What information does The Process Technology and Operator Academy collect from Viewers and Readers?

What does the PTOA do with the information?

The Process Technology and Operator Academy  (henceforth, PTOA) can be accessed and read anonymously by casual PTOA Viewers.

Casual PTOA Viewers may choose to enable bookmarking. Enabling bookmarking requires registration as a PTOA Reader using any email address. An email address is not personally identifiable information.

The PTOA will not collect personally identifiable information from a PTOA Viewer or a registered PTOA Reader.

Aggregated, non personally identifiable information will be used very generally (e.g., the number of visitors to the site per month) to generate site traffic indices. Site traffic indices are used to market the PTOA to advertisers and job posters.

Revenue that results from marketing the PTOA sustains free access to the PTOA content.

What is bookmarking and why does it require providing an email address?

The PTOA is a book-format self-study; reading begins at the first focus study segment and continues through a planned sequence of content.

Bookmarking allows the PTOA Reader “to pick up where they left off” reading.

Bookmarking is totally optional; any PTOA casual Viewer may choose to slog through the PTOA content to return to where they left off reading.

PTOA bookmarking requires the Reader to register with an email address.

Most casual PTOA viewers will find it cumbersome to navigate the focus study segments without the ability to bookmark where they left off reading. Bookmarking will make access to the PTOA segments much easier. The tradeoff for the convenience of bookmarking is that the registered PTOA Reader must submit an email address.

No email addresses will be sold.  

Why is personally identifiable information needed when changing status from Reader to Student?

What is the benefit of registering as a Student?

Personally identifiable information is required to track the progress of PTOA Students.

The personally identifiable information is limited to the minimum needed to track student progress.

No personally identifiable information will be sold.

Registering as a PTOA Student allows access to PTOA Student Forums.

Registering as a PTOA Student allows access to evaluation tools.

The PTOA evaluation tools help assess a Student's competency with respect to the real world application of the Focus Study Area concepts presented in the PTOA segments.

Registering as a PTOA Student allows the option of earning a Certificate of Competency.

PTOA Students that successfully demonstrate core competency in a subject matter area will earn a PTOA Certificate of Competency.

Students that successfully demonstrate proficiency in all subjects will change status from PTOA Student to PTOA Graduate.

Eventually, the PTOA may have a newsletter.

Receipt of the newsletter will be totally voluntary and will require the collection of information. This information will be used for distribution purposes only and will not be sold.

What information does The Process Technology and Operator Academy collect from Students and Graduates?

What does the PTOA do with the information?

Registering as a PTOA Student requires submitting personal contact information and a photo.

The personal information and photo will not be sold. The personal information will not be shared with third parties without the consent of the Student.

PTOA Certificates of Competency will incorporate the PTOA Student’s photo as verification that the individual depicted on the certificate is the same individual who demonstrated competency mastering PTOA concepts.

Students and Graduates of the PTOA will have the option of sharing their personal information with third parties, such as potential employers.

No sharing of personally identifiable information will take place without the prior consent of the Student.

The process of registering as a PTOA Reader or a PTOA Student requires acknowledgement that interaction with the PTOA and/or completion of focus studies does not infer nor guarantee employment.

What condition would generate disclosure of personally identifiable information to third parties without consent?

The PTOA (and any website) would have to release information to comply with the law, enforce site policies, or protect PTOA’s or others’ rights, property, or safety. Otherwise stated:

Third party links are out of PTOA control.

Occasionally, the PTOA may mention an educational item offered by an affiliate or other third-party. These third-party products or services have separate and independent privacy policies. PTOA has no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites.

Regardless of the above paragraph, PTOA and Your Mentor are interested in protecting the integrity of the PTOA site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

Notice Regarding Online Behavioral Advertising

The PTOA site may allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain non-personally identifiable information from PTOA visitors. This type of data collection is not unique to the PTOA site and happens when visiting other websites.

Examples of non-personally identifiable information are click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over during visits to the PTOA site.

These companies use the information to provide targeted advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third-party web beacon to collect this information.

To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice visit the NAI at To opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit

This is an Online Privacy Policy Only

This PTOA online privacy policy applies only to information collected through the PTOA site and not to information collected offline.

Your Consent

By using the PTOA site, your consent to the above site privacy policy is implied. If changes are made to the PTOA privacy policy, you will be informed via an announcement on the main page and the changes will be posted on this page.

This version of the PTOA privacy policy was last modified on 12/12/2014. This PTOA Privacy Policy was a modification of a privacy policy created by Free Privacy Policy.