designcontest scholar privacy policy

Last updated: 01 February 2018

DesignContest Scholar is an interactive application (hereinafter, referred to as “Scholar”) that enables students and their education institution / teachers to run interactive design classes and school design contests for free using the (hereinafter, referred to as ‘Website’) platform, which is owned and operated by DesignContest LLC., (hereinafter, referred to as ‘Company’ or ‘We’ or ‘Our’ or ‘Us’).

Through this page, we intend to convey our commitment to honor and uphold the online privacy of the Scholar users. This Privacy Policy (the “Policy”), inter alia, informs the users of Scholar the mode through which we collect, use, protect, and, sometimes, disclose their personal and non-personal information. By using any of the features of Scholar, the users acknowledge that they have understood, agreed, and accepted the provisions of this Policy, and any amendments thereof.

Information We Collect and How We Use It?

Scholar users are required to submit only that much information which is required to provide efficient, timely, and reliable services.

We do not sell, rent or otherwise commercially exploit your personal information. All such information is strictly used in accordance with the provisions of this Policy.

Personally Identifiable Information

If the users wish to use certain features and functionalities that are reserved for the registered members of Scholar, they are required to apply for the membership by filling out and submitting the online registration form. During the registration process, we collect certain personally identifiable information from the users, including but not limited to, your full name, email address, postal address, telephone number, profile, preferred username, etc.

This information is used to:

  • contact the registered users,
  • inform the registered users about the Project(s) that match their profile,
  • enable communication between the Project participants,
  • resolve disputes,
  • provide customer support,
  • troubleshoot,
  • enforce our Terms of Services Agreement,
  • troubleshoot,
  • resolve any other matter that involves protection of our legal and proprietary interests.

The email of the users is specifically used to communicate with the users, among other things:

  • notify the users of Scholar when a Project is posted that match their profile,
  • notify important information regarding users’ participation in the Projects posted on or through the Scholar application,
  • sending updates concerning Website’s features and functionality,
  • sending periodic newsletters. However, the users can opt not to receive unimportant messages from the Scholar by managing their account and tailor the notification settings.

Certain personally identifiable information, like Profile Details (Name, Photograph, Location, Area of Expertise, etc.), feedback and comments by other users will be publicly available on this Website.

Non-Personally Identifiable Information

While using the Scholar application on the Website, we also collect certain non-personally identifiable information from the users including, but not limited to:

  • the IP Address of the Internet Service Provider (ISP),
  • the browser used to access the Scholar,
  • the operating system installed on the computer of the user, and
  • other aggregate and generic information.

This information is used to improve the functioning and content of the Website, specifically the Scholar application; enhance the user experience of Scholar application; offering the users targeted marketing messages.

This non-personally identifiable information may be shared with our advertisers and affiliates in order to provide the users with better services.

Typically, cookies and other advanced technologies are used to collect non-personally identifiable information from the users of Scholar application on the Website. Cookies are small text files placed on the hard drive of your computer system by our servers. Such cookies and other advanced technologies do not collect any personally identifiable information from the users, and are generally used to avoid repeat login during the same session while the users visit different pages of the Scholar application on the Website.

Anti-Spam Policy

We do not indulge in any kind of spam activities. Therefore, users of Scholar should not expect any kind of unsolicited commercial mails or messages originating from our servers. All our emails carry an “Unsubscribe” link, which the users may click to unsubscribe from receiving our emails.

Third Party Links

The Website, including the Scholar application, may contain links of third party websites belonging to our advertisers, affiliates, partners and agents. We do not control or manage the content on such linked websites. You visit such linked websites on your own sole discretion and risk. Your use of such linked websites shall be subject to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policies of such linked websites.

Data Disclosure

The following disclosure of any information shall not be subject to the provisions contained in this Policy:

  • Disclosure to government agencies in response to legal processes, including subpoena;
  • Disclosure by the users themselves on any public or privately accessible forum including, social media platforms, blogs, forums, IM / chat programs, etc.;
  • Disclosure to auditors and investigators entrusted with auditing and/or investigating any suspected fraudulent activity on the Website;
  • Disclosure to anyone in order to enforce our Terms of Services and other legal rights;
  • Disclosure to successor-in-interest in case of sale or part-sale of the business, including the Scholar application or this Website or any part thereof.

Data Protection

This Website (including Scholar application) is backed by several technological and human measures to protect your sensitive information collected by our servers, including without limitation SSL encryption (128 bits), which encrypts the flow of information to and from this Website (including Scholar application) and protects it from unauthorized access. However, despite our best efforts, considering the nature of technology, we cannot ensure foolproof security of data from hackers and other criminals.

Data Access

The Scholar users may change, modify, or delete any information that they have provided by managing their account.


This Privacy Policy is subject to updates and amendments at anytime without any prior notice to anyone. All such updates and amendments shall be notified on this web page. And only substantial changes to this Policy shall be notified to the registered users/members of Scholar. Therefore, we strongly recommend that the users periodically check this page for latest updates to this Policy. Your continued usage of the Scholar application or any features thereof shall signify the implied consent to the updated Privacy Policy.

Contact Us

In case you have any questions on any provisions contained in this Privacy Policy, please feel free to reach us at We shall respond to all such queries promptly and appropriately.