Last Updated August 11, 2011.
KD is committed to protecting your privacy when visiting or using the KD Platforms. We do not collect and keep any personal information online from you unless you volunteer it and you are 13 or older. We do not collect and keep personal information from children under the age of 13 without consent of a parent or legal guardian, except in limited circumstances authorized by law and described in this policy. Please review the information below to familiarize yourself with our policies on privacy, so that you can take full advantage of all the fun activities available at the KD Platforms. By using this site you agree to the transfer, collection, processing and use of data by this site. Remember, we may change our policy from time to time. If we make changes to this policy, we will notify you at the KD Platforms.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR PARENTS AND LEGAL GUARDIANS
To safeguard your child’s identity and information you should you should spend time with your children at the KD Platforms and periodically monitor your children’s use of the KD Platforms. Please help us protect your child’s privacy by instructing them never to provide personal information on the KD Platforms or any anywhere else on the Internet without your permission. If you are under 18, please be sure to read this policy with your parents or legal guardians and ask questions about things you do not understand. Children under 13 should get your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission before giving out your e-mail address or any personal information to KD or to anyone else on the Internet.
Does KD Collect Any Personal Information About Me If I’m 13 Or Older?
KD doesn’t require anyone to share any personal information about them in order to enjoy the KD Platforms. That means you can visit and use the KD Platforms without any need to register. However, the KD Platforms may include special activities for members that register. We do not collect any personal information from you or your teenager unless it is voluntarily provided, for instance when registering for contests, downloads, or free demos or completing our online customer surveys. The personal information we ask for may include first and last name, mailing address, phone number and an e-mail address.
Does KD Collect Any Personal Information About Anyone Under 13?
We do not collect personal information online from children under 13 without consent of a parent or legal guardian except in special, limited circumstances. If your child is under 13 and wants to participate in certain special activities made available at the KD Platforms, we might ask your child to "register." They can often do so anonymously by just providing a user name and password, but sometimes we need their first name and e-mail address. When we ask for your child’s first name, your child is encouraged to use a "screen name" (not their real name) that only they know. Sometimes we will ask your child to make up a special password so that only they can see or use certain areas on the KD Platforms. With your verifiable consent, we may collect personal information from your child such as a last name, address or e-mail address when the information is necessary for a particular activity. If we need more than just your child’s first name (or screen name) and e-mail address for your child to participate in a particular activity, we will ask your child for your e-mail or mailing address so that we can notify you of your child’s request and get your permission. When we ask for your permission, we will tell you what we will do with the information you or your child provides us, and we will tell you how you can review your child’s information and ask us to delete the information. We don’t keep your (or your child’s) e-mail address unless you tell us it is okay.
KD might collect an e-mail address and first name (or screen name) from your child under 13 without your consent, but only in the following special cases:
- If a child under 13 sends a request or question to us, we keep their e-mail address for long enough to respond to them. KD deletes this information from our system after we answer their question.
- If a child under 13 signs up for an e-mail newsletter, or other activity that requires multiple online contacts with the child, we also ask the child for a parent’s or legal guardian’s e-mail address so we can notify you and give you an opportunity to decide whether or not you want your child to further participate.
- Occasionally, KD has special site activities or promotions like sweepstakes or contests that are open to children even if they are under 13. In these activities, we will not ask for more information from your child than what is necessary for your child to participate in the activity.
In the latter situation we require your child to give us your e-mail address, too, so that we can tell you that they have registered for the activity or promotion. If we need more than an e-mail address and first name (or screen name) to enter your child in the activity or promotion, we will notify you, explain what information we need and why, and generally ask that you (not your child) provide it. For instance, we might ask you for your mailing address so that we can send to you, for your child, any prizes your child wins, or for your telephone number so that we can tell you when your child has won. Any information you or your child give us in the above special circumstances will be deleted from our database once the promotion is concluded, and after any legally required period for keeping such information is complete.
We do not require a child to disclose more information than is reasonably necessary to participate in a contest, game or other activity as a condition of participation. If you no longer wish your child to participate in an e-mail newsletter, simply click on the link that is provided for removal or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon proper identification, parents or legal guardians may review the personal information we have collected about their child, request deletion, or refuse to allow further collection or use of the information. However, if you ask us to delete your child’s information, we may have to ask your child not to participate in our activities.
What Does KD Do With The Information We Collect?
We use the personal information we collect for the purposes indicated at the time you or your child (with your consent) provides such information. For instance, if you enter a contest, we will use the registration information to notify contest winners. Occasionally, and only with consent at the time we ask for information, we might also e-mail or mail you or your child to provide information on upcoming KD activities and promotions. Our mailings and e-mail will also include information allowing you to ask not to receive such information in the future.
Does KD Share Information About Me With Others?
If you consent, KD may provide your information to outside companies that offer products or services that may be of interest, and if your teenager 13 or older consents, we may likewise provide their information. Except as described in this policy, we never share personal information that we receive online from children fewer than 13 with other companies. We will remove your name from the list we provide to outside companies if you contact us at privacy@kidscience, and we will do the same for your teenager’s name if they request removal. In special circumstances, KD may give other companies access to our information database, but only if necessary to allow them to provide database or server maintenance or security, or provide other similar services to KD. If we do provide access, we require those other companies to sign confidentiality agreements promising to keep secret any information they see. If KD believes that anyone’s behavior on our sites may damage us or our sites or anyone else, we may disclose the relevant personal information in order to prevent this harm. In that case, we might try to identify the wrongdoer, contact them or bring legal action against them. We may also disclose personal information if we believe that the disclosure is required by law, or in response to a legal request. It is also possible that KD would sell all or substantially all of its assets and business. In any transaction of this kind, customer information, including your personally identifiable information, may be among the assets that are transferred. If we decide to so transfer your personally identifiable information, you will be notified by an email sent to the last know email address in our files and/or by notice posted on the KD Platforms.
Does KD Ever Collect Information Without Consent?
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