Last Updated: September 2023
Please note that certain exemptions to our obligations regarding data obtained from our program participants may exist, depending on applicable law in the pertinent jurisdiction.
To enhance your experience on Technovation Websites, we may collect the following information (“Personal Information”) that you provide to us, which may include sensitive data or information in accordance with applicable legislation. Although you may visit some pages on our website without providing all of the Personal Information listed below, you must provide certain Personal Information to take advantage of particular features, such as sharing your projects, receiving feedback from our mentors and judges, receiving scores and certificates, and participating in project competitions.
The Websites may collect the following Personal Information:
- City, state, and region of residence
- Email address
- Date of birth
- Internet Protocol (“IP”) address
- School name
- Parents’ names and email addresses (for minors)
- Company name
- Job title
- User-submitted text, photos, and videos
Additionally, when you access the Websites using a mobile device, we may collect the following additional Personal Information:
- Unique identification number associated with your device (“Device ID”)
- Mobile carrier
- Device type and manufacturer
- Telephone number
- Depending on your mobile device settings, your geographical location data, including GPS coordinates or similar information regarding the location of your mobile device
We collect this Personal Information from you when you register on the Websites or request products or services that the Websites offer. You may be asked to provide Personal Information if you participate in any sweepstakes, contests, or surveys, or if you post or access any content on message boards, chat rooms, or blogs operated by Technovation and its programs. We may also collect this Personal Information when you post materials as part of a project submission.
Who are our Third Party Sources?
We mainly obtain information directly from you. From time to time, we may also obtain information on you from third-party sources.
We will only gather such information when the third parties either have obtained your consent or are otherwise legally allowed to share such information. In certain limited circumstances, some third parties may be required to disclose your Personal Information to us.
i. Cookies Policy
The Websites also collect non-personally identifiable information automatically through the use of electronic tools such as “cookies.” Cookies help provide a customized web experience by enabling us to identify web users who visit our website.
The types of cookies we use on Technovation websites:
- Strictly Necessary: These cookies are essential to provide you with the services on the Technovation website and to enable you to use some of its features. For example, cookies are necessary to keep you logged into your Technovation account and access curriculum. For that reason, without these cookies, the Technovation website cannot provide you with its services.
- Functionality Cookies: Functionality cookies remember your preferences and settings when you return to our site. This helps us provide you with a more efficient, personalized experience. For example, if you are in the United Kingdom, our website will provide information specific to the UK, rather than information about other countries.
|Name of Cookie||Purpose||Strictly Necessary||Expires|
|__stripe_mid||Stripe sets this cookie cookie to process payments.||Yes||1 year|
|__stripe_sid||Stripe sets this cookie cookie to process payments.||Yes||30 minutes|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-advertisement||Set by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin, this cookie is used to record the user consent for the cookies in the “Advertisement” category .||Yes||1 year|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-analytics||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category “Analytics”.||Yes||11 months|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-functional||The cookie is set by GDPR cookie consent to record the user consent for the cookies in the category “Functional”.||Yes||11 months|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessary||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookies is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category “Necessary”.||Yes||11 months|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-others||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category “Other.||Yes||11 months|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-performance||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category “Performance”.||Yes||11 months|
|CookieLawInfoConsent||Records the default button state of the corresponding category & the status of CCPA. It works only in coordination with the primary cookie.||Yes||1 year|
|_ga||The _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site’s analytics report. The cookie stores information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated number to recognize unique visitors.||No||2 years|
|_gat_gtag_UA_4055471_11||Set by Google to distinguish users.||No||1 minute|
|_gcl_au||Provided by Google Tag Manager to experiment advertisement efficiency of websites using their services.||No||3 months|
|_gid||Installed by Google Analytics, _gid cookie stores information on how visitors use a website, while also creating an analytics report of the website’s performance. Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously.||No||1 day|
|CONSENT||YouTube sets this cookie via embedded youtube-videos and registers anonymous statistical data.||No||2 years|
|test_cookie||The test_cookie is set by doubleclick.net and is used to determine if the user’s browser supports cookies.||No||15 minutes|
|VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE||A cookie set by YouTube to measure bandwidth that determines whether the user gets the new or old player interface.||No||5 months, 27 days|
|YSC||YSC cookie is set by YouTube and is used to track the views of embedded videos on Youtube pages.||No||Session|
|yt-remote-connected-devices||YouTube sets this cookie to store the video preferences of the user using embedded YouTube video.||No||Never|
|yt-remote-device-id||YouTube sets this cookie to store the video preferences of the user using embedded YouTube video.||No||Never|
|yt.innertube::nextId||This cookie, set by YouTube, registers a unique ID to store data on what videos from YouTube the user has seen.||No||Never|
|yt.innertube::requests||This cookie, set by YouTube, registers a unique ID to store data on what videos from YouTube the user has seen.||No||Never|
How you can opt out of having cookies placed on a device:
The Websites may employ clear gifs (also known as web beacons) which are used to anonymously track the online usage patterns of our users. In addition, we may also use clear gifs in HTML-based emails sent to our users to track which emails are opened and which links are clicked by recipients. The information allows for more accurate reporting and improvement of the Websites. We may also collect analytics data, or use third-party analytics tools, to help us measure traffic and usage trends. These tools collect information sent by your browser or mobile device, including the pages you visit, your use of third-party applications, and other information that assists us in analyzing and improving the Websites.
3. Purposes of Information Collection
To enhance your experience on the Websites, we collect the following Personal Information that you provide to us. Although you may visit some pages on our website without providing all of the Personal Information listed below, you must provide certain information to take advantage of particular features, such as sharing your projects, receiving feedback from our mentors and judges, receiving scores and certificates, and participating in project competitions.
Specifically, we use your Personal Information to accomplish the following legitimate purposes:
- Communicating with you regarding our programs, features, and services available through the Websites.
- Sharing our curriculum.
- Helping you participate in projects and competitions as part of our program.
- Helping students and mentors build healthy relationships to carry out team exercises and competitions, including connecting students and mentors using third-party communication services such as email, video calls, and Slack.
- Communicating with you regarding products, features, and services that are offered by our affiliates and business partners.
- Issuing email newsletters on other topics we think may be of interest, such as Technovation opportunities, internships, and/or scholarships.
- Troubleshooting and website administration.
- Technovation tailors advertisements on third party platforms to participants and former participants based on information that we have received from you, like your name and contact information. For example, we may run ads on social media that are tailored to you based on your relationship with Technovation, using information you have previously supplied to us, or if you have consented to those targeted ads. An example of a targeted ad may be information about a Technovation career development workshop appearing when you are logged into LinkedIn. You may object to this use of your data by opting out of “advertisement” cookies in the cookie settings at https://www.technovation.org or emailing [email protected]. Please note that targeted advertising does not include, for example, advertising to you in response to your request for information or feedback, advertisements based on activities within our own websites or online applications, or advertisements based on the context of your current search query, visit to a website, or online application, or processing Personal Information solely for measuring or reporting advertising performance, reach, or frequency.
- Complying with a legal obligation where necessary, such as being compelled to share Personal Information by a law enforcement or government agency.
Some Personal Information provided by participants registered at my.technovationchallenge.org may also be shared with the Chapter Ambassador for your region for the purpose of providing country-specific information on the program. All Chapter Ambassadors are required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement before they can view any Personal Information connected to participants in their country.
4. Consent for Collection and Use of Personal Information
You may not always be required to provide us with the Personal Information that we are asking you for; any Personal Information that is required is clearly marked as mandatory. When you do not wish to share certain Personal Information with us, you may simply not provide it to us, or opt-out of the processing of your Personal Information when this option is offered to you. However, if you choose not to provide certain Personal Information, you may not be able to benefit from our program for which the provision of such Personal Information is necessary. We may ask you to provide us with Personal Information to meet certain legal requirements. In such cases, we will notify you in due time and advise you as to whether your Personal Information is mandatory or not (as well as of the possible consequences if you do not provide your Personal Information).
A. Consent by Adults (Aged 18 and over)
- For all website users who provide us with Personal Information, you may opt-out from our services completely at any time by unsubscribing from marketing communications or adjusting your cookie settings. If you do so, we shall remove any Personal Information that we have collected from you based on your consent.
Please allow up to 30 business days for us to process your request. After opting out, you may still receive email messages about the status of your account, to resolve technical issues, or to confirm a renewed membership.
B. Parental Consent for Minors (Aged under 18)
Parents can provide consent by signing this form digitally, via email, or by postal mail for their minor children to provide personally identifiable information to us. The parental consent enables children under age 18 to participate in Technovation’s programs or activities. Parental Consent forms are emailed to parents when students register in Technovation Girls. Alternatively, consent forms can be downloaded for Technovation Families and Technovation Girls from the user’s dashboard. Upon receipt of the parental consent form, Technovation will unlock student accounts, and students will be eligible to participate in our programs.
Parents are highly encouraged to provide consent through the digital signature option. However, to provide consent by email or postal mail, parents should fill out the parental consent form, sign it, and send a picture or scan to Technovation at:
Email: [email protected] with subject line: “Parental Consent for [Name of Child]”Or send the original via mail:Technovation#1120700 El Camino Real Suite 120Menlo Park, CA 94025
In addition to any other applicable privacy laws described herein, we will collect, process, and use any Personal Information concerning a known child in accordance with the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, 15 U.S.C. § 6501 et seq. (“COPPA”).
5. Your Privacy-Related Rights
The protection of your Personal Information is an essential part of our activities. In order to provide you with a personalized experience, we will apply the data protection laws of your country and/or region of residence. This approach will also be consistent with consumer laws of the country and/or region of your habitual residence, and will therefore allow us to better meet your expectations regarding the protection of your Personal Information.
If you are a resident of any of the countries and/or regions identified below, please make sure that you refer to the specific information applicable to your jurisdiction.
A. Your EU Privacy Rights
Residents of the EU have certain rights afforded to them by the EU General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) (“GDPR”).
i. Transfers out of the European Economic Area
ii. Your EU legal rights
You have the right to:
- Request correction of the Personal Information that we hold about you, where the information is incorrect.
- Request deletion of your Personal Information. As noted above, this may involve ending further participation in Technovation’s programs.
- Object to us using your Personal Information. You may object on grounds that you feel it impacts your fundamental rights and freedoms, or on grounds that we are using your Personal Information for direct marketing purposes. In some cases, we may demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate grounds to process your Personal Information which overrides your rights and freedoms.
- Request restriction of our use of your Personal Information. You may make this request (a) if you want us to establish the data’s accuracy; (b) where our use of the data is unlawful but you do not want us to erase it; (c) where you need us to hold the data even if we no longer require it as you need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; or (d) you have objected to our use of your data but we need to verify whether we have overriding legitimate grounds to use it.
- Request the transfer of your Personal Information to you or a third party. We will provide to you, or a third party you have chosen, your Personal Information in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. Note that this right only applies to automated information which you initially provided consent for us to use or where we used the information to perform a contract with you.
- Lodge a complaint with the appropriate supervisory authority.
If you wish to exercise any of these rights, please contact us at [email protected]. We may need to request additional information from you to help us confirm your identity. We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. It may take us longer to respond to your request if your request is particularly complex or if you have made multiple requests. In that case, we will notify you and keep you updated on the status of your request.
B. Your California Privacy Rights
If you reside in California, you may request information about our disclosures of your Personal Information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. Such requests must be submitted to us by email at [email protected].
Within forty-five days of receiving such a request, we will provide a list of the categories of personally identifiable information disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes during the immediately preceding calendar year, along with the names and addresses of these third parties. This request may be made no more than twice per calendar year. We reserve the right not to respond to requests submitted other than as specified in the above paragraph.
Registered minor users of the Websites in California may remove, or request removal of, any content that they post to the Websites or applications, subject to certain exceptions. In order to request that user-supplied content be removed, please contact [email protected]. Note that removing, or requesting removal of, content does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of the content from the Websites or applications.
C. Other Privacy Rights
The following provisions apply to all users of the Websites, regardless of location.
i. Data Retention
We will only retain your Personal Information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes we collected it for (namely, to provide you with the benefits of participating in our programs) or to comply with relevant legal, tax, and/or accounting requirements in the pertinent jurisdiction. Periodically, and at least once every four years, we delete Personal Information of persons who no longer participate, retaining only enough Personal Information to ensure that persons who have opted out of Technovation communications are not opted back in to receive such communications.
ii. Data Breach Notification
In the event of any data breach, we will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so. For EU data subjects, we shall notify the competent supervisory authority of any data breach that is likely to result in a risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons within 72 hours of the breach, or else accompany our notification with reasons for the delay. This notification shall describe the nature of the Personal Information at risk, including the categories and approximate number of data subjects concerned, the name and contact details of the data protection officer, the likely consequences of the breach, and the measures taken to address the breach. We will also notify you without undue delay of any data breach that is likely to result in a high risk to your rights and freedoms.
To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the appropriate use of all Personal Information, including that of child users, we have put in place physical, electronic, and administrative procedures to protect the Personal Information we collect online. No data transmission over the Internet, however, can be guaranteed to be completely secure. While we strive to protect your Personal Information, Technovation cannot completely ensure or warrant the security of personally identifiable information you provide to us.
7. School Privacy
In some circumstances, we may permit a school to register students to our service for the purpose of providing educational services. Because Technovation provides the Websites to schools to benefit and enhance the school’s curriculum, Technovation relies on the school to obtain and provide appropriate consent, if needed, to collect Personal Information of students.
8. Third-Party Links
The Websites currently interact with the following third-party services that may have access to the Personal Information provided by the user as part of creating an account on the Websites. We use these third-parties to provide services on our behalf, assist us in providing new features, benefits, or service enhancements; enhance targeted advertising based on your browsing activities, interests and relevant geographical location; apply market research to generate audience insights; and develop and improve programs and products.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/update (advertising)
Google Analytics – https://marketingplatform.google.com/about/analytics/terms/us/ (website user analytics)
Heroku – https://www.heroku.com/policy/security (website hosting)
LearnWorlds – https://www.learnworlds.com/privacy-policy/ (curriculum access)
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy (advertising)
Mailchimp – https://www.intuit.com/privacy/statement/ (newsletter outreach)
Salesforce – https://www.salesforce.com/company/privacy/ (email outreach)
If you enter into a transaction on a third-party website, we are not responsible for the content or availability of the linked website. If you enter into a transaction on the third-party website, we do not represent either the third party or you. We encourage you to read the privacy policies and terms and conditions of any linked or referenced third-party websites you enter. These third-party websites may use their own cookies and tracking devices, log your IP address, and otherwise collect data or solicit your Personal Information.
9. Privacy by Design Standard
As we carry out all of our operations and programs, we are committed to protecting the privacy of your Personal Information. To this end, no project or program shall be implemented without consideration of the risks to data privacy and implementation of any necessary measures to protect your privacy rights.
10. Implementation and Sanctions
Technovation conducts regular reviews and monitoring of its workforce members’ use and disclosure of Personal Information.
To the extent that Technovation contracts for the receipt of services from any service provider or contractor, the contract between Technovation and the service provider or contractor shall include provisions to ensure compliance with applicable privacy laws
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