What Personal Data We Collect & Why We Collect It
Information We Collect Automatically
If you visit our website to browse, read, or download information:
Your web browser automatically sends us (and we may retain) information such as the:
- Internet domain through which you access the Internet (e.g., yourISP.com if you use a commercial Internet service provider, or yourschool.edu if you use Internet through your school);
- Internet Protocol address of the computer you are using;
- Type of browser software and operating system you are using;
- Date and time you access our site; and
- The Internet address of the site from which you linked directly to our site.
We will use this information as aggregate data to help us maintain this site, e.g., to determine the number of visitors to different sections of our site, to ensure the site is working properly, and to help us make our site more accessible and useful.
We will not use this information to identify individuals, except for site security or law enforcement purposes.
We will not obtain personally-identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information.
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
If you utilize our contact form, we temporarily collect your name, email address, and the content of your message to us, in order to create and send an email to the website administration. This data is not further retained by the site, and will be discarded immediately. Any data submitted through contact forms will not be used for marketing purposes.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish a post, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
Embedded Content From Other Websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
When you purchase from us, we’ll ask you to provide email address. We’ll use this information for purposes, such as, to:
- Send you information about your account and order
- Create your account for our LMS
We store course progress, including completion status, quiz scores, assignments and/or essay submissions (if applicable).
We will also store comments on courses, lessons, topics, assignments, and essays if you choose to leave them.
Who We Share Your Data With
Personal information which we collect for a specific purpose will only be saved and used for that purpose, unless you specifically agree to allow us to use it for some other purpose. We sometimes share non-personally identifying information about our user base with third parties, but this information does not contain any identifying information. We do not trade, share, sell, or give away any information concerning you specifically to third parties.
How Long We Retain Your Data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
For users that make a purchase through our online store, we will retain data indefinitely for our LMS and accountability purposes. This will only include name, email, and any course data purchased along with date of completion.
Contact form data is not retained by the site, and any emails created by the contact form will be purged after 30 days or resolution of the contact issue, whichever is shorter.
What Rights You Have Over Your Data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Where We Send Your Data
The website is hosted on a cloud virtual private server (VPS) hosted by Liquid Web, and is located in a data center in Lansing, Michigan, United States of America. Liquid Web complies with all relevant data protection laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR EU 2016/679). Liquid Web self-certifies under the EU-US Privacy Shield and the Swiss-US Privacy Shield, which address the transfer of data from the EU and Switzerland to the US.
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
If you wish to contact DSEG relating to your data or privacy, please contact:
How We Protect Your Data
We choose to retain as little data as possible about our users to protect their privacy. We do not retain any financial data to minimize risk; this is handled by our payment processor. Additionally, our site utilizes SSL encryption for customer contact and online purchasing.
What Data Breach Procedures We Have In Place
If a data breach occurs, you will receive notification via email or phone call within 72 hours from the breach being discovered. You will be asked to reset your password, and you will be notified of what data may have potentially been compromised.