Blue Planet Academy Privacy Policy

On July 1, 2016, Blue Planet Life association adopted and amended Privacy Policy, providing as follows

At Blue Planet Life association, we care about the confidentiality and security of your personal information. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to keep your Personal Information secure in compliance with this Privacy Policy. "Personal Information" is defined below. As used in this Privacy Policy, "we," "us," and "our" refer to Blue Planet Life association.

This Privacy Policy applies to information that we collect through the Blue Planet Life, Blue Planet Academy and EarthPeople Website (the "Sites," which consists of all content and pages).

USERNAMES AND POSTINGS

Comments or other information posted by you to our forums, wikis or other areas of the Sites designed for public communications or communications among registered members may be viewed and downloaded by others who visit the Sites. For this reason, we encourage you to use discretion when deciding whether to post any information that can be used to identify you to those forums (or other public or classwide areas).

CONSENT TO PROCESSING OUTSIDE HOME COUNTRY

By using our Sites, or providing information to Blue Planet Life association, you understand and unambiguously consent to the collection, use, disclosure and retention of information in Switzerland and other countries and territories, for the purposes set forth in this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Service. You hereby consent to the collection, use, disclosure, and retention by Blue Planet Life association of your Personal Information as described under this Privacy Policy, including but not limited to the transfer of your personal data between Blue Planet Life association and the third parties, affiliates, and subsidiaries described in this Privacy Policy. For further certainty, any consent relating to a right to transfer information referred to in this paragraph shall be deemed to include your consent to the transfer of the applicable Personal Information to a jurisdiction which may provide a different level of privacy protection than that available in your own country.

If you do not agree with these terms, then please do not access, browse, or register for the Sites. If you choose not to provide us with certain information required to provide you with various services offered on our Sites, you may not be able to establish a user account and we may not be able to provide you with those services.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

As used in this Privacy Policy, "Personal Information" means any information about yourself that you may provide to us when using the Sites, such as when you sign up for a user account or enter into a transaction through the Sites, which may include (but is not limited to) your name, contact information, gender, date of birth, occupation, and if you register for an ID Verified Certificate of Competence, a driver’s license or other government issued identification.

We endeavor to limit the collection of Personal Information to what we need with respect to specific Site activities in order to satisfy business, legal, or regulatory requirements. For example, if you wish to achieve an ID Verified Certificate of Competence, we will collect certain Personal Information necessary to authenticate your identity, as described in greater detail in the Terms of Service. If you do not wish to submit the required authentication information, then you will not be able to achieve a certificate via the Sites.

Blue Planet Life association does not currently collect financial information from you; however, if you choose to achieve an ID Verified Certificate of Competence, you will be directed to our third party payment processor; and the submission of your payment information will be subject to the terms found at the payment landing page accessible via Terms of Service.

INFORMATION WE COLLECT AND HOW WE USE IT

We collect information, including Personal Information (described above), when you sign up for a user account, participate in online courses, register for a certificate, send us email messages and/or participate in our public forums. We also collect certain usage information about trainee performance and patterns of learning. In addition, we track information indicating, among other things, which pages of our Sites were visited, the order in which they were visited, when they were visited and which hyperlinks and other user interface controls were used.

We may log the IP address, operating system, and browser software used by each user of the Sites, and we may be able to determine from an IP address a user's Internet Service Provider and the geographic location of his or her point of connectivity. Various web analytics tools are used to collect this information. Some of the information is collected through cookies (small text files placed on your computer that store information about you, which can be accessed by the Sites). You should be able to control how and whether cookies will be accepted by your web browser. Most browsers offer instructions on how to reset the browser to reject cookies in the "Help" section of the toolbar. If you reject our cookies, many functions and conveniences of the Sites may not work properly.

USE AND DISCLOSURE TO THIRD PARTIES

Among other things, we may use the information about you collected through the Sites (including your Personal Information) in connection with the following. In cases where we share or disclose your Personal Information: (1) the third party recipients are required to handle the Personal Information in a confidential manner and to maintain adequate security to protect the information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access or disclosure, alteration, and destruction; and (2) we will only disclose and share the Personal Information that is required by the third party to fulfill the purpose stated at the time of collection.

  • To enable the Members to provide, administer, and improve the courses.
  • To help us and the Members improve Blue Planet Life association offerings, both individually (e.g., by course staff when working with a student) and in aggregate, and to individualize the experience and to evaluate the access and use of the Sites and the impact of Blue Planet Life association on the worldwide educational community.
  • For purposes of scientific research.
  • For the purpose for which you specifically provided the information, for example, to respond to a specific inquiry or provide you with access to the specific course content and/or services you select.
  • To track both individual and aggregate attendance, progress and completion of an online course, and to analyze statistics on trainee performance and how trainees learn.
  • To monitor and detect violations of the Honor Code, the Terms of Service, as well as other misuses and potential misuses of the Sites.
  • To publish information, but not Personal Information, gathered about Blue Planet Life association access, use, impact, and student performance.
  • To send you updates about online courses offered by Blue Planet Academy or other events, to send you communications about products or services of Blue Planet Life association, Blue Planet Life association affiliates, or selected business partners that may be of interest to you, or to send you email messages about Sites maintenance or updates.
  • To archive this information and/or use it for future communications with you.
  • To maintain and improve the functioning and security of the Sites and our software, systems, and network.
  • For purposes described elsewhere in this Privacy Policy (including, e.g., Sharing with Third Parties).
  • As otherwise described to you at the point of collection or pursuant to your consent.
  • To authenticate your identity when you register for a certificate.
  • To process refunds, as applicable.

We will share information we collect with the Members, and we and the Members may share this information (including Personal Information) with third parties as follows:

  • With service providers or contractors that perform certain functions on our behalf, including processing information that you provide to us on the Sites, processing purchases via third party providers, and other transactions through the Sites, operating the Sites or portions of it, providing or administering courses, or in connection with other aspects of Blue Planet Life association services.
  • With other visitors to the Sites, to the extent that you submit comments, course work, or other information or content (collectively, "Postings") to a portion of the Sites designed for public communications; and with other members of an Blue Planet Life Academy class of which you are a member, to the extent you submit Postings to a portion of the Sites designed for viewing by those class members. We may provide your Postings to trainees who later enroll in the same classes as you, within the context of the forums, the courseware, or otherwise. If we do re-post your Postings originally made to non-public portions of the Sites, we will post them without your real name and e-mail (except with your express permission), but we may use your username without your consent.
  • For purposes of scientific research, particularly, for example, in the areas of cognitive science and education. However, we will only share Personal Information about you for this purpose to the extent doing so complies with applicable law and is limited to the Personal Information required to fulfill the purposes stated at the time of collection.
  • To provide opportunities for you to communicate with other users who may have similar interests or educational goals. For instance, we may recommend specific training partners or connect potential trainee mentees and trainers. In such cases, we may use all information collected about you to determine who might be interested in communicating with you, but we will only provide other users your username, and not disclose your real name or e-mail address to your contact.
  • To respond to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process; to investigate, or prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, or security or technical issues, or to enforce our Terms of Service, our Honor Code, or this Privacy Policy; as otherwise may be required by applicable law; or to protect our rights, property, or safety or those of others.
  • With affiliates of Blue Planet Life association, or with successors in the event of a merger, acquisition or reorganization, for their use consistent with this Privacy Policy.
  • As otherwise described to you at the point of collection or pursuant to your consent.
  • For integration with third party services. For example, videos and other content may be hosted on YouTube and other websites not controlled by Blue Planet Life association.

In addition, we may share aggregated information that does not personally identify you with the public and with third parties, including but not limited to researchers and business partners.

USE FOR PERSONALIZATION AND PEDAGOGICAL IMPROVEMENTS

Our goal is to provide current and future visitors with the best possible experience. To further this goal, we sometimes present different users with different versions of course materials and software. We do this to personalize the experience to the individual trainee (assess the trainee's level of ability and learning style, and present materials best suited to the trainee), to evaluate the effectiveness of our course materials, to improve our understanding of the learning process and to otherwise improve the effectiveness of our offerings. We may publish or otherwise publicize results from this process, but, unless otherwise permitted under this Privacy Policy, those publications or public disclosures will not include Personal Information.

LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES

The Sites contain links to websites of third parties, including other content providers as well as certain service providers, such as those who process payments on behalf of Blue Planet Life association. These other websites are not under our control, and you acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible for the collection and use of your information by such websites, unless we have otherwise indicated in this Privacy Policy. We encourage you to be aware when you are be redirected to a third party website and review the privacy policies of each website you visit and use.

SECURITY

Blue Planet Life association has a program designed to protect Personal Information in its possession or control. This is done through a variety of privacy and security policies, processes, and procedures, including administrative, physical, and technical safeguards that reasonably and appropriately protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the Personal Information that it creates, receives, maintains, or transmits. Nonetheless, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure; and therefore, Blue Planet Life association cannot guarantee its absolute security.

CHANGING OUR PRIVACY POLICY

Please note that we review and may make changes to this Privacy Policy from time to time. When changes are made, the Privacy Policy link will include a notation "Revised (date)." indicating that you should review the new terms, which will be effective immediately upon posting on this page, with an updated effective date. The notation will be included in the Privacy Policy link for at least seven (7) days after the update has been made. By accessing the Site after any changes have been made, you signify your agreement on a prospective basis to the modified Privacy Policy and any changes contained therein. In case you miss the notification referenced above, be sure to return to this page periodically to ensure familiarity with the most current version of this Privacy Policy.

PRIVACY CONCERNS

If you have privacy concerns, have disclosed data you would prefer us to delete, or would like your access to be removed, please contact us.

Effective Date: July 1, 2016