Supplemental privacy statement for California residents


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


Business Purposes includes the following:

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

B. Customer Records

C. Protected Class Characteristics

D. Commercial Information

E. Biometric Information

F. Internet or Other Similar Network Activity

G. Geolocation Data

H. Sensory Data

I. Professional or Employment-Related Information

J. Non-Public Education Information

K. Inferences Drawn from Other Personal Information


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:

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:

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