CompTIA's legal and privacy documents are set forth below. You can use the buttons or the navigation pane to the right to find the relevant documentation. If you have additional questions, you can email [email protected] or [email protected] for more information.
This policy describes how CompTIA collects, uses, and shares personal information. Please note: This policy does not cover the CompTIA store or careers page. You can view the privacy policies for the store HERE. You can jump to particular topics by going to the headings below:
The following provides examples of the type of information that we collect from you and how we use that information.
|Context||Types of Data||Primary Purpose for Collection and Use of Data|
|Account Registration or Membership Application||We collect your name, contact information, and professional information such as your company or industry when you create an account. We also collect information relating to the actions that you perform while logged into your account.||We have a legitimate interest in providing account related functionalities to our users. Accounts can be used to save your preferences and transaction history.|
|Certification||We collect attendance records from events, meetings, or examinations, as well as the information you enter on exams (which may include video of you and your surroundings if you select the online testing option), customer service interactions, and any certification verification requests that you have made.||We have a legitimate interest in ensuring that our certification standards are being met, including when and how our members are verifying those certifications.|
|Cookies and Third Party Tracking||We participate in behavior-based advertising, which means that a third party uses technology (e.g., a cookie) to collect information about your use of our websites so that it can provide advertising about products and services tailored to your interests on our websites or on other websites.||We have a legitimate interest in engaging in behavior-based advertising and capturing website analytics.|
|Demographic Information||We collect personal information, such as your age, gender, or location.||We have a legitimate interest in understanding our users and providing tailored services.|
|Email Interconnectivity||If you receive email from us, we use certain tools to capture data related to when you open our message, click on any links or banners it contains, and make purchases.||We have a legitimate interest in understanding how you interact with our communications to you.|
|Feedback/Support||If you provide us feedback or contact us for support, we will collect your name and e-mail address, as well as any other content that you send to us, to reply.||We have a legitimate interest in receiving, and acting upon, your feedback or issues.|
|Mailing List||When you sign up for one of our mailing lists we collect your email address or postal address.||We share information about our products and services with individuals that consent to receive such information. We also have a legitimate interest in sharing information about our products or services.|
|Mobile Devices||We collect information from your mobile device such as unique identifying information broadcast from your device and location when visiting our websites or using our application.||We have a legitimate interest in identifying unique visitors, and in understanding how users interact with us on their mobile devices.|
|Partner Promotion||We collect information that you provide as part of a co-branded promotion with another company. We may also have service providers collect information on our or our partners’ behalf.||We have a legitimate interest in fulfilling our promotions.|
|Website interactions||We use technology to monitor how you interact with our website. This may include which links you click on, or information that you type into our online forms. This may also include information about your device or browser.||We have a legitimate interest in understanding how you interact with our website to better improve it, and to understand your preferences and interests in order to select offerings that you might find most useful. We also have a legitimate interest in detecting and preventing fraud or other security incidents.|
|Web logs||We collect information, including your browser type, operating system, Internet Protocol (IP) address (a number that is automatically assigned to a computer when the Internet is used), domain name, click-activity, referring website, and/or a date/time stamp for visitors.||We have a legitimate interest in monitoring our networks and the visitors to our websites. Among other things, it helps us understand which of our services is the most popular.|
In addition to the information that we directly collect from you, we may also receive information about you from other sources, including third parties, our affiliates, or publicly available sources. For example, we may receive information on graduates from a university or an employer.
In addition to the purposes and uses described above, we use information in the following ways:
Although the sections above describe our primary purpose in collecting your information, in many situations we have more than one purpose. For example, if you register for membership, we may collect your information to perform our contract with you. We also collect your information as we have a legitimate interest in maintaining your information after your membership concludes so that we can quickly and easily respond to any questions about your history with the organization. As a result, our collection and processing of your information is based in different contexts upon your consent, our need to perform a contract, our obligations under law, and/or our legitimate interest in maintaining our programs.
In addition to the specific situations discussed elsewhere in this policy, we disclose information in the following situations:
You have the following choices regarding your personal information:
No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is fully secure. While we use commercially reasonable efforts to protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure, we cannot absolutely guarantee the security of your personal information. If legally required and/or permitted by law to inform you of a breach to your personal information we may notify you electronically, in writing, or by telephone.
Some of our websites permit you to create an account. When you do you will be prompted to create a password. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password, and you are responsible for any access to or use of your account by someone else that has obtained your password, whether such access or use has been authorized by you. You should notify us of any unauthorized use of your password or account.
The following additional information relates to our privacy practices:
If you would like to exercise your data subject request rights, please follow this link to CompTIA's Data Subject Request Form.
If you have any questions, comments, or complaints concerning our privacy practices please contact us at the appropriate address below. We will attempt to respond to your requests and to provide you with additional privacy-related information.
If you are dissatisfied with our response, and are in the European Union, you may have a right to lodge a complaint with your local supervisory authority. EU data subjects may also inquire about our privacy practices by contacting us as set forth below:
c/o BDO LLP
55 Baker Street
You may also direct additional questions to CompTIA’s Representative in the European Union at the address below:
Osano International Compliance Services Limited
25/28 North Wall Quay
Dublin 1, D01 H104
January 31, 2022
Effective Date: January 31, 2022
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (“FERPA”) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records and gives students and their parents certain rights regarding those educational records.
CompTIA Tech Career Academy (CTCA) maintains basic student records that describe and document their work and progress. These education records often include permanent and local addresses, admissions records, enrollment status, course grades, reports and evaluations, completion of requirements, progress toward certification, and other correspondence with or concerning the student.
For maximum utility, student records must be accurate and complete. These rights below apply to the student or the student’s parent or legal guardian in cases where the student is under 18 years of age. CTCA students may request access to their own education records and may rectify and add to them for additional clarification. CTCA students can request access to their education records by contacting [email protected]. CTCA students may submit a written request identifying the specific record or records he/she wishes to inspect. CompTIA will provide a response within 45 days of receiving the request. When a record contains information about more than one student, the requesting CTCA student may only inspect and review the portion of the record relating to him or her. CTCA students are not permitted to view letters and statements of recommendation to which they waived their right of access, or that were filed prior to January 1, 1975.
CTCA students should direct any questions they have about the accuracy of records to [email protected]. If questions remain, the request will be forwarded to privacy, legal, and IT. If necessary, where informal communications have not resolved the issues submitted, committee review may be necessary to resolve any issue concerning record accuracy.
Pursuant to both CompTIA policy and FERPA, CTCA students and former students have the right to:
FERPA “directory information” is student information that can be made publicly available without being considered an invasion of student privacy. Directory information includes name (including recorded name), local address, local phone, certificate status, email address, and enrollment status.
CompTIA does not typically disclose student directory information. However, a CTCA student may inform CompTIA if they wish to prevent disclosure of their directory information, which is known as putting in place a “FERPA Block.” To do so, a CTCA student must inform CompTIA of their decision in writing within 15 days of the course start date. CTCA students should be aware of the possible consequences of putting in place a FERPA Block, such as missed mailings, messages, and announcements or potential non-verification of certification status. CTCA students who have previously placed a FERPA Block on their directory information may reverse this decision by writing CompTIA.
In addition to allowing directory information disclosures, as set forth above, FERPA permits disclosure of educational records without a student’s knowledge or consent under certain circumstances. Disclosure, for example, is permitted to CTCA officials with a legitimate educational interest in the records, meaning that the person needs the information to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities, including instructional, supervisory, advisory, administrative, academic or research, staff support or other duties. “CTCA officials” may include faculty; administrators; clerical employees; professional employees; and/or independent contractors performing functions for CTCA. A student’s education record also may be shared with parties outside of CTCA under certain conditions, including, for example, in situations involving a health and safety emergency. In addition, CTCA may forward a student’s education records to other agencies or institutions that have requested the records and in which the student seeks or intends to enroll or is already enrolled so long as the disclosure is for purposes related to the student's enrollment for training or exam delivery.
If CTCA determines that a student has committed a disciplinary violation involving a violent crime, a sex offense, or cheating, it may also, if legally permitted, disclose certain information about the disciplinary case. The disclosure may include the student’s name, the violation committed, and the sanction imposed.
Last Revised: January 31, 2022
Effective Date: January 31, 2022
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Who Can Use CompTIA Logos
How you use any CompTIA logo reflects both on our association and your organization. Only authorized users can use or display a CompTIA logo and your use is subject to these terms.
Who is an Authorized User?
To be considered an “authorized user” an individual or company must qualify under one or more of the following categories:
CompTIA Corporate Members - A company that has met the necessary qualifications to be recognized by CompTIA as a corporate member in good standing. Authorized users in this category may use the CompTIA corporate logo for business purposes. This includes company Web site, advertisements and letterhead.
CompTIA Certified Individuals - An individual who has satisfied one of CompTIA's certification test objectives that were in effect at the time that he or she was tested. Authorized users in this category may use the appropriate certified logo for personalized purposes. This includes business cards, correspondence, letterhead and resumes.
CompTIA Delivery Partners – CompTIA’s Delivery Partner Program is intended for professional training organizations that deliver training in CompTIA certifications. CompTIA provides valuable tools and resources to assist training organizations in recruiting, training and certifying IT professionals.
CompTIA Academic Partners – CompTIA’s Academy Partner Program is intended for schools, not-for-profits, job corps centers and correctional facilities. Our program provides resources for recruiting, training, certifying and upgrading the skills of students in IT.
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This statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act) and sets out the steps which the Computing Technology Industry Association, Inc. (CompTIA) has taken during the financial year ending 31 December 2020 and has planned for 2021 to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any of its supply chains and in any part of its own business. This statement is made on behalf of CompTIA Inc.
CompTIA is a leading trade association for the global information technology sector, covering an estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy.
Through education, training, certifications, philanthropy and market research, CompTIA promotes industry growth; the development of a highly-skilled workforce and a commitment to creating an environment where innovation happens and the opportunities and benefits made possible through technology are available to all.
We are a vendor-neutral, independent source of information on a wide range of technology topics, including cybersecurity; education, training and certification of the global tech workforce; new and emerging technologies; legislation and policies affecting the industry and workforce data, development and trends.
Our membership and certification holders span the full range of technology companies from established Fortune 500 leaders to small and medium-sized tech businesses that help customers solve real business problems around the world; and emerging tech-service innovators that support the implementation and management of the latest technology solutions.
We routinely engage with individual technology professionals as the largest vendor-neutral credentialing program for technology workers. CompTIA has awarded more than 2.5 million certifications in areas such as cybersecurity, networking, cloud computing and technical support.
CompTIA also maintains a robust partner program around the world with thousands of academic institutions, not-for-profits, job corps centres and other organizations. Together we are educating, training and certifying new generations of technology workers.
CompTIA’s suppliers consist mainly of individual business partners (contracted directly) who support the delivery of training programmes and certification, for example, through hosting and e-book platforms as well as examination and testing centres. CompTIA does not use recruitment agents. It performs background checks on individual contractors prior to contracting.
CompTIA utilises Pearson VUE as its sole supplier of examination and testing centres. CompTIA notes the due diligence and risk assessment included in Pearson’s Modern Slavery Statement as a feature of its indirect supply chain.
CompTIA is committed to putting in place adequate policies and procedures to mitigate the risk of slavery or human trafficking in any part of our business or supply chain.
CompTIA operates in accordance with all applicable employment laws wherever it operates.
CompTIA operates a whistleblowing hotline to which concerns about modern slavery and human trafficking can be reported.
CompTIA is integrating modern slavery diligence and risk management procedures into its approach to enterprise risk management. This includes:
CompTIA is working with an external service provider to develop and deliver modern slavery training to key personnel.
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors of CompTIA Inc.
Dated: August 2021
CompTIA uses a variety of applications and web-based tools to facilitate student learning. The use of these tools by students under the age of 13 years is governed by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), enacted in 1998, with amendments effective as of July 1, 2003.
COPPA’s intent is to safeguard a student’s personal information while accessing online services and websites designed for students under the age of 13 where personal information is collected.
CompTIA requires a parent or legal guardian to consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of your child’s personal information. CompTIA will not collect, use, or disclose personal information of children under the age of 13 without the express consent of the child’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) consent.
CompTIA’s statement describes our processes for collecting, using, and disclosing the personal information of children under the age of 13. If you have any further questions about CompTIA’s policies or this statement, please email [email protected]
If you are under the age of 13 and want to participate in a CompTIA program, class, or event, your parent or legal guardian must consent to your participation in the program, class, or event.
If you would like to review any information about your child, please contact the program director of the program, class, or event your child participated in. If at any time you wish to revoke consent and/or have CompTIA remove your child’s personal information, please email [email protected].
At any time, a parent or guardian may revoke consent and notify CompTIA to immediately remove your child’s information from its systems. To revoke consent, please email [email protected]
The personally identifiable information that CompTIA collects about its students includes first name, last name, email address (if available), and participating school or cohort.
CompTIA uses your child’s information to register them for online training courses and to ensure appropriate content and safety for all students. Staff uses this information for educational purposes and to send parents, guardians, and students’ information about the courses.
CompTIA does not share or distribute any personally identifiable information about participants or their families with external organizations.