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The United Federation of Teachers and our affiliates (”UFT” or “Union”) respect your privacy and are committed to protecting it through our compliance with this policy. This policy describes:
- The types of information we may collect or that you may provide when you register with, access, or use the website www.uft.org (“Website”) or the mobile app (“App”) UFT-mobile.
- Our practices for collecting, using, maintaining, protecting, and disclosing that information.
This policy applies to information you provide or we collect at the Website, App, in emails, texts, and other electronic communications sent through or in connection with the Website or App.
This policy DOES NOT apply to information that:
- We collect offline or on any other apps or websites, including websites you may access through the Website or App.
- You provide to or is collected by any third party.
Other websites and apps, and these third parties may have their own privacy policies, which we encourage you to read before providing information on or through them.
Collection of Information
We are committed to respecting the privacy and security of your generic information and personally identifiable information (“PII”). The type and amount of information received depends on how you use the Website or App. You may provide (1) generic information that is collected on an aggregate basis from all users; or (2) PII that you voluntarily choose to disclose through registering, filling out a profile form, or joining an e-mail list. UFT Members are required to register, for validation purposes, to view or use specific member-only features and services of the Website, or to use the App. Any generic information and PII that you are required to provide us as a part of your registration will be used to verify your UFT membership and to provide you with information, services and member benefits through the Website and/or App.
Generic information includes, but is not limited to, information about the Internet Protocol (“IP”) address or other identifier assigned to your device, browser type, operating system type, Internet Service Provider, platform type, regional information, the date and time of your visit, the time spent on the Website or App or certain usage of certain features of the same. The Generic information that you provide through the Website or App or that is automatically collected does NOT reveal your identity and may be freely disclosed by us to our affiliates or third parties as we deem appropriate. We may use mobile analytics software to allow us to better understand the functionality of the App. This software may record information such as how often you use the App, the events that occur within the App, aggregated usage, performance data, and where the application was downloaded from. You may also adjust how the App monitors or identifies your location based on settings on your mobile device.
Personally Identifiable Information
PII includes any information by which you may be personally identified, such as name, postal address, email address, telephone number, date of birth, membership number, or any other identifier by which you may be identified or contacted online or offline. Our definition of PII does not include “aggregate” data. Aggregate data is information we collect about a group or category of users or services from which individual user identities have been removed. In other words, no personal information is included in aggregate data and aggregate data does NOT reveal your identity. Aggregate data helps us understand trends in our users’ needs or use of the Website or App. This Policy in no way restricts or limits our collection, distribution, and use of aggregate data.
Disclosure of Information.
The App and certain “Member-Only” sections of the Website contain significant information and services exclusive to active and retired UFT members. In order to verify your membership status, we must compare the data that you provide against UFT and New York City Department of Education records. In addition to creating a profile, a member wishing to access these areas or the App must fill out the required fields on the member-validation page. The information gathered on this page is used only to verify your membership, and ensures that your web account grants you access to member-only features.
We will not share the PII we collect from you through the Website or App with third parties, except as described in this policy or as required by law. For example, we may share information as follows:
- with vendors, consultants, and other service providers who work with us in connection with the operation of the Website or App or the services we provide and who need access to such information to carry out their work for us, but only to the extent necessary to perform their functions and provide such services, and only pursuant to binding obligations requiring such third parties to maintain the privacy and security of such information;
- when you give us your consent to do so, including if we notify you on the Website or App that the information you provide will be shared in a particular manner and you provide such information;
- in an aggregated or anonymized form that does not directly identify you;
- when we believe in good faith that we are lawfully authorized or required to do so or that doing so is reasonably necessary or appropriate to comply with the law or legal processes or respond to lawful requests or legal authorities, including responding to lawful subpoenas, warrants, or court orders;
- when we believe in good faith that we are lawfully authorized or required to do so or that doing so is reasonably necessary or appropriate to protect our rights, property, or safety of the rights, property or safety of our users, our members, our affiliates our employees, copyright owners, third parties or the public, including without limitation to protect us, our members, our affiliates or our users from fraudulent, abusive, inappropriate, or unlawful use of the Website or App; and
- to enforce or apply this policy or our other policies or agreements.
We WILL NOT sell PII to third parties for any reason.
We or our affiliates may anonymize and/or aggregate the PII and combine or incorporate such anonymized and/or aggregated data with information available, derived or obtained from other licensees, users, and/or any other sources. We may share or sell such combined data for any purposes, including, but not limited to, helping us, our affiliates or third parties better understand our membership’s needs and improve our services. By registering with the Website or App you consent to such sharing or sale.
In order to process and fulfill any purchase orders for Teacher Center courses, events or our products, you must provide your credit card number, expiration date, security code and billing information; this is standard information required by all credit card processing vendors. For your protection, we use state-of-the-art security protocols to protect sensitive data, such as PII or credit card numbers. The privacy of this data is ensured with a keyed symmetric encryption algorithm. While this data is being transferred, it is protected by the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) using a 128-bit signed certificate. Encryption keys are secured by Verisign. For more information on SSL and web security, see http://www.verisign.com. Additionally, we DO NOT store your credit card information once the transaction has been accepted.
The App may provide discount offers through external hyperlinks to third party merchants and vendors who may request your email address or other personal information. We are not a party to any transaction between you and a third party merchant or vendor, and are not responsible for any personal information provided by you as a part of your transaction. Any and all transactions with third party merchants or vendors are directly with said merchant or vendor and will be wholly processed by the merchant or vendor, All issues and disputes with a merchant or vendor, including but not limited to discount issues, delivery issues and returns of merchandise should be handled directly with the merchant or vendor, as we are not a party to your transaction. Notwithstanding the foregoing, we are committed to the highest level of member support and want to assist you in the event there is an issue or dispute with a merchant or vendor. Therefore, any issue or dispute that cannot be resolved directly with the merchant or vendor can be reported to UFT Customer Service, by calling 212-598-9512, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be advised that we do not have any specific authority to compel any action or response by a merchant or vendor, but we will attempt in good faith to address any issue or dispute.
If you choose to sign-up for one of our e-mail newsletter lists, we ask for your e-mail address, zip code and interest-preferences. We use this information to administer the e-mail lists and provide relevant content for your interests and geographic area. We may share our e-mail lists with our affiliates and certain other reputable entities that share our interests. As a part of your membership you also have the option to receive emails to inform you of new program features, vendor additions, discounts and perks that we think you’ll enjoy. You will receive these emails directly from us. Local, regional, national, and international discounts and nearby offers may be provided to you based upon the zip code you provide or based upon your device’s IP address.
If you wish to revoke your subscription to any e-mail list or to stop receiving emails, please either:
- Follow the instructions provided at the bottom of all e-mailings;
- Log in to the Website or App and edit the relevant email profile or
- If you have any problems revoking your subscription, contact us at email@example.com.
Pages of the Website and our emails may contain small electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags and single-pixel gifs) that permit the Union, for example, to count users who have visited those pages or opened an email and for other related Website statistics (for example, recording the popularity of certain Website content and verifying system and server integrity).
UFT’s services are operated in the United States. If you are located outside of the United States, please be aware that any information you provide to us will be transferred to the United States. By using the Website or App you irrevocably consent to this transfer. Your information and data may be transferred to and maintained in whole or in part on computer networks which may be located outside of the state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction in which you reside, including the United States, which may have different data protection rules than in your jurisdiction.
Third Party Links and Advertisements
Unfortunately, data transmission over the Internet cannot be guaranteed to be secure nor is any security system completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your personal information, we do not guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us through the Website, App or provide online. It is possible that unauthorized “hackers” may post or transmit offensive or obscene materials on the Website or App and that you may be involuntarily exposed to such materials. It may also be possible for other users or “hackers” to improperly gain access to personal information about you. By using the Website or App, you assume the risk of such occurrences. We request that you do not send, and we will not be liable for your sending sensitive or confidential information electronically. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. We have implemented measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration and disclosure. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Website or App.
The safety and security of your information also depends on you. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a user name and/or password to access the App or certain sections of the Website, you are responsible for keeping this user name and/or password confidential. We ask you not to share your user name and/or password with anyone.
Children Under 13
The Website and App are not directed at children 13 years of age or younger. We therefore, do not intentionally collect information about any user under the age of 13. If we learn we have collected or received personal information from a child under 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. If you believe we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
California Privacy Rights
California Civil Code Section § 1798.83 permits California residents to request certain information regarding disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an email to email@example.com.
Our Do Not Track Policy
Some browsers have a ”do not track” feature that lets you tell websites that you do not want to have your online activities tracked. At this time, we do not respond to browser “do not track” signals, but we do provide you the option to opt out of interest-based advertising. To learn more about IBA or to opt-out of this type of advertising, visit the Network Advertising Initiative website and the Digital Advertising Alliance website. Options you select are browser- and device-specific.
If you have questions or concerns about the information that we collect, you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.