Blackboard Privacy Shield
Update January 24, 2017: On December 20, 2016 the U.S. Department of Commerce approved Blackboard’s application for the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework (“Privacy Shield”), and as such, Blackboard and its affiliates are Privacy Shield certified.
Blackboard complies with the EU-U.S Privacy Shield Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information received from the European Union. Blackboard and its affiliates have certified that they adhere to the Privacy Shield principles of notice, choice, accountability for onward transfer, security, data integrity and purpose limitation, access, and recourse, enforcement and liability (“Principles”). If there is any conflict between the policies in this Statement and the Privacy Shield Principles, the Principles shall govern. To learn more about Privacy Shield, please visit the U.S. Department of Commerce Privacy Shield website: https://www.privacyshield.gov/. For more information regarding our Privacy Shield certification, please see: https://www.privacyshield.gov/list.
This Statement applies to any personal information received by Blackboard and its affiliates from the European Union in reliance on Privacy Shield.
Blackboard Data Processing Activities
- Security. We take reasonable and appropriate measures to protect personal information from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction. We have implemented appropriate physical, electronic and managerial procedures to help safeguard and secure personal information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access or disclosure, alteration or destruction.
- Data Integrity and Purpose Limitation. We will process personal information in a manner that is compatible with and relevant to the purpose for which it was collected or authorized by individuals. Where we receive personal information from an Institution, it shall be the Institution that determines those purposes. To the extent necessary for those purposes, we will take reasonable steps to ensure that personal information is accurate, complete, current and reliable for its intended use.
- Access. EU individuals have the right to reasonable access to the personal information about you that we hold. On request, we will also take reasonable steps to correct, update, amend or delete any information that is demonstrated to be inaccurate, except where the burden or expense of doing so would be disproportionate to the risks to your privacy in the case in question or where the rights of third parties would be violated. Where we process personal information on behalf of an Institution, we will direct any individual requests for access or to limit use or disclosure to the Institution, and we will work with such Institution in complying with such requests in accordance with applicable law and our obligations under Privacy Shield.
- Jurisdiction and Enforcement. As part of our participation in Privacy Shield, we are subject to the investigatory and enforcement powers of the US Federal Trade Commission.
- Lawful Requests. Blackboard may be required to disclose personal information in response to lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.
- Contact Blackboard and Recourse
If you have any questions about this Statement or the information that we collect from you in reliance on Privacy Shield, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
1111 19th Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
In the event that you are concerned about how personal information you have provided to Blackboard has been used, please address your inquiry or complaint first to us at the address listed above. Blackboard takes all concerns about privacy and use of personal information very seriously, and shall endeavour to reply to you within 45 days of receiving a complaint.
If we fail to respond within that time, or if our response does not adequately address your concerns, you may submit your complaint free of charge to JAMS, Blackboard’s designated Privacy Shield dispute resolution provider, using this link: https://www.jamsadr.com/file-an-eu-us-privacy-shield-or-safe-harbor-claim.
There may also be circumstances when disputes can be resolved through the Privacy Shield binding arbitration process. Please see the Privacy Shield website for further information:
This statement was updated on January 24, 2017.