Privacy Policy

This privacy policy has been compiled to be compliant with all pertinent laws and regulations and to better serve those who are concerned with how their 'Personally Identifiable Information' (PII) is being used online. PII, as used in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with our website.

This policy may change from time to time, in which case notice will appear on the website.

What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our blog, website or app?

When registering on our site, you will be asked to enter your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, American Institute of Architects Membership Number, or other applicable association membership information and related occupational details to help you with your experience.

In consideration of your use of the site, you agree to: (a) provide true, accurate, current, and complete information about yourself as prompted by the form for your account information and (b) maintain and promptly update the account information to keep it true, accurate, current, and complete. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or if we have reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current, or incomplete, we have the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the site.

When do we collect information?

We collect information from you when you register on our site or enter information on our site.

How do we use your information?

We may use the information we collect from you when you register on the site, when you enroll in a course, and when you take a course:

  • To track your progress when taking courses or to track your answers and scores to quizzes associated with those courses.
  • To inform you of any new courses, safety or product bulletins, new products, product improvements, product testing, news, or invitations associated with the product or manufacturer- sponsor of courses in which you have chosen to enroll.
  • To inform you of new courses available to you, or to remind you to complete courses you have already begun.
  • To connect you with and validate your activity to the course sponsor in exchange for their offering you the course free-of-charge.
  • To report your successful course completion to The American Institute of Architects (AIA), or other crediting organizations as required.
  • To feed back to you your successful course completion and provide a means for you to receive a printable file containing a certificate of successful completion for State licensure.

Communication may originate under our brand or under the brand names of our member/media partner, Construction Business Media, LLC, publisher of Architectural Products, Architectural SSL, and Net Zero Buildings magazines. You may also already have a separate subscriber relationship with the publications.

How do we protect visitor information?

Our website is scanned on a regular basis for security holes and known vulnerabilities in order to make your visit to our site as safe as possible.

We use regular malware scanning.

We do not use an SSL certificate because no financial transactions take place on or through our site.

Do we use 'cookies'?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer's hard drive through your web browser (if you allow) that enables the site's or service provider's systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. For instance, we use cookies to help us remember your login and your course activity. You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings.

If you disable cookies, you will have to remember and re-enter your login every time you visit the site and certain other features may not function as well.

Third-Party Disclosure

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer your personally identifiable information to anyone other than course sponsors, the AIA, or other crediting organizations as required. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing our users, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release information when its release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others' rights, property, or safety.

We engage in this practice because -

As is the common practice of providers of Professional Education to architects, we offer manufacturer sponsored continuing education courses for free in exchange for contact information which is shared only with the sponsor, or the AIA and other CEU crediting organizations as required.

Third-party links

We do not include or offer third-party products or services on our website.

Google

We use Google Analytics to track activity on the site.

Opting out

Our methodology requires your PII in order to deliver your course and report your activity to course sponsors who provide those courses to you, and to report your successful completion to the AIA and/or other crediting organizations, where appropriate, and to provide you a means for receiving a printable file containing a certificate of successful completion. You may opt out at any time by removing your PII from your login account. But if you do, you will sever the only means we have for providing you with course content, reporting your successful course completion, and maintaining your local transcript. Data loss will occur if you terminate your account, so you should copy your transcript information and save your certificates of completion before doing so.

California Online Privacy Protection Act

CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law's reach stretches well beyond California to require a person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting personally identifiable information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals with whom it is being shared, and to comply with this policy. - See more at: http://consumercal.org/california-online-privacy-protection-act-caloppa/#sthash.0FdRbT51.dpuf

According to CalOPPA we agree to the following -

Users can visit our site anonymously.
Once this privacy policy is created, we will add a link to it on our home page or as a minimum on the first significant page after entering our website.
Our Privacy Policy link includes the word 'Privacy' and can be easily be found on the page specified above.

Users will be notified of any privacy policy changes:
  • On our Privacy Policy Page
Users are able to change their personal information:
  • By logging in to their account

How does our site handle do not track signals?

We honor do not track signals and do not track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.

Does our site allow third-party behavioral tracking?

It's also important to note that we do not allow third-party behavioral tracking

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

When it comes to the collection of personal information from children younger than 13, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children's privacy and safety online.

We do not specifically market to children under 13.

Fair Information Practices

The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.

In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur:
  • Within 7 business days
We will notify the users via in-site notification

We also agree to the Individual Redress Principle, which requires that individuals have a right to pursue legally enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.

CAN SPAM Act

The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.

We collect your email address, as is the common practice of providers of Professional Education to architects, to validate the performance of our site to course sponsors who offer you manufacturer sponsored course content for free in exchange for your contact information - which is shared only with them, the AIA, and other course crediting organizations as appropriate.

To be in accordance with CANSPAM we agree to the following:

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails from us, you can email us at support@thecontinuingarchitect.com and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence. Doing so, however, will also terminate your access to our site and all your previous course activity, including certificates of completion, as we must use your PII in order to report your activity to you and to crediting organizations, such as AIA.

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from sponsor emails such as invitations, new course announcements, product and safety bulletins and newsletters, you may do so by selecting the unsubscribe option accompanying the mailing.

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the information below.

https://www.thecontinuingarchitect.com

TheContinuingArchitect.com, LLC
Customer Support
431 Avon Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
USA
info@thecontinuingarchitect.com

Last Edited on 9/19/2016

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