Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy for Microsoft Excel Collegiate Challenge

Update Date: 28.06.2024.

  1. Introduction

Welcome to the Microsoft Excel Collegiate Challenge (MECC), jointly organized by the Financial Modeling World Cup and Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. We are committed to protecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy explains how we collect, use, disclose, and safeguard your information when you visit our website and participate in our competition and merch shop.

  1. Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at:

  1. Scope and Consent

This Privacy Policy applies to the MECC website, products, and services, including all aspects of the MECC competition. User access and use of the MECC website, products, and services convey consent to the collection, storage, use, and disclosure practices set out in this Privacy Policy. Users are encouraged to frequently visit the legal sections of the website to stay informed about changes. Modifications will be effective on the day they are posted.

  1. Information We Collect

For Competition Sign-Up:

  • Name, last name, preferred email, email for ExPrep (partner organization), University/College, Major/Field of Studies, Current Enrollment, Graduation Date, Country
  • Mandatory: Age confirmation (16+), Agreement to competition rules, Terms of Use, and Privacy Policy
  • Additional (optional) information: Sponsorship needs, Gender, Underrepresented demographics status, Referral source

For Merch Shop:

  • First name, last name, country, address, town/city, zip code, phone number for delivery, email address
  • Legal entity information (if applicable)
  • Payment information via WooCommerce (credit card, PayPal)

Non-Personal Information:

  • Data collected via Google Analytics (e.g., browser type, IP address, site usage data)

Additional Data Points:

  • Nationality, gender, signature, photographs, suitable formal identification information (e.g., tax ID, passport number, driver’s license details), geo-location/tracking details, browser fingerprint, OS, browser name and version, survey responses, public social networking posts, and security questions.


  • The website uses cookies in combination with automated techniques to collect and store information obtained from user activities on the website.
  • Third-party advertisements and content may collect information about users’ online activities across websites and over time through cookies, web beacons, and other technologies.

Note: We may add additional fields in the future as necessary.

  1. Use of Your Information

Competition Sign-Up:

  • Calculate participation results
  • Sign up for informational mailing list on Mailchimp (unsubscribe available)
  • Create statistical data
  • Contact participants if needed
  • Promote our products and services
  • Personalize the website, products, and services for your use
  • Publish information about you for general marketing and promotional purposes
  • Send services that you transact on, win through a competition, or promotion

Merch Shop:

  • Process and fulfill orders
  • Utilize WooCommerce for data handling
  • Collect payments
  • Send email communications, newsletters, and other correspondence

Additional Uses:

  • Improve website navigation and user experience
  • Send newsletters and marketing material
  • Notify you of upcoming competitions and promotions
  • Use information about fraudulent or criminal activity for preventing fraud or crime

  1. Information We Share with Third Parties
  • Subsidiaries and holding companies
  • Couriers and delivery service agents
  • Buyers and prospective buyers of our business or any asset part that we are selling
  • Law enforcement, government, regulators, and other parties for legal reasons
  • Advertising partners and marketing services agents
  • Providers of statistical services

  1. Data Storage and Security
  • Registration data stored in WordPress Formidable Forms
  • Shop data stored in WooCommerce
  • Reasonable organizational and technical precautions to prevent loss, alteration, or misuse of personal information
  • Secure storage on servers, though absolute security cannot be guaranteed

  1. Cross-border Data Transfers
  • Information may be stored, processed, and transferred between countries in which the MECC operates

  1. User Rights

Users can contact us at any time to request the deletion of their information. Please email us at to exercise this right.

  1. Cookies and Tracking

Our website uses Google Analytics to track and analyze website traffic. For more information on what data Google Analytics collects and how it is used, please refer to Google’s Privacy Policy.

  1. Third-Party Links

Our website may contain links to third-party websites, including social media and other useful links. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of these websites.

  1. Children’s Privacy

Our website is intended for users aged 16 and above. We do not knowingly collect information from children under 16.

  1. Scam and Identity Theft Prevention

MECC holds no responsibility or liability for scams or identity theft. Users should use common sense and preventive measures to stay safe online.

  1. Changes to This Privacy Policy

We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time. Any changes will be posted on this page, and we will update the effective date at the top of the policy.

  1. GDPR Compliance

User Rights under GDPR:

  • Right of Access
  • Right of Rectification
  • Right of Erasure
  • Right to Restrict Processing
  • Right to Object to Processing
  • Right to Data Portability

Exercising GDPR Rights:

  • Users can contact us at any time to exercise their GDPR rights. We will respond within one month of receiving notice.

Cookies Policy:

  • For further information, read our dedicated Cookies Policy.

External Websites & GDPR:

  • Our GDPR Policy applies only to the MECC website. Upon clicking on a link to an external website, users should read their legal policies.


  • Our MECC keeps its GDPR Policy under regular review and places any updates on this web page. This GDPR Policy was last updated on 28.06.2024.


  • Users can contact the MECC at any time using the dedicated Contact sections on the website.


  • If Users wish to file a report or complaint upon our MECC not addressing your GDPR rights in a satisfactory commission, please contact your jurisdiction’s Information Commissioner Office.

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