Supplemental privacy statement for California residents

Introduction


This Privacy Statement supplements our Privacy Notice for this site. It explains Pearson’s commitment to comply with California law and applies to personal information of California residents collected in connection with this site. Please read this Supplemental Privacy Statement for California Residents in conjunction with our Privacy Notice.

Please note that other Pearson sites and online products may have different privacy policies and California-specific privacy statements.

Collection, disclosure and sharing over the last 12 months


Definitions


Business Purposes includes the following:

  • Audit means auditing compliance with the Terms of Use, this Privacy Statement, the Privacy Policy and applicable law. It also means auditing current interaction with a User and concurrent interactions with others, such as auditing access to particular content or features.
  • Debugging means identifying and repairing errors that impair existing intended functionality.
  • Evaluation means undertaking internal research to assess the effectiveness of this site and its services and for technological development and demonstration.
  • Maintenance and Improvement means undertaking activities to verify or maintain the quality or safety of this site and to improve, upgrade or enhance it.
  • Provide Services means delivering and providing the services delivered through this site (Services), including, but not limited to, providing educational content, maintaining accounts, providing customer service, fulfilling orders and verifying customer information.
  • Security means detecting security incidents, protecting against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent or illegal activity and taking appropriate action for those responsible for that activity.
  • Short-Term Use means short-term, transient use related to a current interaction with a California resident, such as the contextual customization of information shown as part of the same interaction. In Short-Term Use, the personal information is not disclosed to another third party and is not used to build a profile about an individual or otherwise alter an individual’s experience outside the current interaction.

Personal Information means information that identifies, relates to, describes, is capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular California resident or their household.

Collection and Disclosure


Within the last 12 months, Pearson may have collected and disclosed categories of Personal Information collected in connection with this site and its Services, as follows:

A. Identifiers

  • Description. Information used to identify a particular user of the Services and this site, such as name, email address, user name, IP address or other online identifier.
  • Collection. Yes
    • Source. Users
    • Collection Business Purpose. Audit, Debugging, Evaluation, Maintenance and Improvement, Provide Services, Security, Short Term Use.
  • Disclosure to Third Parties. Yes.
    • Categories of Third Parties. Service Providers
    • Disclosure Business Purpose. Audit, Debugging, Evaluation, Maintenance and Improvement, Provide Services and Security.

B. Customer Records

  • Description. Categories of customer personal information described in California Civil Code 1798.80, including name, address and education information.
  • Collection. Yes.
    • Source. Users, Educators, Institutions.
    • Collection Business Purpose. Audit, Debugging, Evaluation, Maintenance and Improvement, Provide Services, Security, Short-Term Use.
  • Disclosure to Third Parties. Yes
    • Categories of Third Parties. Service Providers
    • Disclosure Business Purpose. Audit, Debugging, Evaluation, Provide Services, Security, Short-Term Use.

C. Protected Class Characteristics

  • Description. Protected classifications characteristics under California or federal law, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, veteran or military status
  • Collection. No
    • Source. N/A
    • Collection Business Purpose. N/A
  • Disclosure to Third Parties. No
    • Categories of Third Parties: N/A
    • Disclosure Business Purpose. N/A

D. Commercial Information

  • Description. Information about products or services purchased, used or considered by a User.
  • Collection. Yes
    • Source. User
    • Collection Business Purpose. Audit, Debugging, Evaluation, Maintenance and Improvement, Provide Services, Security, Short-Term Use.
  • Disclosure to Third Parties. Yes
    • Categories of Third Parties. Service
    • Disclosure Business Purpose. Audit, Debugging, Evaluation, Maintenance and Improvement, Provide Services, Security, Short-Term Use.

E. Biometric Information

  • Description. Genetic or biological characteristics, such as information derived from fingerprint, iris or retina scans.
  • Collection. No.
  • Disclosure to Third Parties. No.

F. Internet or Other Similar Network Activity

  • Description. Information from interaction with a website and the internet.
  • Collection. Yes.
    • Source. User
    • Collection Business Purpose. Audit, Debugging, Evaluation, Maintenance and Improvement, Provide Services, Security and Short-Term Use.
  • Disclosure to Third Parties. Yes.
    • Categories of Third Parties. Service Providers.
    • Disclosure Business Purpose. Audit, Debugging, Evaluation, Maintenance and Improvement, Provide the Services, Security and Short-Term Use.

G. Geolocation Data

  • Description. Information about the geographic location from where a user accessed this site.
  • Collection. No.
  • Disclosure to Third Parties. No.

H. Sensory Data

  • Description. Sensory data includes audio, electronic and visual information.
  • Collection. No.
  • Disclosure to Third Parties. No.

I. Professional or Employment-Related Information

  • Description. Current or past job history
  • Collection. Yes.
    • Source. Users
    • Collection Business Purpose. Provide Services, Evaluation.
  • Disclosure to Third Parties.
    • Categories of Third Parties. Service providers.
    • Disclosure Business Purpose. Provide Services, Evaluation.

J. Non-Public Education Information

  • Description. Education Information that is not publicly available personally identifiable information as defined in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 USC 1232g, 34 CFR, Part 99 (FERPA).
  • Collection. No
    • Source. N/A
    • Collection Business Purpose. N/A
  • Disclosure to Third Parties. No
    • Categories of Third Parties. N/A
    • Disclosure Business Purpose. N/A

K. Inferences Drawn from Other Personal Information

  • Description. Inferences that create a profile about User’s preferences, characteristics, intelligence, abilities and aptitudes.
  • Collection. Yes.
    • Source. Users
    • Collection Business Purpose. Provide Services, Security, Evaluation.
  • Disclosure to Third Parties.
    • Categories of Third Parties. Service providers
    • Disclosure Business Purpose. Provide Services, Security, Evaluation.

Sale


We do not monetize Personal Information. We have not sold, within the last twelve (12) months, any Personal Information collected through this site, except to the extent that third party targeted advertising cookies are ultimately determined to involve a sale of personal information under California law. (It is currently unclear whether that is the case.) We currently do not enable third party targeted advertising cookies on this site, except to the extent that the third party uses the information solely as a service provider to Pearson.

Privacy Rights


Under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), California residents have certain rights related to their personal information collected by and on behalf of a business subject to the law. Students also have certain privacy rights under U.S. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

FERPA Privacy Rights.


FERPA provides students with privacy rights and protection for educational personally identifiable information collected and processed on behalf of educational institutions receiving government funding from the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA provides students with rights to obtain from these educational institutions access to their educational records, as well as correction and amendment of their educational records, even though the CCPA does not apply to non-profit and public educational institutions.

CCPA Right to Know.


California residents may request a business to disclose the following information about the business’ collection and use of their personal information over the past twelve (12) months, provided that such requests are made no more than twice within a twelve (12) month period:

  • The categories of personal information collected;
  • The categories of sources for the personal information collected;
  • The business or commercial purpose for collecting, and, if applicable, selling, personal information;
  • The specific pieces of personal information collected;
  • If the personal information has been disclosed, the categories of personal information disclosed and the categories of third parties receiving the personal information;
  • If the personal information has been sold, the categories of personal information sold and the categories of third parties to whom the personal information was sold.

CCPA Right to Deletion.


California residents may request a business to delete the personal information that the business collected and has been retained by the business or its service providers. This right is limited, and the business may deny a deletion request if it is necessary for the business or a service provider to maintain the personal information in order to:

  • Complete the transaction for which the personal information was collected, provide a good or service requested by the individual, or reasonably anticipated within the context of a business’ ongoing business relationship with the individual, or otherwise perform a contract between the business and the individual.
  • Detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity; or prosecute those responsible for that activity;
  • Debug to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality;
  • Exercise free speech ensure the right of another individual to exercise his or her right of free speech, or exercise another right provided for by law.
  • Comply with the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act pursuant to Chapter 3.6 (commencing with Section 1546) of Title 12 of Part 2 of the Penal Code;
  • Engage in public or peer-reviewed scientific, historical, or statistical research in the public interest, where the businesses’ deletion of the information is likely to render impossible or seriously impair the achievement of such research, if the individual has provided informed consent;
  • Enable solely internal uses that are reasonably aligned with the expectations of the individual based on the individual’s relationship with the business;
  • Comply with a legal obligation;
  • Otherwise use the individual’s personal information, internally, in a lawful manner that is compatible with the purpose for which the individual provided the information.

CCPA Right to No Sale of Personal Information.


A California resident has the right to opt-out of the sale of their Personal Information by a business subject to the CCPA. In addition, a business subject to the CCPA must have affirmative authorization in order to sell the Personal Information of a California resident who it knows is under the age of 16. Pearson does not sell Personal Information collected through the Services and this site.

CCPA Right to Non-Discrimination.


A business subject to the CCPA may not discriminate against a California resident for exercising any of their CCPA privacy rights.

Right to Know and Right to Deletion requests


Beginning January 1, 2020, California residents may submit a Right to Know and Right to Deletion request to Pearson by using the online form or calling the toll-free phone number on our Rights Request page.

Note: Users should direct any access, deletion or correction requests related to education records and to course data directly to their educational institutions. As a service provider, Pearson cannot delete or modify education records or other records collected or processed for, or on behalf of, an educational institution, unless it is directed to do so by the educational institution.

Under California law, Pearson will only respond to verifiable requests that are made either: (a) by a California resident; (b) by a person registered with the California Secretary of State who a California resident has authorized to act on their behalf; or (c) by a parent or legal guardian, if the California resident is a minor.

We will not require a California resident to set up an account in order to make a request or receive the requested information. In order to respond to a request, however, we must be able to reasonably verify, understand and fulfill the request. We will not be able to respond to the request if we are unable to verify identity or the authority to make the request. In conducting verification, we generally will use personal information previously collected by us. If the request is made on behalf of another individual, we may require additional verification and documentation of the individual’s authority to make the request. In responding to requests, we may limit the information provided for privacy and security reasons, as permitted by law.

Our goal is to respond to requests within 45 days. If we need another 45 days, we will advise the requester within 45 days after receiving the request.

We will not charge a fee to respond to a request, unless it is excessive, repetitive or unfounded. If a fee will apply, we will advise the requester before completing the request, explain why a fee applies and provide an estimate of the fee.

Changes to this California Supplemental Privacy Statement


We may update this Privacy Statement from time to time in the same way that we update our Privacy Notice.

Contact Information


If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Statement or your rights under California law, please contact us.

Effective Date: January 1, 2020