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Spongelab Privacy Notice

Effective March/31/2011

Table of Contents:

Our Commitment To Privacy
The Information We Collect
The Way We Use Information
Our Commitment To Data Security
Our Commitment To Children's Privacy
How You Can Access Or Correct Your Information
Deleting Your Account
How To Contact Us

Our Commitment To Privacy:

Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available on our homepage and at every point where personally identifiable information may be requested.

The Information We Collect:

This notice applies to all information collected or submitted on the Spongelab website. On some pages, you can register, post comments, submit content and access materials. The types of personal information collected at these pages are:

City, State (Province), Country
Email Address
User name

Optional information collected includes:
Phone number
Birth Year

On some pages, you can submit information about other people. For example, if you refer a friend or invite another user to connect to your classes the types of personal information collected are:

Email address
User codes

The Way We Use Information:

  1. Personal Information: We use information to establish your Spongelab accounts, provide support for user's accounts, and to update users on updates and changes to the Spongelab site. We use return email addresses or phone numbers to answer the user inquires we receive. Such addresses and numbers are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties unless explicitly authorized by the user.
  2. User Authorized Sharing of Information: Within the registration process there is an option, if selected, will add your email address to a distribution list to receive information from Spongelab partners. These settings can always be changed within the users profile settings.
  3. Non-identifying User Information: We use non-identifying and aggregate information to
    • better design our website
    • better design our educational content
    • better design educational design, teaching tools and assessment tools
    • run research studies
  4. Sharing with Partners. For example, we may tell a partner that X number of individuals visited a certain area on our website, or that Y number of men and Z number of women filled out our registration form, but we will not disclose anything that could be used to identify those individuals.

We never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

Our Commitment To Data Security:

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Our Commitment To Children's Privacy:

Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, no part of our website is specifically structured to attract anyone under 13. If we have knowledge that any of our users are under the age of 13, their parent or teacher's email address is required so they can give verified consent for collection personal information, review their child's information or request deletion of the account.

How You Can Access Or Correct Your Information:

You can access all your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain through the My Profile tab, once you have logged in on the Spongelab Site. We use this procedure to better safeguard your information.

You can correct factual errors in your personally identifiable information by sending us a request that credibly shows error. To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

Deleting Your Account:

If you would like your account deleted, or if you are parent or teacher who would like to delete the account of your child (under the age of 13), please click here (link to button). Once you request an account deletion, the action cannot be reversed. We will remove all of your information from our servers immediately and irrevocably. If you are a student using Spongelab for educational purposes, make sure you verify with your teacher that you will no longer be needing your account for class work.

How To Contact Us:

Should you have any questions or concerns about these privacy policies, please send us an email or call us at 416-703-9753