Privacy Policy

Privacy Notice

Effective Date: April 30, 2020

Global Online Academy (“GOA,” “we,” “our,” or “us”) provides this privacy notice to describe how we collect, use, share, and otherwise process the personal information of individuals who visit our website and websites on which this privacy notice appears (“Site”).

Information Collection

We collect information you voluntarily provide to us through the Site, such as your or your child’s name, address, phone number, email address, school and employment information, payment information, gender, birthdate, and any other information you choose to provide. We collect this information when you contact us, register for membership or our courses, subscribe to our publications and mailing list, or interact with us for any other purpose.

We also gather technical information including, but not limited to, browser type, IP address, time zone, cookie activity on your device, pages visited and other activities on the Site, and other information regarding your interactions with our Site. We use cookies or similar technology to collect such information for advertising and other purposes. See the Cookies and Analytics section below to learn more about the use of this information and the choices available to you.

The provision of personal information is sometimes required by law and at other times is a result of a contractual requirement. You may be required to provide personal information, for example in a case where we sign a contract with you, and the non-provision of personal information could, in certain circumstances, prevent a transaction from concluding.

Information Use

We use your personal information, including for the following purposes:

  • To provide goods and services you request, including to process membership applications you submit or to provide communications to which you subscribe;
  • To contact you as you request, including to respond to your inquiries;
  • To communicate school-level engagement back to our member schools, including individual enrollment data;
  • To improve and optimize the Site;
  • For business purposes, including for marketing and analytics purposes;
  • To comply with the law; and/or
  • As otherwise disclosed at the time personal information is collected.

We do not use automatic decision-making (i.e., making decisions solely by automated means without any human involvement) or profiling (i.e., automated processing of personal information to evaluate certain aspects of an individual). Where we intend to process your personal information for a purpose other than the purpose for which it was collected, we will provide you with information regarding the purpose for the processing, as well as other relevant information, prior to processing your personal information for the new purpose.

Information Sharing

We share your personal information, including with the following parties:

  • Third parties that perform services on our behalf, such as storage providers;
  • As part of a corporate sale, merger, or acquisition, or other transfer of all or part of our assets including as part of a bankruptcy proceeding;
  • Pursuant to a subpoena, court order, governmental inquiry, or other legal process or as otherwise required by law, or to protect our rights or the rights of third parties; or
  • With your consent or as otherwise disclosed at the time of data collection or sharing.

We may share information that has been de-identified or aggregated without limitation.

Cookies and Analytics

We use cookies on the Site. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive. You can find more information about the individual cookies used on our Site and the purposes for which they are used in the table below:




More information



This cookie helps us to secure our Site.

This cookie expires immediately.

Google Analytics


Used to distinguish users.

Google's Privacy Policy

Google Analytics Help pages


Used to distinguish users.


Used to throttle request rate.

You may block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our Site.

We may work with third parties that collect data about your use of the Site and other sites or apps over time for non-advertising purposes. GOA uses Google Analytics and other third-party services to improve the performance of the Site and for analytics and marketing purposes. For more information about how Google Analytics collects and uses data when you use our Site, visit, and to opt out of Google Analytics, visit

Third-Party Links and Tools

The Site may provide links to third-party websites or apps, including our social media pages. We do not control the privacy practices of those websites or apps, and they are not covered by this privacy notice. You should review the privacy notices of other websites or apps that you use to learn about their data practices.

The Site may also include integrated social media tools or “plug-ins,” such as social networking tools offered by third parties. If you use these tools to share personal information or you otherwise interact with these features on the Site, those companies may collect information about you and may use and share such information in accordance with your account settings, including by sharing such information with the general public. Your interactions with third-party companies and your use of their features are governed by the privacy notices of the companies that provide those features. We encourage you to carefully read the privacy notices of any accounts you create and use.

International Visitors

This section applies to those that visit our website from the European Economic Area or Switzerland.

GOA processes personal information with your consent (e.g., when GOA processes personal information to provide goods and services you request, such as a GOA publications to which you subscribe). On other occasions, GOA may process personal information when it needs to do this to fulfill a contract (for example, to process membership applications) or where required to do this by law.

If necessary, GOA may also process personal information when it is in GOA’s legitimate interests to do this (e.g., for customer service or to administer membership benefits) and when these interests are not overridden by your data protection rights.

Please be aware that the personal information we collect may be transferred to and maintained on servers or databases located outside your state, province, country, or other jurisdiction, where the privacy laws may not be as protective as those in your location. If you are located outside of the United States, please be advised that we process and store personal information in the United States. Where we transfer information from the European Economic Area to a country that doesn't provide an adequate level of protection, we’ll only do so where it’s necessary to perform a contract with you or under appropriate safeguards to protect your information, like standard contractual clauses.

You have a right to the following:

  • To request access to the personal information we hold about you;
  • To request that we rectify or erase your personal information;
  • To request that we restrict or block the processing of your personal information;
  • Under certain circumstances, to receive personal information about you that we store and transmit to another without hindrance from us, including requesting that we provide your personal information directly to another, i.e., a right to data portability; and
  • Where we previously obtained your consent, to withdraw consent to processing your personal information.

To exercise these rights, contact using the “Contact” section below. Please be aware that GOA may be unable to afford these rights to you under certain circumstances, such as if we are legally prevented from doing so. Additionally, you have the right to lodge a complaint against us. To do so, contact the supervisory authority in your country of residence.


We will process and store your information only for the period necessary to achieve the purpose of the storage, or as permitted by law. The criteria used to determine the period of storage of personal information is, for example, where we have entered into an agreement with you, 6 years following the termination of the agreement, where we have student work that was submitted to a GOA course, 2 years from the conclusion of the course, or the respective statutory retention period. After expiration of that period, the corresponding information is routinely deleted, as long as it is no longer necessary for the fulfillment of a contract or the initiation of a contract.

Your Choices

To opt out of our e-mail marketing or cancel your subscription to our mailing list, you may use the link provided at the bottom of each marketing message.

Changes to Our Privacy Notice

If our information practices change, we will post these changes on this page. We encourage you to visit this page periodically to learn of any updates.


If you have questions, comments, or concerns about this privacy notice, please contact us, in our role as data controller, at:

14050 1st Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125