Our Commitment to Your Privacy
EF processes your Personal Data in compliance with applicable privacy and data protection legislation.
“Personal Data” is information or pieces of information that could allow you to be identified, such as for example:
How do we collect Personal Data?
We may collect Personal Data in a variety of ways:
Directly from you: Information may be collected directly from you, either by you providing the information directly to us or you acting in a manner that provides us with the information, for example:
Offline: We may collect Personal Data from you offline, for example when you contact customer service, enrol in a product or service or provide information to us in writing.
Online: We may collect your Personal Data through EF Digital Products, for example when you sign up for a newsletter or a brochure, enrol in a product or service. We may also collect Personal Data:
Through your use of a mobile application. When you download and use a mobile application, we may track and collect mobile application usage data, such as the date and time the mobile application on your device accesses our servers and what information and files have been downloaded to the mobile application based on your device number.
Through your device. Provided that you have enabled that function on your device, we may collect the physical location of it to provide you with personalized location-based services and content.
From our corporate affiliates, business partners, assistance providers or claim handlers. Our corporate affiliates, business partners, assistance providers or claims handlers may provide us with Personal Data in conjunction with your program.
From other sources. We may receive your Personal Data from other sources, such as public databases; joint marketing partners; social media platforms; from people with whom you are friends or otherwise connected with on social media platforms, as well as from other third parties. For example, if you elect to connect your social media account to your EF Digital Products account, certain Personal Data from your social media account will be shared with us, which may include Personal Data that is part of your profile.
How do we use Personal Data?
How do we share Personal Data?
Informed Consent from EF students for Research at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the University of Cambridge
The EF Education First Research Lab for Applied Language Learning
(formerly the Education First Research Unit) at the Department of
Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the University of Cambridge
(“DTAL at Cambridge”) was launched in February 2010 to advance
research in the second language learning and teaching of the English
The EF Education First Research Lab for Applied Language Learning is sponsored by EF Education First. As part of EF Education First’s investment in research, EF Education First has partnered with the DTAL at Cambridge and has agreed to gather the written and spoken examination scripts/course assignments of learners of English to help the DTAL at Cambridge create a rich database for language research studies, known as the EF Cambridge Open Language Database (“EFCAMDAT”). All examination scripts/course assignments entered in the EFCAMDAT contain the Personal Data of EF students. The EFCAMDAT database is available to researchers worldwide investigating learning of English as a foreign language.
When you register to use any of the EF testing or learning services, EF collects information about you, including your Personal Data, and your examination scripts/assignments. To assist the DTAL at Cambridge in its research, by enrolling in an EF testing or learning service, you or, if applicable, your parent or legal guardian on your behalf as agreed with EF, hereby agree and give consent to EF to reproduce and transfer to the DTAL at Cambridge and enter into the EFCAMDAT database any material/information that you author or create during EF testing and learning services courses or activities such as your examination scripts/course assignments (written and/or spoken) and any EF teacher markings and/or corrections. This includes use by the DTAL at Cambridge of your materials in their original and transcribed form in all media and for their full term of copyright. For this purpose, the following Personal Data will be transferred by EF to the DTAL at Cambridge:
The personal information noted above will only be accessed by authorised personnel involved in the research project at the DTAL at Cambridge. The information will be retained by the University of Cambridge, shall be securely stored and will only be used for the purpose of research, statistical and audit purposes. The information will be processed by the University of Cambridge in accordance with the provisions of the UK Data Protection Act 1998. All examination scripts/course assignments entered in the EFCAMDAT database shall not contain Personal Data or contact details traceable to its authors.
The 'Data Controller' for the processing of data received by the DTAL EF Research Unit is the University of Cambridge, University Data Protection Officer, The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, UK CB2 1TN, tel. +44 1223 332320, fax +44 1223 332332, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.Any queries you may have about the EF Research Unit programme of research at the DTAL at Cambridge and its use of your EF testing and learning services assignments and Personal Data should be addressed in the first instance to:
Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (DTAL)
EF Education First Research Lab for Applied Language Learning
University of Cambridge
9 West Road
Cambridge, United Kingdom
tel. +44 1223 767384
Dr Dora Alexopoulou, Principal Research Associate, DTAL –
We use appropriate organizational, technical and administrative measures to keep the Personal Data under our control accurate and up-to-date, as well as to protect the Personal Data against unauthorised or unlawful processing and the accidental loss, destruction or damage of the Personal Data.
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including any third party operating any site to which EF Digital
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We will only keep your Personal Data for as long as it is necessary
for the purposes for which it has been collected or in accordance with
time limits stipulated by law and market practice, unless further
retention is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation or for
the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims or unless a
specific time period has been communicated.
We will keep your Personal Data for marketing purposes until you withdraw your consent.
We do not generally seek to collect any sensitive Personal Data (such as data related to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, health or medical condition, criminal background or trade union membership). In certain situations, this might however be necessary (e.g. in order to provide you with the services and products you have ordered and in relation to your insurance). We will make sure that we receive your explicit consent to such processing and treat this information securely.
You have the right to, at any time, withdraw your consent or object to us using your Personal Data for direct marketing purposes or otherwise by contacting us as set out below or click .
If we are unable to satisfactorily resolve your concerns about our
handling of your Personal Data, you can contact the supervisory
authority in the country where you live.