Privacy Policy

  • This Privacy Policy governs the manner in which The Shut-Down Learner (“The Shut-Down Learner”) collects, uses, maintains, and discloses information collected from Users (each, a “User”) of the website (“Site”). This privacy policy applies to the Site and all products and services offered by The Shut-Down Learner.

    Personal identification information

    We may collect personal identification information from Users in the following ways:

    1. Newsletter Signup

    2. Distance Consultation Form

    As such, we collect personal identification information from Users only if they voluntarily submit such information to us, and Users may also visit our Site anonymously. Users can always refuse to supply personal identification information, except that it will prevent them from receiving newsletter content or requesting a Distance Consultation.

    The Shut-Down Learner processes Personal Data as a Controller, as defined in the GDPR. All data collected on Users will be stored exclusively in secure hosting services provided by GoDaddy Inc. and email services provided by Google LLC, unless shared with other services as outlined in “Sharing Users’ personal information.”

    Non-personal identification information

    We may collect non-personal identification information about Users whenever they interact with our Site. Non-personal identification information may include the browser name, the type of computer and technical information about Users’ means of connection to our Site, such as the operating system, the Internet service providers utilized, and other similar information.

    Web browser cookies

    Our Site uses a few simple “cookies” to enhance User experience. The User’s web browser places cookies on their hard drive for record-keeping purposes and sometimes to track information about them. The User may choose to set their web browser to refuse cookies, or to alert them when cookies are being sent. These cookies include:

    1. The PHP Session Tracking Cookie (PHPSESSID), which is used to differentiate between logged-out users so they can be served unique content. This cookie is always running on the site, and blocking it may cause certain functions to no longer work.

    2. Google Analytics Cookies (GA, GAT, and GID) have important session-tracking functions, and are part of the site’s Analytics package. GA and GID are both used to distinguish between different users, while GAT is used to throttle the request rate to Google’s servers. By visiting The Shut-Down Learner, the User accepts that these cookies are required for site-optimization purposes.

    If the User chooses to opt-out of or block cookies, please note that some parts of the Site may not function properly.

    User Rights

    The Shut-Down Learner Users have 8 fundamental rights under the GDPR. These include:

    1. The right to be informed – we will always be transparent in how we use Users’ personal data.

    2. The right of access – all Users can access any and all data collected on them by emailing”>

    3. The right of rectification – Users can update their personal data by emailing”>

    4. The right to erasure – Users can request the erasure of their personal data at any time by emailing”>

    5. The right to restrict processing – Users have the right to block the processing of their personal data at any time by by emailing”>

    6. The right to data portability – Users can request a copy of all personal information collected by The Shut-Down Learner at any time by emailing”>

    7. The right to object – Users have the right to object to the use of their personal data at any time by emailing”>

    8. Rights of automated decision making and profiling – new Users must opt-in to the current Privacy Policy in order to use the The Shut-Down Learner’s personalized offerings or fill out a contact form.

    How we use collected information

    When The Shut-Down Learner collects Users’ personal and non-personal information, we may use it for the following purposes:

    1. To improve customer service: Information Users provide helps us respond to customer service requests more efficiently.

    2. To improve our Site: We may use feedback Users provide to improve our products and services.

    3. To send periodic emails: We may use the User’s email address to respond to their inquiries, questions, and/or other requests. If User decides to opt-in to our newsletter, they will receive emails that may include news, updates, and other related information, etc. If at any time the User would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email, or the User may”>email us.

    How we protect User information

    In order to protect User information, The Shut-Down Learner endeavors to use secure and up-to-date code, in order to prevent potential security breaches. No personally-identifying information is stored on the Site or in the database, and encrypted communications are handled through the Contact Form 7 plug-in.

    Sharing Users’ personal information

    We do not sell, trade, or rent Users’ personal identification information to others. We may share generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any personal identification information regarding visitors and Users with our business partners, trusted affiliates, and advertisers for the purposes outlined above (see “How we use collected information”).

    We also use third party service providers to help us operate our business and the Site or administer activities on our behalf, including sending out newsletters or surveys. We may share Users’ information with these third parties for those limited purposes, provided that they have given us their permission. They grant us permission:

    1. By signing up for our newsletter.

    If the User wishes to Unsubscribe from Constant Contact emails, without removing their data, they may do so at any time by following the instructions at the bottom of each email, or by emailing”>

    The Shut-Down Learner will always attempt to keep User information up-to-date on both the main website and third-party platforms, but they may always contact us at”>

    Third party websites

    Users may find content on our Site that link to the sites and services of our partners, suppliers, advertisers, sponsors, licensors, and other third parties. We do not control the content or links that appear on these sites and are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our Site. In addition, these sites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing. These sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies. Browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites which have a link to our Site, is subject to that website’s own terms and policies.

    Changes to this privacy policy

    The Shut-Down Learner has the discretion to update this privacy policy at any time. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page, and alert Users in the weekly newsletter. We encourage Users to frequently check this page for any changes to stay informed about how we are helping to protect the personal information we collect. Users acknowledge and agree that it is their responsibility to review this privacy policy when we alert them and become aware of modifications.

    Acceptance of these terms

    By using this Site, the User signifies their acceptance of this policy. If they do not agree to this policy, we ask them not to use our Site. All functions of the site that involve the gathering of User information will, from this point on, include a consent checkbox to ensure acceptance of these terms.

    Contacting us

    If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, please contact us at:

    The Shut-Down Learner”>

    This document was last updated on December 7, 2018.

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