Postduty Data Use Policy

We receive a number of different types of information about you, including:

Your Information

Your information is the information that is required when you sign up for the site, as well as the information you choose to share.

Registration information

When you sign up for Postduty, you are required to provide information such as your name, email address, birthday, and gender. In some cases, you may be able to register using other information, like your telephone number.

Information you choose to share

Your information also includes the information you choose to share on Postduty, such as when you post a status update or establish a user profile.

It also includes the information you choose to share when you communicate with us, such as when you contact us using an email address, or when you take an action, such as when you add a friend, like a Page or a website, add a place to your story, use our contact importers, or indicate you are in a relationship.

Your name, profile, cover photos, gender, networks, username and User ID are treated just like information you choose to make public. Learn more.

Your birthday allows us to do things like show you age-appropriate content and advertisements.

Information others share about you

We receive information about you from your friends and others, such as when they upload your contact information, post a photo of you, tag you in a photo or status update, or at a location, or add you to a group.

When people use Postduty, they may store and share information about you and others that they have, such as when they upload and manage their invites and contacts.

Other information we receive about you

We also receive other types of information about you:

We receive data about you whenever you use or are running Postduty, such as when you look at a college's profile, another person's profile, timeline, send or receive a message, search for a friend or a Page, click on, view or otherwise interact with things, use a Postduty mobile app, or make purchases through Postduty.

When you post things like photos or videos on Postduty, we may receive additional related data (or metadata), such as the time, date, and place you made a profile update or searched for a college or freebie.

We receive data from or about the computer, mobile phone, or other devices you use to install Postduty apps or to access Postduty, including when multiple users log in from the same device. This may include network and communication information, such as your IP address or mobile phone number, and other information about things like your internet service, operating system, location, the type (including identifiers) of the device or browser you use, or the pages you visit. For example, we may get your location information so we can tell you if any of nearby colleges or military service members, or we could request device information to improve how our apps work on your device.

We receive data whenever you visit a game, application, or website that uses the Postduty Platform or visit a site with a Postduty feature (such as a social plugin), sometimes through cookies. This may include the date and time you visit the site; the web address, or URL, you are on; technical information about the IP address, browser and the operating system you use; and, if you are logged in to Postduty, your User ID.

Sometimes we get data from our affiliates or our advertising partners, customers and other third parties that helps us (or them) deliver ads, understand online activity, and generally make Postduty better. For example, an advertiser may tell us information about you (like how you responded to an ad on Postduty or on another site) in order to measure the effectiveness of - and improve the quality of - ads.

As described in "How we use the information we receive" we also put together data from the information we already have about you, your friends, and others, so we can offer and suggest a variety of services and features. For example, we may make college or mentoring suggestions, pick stories for your News Feed. We may put together your current city with location information we have about you to, for example, tell you and your friends about people or events nearby, or offer deals to you in which you might be interested. We may also put together data about you to serve you ads or other content that might be more relevant to you.

When we get your location, we put it together with other location information we have about you (like your current city). But we only keep it until it is no longer useful to provide you services, like keeping your last location to send you relevant notifications.

We only provide data to our advertising partners or customers after we have removed your name and any other personally identifying information from it, or have combined it with other people's data in a way that it no longer personally identifies you.

Public information

When we use the phrase "public information" (which we sometimes refer to as "Everyone information"), we mean the information you choose to make public, as well as information that is always publicly available.

Information you choose to make public

Choosing to make your information public is exactly what it sounds like: anyone, including people off Postduty, will be able to see it. Learn more.

Choosing to make your information public also means that this information:

  1. can be associated with you (i.e., your name, profile pictures, cover photos, timeline, User ID, username, etc.) even off Postduty;
  2. can show up when someone does a search on Postduty or on a public search engine;
  3. will be accessible to the Postduty-integrated games, applications, and websites you and your friends use; and
  4. will be accessible to anyone who uses our APIs.

Sometimes you will not be able to select an audience when you post something (like published success stories). This is because some types of stories are always public stories. As a general rule, you should assume that if you choose to make your profile public, the information will be publicly available.

When others share information about you, they can also choose to make it public.

Information that is always publicly available

The types of information listed below are always publicly available, and they are treated just like information you decided to make public:

Name: This helps colleges find and recruit you. If you are uncomfortable sharing your real name, you can always delete your account.

Profile: These help colleges recognize you. If you are uncomfortable making any of these photos public, you can always delete them. Unless you delete them, when you add a profile information, the previous information will remain public in your profile.

Networks: This helps you see who you will be sharing information with before you choose colleges as a custom audience. If you are uncomfortable making your network public, you can leave the network.

Gender: This allows us to refer to you properly.

Username and User ID: These allow you to give out a custom link to your timeline or Page, receive email at your Postduty email address, and help make Postduty Platform possible.

Usernames and User IDs: Usernames and User IDs are the same thing - a way to identify you on Postduty. A User ID is a string of numbers and a username generally is some variation of your name. With your username, you get a custom link (a Postduty URL, such as to your timeline that you can give out to people or post on external websites.

If someone has your Username or User ID, they can use it to access information about you through the website. For example, if someone has your Username, they can type into their browser and see your public information as well as anything else you've let them see. Similarly, someone with your Username or User ID can access information about you through our APIs, such as our Graph API. Specifically, they can access your public information, along with your age range, language and country.

If you do not want your information to be accessible to Platform applications, you can turn off all Platform applications from your Privacy Settings. If you turn off Platform you will no longer be able to use any games or other applications until you turn Platform back on. For more information about the information that apps receive when you visit them, see other websites and applications.

Your Postduty email address includes your public username like so: People can use your Postduty email address to send you messages and anyone in a message conversation can reply to it.

How we use the information we receive

We use the information we receive about you in connection with the services and features we provide to you and other users like your friends, our partners, the advertisers that purchase ads on the site, and the developers that build the games, applications, and websites you use. For example, in addition to helping people see and find things that you do and share, we may use the information we receive about you:

  1. as part of our efforts to keep Postduty products, services and integrations safe and secure;
  2. to protect Postduty's or others' rights or property;
  3. to provide you with location features and services, like telling you and your friends when something is going on nearby;
  4. to measure or understand the effectiveness of ads you and others see, including to deliver relevant ads to you;
  5. to make suggestions to you and other users on Postduty, such as: suggesting that your friend use our contact importer because you found friends using it, suggesting that another user add you as a friend because the user imported the same email address as you did, or suggesting that your friend tag you in a picture they have uploaded with you in it; and
  6. for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.
  7. to provide products and services to help complete the recruitment and admissions processes;
  8. Granting us permission to use your information not only allows us to provide Postduty as it exists today, but it also allows us to provide you with innovative features and services we develop in the future that use the information we receive about you in new ways.

While you are allowing us to use the information we receive about you, you always own all of your information. Your trust is important to us, which is why we don't share information we receive about you with others unless we have:

  1. received your permission;
  2. given you notice, such as by telling you about it in this policy; or
  3. removed your name and any other personally identifying information from it.
  4. Of course, for information others share about you, they control how it is shared.

We store data for as long as it is necessary to provide products and services to you and others, including those described above. Typically, information associated with your account will be kept until your account is deleted. For certain categories of data, we may also tell you about specific data retention practices.

We may enable access to public information that has been shared through our services.

We may allow service providers to access information so they can help us provide services.

Deleting and deactivating your account

If you want to stop using your account, you can either deactivate or delete it.


Deactivating your account puts your account on hold. Other users will no longer see your timeline, but we do not delete any of your information. Deactivating an account is the same as you telling us not to delete any information because you might want to reactivate your account at some point in the future. You can deactivate your account on your account settings page.

Your friends will still see you listed in their list of friends while your account is deactivated.


When you delete your account, it is permanently deleted from Postduty. It typically takes about one month to delete an account, but some information may remain in backup copies and logs for up to 90 days. You should only delete your account if you are sure you never want to reactivate it. You can delete your account here. Learn more.

Certain information is needed to provide you with services, so we only delete this information after you delete your account. Some of the things you do on Postduty aren't stored in your account, like posting to a group or sending someone a message (where your friend may still have a message you sent, even after you delete your account). That information remains after you delete your account.

An Important Note About Your Profile

When you create or post a profile, we store it in our profile database in the United States. You may control the status of your profile by setting it to visible, limited, or private. Visible and limited profiles can be viewed by anyone with access to our profile database. We cannot control the retention, use or privacy of profiles that have been viewed or downloaded by others.

Private profiles will not be visible in our profile database, but information we acquire about you from a public website may be visible. You may still use your private profile to apply online to a college.

We attempt to limit access to our profile database to legitimate users, but cannot guarantee that other parties will not gain access to this database. We cannot control the use made of profile by third parties who access the database. Once your profile has been disclosed, Postduty is not able to retrieve it from the third parties who accessed it.

You may remove your profile from our database at any time. If you do not have an account with us, we may require you to provide us with information about yourself so we can locate your profile and delete it. However anyone who viewed your profile may have kept a copy of it in their own files or databases. Accordingly, you should not put sensitive information, personality profiles, or other information you would not want made public, in your profile.

If you provide us with details of a reference, it is your responsibility to ensure that the person is aware that you have forwarded his/her details and has consented in writing for you to do so.

Profiles you give to us must not contain sensitive data relating to your (i) racial or ethnic origin (ii) political beliefs (iii) philosophical or religious beliefs (iv) membership of a trade union or political party (v) physical or mental health or biometric details or genetic makeup (vi) addictions, sexual life (vii) the commission of criminal offences or proceedings and associated penalties or fines, (viii) the commission of any unlawful or objectionable conduct and associated penalties, or (ix) any Social Security Number or national identification number. If your profile does contain this information, then you agree that it is at your own risk. We cannot control third parties' access to such information from our database.

Date of Last Revision: October 30, 2014.