Last revised on May 24, 2020
1. Scope of this policy
We are committed to protecting the privacy of our users and customers, such as but not limited to:
– visitors and subscribers of the Render Academy website;
– visitors contacting us through the contact or other forms available on the website;
– subscribers to our newsletter(s);
– users signing in to use our services;
This policy includes a description of your data protection rights, including a right to object to some of the processing activities we carry out.
2. Contacting us
If you have general questions about your account or how to contact the Support Team for assistance, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that if you contact us to assist you, for your safety and ours we may need to authenticate your identity before fulfilling your request.
3. Collection of Information
The purpose of the Render Academy Website is to create an online community of professionals involved in the CGI industry who would like to publish and/or assess content.
As part of our effort to create this online community, we receive and store information about you such as:
a) Personal Information
Content published on Render Academy is accessible by all visitors. However, certain Render Academy features and services may require registration. Users may register on-site and create a personal user account. Users who sign-up on-site as for a Student Account are required to confirm their registration by clicking on an activation link which is sent to them via email, while Instructor Accounts are activated manually by the Support Team upon an evaluation of the information provided. All active Instructor Accounts have the capability to create online courses about CGI, Arch-Viz, and rendering. The courses are submitted to a publication by an Instructor and are put online after the approval of the Support Team.
Users are required to provide part or all of the following information below, depending on the type of the account they wish to create:
First and last name
City and country
Professional Curriculum and Portfolio
Social Media Profile links
b) Other Information
User-Generated Content and Contributions
Because we seek to create a vivid CGI learning community, there may be opportunities for you to provide information to be published or displayed on Render Academy Website, or transmitted to other users of the Website or third parties (collectively, “Contributions”). Such Contributions are posted on Render Academy Website or transmitted to us and others at your own risk. Additionally, all views and opinions expressed in the courses published on Render Academy, as well as in private messages and comments are the authors’ own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Render Academy. All data provided on Render Academy is for informational purposes only. While every caution has been taken to provide the users with the most accurate information, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the opinions expressed in the courses and other Contributions.
User profiles are not public by default. However, to ensure that courses are properly attributed to their copyright owners, we require that Instructors have a public profile in order for their content to be published. It’s your choice whether to include sensitive information on your profile. You should not add personal data to your profile that you would not want to be publicly available.
We automatically track and collect certain non-personal information such as Website navigation data, Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses, timestamps, and URLs. We use this information to do internal research on our users’ demographics, interests, and behavior to better understand, protect, and serve you and our community.
If you send us personal correspondence, such as emails or letters, or if other users or third parties send us correspondence about your activities or postings on our Website, we may store such information on our servers.
To protect you against fraud, unauthorized transactions (such as money laundering), claims, and other liabilities, we only collect an identification number and order details that enable us to match each user to the payments he makes. We do not collect credit card information.
We accept payments through PayPal. When processing payments, some of your data will be passed to PayPal, including information required to process or support the payment, such as the purchase total and billing information.
4. Use of Information
We use your information to provide, analyze, administer, enhance and personalize our services and marketing efforts, to process your registration, your orders, and your payments and to communicate with you on these and other topics. For example, we may use the information to :
4.1. We use your Information in order to resolve disputes; troubleshoot problems; help promote safe matching; collect fees owed; measure consumer interest in Services; inform you about offers, products, services, and updates; customize your experience; detect and protect us against error, fraud, and other criminal activity; enforce our TOS; and as otherwise described to you at the time of collection. We may compare and review your Business Information for errors, omissions, and for accuracy.
4.2. We use your e-mail to send you system e-mails about the functionality of our Website that you cannot opt-out from and you will have to receive if you want to use our Website. If you want to stop receiving our system e-mails, you will have to de-activate your account by contacting email@example.com.
4.3. We use your e-mail associated with your account in order to send you newsletters and promotions in conjunction with your use of our Services. If you do not wish to receive newsletters you may unsubscribe by clicking the unsubscription link in the newsletter e-mail. We may also send you newsletters which include third party’s offers. If you do not wish to receive these third party offers, you may unsubscribe by clicking the unsubscription link in the newsletter e-mail.
4.4. We may use your Business Information in order to provide benchmark analysis and aggregate statistics. This particular Business Information will be anonymized, will not contain personal identification, and will not be transferred or sold to third parties in any way or format that identifies you.
4.5. We use Website navigation data to operate and improve the Website. We may also use Website navigation data alone or in combination with your Business Information to provide aggregated information about elearning industry.
4.6. We collect the IP Addresses to track when you use our Website. We use IP Addresses to monitor the regions from which you navigate our Website and sign-up to use our Services. Your IP-address is also registered for statistical purposes and to better our advertising and layout of the Website. In specific, we use your IP Addresses for the following reasons:
a. Send the most appropriate advertising based on geographic area or information derived from your IP address. Many IP addresses are commonly associated with Internet service providers, universities, or major corporations in specific regions or localities. Aggregate information derived from IP addresses may also be reported to advertisers.
b. Estimate the total number of Internet users visiting our Website from specific countries or regions of the world.
c. Assist third party advertisers to track the effectiveness of the promotions they run on our Website, visits to, and business at third party’s websites.
4.7. Use of Business Information by other third parties:
4.7.2. We make reasonable efforts to make sure that our users, who use our Services, will use the information available to them solely for eLearning-related purposes. However, we cannot control their use of that information outside this scope and we are not responsible for such unauthorized uses.
In some cases, we may also have a legal obligation to collect personal information from you or may otherwise need the personal information to protect your vital interests or those of another person (for example to prevent payment fraud or confirm your identity).
For questions about our use of your personal information (including the legal basis and transfer mechanisms we rely on) please contact us by mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Protection of Information
We use reasonable administrative, logical, physical, and managerial measures to safeguard your personal information against loss, theft and unauthorized access, use, and modification. These measures are designed to provide a level of security appropriate to the risks of processing your personal information. Indicatively :
5.1. All our employees, independent contractors, and agents have executed non-disclosure agreements, which provide explicit confidentiality protections. Any employee, independent contractor or agent who violates such privacy and/or security policies is subject to possible termination and civil and/or criminal prosecution.
5.2. We do not make any of your Information available to third parties for their marketing purposes.
If however, we share your information with third parties, we will notify you. Please note that no transmission over the internet can guarantee confidentiality and non-disclosure, and as such, you transmit at your own risk.
5.3. We use robust security measures to protect data from unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and help ensure the appropriate use of data. When the Services are accessed using the internet, Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology protects your Information, using both server authentication and data encryption. These technologies help ensure that your information is safe, secure, and only available to you and to whom you have granted access.
5.4. We do not tolerate Spam. To report Render Academy related spam, please contact us at email@example.com. You may not use our communication tools to send spam or otherwise send content that would violate our TOS.
5.5. Render Academy does its utmost to secure communications and data storage in order to protect the confidentiality of your Information against loss and interception by third parties. However, it is important to know that there is no zero-risk against loss or interception by others of your Information. You are responsible for maintaining the security and confidentiality of your Account’s username and password.
6. Storage of Information
We save your Information in our database in order to improve our Website’s and user experience and in accordance with our TOS. If you wish that your Information be permanently deleted from our database when you stop using our Services, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Information and Rights
Once you have provided your Personal Data, you have several rights, which you can in principle exercise free of charge, subject to statutory exceptions. These rights may be limited, for example if fulfilling your request would reveal Personal Data about another person, or if you ask us to delete information which we are required by law to keep or have compelling legitimate interests in keeping. To exercise any of your rights, you can file a request here email@example.com.
7.1. Right to withdraw consent
Wherever we rely on your consent, you will be able to withdraw that consent at any time you choose and at your own initiative by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The withdrawal of your consent will not affect the lawfulness of the collection and processing of your data based on your consent up until the moment where you withdraw your consent.
7.2. Right to access and rectify your data
You have the right to access, review, and rectify your Personal Data. You may be entitled to ask us for a copy of your information, to review or correct it if you wish to rectify any information like your name, email address, passwords and/or any other preferences, you can easily do so by logging into your account on our website.
7.3. Right to erasure
7.4. Right to object to processing
Under certain circumstances you may object to the processing of your Personal Data, including where your Personal Data is processed for direct marketing purposes. If you no longer want to receive certain communications from us via email, simply click the unsubscription link in any of our emails.
7.5. Right to data portability
Where you have provided your data directly to us and where the processing is carried out by automated means and based on your consent or the performance of a contract between you and us, you have the right to receive the Personal Data processed about you in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format, and request portability of your Personal Data.
8. Other websites
We do not knowingly collect or solicit Personal Data from anyone under the age of 16.
In the event we learn that we have collected Personal Data from a child under the age of 16 without verification of parental consent, steps will be taken promptly to remove that information. If you believe that we have or may have information from or about a child under 16 years of age, please contact us at email@example.com.
11. Data Retention
12. Applicable Law