MYSCILIFE® PRIVACY POLICY

As of June 1, 2016

At MySciLife®, we respect your privacy and care about how your personal information is used and shared. So please be sure to review this privacy policy, as use of MySciLife®, located at https://myscilife.org, and any other MySciLife services or products shall mean that you are familiar with our privacy practices and policies and that you accept them as outlined herein. The use of information collected through our service shall be limited to the purpose of providing the services for which you are using MySciLife®.

Additionally, your use of MySciLife's services is at all times subject to our Terms of Service, which incorporates this Privacy Policy. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our Terms of Service and or privacy practices, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at MySciLife@sflinc.org, or contact us by regular mail at 12355 Sunrise Valley Dr. - Suite 625, Reston, VA 20191 (USA).

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FIRST, A FEW DEFINITIONS:

A Privacy Policy should not be confusing or hard to understand. So here are a few definitions to help when reading this document.

When we say "MySciLife", we are referring to ourselves as a company ("Company"). MySciLife is owned by The Source for Learning, Inc.

(SFL), a Virginia non-profit corporation. When we say "MySciLife", "Service", "Services", "Us" and or "We", we are referring to our web-based platform, MySciLife, which is owned by SFL.

The MySciLife website is powered by MashPlant®, owned and operated by Big Things, Inc., 1740 Grove Street, Glenview, Il (60025) and incorporates all of MashPlant®'s security and privacy protection features. When we use the word "Services," we mean not only the MySciLife website powered by MashPlant®, but also all the other websites, products, services and applications made available by MySciLife and or SFL.

Participants in MySciLife are referred to as "Users." There are two categories of MySciLife users: a "teacher user" refers to an instructor employed by an educational institution, and a "student user" is a pupil in a participating teacher's class.

WHAT DOES THIS PRIVACY POLICY COVER?

This Privacy Policy explains how MySciLife collects and uses information from its users, including our treatment of personally identifiable information. This policy does not apply to websites, services or practices of companies that the Company does not own or control, or to individuals that the Company does not employ or manage, including software, mobile or web apps and or other third party services.

Children's Personal Information:

Throughout the following, reference is made to Verifiable Parental Consent, as referenced in the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act ("COPPA"), which can be accessed by clicking on the COPPA link.

The requirements of the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act ("COPPA") govern all student users of MySciLife. If you are a student user, you will be blocked from using MySciLife until you have provided us with verifiable written consent from a parent or legal guardian. If you are unsure if your parent or guardian has provided written consent for you to use MySciLife, please do not use MySciLife until you have consulted your parent or guardian, and or your teacher to confirm that your parent or legal guardian has provided verifiable written consent for you to use MySciLife.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding obtaining verifiable parental consent, please feel free to contact MySciLife at MySciLife@sflinc.org.

If you are a teacher, you must verify that you have received written parental consent for any student user in your class to use MySciLife before they provide any personal information required to sign up for and use MySciLife.

When we use the term "Personal Information" in this Privacy Policy, we are referring to personally identifiable information of individual, non-student users of the Services. References to "Children's Personal Information" only apply to personally identifiable information of student users who have registered for the Services. General references to "information" apply to all users.

If you are a student, please do not send any personal information about yourself to us if your school, district, and/or teacher has not obtained prior written consent from your parent or guardian, and please do not send any personal information other than what we request from you in connection with signing up to use MySciLife.

If we learn we have collected personal information from a student without parental consent being obtained by his or her school, district, and/or teacher, or if we learn a student has provided us personal information beyond what we request from him or her, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that a student may have provided us personal information in violation of this paragraph, please contact us atMySciLife@sflinc.org.

If you are a student user of MySciLife, you need to know that when you upload content to your MySciLife account, your teacher may be asked to approve or block your content. If your content is approved, it will be shared with the other users of MySciLife. Remember: anything you post to your MySciLife account that is approved by your teacher, can be viewed by other users of MySciLife. That includes your classmates and students in other MySciLife classes. Anything you have posted, or that your teacher has posted, including but without limitations, comments, photos, media, projects and homework, may be viewed by all users of MySciLife. If you wish to remove any comments, photos, media, projects and homework that may contain personal information, please contact your teacher to do so.

By default, posts by students or teachers participating in MySciLife are visible only to other MySciLife participants. However if we have prior written approval from a student's parent or guardian, teachers may choose to include one or more of that student's posts or comments in the MySciLife public stream, which is visible to anyone visiting the MySciLife web site without logging in.

INFORMATION WE DISPLAY OR COLLECT:

  1. Information You Provide to Us

    We receive and store any information you enter on the Services, whether via computer, mobile phone, other wireless device, or that you provide to us in any other way. This information may include, without limitation, Personal Information such as your name, user name, email address, phone number, school affiliation and location, content uploads and comments, and any other information necessary for us to provide our Services. If you are a student registrant, the only Children's Personal Information we will require is your entire name, a user name and your birthday, to determine your age.

  2. Information Collected Automatically

    We receive and store certain types of usage information whenever you interact with the Services. This information is not Personal Information or Children's Personal Information. For example, MySciLife automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser including your IP address, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and/or clickstream data, MySciLife cookie information, and the page you requested. We do not link this automatically collected data to other information we collect about you. We also record details of your activity on the Services, and the number and frequency of visitors to our site and its components.

    Technologies such as cookies, beacons, tags and scripts are used by MySciLife and our partners, affiliates, analytics (Google), advertising and marketing services (Google, MailChimp), website tools (Sweet Captcha, Jquerytools), social media tools (Twitter, Vimeo), verification/privacy services (kidsafe) or service providers (Rackspace). These technologies are used in analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users' movements around the site, gather demographic information about our user base as a whole, tell us how and when pages in our site are visited and by how many people, and to enable our systems to recognize your computer or device. We may receive reports based on the use of these technologies by these companies on an individual as well as aggregated basis.

    Third parties with whom we partner to provide certain features on our site useLSOs such as HTML 5 to collect and store information. Various browsers may offer their own management tools for removing HTML 5 LSOs.

What does MySciLife use my information for?

  1. Generally

    When you use the Services, you may set up your personal profile, form relationships, send messages, perform searches and queries, upload files, download files and transmit information through various channels, depending on the category of user ("User Category") you are registered as, and as permitted by the functionality of the Services. The information we gather from users enables us to deliver, personalize and improve our services, and allows users to set up a user account and profile through the Services.

  2. Personal Information

    The Personal Information you provide is used for such purposes as responding to your requests for certain information and services, customizing your experience, and communicating with you about the Services.

  3. Children's Personal Information

    We use the Children's Personal Information for creating your individual account, which allows us to identify you within MySciLife, customize your experience, and to send you notifications via the Services from your teacher, fellow MySciLife users, and from MySciLife regarding your use of the Services ("Notifications"). Please note that your teacher can and may view all activity and content associated with your student account, including your Children's Personal Information.

  4. Your email address

    If you provide us with your email address, we may send you email communications. If you are a student, we will only use your email address to send you service and legal notifications. Web beacons may also be used in some of our emails to let us know which emails (and which links within those emails) have been opened by recipients. This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of our customer communications. To opt out of receiving emails from us, you may click the email opt out option on your user account page. All new accounts on MySciLife default to the "email opted -out" option. Please note that if you do not want to receive legal notices from us via email, such as this Privacy Policy, those legal notices will still govern your use of the Services, and you are responsible for visiting this Privacy Policy from time to time to review any changes.

  5. Usage Information

    MySciLife gathers data from your use of MySciLife to enable us to determine how users engage with the Service(s), so that we can make the Services useful, better, more appealing and relevant to as many users as possible, and to customize, refine and improve our Services. As part of our use of information, we may provide aggregate information to our partners (in a non-personally-identifiable format) about how our users use our site. We share this type of statistical data so that our partners also understand how often people use our partners' services and the Services to help provide you with an optimal online experience. We may link usage information to Personal Information and Children's Personal Information (school, location, age, and email address) that we collect through the Services, but we will only use this linked information internally (for example, to customize your experience), and will not disclose it in linked format to third parties. Additionally, certain usage-related information may be viewable in your user profile that may be displayed to other users, depending on whether you are a teacher or a student MySciLife user.

Will MySciLife share any of the Personal Information or Children's Personal Information it receives?

Personal Information and Children's Personal Information about our users is an integral part of our business. We neither rent nor sell your Personal Information or Children's Personal Information; we may share your Personal Information and Children's Personal Information in personally identifiable form only as described below. Again, please note that references to "Personal Information" only apply to personal information of individuals who are not students.

  1. 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. Examples include sending email, analyzing data, providing customer service, and providing user services. Unless we tell you differently, MySciLife's agents do not have any right to use Personal Information or Children's Personal Information we share with them beyond what is necessary to assist us.

  2. User Account Information

    MySciLife User Accounts

    MySciLife User Accounts are of two types: Student accounts and Teacher accounts.

    • Student Accounts

      If you are a student, your MySciLife User Account will collect the following Personal Information or Children's Personal Information: first name, last name, birthdate, and email address (optional). This user Personal Information or Children's Personal Information will be displayed to you and your teacher. Additionally, if your MySciLife teacher chooses, your first and last name may be displayed to users of your MySciLife sidebar (class) but only within the interactions of your class sidebar and only to users within your own school. No other areas of MySciLife, including the Main Stream, Public Stream, or MySciLife identity profiles, will display your Personal Information or Children's Personal Information. No MySciLife students or teachers other than your own teacher(s) from your own school will be able to see your Personal or Children's Personal Information.

    • Teacher Accounts

      If you are a teacher, your MySciLife User Account will collect the following Personal Information: first name, last name, title, birthdate, email address, school name, city, state, and bio (optional). This Personal Information will be displayed to you. Your title and last name will be displayed to your own students. Additionally, your first and last name may be displayed to teacher users of the MySciLife Teacher Community. No other areas of MySciLife, including the Main Stream, Public Stream, or identity profiles, will display your Personal Information. No MySciLife students other than your own students will be able to see your Personal Information.

  3. User-Provided Content and Interactions

    All interactions in the MySciLife Main Stream and in class sidebars are moderated by your teacher. Information or content that you voluntarily disclose online in creating MySciLife identities, posts, comments, or announcements becomes available to other users and can be collected and used by others. Any media, comments, and/or other content that you submit to MySciLife in a manner any other user can view may be redistributed through the Internet and other media channels. For example, if you are a student, the content you contribute to your sidebar(s) or the MySciLife Main Stream will be displayed to other users of that sidebar and/or MySciLife; however, we cannot control what users of MySciLife will do with such content after you have disclosed it.

  4. Communication About the Services or in Response to User Requests

    As part of the Services, you may receive from MySciLife email or other types of communication and or messages relating to your use of the Services or your user profile. You acknowledge and agree that by posting information on the Services or otherwise using the Services, MySciLife and its agents may send you email, contact you or engage in other communication that they determine relate to your profile or use of the Services. If you disclose your email address to MySciLife, we may use it to send updates, a newsletter or other news regarding the Services, or to simply send Notifications. If you are a student, MySciLife only uses your email address to send you Notifications. If you no longer wish to receive such communications from MySciLife, you may opt-out by clicking the email opt-out on the Edit My Account page, by following the unsubscribe link located at the bottom of each communication.

  5. Business Transfers

    If one or more of SFL's agents responsible for developing and maintaining the MashPlant® platform that powers MySciLife goes out of business, or some or all of their assets are acquired or otherwise transferred, user information may be transferred to or acquired by a third party. You will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our Web site of any change in ownership or uses of your personal information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your personal information.

  6. Protection of MySciLife and Others

    We may release Personal Information or Children's Personal Information when we believe in good faith that release is necessary to comply with the law (such as to comply with a subpoena) or similar legal process; enforce or apply our Terms of Service and other agreements; or protect the rights, property, or safety of MySciLife, our employees, our users, or others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request. We will try to give you notice if we release information for these reasons, but please understand that we reserve the right not to, as it may not be practical, legal, or safe to do so.

IS INFORMATION ABOUT ME SECURE?

Your MySciLife account Personal Information or Children's Personal Information is protected by a password for your privacy and security. We also use coding practices that take steps to prevent attacks on our Services from web browsers and malicious scripts, by processing all actions through several permission verifications checks.

You may help protect against unauthorized access to your account and Personal Information or Children's Personal Information by selecting and protecting your password appropriately and limiting access to your computer and browser by signing off after you have finished accessing your account.

All transmissions to and from the MySciLife website are encrypted using secure socket layer technology (SSL).

MySciLife endeavors to keep your information private; however, we cannot guarantee security. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of user information. For additional information about the security measures we use in connection with the Services, please contact us at MySciLife@sflinc.org.

The Services contain links to other sites, including links shared with students by their teachers. We are not responsible for the privacy policies and/or practices on other sites (but you should read all third parties' privacy policies to ensure you understand them). This Privacy Policy only governs information collected by MySciLife on the Services.

What information can I access?

We allow you to access the following information about you for the purpose of viewing, and in certain situations, updating or deleting that information. This list may change as the Services change. You may currently access the following information:

  1. information in your user profile (including your personal information)
  2. content in your account

If you are unable to update or delete any information on your own and wish to do so, please contact us at MySciLife@sflinc.org.

Parent's rights

If you are a parent or a legal guardian of a MySciLife user under the age of 13, and would like to request that Children's Personal Information regarding your child be updated or deleted, or if you'd like to refuse further contact with your child by the Services, please contact us at MySciLife@sflinc.org. A student's participation in our Services, and the ability of a student to access the Services, will not be conditioned on that student providing more Children's Personal Information than is reasonably necessary for that participation or access. We will respond to a request made pursuant to this section within 30 days of our receipt of such request.

Notice to California residents & do not track disclosure

Pursuant to Section 1798.83 of the California Civil Code, residents of California can obtain certain information about the types of Personal Information that companies with whom they have an established business relationship have shared with third parties for direct marketing purposes during the preceding calendar year. In particular, the law requires that upon request companies inform consumers about the categories of Personal Information that have been shared with third parties, the names and addresses of those third parties, and examples of the types of services or products marketed by those third parties. To request a copy of the information disclosure provided by MySciLife pursuant to Section 1798.83 of the California Civil Code, modify the User's Personal Information, or to opt-out of having your Personal Information shared with third parties, send your request to myscilife@sflinc.org

What other choices do I have?

You can always opt not to disclose information, even though it may be needed to take advantage of certain MySciLifeStudio features.

You are able to update or delete certain information, as described in the "What information can I access?" section above. You may request deletion of your MySciLife account by emailing your request to MySciLife@sflinc.org with the subject "Account Deletion" and a message including your screen name. Please note that some unrevised information may remain in our records after revision of such information or deletion of your account, or in cached and archived pages. Some information may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent that it was copied or stored by other users. We may use any aggregated data derived from or incorporating your Personal Information after you delete your information, but not in a manner that would identify you personally. We will respond to your access request within 30 days.

We will retain your Personal Information or Children's Personal Information for as long as your account is active or as long as needed to provide you the Services; we also may retain and use your information as we deem it necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and to enforce our agreements. If you wish to cancel your account or request that we no longer use your information to provide you services contact us at MySciLife@sflinc.org.

Will MySciLife ever change this Privacy Policy?

We may update this privacy statement to reflect changes to our information practices. If we make any material changes we will notify you by email (sent to the e-mail address specified in your account) or by means of a notice on this Site prior to the change becoming effective. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices. If we make material changes to how we use Personal Information collected from students, we will notify teachers by email in order to obtain verifiable parental consent for the new uses of the child's Personal Information.

If we make material changes to how we use Personal Information collected from children under age 13, we will notify parents by email in order to obtain verifiable parental consent for the new uses of the child's Personal Information.

What if I'm in a different country?

When you use the Services, you are consenting to have your data transferred to and processed in the United States. All of MySciLife's servers are currently in the United States, and we aren't able to process your information within the borders of any other country. If your use of the Services or disclosure of certain information to MySciLife would violate any law that is applicable to you, your right to use the Services and/or disclose such information is revoked, as it is wherever use of the Services is prohibited by law (as described in the TERMS OF SERVICE).

Is there anything else I should know about MySciLife's Privacy Policy?

Not that we can think of - but if we do, we will notify you by email and or post a notice on the MySciLife website. But please remember: our absolute goal is to protect your privacy, so if you ever have any questions, concerns or issues about your privacy or the privacy of your child, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at MySciLife@sflinc.org, or by mail at 12355 Sunrise Valley Dr. - Suite 625, Reston, VA 20191, or by phone at (703) 860-9200.

Thanks for taking the time to read and understand our Privacy Policy.

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