Privacy Policy

Boston Institute of Finance recognizes the importance of protecting the  information we collect from end users in the operation of our online service and websites. We ensure that any identifiable personal information we collect from users of our products or services is adequate, relevant and not excessive for purposes of operating our website or any of our online services; and will be kept accurate and up-to-date based on information provided. Except for product partners as described below, and where necessary in connection with services provided by appropriate intermediaries, who are required to comply with the confidentiality provisions of this policy, we will not disclose any personal information identifying users to any third party, unless required by law or otherwise needed in connection with legal proceedings, or unless we have received the user's consent.

Boston Institute of Finance web site servers use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) software to ensure protection of user data and the security of users' transactions. SSL encrypts personally identifiable information users send over  the Internet, including credit card numbers, name and address data. Our web site servers use a feature of Internet web browsers called a "cookie" to assign  a unique identifier to a user's computer during a visit, and to recognize the user on a return visit. Cookies are files that the web browser places on the  user's computer hard drive. We create and use these cookie files and data to track users' clicks as they navigate our websites.

If use of an electronic product, feature or service offered by Boston Institute of Finance on our website or other online service requires a user to provide a name and password or other personally identifiable information, the user has the option to opt in or out of providing such information and using the product, feature or service. Any private communications or information supplied to us by a user may be used by us for internal business and research purposes and to help enhance and develop our websites and products.

Boston Institute of Finance shares data with third parties, for course offerings that are developed and/or distributed on a joint basis with them. In each case, we share information about who has enrolled in a course, and the course  transcripts. By enrolling in one of these courses, users consent with this sharing of information, which for each third party is limited to the jointly developed and distributed course. The table lists these third parties and the courses which are offered on a joint basis with us:

Bryant University Bryant University Online Certificate in Financial Planning
Keir Educational Resources Keir CFP® Certification Examination Review
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Wiley CPA e-Prep

Boston Institute of Finance may disclose navigational and transactional information to third parties, in the form of anonymous, aggregate usage statistics and demographics but only in forms that do not reveal a user's identity or confidential information, except as required by law, as needed in connection with legal proceedings, or unless we have received the user's consent.

Links are provided from Boston Institute of Finance's website to third party websites. When using such links, users should take note that each third party website will vary in terms of its privacy and data protection policies. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or any actions by third parties that  control these sites.

Identifiable personal information such as names or e-mail addresses voluntarily disclosed (e.g. on bulletin boards) is accessible to other users, and could be collected and disclosed by others.

By using our websites and online services, users consent to our collection and use of their personal information as described above. If we decide to change  our privacy policy, we will post the changes on this page

Boston Institute of Finance partners with third-party advertising companies to serve you advertising about our products. These companies may use information about the products you have viewed on our site to show you ads for these products on other sites you visit. If you would like more information about this practice and to kow your choices about not having to have this information used by these companies, visit Network Advertising Initiative.

Student Rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C.  1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

  • Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records. Our students have access to their educational record directly through their account page or through the electronic courses interface.
  • Parents or eligible students have the right to request the correction of records that they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the request is not approved, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the request is still not approved, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information. To request the correction of records please contact Customer Service.
  • Generally, written permission from the parent or eligible student is required in order for us to release any information from a student's education record to third parties. However, FERPA allows the disclosure of those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions:
    • School officials with legitimate educational interest;
    • Other schools to which a student is transferring;
    • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
    • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
    • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
    • Accrediting organizations;
    • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
    • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

This page was last updated on 02/28/2013.




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