Updated: 1 May 2015
We at Great Discourses℠ believe that privacy is a basic human right. As individuals, we have the same concerns about our own privacy that we surmise you — our website visitors, guests, and community members — have for yourselves. Therefore, we are committed to protecting your privacy at least as well as we expect others to protect ours.
Great Discourses℠ has created and is committed to supporting a diverse global learning community of like-minded, lifelong learners participating in professionally designed and led Great Books discussion courses for adults and educators. We believe there is an inherent tension between the candid interactions necessary for educational growth on the one hand and concerns about individual privacy on the other. Great Discourses℠ is committed to continually managing this tension in order to create and maintain spaces that are both educational and safe.
In addition to our own actions, our “Terms and Conditions” require that all participants conduct themselves appropriately in order to help us maintain safe, educational spaces. Nonetheless, we cannot guarantee the behavior of others, and while we will take all reasonable actions to address violations of our “Terms and Conditions”, you must not expect more than is reasonable in an Internet environment.
As noted in the Great Discourses℠ “Recording Notice” and “Term and Conditions”, Great Discourses℠ records all live, online class sessions and events for various limited educational and promotional purposes. These recordings contain voices, comments, names and images (including backgrounds) of participants. However we explicitly forbid participants and others from recording. Please carefully review our “Recording Notice” and “Terms and Conditions” for more information.
We require all Great Discourses℠ participants to identify themselves truthfully. During the educational process, your identity will become known to your instructors and your classmates. As noted in our “Terms and Conditions”, all students are responsible for respecting and protecting all information provided by others.
Great Discourses℠ gathers personal information voluntarily provided by users, such as names and email addresses. The creation of a Great Discourses℠ account requires you to provide us with additional (but minimally necessary) information. We must use and retain this information for course administration and quality control purposes. We may use this information to inform you of other Great Discourses℠ events and opportunities as well as of those offered by our selected partners and affiliates.
You are free to choose not to provide us with the information we require, but we will not provide you with an account without that information. You may update and correct the personal information we have at any time. Please contact us for assistance.
When you create a Great Discourses℠ account, we collect and retain the following personal information about you: First name, surname, email address, city, country, and time zone.
When you participate in a Great Discourses℠ course or other activity, we collect and retain additional personal information through the audio/video recording of the event. Please review our “Recording Notice”.
You may inactivate your Great Discourses℠ account at any time. We will retain data only as necessary for our business purposes, such as records of financial transactions, course registrations, course completions and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) earned.
We will only use the data we have collected about you for our own business purposes, which are:
- to administer our courses, classes and events;
- to maintain records supporting the awarding of continuing education credits;
- to permit registered students to view a missed class or event;
- to perform quality control, including the professional development of our current or prospective instructors;
- to market offerings to you, to Great Discourses℠ community members, or to the public.
We intend to retain this data indefinitely.
We will not share your information with others outside of the Great Discourses℠ community.
We do not have plans to destroy this data. We will, however, comply with legitimate orders from courts or other tribunals of competent jurisdiction. We will also be receptive to your specific written requests to protect your privacy in our marketing efforts. Such efforts may include blurring faces and names or using snippets in which your voice and/or likeness are not included. In all cases, it is our intention to avoid any harm or embarrassment whatsoever. We will treat and honor your concerns as we would like our own to be considered.
Behavior of Others
GIVEN THE NATURE OF THE INTERNET, WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT OTHERS WILL NOT HAVE UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OUR WEBSITES OR OTHER ASSETS INCLUDING ONLINE ACTIVITIES WHERE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION SUCH AS YOUR NAME AND LIKENESS MAY BE ACCESSIBLE. ALSO, WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT OTHERS WILL NOT MAKE UNAUTHORIZED RECORDINGS OF ONLINE ACTIVITY.
It is a violation of our “Terms and Conditions” for others to do so; however, you agree that we cannot be held to account for the actions of others that we cannot control and that we are unable to detect.
Please contact us at any time with your questions, concerns, or comments.