Privacy Policy

Our Commitment to Your Privacy

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PRIVACY POLICY

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY

IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE, PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THIS PRIVACY POLICY WITH YOUR PARENTS OR GUARDIAN AND ASK THEM QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND.

This website (the “Site”) is made available to you by the Chicago Educational Publishing Company, LLC and its subsidiaries and affiliates (“CEPC”). At CEPC, we are serious about protecting your privacy, and this privacy policy (the “Privacy Policy”) discloses how we collect, protect, use and share the personal information gathered by or for CEPC.

Your use of this Site is subject to the terms of use (the “Terms of Use”) posted on this website, which includes this Privacy Policy, and any other agreement, including but not limited to any license agreement which we may have entered into with you. The Terms of Use (including the Privacy Policy) or any part thereof may be revised by CEPC from time to time, through an updated posting, and therefore you should check the Terms of Use (including the Privacy Policy) periodically. Revisions are effective upon posting and your continued use of this Site, after the posting of revisions to the Terms of Use (including the Privacy Policy), will indicate your acceptance of such revisions. If you have any questions concerning the Terms of Use (including the Privacy Policy), please contact us.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PRIVACY POLICIES OF VARIOUS CEPC PRODUCTS AND SERVICES WITHIN THIS SITE OR LINKED TO THIS SITE MAY BE SUBJECT TO DIFFERENT TERMS AND POLICIES. PLEASE CHECK THE APPROPRIATE PRIVACY POLICY FREQUENTLY TO DETERMINE THE PRIVACY TERMS APPLICABLE TO SUCH CEPC PRODUCTS AND SERVICES. PLEASE ALSO REVIEW THE SECTION ENTITLED “LINKS TO OTHER SITES”.

1. WHAT INFORMATION IS COLLECTED

We consider the following to be examples of personally-identifying information which we may collect: they include, but are not limited to, your first and last name, email address, home address, phone number, credit card information and certain other information, to the extent it is linked with your personally-identifying information. The information we learn from you helps us personalize and continually improve your experience and use of this Site, so that we can further serve your needs and our legitimate business purposes. (For example, when you send us a message or make an online purchase or enroll in a marketing promotion, we need to retain certain personally-identifying information on this Site in order to respond to your request). Your personally-identifying information may be used by our company to help us improve this Site, and also may be used for our company’s marketing and promotional purposes. We receive and store any information you enter on this Site or give us in any other way. You can choose not to provide certain information, but then you might not be able to take advantage of many of our features.

2. PUBLIC POSTINGS

Users and especially Children (Children 12 and under) should note that any personally-identifying information that is voluntarily posted by a user to any public area of this Site may always be collected and used by others. While we monitor such posting areas from time to time and will use commercially reasonable efforts to delete a Child’s personally-identifying information prior to posting, we strongly encourage Children not to post such information.

3. INFORMATION SHARING AND DISCLOSURE.

Except as specifically stated in this Privacy Policy, our policy is not to share this personally-identifying information with third parties, but we may share this information with affiliates of CEPC, and other companies and organizations who perform work for us under contract or sell products or services that complement our products and services. Information collected through this Site may be supplied to affiliates of CEPC, and other companies and organizations who perform work for us under contract or sell products or services that complement our products and services. We may also disclose personally-identifying information in the following situations (a) in response to a subpoena, court order or legal process, to the extent permitted or required by law; (b) to protect user security or the security of other persons, consistent with applicable laws; (c) in connection with a sale, joint venture or other transfer to some or all of CEPC or the assets of CEPC; or (d) in order to enforce the Site’s Terms of Use. We otherwise exercise commercially reasonable care to not otherwise share or disclose the names of users or any other personally-identifying information with third-parties, except with the prior approval of the user.

4. SPECIAL NOTICE TO PARENTS, TEACHERS AND CHILDREN

PARENTS AND TEACHERS: We encourage parents, guardians and teacher to spend time with their Children or the Children they teach and participate in the activities that may be offered to Children on this Site. No personally-identifying information should be submitted to or posted on this Site by Children without the consent of their parent, guardian or teacher. We encourage parents and teachers to monitor Children’s online use, and to help us protect their privacy by instructing Children never to provide such information on this Site or any other website without permission. We are also prohibited by law from conditioning a Child’s participation in any activity on this Site on the Child disclosing more personally-identifying information than is reasonably necessary to participate in such activity. We comply strictly with applicable laws and regulations, including the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), for the protection of children’s online privacy. Children who access online Student Reference Books or Family Link pages with login I.D.s provided by their schools will not be asked to provide any personally identifiable information to CEPC.

CHILDREN: Please do not give your full name, email address, home address, telephone number or any other personally-identifying information that would enable someone to contact you either on-line or off-line, without first asking your parent, guardian or teacher for permission.

We do not knowingly collect personally-identifying information from Children on this Site either directly or passively, except when a Child may voluntarily submit such information through (a) a “Contact Us” link on a Child’s area of this Site or (b) a public posting area, if such feature is available. If a Child communicates with us in either manner, and we can identify the sender as a Child, any personally-identifying information submitted will only be used to respond on a one-time basis to such Child, and will thereafter be deleted from our records. In addition, if we have actual knowledge that a Child is sending or posting personally-identifying information on any area of this Site, we will use commercially reasonable efforts to delete such personally-identifying information before it is made public. We will never request personally-identifying information from a Child in any of our public postings areas. Please note that any online store that may be accessed from this Site is intended for parents, teachers and other adult purchasers over the age of 18 and requires the submission of personally-identifying information to fulfill and service any transactions.

We may disclose a Child’s personally-identifying information in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to, or interference with, (either intentionally or unintentionally) our rights or property, other users or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. We also may disclose a Child’s personally-identifying information when we believe in good faith that the law requires it.

5. COOKIES AND COLLECTION AND USE OF INFORMATION

We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with this Site. For example, like many websites, we use “cookies” and we obtain certain types of information when your web browser accesses this Site. Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive, through your web browser, to enable our systems to recognize your browser and to provide customized features to you. The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. Additionally, you can disable or delete similar data used by browser add-ons, such as Flash cookies, by changing the add-on’s settings or visiting the Website of its manufacturer. However, cookies allow you to take full advantage of this Site’s best features, and we recommend that you leave them turned on.

Prior to user registration, if applicable, CEPC may employ cookie technology on this Site to (a) track non-personal information such as type of browser, operating system, domain names and IP addresses, and (b) improve our visitors’ experience online. Prior to user registration to the extent applicable, we do not link IP addresses to any personally-identifying information. However, once you register for the first time and affirmatively opt-in and provide personal information about yourself for purposes of receiving more information about our products and services or ordering products, such personal information provided by you or collected through the cookie technology may be used for marketing to you as specified on a registration page. If you do not want to receive e-mail or other marketing communications from us, please adjust your registration page to opt-out of further marketing to you.

Please also note that CEPC reserves the right to monitor your compliance with the Terms of Use (including the Privacy Policy) of this Site and may track your usage of this Site in order to confirm compliance with these Terms of Use. CEPC also reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate your access to this Site for any reason, including non-compliance with these Terms of Use.

CEPC may use a third party service to collect anonymous visitor data on our network of sites. This service does not collect any personal information such as names, ages, phone numbers, addresses or e-mail addresses from visitors accessing the Site. CEPC may use this service to collect vistor information like IP Addresses, browser types (such as Internet Explorer or Netscape), referring pages, pages visited and time spent on a particular site. CEPC may use this service to collect this information for the following purposes: (i) to provide statistical analysis of web page traffic patterns; (ii) to administer the Site and related servers; (iii) to allow for auditing of our services by third parties; and (iv) for internal marketing purposes.

If you receive CEPC’s email newsletters or other communications, you may unsubscribe at any time. To do so, please follow the links on the email you receive from us to unsubscribe your self from our mailing list, or contact us at info@sciencecompanion.com.

6. LINKS TO OTHER SITES

You may have linked to this Site through your school’s secure user authorized password protected intranet site, which is a third party site. This Site may provide links to other third party websites or resources. Because we do not control your school’s intranet site or such other third party websites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that CEPC is not responsible or liable for the content, products or performance of your school’s intranet site or such other third party websites and resources, and you hereby irrevocably waive any claim against CEPC with respect to your school’s intranet site or such other websites and resources. CEPC reserves the right to terminate any link at any time without notice. The inclusion of a link to such another website or resource does not constitute or imply an endorsement, authorization, sponsorship, or affiliation by CEPC of that website or resource, or any products or services provided therein. The information practices of those websites, including your school’s intranet site, are not covered by the Terms of Use (including this Privacy Policy) or any other policies or terms applicable to this Site. We recommend that you review any terms of use and privacy policy of your school’s intranet site and any third party website linked to this Site before providing any information to those websites or using their products and services. Please note that this Site may also provide links to other sites brought to you by CEPC. The privacy policy and terms of use of other CEPC sites may vary from the Terms of Use (including this Privacy Policy). We recommend that you review the privacy policies, terms of use and other policies or terms that may apply to other CEPC sites if you should choose to use such sites.

7. OWNERSHIP

This Site is owned and operated by CEPC and the contents of this Site are protected by copyright of CEPC and/or its licensors.

8. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT PRIVACY

If you have any concerns, comments or questions about this Privacy Policy or privacy on this Site, please contact us by e-mail at info@sciencecompanion.com.

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