Our Privacy Statement
Skill Farm follows cutting-edge security and privacy best practices designed to provide a secure, reliable and compliant work marketplace for all trainers and learners.
At Skill Farm, we take your privacy seriously. We’re always working to help ensure Skill Farm is a secure platform for you. Access to Skill Farm is encrypted using Transport Layer Security (TLS) and for any sensitive information you provide, such as tax information, we encrypt the transmission of that information using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.
About this policy
Personal Data We Collect About You
Information you provide to Skill Farm during the Registration process, Platform Purchases, Account Updates & Many More
Learner & Expert Data
Personal data that we need to create your account and that enables you to use the Services.
The specific types of information we collect will depend upon the Services you use, how you use them, and the information you choose to provide. The types of data we collect directly from you includes name, alias, email address, postal or billing address, zip code, account name, phone number, social media profiles, or other similar identifiers.
If you purchase training services on the platform, or make other additional purchases, we collect certain data about your purchase (such as your name, billing address, and ZIP/Postal code) as necessary to process your order and which may be saved to process future orders. The exact personal data collected and used will vary depending on the payment method. We also use well-known and secure third-party payment providers such as Paypal, Stripe & Klarna.
You must provide certain payment and billing data directly to our payment service providers, including your name, credit card information, billing address, and ZIP/Postal code. We may also receive limited information, like the fact that you have a new credit card and the last four digits of that card, from payment service providers to facilitate payments. Skill Farm does not collect or store sensitive cardholder data, such as full credit card numbers or card authentication data.
Expert/Trainer Payment Information
If you are a Skill Farm Teacher, you can provide your Paypal , Payoneer or other payment account to the Services to receive payments through our third party service providers. When you link a payment account, we collect and use certain information, including your payment account email address, account ID, physical address, or other data necessary for us to send payments to your account. In some instances, we may collect ACH or wire information to send payments to your account. In order to comply with applicable laws, we also work with trusted third parties who collect tax information as legally required. This tax information may include residency information, tax identification numbers, biographical information, and other personal information necessary for taxation purposes.
Additional data you may choose to give us includes:
· demographic information such as your gender or other information;
· user-generated content you provide to us, such as when you upload a project, upload courses and other educational content, leave a training review, ask or answer a question, or otherwise participate in a public discussion forum;
· information you provide when you participate in a survey or research study, including testimonials;
· participation in promotions, sweepstakes or contests, or other marketing promotions;
· Information you provide when you communicate with our customer support team; and
· Information about others, including email address, for referral invitations.
Data we collect automatically when you use our services
When you use our Services, we collect and analyze:
technical data such as your IP address, browser types, browser language, operating system, software and hardware attributes (including device IDs), online identifiers such as cookie data, referring and exit pages, and URLs;
Skill Farm app data such as mobile phone, tablet, or computer used to access the app, including device identifiers, IP address, operating system, version, internet service provider, browser type, domain name and other similar information, whether and when you update the app, date and time of use, error logs, and other similar information about how you use the app;
site usage patterns such as the number of clicks, mouse movements, scrolling, and time spent on a page;
navigation data such as pages viewed and the order of those pages, date and time of use, session duration, and error logs;
learning data such as content or classes watched, total minutes watched, and categories of classes you search for; and
other similar information.
General (Non-Exact) Location
Your general location includes country, region, or state. We may learn this from technical data (e.g. your IP address, language setting of your device) or payment currency.
Data we collect from third parties integrated with Skill Farm
Third Party Services
If you link, connect, or login to the Services with a third party service (e.g. Google, LinkedIn, Apple), you direct the service to send us information such as your registration and profile information as controlled by that service or as authorized by you via your privacy settings at that service.
Payment Partners and Merchants
If you choose to pay through third parties or by invoice, we may get data from our payment partners. This allows us to send you invoices or process your payments.
If we direct you to a merchant, we receive data from the merchant that is related to your purchase. For example, we might direct you to one of our partner’s websites on a third-party platform. Receiving this data allows us to analyze the effectiveness of our partnership with these merchant partners and understand your interests.
Data from other sources
These sources vary over time, but could include:
· security service providers who provide us with information to secure our systems, prevent fraud, and help us protect the security of Skill Farm accounts;
· payment service providers who provide us with payment or balance information, or updates to that information, based on their relationship with you;
· online and offline data providers, from which we obtain aggregated demographic, interest-based, and online advertising related data;
· publicly-available sources such as publicly available posts on social media platforms and information available through public databases associating IP addresses with internet service providers; and
· advertising or marketing partners from whom we receive inferences (i.e., their understanding) of your interests and preferences.
We may also receive additional information such as demographic and statistical information from third parties, including business partners, marketers, researchers, analysts, and other parties that we may attribute to you based on your assignment to certain statistical groups. We use this information to supplement the information that we collect directly from you in order to derive your possible interests, provide more relevant experiences for you, and improve our products, analytics, and advertising.
We may use the information we collect about you for various purposes, including to provide, analyze, administer, enhance, and personalize the Services and marketing efforts; to process your subscription, purchase, or payments; to communicate with you on these and other topics; to evaluate and improve the Services; and to comply with legal obligations. For example, we use such information to:
Create and manage your accounts and profiles;
· personalize your content on the Services–this includes providing you access to your saved classes and class watch history, and providing class recommendations;
· provide users and Teachers with features and functionality, including to facilitate participation in our content, classes, lessons, courses, and live events, and that of our Teachers; issue completion certificates, badges, or other credentials; or to facilitate social or community features, such as by identifying and suggesting connections with other users or Teachers of the Service and providing discussion boards, chat, or messaging functionality;
· provide Teachers with information related to student engagement and minutes watched, referral earnings, and other analytical data, including data that is used to pay Teachers appropriately;
· manage student and Teacher referrals;
· secure our systems, prevent fraud, and help us protect the security of Skill Farm accounts;
· analyze and understand our audience (including to understand demographic patterns related to our community), improve our Service (including our user interface experiences and service performance), and optimize content selection, algorithms, and delivery;
· communicate with you concerning the Services so that we can send you news about Skill Farm or our third-party partners, details about new features and content available on Skill Farm, special offers, promotional announcements, consumer surveys, and to assist you with operational requests such as password reset requests;
· fulfill contractual obligations with third parties;
· complete corporate transactions (for more information, see our “Business Transfers” section below); and
· fulfill any other purpose at your direction.
Disclosing Your Personal Data
Affiliates and Subsidiaries
To support us in providing, integrating, promoting, and improving the Services, we may share personal information within our corporate family of companies that are related by common ownership or control.
With Your Consent or at Your Direction
Where you provide consent, we share your information as described at the time of consent, such as when authorizing a third-party application or website to access your Skill Farm account or participating in promotional activities by Skill Farm partners or third parties.
To facilitate interactions between our Teachers and users, we share with Teachers data that we have about users concerning content users access or request information about, so Teachers can improve their content for you and other students. This data may include things like your name, email address, country, browser language, operating system, device settings, the site that brought you to Skill Farm, and certain activities on Skill Farm, like how many minutes you have watched and for what class or other content.
Depending on your settings, your shared content and profile data may be publicly viewable, including to other students and Teachers. If you leave a review, ask a question, or post on a discussion board, your information (including your name) may also be publicly viewable. Note that within the Services, all discussion boards, groups, or other public forums available to participants are publicly visible to other participants. Accordingly, please take care when using these forums and do not post confidential or proprietary information through those features.
· Payment processors
· Fraud prevention service providers
· Providers of advertising services
· Video content providers
· Ad networks and marketing tools
· Analytics service providers
· Engineering and development tools
· Staff augmentation and contract personnel
· Hosting service providers
Other Third Parties
We also share Personal Data when necessary to complete a transaction initiated or authorized by you or provide you with a product or service you have requested. In addition to those set forth above, these parties also include:
· other users (where you post information publicly or as otherwise necessary to effect a transaction initiated or authorized by you through the Services), such as when users and Teachers interact through the Services;
· social media services (if you interact with them through your use of the Services);
· business partners that you access through the Services or that we engage to offer co-branded services, sell or distribute our products, or engage in joint marketing activities.
We may offer joint promotions or programs that, in order for your participation, will require us to share your information with third parties. In fulfilling these types of promotions, we may share your name and other information in connection with fulfilling the incentive. Please note that these third parties are responsible for their own privacy practices.
From time to time, we may share aggregated or anonymous information about use of the Services, such as by publishing a report on usage trends.
Protection of Skill Farm and others
We also share Personal Data when we believe it is necessary to:
Comply with applicable law or respond to valid legal process, including from law enforcement or other government agencies;
Protect us, our business, our users, and others, for example to enforce our terms of service, prevent spam or other unwanted communications, and investigate or protect against fraud;
Maintain the security of our products and services.
Legal Bases for Use of Your Information
We process Personal Data for, or based on, one or more of the following legal bases:
Performance of a Contract
By using the Services, you have contracted with us through the Terms of Service, and we will process certain Personal Data to perform under that contract, including first and last name, email address, password, and, if you are a Teacher, the content of your classes. When we process Personal Data due to contractual necessity, failure to provide such Personal Data will result in your inability to use some or all portions of the Services that require such data.
We process the following categories of Personal Data when we believe it furthers the legitimate interest of us or third parties: first and last name, email address, location information, IP address, and your activity on the Services, including class usage information and community interaction data. Examples of these legitimate interests include: operation and improvement of our business, products, and services; personalization of web content on the Services; analyzing the use of the Services; marketing of our products and Services; provision of customer support; protection from fraud or security threats; compliance with legal obligations; and completion of corporate transactions.
In some cases, we process Personal Data based on the consent you expressly grant to us prior to the time we collect such data. When we process Personal Data based on your consent, it will be expressly indicated to you prior to the point and time of collection.
Other Processing Grounds
From time to time, we may also need to process Personal Data to comply with a legal obligation, if it is necessary to protect the vital interests of you or other data subjects, or if it is necessary for a task carried out in the public interest.
Retention of Your Information
We will retain your Personal Data for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services and to maintain a record of your transactions for financial reporting purposes. We will also retain and use your Personal Data as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
Protection of Your Information
Skill Farm takes technical and organizational security measures that are designed to safeguard Personal Data. However, no online activity is ever fully secure or error-free. While we strive to protect your information, we cannot guarantee that your Personal Data is absolutely secure. Please keep this in mind when disclosing any information to Skill Farm.
Please recognize that protecting your Personal Data is also your responsibility. We urge you to take every precaution to protect your information when you are on the Internet, or when you communicate with us and with others through the Internet. Change your passwords often, use a combination of letters and numbers, and make sure you use a secure browser. If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure (for example, if you feel that the security of your account might have been compromised), or if you suspect someone else is using your account, please let us know immediately by contacting us as indicated in the Contact Us section below.
Transfer to Other Countries
Because of the global nature of our business, Skill Farm shares personal data internationally with its subsidiaries, subcontractors, and partners when carrying out the activities described in this Policy. They may process your data in countries whose data protection laws are not considered to be as strong as EU laws or the laws which apply where you live. For example, they may not give you the same rights over your data.
Whenever we transfer personal data internationally, we use tools and transfer agreements to:
make sure the data transfer complies with applicable law; and
help to give your data the same level of protection as it has in the EU and the laws which apply where you live.
Regardless of where you use our Services, the information collected as part of that use will be transferred to and maintained on servers located in the United States. By using our Services, you consent to this collection, transfer, storage, and processing of information to and in the United States.
We use these technologies in order to offer you a more tailored experience in the future, by understanding and remembering your particular browsing preferences. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a site that enable us to: (i) recognize your computer; (ii) store your preferences and settings; (iii) understand the web pages of the Services you have visited; (iv) enhance your user experience by delivering and measuring the effectiveness of content and advertising tailored to your interests; (v) perform searches and analytics; and (vi) assist with security and administrative functions.
We do not knowingly process data of EU residents under the age of 16 without parental consent. If we become aware that we have collected data from an EU resident under the age of 16 without parental consent, we will take reasonable steps to delete it as soon as possible. If you live in the EU and are under the age of 16 years, please do not use the Services, and do not provide any personal data to us.
We also comply with other age restrictions and requirements in accordance with applicable local laws.
If you’re a parent of a child under the age of 16, as applicable, and become aware that your child has provided personal data to Skill Farm, please contact us. If we learn that we’ve collected the personal data of a child under the age of 16, as applicable, we’ll take reasonable steps to delete the personal data. This may require us to delete the Skill Farm account associated with that personal data.
Your rights vary depending on the laws that apply to you, but may include:
· The right to know whether, and for what purposes, we process your Personal Data;
· The right to be informed about the Personal Data we collect and/or process about you;
· The right to learn the source of Personal Data about you we process;
· The right to access, modify, correct, and delete Personal Data about you (see the “Accessing, Modifying, and Correcting Collected Personal Data” section below for more information);
· The right to know with whom we have shared your Personal Data, for what purposes, and what Personal Data has been shared (including whether Personal Data was disclosed to third parties for their own direct marketing purposes);
· The right to withdraw your consent, where processing of Personal Data is based on your consent; and
· The right to file a complaint with a supervisory authority located in the jurisdiction of your habitual residence, place of work, or where an alleged violation of law occurred.
We currently do not collect household data. If all the members of a household make a request under this Policy, we will respond as if the requests are individual requests.
Please note, if you do not have a Skill Farm account we will not have enough information about you to verify your requests under this Policy, as we do not keep sufficient information necessary to reidentify and link you to a prior visit to Skill Farm where data may have been collected. As such, we will be unable to verify and honor your requests. You may make a verifiable consumer request related to your personal information twice per 12-month period.
If you are a California consumer, please see our California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Privacy Notice by clicking here or simply scrolling down. See “Privacy Notice to Residents of Colorado, Connecticut, Virginia, and Utah,” “Privacy Notice for Residents of Nevada,” and “Your European Union and UK Privacy Rights,” for more information about certain legal rights.
Accessing, Modifying, and Correcting Collected Personal Data
We strive to maintain the accuracy of any Personal Data collected from you, and will try to respond promptly to update our records when you tell us the information in our records is not correct. If you believe that any Personal Data we are holding about you is incorrect or incomplete, you can request that we correct or supplement such data. You can also correct some of this information directly by making changes to your Profile. You can request that we correct or supplement such data by emailing [email protected]
Depending on the laws that apply to you, you may obtain from us certain Personal Data in our records. If you wish to access, review, or make any changes to Personal Data you have provided to us through the Services, please submit a request through our Online Form, or email us at [email protected] from the email address that you believe is associated with your Skill Farm account.
In some jurisdictions, you can request that your personal information be deleted. Please note that if you request deletion of your personal information, or if your account is suspended, terminated, or voluntarily closed:
We may retain your personal information as necessary for our legitimate business interests, such as fraud detection and prevention and enhancing safety. For example, if we suspend a Skill Farm account for fraud or safety reasons, we may retain information from that account to prevent that member from opening a new account in the future.
We may retain and use your personal information to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations. For example, we may keep information for tax, legal reporting, and auditing obligations.
Some copies of your information (e.g., log records) will remain in our database, but are disassociated from personal identifiers.
Because we take measures to protect data from accidental or malicious loss and destruction, residual copies of your personal information may not be removed from our backup systems for a limited period of time.
Please see “Other Users” below for important information on how users on our platform may continue to have access to your data.
Requests Made Through Agents
You may designate, in writing or through a power of attorney, an authorized agent to make requests on your behalf to exercise your rights. Before accepting such a request from an agent, we will require the agent to provide proof you have authorized it to act on your behalf, and we may need you to verify your identity directly with us.
Your European Union and UK Privacy Rights
In addition to the above-listed rights, European Union and United Kingdom privacy law provides individuals with enhanced rights with respect to their Personal Data. These rights may include, depending on the circumstances surrounding the processing of Personal Data:
The right to object to decisions based on profiling or automated decision-making that produce legal or similarly significant effects on you;
The right to request restriction of processing of Personal Data or object to processing of Personal Data carried out pursuant to (i) a legitimate interest (including, but not limited to, processing for direct marketing purposes) or (ii) performance of a task in the public interest;
In certain circumstances, the right to data portability, which means that you can request that we provide certain Personal Data we hold about you in a machine-readable format; and
In certain circumstances, the right to erasure and/or the right to be forgotten, which means that you can request deletion or removal of certain Personal Data we process about you.
To exercise any of these rights, please submit a request through our Online Form, or email us at [email protected] from the email address that you believe is associated with your Skill Farm account. In the request, please specify which right you are seeking to exercise and the scope of the request.
You have choices about certain information we collect about you, how we communicate with you, and how we process certain Personal Data. When you are asked to provide information, you may decline to do so; but if you choose not to provide information that is necessary to provide some of our Services, you may not be able to use those Services. In addition, it is possible to change your browser settings to block the automatic collection of certain information.
We may send promotional emails from time to time. If you are located in the European Union, we will not send promotional emails without your consent. You can opt-out of receiving promotional emails from us at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link in the emails. Please note that you cannot opt-out of non-promotional emails, such as those about your account, transactions, servicing, or our ongoing business relations. In addition, if you downloaded our app and opted-in to receive push notifications on your device, you can opt-out at any time by adjusting the permissions in your device or uninstalling our app.
If you want to limit or prevent our ability to receive location information from you, you can deny or remove the permission for certain Services to access location information or deactivate location services on your device. Please refer to your device manufacturer or operating system instructions for instructions on how to do this.
Cookies and Web Tracking
Consult our Cookie Notice for more information about how to control and/or opt out of certain web tracking technologies.
Other users of the Service or the public may have access to your Personal Data when you choose to make your profile or other personal information available to them through the Service, such as when you provide comments, reviews, survey responses, or other content. We do not control how other users or third parties use any personal information that you make available to such users or the public. Please be aware that any information you post publicly can be cached, copied, screen captured, or stored elsewhere by others (e.g., search engines) before you have a chance to edit or remove it.