and facilitates discussion of authors’ pieces.

Editorial Terms:

The Bitter Student, LLC is an inclusive community that fosters diversity. Therefore, we respect the opinions, beliefs, and views of all Users. 

We encourage dialogue and discussion on our Site, but we reserve the right to remove any and all comments our team deems inappropriate without further explanation.

The views of authors and content creators to the Site are not the express opinion of The Bitter Student (unless otherwise stated). 

We reserve the right to edit, promote, and engage with content as we see fit. Further, we reserve the right to dismiss and accept content without reason. We do work to provide balanced coverage and varied opinions to maintain the integrity of this publication and site.

All works submitted and published to this site are the property of The Bitter Student, LLC and cannot be reproduced or used in any way without express consent from the editorial team. For permission, you may write to us at the address below or email us at staff@thebitterstudent.com. 

Submission to the Site is acknowledgment of these terms.

The Bitter Student
PO BOX 542011
Birmingham, AL 35254 USA

Updated March 27, 2018