Last Modified October 8, 2020
Protecting your privacy is an important priority of Educators Advancement Group, Inc., an Illinois corporation doing business as K-12 Teacher’s Alliance with offices at 20624 Abbey Woods Court North, Frankfort, Illinois 60423 (collectively, “us,” “we” or “KTA”), and we are committed to maintaining strong and meaningful privacy protections. The privacy of your information is a significant responsibility and we value the trust you place in us. KTA is respectful of data privacy and strives to adopt best practices in compliance with applicable privacy laws and regulations, including, without limitation, the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).
This Policy applies to visitors of KTA’s websites, www.k12teachersalliance.org, www.teachhub.com, and www.graduateprogram.org (collectively, the “Site”), any subscribers of KTA’s publications, newsletters, notifications, or memberships, any users of KTA’s services or products and any of KTA’s customers, members, and partners (all of whom may be referred to as “you” in this Policy). The Site, KTA’s products, services, and communications promoted, offered, or accessible on the Site, other KTA-related websites or applications, and any other KTA product or services related to the foregoing are collectively referred to herein as “Services.”
If you are a European Union (“EU”) resident, please note that there are a number of provisions in this Policy that apply uniquely to you (which have been italicized for your convenience).
We offer a wide range of Services, and sometimes additional terms of KTA may apply. When you use or purchase certain Services, you may also be subject to additional guidelines, terms, and agreements of KTA that are applicable to such Services, which are incorporated herein by reference (“Other Agreements”). If this Policy is inconsistent with the Other Agreements, those Other Agreements will control.
BY USING OR ACCESSING OUR SERVICES, YOU ACCEPT AND AGREE TO BE BOUND AND ABIDE BY THIS POLICY. PLEASE READ THIS POLICY AS WELL AS THE OTHER AGREEMENTS CAREFULLY.
YOU MAY NOT ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICES IF YOU (A) DO NOT AGREE TO THIS POLICY AND ANY APPLICABLE OTHER AGREEMENTS, (B) ARE NOT AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD, OR (C) ARE PROHIBITED FROM ACCESSING OR USING THE SERVICES BY APPLICABLE LAW.
YOU HEREBY REPRESENT THAT YOU (A) HAVE READ, UNDERSTOOD AND ACCEPTED THIS POLICY AND ANY APPLICABLE OTHER AGREEMENTS, (B) WILL BE FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES, (C) ARE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD, AND (D) MAY OTHERWISE ENTER INTO AND FORM BINDING CONTRACTS UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.
IF YOU CHOOSE NOT TO ACCEPT THIS POLICY, YOU MAY NOT ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICES.
WHAT TYPES OF INFORMATION WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU
We collect information about you when you communicate with us and/or when you visit, use, or download any of our Services, including, without limitation, when you access the Site, sign up for or request our publications, newsletters, or notifications, subscribe to our membership, participate in a survey and/or offer, or use or purchase any of our Services.
Information You Give Us. The personal information we collect includes information that is publically available or that you provide us, which may consist of name, postal address, telephone number, email address, date of birth, demographics, activities, location information and payment information and other reasonably identifying information relevant to our Services. Personal information does not include “de-identified,” “anonymous” or “aggregate information,” which are not associated with a specific person or entity.
You may give us personal information in a variety of ways, including, without limitation, when you:
- access the Site;
- purchase or use any of our Services;
- subscribe or sign up for our membership or otherwise receive our publications, email communications, and feeds from blogs and social media, link to our social media platforms, and use our Services (g., addresses for email and other electronic communications, log-in information, social media account information);
- communicate with us (g., name, address, email address) through our Contact Us page at www.k12teachersalliance.org/contact (please note, you should not send confidential or proprietary information to us via email, other electronic communication, or via a post to a public platform); or
- download content from our Services and when you otherwise knowingly provide personal information to us.
We may link information we automatically collect with personal information for any lawful purpose, such as to improve and analyze the use of our Services, to improve the visitor or membership experience, to deliver Services, to communicate with you, to monitor the security and integrity of the Site, and to analyze our operations.
We may also send a “cookie,” “pixel tag,” clear gif or web beacons to your device that contains identification unique to the device you are using. The information we receive through cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies may enable us to recognize users across devices, such as smartphones, computers, tablets, or related browsers. Depending upon your device or computer, you may be able to set your browser(s) to reject cookies or delete cookies, but that may result in the loss of some functionality of our Services.
If you are an EU resident, to the extent that any cookie can uniquely identify a computer, mobile device or tablet, or the person using such device, under the GDPR, this is personal data to which, if collected by us, this Policy applies.
Other Information. As we introduce new features to our Services, we may require or gain the ability to collect new information. If we collect materially different personal information, we will notify you and/or may also modify this Policy.
HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
We use your personal information for a variety of purposes, including, without limitation, to:
- provide you with our Services;
- deliver and confirm Services you obtain from us;
- charge your account for any Services ordered or purchased by you (if applicable);
- render any other Services you have requested;
- verify your identity and maintain a record of your transactions and interactions with us;
- provide customer and technical services to you;
- investigate, respond to, and resolve any complaints and service issues;
- make internal business decisions about current and future product and service offerings;
- communicate with you regarding news, events, ideas, related topics, special offers, promotions, new Services, and updates;
- create, target, or measure advertisements;
- protect our rights, interests, safety and property and that of our customers, service providers and other third parties; and
- comply with law or as required for legal purposes.
We use personal information to promote security, investigate violations of our agreements (including this Policy) and/or attempts to harm our users and visitors, and verify proper conduct using our Services. We may also use personal information for investigations or prevention of fraud or network abuse.
Third parties may use non-personal information in order to display advertising that reflects the interests and preferences of our user community.
The GDPR requires data collectors, such as KTA, to have a legal basis to use the personal data of EU residents. Therefore, this section shall apply to any such personal data collected by KTA. KTA uses the personal data that you provide to supply you with high-quality products, content and services as you request, to send important notices, and for internal purposes such as auditing, data analysis, and research to provide you with the information you need to make the most informed decisions. We may also use your personal data to offer you products, content or services that may be of interest to you, based upon your interests or the preferences you shared with us, and may share your personal data with third party sponsors of content, events, and other services or offers. The legal basis for processing your personal data is your consent. In certain circumstances we may otherwise process your personal data if KTA has a legitimate interest in doing so and KTA is not infringing any of your rights and freedoms. When KTA processes your personal data for KTA’s legitimate interests, KTA will consider and balance any potential impact on you and your rights under data protection and any other relevant law. Our legitimate business interests do not override your interests. KTA will not use your personal data in circumstances where your rights and freedoms override our legitimate interests, unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law.
WHEN WE SHARE YOUR INFORMATION
De-Identified Information Sharing. We may share information that is de-identified or in an aggregated form that does not directly identify you.
Third Party and Social Media Plug-in Sharing. Third parties may collect information about your online activities over time and across different websites when you use our Services. For example, we may enable social network plug-ins, whereby those social media providers embed content and tools on the Site (i.e., the plug-ins), which may collect personal information directly from you in connection with your interaction with such content and tools. Such providers’ use of the information is subject to their own privacy policies, which we recommend you review. We are not responsible for such providers’ privacy practices, which are not covered by this Policy.
Affiliated Third Party, Successor, or Assignee Sharing. We may share any of the information we collect with affiliated educational institutions and affiliated companies under common ownership or control, such as companies that are part of the KTA family of companies, and any successors and assignees of KTA. We share information with our affiliates so that they may provide you with information regarding products and services that may be of use to you, and for any other use set forth in this Policy. If we choose to share information we collect in this fashion, we will require our affiliates to honor this Policy.
Unaffiliated Third Party Sharing. We do not sell, license, rent or otherwise provide your personal information to unaffiliated third parties except as follows:
- with your consent, which may be obtained in writing, online through “click-through” agreements, orally on the phone, or implicitly, for example, when you request more information to be sent to your home or business address, you implicitly consented to our disclosure of your name and address to a third party courier to complete delivery;
- to our third-party vendors and partners who complete transactions or perform Services on our behalf (for example, credit/debit card processing, development, fraud protection, billing, shipping, customer service, auditing and marketing);
- to verify the information received from you in connection with your KTA account, membership, or other Services;
- pursuant to a change in your business structure, such as a merger, acquisition, joint venture, corporate reorganization, financing or sale of company assets, or in the unlikely event of insolvency, bankruptcy or receivership;
- as required by law or other legal process, such as a court order, summons, subpoena, and the like;
- to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities or to assist government enforcement agencies, enforce our rights in connection with our agreements with you, or investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations;
- to exercise or protect our rights or interests, property or safety or that of others;
- to protect users of our Services from fraudulent, abusive or unlawful use of the Services and/or to protect the security or integrity of our Services (such as by sharing with companies facing similar threats);
- to facilitate or verify the appropriate calculation of taxes, fees, or other obligations due to a local, state, or federal government; or
- in an emergency situation.
If you are an EU resident, KTA will only share your personal data with unaffiliated third parties, with your consent. If KTA shares your personal data to KTA’s affiliates or with any other third party as described in this Policy and your personal data will be transferred to a state which is not a member state of either the EU or the EEA, or deemed adequate by the European Commission, KTA (as a data controller/data exporter) will only conduct such transfer (to a data processor/data importer) if there are suitable safeguards in place, such as binding corporate rules, standard contractual clauses, approved Codes of Conduct, or approved certification mechanism. For more information, please contact KTA’s Data Protection Officer (see information at the bottom of this Policy).
HOW WE PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION
We use a variety of physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect your personal information from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction while it is under our control. Under our practices and policies, access to sensitive personally identifiable information is authorized only for those who have a business need for such access. Although we work hard to protect personal information that we collect and store, no data security measures are 100% secure and we cannot guarantee that our safeguards will prevent every unauthorized attempt to access, use, alter, destroy, or disclose personal information. KTA maintains security and incident response plans to handle incidents involving unauthorized access to private information we collect or store. We retain information only as long as reasonably necessary for business, accounting, tax or legal purposes. When we dispose of personal information, we use reasonable procedures designed to erase or render it unreadable (for example, shredding documents and wiping electronic media). If you become aware of a security issue, please contact us at the address, email address, or telephone number provided at the bottom of this Policy. We will work with you to address any problems.
YOUR CONTROL OVER PERSONAL INFORMATION
We strive to keep our customer records as accurate as possible. If you have provided personal information to us and wish to revoke our use of it, you will need to send us a written request (first class mail, email, or other reliable form of written communication) to delete or cease use of your personal information. We are not required to alter or delete information stored for purposes of backup or disaster recovery (or as otherwise required by law). In addition, you should be aware that it may not be technologically possible to remove each and every record of information you have provided to use from our servers. You play an important role in ensuring the security your personal information. We encourage you to use safeguards to protect your information.
If you are an EU resident, under the GDPR, you may, among other things, send KTA a request to (a) confirm that KTA is processing your personal data, or to access, update or correct the personal data ASP holds about you, or to obtain a copy to reuse for your own purposes, (b) erase your personal data, (c) opt-out of marketing communications from KTA or (d) restrict KTA’s processing of your personal data. We kindly ask you to send such concerns (or objection) in written form stating your name, address and phone number, so that we can confirm your identity. If you inform us that you want your personal data erased (if you are an EU resident), or that you no longer wish for us to communicate with you for marketing purposes, or to otherwise restrict KTA’s processing of your personal data, we may retain some basic information in order to avoid sending you unwanted materials in the future, and to keep a record of your request and our response.
OTHER INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW
Information About Children. We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. The Services are not designed or intended to attract or target children under the age of 13. The Services do not collect personal information from any person whom we actually know is under the age of 13.
California Privacy Rights. California Civil Code Section 1798 entitles California customers to request information concerning whether a business has disclosed personal information to any third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. As stated in this Policy, we will not sell or share your personal information with non-affiliated companies for their direct marketing purposes without your consent (and as otherwise set forth in this Policy). California customers who wish to request further information about our compliance with this law or have questions or concerns about our privacy practices and policies may contact us as specified in the contact provide below.
Links to Other Websites or Applications. On or through the Services, we may provide links to third party websites. We are not responsible for the content or information collection practices of those sites, including their privacy policies. Please review their privacy policies and content or information collection practices before using such third party applications or visiting their sites.
Anonymous or De-identified Data. KTA may anonymize and/or de-identify information collected by KTA via the Services or other means so that the information does not identify you. Notwithstanding any other provision in this Policy, KTA’s use and disclosure of aggregated and/or de-identified information is not subject to any restrictions under this Policy, and we may disclose it to others without limitation for any purpose.
Notice to Non-U.S. Users. Our computer systems are currently based in the United States, so your personal data will be processed by us in the United States where data protection and privacy regulations may not offer the same level of protection as in other parts of the world, such as the EU. If you create an account with the Site as a visitor from outside the United States, by using the Services, you agree to this Policy and you consent to the transfer of all such information to the United States, which may not offer an equivalent level of protection of that required in the EU or certain other countries, and to the processing of that information as described in this Policy.
DISCLAIMER, LIABILITY, AND RELEASE
Disclaimer. THE REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES SET FORTH IN THIS POLICY, IF ANY, ARE KTA’S ONLY REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES AND NO OTHER REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WILL APPLY. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, NEITHER KTA NOR ANY PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH KTA MAKES ANY WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION WITH RESPECT TO THE COMPLETENESS, SECURITY, RELIABILITY, QUALITY, ACCURACY OR AVAILABILITY OF THE SERVICES. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, NEITHER KTA NOR ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH KTA REPRESENTS OR WARRANTS THAT THE SERVICES OR THE CONTENTS THEREIN WILL BE ACCURATE, RELIABLE, ERROR-FREE OR UNINTERRUPTED, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, THAT OUR SERVICES OR THE SERVER OR PLATFORM THAT MAKES IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS OR THAT THE SERVICES WILL OTHERWISE MEET YOUR NEEDS OR EXPECTATIONS. KTA EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY ACTS OR OMISSIONS OF OTHER USERS OF THE SERVICES. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE SERVICES, YOUR SOLE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE SERVICES. Some jurisdictions do not allow the disclaimer of warranties, so such disclaimer may not apply to you.
Limitation of Liability. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL KTA BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, COVER, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, HOWEVER CAUSED, WHETHER IN CONTRACT OR TORT OR UNDER ANY OTHER THEORY OF LIABILITY, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF REVENUE, ANTICIPATED PROFITS, BUSINESS OR SALES, ANY LOSS OF GOODWILL OR REPUTATION, OR THE COSTS OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES, EVEN IF KTA OR AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE THEREOF HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING CONTAINED HEREIN TO THE CONTRARY, IN NO EVENT SHALL THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF KTA TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION (WHETHER IN CONTRACT OR TORT, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE, PRODUCT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE) ARISING FROM THIS POLICY OR YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE SERVICES EXCEED, IN THE AGGREGATE, $100.00. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of damages, so such exclusions may not apply to you.
Limitation on Time to File Claims. ANY CAUSE OF ACTION OR CLAIM YOU MAY HAVE ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS POLICY OR YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES MUST BE COMMENCED WITHIN SIX (6) MONTHS AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUES, OTHERWISE, SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION OR CLAIM IS PERMANENTLY BARRED.
Release. If you have a dispute with one (1) or more other users of our Services, you release us (and our affiliates and subsidiaries, and our and their respective officers, directors, employees and agents) from claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with such disputes. IN ENTERING INTO THIS POLICY YOU EXPRESSLY WAIVE ANY PROTECTIONS (WHETHER STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE) THAT WOULD OTHERWISE LIMIT THE COVERAGE OF THE RELEASE CONTAINED HEREIN TO INCLUDE ONLY THOSE CLAIMS WHICH YOU MAY KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN YOUR FAVOR AT THE TIME OF AGREEING TO THIS POLICY, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE §1542, WHICH SAYS: “A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.”
Governing Law. By accessing any of the Services, you agree that this Policy and your use of the Services shall be governed exclusively by the laws of the State of Illinois without regard to conflict of laws principles, regardless of your location when accessing the Services. This Policy is entered into and performed in Chicago (Cook County), Illinois USA. This Policy does not give rise to personal jurisdiction over KTA, either specific or general, in jurisdictions other than Illinois. KTA makes no representation that the Services are appropriate or will be available for use in other locations. If you use a site from outside the United States of America, you are entirely responsible for compliance with applicable local laws, including but not limited to the export and import regulations of other countries in relation to the Services and third party content.
Dispute Resolution. The parties shall attempt to resolve any disputes through good faith business negotiations or facilitative mediation in Chicago, Illinois. Except as otherwise determined by KTA, in its sole discretion, all disputes or claims arising out of or relating to this Policy shall be settled by arbitration, to be conducted by a single arbitrator in Chicago, Illinois, by and in accordance with the then effective commercial rules of the American Arbitration Association; provided that the arbitrator shall not have authority to issue injunctions. The costs of the arbitration and the reasonable attorneys’ fees of KTA shall be included in any award rendered by the arbitrator. The proceedings shall be conducted only in the English language. Judgment upon the award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. Other legal proceedings, if any, shall be initiated and maintained in Cook County, Illinois, and in the event KTA brings such legal proceeding against you to enforce KTA’s rights hereof, the costs and expenses incurred by KTA (including attorneys’ fees) in connection with such legal proceeding shall be paid for by you.. The parties expressly submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue of these courts and waive any objection on the grounds of personal jurisdiction, venue, or forum non conveniens.
Amendment of this Policy. KTA may, modify, add or remove any portion of this Policy from time to time, in its sole discretion with or without notice to you, by posting such changes on the Site or App. Once posted such changes shall come into full force and effect. In addition to other forms of acceptance, use of the Services constitutes acceptance of this Policy, including continued use after such changes are posted. It is your responsibility to check periodically for changes to this Policy.
Notices. Any notice to KTA must be in writing and must be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and by registered mail or overnight courier to K-12 Teacher’s Alliance, 20624 Abbey Woods Court North, Frankfort, Illinois 60423. Any notice to you shall be given by email to the email address provided to you during registration as a registered user, or as subsequently updated by you, or via posting on the Site or App, any of which you agree shall be sufficient notice to you. Notice shall be deemed to have been given to you upon 24 hours after it has been sent or at the time the information was posted on or through our Services. If you change your email address, you are responsible for updating your account profile.
Severability. If any provision of this Policy is held by an arbitrator or court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, then such provision shall be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to affect the intent of this Policy, and the remainder of this Policy shall continue in full force and effect.
No Waiver. The failure by KTA to exercise or enforce any rights or provisions of this Policy shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.
No Partnership. No partnership, joint venture, franchisor-franchisee, or agency relationship is intended or created by this Policy.
Assignment. You may not assign or transfer this Policy or your obligations hereunder in whole or in part, whether by operation of law or otherwise, without KTA’s prior written consent. In the event of a permitted transfer, this Policy shall bind and inure to the benefit of the parties, their respective successors and permitted assigns. To the extent any novation is required for KTA to assign this Policy, you hereby appoint the officers of KTA as your attorney-in-fact to execute all documents necessary to consummate such novation.
Survival. All provisions in this Policy regarding representations and warranties, content, indemnification, disclaimers and limitations on liability shall survive any termination of this Policy.
Force Majeure. Any delay in the performance of any duties or obligations of KTA will not be considered a breach of this Policy if such delay is caused by a labor dispute, market shortage of materials, fire, earthquake, flood or any other event beyond the control of KTA, provided that KTA uses reasonable efforts, under the circumstances, to resume performance as soon as reasonably practicable.
Language. If a translation of this Policy into any other language is required by law, the English version will prevail to the extent that there is any conflict or discrepancy in meaning between the English version and any translation thereof. If this Policy is provided to you in a language other than English, KTA does so solely for your convenience.
Entire Agreement. This Policy and any applicable Other Agreements contain the entire agreement between you and KTA, and supersede all previous communications, representations, understandings and agreements, either oral or written, between us.
If you have any questions or comments about this Policy or about KTA’s privacy practices, please call us at (800) 275-0279 or send an email message to email@example.com. You may also direct your privacy-related comments or questions to the address below:
K-12 Teacher’s Alliance
20624 Abbey Woods Court North
Frankfort, Illinois 60423
If you are a California resident, in accordance with Cal. Civ. Code §1789.3, you may report complaints to the Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services of the California Department of Consumer Affairs by contacting them in writing at 400 R Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, or by telephone at (800) 952-5210.
If you are an EU resident and believe you have suffered harm due to a breach of your rights by KTA under this Policy, and KTA has not handled your complaint in a reasonably sufficient manner, you may also file a complaint with the applicable supervisory authority. In addition, you may contact our Data Protection Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending your privacy-related comments or questions to the address set forth above.