Revised September 27 2018
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR USERS
WHAT WE COLLECT
We may from time to time ask you for Personal Information, and we may collect certain information from your device each time you visit our Site. “Personal Information” means personally identifiable information and includes, for example, your name; street address; e-mail address; SMS or text message address; phone number; credit card and other payment information; information regarding your academic and extracurricular activities and interests that may identify you; and other information that may identify you as an individual or allow online contact with you.
You may review and correct the Personal Information that is accessible to you under the settings for your account on our Site.
For Parents of Children Under the Age of 13
For any user under the age of 13, unless a school has obtained the necessary permission, we must have permission from such user’s parent or legal guardian before we collect or use any Personal Information of such user on the Site. Parents are welcome to review any Personal Information we have collected about your child. You may request that we delete this information or specify that we collect no more of your child’s information. We will need to verify the identity of anyone requesting information about a child under the age of 13 to ensure that the person is in fact the child’s parent or legal guardian.
Information Your School Gives Us
Your school provides us with a username and an account number. We do not collect any personal information about you from your school.
Information You Give Us
We may from time to time ask you for Personal Information to allow us to provide the Services. We also collect information about how you interact with the Services, including the articles that you read, the types of articles you express interest in, the results of comprehension tests, how much time you spend reading articles, and other performance related information.
Information Automatically Collected from You
We and our third party service providers may automatically collect information about you and your computer when you visit our Site, including by using certain technologies that are further described below (collectively, "Tracking Tools"). Some of the information that may be collected when a user uses the Services, include, for example, computer or device operating system type, IP address, browser type, browser language, device hardware type, the website or application visited or used before or after accessing our Services, the parts of the Services accessed, length of time spent on a page or using a feature, access times for a webpage or feature, and demographic information, such as gender and age range. These Tracking Tools help Bites Media learn more about our users, such as their demographics and internet behaviors, so that we can improve our Services.
The following are Tracking Tools used by Bites Media or its third party service providers in connection with the Services:
Most browsers allow you to control cookies through their settings preferences. However, if you limit the ability of websites to set cookies, you may worsen your overall user experience, since it will no longer be personalized to you. It may also stop you from saving customized settings like login information.
If you do not want to receive cookies, you can change your browser settings on your computer or other device you’re using to access our services. If you use the Site or Services without changing your browser settings, we assume that you agree to receive all cookies on the Site. Most browsers also provide functionality that lets you review and erase cookies. Please note that some of the functions of the Site, like automatic login, will not work properly without cookies.
We may use unique identifiers to track individual usage behavior on our Services, such as length of time spent on a particular page and pages viewed during a particular log-in period. The unique identifiers collect information about a user's use of the Services on an individual basis. We use the information that we gather through unique identifiers to evaluate and improve the Services and its content, including, but not limited to, improving and evaluating the effectiveness of certain materials on our Services.
Web beacons, or clear GIFs or pixel tags, are small graphic image files that can be embedded in web pages or emails to collect information about a user's use of our Services or the correspondences that we send to them. The information collected by web beacons allows us to analyze how and how many people are using the Services.
Analytics and Other Technologies
USE OF INFORMATION
We use information collected through our Services, or disclosed by you on our Site or in connection with our Services, for the purposes described in this Policy. For example, we may use your information to:
develop and display content tailored to your interests on our Site;
enforce our terms and conditions; and
perform functions as otherwise described to you at the time of collection.
SHARING OF INFORMATION
We do not have access to or share your personal information.
We may create and use anonymized and aggregated data for our own purposes by excluding information that makes the data personally identifiable to you. The purposes for which we may create and use anonymized and/or aggregated data include but are not limited to, conducting analysis and generating statistics regarding the use of our Site and Services.
How We Respond to Do Not Track Signals
We do not currently respond to "do not track" signals or other mechanisms that might enable consumers to opt-out of tracking on our Services.
Refusing Further Collection or Use
You may at any time refuse to permit our further use or future online collection of your information by terminating your account. After termination, a you will not be able to access your account anymore.
Legally Compelled Disclosures and Safety
We may disclose user information when compelled to do so by government authorities or otherwise as required or permitted by law, such as to respond to court orders and subpoenas. We also may disclose user information to protect the safety of others and when we have reason to believe that someone is causing injury to or interfering with our rights or property or the rights or property of others.
THIRD PARTY WEBSITES
The Services may contain links to third-party websites (“Third-Party Websites”). Such Third- Party Websites are not under the control of Bites Media. Bites Media is not responsible for any Third-Party Websites and does not review, approve, monitor, endorse, warrant, or make any representations with respect to Third-Party Websites, or their products or services. You use all links in Third-Party Websites at your own risk. You should review applicable terms and policies of any Third-Party Websites before proceeding with any transaction with any third party.
FERPA refers to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. It gives students the right and responsibility to control access to their educational records. It also gives school officials the shared responsibility of protecting those records.
Some of your records are automatically private, like your grades, transcripts and financial statements. Other information is automatically public, unless you make it private, like your phone number, address and other directory information.
You can customize who has permission to access your records.
FERPA governs and protects your rights as a student to control your educational records. The primary rights protected under FERPA are:
The right to seek amendment to your educational records
The right to consent to the disclosure of your educational records (see FERPA Disclosure Policies below)
The right to obtain a copy of your school's FERPA Policy.
The right to file a complaint with the FERPA office in Washington, D.C.
HOW WE PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION
We maintain physical, administrative and technological safeguards to protect the personal information you provide against accidental, unlawful, or unauthorized destruction, loss, alteration, access, disclosure, or use.
Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure, and we cannot safeguard the security of your personal information as it is transmitted to our Site via the internet. Any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your personal information, we will, however, use strict procedures and safeguards to try to prevent unauthorized access.
HOW TO CONTACT US
We welcome your comments or questions about this Policy. Feel free to email us at [email protected] You may also contact us at our address:
12655 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90066
YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS
Under California Civil Code §§ 1798.83-1798.84, California residents are entitled to ask us for a notice describing what categories of personal information we share with third parties or affiliates for those third parties or affiliates’ direct marketing purposes. That notice will identify the categories of information shared and will include a list of the third parties and affiliates with which it was shared, along with their names and addresses. If you are a California resident and would like a copy of this notice, please submit a written request to the following address: 12655 W Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90066. Att: Nick Farrell or, via email, to [email protected] In your request, please specify that you want a “Your Bites Media California Privacy Rights Notice”. Please allow at least 30 days for a response.