T³ PRIVACY POLICY

Effective Date: March 24, 2017

This privacy policy ("T³ Privacy Policy") applies to the T³ portals operated in Europe by Texas Instruments Education Technology GmbH, Haggertystraße 1, 85356 Freising, Germany ("TIET" or "we") on different websites, including under www.t3europe.eu, www.t3deutschland.de, www.t3oesterreich.at, www.t3schweiz.ch, www.t3nederland.nl, www.t3vlaanderen.be, www.t3wallonie.be, www.tcubed.org.uk, www.ti-resources.eu, www.ti-unterrichtsmaterialien.net (each including its subpages), ("Website(s)").

1. SCOPE AND CONTENT

This T³ Privacy Policy explains how TIET handles information, including your Personal Data that TIET collects online through the Websites and related online services and tools. "Personal Data" is any information relating to an identified or identifiable person; for example, your email address, name, or phone number. This T³ Privacy Policy does not apply to information that TIET collects offline. This T³ Privacy Policy is incorporated into and made a part of our T³ Terms of Use. As data controller TIET is responsible for any collection, processing and use of your Personal Data through the Websites.

2. USAGE OF TIET WEBSITES, GENERALLY

You can visit and use our Website and services, including downloading materials shared by Users (as defined below under Section 3.2), without actively revealing your Personal Data. In this case we will not collect, process or store any of your Personal Data, except for those data automatically transmitted by your browser in order to technically enable your visit of our Website, including your IP-address, date and time of requesting our Website and browser type. This data will not be processed or used by us, other than as necessary to operate, enhance, or optimize our Website, including for preventing misuse. However, if you choose not to provide certain information, you may not be able to take advantage of many of TIET’s features and programs.

3. DATA WE COLLECT AND HOW WE USE IT

3.1 General Collection, Processing and Use of Your Personal Data

TIET collects and uses information, including Personal Data, obtained online (e.g., data you enter into forms on our Websites or make available through our online tools) to provide you with the requested services and functionalities. For example, if you enter your email address when you register for an online account with TIET, or your postal address when you request product information, this data will be used to serve your request (e.g., to provide you with the product and service information you requested).

In addition, TIET collects certain information about you, your browser, operating system, and/or your visit when you use TIET’s Websites. For example, we collect information regarding the number of visitors to our Websites, browsing patterns, web addresses of TIET Websites you come from and go to next, information about your connection, and areas of visitors’ interest. We use this information to enhance our Website services and to personalize information provided to you.

TIET may also use Personal Data and information collected on TIET Websites to help us deliver relevant marketing messages to you (in accordance with your choices and applicable law). These messages may be delivered on our Websites, by third parties, via email, or via other TIET services. We use this information to ensure you see products of interest to you, manage the frequency with which you see an advertisement, tailor advertisements to better match your interests, and to help us understand the effectiveness of our advertising.

TIET and, in some circumstances, third parties working on our behalf, analyze Personal Data and information collected on TIET Websites to assess trends, statistics and customers’ needs, to help us improve and customize our Websites and our products and to track the effectiveness (e.g., conversions) of our advertising.

We may provide you with additional information regarding the purpose for which we use your data when you enter your Personal Data in a particular online form.

TIET may share your Personal Data with its subsidiaries and with third parties worldwide for processing, storage, fulfilment, and other business related purposes. We also reserve the right to disclose and transfer Personal Data to a subsequent owner, co-owner, or operator of our company or Websites, or in connection with a corporate merger, consolidation, restructuring, the sale of substantially all of our interests and/or assets or other corporate change, including, during the course of any due diligence process.

If you are located outside of the United States, please note that information we collect, including Personal Data, may be transferred to, processed, and stored in the United States. The data protection laws in the United States may differ from those of the country or jurisdiction in which you are located, and your Personal Data may be subject to access requests from governments, courts, or law enforcement in the United States according to laws of the United States.

3.2 Registration as a User

In order to upload any content to our Website, you need to register on our Website as a member of the T³ community or other educator ("User") and to create a user account ("Account"). For this purpose, you have to provide us with certain information ("Registration Information"), such as author type (individual or publisher), a user name of your choice (“User Name”), a password of your choice, your email address and your country (and other information you voluntarily decide to disclose, such as a picture or CV). You are free to choose a pseudonym for your User Name and you may change any of the Registration Information at any time in the Account management section.

We need the Registration Information to communicate with you in connection with the management of your Account, to enable you to login to your account, and to enable Users of our Website to filter and differentiate uploaded learning material by author type, country and User Name.

We will erase your Registration Information when you delete your Account.

3.3 Uploading Content

As a User, you can upload different types of learning material, such as videos, links to websites, text documents, audio files, images ("Content") to our Website. When doing so, the Content together with your User Name, author type, your country, and year of creation (and other information you voluntarily decide to disclose, such as your email address or picture) will be published on our Websites and will be visible to all website visitors whether they are guests or Users. No other information will be publicly displayed or can be viewed by others, unless you share such information yourself, i.e., as part of your Content.

The Content you choose to upload together with your User Name, author type, your country, and year of creation (and other information you voluntarily decided to disclose) may be retained by TIET and stay published on our Website and/or the country specific websites of TIET even when you have deleted your Account.

Your upload of Content to our Website will be subject to our T³ Terms of Use. Those terms contain the rules for the uploading of Content and the scope of the rights of use you grant TIET in Content you upload to TIET and share to be public. TIET will use reasonable efforts to ensure that the rules for uploading Content as laid down in the T³ Terms of Use are complied with and is free to alter or delete any Content not following these rules at any time without prior notice.

3.4 eNewsletter Subscription

You are free to subscribe for our eNewsletter. We will store the personal data you revealed when registering for our eNewsletter solely to provide you with regular email updates about products and services of TIET and its affiliated group companies.

You can access the wording of the consent declaration you provided when registering for our eNewsletter at any time by contacting us at the details provided in Section 7 of this T³ Privacy Policy.

You can withdraw your consent and unsubscribe from our eNewsletter at any time by clicking the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of the emails you received or by sending an email or letter to the contact details provided in Section 7 of this T³ Privacy Policy.

4. DISCLOSURE TO THIRD PARTIES AND TIET GROUP COMPANIES

TIET shares information, including Personal Data, with third parties to provide services on our behalf and in accordance with our instructions. These entities may have access to your Personal Data but only to the extent necessary to enable your use of our Website, including providing our services or handling your requests or enquiries.

Under certain circumstances, TIET may also need to share information, including Personal Data, with a third party to respond to your request, such as where necessary to provide you with the requested products or services in your country, or consistent with the purpose for which the information was obtained. For instance, in order to be able to conduct a country specific review of any Content uploaded by Users, TIET will grant TIET group companies or third parties in the respective countries with limited access to information provided by Users.

TIET will also share or release information, including Personal Data, if we have an individual’s permission to make the disclosure, or when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce or apply our T³ Terms of Use  and other policies or agreements, or protect the rights, property, or safety of TIET, our Users, or others (including for fraud protection and credit risk reduction).

Other than as indicated above, we will not provide your Personal Data to any third party without your prior consent, unless we are compelled by law to do so.

5. COOKIES, GOOGLE ANALYTICS

5.1 Essential Cookies & Consent for Non-Essential Cookies

Our Websites uses cookies. Cookies are small text files that our Website asks to place on your computer or other internet enabled devices, such as tablets or smartphones. If your browser is set to accept cookies, then your browser adds the text in a small file.

The use of certain cookies is essential for the functioning and performance of our Website, such as by making our website work more efficiently and facilitating your use of the functionalities and services provided ("Essential Cookies"). We will not use the information stored in Essential Cookies for any other purpose than as strictly necessary to provide you with the services and functionalities requested. We may further use cookies that are not strictly necessary for the functioning and performance of our Website but will be placed for website analysis purposes ("Non-Essential Cookies"). Before we place any Non-Essential-Cookies on your device we will ask you for your consent when you access our Website by displaying a cookie banner ("Cookie Consent").

The cookie banner informs you about the main purposes of the Non-Essential Cookies, and informs you where to find further information. We explain the categories of Non-Essential Cookies that may be placed on your device and their respective purposes in the context of the different services further below. You will be given the possibility to withdraw your consent and/or specifically opt-out from the placement of certain cookies and any collection of your information at any time with effect for the future, as further explained in this T³ Privacy Policy. To withdraw your Cookie Consent, and to opt-out from all Non-Essential Cookies, please delete the cookie "Cookieconsent_dismissed" from the browser of your device.

5.2 Managing your cookie settings

Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. If you prefer, you can change your settings to generally refuse cookies, to delete cookies that have already been placed on your device, or to warn you before a cookie is placed. Please refer to your browser instructions or to www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more about how to adjust or modify your browser settings.

If you choose not to accept cookies, this may impair the usability of the Website and you may not be able to take advantage of some of our features and services offered.

If you use different devices to access our Website (e.g., smartphone, tablet, computer, etc.) you will need to ensure that each browser on each device is adjusted to reflect your cookie preferences.

5.3 Use of Google Analytics

This Website uses Google Analytics ("Google Analytics"), a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies to help us analyze how Users use our Website, including the number of visitors to our Website, the websites our visitors have come from, and the pages they visit. This information is used by us to improve our Website offer and services. As a rule, any information generated by the cookie about your use of our Website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Since this Website has implemented the IP-anonymization functionality offered by Google, your IP address will, before being transferred to the US, be shortened by Google within the Member States of the European Union or in other contractual states of the Treaty on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases your full IP address will be transferred to a server of Google in the US and be shortened there.

Google will use this information as our commissioned data processor to help us evaluate the use of our Website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other statistical and analytical services relating to usage of our Website. The IP address transmitted by your browser within the framework of Google Analytics will not be associated with any other data held by Google.

You may prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie about your use of our Website (including your IP address) and opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites by downloading and installing a browser-plugin which is available here.  The foregoing link will take you to a non-TIET website.  Such website and its content are not under TIET control and TIET is not responsible for such content.  Use of such website and its associated features is governed by the applicable terms of such website.

As an alternative to installing the browser-plugin, or in case you use our Website with browsers on mobile devices, you can also opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics if you click on the following opt-out link: Opt-out of Google Analytics Tracking. 

In this case, an opt-out cookie will be placed on your browser that prevents any further tracking of your use of this Website by Google Analytics. Please remember that you will have to opt-out again if you delete all cookies stored on your device. You will also have to opt-out for each device you use to visit our Website.

For an overview of privacy at Google, please click here. 

6. SOCIAL MEDIA FEATURES

TIET uses several social media plugins and applications from different providers. TIET does not have control over the storage and use of any information collected by such providers and does not have any access to the information collected. Please read the privacy policy of the respective providers before you decide to use any of the features.

6.1. Facebook Plugin

This Website uses the Facebook Like Button ("Like Button"), a social media plugin operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA ("Facebook"). The Like Button allows Users to share content on our Website more easily through the social network facebook.com. To protect your privacy, we have implemented a two-click solution. Only with your first click on the Like Button (which will activate the plugin), Facebook will place cookies on your device and transmit to Facebook the information that you have visited the respective webpage (such information potentially including your IP-address, cookie ID, the viewed (sub-) pages, date and time of the request, and browser type). If you have a Facebook account and are logged in with your account, Facebook will further be in a position to attribute the information directly to your name and Facebook account (irrespective of whether you decide to further interact with the Like Button or not). With your second click on the activated Like Button, further information about such use will be transmitted to and stored by Facebook, and the respective webpage of our Website will be linked with your Facebook account site. Such information may be published in your profile and/or your timeline.

Facebook's privacy policy, and your choices in respect of your privacy, can be found here.

Note that if you have activated the social plugin on any of our webpages, the functionality will also be active on other webpages of our Website which have implemented the Like Button. This means you can either activate or deactivate the services altogether for all webpages of our Website.

6.2 YouTube

Our Website also embeds videos provided by YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave. San Bruno, CA 94066, USA (“YouTube”). Using YouTube’s offering requires a connection to be established to YouTube’s servers in the US. During this process, certain information is transmitted to YouTube. For all YouTube videos embedded in our Website we have enabled the Privacy-enhanced mode offered by YouTube. This means that YouTube stores information about a visitor to our Website only if he or she chooses to play an embedded video.

Further information about how your data are collected and used by YouTube and your rights in relation to this can be found in YouTube's privacy policy at www.youtube.com.

7. YOUR RIGHT TO ACCESS, CORRECT, AND DELETE YOUR PERSONAL DATA, AND HOW TO CONTACT US

As per the provisions of applicable local data protection law, you have the right to request information as to what data we hold about you. In addition, where appropriate, you have the right to request the correction, deletion and/or blocking of your Personal Data and/or to object to the processing of your Personal Data for legitimate reasons.

You may further at any time, with effect for the future, withdraw any consent you have given. For this purpose, you can make use of the unsubscribe or opt-out mechanisms provided for the different services or please contact us per email or postal mail as indicated below.

In case of any questions about the collection, processing and/or use of your Personal Data or to exercise your rights please send us an email at ti-cares@ti.com or contact us per postal mail at Texas Instruments Education Technology GmbH, Haggertystrasse 1, 85356 Freising, Germany.

8. DATA SECURITY, STORAGE OF YOUR PERSONAL DATA

TIET cares about the security of your Personal Data, and we take certain steps intended to protect it. TIET uses a variety of commercially available security technologies to protect your Personal Data. However, transmissions over the Internet are never entirely secure or error-free, and it is your responsibility to safeguard any password, user ID and other Personal Data while using our Websites.

Your data will be securely stored and processed, including on servers in the U.S. While the U.S. may have data protection laws that do not provide for the same level of data protection as considered adequate in the European Union, TIET has taken appropriate safeguards to make sure your Personal Data will be adequately protected when stored in the U.S.

9. CHANGES TO THIS T³ PRIVACY POLICY

We reserve the right to make changes to this T³ Privacy Policy at any time. The then current version of this T³ Privacy Policy will be made available on our Website. While we do not intend to make changes to this Privacy Policy very often, it is always a good idea to periodically review our most current T³ Privacy Policy when you visit our Website to stay informed regarding TIET’s current data collection/use practices. The Effective Date of this T³ Privacy Policy is set forth at the top of this webpage. Your continued use of the Websites after the Effective Date constitutes your acceptance of this T³ Privacy Policy. This T³ Privacy Policy supersedes all previous versions. For more information on using TIET’s Websites, see the T³ Terms of Use.