Privacy Policy


1.  Our Principles

TMC KNOWN aka The Mineral Chef ON has designed this policy to be consistent with the following principles:

  • Privacy policies should be human readable and easy to find.
  • Data  collection, storage, and processing should be simplified as much as  possible to enhance security, ensure consistency, and make the practices  easy for users to understand. 
  • Data practices should meet the reasonable expectations of users.

2. Information We Collect

We collect information in multiple  ways, including when you provide information directly to us; when we  passively collect information from you, such as from your browser or  device; and from third parties.

Information You Provide Directly to Us

We will collect any information you  provide to us. We may collect information from you in a variety of ways,  such as when you: (a) create an online account, (b) apply for  membership to the Commons Global Network (“CCGN”), (c) vouch  for someone’s application to the CCGN, (d) make a donation or purchase,  (e) select a CC license or tool, (f) register for an event, (g) apply  for a scholarship, grant, or fellowship, (h) contact us or provide  feedback, (i) sign a petition distributed by Creative Commons, (j)  upload your creative work or images, (k) subscribe to our newsletter, or  (l) apply for a job at Creative Commons. This information may include  but is not limited to your name, email address, phone number, mailing  address, payment information, photo, geographic location, and your  social media handles.  We may also collect additional demographic and  other information about you in connection with our conferences and  events (e.g., dietary and other preferences), and the provision of this  information to us by you is optional.

Information that Is Automatically Collected

Device/Usage Information

We may automatically collect certain  information about the computer or devices (including mobile devices or  tablets) you use to access the Services. As described further below, we  may collect and analyze (a) device information such as IP addresses,  location information (by country and city), unique device identifiers,  IMEI and TCP/IP address, browser types, browser language, operating  system, mobile device carrier information, and (b) information related  to the ways in which you interact with the Services, such as referring  and exit web pages and URLs, platform type, the number of clicks, domain  names, landing pages, pages and content viewed and the order of those  pages, statistical information about the use of the Services, the amount  of time spent on particular pages, the date and time you used the  Services, the frequency of your use of the Services, error logs, and  other similar information. As described further below, we may use  third-party analytics providers and technologies, including cookies and  similar tools, to assist in collecting this information.

Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies

We also collect data about your use  of the Services through the use of Internet server logs and online  tracking technologies, like cookies and/or tracking pixels. A web server  log is a file where website activity is stored. A cookie is a small  text file that is placed on your computer when you visit a website, that  enables us to: (a) recognize your computer; (b) store your preferences  and settings; (c) understand the web pages of the Services you have  visited and the referral sites that have led you to our Services; (d)  enhance your user experience by delivering content  specific to your  inferred interests; (e) perform searches and analytics; and (f) assist  with security administrative functions. Tracking pixels (sometimes  referred to as web beacons or clear GIFs) are tiny electronic tags with a  unique identifier embedded in websites, online ads and/or email, and  that are designed to provide usage information like ad impressions or  clicks, measure popularity of the Services and associated advertising,  and to access user cookies. We may also use tracking technologies in our  license buttons and/or icons that you can embed on other sites/services  to track the website addresses where they are embedded, gauge user  interaction with them, and determine the number of unique viewers of  them. If you receive email from us (such as the CC newsletter, campaign  updates, or other ongoing email communications from CC), we may use  certain analytics tools, such as clear GIFs, to capture data such as  whether you open our message, click on any links or banners our email  contains, or otherwise interact with what we send. This data allows us  to gauge the effectiveness of our communications and marketing  campaigns.  As we adopt additional technologies, we may also gather  additional information through other methods.

Please note that you can change your  settings to notify you when a cookie is being set or updated, or to  block cookies altogether. Please consult the “Help” section of your  browser for more information (e.g., Internet Explorer; Google Chrome; Mozilla Firefox; or Apple Safari). Please note that by blocking any or all cookies, you may not have access to certain features or offerings of the Services.

For more information about how we use cookies, please see our Cookies Notice.

 Information from Third Parties

We may also collect information about  you or others through third parties. For example, if you apply for CCGN  membership, we may collect information from the references or vouchers  you identified in your membership application.  To the extent permitted  by law, we may also collect information from third parties, including  public sources, social media platforms, and marketing and market  research firms. Depending on the source, this information collected from  third parties could include name, contact information, demographic  information, information about an individual’s employer, information to  verify identity or trustworthiness, and information for other fraud or  safety protection purposes.

3.     How We Use Your Information

We may use the information we collect from and about you to:

  •       Fulfill the purposes for which you provided it;
  •       Evaluate your application for a scholarship, grant, fellowship, or CCGN membership;
  •       Distribute funds to scholarship and grant recipients;
  •       Provide and improve the  Services, including to develop new features or services, promote CC  community collaboration, take steps to secure the Services, and for  technical and customer support;
  •       Fundraise, accept donations, or process purchases of CC merchandise;
  •       Host events and programs such as the annual CC Summit or the CC Certificate course;
  •       Send you information about  your relationship or transactions with us, account alerts, or other  communications, such as newsletters to which you have subscribed;
  •       Process and respond to your inquiries or to request your feedback;
  •       Conduct analytics, research, and reporting, including to synthesize and derive insights from your use of our Services;
  •       Evaluate job candidates during our hiring process;
  •       Comply with the law and  protect the safety, rights, property, or security of Creative Commons,  the Services, our users, and the general public; and
  •       Enforce our Master Terms, including to investigate potential violations thereof.

Please note that we may combine  information that we collect from you and about you (including  automatically collected information) with information we obtain about  you from our affiliates and/or non-affiliated third parties, and use  such combined information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

We may aggregate and/or de-identify  information collected through the Services. We may use de-identified  and/or aggregated data for any purpose, including without limitation for  research and marketing purposes.

4.     When We Disclose Your Information

We may disclose and/or share your information under the following circumstances:

  • Service Providers.  We may disclose your information with third parties who perform services  on our behalf, including without limitation, event management,  candidate selection, marketing, customer support, data storage, data  analysis and processing, and legal services.

For  example, when you apply for a scholarship, grant, fellowship, or to be  selected to participate in one of our other programs, CC may share that  information with the individuals designated to select participants in,  and help manage, those programs, which may include people not employed  by Creative Commons.

Or, when  you register for an event, we may share your information with vendors,  third party contractors, partner organizations, and volunteers for the  purpose of organizing and running the event and related activities.

  •  Legal Compliance and Protection of Creative Commons and Others. We may disclose your information if required to do so by law or on a  good faith belief that such disclosure is permitted by this Privacy  Policy or reasonably necessary or appropriate for any of the following  reasons: (a) to comply with legal process; (b) to enforce or apply our  Master Terms and this Privacy Policy, or other contracts with you,  including investigation of potential violations thereof; (c) enforce our  Charter including the Code of Conduct and policies contained and  incorporated therein, (d) to respond to your requests for customer  service; and/or (e) to protect the rights, property, or personal safety  of Creative Commons, our agents and affiliates, our users, and the  public. This includes exchanging information with other companies and  organizations for fraud protection, and spam/malware prevention, and  similar purposes.
  • Business Transfers. As we continue to develop our business, we may engage in certain  business transactions, such as the transfer or sale of our assets. In  such transactions, (including in contemplation of such transactions,  e.g., due diligence) your information may be disclosed. If any of  Creative Commons’ assets are sold or transferred to a third party,  customer information (including your email address) would likely be one  of the transferred business assets.
  • Affiliated Companies. We may disclose your information with current or future affiliated companies.
  • Consent. We may disclose your information to any third parties based on your consent to do so.
  • Aggregate/De-identified Information. We may disclose de-identified and/or aggregated data for any purpose to  third parties, including advertisers, promotional partners, and/or  others.
  • CCGN Membership.

o   In  connection with you CCGN membership application, we may provide your  information to the individuals you’ve selected to vouch for you, and  with those reviewing your application, including the Membership Council  whose members include people not employed by Creative Commons and who  are located in various countries around the world.

o   If  you vouch for someone’s application to the CCGN, your information will  be shared with those reviewing the application, including the Membership  Council, and if you provide a positive vouching statement, that  statement will be shared with the applicant if and when they are  admitted for membership.

o   Once  you are a CCGN member, we may provide you with a public profile page,  editable by you, and pre-populated with certain information you provided  in your application such as your name, areas of interest, images or  other content you upload, which will be publicly displayed to anyone who  visits the site while logged in with their CCID. Other information  contained in your profile such as your biographical information, email  address, languages spoken, country of residence, social media account  information, or URL details will be displayed only to CC and CCGN  members.

5.     Legal Basis for Processing Personal Data

The laws in some jurisdictions  require companies to tell you about the legal ground they rely on to use  or disclose information that can be directly linked to or used to  identify you. To the extent those laws apply, our legal grounds for  processing such information are as follows:

  • To Honor Our Contractual Commitments  to You. Much of our processing of information is to meet our  contractual obligations to provide services to our users.
  • Legitimate Interests. In many cases,  we handle information on the ground that it furthers our legitimate  interests in ways that are not overridden by the interests or  fundamental rights and freedoms of the affected individuals, these  include: 
    • Customer service
    • Marketing, advertising, and fundraising
    • Protecting our users, personnel, and property
    • Managing user accounts
    • Organizing and running events and programs
    • Analyzing and improving our business
    • Managing legal issues

We may also process information for the same legitimate interests of our users and business partners.

  • Legal Compliance. We may need to use and disclose information in certain ways to comply with our legal obligations.
  • Consent. Where required by law, and  in some other cases where legally permissible, we handle information on  the basis of consent. Where we handle your information on the basis of  consent, you have the right to withdraw your consent; in accordance with  applicable law.

6.     Online Analytics

We may use third-party web analytics  services (such as Google Analytics) on our Services to collect and  analyze the information discussed above, and to engage in auditing,  research, or reporting. The information (including your IP address)  collected by various analytics technologies described in the “Cookies  and Other Tracking Technologies” section above will be disclosed to or  collected directly by these service providers, who use the information  to evaluate your use of the Services, including by noting the  third-party website from which you arrive to our Site, analyzing usage  trends, assisting with fraud prevention, and providing certain features  to you. To prevent Google Analytics from using your information for  analytics, you may install the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on  by clicking here.

7.     Your Choices and Data Subject Rights

You have various rights with respect  to the collection and use of your information through the Services.   Those choices are as follows:

  • Email Unsubscribe – You may  unsubscribe from our marketing emails at any time by clicking on the  “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of each newsletter or by emailing with your request.
  • Fundraising Analytics – You may opt  out of CC’s fundraising analytics activities by contacting with your request.
  • Account Preferences – If you have  registered for an account with us through our Services, you can update  your account information or adjust your email communications preferences  by logging into your account and updating your settings.
  • EU Data Subject Rights – Individuals  in the European Economic Area (“EEA”) and other jurisdictions have  certain legal rights (subject to applicable exceptions and limitations)  to obtain confirmation of whether we hold certain information about  them, to access such information, and to obtain its correction or  deletion in appropriate circumstances. You may have the right to object  to our handling of your information, restrict our processing of your  information, and to withdraw any consent you have provided. To exercise  these rights, please email us at with the  nature of your request. You also have the right to go directly to the  relevant supervisory or legal authority, but we encourage you to contact  us so that we may resolve your concerns directly as best and as  promptly as we can.

8.     International Transfers

Our computer systems are currently  based in the United States and the United Kingdom and the majority of  our contractors are based in the United States or Canada. As described  above in the “When We Disclose Your Information” section, we may share  your information with trusted service providers or business partners in  countries other than your country of residence, including the United  States, in accordance with applicable law. This means that some of your  information may be processed in the United States, which may not offer  the same level of protection as the privacy laws of your jurisdiction.  By providing us with your information, you acknowledge any such  transfer, storage or use.

If we provide any information about  you to any third parties information processors located outside of the  EEA, we will take appropriate measures to ensure such companies protect  your information adequately in accordance with this Privacy Policy and  other data protection laws to govern the transfers of such data.

9.     Security Measures

We have implemented technical,  physical, and organizational security measures to protect against the  loss, misuse, and/or alteration of your information. These safeguards  vary based on the sensitivity of the information that we collect and  store. However, we cannot and do not guarantee that these measures will  prevent every unauthorized attempt to access, use, or disclose your  information since despite our efforts, no Internet and/or other  electronic transmissions can be completely secure.

10.  Children

The Services are intended for users  over the age of 18 and are not directed at children under the age of 13.  If we become aware that we have collected personal information (as  defined by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) from children  under the age of 13, or personal data (as defined by the EU GDPR) from  children under the age of 16, we will take reasonable steps to delete it  as soon as practicable.

11.  Data Retention

We retain the information we collect  for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes set forth in this  Privacy Policy or as long as we are legally required or permitted to do  so. Information may persist in copies made for backup and business  continuity purposes for additional time.

12.  Third-Party Links and Services

The Services may contain links to  third-party websites (e.g., social media sites like Facebook and  Twitter), third-party plug-ins (e.g., the Facebook “like” button and  Twitter “follow” button), and other services. If you choose to use these  sites or features, you may disclose your information not just to those  third-parties, but also to their users and the public more generally  depending on how their services function. Creative Commons is not  responsible for the content or privacy practices of such third party  websites or services. The collection, use and disclosure of your  information will be subject to the privacy policies of the third party  websites or services, and not this Privacy Policy. We encourage you to  read the privacy statements of each and every site you visit.

13.  Changes to this Privacy Policy

We will continue to evaluate this  Privacy Policy as we update and expand our Services, and we may make  changes to the Privacy Policy accordingly. We will post any changes here  and revise the date last updated above. We encourage you to check this  page periodically for updates to stay informed on how we collect, use  and share your information. If we make material changes to this Privacy  Policy, we will provide you with notice as required by law.

14.  Questions About this Privacy Policy

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or our privacy practices, you can contact us at:

The Creative Commons Privacy Policy is dedicated to the public domain under the Creative Commons CC0 Public Domain Dedication.  You are free to use and adapt this Privacy Policy and any applicable  Supplemental Privacy Policy Terms for your own purposes. However, please  keep in mind that this Privacy Policy may not be completely suitable  for your situation. Creative Commons strongly encourages you to seek the  advice of your own attorney before repurposing this Privacy Policy on  your own site.