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PLEASE READ THIS POLICY CAREFULLY TO UNDERSTAND HOW WE HANDLE YOUR INFORMATION. BY USING THE SERVICES, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE POLICY AND THAT WE WILL COLLECT, USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR INFORMATION AS SET FORTH BELOW.
Please note that some of our Services are provided to legal entities that have entered into a customer agreement with us (“Customers”) to provide our Services to their end users (“Customer End Users”). In such circumstances, Ascend is the “data processor” or “service provider” to the Customer, and the Customer is the “data controller.” Ascend processes Customer End User information under the instructions of the Customer, or as the Customer otherwise permits, as described in the applicable customer agreement or as otherwise required by applicable law. In the event of a conflict between this Policy and the relevant customer agreement and any related data protection terms thereto, the services agreement will govern. If you are a Customer End User and you have questions about how your information is collected and processed through the Services, please contact the Customer with whom you are affiliated or which has provided your information to us for more information.
This Policy contains the following sections:
THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT AND ITS SOURCES
The information we collect about you depends on the Services you use, how you use them, and the information you provide to us. We collect information in three main ways: (1) information you provide directly to us; (2) information we collect automatically through technology when you use the Services; and (3) information we collect from other sources.
Information you provide directly to us.
When you use our Services, you may provide certain information directly to us. For example, you may provide us with information when you register to use the Services and create an account; use, access, or participate in the Services; subscribe to a newsletter; place an order or make a purchase from us; interact with us through social media; post comments, photos, or videos to the Services; participate in surveys or research; or communicate and interact with us for customer service or other purposes.
The categories of information we may collect directly from you (which could vary by affiliate or brand) include:
Contact and account identifiers,
such as name, address, telephone number, email address, and login credentials.
Commercial and financial information,
such as financial account information and purchase and transaction history. Note that sometimes your financial account information (e.g., credit card data) will be collected by our third-party payment processors on our behalf in connection with your purchase.
, such as video and voice recordings through our Services or as part of customer service interactions, or under limited circumstances, unique voiceprints of your voice generated to verify your identity when taking an exam or certification
such as your interests, preferences, age, and gender.
which may be general location derived from your IP address or, with your consent, more precise GPS location information.
Professional or employment-related information
, you may provide us with data about yourself, including your educational background, résumé, work hours, scheduling, and other information, when you apply for a job with us or in connection with certain training or certification programs offered as part of the Services.
Note on time tracking. If you use certain Services (e.g., MedHub) and have enabled the time tracking app on your mobile device, we will collect the time you enter and the time you leave your clinical site campus to assist you in completing your timecard. The time tracking does not track your location once you have entered the campus or at any time you are off campus.
, which may include information about your educational background, institution name, faculty evaluations, clinical activities, procedures performed, personal learning behaviors, competencies, test results, grades and scores, milestones, graduation dates, and various metrics related to your learning of particular subject matters, which may be collected and/or required in connection with our Services.
Protected classification information
, such as your race or ethnicity, where we are required or permitted by law to collect such information.
, which is information we derive or infer about your potential interests and behaviors based on other information we collect.
Please note that some of the information we collect from and about you (race, ethnicity, voiceprint data, and precise geolocation information) is considered “sensitive information” under applicable laws. Ascend complies with these laws in its processing of sensitive information and does not process sensitive information for purposes other than business purposes for which a "right to limit" applies under applicable law.
A Note About Educational Records (FERPA) and Medical Records (HIPAA).
In providing our Services, we are not directly covered by the U.S. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) or the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”). However, to the extent we are required to comply with such laws by contract with an organization who provides your information to us or with which your use of our Services is affiliated, or with whom we share your information, and to the extent that such information provided to us is subject to FERPA or an equivalent law or regulation for your state or country of residence (“Student Data”), or HIPAA or an equivalent law or regulation for your state or country of residence, we will comply with such applicable law as required by such contract.
Please note that any information provided by an educational institution or by you for purposes of obtaining professional certifications or credentials, including, but not limited to, your contact information, data related to the results of certification exams or credential programs, data pertaining to your certification status, your continuing education information, and data related to recertification, if any, is deemed “Certification Data,” even if such data was originally subject to contractual restrictions as Student Data. Certification Data may be subject to disclosure to our accreditors, regulatory agencies, or other professional oversight bodies and, with respect to certification status, the general public. By accepting this Policy, you agree to the reclassification of your Student Data to Certification Data as provided in this section and to our use of such Certification Data in accordance with this Policy.
Information we collect automatically through technology when you use the Services
When you use our Services, we may automatically collect certain information through a variety of third-party technologies, including cookies and similar tools. To the extent permitted by applicable law, we may use such information to make automated decisions, including using machine learning algorithms, about users of our Services in order to provide or optimize the Services, for security or analytics purposes, and for any other lawful purpose. Please refer to the Online Analytics and Advertising section below for further information regarding cookies.
Some of the information we automatically collect when you use our Services includes:
, such as your IP address, MAC address, browser language, the state or country from which you accessed the Services (as derived from you IP address), and software and hardware attributes (including device IDs, operating system, and browser type).
Internet or other similar network activity
, including referring and exit URLs, the links you click and files you download, pages viewed and the order of those pages, the amount of time spent on particular pages, the terms you use in searches on our Services, error logs, the date and time you accessed the Services, and similar information.
Information we collect from other sources and public forums
We may receive information about you from other sources, such as business partners, sponsors, Customers, educational institutions, marketers, researchers, analysts, social network services, and other parties to help us supplement our records. We may combine the information we collect from these sources with the other information we collect from and about you and use such combined information in accordance with this Policy.
Certain features of our Services may make it possible for you to share comments, photos, or other content publicly with other users. Any information that you submit through these features is not confidential, and we may use it for any purpose permitted by law. Please be aware that any information you post openly through the Services that is viewable by other users may be used and shared by such other users. Accordingly, please take care when using these features.
ONLINE ANALYTICS AND ADVERTISING
Strictly necessary cookies.
These cookies are required for the operation of our Services. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas.
These cookies remember choices you make and recognize you when you return. This enables us to personalize our content and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
We allow select third party advertising technology partners to place cookies or other tracking technologies on the browser of your device to collect information about you as discussed above. These third parties (e.g., ad networks and ad servers such as Google, Facebook, and others) may use this information to serve relevant content and advertising to you as you browse the Internet and access their own cookies or other tracking technologies on your browser to assist in this activity. If you are interested in more information about these online advertising activities, and how you can generally control cookies from being put on your computer to deliver tailored advertising, you may visit the Network Advertising Initiative's Consumer Opt-Out link, the Digital Advertising Alliance's Consumer Opt-Out link, or Your Online Choices to opt-out of receiving tailored advertising from companies that participate in those programs. We do not control these opt-out links or whether any particular company chooses to participate in these opt-out programs. We are not responsible for any choices you make using these mechanisms or the continued availability or accuracy of these mechanisms. Please note that if you use these mechanisms, you may still see advertising on our Services or across the Internet, but it will not be tailored to you based on your online behavior over time.
You can also opt out of our online advertising practices by using our
“Your Privacy Choices” management tool.
Most internet browsers accept cookies by default. You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to reject all or some cookies. The help and support area on your internet browser should have instructions on how to block or delete cookies. Some web browsers (including some mobile web browsers) provide settings that allow you to control or reject cookies or to alert you when a cookie is placed on your computer, tablet or mobile device. Although you are not required to accept cookies, if you block or reject them, you may not have access to all of the features available through our Services, such as tests, trainings or other activities.
HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
We may use the information we collect for the following business purposes:
To provide the Services you have requested,
such as to complete a purchase; to grant you access to our resources; deliver your training, certification, or assessment service; and track, analyze, and report on your progress, success, results, performance, registrations, incomplete attempts, predictive analytics, and results in connection with our Services.
To communicate with you,
for example, keeping you posted on purchases; Services updates; and changes to our terms, conditions, and policies.
For marketing and advertising purposes, when permitted by law
, including providing you with the latest Services announcements, promotions, and information about upcoming events via email, mail, phone, and SMS unless prohibited by contract. To opt out of marketing, please follow the unsubscribe instructions in the marketing communication or email us using the contact information below. Please note that it may take some time, consistent with applicable law, to process your request. Also, please note that your opt out will only apply to the specific Ascend entity that sent you a marketing communication.
To personalize your experience and customize the Services,
such as delivering relevant content and recommending features through our Services.
To respond to employment inquiries,
such as by processing your job application or facilitating your interview process.
To analyze use of the Services,
including performing research and analytics to understand how users interact with our Services and advertisements, and to assess our Customers' performance as compared to each other.
To improve our Services,
including bug detection and error reporting, improving usability and effectiveness of our Services, and to test and create new products, features, and services.
For our business operations,
including maintaining your account; providing customer service; and for legal compliance, such as detecting security incidents, complying with applicable law or legal requirements, protecting against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity, and verifying compliance with our legal terms.
Other purposes for which we seek your consent.
We may also use your information for a specific purpose that we communicate to you. We will ask for your consent to process your information for such purpose in accordance with applicable legal requirements.
HOW WE DISCLOSE YOUR INFORMATION
We may disclose your information to the following entities:
We may share your information to generate reports and analytics to be used by researchers or third parties in the industries or fields that we support to better understand changes and trends in such industries or fields.
Your Educational Institution, Employer, and other Organizations
. If you are using the Services as a Customer End User, we may share information about your use of the Services with your employer or educational institution (including relevant faculty and staff), in accordance with our services agreement with our Customers. We also may share information with governmental agencies, oversight organizations, professional organizations, accreditation organizations, and industry self-regulatory organizations where required or permitted by law. For more information about what information your employer or educational institution, if applicable, collects and how it uses and shares your information, please contact your employer or educational institution directly.
We may share your information with social media platforms. For example, if you click on a Facebook “like” button on the Services, the “like” may appear on your Facebook account. Or you may choose to share information directly on these platforms using sharing plug-ins. To control this sharing of information, please review and adjust your privacy settings for the relevant social network. Depending on your privacy settings and actions on such network, we may share contact information, identification and demographic information, user-generated content, device information and identifiers, connection and usage data, and social media information.
We engage vendors to perform business purposes, as described above, on our behalf and may disclose information to them to enable them to assist us with such business purposes, including research and analytics, hosting, transaction and payment processing, administration, test delivery, fraud prevention, identity management, and other services. Service providers may use such information for their operational purposes in order to provide their services to us.
Law Enforcement, Regulators, Anti-fraud Coalitions, Attorneys and similar organizations
: We share the information we collect, as appropriate, with these third parties when we have a good faith belief that such sharing is necessary to protect and enforce the legal rights, privacy, and safety of ourselves and our users; protect against possible fraud, misuse or misappropriation of our Services, or illegal activity; respond to requests from government and other authorities; protect our intellectual property rights and the integrity of our Services, and otherwise comply with legal process.
. In the event that Ascend, or any Ascend affiliate is involved in a merger, acquisition, transfer or sharing of control, bankruptcy, reorganization or sale of some or all assets, we may sell or transfer the information described in this Policy as part of that transaction or diligence associated with or in contemplation of such matters.
LEGAL BASES FOR USE OF YOUR INFORMATION
The laws of some jurisdictions, such as the European Union, the UK, and Brazil, require companies to tell you about the legal bases for processing your information. To the extent those laws apply, we rely on the following legal bases:
Performance of a contract:
where use of your information is necessary to provide you with the Services under a contract, for example the relevant Customer services agreement.
where use of your information is necessary for our or others legitimate interests and where the use is not outweighed by your rights and interests. Some examples of such interests include:
providing and improving the Services
recognizing and better understanding our users
conducting security and fraud prevention activities
building and managing business-to-business relationships
conducting compliance and risk management activities
providing and managing access to our systems
where use of your information is necessary to comply with laws and regulations such as those relating to tax and accounting, complying with requests from government bodies or courts, or responding to litigation.
we may ask for your consent to process your information in a certain way. Where we rely on this basis, you have the right to subsequently withdraw your consent.
Most of our Services are intended for general audiences and are not directed at children. If we become aware that we have collected data without legally valid parental consent from children under an age where such consent is required in connection with such Services, we will take reasonable steps to delete it as soon as possible.
However, please note that we do provide limited Services directly to educational institutions that enter into agreements with us as Customers for their educational purposes (e.g., Kognito), and which might be used by students, including children under 13, at the direction of such Customer. In such circumstances, we serve as a “school official” to the school under FERPA and similar state student privacy laws, and collect, use, process, and share Student Data only in accordance with FERPA. Moreover, to process Student Data about children under 13, we rely on the educational institution Customer's consent as an agent of the student user's parent or legal guardian, as permitted by law. We limit the use of Student Data collected pursuant to the terms of the applicable Customer services agreement and secure such Student Data as required by law. We do not use Student Data for any commercial purpose, targeted advertising, profiling, or onward disclosure, unless we have the express consent of the student about whom the Student Data pertains and such student is of the age of consent. We also respond to requests by our educational institution Customers and parents related to Student Data (e.g., access or deletion).
Depending on where you live, you may have certain rights with respect to your information. Ascend will not discriminate against you for exercising these rights.
For example, you may be able to ask us to (or have an agent request on your behalf):
provide access to certain information we hold about you, in some cases in a portable format, if technically feasible
update or correct your information
delete certain information
restrict the use of your information
object to certain processing activities (e.g., direct marketing)
We will respond to your request within the time period prescribed by applicable law. Please note that many of the above rights are subject to exceptions and limitations and may impact your ability to use our Services. For example:
some Services can only be provided if we have your information, therefore deletion of your information will result in termination of such Services.
we are required to retain some of the information we collect from and about you for certain periods of time for legal purposes or as required by the applicable Customer agreement.
not all information about you can be changed in response to a correction request, such as your assessment scores or where we have records about how much time you spent working in a training module (which is subject to certain regulatory oversight rules that require retention).
We will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before fulfilling your request. You may submit your request through an authorized agent with written permission from you. Please note that if we receive a request from an authorized agent, we may still need to verify you before fulfilling the request.
Note that in certain circumstances and in accordance with applicable law, you may be able to appeal our response to your request. In such circumstances, we will provide you with additional information about your appeal rights and how to exercise them.
If you are using the Services as a Customer End User, please contact your employer, educational institution, or other organization that is our Customer to exercise your rights.
Notice of Right to Opt Out of Sales of Personal Information and Processing/Sharing of Personal Information for Targeted Advertising Purposes.
While we do
sell your information in exchange for money, as explained above, we may provide information about your device and online browsing activities to third-party advertising providers for targeted advertising purposes, so that we can provide you with more relevant and tailored ads regarding our services, and use analytics partners to assist us in analyzing the use of our Services and our user/customer base. The disclosure of your information to these third parties to assist us in providing these services may be considered a “sale” of personal information under applicable law or the processing/sharing of personal information for targeted advertising purposes.
If you would like to opt out of our online disclosure such as through cookie and pixel technology of your personal information for purposes that could be considered “sales” for those third parties' own commercial purposes, or “sharing” for purposes of targeted advertising, please
. Please note that you will need to exercise your right separately for each Ascend Service you use and on each browser and device you use to access such Services. You can also submit a request to opt out of our offline disclosures of information that are subject to applicable opt out rights by using the information in the "Contact Us" section below. Please note that we do not knowingly sell the personal information of minors under 16 years of age without legally-required affirmative authorization.
Please note that if you have a legally-recognized browser-based opt out preference signal turned on via your device browser, we recognize such preference in accordance with applicable law.
HOW WE PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION
We maintain organizational, technical, and physical safeguards to help protect the information we collect and use. These safeguards vary depending upon a variety of factors including the sensitivity of the information we collect and use. Despite all reasonable practices, no security method is infallible. If you have any concerns regarding the security of your account, please inform us promptly using the contact information below.
We will keep your information only for as long as it is necessary to fulfill the purposes described in this Policy, unless a longer retention is required or permitted by law. We may delete or de-identify your information sooner if we receive a verifiable deletion request, subject to exemptions under applicable law. The retention period that applies to your information may vary depending on the Services you use and how you interact with them. We may retain cached or archived copies of your information.
THIRD PARTY LINKS AND FEATURES
The Services may contain links or other connections to other third-party websites, platforms, products, services or applications that are independent of our Services. The information collection practices and privacy policies of these third parties may differ from ours. We provide links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply affiliation, endorsement or adoption by Ascend of any site or any information contained therein.
INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL USERS
EU-U.S. and SWISS-U.S. Privacy Shield Notice
. We acknowledge the July 2020 ruling by the European Court of Justice, striking down the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield as a mechanism for transferring the personal data of users of our Services who are residents of the European Union (“EU”), European Economic Area (“EEA”) and Switzerland. The U.S. Department of Commerce continues to administer the Privacy Shield Program and as such, Ascend will continue to adhere to the Privacy Shield Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement (hereinafter, “Privacy Shield Principles”) for personal data of users of our Services in these countries. We may also process personal data relating to individuals in these locations via other compliance mechanisms, including use of Standard Contractual Clauses. The Ascend entities which maintain Privacy Shield Certification include ATI, MedHub, NASM/AFAA, and NHA.
Questions or Complaints €“ Europe
If you are a resident of a European country participating in Privacy Shield, you may direct any questions or complaints concerning our Privacy Shield compliance to the contact information listed below. We will work with you to resolve your issue. If you consider our Processing of your Personal Data to be inconsistent with the applicable data protection laws, you may lodge a complaint with your local supervisory Data Protection Authority responsible for data protection matters.
If you do not receive a timely response to your concern, or we have not addressed your concern to your satisfaction, you may seek further assistance, at no cost to you, from
, which is an independent dispute resolution body in the United States. For information about JAMS, please see
You may also be able to invoke binding arbitration for unresolved complaints but prior to initiating such arbitration, you 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.
Our Privacy Shield compliance is subject to the investigatory and enforcement powers of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). For information about Privacy Shield, please see
contact the relevant Ascend entity or brand listed below:
Effective March 2023