Last Updated: September 2nd, 2021
We’ve developed this Policy to describe:
- how we collect, use, transfer, and store your personal information;
- your choices regarding your personal information; and
- how we ensure your privacy.
As used herein, the terms “personal information” and “personal data” refer in general to information that can identify, relate to, describe, and could reasonably be associated with a particular individual or household. This definition includes information such as your name, email address, and phone number. It can also include demographic information, IP addresses, and other unique identifiers which may be linked to you.
Please read this Policy to understand how your personal information will be treated as you make use of the Services. By visiting the Website, using the Services, or sharing your information with American Scholars, you agree to the terms of this Policy.
1. Contact Us
If you have any questions or concerns about the Services or this Policy, please contact us as provided below:
2. Information We Collect
When You Register an Account
To use certain features of our Services, you may be required to create an account (an “Account”) and provide us with a username, password, and email address. In addition, yYou may also provide us with additional profile information about yourself, such as a profile photo for your avatar, or your name, location, job title, zip code, and other demographic information. In all such cases, you know what information we are collecting because you provide it to us directly.
By providing us with your email address or other contact information, you consent to us contacting you via that information in order to communicate with you about the Services, this Policy, or any other matters related to your relationship with us.
When You Pay for Services
We may require you to pay a minimum membership fee (“Membership Fee”) in order to use the Services. Additionally, some other Services may be available on a subscription or other paid basis (the “Paid Services”).
In connection with Membership Fees and Paid Services, we will collect information necessary to process those payments, including without limitation your name, address, and payment card information. All payment card information is processed and stored by our third-party payment processors. We do not store your payment card information.
By purchasing or using the Paid Services, or by paying a Membership Fee, you also agree to the privacy policies of such third-party payment processors, and we strongly encourage you to review those policies separately.
When You Communicate with Us
In connection with your use of the Website and other Services, we may collect certain personal information that you provide in communications with us (for example, when you email us with a question or a request about the Services). In all such cases you will know what information we collect because you provide it to us directly.
Please note also that if you engage with us via social media, we will have access to any information available via your social media profile. Otherwise, the collection and processing of your personal information via social media is subject to the privacy policies of the applicable social media platforms, and we strongly encourage you to review those policies separately.
When You Post to the Website
You may have the opportunity to post information on the Website, including without limitation posts and comments in the American Scholars forum, and posts and comments related to content posted by American Scholars faculty. In all such cases you will know what information we collect because you post it to the Website directly.
Cookies and Log Files
- to provide smoother navigation throughout the Website, such as a saved password;
- to identify user trends, such as page views; and
- for other internal purposes, such as assessing the effectiveness of the Website
In addition to the above, we may also collect your IP address and other anonymous information to keep track of your actions while you’re navigating the Website.
You have the option of setting your computer to disable cookies or to alert you when cookies are being used. If you choose to disable cookies, please be aware that portions of the Website may not function properly.
You can find more information about cookies, browser settings and cookie deletion on http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.
3. How We Use Your Information
As a general matter, we use your information to provide you with the Services and any other requests that you submit to us.
Specifically, we may use and store such information in order to:
- provide a Service you requested;
- communicate with you;
- process your Membership Fee or payments for Paid Services;
- analyze and evaluate our users’ needs and interests;
- alert you of American Scholars news, activities, courses and programs, and other Services;
- help protect the safety of American Scholars and our users;
- complete any other legitimate and lawful business purposes.
4. How We Share Your Information
We may share nonpublic information about you in the following ways:
- with your consent;
- with our service providers, such as payment processors or cloud storage providers, who need access to such information to carry out work for us, subject to appropriate confidentiality and security measures;
- in accordance with or as required by any applicable law, regulation, legal process, or governmental request, including, but not limited to, meeting national security or law enforcement requirements;
- if we believe it’s necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily harm to a person;
- to protect the rights, property, and safety of ourselves and others; and
- in connection with a merger or sale of our assets or ownership interests to a third party.
5. How We Secure Your Information
We use reasonable security measures in an effort to prevent loss, misuse, and alteration of information under our control. However, we cannot guarantee the security of information on or transmitted via the Internet.
If we learn of a security systems breach, we may attempt to notify you by posting a notice on the Website, or by sending an email to you at the email address you have previously provided to us. Depending on where you live, you may have a legal right to receive notice of a security breach in writing. To receive a free written notice of a security breach, or to withdraw your consent from receiving electronic notice, please contact us as provided above.
We will retain your information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes for which we collected it and as permissible by applicable law.
To determine the appropriate retention period for information, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the information, the potential risk of harm from unauthorized use or disclosure of your information, the purposes for which we process your information and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.
7. Children’s Information
We do not knowingly collect or maintain personal information on the Website from persons under 13 years of age, and no part of the Website is directed to persons under 13. If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use or access the Website or any other Services at any time or in any manner. If we learn that personal information of persons less than 13 years of age has been collected, we will take the appropriate steps to delete this information.
8. Do Not Track
Because there is no commonly accepted response for “Do Not Track” signals initiated by browsers, we do not presently respond to them.
9. Information for Individuals in Europe
If you are visiting the Website or otherwise using the Services from the European Economic Area (EEA) or other regions with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law, please note that you are transferring your personal data to the United States, and by providing your personal data, you consent to that transfer.
If you are a data subject in the EEA, you have the right to access, rectify, or erase any personal data we have collected about you through the Services.
You also have the right to data portability, the right to restrict or object to our processing of personal data we have collected about you through the Services, and the right to lodge a complaint with your local supervisory authority.
In addition, you have the right to ask us not to process your personal data (or provide it to separate entities to process) for purposes materially different than for which it was originally collected or subsequently authorized by you. You may withdraw your consent at any time for any data processing we do based on consent you have provided to us.
Individuals in the EEA may exercise their rights by contacting us as provided above. We may request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and process your request. If you would like to submit a complaint about our use of your personal data or response to your requests regarding your personal data, you may contact us or submit a complaint to the data protection regulator in your jurisdiction.
We will not process your personal data unless we have a lawful basis for processing. Our lawful bases include where:
- you have given your consent to our processing for a specific purpose;
- processing is necessary for the performance of a contract with you or to comply with a legal obligation; or
- processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the American Scholars or a third-party controller, including our clients
10. Updating Your Personal Information
You may update your profile information by logging into your Account and updating such information at any time. You may also contact American Scholars as set forth above to update your personal information, or to opt in to or opt out of any Service at any time.
Should any changes be made to this Policy, we will post them on this page with appropriate explanation. Your continued use of the Website or any other Services indicates your acceptance of those changes.