Privacy Policy

Preamble

This Master Privacy Policy (“Privacy Policy”) explains the collection,
use, and disclosure of “personal information” by Creative Commons
Corporation (“CC” or “Creative Commons”), a Massachusetts
Corporation. Unless otherwise noted on a particular site or service,
this Privacy Policy applies to your use of all websites that Creative
Commons operates, including http://creativecommons.org,
http://wiki.creativecommons.org, http://openpolicynetwork.org, http://open4us.org, http://teamopen.cc, http://donate.creativecommons.org, http://thepowerofopen.org, and http://creativecommons.net (the “ccNet Website”), (collectively, the
“Websites”), as well as the products, information, and services
provided through the Websites, including the license chooser, legal
tools, the CCID account system, and the CC OpenID service (together
with the Websites, the “Services”). Creative Commons does not operate
the website at http://ccmixter.org. Furthermore, this Privacy Policy
does not apply to any of the websites operated by affiliates of
Creative Commons.

In addition, supplemental Privacy Policy terms (“Supplemental Privacy
Policy Terms”) may apply to a particular Service, such as the
Scholar’s Copyright Addendum Engine
(http://sciencecommons.org/resources/supplemental-privacy-policy/). All
such Supplemental Privacy Policy Terms will be accessible for you to
read either within, or through your use of, that particular Service.

This Privacy Policy also explains our commitment to you with respect
to our use and disclosure of non personal browsing and site usage data
that Creative Commons collects as the provider of the Services. That
commitment is contained in a “Data Usage Policy,” below.

As used in this policy, “personal information” means information that
would allow a party to identify you such as, for example, your name,
address or location, telephone number, or email address.

By accessing or using any of the Services, you are accepting and
agreeing to the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

Our Principles

Creative Commons is committed to handling responsibly the information
and data we collect about you through our Services, whether personal
information or non personal browsing and site usage data. We have
designed our Privacy Policy and our Data Usage Policy consistent with
the following principles (the “Principles”):

  1. Privacy policies and data collection and use policies should be
    human readable, comprehensive, and easy to locate;

  2. Only the minimum amount of information reasonably necessary to
    provide you with services should be collected and maintained, and
    only for so long as reasonably needed or required;

  3. Information you provide through our Services, or that we gather as
    a result of your use of our Services, should not be used for
    marketing or advertising purposes, nor should it be provided
    voluntarily (without your permission) to anyone else unless
    required; and

  4. If Creative Commons is required to provide a third party with your
    personal information (whether by subpoena or otherwise), then
    provided we have collected and retained an email address for you,
    Creative Commons will use reasonable means to notify you promptly
    of that event, unless prohibited by law or CC is otherwise advised
    not to notify you on the advice of legal counsel.

Personal Information CC Collects

We may collect personal information through our Services, including
without limitation:

  • in connection with your selection of one of our licenses or legal
    tools including CC0 or the Public Domain Mark;

  • when you provide us with your personal information such as by
    sending an email to us or signing up to receive updates from
    Creative Commons;

  • when you subscribe to one of our email discussion lists;

  • when you donate money to us or purchase merchandise;

  • when you create a CCID account (a universal log-in for all
    Services);

  • when you join and use the Creative Commons network through our ccNet
    Website, and/or establish a Creative Commons OpenID; and

  • when you provide personal information in connection with your
    participation in any of the forums we make available through our
    Services.

What CC Does with Personal Information

License/Tool Selection. We use the personal information you provide to
us as part of your selection of one of our licenses/tools to provide
you the RDF, html, and the uniform resource locator that correspond to
the license/tool you selected. Some older versions of the license
chooser enable Creative Commons to send you this information via
email. In those cases, your email address is expunged after this email
has been successfully sent. We may use all of this information to
maintain license usage data.

Emails and Newsletters. We use the personal information you provide to
us when you send us emails or sign up to receive updates from Creative
Commons in order to respond to your request – for example, to reply to
your email or to send you communications about Creative Commons news
and campaigns.

When you subscribe to updates from us, your email address is sent to
and stored in a CiviCRM database hosted on Creative Commons’ servers
that can only be accessed by Creative Commons staff and
contractors. When you subscribe to one of our email discussion lists,
your name and email address is sent to and stored by (1) ibiblio.org
(http://www.ibiblio.org/), a collaboration between the Center for the
Public Domain (http://www.centerforthepublicdomain.org/) and the
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (http://www.unc.edu/), (2)
Creative Commons, or (3) another service with which Creative Commons
has engaged to provide email support. Personal information submitted
as part of our email discussion lists is used for the purpose of
managing the discussion lists. Your name and email address will
typically be visible to other list participants when you correspond on
the list and to the general public in the discussion archives. All
emails sent to the discussions lists are publicly archived.

Donations. When you donate money to us or purchase merchandise via our
support page, your personal information will be handled depending on
which option you choose.

  1. If you purchase merchandise from the Creative Commons store
    (http://store.creativecommons.org/), your personal information will
    be used for the purpose of sending you the items you purchased. If
    you sign up to receive updates from Creative Commons when you check
    out from the store, we will use your personal information to send
    you communications about Creative Commons news and campaigns.

  2. You may donate money to Creative Commons directly or through a
    variety of on-line payment sites, including PayPal, JustGive.org,
    Good Search, Network for Good, and Mission Fish, among others. When
    you use any of those websites and services to donate to CC, your
    personal information is sent to, handled by and stored by those
    websites in accordance with their respective privacy policies and
    terms of use. You should read and understand the privacy policy and
    terms of use of any website you use to donate to Creative
    Commons. When you donate money to Creative Commons directly, we use
    your personal information to process your donation. When you donate
    money as part of one of CC’s fundraising campaigns, your name will
    be published on our “supporters page” unless you request
    otherwise. If you sign up to receive updates from Creative Commons
    when you provide your donation, we will use your personal
    information to send you communications about Creative Commons news
    and campaigns.

ccNet Website

This service is no longer accepting new accounts, but if you
previously created a ccNet account, you may still access and use
it. When you joined ccNet, you provided personal information to create
your account and establish a password and profile, and to create an
OpenID. We use that personal information to establish and maintain
your accounts, provide you with the features we provide for account
holders, to act as your OpenID service provider, and for the purpose
of contacting you about upcoming news and events relevant to Creative
Commons.

By joining ccNet, you were also given a public profile page where you
can voluntarily post personal information for public viewing. The
information that you submit on your public profile page, including but
not limited to information you provide in the field “Your CC Story”
and any photograph or image of yourself you upload, is posted by you
at your discretion (although subject to ccNet’s Master Terms of
Use). The information you publish on your public profile page,
including your personal information, may be used by anyone who views
that information for any lawful purpose, with the exception of the
text you insert in the “Your CC Story” field and any photograph or
image of yourself that you upload, which if you choose to provide in
either case must be licensed under and becomes subject to the terms
and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
License, as stated on the Edit Profile page. CC may use the personal
and non personal browsing information you provide in your public
profile, including the text in the “Your CC Story” field (subject to
the terms of that license), to promote the mission of Creative Commons
and the ccNet Website.

Participating in Our Community

Registered Users. When you register to obtain a user account on any of
the Services (any such person, a “Registered User”), including but not
limited to CCID (a universal log-in for all Creative Commons
services), you may be asked to provide personal information to create
your account and establish a password and profile. We encourage you to
use an alias or nickname if you are not comfortable providing your
legal name. The name or nickname you provide in connection with your
account may be used to attribute you in connection with any content
you submit to any Service. We also use that personal information to
establish and maintain your account, to provide you with the features
we provide Registered Users, and to email you regarding changes to
this policy or other applicable policies. If you sign up to receive
updates from Creative Commons when you create your account, we will
use your personal information to send you communications about
Creative Commons news and campaigns.

Any other personal information that we may collect which is not
described specifically in this Privacy Policy will only be collected
and used in accordance with the Principles.

Disclosures of Personal Information

In general, it is not Creative Commons’ practice to disclose personal
information to third parties. Other than providing you with
attribution using your CCID nickname in connection with your
CC-licensed works, we may share your personal information in two
instances:

First, Creative Commons may share personal information with our
contractors and service providers in order to maintain, enhance, or
add to the functionality of the Services.

Second, we may disclose your personal information to third parties in
a good faith belief that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to
(a) take action regarding suspected illegal activities; (b) enforce or
apply our Master Terms of Use and Privacy Policy; © comply with
legal process, such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute, or court
order; or (d) protect our rights, reputation, and property, or that of
our users, affiliates, or the public.

If Creative Commons is required to provide a third party with your
personal information (whether by subpoena or otherwise), then provided
we have collected and retained an email address for you, Creative
Commons will use reasonable means to notify you promptly of that
event, unless prohibited by law or CC is otherwise advised not to
notify you on the advice of legal counsel.

Security of Personal Information Collected via the Services

Creative Commons has implemented reasonable measures to protect
against unauthorized access to and unlawful interception or processing
of personal information that Creative Commons stores and
controls. However, no website can fully eliminate security
risks. Third parties may circumvent our security measures to
unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private
communications. We will post a reasonably prominent notice to the
Websites if any such security breach occurs.

OpenID, including Creative Commons OpenID services, and the CCID
account system have security risks in addition to those described
above. Among other things, OpenID and CCID are vulnerable to DNS
attacks, and using OpenID and CCID may increase the risk of
phishing. See About OpenID for more information about the types and
levels of risks associated with OpenID.

Data Usage Policy: Non Personal Browsing and Site Usage Information

Our Data Usage Policy covers how we maintain and use information about
you that is collected by our Services, including when you log into a
website using your Creative Commons OpenID or CCID.

Non Personal Browsing Information We Collect

When you use the Services, our servers (which may be hosted by a third
party service provider) may collect information indirectly and
automatically (through, for example, the use of your “IP address”)
about your activities while visiting the Websites and information
about the browser you are using. In addition, whenever you use your
Creative Commons OpenID or CCID to log into a website, our servers
(which, again, may be hosted by a third party service provider) keep a
log of the websites you visit and when you visit them.

No Linking

We do not intentionally link browsing information or information from
our OpenID or CCID server logs to the personal information you submit
to us. We use this information for internal purposes only, such as to
help understand how the Services are being used, to improve our
Services, and for systems administration purposes. CC may use a third
party analytics provider to help us collect and analyze non personal
browsing information through operation of our Services for those same
purposes.

No Selling or Sharing

Except in the unique situations identified in this Privacy Policy,
Creative Commons does not sell or otherwise voluntarily provide the
non personal browsing information we collect about you or your website
usage to third parties.

No Access

As an OpenID service provider, CC could technically access your
web-based account tied to our OpenID service, and could log in on
behalf of any of its OpenID users to any of the accounts they have
accessed using their Creative Commons OpenID. Creative Commons will
never use this technical login ability for any purpose unless
otherwise required by law.

No Retention

CC discards non personal browsing information from our OpenID and CCID
server logs once we have used the information for the limited purposes
noted above, under “No Linking.”

Notice

If Creative Commons is required to provide a third party with your non
personal browsing information or to log in on behalf of an OpenID or
CCID user (whether by subpoena or otherwise), then CC will use
reasonable means to notify you promptly of that event, unless CC is
prohibited by law from doing so or is otherwise advised not to notify
you on the advice of legal counsel.

Any other non-personal information that we collect which is not
described specifically in this Privacy Policy will only be collected
and used in accordance with the Principles.

Reorganization or Spin-Offs

Creative Commons may transfer some or all of your personal and/or non
personal browsing information to a third party as a result of a
reorganization, spin-off, or similar transaction. Upon such transfer,
the acquirer’s privacy policy will apply. In such event, Creative
Commons will use reasonable efforts to notify you and to ensure that
at the time of the transaction the acquirer’s privacy policy complies
with the Principles.

Children

The Services are not directed at children under the age
of 13. Consistent with the federal Children’s Online Privacy
Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly request
personal information from anyone under the age of 13 without requiring
parental consent. Our Master Terms of Use specifically prohibit anyone
using our Services from submitting any personally identifiable
information about persons under 13 years of age. Any person who
provides their personal information to CC through the Services
represents that they are 13 years of age or older.

Third-Party Sites

The Services may include links to other websites. You should consult
the respective privacy policies of these third-party sites. This
Privacy Policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities
of, such other websites.

Special Note to International Users

The Services are hosted in the United States and the United
Kingdom. Please note that your personal data may be located on servers
in the United States and/or the United Kingdom. By providing your
personal data you consent to the use of your personal data for the
uses identified above in accordance with the Privacy Policy.

Changes and Updates to this Privacy Policy

We may occasionally update this Privacy Policy. When we do, we will
also revise the Effective Date below. We encourage you to periodically
review this Privacy Policy to stay informed about how we are
protecting the personal information we collect. Your continued use of
the Services constitutes your agreement to this Privacy Policy and any
updates.

Using this Privacy Policy for Your Own Purposes

The Creative Commons Privacy Policy is dedicated to the public domain
under the
Creative Commons CC0 Public Domain Dedication. You
are free to use and adapt this Privacy Policy and any applicable
Supplemental Privacy Policy Terms for your own purposes. However,
please keep in mind that this Privacy Policy may not be completely
suitable for your situation. Creative Commons strongly encourages you
to seek the advice of your own attorney before repurposing this
Privacy Policy on your own site.

Questions?

If you have questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us by
email at legal@creativecommons.org.

Effective Date: 2014-12-22 (December 22nd 2014)