Joshua Tree Academy Privacy & Security Policy
Ascension 180, LLC (“Joshua Tree Academy”, “Joshua Tree Academy platform”, “Platform”, “We” or “Us”) is committed to respecting the privacy rights of its users which include students, teachers, and guests (“You” or “Your”).
We strive to take measures to ensure that the Personal Information submitted to Us by You remains private, and is used only for the purposes as set forth herein. To further the protection of Your Personal Information, We have adopted a set of guidelines (outlined below) to describe the Personal Information We collect about You, why We collect it, how We use it and when We share it with third parties.
Intellectual Property Policy for User-submitted content (i.e., video class recordings, messages, images, blogs, etc.)
Joshua Tree Academy is a technology platform that enables any instructor anywhere to create and share educational courses with their existing students. As such, we do not review or edit the courses for legal issues, and we are not in a position to determine the legality of course content. However, it is important to us that instructors posting courses on Joshua Tree Academy respect the intellectual property of others. When You post courses and related classes on our platform, You make the promise that You have the necessary authorization or rights to use all the content contained in Your courses and associated classes. Also, You automatically accept all liabilities stemming from copyright violations and intellectual property infringements.
By posting on this Platform, You agree that Your content is subject to review by Joshua Tree Academy. Infringing activity and inappropriate content (e.g., discriminatory, sexual, illegal, etc.) is not tolerated on or through our platform and cases. Content may be deleted prior to the final posting for copyright and privacy purposes once brought to our attention. Joshua Tree Academy shall have the sole discretion to condense and use content in further publications for marketing purposes. In cases where warranted (i.e., poor digital citizenship, poor netiquette which is defined as “the correct or acceptable way of communicating on the Internet”, harassment, cyberbullying, derogatory communication, inappropriate content, etc.) We reserve the right to block the user with or without notification prior to or post blocking.
Maintaining a safe online community for our users (i.e., students, teachers, and guests ) is vitally important. “A component of responsible Digital Citizenship demands that you respond to digital offenders in a manner that can end the offenses. This doesn’t entail a violent exchange of instant-messaging. It merely requires that you report the offender to the website management or, if necessary, to the proper legal authorities.” We encourage any observed, identified, or discovered inappropriate behavior and/ or content to be immediately reported to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What kind of information do We collect from visitors?
We only collect Personal Information that You submit to Us, including but not limited to personal data (i.e., Your name, email address, phone number, and payment information). The information supplied by You to Us is deemed as voluntary to Us. We may also aggregate the collected information regarding performing analytical research user of the Platform. We may make Personal Information available to third parties which is limited to service vendors (i.e., third parties) providing Platform support. We may also use such information to contact users for general communication purposes as well as marketing & advertising purposes.
Use of Personal Information
We contract with one or more third parties to maintain and host the Joshua Tree Academy platform. Therefore, any information You submit, including Personal Information, shall be collected, placed and stored on a computer server maintained by our third-party vendors. Your use of the Platform and any provision of Personal Information You submit constitutes Your acknowledgment that such information or content could pass through and may be stored in servers outside our control. You agree that We have no liability or responsibility for any such collection, pass-through or storage of same.
The Platform utilizes Google Education core services and therefore leverages Google’s G Suite For Education Privacy and Security Information which can be found at google.com/edu/privacy and is as follows:
“The mission of Google is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Ensuring teachers and students everywhere have access to technology to learn and work together fits naturally with that mission. That is why we provide educators with powerful solutions that are affordable, safe and easy to use. The G Suite for Education core services are the heart of Google’s educational offering to schools. The core services are Gmail, Calendar, Classroom, Contacts, Drive, Docs, Groups, Sheets, Sites, Slides, Talk/ Hangouts and Vault. We know that trust is earned through protecting teacher and student privacy and providing the best security measures. This handout tells more about the core services and explains our privacy and security commitments.
Some of our tools are used in schools:
Google Docs, Sheets and Slides enable students to collaborate with their peers and teachers in real-time, allowing them to share their work, get feedback, and make edits instantaneously. They can be kept private, shared with others (such as a parent, or the entire class), or even made public. Best of all they can be accessed from any computer or tablet, anywhere, anytime.
Teachers can save time and better engage their students by using Google Classroom to send assignments and resources digitally. In addition, Classroom allows teachers to ensure their students are submitting their work on time. Students using Classroom can easily see when their assignments are due, and are given clear notifications when their work is late, helping them stay on track and organized.
Google Sites allows teachers and students to create their own websites, without needing to code. Often, this tool is used to let students create personalized e-portfolios, so that teachers and parents may track their student’s development with ease. Teachers can also use Google Sites to create quick and easy webpages for their class, sport, or club.
The tools in Google’s Admin Console allow administrators to personalize the G Suite for Education experience for their schools, teachers, and students. For example, an administrator may block Gmail for kindergarteners, but may allow older students to email people within the same school. Administrators may also choose to block certain webpages, ensuring their students stay safe and productive.
Google Vault gives schools the ability to archive emails and Documents. This means that if a student or teacher accidentally deletes a file it can be recovered quickly and painlessly. Vault is also an important part of legal compliance for schools — if there is ever a legal matter that requires old emails to be reviewed, Vault allows administrators to find them easily and quickly.
Protecting Student Data and Privacy
Does Google own school or student data?
No. Google doesn’t assume ownership of any customer data in G Suite core services, and it says so in our contracts (under “Intellectual Property”). We provide powerful, easy-to-use management tools and dashboards to help administrators keep track of their organization’s services, usage and data. We only keep your personal information as long as you ask us to keep it. If an education department, school or university decides to stop using Google, we make it easy for them to take their data with them.
Are there ads in G Suite for Education?
No. There are no ads in G Suite for Education core services and we do not collect or use student data for advertising purposes or create advertising profiles. K-12 G Suite for Education users also don’t see ads when they use Google search while signed in to their G Suite for Education accounts. Some of Google’s additional services such as Blogger and YouTube do show ads to students, however we give Administrators the ability to restrict access to these services.
Has Google signed the Privacy Pledge?
Yes. In order to reaffirm the commitments we’ve made to schools, Google has signed the Student Privacy Pledge introduced by the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and The Software & Information Industry Association.
Our Commitment and Compliance
Is my organization compliant with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)?
Yes. G Suite for Education core services comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and our commitment to do so is included in our agreements.
Can G Suite for Education be used in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)?
Yes. We contractually require that schools using G Suite for Education get the parental consent required by COPPA. Our services can be used in compliance with COPPA as long as a school has parental consent.
How do we know you are keeping your word?
We make contractual commitments in our G Suite for Education agreement and commit to comply with privacy and security standards. And whether it’s real time dashboards to verify system performance, our ongoing auditing of our processes or sharing the location of our datacenters, we’re committed to providing all our users utmost transparency. It’s your data, and we want you to know what happens with it so that you can always make informed choices.
Security and Privacy
Which third parties have reviewed Google’s security practices?
Independent auditors and third party organizations have verified that our privacy practices and contractual commitments for G Suite for Education comply with data standards*. Ernst & Young verified that our privacy practices and contractual commitments for G Suite for Education comply with ISO/IEC 27018:2014. * ISO/IEC 27018:2014 and SSAE 16 / ISAE 3402 Type II SOC 2
How does Google keep data secure?
We are fully committed to the security and privacy of your data and protecting you and your school from attempts to compromise it. Our systems are among the industry’s most secure and we vigorously resist any unlawful attempt to access our customers’ data.
Google’s data centers use custom hardware running a custom hardened operating system and file system. Each of these systems has been optimized for security and performance. Because Google controls the entire hardware stack, we are able to quickly respond to any threats or weaknesses that may emerge.
Google encrypts Gmail (including attachments) and Drive data while on the move. This ensures that your messages are safe not only when they move between you and Google’s servers, but also as they move between Google’s data centers.”
Joshua Tree Academy employs, but is not limited to using, third-party and proprietary security technologies like the 128-bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Internet encryption software. If You would like additional details regarding our current security measures, please email a request to: email@example.com.
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