Last updated: May 2019 (see April 2018 version HERE)
We would also like to note the following as regards to the usage of service providers located outside of the European Union: String Systems offers services internationally. Thus, it extends beyond the European Union. We operate worldwide and our users are scattered across this planet. For many of the services that we use there is simply no comparable, acceptable alternative in the European Union. As a result, we therefore employ the use of a range of service providers outside the European Union, in particular from the USA. We take steps to ensure that measures according to European Data Protection law are taken and applied so as to guarantee an adequate level of data protection.
String Courses Platform:
For the purposes of this policy, String Systems defines the term “user”, “email list subscriber”, and “visitor" as follows:
- Users: Individuals who have created an account, or enrolled in a course on the String Courses Platform.
- Email list subscribers: Individuals who have provided an email address, and gave us permission to send them email.
- Visitors: Individuals who visit any of our websites listed above.
Any information stored on the String Systems platform is treated as confidential. All information is stored securely and is accessed by authorized personnel only. To the best of our abilities, String Systems implements and maintains appropriate technical, security and organizational measures to protect Personal Data against unauthorized or unlawful processing and use, and against accidental loss, destruction, damage, theft or disclosure.
2. Collection and use
The following sections cover the specifics of each of the three groups from which data is collected: Visitors, email list subscribers, and users.
2.2 Website Visitors
By visiting our websites, you consent to the collection and use of your Personal Data as described herein. If you do not agree with the terms set out herein, please do not visit our websites. If required by applicable law, we will seek your explicit consent to process Personal Data collected on this website or volunteered by you. Kindly note that any consent will be entirely voluntary. However, if you do not grant the requested consent to the processing of your Personal Data, the use of this website may not be possible.
Such Personal Data may comprise your IP address, first and last name, your email address, data for social networks, your areas of interest, interest in String Systems products, as well as information as to the type of relationship that exists between String Systems and yourself.
String Systems gathers data about visits to the website, including numbers of visitors and visits, Geo-location data, length of time spent on the site, pages clicked on or where visitors have come from.
2.2.1 Purpose of processing personal data
String Systems uses the collected data to communicate with visitors, to customize content for visitors, to promote relevant content on other websites to visitors, and to improve its website by analyzing how visitors navigate its website.
2.2.2 Sharing personal data
String Systems may also share such information with service vendors or contractors (listed at the end of this document) in order to provide a requested service or transaction or in order to analyze the visitor behavior on its website.
Most browsers allow you to deactivate third-party cookies via the browser settings. Please note however, that this may affect the functionality of our websites. You can also choose to deactivate third-party cookies by going to the Network Advertising Initiative site and following the instructions there.
You can also opt-out of the collection and use of information for ad targeting by opting out here: www.aboutads.info/choices
2.2.4 Links to other sites
2.3 Email list subscribers
Email list subscribers should be aware that their information is secure, and will not be shared. String Systems uses this information to communicate with email list subscribers, to customize content for them, to promote relevant content on other websites to them, and to improve its website by analyzing how email list subscribers navigate its website. String Systems may share such information with service vendors or contractors (listed at the end of this document) in order to provide a requested service or transaction, or in order to analyze the visitor behavior on its website, or to improve visitor experience. All our service partners are compliant with international legislation and can be trusted with information, in accordance with their respective Privacy Policies.
If you wish to inquire about your Personal Data that may have been collected by String Systems, you can contact Prokopis Skordis directly at this email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, String Systems does NOT have access to users’ billing information (such as credit card numbers or PayPal accounts). In all financial transactions, Teachable acts as the vendor, and is the entity that handles users’ financial information.
3. Retention and deletion
String Systems will not retain data longer than is necessary to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected or as required by applicable laws or regulations. Email list subscribers can unsubscribe at any time using the appropriate link that is included in all mailings. Individuals who want to make inquiries in order to insure that their data is erased from all our 3rd party partner services can contact Prokopis Skordis directly at this email address email@example.com.
4. Acceptance of these Conditions
5. Our Legal Obligation to Disclose Personal Information
We will reveal a user’s personal information without his/her prior permission only when we have reason to believe that the disclosure of this information is required to establish the identity of, to contact or to initiate legal proceedings against a person or persons who are suspected of infringing rights or property belonging to String Systems or to others who could be harmed by the user’s activities or of persons who could (deliberately or otherwise) transgress upon these rights and property. We are permitted to disclose personal information when we have good reason to believe that this is legally required.
6. Our policy on children’s information
Children under 13 are not allowed to use our websites, products, or services. If you are based in the EEA you may only use our websites, products, or services if you are over the age at which you can provide consent to data processing under the laws of your country, or if verifiable parental consent for your use of our websites, products, or services has been provided to us. If you are a parent and you learn that your child is using our websites, products, or services, and you don't want them to, please contact us.
7. For Further Information
If you have any further questions regarding the data String Systems collects, or how we use it, then please feel free to contact Prokopis Skordis directly at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org, or in writing at:
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8. List of 3rd party services used on our websites and platform:
Drip (https://eu.getresponse.com/) is our mailing service partner used to deliver crash courses, and other mailings to mailing list subscribers. Our mailings contains links and graphics to help us learn whether you actually read our newsletter and which topics/links interest you most. This allows us to improve our service and increase quality control. You can remove your consent to this user analysis via “unsubscribing” from any mailing.
Zapier (https://zapier.com/) is an automation service that allows us to pass information between services and websites. For example, when you sign up for a course through a popup form on our main website, Zapier can automatically enroll you to the appropriate course on our courses platform on Teachable. Zapier does not use any form of behavior tracking through cookies.
Google Tag Manager:
Our website host services use the reCAPTCHA service provided by Google Inc. (Google) to protect your submissions via internet submission forms on our websites. This plugin checks if you are a person in order to prevent certain website functions from being (ab)used by spam bots (particularly comments). This plugin query includes the sending of the IP address and possibly other data required by Google for the Google reCAPTCHA service. For this purpose your input will be communicated to and used by Google. However, your IP address is previously truncated by Google within member states of the European Union or in other states which are party to the agreement on the European Economic Area and is, as such, anonymized. Only in exceptional cases is a full IP address transmitted to a Google server in the United States and truncated there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of this service. The IP address provided by reCaptcha from your browser shall not be merged with any other data from Google.
MailMunch provides webforms that are used on our websites to sign up for courses, update settings, etc. This information (ex. name and email address) is passed through Zapier to Teachable, or to GetResponse, in order to complete the requests of the person completing the form.