- DataChangers is solely and independently responsible for its own privacy practices. No Partner is responsible for DataChangers’s privacy practices.
- Each Partner is solely and independently responsible for its own privacy practices. No Partner is responsible for another Partner’s privacy practices. Also, DataChangers is not responsible for any Partner’s privacy practices.
Information that DataChangers Collects from You (Including Personal Information)
DataChangers directly collects information when you:
- sign up for a DataChangers user account and create an DataChangers user profile;
- enroll and participate in online courses;
- purchase a product or service (for example, Certificate of Completion);
- send email messages to DataChangers (including messages to learner support);
- participate in user surveys; and
- participate in public forums, webinars, and other interactive experiences on the DataChangers Site.
DataChangers also indirectly collects usage information about your visit to the DataChangers Site, as explained in the section below titled Cookies and Tracking Technologies.
DataChangers does not itself collect or store financial account numbers or identification issued by a governmental entity, employer, or other authority. Instead, if you choose to make a purchase on the DataChangers Site, for example a Certificate of Completion, you will be directed to DataChangers’s third-party payment processor and DataChangers’s third-party ID verification service provider. If you do not wish to submit the required authentication or payment information, then you will not be able to obtain a certificate via the DataChangers Site.
DataChangers requires your Personal Information only in limited circumstances when you:
- sign up for a DataChangers user account (name, username, email address);
- purchase a Certificate of Completion (so that DataChangers’s third-party vendor can authenticate your identity) or other product or service (so that DataChangers’s third-party vendor can process payment);
- participate in remote proctoring or other course facilitation processes (so that DataChangers’s third-party vendor can monitor and assess the integrity of your course activity); or
- earn a Certificate of Completion (the certificate will have your name on it).
To the extent that DataChangers associates the information that DataChangers collects directly or indirectly with an individual (for example, you), the association is based on Personal Information in your account profile.
You may voluntarily choose to share additional Personal Information on the DataChangers Site, for example:
- in your DataChangers account profile (and you may display a limited or full profile to other DataChangers Site users);
- in applying for financial assistance; or
- when participating in a course, forum, webinar, or other interactive experience on the DataChangers Site (noting that in some cases, this information is shared with a third party that provides tools or other assistance for the DataChangers Site or a course).
DataChangers encourages you to use discretion before voluntarily sharing additional Personal Information on the DataChangers Site. (If you later choose to delete your DataChangers account, deletion of your Personal Information will be subject to the process and limits outlined below.)
Partners do not receive your Personal Information unless and until you enroll in a course. If you enroll in a course, the Partner that offers the course will receive Personal Information from your DataChangers account profile plus the information that DataChangers collects about your activity and performance in the course in which you enrolled.
- based on your cookie settings, DataChangers tracks information indicating, among other things, which pages of the DataChangers Site were visited, the order in which they were visited, when they were visited, and which hyperlinks and other user interface controls were used;
- DataChangers may log the IP address, operating system, and browser software (including mobile use and device type when you use DataChangers native mobile apps) you used when accessing the DataChangers Site, and DataChangers may be able to determine from an IP address your Internet Service Provider and the geographic location of your point of connectivity; and
- DataChangers may track and collect information from emails that DataChangers sends to you, for example whether you opened the email or clicked on any links from the email.
DataChangers also partners with third parties to help us track and understand your activity on the DataChangers Site, how you interact with DataChangers’s social media, and how you find or may be referred to the DataChangers Site. Individual Partners may separately use Tracking Technologies within their courses and email communications to understand your activity within a course and how you find or may be referred to a course on the DataChangers Site.
- when necessary for system administration, security, and integrity to ensure the DataChangers Site works properly for you. Without these technologies, the DataChangers Site may not function correctly;
- to enable analytics, performance and functionality, to help DataChangers and Partners gather information about how visitors use the DataChangers Site and monitor DataChangers Site performance, and to enhance your experience by recognizing and rePartnering whether you have visited the DataChangers Site before and may have any personal preferences; and
- to support marketing by enabling DataChangers and Partners to deliver content relevant to your interests on the DataChangers Site and third-party sites based on how you interact with DataChangers or Partner advertisements or content. DataChangers and Partners use “first-party” cookies, which means cookies served by DataChangers or an individual Partner, and also “third-party” cookies, which means cookies served by third parties that help DataChangers and Partners track this information.
You have some options for managing Cookies and other Tracking Technologies. These include:
- Modifying your browser settings: You should be able to control how and whether your web browser accepts Cookies by adjusting its privacy and security settings. The “help” feature of the menu bar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new Cookies, how to receive notification of new Cookies, and how to disable existing Cookies. If you reject DataChangers’s Cookies, many functions and conveniences of the DataChangers Site may not work properly.
How Your Information Is Used
DataChangers and Partners use information, including Personal Information, to carry out the following purposes:
- Operate and improve the DataChangers Site – This includes creating and improving features that support the DataChangers community and enable DataChangers Site usage at scale. This also includes personalizing the DataChangers Site, so your learning experience is tailored to your interests and needs.
- Create, administer, provide, and teach courses – This includes creating and improving the delivery of massive open online courses and programs on DataChangers. This also includes personalizing courses, so your learning experience is tailored to your interests and needs, and assessing your performance and awarding certificates.
- Offer and improve products and services – This includes enabling you to navigate the DataChangers Site, to enroll and participate in courses and programs on the DataChangers Site, to learn effectively in such courses and programs, and to purchase or obtain products and services on the DataChangers Site such as a Certificate of Completion.
- Develop and maintain the security and performance of the DataChangers Site – This includes tracking DataChangers Site outages and creating software solutions, detecting violations of the Honor Code and Terms of Service, and monitoring uses, misuses, and potential misuses of the DataChangers Site.
- Communicate with you – This includes answering your course and platform questions, notifying you of course and DataChangers Site maintenance and updates, marketing to you about course offerings, programs, news, and related products and services of DataChangers or DataChangers affiliates, and as permitted under applicable law, sending you communications about products or services of selected business partners that may be of interest to you.
- Support scientific research including, for example, in the areas of cognitive science and education – This includes collaborating to enable and conduct research about how learners access and master course materials online, with the goal of improving course outcomes.
- Track DataChangers Site usage against goals and mission – This includes performing analytics to evaluate access to and performance in courses and course-related products and services and to report aggregate usage information (not Personal Information) to business partners and external audiences.
- Exercise, enforce, and comply with legal rights and obligations – This includes responding to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process; and investigating, preventing, or taking action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, security or technical issues, or to protect the rights, property, or safety of DataChangers, Partners, or others, and as otherwise required by applicable law.
DataChangers or a Partner may also seek your consent for additional uses of information, including Personal Information, and will use it only for the purpose described to you. All use of Personal Information is subject to applicable law.
DataChangers and Partners share information, including Personal Information, with third parties for the following purposes:
- With other learners in courses that you take and with other visitors to the DataChangers Site, to create an interactive learning environment, support class participation, and share course information – This includes sharing comments, coursework, or other information or content that you submit to a portion of the DataChangers Site designed for viewing by other class Partners or for public communication. This also includes providing opportunities for you to communicate with other users who may have similar interests or educational goals, for instance, recommending specific study partners or connecting potential student mentees and mentors. In such cases, DataChangers and each Partner that offers a course in which you enrolled may use all information collected about you to determine who might be interested in communicating with you, but will only provide others your username (for clarity, no disclosure of your real name or email address).
- With employers, government programs, institutions, or other enterprises that sponsor your enrollment in a course for training or other educational purposes – If an entity pays for or otherwise sponsors your Certificate of Completion or course participation, DataChangers will share information with the entity as needed to confirm your enrollment, participation, progress, and completion status in that course.
DataChangers or a Partner may also seek your consent for additional disclosures of information, including Personal Information, and will share it only as described to you. In addition, DataChangers or a Partner may share with the public and with third parties, including but not limited to researchers and business partners, information and Personal Information that is de-identified or aggregated in a manner that does not personally identify you.
How to Manage Your Personal Information
You can manage your Personal Information through learner features on the DataChangers Site and requests to the DataChangers learner support team. If your request involves information controlled by a Partner, DataChangers learner support will notify and coordinate with the appropriate Partner to address your request. DataChangers will provide support to the extent required by applicable law (for example, learners in the European Union) and more broadly when possible, as a courtesy in our sole discretion. DataChangers will notify you in the event that DataChangers is unable to meet a request that is not legally required. Similarly, Partners will only be obligated to comply with requests to the extent legally required, but may choose to comply with other requests in their sole discretion.
Access and correct your Personal Information
Much of your Personal Information is available in your DataChangers account. Your name, email address, and other identifiable profile information is editable through the profile settings in your DataChangers account except as noted below. Your account dashboard lists all current and archived courses in which you have enrolled and includes links to any Certificate of Completion you may have earned. The dashboard also contains copies of your answers and other participation and performance in courses. Please contact DataChangers learner support to access and update this or other information. If your request involves information controlled by a Partner, DataChangers learner support will notify the appropriate Partner of your request.
- Usernames cannot ever be changed. This is a DataChangers system restriction. Because usernames identify you in courses and elsewhere on the DataChangers Site, DataChangers encourages you to use discretion in choosing your username. If you want to protect your identity, do not use your real name or a name identifiable to you as your username.
- DataChangers does not track or index every time or every place on the DataChangers Site when or where a learner may volunteer Personal Information, so neither DataChangers nor Partners will be able to help you locate or manage all such instances. DataChangers encourages you to use discretion before volunteering Personal Information on the DataChangers Site.
Restrict or object to the processing of Personal Information
If you want to manage emails and other communications to you, you may update your preferences in your DataChangers account dashboard, follow the steps described in links at the bottom of email messages, or contact DataChangers learner support. You may object to, or request that DataChangers or a Partner stop, its use of your Personal Information for other purposes by contacting the DataChangers learner support team. If your request involves information controlled by a Partner, DataChangers learner support will notify the appropriate Partner of your request. Please note that if you choose to restrict DataChangers’s or a Partner’s ability to process Personal Information, and the processing is otherwise required to provide you with various services and products offered on the DataChangers Site, you may not be able to establish a DataChangers user account or enroll for a course, and DataChangers or a Partner may not be able to provide you with those services or products.
Delete account and Personal Information
To request deletion of your DataChangers account and Personal Information, you should contact the DataChangers support team (email@example.com). Because deletion on the DataChangers system is a permanent action and cannot be reversed, DataChangers may ask you to complete a process that aims to confirm your authority to manage the DataChangers account affected by your request.
With respect to your DataChangers account, DataChangers will permanently:
- deactivate your DataChangers account,
- remove the active profile,
- retire your username, and
- remove you from DataChangers email lists.
With respect to your Personal Information, DataChangers will permanently delete your DataChangers account profile Personal Information from the DataChangers Site.
As noted above, to the extent that DataChangers associates the information that DataChangers collects directly or indirectly with an individual (for example, you), the association is based on Personal Information in your DataChangers account profile. By erasing the Personal Information in your DataChangers account profile, the remaining information about your activity on the DataChangers Site will no longer be associated with you, except as noted below.
These changes will be applied to data stores that are used for operation of the DataChangers Site including course administration by Partners. If you enrolled in any courses on the DataChangers Site, the DataChangers learner support team will share your request with the Partners that offered those courses.
- Deletion will not apply to historical activity logs or archives unless and until these logs and data naturally “age-off” the DataChangers system.
- DataChangers does not track or index every time or every place on the DataChangers Site when or where a learner may volunteer Personal Information, so neither DataChangers nor Partners will be able to help you locate or manage all such instances. DataChangers encourages you to use discretion before voluntarily sharing your Personal Information on the DataChangers Site.
- DataChangers will archive course data (in a manner and to the extent permitted under applicable law) to serve its mission to enable scientific research on cognitive science and education. These archives are used to produce encrypted research data packages for Partners, and Personal Information may not be deleted from research data packages retained by Partners.
- DataChangers and each applicable Partner cannot always delete records of past interactions and transactions. For example, records relating to previous purchases on the DataChangers Site must be retained for financial reporting, audit, and compliance reasons.
- DataChangers and each Partner will retain and use Personal Information as necessary to comply with its legal obligations, resolve disputes, enforce its agreements, and as otherwise permitted by applicable law.
DataChangers will retain your Personal Information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you with services; to maintain a record of your transactions for financial reporting, audit, and compliance purposes; and to comply with DataChangers’ legal obligations, resolve disputes, enforce its agreements, and as otherwise permitted by applicable law. If you enroll in a Partner’s course, such Partner will also retain your Personal Information for as long as needed to provide you with services; to maintain a record of your transactions for financial reporting, audit, and compliance purposes; and to comply with its legal obligations, resolve disputes, enforce its agreements, and as otherwise permitted by applicable law. Upon your request that DataChangers deactivate your account and delete your information, DataChangers will follow the process described above, including without limitation archiving your course data (in a manner and to the extent permitted under applicable law) to serve its mission to enable scientific research on cognitive science and education. These archives will be used to produce encrypted research data packages for Partners, and each such Partner may also keep and use course data for scientific research.
Storage & Security
DataChangers stores information, including Personal Information, on its own servers and also on servers of companies that DataChangers hires to provide services. Each Partner also stores information, including Personal Information, on its own servers and/or on servers of companies that the Partner hires to provide services. In each case, information may be stored in the United States and in other countries where DataChangers or a Partner operates, and in countries where DataChangers and each Partner’s respective service providers operate. If you are in the European Union, Switzerland, or other regions with laws governing data collection and use, you acknowledge that DataChangers and each Partner may transfer, process and store your personal information in the United States and other countries, the privacy laws of which may be considered less strict than those of your region.
DataChangers controls its own copy of information collected through the DataChangers Site and has an information security program designed to protect information in its possession or control. This is done through a variety of privacy and security policies, processes, and procedures. DataChangers uses administrative, physical, and technical safeguards that reasonably and appropriately protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the information that it collects, receives, stores, or transmits. Nonetheless, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure; and therefore, DataChangers cannot guarantee its absolute security. While DataChangers works hard to ensure the integrity and security of its network and systems, DataChangers cannot guarantee that its security measures will prevent “hackers” or other unauthorized persons from illegally accessing or obtaining information.
If DataChangers learns of a security breach involving its copy of your Personal Information, DataChangers may attempt to notify you electronically so that you may take appropriate protective steps. By using the DataChangers Site or providing Personal Information to DataChangers, you agree that DataChangers can communicate with you electronically regarding security, privacy, and administrative issues relating to your use of the DataChangers Site. If a security systems breach occurs, DataChangers may post a notice on the DataChangers homepage (www.datachangers.com) or elsewhere on the DataChangers Site and may send an email to you at the email address associated with your DataChangers account. Depending on where you are located, you may have a legal right to receive notice of a security breach, involving your Personal Information, in writing.
If a Partner learns of a security breach involving that Partner’s copy of your Personal Information, the Partner may attempt to notify you electronically so that you may take appropriate protective steps. By enrolling in a Partner’s course on the DataChangers Site or providing Personal Information to the Partner, you agree that the Partner can communicate with you electronically regarding security, privacy, and administrative issues relating to your course enrollment and participation. If a security systems breach occurs, the affected Partner may post a notice on the DataChangers site and/or send an email to you at the email address associated with your enrollment in the Partner’s course on the DataChangers Site. Depending on where you are located, you may have a legal right to receive notice of a security breach, involving your Personal Information, in writing.
If you have privacy concerns, have disclosed data you would prefer to keep private, or would like to access the Personal Information that DataChangers maintains about you, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also write to us at: ATTN: Privacy, DataChangers, Singel 94a, 1015 AD, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. If your request involves a Partner, DataChangers will notify the appropriate Partner of your request.
DataChangers Site consists of all content and pages located within the datachangers.com web domain and all DataChangers mobile applications.
Partner is each educational institution or other leading global institution or entity that provides courses through the DataChangers Site.
Personal Information is information that specifically identifies you or that, when combined with other information, could be used to identify you.
Tracking Technologies are web beacons, clear gifs, pixels, and similar technologies that are also unique identifiers used to track your online activity but are not stored on your device.
Certificate of Completion is a virtual certificate that shows that you have successfully completed your DataChangers course.
Effective Date: May 20, 2018