Last Revised: December 4, 2015
900 Broadway #903
New York, NY 10003
Attn: Chief Executive Officer
4. Types of Data We Collect. “Personal Data” means data that allows someone to identify or contact you, including, for example, your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, as well as any other non-public information about you that is associated with or linked to any of the foregoing data. “Anonymous Data” means data that is not associated with or linked to your Personal Data; Anonymous Data does not, by itself, permit the identification of individual persons. We collect Personal Data and Anonymous Data, as described below.
(a) Information Users Provide to Us. We may request and collect certain information when you visit our Site.
• We may collect Personal Data from you, such as your first and last name, password, username, school name, and e-mail address when you create an account to log in to our Services (“Account”).
• We retain information on your behalf, such as files and messages that you store using your Account.
• If you provide us feedback or contact us via e-mail, we will collect your name and e-mail address, as well as any other content included in the e-mail, in order to send you a reply.
• When you create or post content (coding projects, images, sounds, messages, comments or any other kind of content) on our Site, the information contained in your posting will be stored in our servers and other users will be able to see it.
• We may also collect Personal Data at other points in our Site that state that Personal Data is being collected.
(b) Google ID. We may allow you to use your Google ID to set up an Account. If you wish to use your Google account you are taken to the Google website to login to your account and this information is then shared with us for the sole purpose of setting up your Account.
(c) Information Collected via Technology.
• Information Collected by Our Servers. To make our Site and Services more useful to you, our servers (which may be hosted by a third party service provider) collect information from you, including your browser type, operating system, Internet Protocol (“IP”) address (a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet, which may vary from session to session), domain name, and/or a date/time stamp for your visit.
• Pixel Tags. In addition, we use “Pixel Tags” (also referred to as clear gifs, web beacons, or web bugs). Pixel Tags are tiny graphic images with a unique identifier, similar in function to Cookies, that are used to track online movements of web users. In contrast to Cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, Pixel Tags are embedded invisibly in Web pages and e-mails. Pixel Tags also allow us to send e-mails in a format users can read, and they tell us whether e-mails have been opened to ensure that we are sending only messages that are of interest to our users. We may use this information to reduce or eliminate messages sent to a user. We do not tie the information gathered by Pixel Tags to our users’ Personal Data.
• Do Not Track Signal. We currently respond to “do not track” signals from web browsers.
• Flash LSOs. When we post videos, third parties may use local shared objects, known as “Flash Cookies,” to store your preferences for volume control or to personalize certain video features. Flash Cookies are different from browser Cookies because of the amount and type of data and how the data is stored. Cookie management tools provided by your browser will not remove Flash Cookies. To learn how to manage privacy and storage settings for Flash Cookies, click here: http://www.macromedia.com/support/ documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager07.html.
(d) Information Collected from You About Others. If you are a teacher, we allow you to invite other teachers to create an Account, we will collect your and the third party’s names and e-mail addresses in order to send an e-mail and follow up with the third party. We rely upon you to obtain whatever consents from the third party that may be required by law to allow us to access and upload the third party’s names and e-mail addresses as required above. You or the third party may contact us at email@example.com to request the removal of this information from our database. The e-mail that is sent to your friends will come from your e-mail address so that your friends know that you want to invite them to visit the Site.
5. Use of Your Personal Data (a) General Use. In general, Personal Data you submit to us is used either to respond to requests that you make, or to aid us in serving you better. We use your Personal Data in the following ways:
• facilitate the creation of and secure your Account on our network;
• identify you as a user in our system;
• provide improved administration of our Site and Services;
• provide the Services you request;
• improve the quality of experience when you interact with our Site and Services;
• send you a welcome e-mail to verify ownership of the e-mail address provided when your Account was created;
• send you administrative e-mail notifications, such as security, or support and maintenance advisories;
• respond to your inquiries related to employment opportunities or other requests; and
• send promotional materials related to our Services.
(b) User Testimonials. We often receive testimonials and comments from users who have had positive experiences with our Services. We occasionally publish such content along with the user’s Personal Data after obtaining consent from the user.
(c) Creation of Anonymous Data. We may create Anonymous Data records from Personal Data by excluding information (such as your name) that makes the data personally identifiable to you. We use this Anonymous Data to analyze request and usage patterns so that we may enhance the content of our Services and improve Site navigation. We reserve the right to use Anonymous Data for any purpose and disclose Anonymous Data to third parties in our sole discretion.
(a) Users. We will share your Personal Data with other users solely for the purpose of providing the Services. If you or your Child are using the Services in connection with a School program, we may share your Child’s Personal Data with the Child’s School (as defined below) in accordance with the section entitled “A Special Note about Children”.
(b) Public Posts. When you create and post projects on our Services or make any comments, you should be aware that any Personal Data you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other users of the Services, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We cannot control who reads your postings or what other users may do with the information that you voluntarily post, so it is very important that you do not put Personal Data in your posts. Once you have posted information publicly, while you will still be able to edit and delete it on the Site, you will not be able to edit or delete such information cached, collected, and stored elsewhere by others.
(c) Third Party Service Providers. We may share your Personal Data with third party service providers to: provide you with the Services that we offer you through our Site; to conduct quality assurance testing; to facilitate creation of accounts; to provide technical support; and/or to provide other services to Codesters. These third party service providers are required not to use your Personal Data other than to provide the services requested by Codesters.
8. Your Choices Regarding Information. You have several choices regarding the use of information on our Service:
(b) Cookies. If you decide at any time that you no longer wish to accept Cookies from our Service for any of the purposes described above, then you can instruct your browser, by changing its settings, to stop accepting Cookies or to prompt you before accepting a Cookie from the websites you visit. Consult your browser’s technical information. If you do not accept Cookies, however, you may not be able to use all portions of the Service or all functionality of the Service. If you have any questions about how to disable or modify Cookies, please let us know at the contact information provided above.
(c) Changing or Deleting Your Personal Data. You may change any of your Personal Data in your Account by editing your profile within your Account or by sending an e-mail to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may request deletion of your Personal Data by us, and we will use commercially reasonable efforts to honor your request, but please note that we may be required to keep such information and not delete it (or to keep this information for a certain time, in which case we will comply with your deletion request only after we have fulfilled such requirements). When we delete any information, it will be deleted from the active database, but may remain in our archives. We may also retain your information for fraud or similar purposes.
9. A Special Note About Children
(b) Requests through School. As required under COPPA, we allow Parents to make certain choices regarding the personal information submitted by their Children as described in this subsection. Parents should make any permitted requests with the School and have the School, as the Parent’s agent, pass on those requests to us. We may rely on the instructions that we receive from the School that we reasonably believe are given by a Child’s Parent to the School. For example, if a representative of the Child’s School contacts us, we may assume that the person calling is acting on behalf of the Child’s Parent.
(d) Parent’s Choices Regarding Children’s Information. In general, we offer Parents the same choices that we generally offer to other users with respect to the collection, use, retention and disclosure of their Child’s information. In addition, a Parent has the right to review the Child’s Personal Data, which the Parent may obtain by contacting the Child’s School. After review the Child’s Personal Data, the Parent may ask us to update or delete the Child’s Personal Data by requesting such changes through the Child’s School. A Parent may prohibit us from sharing a Child’s Personal Data with a third party by requesting such prohibition through the Child’s School. Notwithstanding any such requests, we may continue to share a Child’s Personal Data for internal purposes and enforcement purposes. If a Parent chooses to prohibit any future collection, use or disclosure of the Child’s Personal Data, the Parent may do so by terminating the Child’s Account through the School, and requesting the deletion of the Child’s Personal Data through the School. Upon receiving such request from the Child’s School, we will delete the Child’s Account information from our live databases and all information and data stored for such Account. Codesters will not have any liability whatsoever for any termination of the Account or related deletion of the Child’s Personal Data. When we delete Personal Data, it will be deleted from our active databases but may remain in our archives.
We use Google Analytics to know when and how people use Codesters. This helps us develop new features and improve the user experience. The only information we provide to Google is the randomized User ID for teacher accounts. This is anonymous data that allows us to know which parts of Codesters are used most often by teachers so we can develop the tools that teachers need to teach coding. You can opt out of Google Analytics User ID by logging in and clicking on the button below:You are not logged in.