Privacy Policy of the Global Teaching InSights platform

The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development ( “OECD”) is committed to protecting the personal data of users of the Global Teaching InSights platform (the “Platform” or “GTI Platform”), which is an essential tool for advancing our mission and programme of work.

This privacy policy describes the types of personal data we collect through the GTI Platform, how we use it, who has access and for how long. It also provides information on the rights provided to users of the Platform under the OECD’s data protection rules.

How we collect and use personal data

We collect personal data through the use of the GTI Platform in two ways: data you directly provide to us and data generated by your activity on the Platform.

Data you directly provide. You can choose to voluntarily provide us personal data in the context of registering a user account on the Platform, subscribing to online newsletters, responding to questionnaires, and creating, uploading, or posting questions, responses, comments, ideas, articles, information, data, text, multimedia content (including video content and photographs), messages, and other materials or submissions to the Platform. This data enables us to provide the services you have requested and may include your name, email address, and work details. In addition, the multimedia content or other information you provide—including video segments of teaching moments in classrooms—may contain your voice, image, likeness and/or the images, voices, and personal data of others, including students and other teaching staff.

Personal data contained in multimedia content and other information that you submit through the GTI Platform, including the personal data of others, will be publicly available and viewable on the Platform and may be re-used or distributed in accordance with the GTI Platform Terms of Service (“TOS”), including publication on the GTI Platform and on third-party websites and social media platforms. As such, you will ensure that your submission of such content and personal data for the uses described in this Privacy Policy and the TOS complies with all privacy and data protection laws applicable to such content and personal data and the individuals identified or identifiable therein, including laws governing the use and publication of multimedia content, images, and personal data of students and minor children. To the extent that such laws require providing notice to and/or obtaining the consent of students or their parents or legal guardians, the blurring of students' faces or obfuscation of their voices, the removal or obfuscation of student identifying information (such as spoken names that can be used to identify the student), or any other steps prior to publishing the content or personal data, you will ensure that you have undertaken such steps prior to submitting the content or personal data, and will provide the OECD with any required notices or consents upon request.

We may also collect and log from you certain user-generated content, such as comments in videos and forums, and responses on observation rubrics. You are responsible for ensuring that you do not include any personal information or other information you are not authorised to provide, whether relating to you or another person, on the different spaces of the Platform where you may provide content.

Data generated by your activity.In order to ensure the effective functioning and security of the GTI Platform and to better understand visitor behavioural patterns, as you browse the Platform and interact with our emails we automatically collect:

  • Log information such as the pages you visit, the time/date of your visit as well as your
  • Device and software information such as your browser specifications and operating system.
  • Email analytics about your interactions with our emails, such as opens and clicks.

This information is collected through the use of various technologies, including cookies which are small text files stored in your browser. If you have registered and are logged-in, your browsing activity is linked to your user credentials so that we can personalise your experience on the Platform, including for future visits.

Data uses.In addition to processing your personal data to provide the services you requested and to make videos you provide available to users of the GTI Platform, we will process the personal data collected for the following purposes:

  • Analytics: to understand visitor behaviour by analyzing the data generated by your activity on the Platform and through your interactions with emails.
  • Email communications: to send email communications to you—such as newsletters, platform alerts, and event notifications—at the contact information that you provide to us via the GTI Platform.
  • Online surveys: to run online surveys of user views.
  • Online communities: to operate online networking environments.
  • Social media: to publish videos you provide on third-party websites and social media platforms for the same purposes for which they would be posted on the GTI Platform.

Access, disclosure, and storage

Access to your user personal data stored within the Platform is limited to appropriate staff within the OECD. Other individuals such as teachers, educators, and school leaders the OECD authorizes to curate and moderate contents of the Platform may access analytics data subject to a confidentiality agreement. In addition, the Platform is hosted externally to the OECD and thus your personal data may be processed by third party service providers engaged by the OECD pursuant to contractual arrangements that contain appropriate safeguards for the protection and security of your personal data.  

Personal data you provide about yourself directly is typically kept until you unsubscribe from the service requested. We store data about your user activity on our platform for two years, after which time it is deleted. Videos and other user content you provide are stored as long as the GTI Platform is provided and are publicly accessible, subject to the rights of individuals to request the deletion of personal data from the Platform.

Links to other websites

Where we provide links to websites of other organisations, this privacy policy does not cover how those organisations process personal data. For example, we link to our profiles on a number of social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or content on third-party websites and encourage you to read the privacy notices of other websites you visit.  

Young people and minors

If you are a parent, guardian, or responsible adult of a minor who you have learned has posted, submitted, or otherwise communicated personal data to the GTI Platform, or you have learned that personal data of your minor child has been included in a video without your consent, then you may contact us at GlobalTeachingInSights@oecd.org, so we can take the relevant steps to remove this information.

To the extent that any individual, parent, guardian, or responsible adult exercises a legal right to delete the content or personal data that you have submitted to the Services about that individual or their child, then you may contact us at GlobalTeachingInSights@oecd.org so that we can take the relevant steps to remove this information.

How to contact us or exercise your rights

Under the OECD’s data protection rules, you have rights to access and rectify your personal data, as well as to object to its processing, request erasure, and obtain data portability in certain circumstances. To exercise these rights in connection with your use of the Platform or any content on the Platform, please contact GlobalTeachingInSights@oecd.org.

If you have further queries or complaints related to the processing of your personal data, please contact the Data Protection Officer. If you need further assistance in resolving claims related to personal data protection you can contact the Data Protection Commissioner.

Additional information about our approach to data protection is available here.

Last updated: 1 November 2020.