You have reached the Privacy Statement for the GradPoint product, a web-based software application offered by NCS Pearson, Inc. (“Pearson”) that provides instructional course content. This website (the “Site”) is made available by Pearson to those schools, school districts, or other educational institutions or organizations (each of which is referred to herein as a “Licensed Organization”) that have licensed the GradPoint product from Pearson, and to the authorized administrators, teachers and students of such Licensed Organizations. At Pearson, we are serious about protecting your privacy, and this privacy statement (the “Privacy Statement”) discloses how we collect, protect, use and share the personal information gathered on this Site.
You will need a user name and password to log into the GradPoint product. This will generally be assigned to you by an employee of the Licensed Organization that purchased or otherwise obtained access to the GradPoint product from Pearson and provided such access to you. The Licensed Organization (and not Pearson) controls, defines and manages certain information that is input into the Site to associate your user name and password with you, such as your first and last name and, if you are a student using the Site, other information such as your grade level, teacher name and school name, in order to ensure that the Site provides appropriate instructional content to you and to assist the Licensed Organization in tracking your educational progress when using the Site and obtaining reports on your use of the Site.
Please note that your Licensed Organization controls and manages your access to this Site through its issuance to you of user names and passwords. Your access to this Site may be terminated at any time by your Licensed Organization. User names and passwords are personal and non-transferable, and must be kept confidential. Pearson strongly recommends that users of the GradPoint product use user names and passwords that are appropriately complex, and change their passwords frequently. We further recommend that users not use their Social Security Number or any other important identifier as a user name or password for this Site or other websites. It is also important that users exit from the GradPoint product at the end of any session.
We consider the following to be examples of Personally Identifiable Information (but there may be others): your first and last name, email address, home address, phone number, date of birth, and certain other information, such as a Social Security Number, if it is linked with your Personally Identifiable Information. Pearson may not have access to all of the above-described forms of Personally Identifiable Information about you as a result of your or your Licensed Organization’s use of this Site, but some forms of Personally Identifiable Information may be input by you or your Licensed Organization in order to permit your Licensed Organization to identify you, and/or Pearson may collect some forms of Personally Identifiable Information from you if you voluntarily provide it to us (e.g., we may collect your email address, phone number or other contact information if you contact us through this Site).
The Site may be hosted on Pearson servers or on servers of a third party with which Pearson contracts to provide such services. In either case, any servers maintained to host this Site are located in restricted-access facilities, and any connections to such servers are through secured connections, with firewall protection to prevent unauthorized break-ins. Pearson takes reasonable precautions and employs reasonable security safeguards to protect Personally Identifiable Information from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction.
This Privacy Statement does not extend to anything that is inherent in the operation of the Internet, and therefore beyond the control of the Licensed Organization and Pearson. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet is guaranteed completely secure, given the inherent operation and structure of the Internet. All transmissions through this Site are done at your own risk.
This Site is intended to be used solely to provide access to the GradPoint product to Licensed Organizations and their authorized users. In the case of minors who are students directed by their Licensed Organization to use the Site, such minors should use the user name and password assigned by their Licensed Organization to obtain access to the GradPoint product and perform the work assigned to them by their instructors in the Licensed Organization. Minors should not contact Pearson for support in connection with the use of this Site or the GradPoint product; minors should direct any questions to their teacher or another representative of their Licensed Organization.
Users are reminded that any information or content that is voluntarily communicated to other users or is posted, input or uploaded by a user to a public area within the GradPoint product might be collected and used by others. We cannot prevent such uses, and discourage all users from including Personally Identifiable Information, such as their home address or telephone number, in any such information or content.
An IP address is a number automatically assigned to your computer by your Internet service provider. This Site may collect IP addresses, the associated URLs, domain types, the browser type used to access the Site, the country, state and telephone area code where the user’s Internet service provider’s servers are located, and the pages of this Site that users viewed during their visit. Collection of IP addresses is generally for system administration purposes, to gather broad demographic information, to monitor the level of activity on the Site and for security reasons. Personally Identifiable Information may be linked to IP addresses to protect the security or integrity of the Site.
In addition to collecting IP addresses and using cookies, this Site may use other commercially available analytical tools to obtain aggregated data (not including any Personally Identifiable Information) regarding usage of the features of this Site and any products or content accessed through this Site, to assist Pearson in providing, maintaining and improving Pearson's products and services and in protecting the rights or property of Pearson, our licensors, or our users.
This Site is owned and operated by Pearson and the contents of this Site are protected by copyright of Pearson and/or its affiliates and licensors.
If you have any concerns, comments or questions about this Privacy Statement or privacy relating to this Site or the GradPoint product, please contact us.
Revised January 2014