The Teachers Guild Privacy & Cookies Policy
Site and Overview
Information We Collect
Our primary purpose in collecting your first name, email address, username and password when you register to the Site (the “Login Information”) is (i) to provide you with a safe, smooth, and efficient experience and (ii) to be able to contact you in connection with any Contributions and information that you submit. We only collect the minimum of personal information about you that we consider necessary for achieving this purpose. Your email address is not displayed. You also have the option of entering additional information such as school, subject, grade level taught, number of years teaching, city, state, and social media which we would use to tailor and localize the User experience as well as tracking impact from the Collaborations.
If you register to the Site using ‘Facebook Connect’ the following information from Facebook, if it has been made publically available by you on Facebook, will be stored on our servers as your Login Information – ID, first and last names, email address, country, locale, gender and date of birth. Additionally your Facebook Profile Picture becomes part of your Login Information but is not stored by us. Your Facebook ID will be your username for the Site.
Your Login Information is held within your account called My Profile. This is a) created when you register to the Site, b) added to at will by you the User, and c) includes your Design Quotient. We derive a profile of you (the “Design Quotient” or “DQ”) solely based on your Contributions, other User’s feedback on your Contributions, and your Applause of other Entrant’s Contributions for Collaborations.
It is each User’s decision as to whether they add personal information to My Profile or upload a photograph/image of themselves and opt to make these visible to other Users as part of My Profile. The image/photo/picture, first and last name, gender and date of birth from Facebook Connect (if used) can be made private by deletion at each User’s discretion. Your Facebook ID is not visible in My Profile but can appear in your My Profile URL.
Your DQ is published on the Site, is accessible on each page of the Site, and is visible to other Users unless you choose to make it private (an option available in My Profile).
In general, you can browse the Site without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself. Once you register, create My Profile, or submit a Contribution for a Collaboration you are not anonymous to us. If you choose to submit a Contribution prior to registering to the Site, we will require you to first register with your Login Information thus creating My Profile and then to become an Entrant by agreeing the Collaboration Rules. All Contributions will be viewable by other Users of the Site. You always have the option to not provide information by choosing not to register or submit a Contribution or Applause.
If you register and create My Profile, choose to submit Contributions, or Applause, or post messages on the Site we will collect and store that information you provide to us. We retain this information for the purposes of the Site and as necessary to resolve disputes and troubleshoot problems as permitted or required by law.
If you send us personal correspondence, such as emails or letters, or if other Users or third parties send us correspondence about your activities or postings on the Site, we may collect such information into a file specific to you.
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you browse our site and agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.
We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.
- Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website more relevant to your interests, but also to ensure that we are aligning our website in the best way with our target visitors.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
Here are the cookies and what they do:
- SPRING_SECURITY_REMEMBER_ME_COOKIE: This cookie is used when you tick the “remember me” option when logging in. It lets you use the site for a longer period of time without the need to log in again after closing your browser.
- AWSELB: This cookie is used by Amazon, who host our site, to improve the function of the servers by distributing user traffic across multiple web servers. This minimises downtime, interruptions and slowing of the site.
- JSESSIONID: This cookie is used by us to ensure the user journey is a smooth one.
- GOOGLE ANALYTICS: We also use the following Google Analytics on our site:
- _utma:This cookie tracks users including a user’s first or most recent visit. This cookie tracks the day of a user’s visit
- _utmb: _utmb and _utmc below: track new sessions and visits to the site, including the length of the visit, arrival and exit times of users.
- _utmc: Please see _utmb above, it works together with _utmc
- _utmz: This cookie analyses how a user reached the site, which site they came from and their geographical location.
- _ga: Google Analytics cookie. The _ga cookie is used to uniquely identify you as a visitor to this site. This is achieved by generating two random 32-bit numbers and setting them in a cookie - no personal information or data is tracked.
- _gat: Google Analytics cookie. The _gat cookie is used to share certain information back with Google.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
- Identify our visitors across multiple pages / sessions.
- Display the correct content to our visitors
Hotjar creates the following four persistent cookies, which expire automatically after 365 days:
- _hjClosedSurveyInvites: This cookie is set once a visitor interacts with a Survey invitation popup. It is used to ensure that the same invite does not re-appear if it has already been shown.
- Hot Jar_hjUserId: This cookie is set as soon as a user loads a page which contains the Hotjar code. The cookie contains a universally unique identifier (UUID) which allows Hotjar to track the same visitor across multiple pages and sessions.
- _hjDonePolls: This cookie is set once a visitor completes a poll using the Feedback Poll request. It is used to ensure that the same poll does not re-appear if the Visitor has already been filled it in.
- _hjMinimizedPolls: This cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Feedback Poll request. It is used to ensure that the popup stays minimised when the visitor navigates through our site.
- _hjDoneTestersWidgets: This cookie is set once a visitor submits their information in a request popup to help us improve aspects of the site. It is used to ensure that the same form does not re-appear if it has already been filled in.
- _hjMinimizedTestersWidgets: This cookie is set once a visitor minimises a request popup. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimised when the visitor navigates through our site.
- _hjDoneSurveys: This cookie is set once a visitor completes a survey. It is used to only load the survey content if the visitor hasn't completed the survey yet.
Hotjar also creates the following session cookie, which only exists until a visitor ends their session:
_hjIncludedInSample: This session cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate information about how effective hotjar cookies have been.
We also use User activity, including Users’ My Profile, on the Site to do internal research with the potential to improve the Site and future Collaborations. We may also track the URL that you came to the Site from (whether this URL is on the Site or not), which URL you next go to (whether this URL is on the Site or not), your computer browser information, and your IP address. We do all of these things to better understand, protect and serve you and the Site and to be able to investigate any allegations against you or us.
By using our Site (through any device) you agree that this Cookies Policy applies to that use in addition to any other terms and conditions which may apply. By using our Site you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device, however you can block these cookies using your browser settings.
We reserve the right to make changes to our Cookies Policy. Your continued use of the Site is taken as meaning that you agree to any such changes.
You can also block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site. For guidance on removing cookies using your browser, please visit www.aboutcookies.org.
Our Use of Your Information
We use your personal information in the file we maintain about you, and other information we obtain from your current and past activities on the Site to:
- contact you about any Contributions
- contact you with Notifications
- contact you with any marketing information; coaching, local events, opportunities and social media connections
- troubleshoot problems and resolve disputes
- detect and protect us against error, fraud and other criminal activity
- enforce any terms and conditions governing use of the Site, and as
- otherwise described to you at the time of collection.
By accepting these terms and conditions you expressly agree that we may contact you as provided herein, and you agree that we may use your Login Information to contact you.
Our Disclosure of Your Information
IDEO and Riverdale may disclose information it has collected from you and/or Contributions you have made available on the Site when it believes in good faith that the law or legal process requires it, or when it is necessary to do so to protect the rights or property of IDEO, Riverdale or Collaboration Hosts or others. As a matter of policy, we do not provide any of your personal information to third parties without your explicit consent (given here). We will not use your information for marketing purposes for ourselves or others. The following describes some of the ways that your personal information may be disclosed in the normal scope of our business and you authorise us to do this for the purposes of the use, operation any investigations of the information on the Site.
Internal Service Providers for Our Operations. We may use third parties that we refer to as internal service providers to facilitate or outsource one or more aspects of our business. Therefore we may provide some of your personal information directly to these internal service providers, or this information may come available to them in the course of our business with them. These internal service providers are subject to confidentiality agreements with us and other legal restrictions that prohibit their use of the information we provide to them for any other purpose except to facilitate the specific outsourced IDEO and Riverdale related operation, unless you have explicitly agreed or given your prior permission to them for additional uses.
Other Corporate Entities. We may share our data, including personal information about you, with our parent company, subsidiaries, partners and joint ventures and they are bound by terms of confidentiality and they will treat your personal information available to them at least as protectively as we treat your information. To the extent allowed by applicable law our parent company, subsidiaries, partners and joint ventures or any new merged or acquired entity follow privacy practices no less protective of all Users than our practices described in this document.
Legal Requests. IDEO and Riverdale cooperate with law enforcement inquiries, as well as other third parties to enforce laws and intellectual property rights. Therefore, in response to a verified request by law enforcement or other government officials relating to a criminal investigation or alleged illegal activity, we can disclose Login Information and name, address, telephone number if you have provided this, and without limiting the above, in an effort to respect your privacy, we will not otherwise disclose your personal information to law enforcement or other government officials without a subpoena, court order or substantially similar legal procedure, except when we believe in good faith that the disclosure of information is necessary to prevent imminent physical harm or financial loss; or to report suspected illegal activity.
Control of Your Password
Accessing, Reviewing and Changing Your Personal Information
You agree to maintain and promptly update and keep accurate, current and complete any information provided to IDEO and Riverdale as part of My Profile. You can change your username, email address, password, contact and other information by going to My Profile. Your previous Contributions, your Applause and your Design Quotient will be associated with the updated information.
You are given the option to make most parts of your personal profile available to other Users. If you do so, be aware that other Users can object to any content on My Profile if they believe it damaging or offensive. Your recent Contributions and current and past Collaborations are shown on your My Profile page. You have the option to make your Design Quotient private to other Users.
Other Information Collectors
We use procedural and technical safeguards to protect your personal information against loss or theft as well as unauthorised access and disclosure to protect your privacy, including encryption, “firewalls” and Secure Socket Layers. We treat data as an asset that must be protected against loss and unauthorised access, and we employ many different security techniques, including cookies, to protect such data from unauthorised access by other Users of and visitors to the Site. However, “perfect security” does not exist on the Internet.
If your personal information is to be used contrary to this policy, you will receive prior notice as provided in this Notice section.
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) Procedure
Infringement Notification Procedures
It is IDEO and Riverdale ’s policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. In addition, IDEO and Riverdale will promptly terminate without notice the accounts of users that are determined by IDEO and Riverdale to be “repeat infringers.” A repeat infringer is a user who has been notified by IDEO and Riverdale of infringing activity violations more than twice and/or who has had a user submission removed from an IDEO and Riverdale Site more than twice.
To file a copyright infringement notification with us, you will need to send a written communication that sets forth the items specified below (please consult your legal counsel or see Section 512(c)(3) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to confirm these requirements):
- A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
- Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.
- Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material. Providing URLs in the notice is the best way to help us locate content quickly.
- Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.
- A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law (for example, “I am under the good faith belief that the use of the copyrighted content that is identified herein is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.”).
- A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed (for example, “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner, or authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner, of the copyright(s) that is (are) allegedly infringed by the aforementioned content.”).
To expedite our ability to process your request, such written notice should be sent to our designated copyright agent via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via regular mail to the following address:
Attn: Legal Group
150 Forest Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Attn: IDEO DMCA copyright infringement notification
For clarity, only DMCA notices should go to the IDEO Designated Copyright Agent. Any other feedback, comments, requests for technical support or other communications should be directed to IDEO and Riverdale through email@example.com You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the requirements of this section, your DMCA notice may not be valid.
Please note that under Section 512(f) any person who materially misrepresents that material or activity is infringing may be subject to liability for damages (including costs and attorneys’ fees).
Please also note that the information provided in this legal notice may be forwarded to the person who provided the allegedly infringing content.
The process for counter-notifications is governed by Section 512(g) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
To file a counter notification with us, you will need to send a written communication that sets forth the items specified below (please consult your legal counsel or see Section 512(g) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to confirm these requirements):
A physical or electronic signature of the user.
Identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled. Providing the specific URL(s) of the material that IDEO and Riverdale have removed or to which IDEO and Riverdale have disabled access is the best way to help us locate content quickly.
Your full name, address, telephone number, and email address, and the username of your IDEO and Riverdale account.
A statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of Federal District Court for the judicial district in which your address is located (or any judicial district in which IDEO and Riverdale may be found if your address is outside of the United States), and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification under subsection (c)(1)(C) or an agent of such person.
A statement under penalty of perjury that the subscriber has a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled (for example, “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that I have a good faith believe that the material was removed or disabled as a result of a mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled.").
Send the written communication to our designated copyright agent via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via regular mail to the following address:
Attn: Legal Group
150 Forest Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Attn: IDEO DMCA copyright infringement notification
Please note that under Section 512(f) of the Copyright Act, any person who materially misrepresents that material or activity was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification may be subject to liability. Accordingly, if you are not sure whether certain material infringes the rights of others, we suggest you consult your legal counsel.
What happens next?
After we receive your counter-notification, we will forward it to the party who submitted the original claim of copyright infringement. Please note that when we forward the counter-notification, it includes your personal information. By submitting a counter-notification, you consent to having your information revealed in this way.
After we send out the counter-notification, the claimant must then notify us within 10 days that he or she has filed an action seeking a court order to restrain you from engaging in infringing activity relating to the material on IDEO and Riverdale. If we receive such notification we will be unable to restore the material. If we do not receive such notification, we may reinstate the material.
DISCLAIMER: WE ARE NOT YOUR ATTORNEYS, AND THE INFORMATION PRESENTED HERE IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE. WE PRESENT THIS INFORMATION FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.
Jurisdiction and Compliance with Laws
In the event you browse, access or use another website hosted by IDEO and Riverdale, you may be subject to alternative terms and conditions of use, as may be specified on such site. In such event, the terms and conditions of use applicable to that site will govern your use of the site.