ConnectYard Privacy Policy

Updated as of June 6, 2017

 

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework

 

ConnectYard complies with the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework as set forth by the US Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from European Union member countries.  ConnectYard has certified that it adheres to the Privacy Shield Principles of Notice, Choice, Accountability for Onward Transfer, Security, Data Integrity and Purpose Limitation, Access, and Recourse, Enforcement and Liability.  If there is any conflict between the policies in this privacy policy and the Privacy Shield Principles, the Privacy Shield Principles shall govern.  To learn more about the Privacy Shield program, and to view our certification page, please visit https://www.privacyshield.gov/

 

In compliance with the EU-US Privacy Shield Principles, ConnectYard commits to resolve complaints about your privacy and our collection or use of your personal information.  European Union individuals with inquiries or complaints regarding this privacy policy should first contact ConnectYard at:

 

ConnectYard Privacy
508 Hamburg Turnpike
Suite 105D

Wayne, NJ 07470 USA

 

ConnectYard has further committed to refer unresolved privacy complaints under the EU-US Privacy Shield Principles BBB EU PRIVACY SHIELD, a non-profit alternative dispute resolution provider located in the United States and operated by the Council of Better Business Bureaus. If you do not receive timely acknowledgment of your complaint, or if your complaint is not satisfactorily addressed, please visit www.bbb.org/EU-privacy-shield/for-eu-consumers/ for more information and to file a complaint.

 

Finally, as a last resort and in limited situations, individuals may seek redress from the Privacy Shield Panel, a binding arbitration mechanism.

 

National Security Requirements

We may be required to disclose an individual’s personal information in response to a lawful request by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.

 

ConnectYard Privacy Policy

The ConnectYard Privacy Policy describes how we collect and use the personal information you decide to share, and is designed to help you make informed decisions when using ConnectYard located at www.connectyard.com (the "Website"). By using or accessing the Website, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy. Although we may attempt to notify you when major changes are made to this Privacy Policy, you should periodically review this page for updates. ConnectYard may, in its sole discretion, modify or revise its policies at any time, and you agree to be bound by such modifications or revisions. Nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to confer any third-party rights or benefits.

Personal Information

  • Account Activity. All activities on ConnectYard like uploading materials, posting comments, flagging materials, or forming groups - require you to have a ConnectYard Account. We ask for some personal information when you create a ConnectYard Account, including your email address and a password, which is used to protect your account from unauthorized access.

  • Usage Information. We may record information about your usage, such as when you use ConnectYard, the activities, and groups you subscribe to, the contacts you communicate with, the study materials you view, and the frequency and size of data transfers, as well as information you display or click on in ConnectYard (including UI elements, settings, and other information). Once you are logged in, we may associate that information with your account. We may use clear GIFs (a.k.a. "Web Beacons") in HTML-based emails sent to our users to track which emails are opened by recipients.

  • Content Uploaded to Site. Any personal information or material content that you voluntarily disclose online (on discussion boards, in messages and chat areas, within groups, forums, or profile pages, etc.) by default will not be made publicly available and cannot be collected and used by others.

Uses

  • If you submit personally identifiable information to us through the ConnectYard Sites, we use your personal information to operate, maintain, and provide to you the general and personalized features and functionality of the ConnectYard Sites, and to process any flagging activity or correspondence you send to us.

  • Your account name (not your email address) is displayed to other Users when you upload materials or send messages through the ConnectYard Sites and other Users can contact you through messages and comments. Any materials that you submit to the ConnectYard Sites may be redistributed through the internet and other media channels, and may be viewed by the general public.

  • We do not use your email address or other personally identifiable information to send commercial or marketing messages. We may, however, use your email address without further consent for non-marketing or administrative purposes (such as notifying you of major ConnectYard Site changes or for customer service purposes).

  • We use both your personally identifiable information and certain non-personally-identifiable information (such as user usage data, cookies, IP addresses, browser type, clickstream data, etc.) to improve the quality and design of the ConnectYard Sites and to create new features, promotions, functionality, and services by storing, tracking, analyzing, and processing user preferences and trends, as well as user activity and communications.

  • We use cookies, clear gifs, and log file information to: (a) store information so that you will not have to re-enter it during your visit or the next time you visit the ConnectYard Sites; (b) provide custom, personalized content and information; (c) monitor the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns; (d) monitor aggregate metrics such as total number of visitors, pages viewed, etc.; and (e) track your entries, submissions, and status in promotions, sweepstakes, and contests.

Information that is Publicly Available

  • When you create an account on the site, some information about your account and your account activity will be provided to other Users of the site. This may include the date you opened your account, the date you last logged into your account, your age (if you choose to make it public), the country and the number of materials or comments you have viewed.

  • Your account name (not your email address) is displayed to other Users when you engage in certain activity on the site, such as you upload study materials or send messages through the ConnectYard Sites. Other Users can contact you through messages and comments.

  • You may also choose to add personal information that will be visible to other Users on your account profile page (which is the public facing page for your account on the site). This may include a profile picture, your name, gender, or other details.

  • If you choose to add certain features to your account profile page, then these features and your activity associated with these features will be displayed to other Users and may be aggregated and shared with your confirmed group members or other Users. Such shared activity may include what materials you view, what materials you rated and what materials you have uploaded.

Your Choices

  • You may, of course, decline to submit personally identifiable information through the ConnectYard Sites, in which case you cannot view materials and explore the ConnectYard Sites.

  • You may update or correct your personal profile information and email preferences at any time by visiting your account profile page.

  • You may control the information that is available to other Users and your confirmed group members at any time by editing your account and the features that are included on your account profile page.

  • ConnectYard acts as a data processor for certain learning management systems and e-learning tools. In that capacity, personally identifiable information is passed to ConnectYard. However, ConnectYard does not pass personally identifiable information to 3rd parties. If the policy changes all users will be offered appropriate opt-in and/or opt-out choices.

  • ConnectYard acknowledges the right of individuals to access their information.  This is available through your profile on the ConnectYard Sites. Via your profile you can change, correct or delete specific information. 

Additional Information

In cases of onward transfer to third parties of data of EU individuals received pursuant to the EU-US Privacy Shield, ConnectYard is potentially liable.

ConnectYard is subject to the investigatory and enforcement powers of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).