PRIVACY & SECURITY PHILOSOPHY
KnowledgeDirectWEB Web is the Learning Management System (LMS) in which PADI eLearning programs are based. KnowledgeDirectWEB was developed by Digitec Interactive, LLC.
Digitec Interactive, LLC is the company with which PADI has partnered to bring you PADI eLearning.
PADI is the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (aka PADI Americas, Inc.) and is the developer of the PADI Diver Training programs offered on PADI eLearning.
The PADI Dive Center/Resort (hereinafter "Facility") is the facility, and the PADI Instructor (hereinafter "Instructor") is the instructor, one of which you have selected to associate with while completing your PADI eLearning program.
INFORMATION WE COLLECT
When you register, your personal information is tracked in a database and is accessible to your chosen facility and its affiliated PADI Instructor, or your chosen Instructor, PADI and KnowledgeDirectWEB. In addition, your scores, completion data and other performance standards are collected. This data is also accessible to these same entities.
Your personal contact information is also used by PADI to send you the appropriate program completion materials and is used in the Quality Management process, in which you may be sent program evaluation forms.
Additionally, your personal contact information may be used by PADI to promote additional programs and training opportunities. Further, from time to time, this information may be provided to PADI member dive centers/resorts and industry partners for the purpose of promoting diving, dive training and dive-related products and services that PADI feels may be of interest to you. Also, your information may be provided to Project AWARE Foundation, diving's leading environmental organization, for the purpose of its providing marine environmental information and opportunities. If you do not wish to receive such information as described in this paragraph, you may go to www.padi.com , "Contact Us" to "Opt-out," at anytime.
The credit card transaction information (mailing address, credit card number, credit card expiration date and phone number) are processed on a secured site and are not accessible to your facility, instructor, or to Digitec Interactive LLC. This information is only accessible to PADI.
When you submit personal information on this site, you understand and agree that this information may be transferred across national boundaries and may be stored and processed in any of the countries in which PADI, Digitec Interactive, LLC and its affiliates and subsidiaries maintain offices, including without limitation, the United States. You also acknowledge that in certain countries or with respect to certain activities, the collection, transferring, storage and processing of your information may be undertaken by trusted vendors.
USING YOUR INFORMATION
When you begin the checkout process within our site, we require that a secure connection between your computer and our server be established. To do this, we utilize a technology called Secure Socket Layers (SSL). SSL encrypts your personal credit information, including your credit card number, before it travels over the Internet. SSL technology is the industry standard for secure online transactions. Because we use SSL, registering on PADI eLearning/KnowledgeDirectWEB is just as safe as giving your credit card number over the phone. SSL is an advanced encryption technology that works with Netscape Navigator (version 2.0 or above), Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 3.0 or above) or AOL (version 3.0 or above). A secure connection is maintained until the checkout process is either completed or canceled. Although we use these industry-standard efforts to safeguard the confidentiality of your personally identifiable information, "perfect security" does not exist on the Internet.
LIMITS ON OUR ABILITIES
Your privacy is very important to us. However, due to the existing legal and technical environment, we cannot ensure that your personally identifiable information will not be disclosed to third parties in ways not described in this policy. For example, we may be forced to disclose information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, or third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications. Additionally, we can (and you authorize us to) disclose any information about you to private entities, law enforcement or other government officials as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate to address or resolve inquiries or problems.
In addition, PADI eLearning/KnowledgeDirectWEB allows the facility or Instructor to upload content to the site for viewing by PADI eLearning/KnowledgeDirectWEB users. We cannot be held accountable for files uploaded by third parties that result in software problems or the transmission of viruses.