Effective September 15, 2022
To see our California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Privacy Notice or our Cookie Notice, please click on the links or simply scroll down.
These tables set out the categories of personal data we collect and use.
|Information you provide to us when you sign up for the Services, update your account, or use the Services|
|User Data & Identifiers|
Personal data that we need to create your account and that enables you to use the Services.
The specific types of information we collect will depend upon the Services you use, how you use them, and the information you choose to provide. The types of data we collect directly from you includes name, alias, email address, postal or billing address, zip code, account name, phone number, social media profiles, or other similar identifiers.
If you sign up for a free trial or make purchases, we collect certain data about your purchase (such as your name, billing address, and ZIP code) as necessary to process your order and which may be saved to process future orders. The exact personal data collected and used will vary depending on the payment method.
You must provide certain payment and billing data directly to our payment service providers, including your name, credit card information, billing address, and ZIP code. We may also receive limited information, like the fact that you have a new credit card and the last four digits of that card, from payment service providers to facilitate payments. Skillshare does not collect or store sensitive cardholder data, such as full credit card numbers or card authentication data.
|Teacher Payment Information|
If you are a Skillshare Teacher, you can provide your Paypal or other payment account to the Services to receive payments through our third party service providers. When you link a payment account, we collect and use certain information, including your payment account email address, account ID, physical address, or other data necessary for us to send payments to your account. In some instances, we may collect ACH or wire information to send payments to your account. In order to comply with applicable laws, we also work with trusted third parties who collect tax information as legally required. This tax information may include residency information, tax identification numbers, biographical information, and other personal information necessary for taxation purposes.
Additional data you may choose to give us includes:
|Information automatically collected through your use of the Services|
When you use our Services, we collect and analyze:
We may use third-party providers such as Crazy Egg to log your activity. This provides us with a set of data and a session replay of your activity on Skillshare in the form of a video. Third-party providers like Crazy Egg capture and analyze your usage data to help us make your Skillshare experience better.
|General (non-precise) location|
Your general location includes country, region, or state. We may learn this from technical data (e.g. your IP address, language setting of your device) or payment currency.
|Information collected from partners and other third parties|
|Third Party Services|
If you link, connect, or login to the Services with a third party service (e.g. Google, Facebook, or Apple), you direct the service to send us information such as your registration and profile information as controlled by that service or as authorized by you via your privacy settings at that service.
|Payment partners and Merchants|
If you choose to pay through third parties or by invoice, we may get data from our payment partners. This allows us to send you invoices or process your payments.
If we direct you to a merchant, we receive data from the merchant that is related to your purchase. For example, we might direct you to one of our partner’s websites on a third party platform. Receiving this data allows us to analyze the effectiveness of our partnership with these merchant partners and understand your interests.
|Information from other sources|
These sources vary over time, but could include:
We may also receive additional information such as demographic and statistical information from third parties, including business partners, marketers, researchers, analysts, and other parties that we may attribute to you based on your assignment to certain statistical groups. We use this information to supplement the information that we collect directly from you in order to derive your possible interests, provide more relevant experiences for you, and improve our products, analytics, and advertising.
We may use the information we collect about you for various purposes, including to provide, analyze, administer, enhance, and personalize the Services and marketing efforts, to process your subscription and your payments, to communicate with you on these and other topics, to evaluate and improve the Services, and to comply with legal obligations. For example, we use such information to:
To support us in providing, integrating, promoting, and improving the Services, we may share personal information within our corporate family of companies that are related by common ownership or control.
Where you provide consent, we share your information as described at the time of consent, such as when authorizing a third-party application or website to access your Skillshare account or participating in promotional activities by Skillshare partners or third parties.
To facilitate interactions between our Teachers and users, we share with Teachers data that we have about users concerning educational content users access or request information about, so Teachers can improve their content for you and other students. This data may include things like your country, browser language, operating system, device settings, the site that brought you to Skillshare, and certain activities on Skillshare, like how many minutes you have watched.
Depending on your settings, your shared content and profile data may be publicly viewable, including to other students and Teachers. If you leave a review, ask a question, or post on a discussion board, your information (including your name) may also be publicly viewable. Note that within the Services, all discussion boards, groups, or other public forums available to participants are publicly visible to other participants. Accordingly, please take care when using these forums and do not post confidential or proprietary information through those features.
We also share Personal Data when necessary to complete a transaction initiated or authorized by you or provide you with a product or service you have requested. In addition to those set forth above, these parties also include:
We may offer joint promotions or programs that, in order for your participation, will require us to share your information with third parties. In fulfilling these types of promotions, we may share your name and other information in connection with fulfilling the incentive. Please note that these third parties are responsible for their own privacy practices.
From time to time, we may share aggregated or anonymous information about use of the Services, such as by publishing a report on usage trends.
We also share Personal Data when we believe it is necessary to:
We process Personal Data for, or based on, one or more of the following legal bases:
By using the Services, you have contracted with us through the Terms of Service, and we will process certain Personal Data to perform under that contract, including first and last name, email address, password, and, if you are a Teacher, the content of your classes. When we process Personal Data due to contractual necessity, failure to provide such Personal Data will result in your inability to use some or all portions of the Services that require such data.
We process the following categories of Personal Data when we believe it furthers the legitimate interest of us or third parties: first and last name, email address, location information, IP address, and your activity on the Services, including class usage information and community interaction data. Examples of these legitimate interests include: operation and improvement of our business, products, and services; personalization of web content on the Services; analyzing the use of the Services; marketing of our products and Services; provision of customer support; protection from fraud or security threats; compliance with legal obligations; and completion of corporate transactions.
In some cases, we process Personal Data based on the consent you expressly grant to us prior to the time we collect such data. When we process Personal Data based on your consent, it will be expressly indicated to you prior to the point and time of collection.
From time to time, we may also need to process Personal Data to comply with a legal obligation, if it is necessary to protect the vital interests of you or other data subjects, or if it is necessary for a task carried out in the public interest.
We will retain your Personal Data for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services and to maintain a record of your transactions for financial reporting purposes. We will also retain and use your Personal Data as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
Skillshare takes technical and organizational security measures that are designed to safeguard Personal Data. However, no online activity is ever fully secure or error-free. While we strive to protect your information, we cannot guarantee that your Personal Data is absolutely secure. Please keep this in mind when disclosing any information to Skillshare.
Please recognize that protecting your Personal Data is also your responsibility. We urge you to take every precaution to protect your information when you are on the Internet, or when you communicate with us and with others through the Internet. Change your passwords often, use a combination of letters and numbers, and make sure you use a secure browser. If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure (for example, if you feel that the security of your account might have been compromised), or if you suspect someone else is using your account, please let us know immediately by contacting us as indicated in the Contact Us section below.
Because of the global nature of our business, Skillshare shares personal data internationally with its subsidiaries, subcontractors, and partners when carrying out the activities described in this Policy. They may process your data in countries whose data protection laws are not considered to be as strong as EU laws or the laws which apply where you live. For example, they may not give you the same rights over your data.
Whenever we transfer personal data internationally, we use tools and transfer agreements to:
Regardless of where you use our Services, the information collected as part of that use will be transferred to and maintained on servers located in the United States. By using our Services, you consent to this collection, transfer, storage, and processing of information to and in the United States.
We use these technologies in order to offer you a more tailored experience in the future, by understanding and remembering your particular browsing preferences. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a site that enable us to: (i) recognize your computer; (ii) store your preferences and settings; (iii) understand the web pages of the Services you have visited; (iv) enhance your user experience by delivering and measuring the effectiveness of content and advertising tailored to your interests; (v) perform searches and analytics; and (vi) assist with security and administrative functions.
The Services are not directed to children whose age:
We do not knowingly process data of EU residents under the age of 16 without parental consent. If we become aware that we have collected data from an EU resident under the age of 16 without parental consent, we will take reasonable steps to delete it as soon as possible. If you live in the EU and are under the age of 16 years, please do not use the Services, and do not provide any personal data to us.
We also comply with other age restrictions and requirements in accordance with applicable local laws.
If you're a parent of a child under the age of 13 or 16, as applicable, and become aware that your child has provided personal data to Skillshare, please contact us. If we learn that we've collected the personal data of a child under the age of 13 or 16, as applicable, we'll take reasonable steps to delete the personal data. This may require us to delete the Skillshare account for that child.
Your rights vary depending on the laws that apply to you, but may include:
We may reject requests that are unreasonable or not required by law, including those that would be extremely impractical, could require disproportionate technical effort, or could expose us to operational risks such as free trial fraud. We may retain information as required or permitted by applicable laws and regulations, including to honor your choices, for our billing or records purposes, and to fulfill the purposes described in this Privacy Statement. We take reasonable measures to destroy or de-identify personal information in a secure manner when it is no longer required.
We currently do not collect household data. If all the members of a household make a request under this Policy, we will respond as if the requests are individual requests.
Please note, if you do not have a Skillshare account we will not have enough information about you to verify your requests under this Policy, as we do not keep sufficient information necessary to reidentify and link you to a prior visit to Skillshare where data may have been collected. As such, we will be unable to verify and honor your requests. You may make a verifiable consumer request related to your personal information twice per 12-month period.
If you are a California consumer, please see our California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Privacy Notice by clicking here or simply scrolling down. See “Your Nevada Privacy Rights,” and “Your European Union and UK Privacy Rights,” for more information about certain legal rights.
We strive to maintain the accuracy of any Personal Data collected from you, and will try to respond promptly to update our records when you tell us the information in our records is not correct. If you believe that any Personal Data we are holding about you is incorrect or incomplete, you can request that we correct or supplement such data. You can also correct some of this information directly by making changes to your Profile. You can request that we correct or supplement such data by emailing [email protected].
Depending on the laws that apply to you, you may obtain from us certain Personal Data in our records. If you wish to access, review, or make any changes to Personal Data you have provided to us through the Services, please submit a request through our Online Form, or email us at [email protected] from the email address that you believe is associated with your Skillshare account.
In some jurisdictions, you can request that your personal information be deleted. Please note that if you request deletion of your personal information, or if your account is suspended, terminated, or voluntarily closed:
Please see “Other Users” below for important information on how users on our platform may continue to have access to your data.
You may designate, in writing or through a power of attorney, an authorized agent to make requests on your behalf to exercise your rights. Before accepting such a request from an agent, we will require the agent to provide proof you have authorized it to act on your behalf, and we may need you to verify your identity directly with us.
Nevada law permits our users who are Nevada consumers to request that their personal data not be sold (as defined under applicable Nevada law), even if their personal data is not currently being sold. Requests may be sent to [email protected] and are free of charge. Please include “Opt-Out Request Under Nevada Law” in the subject line and body of your message.
In addition to the above-listed rights, European Union and UK privacy law provides individuals with enhanced rights in respect of their Personal Data. These rights may include, depending on the circumstances surrounding the processing of Personal Data:
To exercise any of these rights, please submit a request through our Online Form, or email us at [email protected] from the email address that you believe is associated with your Skillshare account. In the request, please specify which right you are seeking to exercise and the scope of the request.
You have choices about certain information we collect about you, how we communicate with you, and how we process certain Personal Data. When you are asked to provide information, you may decline to do so; but if you choose not to provide information that is necessary to provide some of our Services, you may not be able to use those Services. In addition, it is possible to change your browser settings to block the automatic collection of certain information.
We may send promotional emails from time to time. If you are located in the EU, we will not send promotional emails without your consent. You can opt-out of receiving promotional emails from us at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link in the emails. Please note that you cannot opt-out of non-promotional emails, such as those about your account, transactions, servicing, or our ongoing business relations. In addition, if you downloaded our app and opted-in to receive push notifications on your device, you can opt-out at any time by adjusting the permissions in your device or uninstalling our app.
If you want to limit or prevent our ability to receive location information from you, you can deny or remove the permission for certain Services to access location information or deactivate location services on your device. Please refer to your device manufacturer or operating system instructions for instructions on how to do this.
Consult our Cookie Notice for more information about how to control and/or opt out of certain web tracking technologies.
Other users of the Service or the public may have access to your Personal Data when you choose to make your profile or other personal information available to them through the Service, such as when you provide comments, reviews, survey responses, or other content. We do not control how other users or third parties use any personal information that you make available to such users or the public. Please be aware that any information you post publicly can be cached, copied, screen captured, or stored elsewhere by others (e.g., search engines) before you have a chance to edit or remove it.
We collect information that identifies, relates to, describes, is reasonably capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular consumer or household (“CCPA personal information”). We have collected the following categories of CCPA personal information from consumers within the last twelve (12) months:
|Category||Personal Data Collected|
|Identifiers||First name, last name, postal address, unique personal identifier, online identifier, IP address, email address, alias, state, city, country, phone number, account name, social media profiles, or other similar identifiers|
|California Customer Records Personal Information categories|
First name, last name, postal address, credit card number, debit card number, or any other financial information.
If you are an instructor, you can link your PayPal, Stripe, or other payment account to the Services to receive payments. When you link a payment account, we collect and use certain information, including your payment account email address, account ID, physical address, or other data necessary for us to send payments to your account. In some instances, we may collect ACH or wire information to send payments to your account. In order to comply with applicable laws, we also work with trusted third parties who collect tax information as legally required. This tax information may include residency information, tax identification numbers, biographical information, and other personal information necessary for taxation purposes.
Some personal information included in this category may overlap with other categories.
|Characteristics of Protected Classifications Under California or Federal Law||Age, race, national origin, physical or mental disability, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression), sexual orientation, veteran or military status.|
|Commercial information||Records of services purchased|
|Internet or Other Similar Network Activity||Browsing history, search history, information on a consumer's interaction with a website, application, or advertisement|
|Geolocation Data||Our online services don’t collect precise geolocation data from GPS sensors. However, we do collect IP addresses from which we can determine your general location.|
|Sensory Data||Video recordings|
|Professional or Employment-Related Information||Employment History, Request for Leave|
|Category||Category of Third-Party Recipients|
|Identifiers||Teachers, Payment Processors, Analytics service providers, Ad networks and marketing tools|
|California Customer Records Personal Information categories||Teachers, Payment Processors|
|Characteristics of Protected Classifications Under California or Federal Law||Teachers|
|Internet or Other Similar Network Activity||Analytics service providers, Ad networks and marketing tools, Providers of advertising services|
|Geolocation Data||Analytics service providers, Ad networks and marketing tools, Providers of advertising services|
|Inferences Drawn From Other Personal Information||Analytics service providers|
California’s “Shine the Light” law permits users of the Services who are California residents to request certain information regarding its disclosure of Personal Data to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please submit a request through our Online Form, email us at [email protected] from the email address that you believe is associated with your Skillshare account, or write to us at the address listed below.
CCPA provides our users who are California residents the following additional rights:
Please contact [email protected] if you need to access this Policy in an alternative format due to having a disability.