Effective Date: April 7, 2017
1. INFORMATION WE COLLECT
We collect two types of information about users: personally identifiable information (“personal information”), and non-personally identifiable information (“non-personal information”).
Personal Information: Personal information is information that identifies a specific user. When you engage in certain activities that we make available on our site, such as opening an account, submitting or posting content, taking a course, or participating in a promotion like a sweepstakes, we may ask you to provide certain personal information. The information collected may vary depending upon the reason for collection and may include your name, physical address, email address, birth date, driver’s license number and payment card data. We use this information to fulfill your requests, process your transactions, respond to your questions and administer your account as well as for surveys, sweepstakes and other promotional events. While you can choose whether to engage in any such activity, if you do not provide personal information enabling us to contact you, you will be denied access to the activity. We may also use personal information to do all things necessary to administer our Site, products and services and manage, protect and improve them.
Email Lists, Registration for Events and Requests for Additional Information: If you provide your email address to join one of our mailing lists, register for an event or contact us to request additional information or submit comments, we will collect the information you submitted and may use it to respond to your request or inform you about program services and events. Email messages we send in this regard will permit you to unsubscribe from future such messages. Once you unsubscribe, we will not send you any further promotional emails unless you specifically request that we do so later. Your option not to receive promotional material will not preclude us from corresponding with you, by email or otherwise, regarding your existing or past business relationships with us (e.g., any purchase of our products or use of our services, or responses to requests for information you pose to us either through use of the Site or by other means), and will not preclude us from accessing and viewing your personal information in the course of maintaining and improving our Site, products and services.
Account Registration and Profiles: Your name and email address is required to create an account. Our account profile allows you to provide additional optional biographical information to us such as your teaching area and grade level, your school or employer, your position and social media website addresses.
Courses Badges: If you earn badges on our site and elect to share them, please be aware that the metadata attached to the badge contains personal information such as your name, email, profile information and the date the badge was obtained.
Chats, Collections, Courses, Blogs and Discussions: If you participate in any chats, published collections, courses, blogs or other discussions through our Site, the information submitted by or to you will not be considered personal information and may be publicly available. You should be aware that comments, opinions or other information submitted via chats, published collections, courses, blogs or other discussions can be read, collected or used by other users of the Site and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the information you choose to make public in this manner. For more information regarding the proper use of collections, chats or discussions please refer to our Terms of Service.
Application to our Exchange Visitor Program: If you are a non-US national interested in applying to participate in our exchange visitor program for teachers, you will be required to submit detailed information, including, but not limited to, name, telephone number, email address, physical address, social media address, language(s) spoken, driving experiences, licenses and qualifications, educational qualifications, professional experience and employment history, family information including marital status, names, ages, birthdates and criminal convictions of family members, your own criminal history, information about previous travels and visas to the U.S., information about other countries in which you have resided, and other information that may be necessary for us to evaluate your qualifications to teach in the program and the eligibility of you and any accompanying family members to obtain the necessary visa(s).
Referral Program: The referral program allows current or former exchange visitor program teachers to provide us with the names and emails of other teachers, who may be interested in applying to become a participant. If you are referred to us in this manner, we will send you a one-time email inviting you to visit our Site(s) to learn more about our programs and services. We will not email you again unless you request additional information from us or otherwise contact us afterward. We use the personal information collected through the referral only for the purpose of sending you this one-time email and tracking the success of our referral program, unless you request additional information from us or otherwise contact us afterward.
Surveys and Other Communications: We may receive personal information when you provide it to us in response to surveys and other communications.
Other Information: When you visit our Site, we receive and record non-personally identifiable information from your browser. As is true of most websites, we gather certain information automatically. This information may include Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp and/or clickstream data.
We and our partners use software to analyze trends, administer the Site, track users’ movements around the Site, to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole, and to serve advertising on the Site or manage our advertising on other websites. Users may be able control the use of certain tracking software at the individual browser level. We may use “cookies” and other technologies to enhance your online experience, provide additional website functionality and to learn about how visitors navigate and use our websites. The information that we may collect includes the name of the domain from which you access our Site and your activity within our Sites. We collect this tracking data in an aggregate form to improve our websites but do not use this data to identify specific individuals.
2. HOW WE USE THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT
In addition to the uses described above, we use the information we collect in the following ways:
- To send you email notifications about our products and services and special offers.
- To enhance the operation of our site and allow us to personalize content and advertising.
- To troubleshoot and accomplish other administrative tasks.
- To analyze our user base and usage trends.
3. CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH WE MAY SHARE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
We may share your information, including personal information, with third-party service providers as needed to provide certain services. We may, for example, provide some of our services and products through third parties. These third-party service providers perform functions on our behalf, like sending out our administrative and promotional emails or providing customer service. We may share your personal and other information with such service providers as needed to fulfill their functions.
We may share your personal information if you are a teacher candidate who expresses an interest in our exchange visitor teacher program or submit an application to be considered for visa sponsorship in order to carry your request. We share such information with our service providers, the U.S. government, potential host school districts and teacher licensure agencies to administer our program.
We reserve the right to transfer any information, including personal information, in the event all, or a portion, of our business or assets are sold or transferred, including in connection with a sale, merger, consolidation, change in control, transfer of assets, reorganization or liquidation of our business.
We may share your personal information with our customers (like a school system, for example) who have provided you professional development content or purchased access for you to professional development modules or other premium features or content of our service platform. This information may include but is not limited to reports or information regarding your completion of professional development modules or other details regarding your usage of our services platform. Normally, when a customer has purchased access to our services platform for you, we will create an account using your school email address. You may contact the customer to inquire about such reporting.
We may also share personal information submitted through in other circumstances for which you have consented to the disclosure.
4. DO NOT TRACK REQUESTS; THIRD PARTY TRACKING
Unless your browser settings are configured to make your online activities and publicly available information about your online activities invisible to usage analytics tools, we do not presently have the capability to omit you from Site usage information we collect to the extent your browser only sends us a “do not track” message and does not otherwise screen you from tracking without any action on our part.
Third parties, other than our vendors (such as our cookie server, and Facebook and Twitter, which serve ads for us), and our advertisers, do not have authorization from us to track which websites you visited prior and after visiting our website. That said, we cannot control third party tracking and there may be some third party tracking that occurs without our knowledge or consent.
5. UPDATING AND CORRECTING INFORMATION
We encourage you to promptly update your personal information if it changes. To access and edit your personal information, visit your account at https://www.participate.com/users/me or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The profile you create on the Site will be publicly accessible unless otherwise indicated on the Site. You may elect to include or delete certain profile information and you may also delete/deactivate your account by contacting us at email@example.com. If you believe that an unauthorized profile has been created about you, you can request for it to be deleted by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. USER CHOICES
You can let us know that you do not wish to receive promotional emails from us when you open an account with us. In addition, you can opt-out of promotional emails at any time after you open an account by adjusting your account privacy preferences at https://www.participate.com/users/me, or by hitting the “unsubscribe” button at the bottom of any Participate emails.
7. LINKS TO OTHER SITES
8. YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS
Pursuant to Section 1798.83 of the California Civil Code, residents of California have the right to request from a business, with whom the California resident has an established business relationship, certain information with respect to the types of Personal Information the business shares with third parties for direct marketing purposes by such third party and the identities of the third parties with whom the business has shared such information in the immediately preceding calendar year.
To access this information, write to:
Participate c/o The Center for International Education, Inc. ATTN: Privacy Officer
201 Sage Road, Suite 200, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.
Please note that, under the law, we are not required to respond to your request more than once in a calendar year, nor are we required to respond to any requests that are not sent to the above-designated email or mailing address.
9. OUR POLICIES REGARDING CHILDREN
The Site is not intended for use by minors. If you are under the age of 18, or the age of majority in your jurisdiction of residence (if higher than 18), do not use the Site. We do not knowingly collect personal information from anyone under the age of 18, and no part of our Site is designed to attract anyone under the age of 18. If we learn that we have collected personal information of a child under 18 in the United States we will take steps to delete the information as soon as possible. If you are a minor in your jurisdiction of residence, please do not submit any information to us.
10. NOTICE TO RESIDENTS OF COUNTRIES OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES
12. CONTACTING US
c/o The Center for International Education, Inc.
ATTN: Privacy Officer
201 Sage Road, Suite 200
Chapel Hill, NC 27514