Effective: May 25, 2018
At TeachBoost, your privacy and data security are our top concerns. We are and have always been committed to protecting your personal information and the data you store in TeachBoost, handling it in a responsible manner, and securing it with administrative, technical, and physical safeguards.
The TeachBoost platform is provided by Schoolbinder, Inc. ("Schoolbinder," "we," or "us"). We build and support TeachBoost for educators, school administrators, coaches, and staff to manage classroom observations, teacher evaluations, and other professional development practices on one universal platform (the "Service" or "TeachBoost"). Individuals access TeachBoost or our marketing materials at http://teachboost.com (the "Site") and interact with a variety of different types of data that they and other users in their organization provide. We call your organization our "Customer" as they are the entity we contract with, and if you have a TeachBoost account then you are a TeachBoost "Authorized User."
We collect and store different types of data through your use of TeachBoost as an Authorized User—whether purposefully created by you and other members of your organization, or by us automatically. Each category is outlined below under sections describing what we collect, how we use it, and how we share it (if we do). To preview a bit, because TeachBoost has never and will never sell any data from our platform, the only times we share your information are to better support and automate certain parts of our services.
The Personal Information required to create a TeachBoost account is only your name, an email address, and a password. Continued access to TeachBoost and use of its features may also require additional information, including Performance Data and other information related to your professional development.
The information we collect and store comes from your or your colleagues' use of TeachBoost. We process this information solely in furtherance of our contractual obligations with customers, including Customer—the entity or organization paying for your use of TeachBoost that created your account and invited you to use TeachBoost.
Some of this information is provided directly by you and our users while certain other types are provided automatically by the device or other services you use to connect to the Site and Service. We've broken down the information we collect into three categories—information you (or your colleagues) enter about you, information your device sends, and information we obtain about you from third parties—and describe each type within those categories below.
The vast majority of the information we collect about you in TeachBoost comes from either you or other Authorized Users at your organization and is entered directly into TeachBoost. We call this category of information "Personally Identifiable Information" ("Personal Information"), and it includes all of the content you create on TeachBoost in addition to your contact information.
When Customer creates your TeachBoost account and invites you to use TeachBoost, we collect:
You can also provide additional profile information on our profile page, such as an image avatar and organizational ID number.
Authorized Users of Customer who hold administrator privileges may attach additional attributes to your account, including:
This profile information is visible to the other Authorized Users of your organization managed by Customer.
|Performance Data and user-generated content||
At its core TeachBoost is a platform to conduct classroom observations and manage educator professional development. In order to provide the Service, we collect and store all of the observation data and ratings you input into TeachBoost. This includes:
We call all of this user-generated content "Performance Data" as it pertains to your professional performance and development, as recorded in TeachBoost. Performance Data can be seen by you or certain other members of your Organization depending on the type of privacy or access controls enabled at the group- or organization-level.
|Assessment Materials and user-provided support content||
In addition to Performance Data, we also collect related text documents, videos, photos, links, audio files, and other types of files or media in support of your use of the Service. This includes:
We call these "Assessment Materials" and we only collect them via email or upload by you or other Authorized Users at your organization. Examples include your observation framework or rubric, the form templates you use, or training videos in your Library.
Your communications to us via email or our support channels provide us with certain information about you, including your name, email address, the groups you belong to on TeachBoost, and the content of your communications.
|Additional user information||
Information you provide to us when you answer email surveys, complete online questionnaires, or register for webinars or other events we hold.
The device you use to access the Site and TeachBoost sends certain types of data to us through your normal use and interaction. This data is either sent automatically by your device or intentionally requested and logged by us in certain circumstances. While we explain this in greater detail further down, we only use this data for our own internal research—e.g., improving workflows and user interfaces—or our internal analytics and site tracking.
|Device data, browser data, and supported features||
We collect information about the device and systems you use to access the Service. This includes:
In addition to this raw device data we also determine certain characteristics of your device and the features on TeachBoost that your device supports. This includes things like local storage, plugin support, and other technologies we may enable or disable based on your device's support.
|Usage and tracking data||
We collect information about your interactions on the Site or on the Service, including:
Like nearly all websites, we use "cookies" to collect information. A cookie is a small data file that we transfer to your device's hard drive and they can be either "first party" (i.e., TeachBoost cookies) or "third party" (i.e., cookies put on your device by other services that we use).
There are two types of first party cookies that we use:
We also use some third party cookies placed on your device by the analytics tools we use in TeachBoost. You can change your browser's settings to stop accepting cookies (or to prompt you before accepting a cookie) from the websites you visit, including TeachBoost; if you do not accept cookies, however, you may not be able to use all portions or functionality of TeachBoost.
At times we also obtain information about you via third party services through sales and marketing efforts. We never incorporate any Personal Information or other information we obtain from third parties into TeachBoost.
We supplement our own internal customer databases and records with information about your organization that we obtain online. This information comes from your organizations' website or other directories and typically includes business addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and names.
|Prospective customer data||
From time to time we may purchase prospective customer lists containing name, email address, role, and organization.
TeachBoost only uses Personal Information to provide the Service in fulfillment of its contractual obligations with Customer. Authorized Users may only use and access the Service after their organization contracts with us and the only reason we process Personal Information is for the express purpose of these obligations
Beyond making the Site and Service available to you and Customer and providing access to your data, we use Personal Information to communicate with you in support of the Service. We also use it to advertise our own marketing efforts to you, but only when you specifically authorize us to do so; we never sell it and we never share it for others' advertising purposes.
|Providing the TeachBoost Service||
We use your Personal Information to provide, personalize, improve, update, and expand our Service—in other words, operate TeachBoost. This takes a number of different forms:
We use your Personal Information to communicate with you about TeachBoost, such as when we:
|Marketing events or materials you opt into||
If you opt in to receive marketing communications from us, we use your Personal Information to send you emails related to our events, webinars, blog, or other marketing materials we create.
Note: You can always control how we market to you by using the unsubscribe link in any email you receive, by changing your account preferences in the Service, or by following the instructions in any other marketing communications you receive.
We never sell any information we collect from you or any Authorized User and we never share your information for any third party advertising or marketing efforts. We promise that we will only ever share your Personal Information with third party services that directly relate to our ability to provide the Service to you and only to the extent outlined below and in our Contract with Customer.
In general, this means that we only share Personal Information with the services we rely on to provide TeachBoost, such as the datacenter we use to store all the data we collect and the help desk and ticket software we use to run our Help Center. We are also required by law to share your information in certain legal situations. Here are all of the ways we share information with third parties:
|Other TeachBoost users within your organization||
When you enter information into TeachBoost—e.g., completing a form or creating a goal—we show that information to various other users within your organization on TeachBoost. This includes administrators at your school, coaches who may be working with you, or district supervisors and staff. This information is accessible by these users within TeachBoost and sometimes via email when we send notification emails.
If Customer has enabled them, settings may also exist to allow you to control the privacy of certain types of information you enter into TeachBoost depending on your group and role within that group.
We store all of our data and host the Site and Service at secure off-site facilities managed by industry-leading Linode at their data centers in Newark, NJ. All access to the information within the Service stored on these servers is encrypted and transmitted securely. User passwords are also encrypted and all data stored with Linode on their computers is secured behind a firewall.
We make regular backups of the TeachBoost databases and settings and store them at Linode and Amazon AWS.
The service providers we share your information with are:
These services have access to your Personal Information only to perform these discrete tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose. We will never authorize them to save or store this information outside the scope of these tasks on our behalf and the duration of our engagement. When we end our engagement with them we will delete all customer data from their platforms.
|Legal or regulatory processes||
We may share your Personal Information if we believe it is reasonably necessary to:
If we are compelled to disclose your Personal Information to law enforcement, we will do our best to provide you with advance notice, unless we are prohibited under the law from doing so.
We have never received a request from law enforcement or in any legal or regulatory process to date.
|If we are acquired||
If the ownership of our business changes, we may transfer your information to the new owner so they can continue to operate the Service. We will notify you well in advance if this ever happens.
|A note on aggregated data||
We may disclose user information in an aggregated form as part of the Service or our marketing efforts. For example, we might note the total number of observations completed last year or the percentage of our users who signed in regularly this year. Such disclosures will never include Personal Information.
|A note on data breaches||
In the event that we sustain a data breach and Personal Information is obtained, we will notify local authorities and all affected individuals as soon as we are made aware of the breach.
We have never experienced a data breach or any other improper access of Personal Information.
As outlined much more completely in our User Terms—and for a number of business, continuity, and operational reasons—Customer owns and ultimately controls all Personal Information and Customer Data entered into TeachBoost. Nevertheless we have built a number of tools and features into TeachBoost that give Authorized Users various methods of access to their Personal Information and we strive to make this data as portable as possible. You can access, update, and delete your account information anytime on your account preferences page. We also have a number of download features and you can use tools like Sketch, list pages, and reports to edit or delete information you created on TeachBoost while you maintain an active account.
Authorized Users located in certain countries, including the European Economic Area, have certain statutory rights in relation to their personal data. Subject to any exemptions provided by law, you may have the right to request access to Personal Information, as well as to seek to update, delete, or correct this Information. You can usually do this using the aforementioned settings and tools provided in the Service; if you cannot use these settings and tools, contact Customer or your building administrators for additional access and assistance.
To the extent that our processing of your Personal Information is subject to the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), we rely on its legitimate interests, described above, to process your data.
Please note that there may be some latency in deleting your Personal Information from our backup systems after it has been deleted from our production, development, and staging systems. We may also retain certain information as reasonably necessary to comply with our legal obligations (including law enforcement requests), resolve disputes, maintain security, prevent fraud and abuse, as well as to comply with tax, financial, securities, and other regulatory compliance requirements that may exist.
We maintain a comprehensive information security program designed to protect all of our users' Personal Information using modern administrative, physical, and technical safeguards. The specific security measures we use are based on the sensitivity of the information collected and we have measures in place to protect against inappropriate access, loss, misuse, or alteration of Personal Information under our control.
TeachBoost's security team regularly reviews our security and privacy practices and enhances them as necessary to help ensure the integrity of our systems and your data. We use secure server software to encrypt all authentications and data we store and transmit and we only partner with security companies that meet and commit to our security standards. While we cannot guarantee that loss, misuse, or alteration of data will not occur, we always use reasonable efforts to prevent this.
Please remember that despite our safeguards and commitments, It is also important for you to guard against unauthorized access to your account and Personal Information by maintaining strong passwords and protecting against the unauthorized use of your own computer or device.
The Site and Service are not intended for use by persons who are under 16. Any access to or use of the Site or Service by anyone under 16 is expressly prohibited.
We will not make the Service available to persons who are under 16, and you are prohibited from inviting or permitting persons who are under 16 to join TeachBoost. Likewise, student information—including Personal Information, student assessment data, and student observation data—may not be uploaded or incorporated into the Service without a specific written agreement in place between us and the Customer controlling your account.
If a written agreement is in place between us and Customer permitting us to collect Personal Information from students under 16 or to make the service available to them, it must be for the use and benefit of the school or school district and it must be in compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
If a parent, guardian, or school official becomes aware that his or her child or pupil has provided us with Personal Information without their consent—voluntarily or involuntarily—he or she should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we become aware that a person under 16 has provided us with Personal Information or that such information has been incorporated into the Service without a written agreement, we will take measures to delete such information from our files immediately.
We are committed to subjecting all personal data received from European Union ("EU") member countries and Switzerland, in reliance on the Privacy Shield Framework ("Privacy Shield"), to the Privacy Shield's applicable Principles. To learn more about the Privacy Shield Framework, and to view our certification page, please visit: https://www.privacyshield.gov.
Schoolbinder is responsible for the processing of Personal Information we receive and for any subsequent transfer to a third party acting as an agent on our behalf. We abide by the Privacy Shield Principles for all onward transfers of personal data from the EU and Switzerland, including the onward transfer of liability provisions unless we prove that we are not responsible for the event giving rise to the damage.
We provide the Service so that our customers can manage their professional development and educator training systems and processes. In providing the Service, we process data our customers submit to the Service or instruct us to process on their behalves in connection with the Service ("Customer Data").
In general, we process Customer Data submitted by customers for the purpose of providing the Service to customers. To fulfill these purposes, we may access data to provide the Service, to prevent or address service or technical problems, to respond to customer support matters, to follow the instructions of our customer who submitted the data, or in response to contractual requirements with our customers. Please see "How we use personal information" for a more complete explanation.
With regard to the GDPR and other applicable EU laws, this means we collect and process information about you only where we have legal bases for doing so. These legal bases depend on how you use the Service or the contract you have with us and have the following priority:
If you have consented to our use of information about you for a specific purpose, you have the right to change your mind at any time, but this will not affect any processing that has already taken place. Where we are using your information because we or a third party (e.g., Customer) have a legitimate interest to do so, you have the right to object to that use though, in some cases, this may mean no longer using the Service.
We use a limited number of third party providers to assist us in providing the Service to our customers. Please see "How we share and disclose Personal Information" for a complete list of these third parties and their purposes.
If you are a resident of a European country participating in the Privacy Shield and you believe we maintain your Personal Information within the scope of this Privacy Shield certification, you may direct any questions or complaints concerning our Privacy Shield compliance to email@example.com or at our mailing address:
We will work with you to resolve your issue. If you have not received a timely response to your concern or we have not addressed your concern to your satisfaction, however, you may seek further assistance, at no cost to you, from JAMS, which is an independent dispute resolution body in the United States.
You may also be able to invoke binding arbitration for unresolved complaints but prior to initiating such arbitration, a resident of a European country participating in the Privacy Shield must first: (1) contact us and afford us the opportunity to resolve the issue; (2) seek assistance from JAMS; and (3) contact the U.S. Department of Commerce (either directly or through a European Data Protection Authority) and afford the Department of Commerce time to attempt to resolve the issue. If such a resident invokes binding arbitration, each party shall be responsible for its own attorney's fees. Please be advised that, pursuant to the Privacy Shield, the arbitrator(s) may only impose individual-specific, non-monetary, equitable relief necessary to remedy any violation of the Privacy Shield Principles with respect to the resident.
Our Privacy Shield compliance is subject to the investigatory and enforcement powers of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
We may disclose personal data when we have a good faith belief that such action is necessary to: conform to legal requirements or to respond to lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements; or to enforce our contractual obligations.
If you object to any changes, you may delete your account by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you and your organization.
If you are a copyright owner or the agent of a copyright owner and you believe that any content or link on the Site or Service infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notice pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) by providing our Copyright Agent the following information in writing:
You acknowledge and agree that if you fail to comply with all of the requirements listed, your DMCA notice may not be valid. DMCA notices should go to our DMCA Agent:
If you reside in the United States or any other country outside the EEA, Schoolbinder, Inc. is responsible for the use of your data and for responding to any requests related to your Personal Information. You may contact it at email@example.com.
If you reside in the EEA, TeachBoost Limited is your data controller and you may contact it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need to contact us by post, please use the following addresses depending on your location:
For users in the United States or other countries outside the EEA:
For users in the EEA: