Playful Learning Privacy Policy

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Playful Learning Ecademy Co. (“we,” “us,” “our,” or “Playful Learning”) knows that you care about how your personal information is used and shared, and we take your privacy and the privacy of your child seriously. Please read the following to learn more about how we use your personal information. By visiting, accessing or using the http://www.playfullearning.net website, and any other linked pages, features, content, or application services offered by Playful Learning in connection therewith (collectively, the “Website”), or using any of our services, you acknowledge that you accept the practices and policies outlined in this Privacy Policy.

What Does This Privacy Policy Cover?

This Privacy Policy covers Playful Learning’s treatment of personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”) that Playful Learning gathers when you access the Website and when you use Playful Learning’s services. This policy does not apply to the practices of companies that Playful Learning does not own or control (including any third-party products or services used for logging into the Website or that are integrated with the Website), or to individuals that Playful Learning does not employ or manage. The Website may contain links to other sites. Playful Learning is not responsible for the privacy policies and/or practices on other sites. When linking to another site a user should read the privacy policy stated on that site.

What Personal Information Does Playful Learning Collect?

The information we gather in relation to the purchase and participation in our Playful Learning Ecademy eCourses from users enables us to provide, personalize and improve our services, and allows our users to set up a user account and profile that can be used to personalize their experience on the Website and interact with other users through the site. In connection with the Playful Learning Ecademy eCourses, we request and display some personal information to other users and visitors of the Website, which allows users to identify one another. We collect the following types of information from our users:

Personal Information You Provide to Us:

When you initially create an account on our service, it is with the parent or guardian’s name and email address. In addition to this parental email address, we also receive and store the following information when you create an account: We ask you to upload a photograph, which will represent you on the service; we ask you to pick a nickname to identify yourself on the service. * We ask you to provide a password.

While the parental email address is never publicly visible within our courses, their name is until it is modified by the parent or guardian. At that point the parent or guardian can decide how they want to modify their account name and profile picture and whether or not they want to include a profile picture or names of their children. We do not condition you or your child’s participation in an online activity on the child providing more personal information than is reasonably necessary for that activity. Once the account is created, we send an email to the provided parental email address prompting parents or guardians to modify their account according to their own personal preferences. During the parental account registration process, we receive and store the following information: full name of the parent, parent’s email address, a password for the parental account, as well as any other information necessary for us to provide our services. In addition, if a parent elects to subscribe to any paid features of our service, we may collect additional billing information such as a mailing address.

If it is deemed that account was not created by the parent, we delete the parental email address from our database. Playful Learning does not intentionally collect any personal information from children other than the information set out above. However, as part of the functionality of our service, we allow eCourse participants to upload certain content to the site, including photos, videos and comments. We take measures to prevent children from communicating personal information through these features, but we cannot guarantee the effectiveness of these measures. If you use these features to disclose personally identifiable information, you should be aware that such information could be read, collected, or used by other users and/or third parties. At all times throughout the participation in the Playful Learning Ecademy eCourses, the parent or guardian remains responsible for all names, photos, comments, and contributions made to the Playful Learning Ecademy eCourse Websites. You agree not to provide any personally identifiable information through these features, and we are not responsible for any personally identifiable information that you provide using these features.

You can choose not to provide us with certain information, but then you may not be able to take advantage of many of the Website’s special features. The personal information you provide is used for such purposes as obtaining parental consent as set forth above, providing parents with notice of our privacy practices, answering questions, improving the content of the Website, responding to your requests for certain information, products and services, attribution for content you submit, customizing the advertising and content you see, allowing you to communicate with other users, and communicating with you about Playful Learning’s products and services, including specials and new features.
Personal Information Collected Automatically:

  • We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with our Website or use our services. Playful Learning automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser including your IP address, cookie information, browser information, operating system, timestamps, the pages you request, and the actions and path you take on the Website.
  • Generally, our service automatically collects usage information, such as the numbers and frequency of visitors to our Website and how they use its various components. Playful Learning only uses this data in aggregate form, that is, as a statistical measure, and not in a manner that would identify you personally. This type of aggregate data enables us to figure out how users use parts of the Website or services so that we can make the Website appealing to as many users as possible, and improve those services. As part of this use of information, we may provide aggregate information to our partners about how our users, collectively, use our Website or services. We share this type of statistical data so that our partners also understand how people use the Website or services, so that they, too, may provide you with an optimal online experience. Again, Playful Learning never discloses aggregate information to a partner in a manner that would identify you personally.

E-mail Communications:

We may use your contact information to send emails to you about Playful Learning and other related topics that may be of interest to users of the Website, as well as for the other reasons set forth in this Privacy Policy. We may receive a confirmation when you open an email from Playful Learning if your computer or device supports this type of functionality. Playful Learning uses this confirmation to help us make emails more interesting and helpful and to improve the Website and our services. When you receive e-mail from Playful Learning, you can opt out of receiving further e-mails by following the included instructions to unsubscribe.

What About Cookies?

  • Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer’s (or other device’s) persistent storage medium (e.g., hard drive) through your browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser and tell us how and when pages in our site are visited and by how many people. We use cookies to enhance visitors’ experiences, to learn more about their use of the Website and to improve quality.
  • Most browsers have an option for turning off the cookie feature, which will prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, as well as (depending on the sophistication of your browser software) allowing you to decide on acceptance of each new cookie in a variety of ways. We strongly recommend that you leave the cookies activated, however, because cookies enable you to take advantage of some of our Website’s most attractive features.

Will Playful Learning Share Any of the Personal Information it receives?

Personal Information about our users is an integral part of our business. We neither rent nor sell your or your child’s Personal Information to anyone.

With respect to a child’s Personal Information:

  • Playful Learning will not contact children under the age of 13 about special offers or for marketing purposes without parental consent.
  • Playful Learning will not send Personal Information about a child to other companies or people, except when: we have a parent’s consent to share the information or we are required to do so to comply with the law, including for example, to comply with a court order or subpoena; to enforce our Terms of Service, or site rules; or to protect the safety and security of our users and site.
  • If Playful Learning, or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Playful Learning goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. As set forth below, you acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Playful Learning may continue to use your Personal Information as set forth in this policy.

With respect to Personal Information other than Personal Information, we share such Personal Information only as described below.

Advertisers: As discussed above, we may allow advertisers to choose the demographic information of users who will see their advertisements and you agree that we may use any of the information we have collected from you (including, without limitation, information you may have decided not to show to other users) to select or allow the advertiser to select the appropriate audience for those advertisements. For example, we may allow an advertiser to target an ad to you based on your query history.

Affiliated Businesses We Do Not Control: We anticipate that we may become affiliated with a variety of businesses and work closely with them. In certain situations, these businesses may sell items to you through the Website. In other situations, Playful Learning may provide services, or sell products jointly with affiliated businesses. You can easily recognize when an affiliated business is associated with your transaction, and we will share your Personal Information that is related to such transactions with that affiliated business.

Agents: We employ other companies and people to perform tasks on our behalf and need to share your information with them to provide products or services to you. Unless we tell you differently, Playful Learning’s agents do not have any right to use Personal Information we share with them beyond what is necessary to assist us. You hereby consent to our sharing of Personal Information for the above purposes.

User profiles: User profile information including users’ name, email address, and other information you enter may be displayed to other users to facilitate user interaction within the Website. Email addresses are used to add new User Submissions to user profiles and to communicate through User Submissions. Playful Learning will not directly reveal users’ email addresses to other users, except, when the user is “connected” to another user via a shared group membership, or an invitation, or if the user has chosen to include their email address in their User Profile.

Communication in response to User Submissions: As part of the Website and services, you will receive from Playful Learning email and other communication relating to your User Submissions. You acknowledge and agree that by posting such User Submissions, Playful Learning may send you email and other communication that it determines in its sole discretion relate to your User Submissions.

Business Transfers: In some cases, we may choose to buy or sell assets. In these types of transactions, user information is typically one of the business assets that are transferred. Moreover, if Playful Learning, or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Playful Learning goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Playful Learning or its assets may continue to use your Personal Information as set forth in this policy.

Protection of Playful Learning and Others: We may release Personal Information when we believe in good faith that release is necessary to comply with the any applicable law, regulation or other legal requirement; enforce or apply our conditions of use and other agreements; or protect the rights, property, or safety of Playful Learning, our employees, our users, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

With Your Consent: Except as set forth above, you will be notified when your Personal Information may be shared with third parties, and will be able to prevent the sharing of this information.

Is Personal Information About Me Secure?

Your Playful Learning account Personal Information is protected by a password for your privacy and security. You need to ensure that there is no unauthorized access to your account and Personal Information by selecting and protecting your password appropriately and limiting access to your computer (or other device) and browser by signing off after you have finished accessing your account. Playful Learning endeavors to protect user information to ensure that user account information is kept private, however, Playful Learning cannot guarantee the security of user account information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors, may compromise the security of user information at any time.

The Website contains links to other sites. Playful Learning is not responsible for the privacy policies and/or practices on other sites. When linking to another site you should read the privacy policy stated on that site. This Privacy Policy only governs information collected on the Website.

Please be aware that whenever you voluntarily post information to public areas on Website or any other public forums, such information can be accessed by the public.

What personal information can I access?

Playful Learning allows you to access the following information about you for the purpose of viewing, and in certain situations, updating or deleting that information. This list will change as the Website changes.

  • Real name
  • Account and user profile information
  • User e-mail address
  • Username and password
  • User preferences
  • A parent can contact our customer service department to access, change, or delete the Personal Information by sending an e-mail to info@playfullearning.net. Please include your name and email address and the name of the specific eCourse in which you are enrolled so that we can better assist you with your inquiry or request.

Please note that Personal Information about you and/or your child may remain in back-up storage for some period of time after a request for deletion of that child’s account. This may be the case even though no information about that account remains in our active user databases.

What choices do I have?

  • As stated previously, you can always opt not to disclose information, even though it may be needed to take advantage of or register for certain features of the Website and services.
  • You are able to add or update certain information on pages, such as those listed in the “What Personal Information Can I Access” section above. When you update information, however, we often maintain a copy of the unrevised information in our records.
  • You may request deletion of your Playful Learning account by sending an e-mail to info@playfullearning.net. Please note that some information may remain in our records after deletion of your account.
  • If you do not wish to receive email or other mail from us, please indicate this preference by changing your account settings, or by notifying us at info@playfullearning.net.  Please note that if you do not want to receive legal notices from us, such as this Privacy Policy, those legal notices will still govern your use of the Website, and you are responsible for reviewing such legal notices for changes.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

Playful Learning may make changes to this Privacy Policy from time to time. Use of information we collect now is subject to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time such information is used. If we make changes in the way we use Personal Information, we will notify you by posting an announcement on our Website or sending you an email. Users are bound by any changes to the Privacy Policy when he or she uses the Website after such changes have been first posted.

Questions or Concerns

If you have any questions or concerns regarding privacy on our Website, please send a detailed message to Playful Learning via email at info@playfullearning.net, write to us at Privacy Compliance, Playful Learning Ecademy Co., P.O. Box 946, Sag Harbor, NY 11963 or telephone us at (631) 899-4574. We will make every effort to resolve your concerns. Please note that if you are not 18 years of age or older, then you must have your parent or legal guardian’s permission to call us. Effective Date: March 30, 2013.