Privacy & GDPR | Facing History & Ourselves

Privacy & GDPR

Facing History is committed to protecting your privacy. This privacy notice, together with our Cookie Policy, sets out how we look after your personal data when you visit our websites at, and tells you about your privacy rights and how certain laws may apply to you.

Summary of This Privacy Notice

If you have any queries about this policy or how we use your personal information, contact us at privacy [at] For UK GDPR queries, contact us at gdpr [at] Please include your geographic location and citizenship details for any formal data requests.

This policy applies to information we collect:

  • On our Websites.
  • In email, text, and other electronic messages between you and Facing History.
  • Through mobile and desktop applications you download from Websites, which provide dedicated non-browser-based interaction between you and our Websites.
  • When you interact with our advertising and applications on third-party websites and services, if those applications or advertising include links to this policy.

Facing History does not sell, rent, or license its customer or user lists to third parties. We do not sell, trade, or share any donor's personal information with any other entity, nor do we send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations.

Please read this policy carefully to understand our policies and practices regarding your personal information and how we will treat it. If you do not agree with our policies and practices, your choice is not to use our Websites. By accessing or using our Websites, you agree to this privacy policy. This policy may change from time to time (see Changes to this policy or your data). Your continued use of our Websites after we make changes constitutes acceptance of those changes, so please check the policy periodically for updates.


  1. About us
  2. What personal data do we collect?
  3. How we collect personal data
  4. How and why we use personal data
  5. How we share personal data
  6. International transfers
  7. Data security
  8. Children
  9. How long we keep personal data
  10. Third party links
  11. Your rights
  12. Your California Privacy Rights
  13. Changes to this policy or your data


About Us

These Websites (our "sites") are operated by Facing History & Ourselves, Inc. ("Facing History US") and Facing History & Ourselves CIO ("Facing History UK"). Together, Facing History US and Facing History UK are referred to in this privacy notice as "Facing History," and also as "we," "us," and "our." Facing History US and Facing History UK are joint data controllers of any information we collect under this policy.

Facing History & Ourselves, US

Facing History & Ourselves
89 South St, Suite 401 
Boston MA 02111-2676

info [at]


Facing History & Ourselves, Canada

Facing History & Ourselves, Canada
PO Box 64025
Royal Bank Plaza
Toronto, ON M5J 2T6

canada [at]

+1 -416-901-3831
Fax: +1 -416-979-3936

Facing History & Ourselves, UK

Facing History & Ourselves CIO
7-14 Great Dover Street
London, SE1 4YR
United Kingdom

UK [at]

+44 (0)20 3096 7844

Facing History UK is registered with the UK Information Commissioner's Office under registration number ZA463293. Our Facing History UK Charity number is 1103592.

We also have offices in Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Memphis, New England, New York, and San Francisco. For further information, please see here.

What personal data do we collect?

  1. You can visit most pages on our sites without giving us any information about yourself. But sometimes we do need information to provide services that you request, and this privacy statement explains data collection and use in those situations.
    We collect different information depending on how you use our sites and how you interact with us. “Personal data” means any data which can be associated with you as an individual, either directly or indirectly.
    The personal data we collect via the sites may include:
    • Identity information, such as your name, organization name, and position. If you are a teacher and are using our services in that capacity, we may also ask for your place of employment and the grades/subjects you teach
    • Contact data, such as your address, area (including postal or ZIP code), email address, and telephone details
    • Log-in data, if you create an account on our sites
    • Payment and billing details, if you choose to donate to us, or if you choose to attend a paid event
    • Technical data, such as your internet protocol (IP) address, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform, and other technology on the devices you use to access the sites
    • Usage data, which includes information about how you use the sites, including traffic data, location data, logs and the resources that you access and use on the Website.and any communications we may receive from you
    • Marketing and communications data, including your preferences in receiving marketing and other communications from us
    • Records and copies of your correspondence (including email addresses), if you contact us.
    • Your responses to surveys that we might ask you to complete for research purposes.
    • Details of transactions you carry out through our sites and of the fulfillment of your orders. You may be required to provide financial information before placing an order through our sites.
    • Your search queries on the sites.

If you are contacting us in respect of a particular event or campaign, we may ask you questions in that regard (for example, such as your goal in attending an event). We will also collect any other data that you specifically provide to us.

You also may provide information to be published or displayed (“posted”) on public areas of the sites, or transmitted to other users of the sites or third parties (collectively, “User Contributions”). Your User Contributions are posted on and transmitted to others at your own risk. Although we limit access to certain pages, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. Additionally, we cannot control the actions of other users of the sites with whom you may choose to share your User Contributions. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that your User Contributions will not be viewed by unauthorized persons.

Our sites are not intended for storing or transmitting “special categories” of personal data, such as details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, or health information. We do not knowingly collect information relating to actual or alleged criminal offenses.



How we collect personal data


Different personal data is collected in different ways.
a) Personal data you provide to us

  • If you create an account with us, you will be required to provide your identity, contact and log-in data. You may be required to create an account to access or download certain materials on our sites.
  • If you register to attend one of our events, or to purchase books from us, you will need to provide your identity and contact details. In the case of event registration, we may also ask some questions which are specific to the event, and if there is a charge for attending the event, we may require payment and billing information.
  • If you wish to make a donation through our sites, we will ask for your identity, contact, and billing details.
  • If you submit a speaker request form, we will ask for your contact and identity details.
  • When you sign up to one of our mailing lists, you will provide us with your identity and contact information and your marketing and communications preferences.

You will also provide us with personal data when you correspond with us or if you provide us with any feedback.
b) Personal data we collect automatically
We collect your technical and usage data, as described above, as you use our sites. Some of this data is collected using cookies, beacons, and similar technologies.
For full information about the cookies we use, please see our Cookie Policy.
c) Personal data we collect from third parties
We occasionally obtain personal data from third party partners and collaborators and providers, but only when you have agreed to this.


How and why we use personal data

We will only use your information where:

a) You have given us permission to do so
If you sign up to receive news alerts or our other mailing lists, we will use your contact and identity information to send you updates and marketing information that you have consented to receive. Likewise, we may need your contact, identity, technical and/or usage information to respond to a question you have asked us.

b) We have a legitimate interest (reasonable purpose) for doing so
We will use your information for our legitimate business reasons where our doing so will not unduly affect your rights.

We will use your identity, contact, and usage information to keep our records up to date, and to customize our site's content to you. If you are a current or former user of our services, we may also use your contact and identity details to keep you up to date with our latest news.

We will use your technical information to: 

  • provide and make improvements to the sites, system maintenance, support, reporting and hosting of data, and troubleshooting
  • ensure that the sites are secure
  • estimate our audience size
  • analyze how users interact with the sites
  • store information about your preferences (as described in our Cookie Policy)
  • address any issues you may experience with the sites

We may also use any or all of the information above to administer and manage Facing History in general. If you feel that your interests and fundamental rights outweigh our business purposes, and that we should therefore stop processing your data, please let us know by contacting privacy [at] (privacy[at]facinghistory[dot]org).

c) We need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation
In certain circumstances, we may need to retain or use your data to comply with regulations and/or the law.

d) We need it to perform a contract or provide a service that you or your organization has asked for
For example, we may need your contact and log-in data to enable you to create an account on our site; your contact, identity, technical and/or usage information to respond to a question you have asked us via our site; and your billing and payment information to process any payments you have requested.
Likewise, if you have subscribed to one of our events, or otherwise requested our services, we may need your contact and identity data to be able to provide that service to you.

How we share personal data

Personal data that we collect is shared between Facing History US, Facing History Canada, and Facing History UK.

We do not sell, rent, or lease our customer or user lists to third parties. We do not sell, trade, or share any donor's personal information with any other entity, nor do we send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations.

We may share your information with our trusted third-party service providers (including information technology providers such as Websites and mailing list hosts, and our online learning platform providers). We will only provide those companies the personal information they need to deliver the service. They are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information and are prohibited from using that information for any other purpose.
If you voluntarily submit information in connection with a special project that we are conducting with another organization, we may share your information with that organization for purposes of the project.

On rare occasions, we may access and/or disclose your personal information if required to do so by law or regulation, or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to (a) comply with any applicable law or with legal process; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Facing History; or (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of our employees, services, or members of the public.

International transfers

This site is hosted on servers located in the United States.

If Facing History UK transfers your data outside of the European Economic Area to a country which the European Commission does not deem to have adequate data privacy laws, we will ensure that such transfer(s) are in accordance with applicable data privacy laws. In respect of transfers within Facing History, we have executed a data transfer agreement giving effect to the Model Clauses pursuant to Commission decision 2004/915/EC.

In respect of transfers outside of Facing History, we either implement the Model Clauses pursuant to Commission decision 2004/915/EC or 2010/87/EU (as appropriate) with the recipient of your personal data and/or ensure that the recipient of your data is registered with the EU-US Privacy Shield.

You can obtain further information in this respect (including a copy of the Model Clauses) by contacting us at privacy [at]

Data security

Facing History is committed to protecting the security of your personal information. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. For example, we store the personal information you provide on computer systems with limited access, which are located in controlled facilities. When we transmit highly confidential information over the internet, we protect it using encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol. Credit card payments are processed via a PCI DSS certified payment processor.

However, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we take appropriate measures to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures of information, we cannot guarantee the security of your data.


Protecting children on the internet is very important to us. For that reason, we do not intentionally collect information on our sites from children under the age of 16. If you are under the age of 16, do not create an account and do not provide us with any personal information. Please contact us at privacy [at] if you believe we have inadvertently collected information from a child without parental consent so that we may delete the information as soon as possible.

Children's access to the internet can enable them to visit inappropriate websites and be exposed to unnecessary risks. Parents can be proactive and limit websites access to their children by installing filtering software. In the US, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) protects children under the age of 13 from the online collection of personal information. Learn more about COPPA at the Federal Trade Commission's websites.

How long we keep personal data

We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes we collected it for. (This includes satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.)

When we decide how long to retain personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorized use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data (and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means), and our legal requirements.

Third party links

This site may contain links to other sites whose information practices may be different than ours. Facing History is not responsible for the information practices employed by sites linked to or from our Websites. In most cases, links to non-Facing History websites are provided solely as pointers to information on topics that we think may be useful to you. Since third party websites may have different privacy policies and/or security standards, we advise you to read the privacy policies and terms and conditions of these sites before you provide any personal information.

Your rights

You may send us an email at privacy [at] to request access to, correct or delete any personal information that you have provided to us. We cannot delete your personal information except by also deleting your user account. We may not accommodate a request to change information if we believe the change would violate any law or legal requirement or cause the information to be incorrect.

If you delete your User Contributions from the Website, copies of your User Contributions may remain viewable in cached and archived pages, or might have been copied or stored by other Website users.

California residents may have additional personal information rights and choices. Please see Your California Privacy Rights for more information.

If you are in the European Union, or if your data has been processed by Facing History UK, the European General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") gives you specific rights over your personal data. If the GDPR applies, you have the right to:

  • require us to correct any inaccurate personal data we hold about you
  • request a copy of the personal data that we hold about you
  • withdraw your consent to our using your data for marketing purposes

In certain circumstances, you may also:

  • ask us to restrict how we use your personal information
  • ask us to delete the personal information we hold about you
  • ask us to provide you with the information that we hold about you in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format

You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”), which is the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues ( We would, however, be grateful if you would contact us in the first instance so we can endeavor to deal with your concerns directly.

If you wish to exercise any of these rights, please contact us at gdpr [at] or by writing to one of our addresses listed above.

If you are in the European Union and wish to exercise any of your rights under the European Union GDPR, please contact us at privacy [at]

Your California Privacy Rights

If you are a California resident, California law may provide you with additional rights regarding our use of your personal information. To learn more about your California privacy rights, visit

Changes to this policy or your data

We may occasionally update this Privacy Notice. Any changes will be posted on these sites, and if you have subscribed to our mailing lists, we will also update you of any changes. We also encourage you to review this Privacy Notice from time to time to be informed of how we are protecting your information.

This privacy notice was last updated on August 3, 2022.