Privacy Policy

The Teachers Guild's Privacy Policy ("Privacy Policy") was last updated on September 16, 2016.

Site and Overview

IDEO LP or any of its related, affiliated or subsidiary companies (“IDEO”) and Riverdale Country School (“Riverdale”) owns and operates the Internet site located at http://www.teachersguild.org (the “Site” or “The Teachers Guild”). The Site shall also include other websites operated by other entities which allows access to users registered to The Teachers Guild and are linked directly to The Teachers Guild. By accessing, browsing and/or using the pages in this Site, you (the “User”) acknowledge and agree to the conditions of this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to these conditions please do not use or access our Site.

This Privacy Policy describes the information we collect from you and what may happen to that information. By accepting and agreeing to this Privacy Policy you expressly consent to IDEO and Riverdale’s use and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Privacy is very important to IDEO and Riverdale and IDEO and Riverdale will not provide your personal information to third parties without your explicit consent. Please read this Privacy Policy to learn more about the ways in which IDEO and Riverdale uses and protects your personal information.

In this Privacy Policy we use the same definitions as the Terms.

Regarding Children and Minors

Users under the age of 13 or under the applicable age of consent in their home country may not use this Site. We do not knowingly collect personal information from Users under the applicable age of consent ("Child" or "Children"). If IDEO or Riverdale learns that a Child's personally identifiable information has been collected, then we will delete the account. If parents or guardians believe that we have unintentionally collected their Child's personally identifiable information, then they should contact us and request the deletion of the information at hello@teachersguild.org or:

IDEO LP

Attn: Teachers Guild re Minor Account

150 Forest Avenue

Palo Alto, CA 94301

Users under the age of 18 cannot enter into an agreement with IDEO and Riverdale, and we ask that they do not submit any personal information to us. The parents or legal guardians of Users under the age of 18 must register on the Site and agree the Terms and enter into the Agreement with IDEO and Riverdale.

Pursuant to California's Digital Online Eraser Law (California Senate Bill 568), Users under the age of 18 have the right to remove, or request the removal of, content or information they have posted on the Site. Please be advised that any information you post to a bulletin board, message board, chat room, community, or other forum is publicly viewable. We strongly recommend that all of Users avoid posting personal or sensitive information at any time.

Deleting an Account: Should you wish to delete your account, you are able to do so by:

Contact us at hello@teachersguild.org and provide us with your request to delete, username, and please type "Digital Online Eraser Law Deletion Request" in the re line.

Deleting or Editing a Comment: Should you wish to delete or edit a comment on the website, you may do so. Once you post a comment, the date of the post will appear on the right hand side of the comment. If you hover over this date, it will reveal a drop down box with the options to Edit or Delete the comment.

Removal of this content or information from public view does not guarantee complete or comprehensive removal. After your removal request has been honored, we may retain copies of the content or information you have previously posted on our servers. We are not required to remove your posted content or information if it has been rendered anonymous or if we are required by law to retain it. Additionally, we do not have control over third parties (e.g., other users) who may have copied or reposted this information.

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.

If you register to the Site using ‘Google Connect’, then the following information from Google, if it has been made publically available by you on Google, 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 Google Profile Picture becomes part of your Login Information, but is not stored by us. Your Google 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 or Google Connect (if used) can be made private by deletion at each User’s discretion. Your Facebook ID or Google 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.

When you visit the Site, whether through an account or as a non-registered user browsing, we automatically track certain information that your browser sends whenever you visit our Site. We use this information to do internal research on our user’s demographics, interests, and behaviour to better understand and protect you and our community. This information may include the URL that you just came from, which URL you go to next, access times and dates, your computer browser information, your IP address, and other statistics (“Log Data”). We use Log Data to monitor and analyze the use of the services on the Site and for the Site’s technical administration, to increase our Site’s functionality and user-friendliness, and to better tailor the Site to our users’ needs. For example, some of the information is collected so that when you visit the Site again, we will recognize you and provide you with information appropriate to your interests. We also use the information to verify that the visitors to our Site met the criteria to process their requests.

Our Use of Your Information

We use your My Profile information in the file we maintain about you, and other information we obtain from your current and past activities on the Site to:

By accepting this Privacy Policy, you expressly agree that we may contact you as provided herein, and you agree that we may use your Login Information to contact you.

IDEO and Riverdale will use behavior analytics to drive site performance, including process, review, copy, report and/or distribute Analytic Quotient. “Analytic Quotient Information” as used in these Terms and Privacy Policy means data generated by the Software including but not limited to:

Where Analytic Quotient Information is disclosed to or accessed by any third party (except IDEO and Riverdale subcontractors including third party providers of tools who may have access), any personally identifiable information will be anonymised and aggregated.

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, Partners, or others. Otherwise, as a matter of policy, we do not provide any of your personal information to third parties without your explicit consent. 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 authorize us to do this for the purposes of the use, operation any investigations of the information on the Site.

Third Party Service Providers for Our Operations. We may use third parties, such as MailChimp, that we refer to as third party service providers to facilitate or outsource one or more aspects of our business. Therefore we may provide some of your My Profile information or personal information the Site collects about you directly to these third party service providers, or this information may become available to them in the course of our business with them. You can find MailChimp’s privacy policy here. If you receive emails relating to the Teacher’s Guild using MailChimp you will always have the option of unsubscribing through the email itself, or updating any subscription you may have with MailChimp.

Partners. A Partner may store or disclose your My Profile information in compliance with the Terms and this Privacy Policy. IDEO and Riverdale may share information that you have entered in My Profile, including any contact information, with Partners to analyse Entrants’ Contributions, comments and Applause for any Collaboration entered into by you. Also, IDEO and Riverdale may share your My Profile information with Partners to facilitate mentoring and implementation opportunities.

Other Corporate Entities. We may share our data, including My Profile information and 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.

Due to the existing regulatory environment, we cannot ensure that all of your private communications and other personal information will never be disclosed in ways not otherwise described in this Privacy Policy. By way of example and without limiting the foregoing, we may be forced to disclose personal information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances or third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications. Therefore, although we use industry standard practices to protect your privacy, we do not promise, and you should not expect, that your personal information or private communications will always remain private.

Control of Your Password

You are responsible for all actions taken with your Login Information and My Profile. Accordingly, you agree to maintain and safeguard the confidentiality of your Login Information, and to not share your Login Information with any third party. We recommend that you do not disclose your password to any third parties. If you choose to share your username and password or your personal information with third parties you should review that third party’s privacy policy. If you lose control of your password, you may lose substantial control over your personal information and may be subject to legally binding actions taken on your behalf. Therefore, if your password has been compromised for any reason, you should immediately change your password as detailed in the next section - Accessing, Reviewing and Changing Your Personal Information.

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

Except as otherwise expressly included in this Privacy Policy, this document only addresses the use and disclosure of information we collect from you. To the extent that you disclose your information to other parties on our Site or other sites throughout the Internet, different rules may apply to their use or disclosure of the information you disclose to them. Since IDEO and Riverdale do not control the privacy policies of third parties, you are subject to the privacy policies of that third party. We encourage you to ask questions before you disclose your personal information to others.

Security

Your information is stored on our service provider’s servers in the USA. For more information regarding these services, including the security of the servers, please see Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud service (Amazon EC2 - http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/) in conjunction with Amazon S3 storage (http://aws.amazon.com/s3/) and Amazon CloudFront services (http://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/). We reserve the right to change our service provider and location of servers without revising these Terms or Privacy Policy.

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.

Notice

IDEO may update this Privacy Policy from time to time to reflect our user’s feedback, changes in the law, IDEO’s data collection or use practices, features of service, or advances in technology. IDEO encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to this Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this Site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change. If we make any material changes to this Privacy Policy, then we will post the updated Privacy Policy here and notify you by email or by means of notice on our Site prior to the changes becoming effective. Please direct any questions you may have about our Privacy Policy to: hello@teachersguild.org.