Your personal information’s confidentiality and security is of significant importance to Tour Guide Central. Any information about yourself that you may provide to us when using the Site, such as when you sign up for a user account or enter into a transaction through the Site, which may include (but is not limited to) your name, contact information, gender, date of birth, occupation, shall collectively be referred to as “Personal Information”. In addition, any reference to “we”, “us” and “our” shall be deemed as reference to Tour Guide Central.
CONSENT TO TRANSFER OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
Any consent relating to a right to transfer information referred to in this paragraph shall be deemed to include your consent to the transfer of the applicable Personal Information to a different jurisdiction, which may provide a different level of privacy protection than that available in your own country.
INFORMATION WE COLLECT AND HOW WE USE IT
We collect information, including Personal Information, when you sign up for a user account, participate in online courses, send us email messages and/or participate in our public forums. We also collect certain usage information about student performance and patterns of learning. In addition, we track information that display records such as which pages of our Site were visited, when they were visited, the order in which they were visited and which hyperlinks and other user interface controls were used.
We may log the IP address, operating system and browser software used by each user, and we may be able to determine, from the IP address, a user’s Internet Service Provider and the geographic location of his or her point of connectivity.
Various web analytics tools are used to collect this information; however, some of the information is collected through cookies. You should be able to control how and whether cookies will be accepted by your web browser. Most browsers offer instructions on how to reset the browser to reject cookies in the “Help” section of the toolbar. If you reject our cookies, many functions and conveniences of this Site may not work properly.
USE AND DISCLOSURE TO THIRD PARTIES
Among other things, we may use your information that will be collected via the Site (including your Personal Information). If we share or disclose your Personal Information to third parties, the third-party recipients are required to handle the Personal Information in a confidential manner and to maintain adequate security to protect the information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access or disclosure, alteration, and destruction.
We will disclose and share the Personal Information that is required by the third party to fulfill the purpose stated at the time of collection, such as :
To help us improve Tour Guide Central’s offerings, both individually (e.g., by course staff when working with a student) and in aggregate, and to evaluate the access and use of the Site and the impact of Tour Guide Central on the worldwide educational community.
To track both individual and aggregate attendance, progress and completion of an online course, and to analyze statistics on student performance and the manner used by students to learn.
To publish information, but not Personal Information, gathered about Tour Guide Central’s access, use, impact and student performance.
To send you updates about online courses offered by Tour Guide Central or other events, to send you notifications about products or services of Tour Guide Central, Tour Guide Central affiliates, or selected business partners that may be of interest to you, or to send you email messages about any Site maintenance or updates.
For purposes of scientific research, particularly, for example, in the areas of cognitive science and education.
To archive this information and/or use it for future communications with you.
To maintain and improve the functioning and security of the Site and our software, systems and network.
Information we collect may also with third parties as follows :
Service providers or contractors that perform certain functions on our or the educational institutions’ behalf, including processing information that you provide to us on the Site, operating the Site or portions of it, providing or administering courses, or in connection with other aspects of Tour Guide Central’s or partner institutions’ services.
For purposes of scientific research (as above), however, we will only share Personal Information about you to the extent required to fulfill the purposes stated at the time of collection.
For integration with third party services, certain content may be hosted on websites not controlled by Tour Guide Central, for example, hosting videos on YouTube.
In addition, we may share aggregated information that does not personally identify you with the public and with third parties, including but not limited to researchers and business partners.
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