COPPA Privacy Notice
This is the COPPA Privacy Notice for Word Mania USA,
the biggest online literacy competition in the USA.
This Privacy Notice is designed to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) and contains important information for parents about how LiteracyPlanet Inc (“LiteracyPlanet,” “we,” or “us”) uses and discloses personal information that we collect from children through our educational services available at www.literacyplanet.com or through other applications or websites that link to this privacy notice (collectively, the “Platform” or “LiteracyPlanet”). For the purpose of this privacy notice, “child” means a child who is thirteen (13) years old or younger.
LiteracyPlanet is an online literacy education platform and service. The Platform helps children to develop their literacy skills through a range of exercises and games. Parents or schools may subscribe to the Platform. In order to allow parents and teachers to monitor the use of LiteracyPlanet by their students, we may collect information that identifies those students. When a teacher uses LiteracyPlanet with his or her students, we rely on the consent provided by the teacher for the collection and use of personal information collected from the students as described in this notice. When a parent subscribes for a child, we obtain verifiable consent from the parent as described in this Notice.
What personal information do we collect from children and why?
If the parent registers his or her child, we collect the information provided to us by the parent, which includes the child’s name and a password for the child. If a school registers a student for the Platform, the school or teacher will provide us with the student’s name.
We also collect information generated from children’s activities on the Platform. For example, we collect information regarding assignments each child has completed and performance on those assignments.
[We may automatically collect the following non-personally identifiable information about users of the Platform through cookies and other technologies: domain name, browser type, operating system, web pages viewed while logged in, links clicked, the length of time spent on our Platform, and the referring URL. We may also collect IP address, but we only use this information to maintain the Platform and to understand user activity while using the Platform.
How do we use a child’s information?
We use any personal information that we gather about children for the following purposes:
- To deliver and maintain the Platform, including to respond to questions from parents or teachers, to provide technical support, and for quality assurance and quality improvement activities;
- To provide students, parents, and teachers information and reports about their performance and use of the Platform; and
We may also use aggregate information that does not identify a student for other purposes, such as to analyze overall performance of all students who use the Platform on a particular activity. When we do this, we strip out all names, email addresses, and other personal information.
How do we share a child’s information?
We do not sell children’s personal information and we do not use personal information to market products to children. If a child is registered for the Platform through school, then we share a child’s personal information, including a child’s performance of activities and assignments on the Platform, with the child’s teacher and school. If a child is registered for the Platform through the parent or guardian, then we share the child’s personal information with the parent or guardian. We also may disclose personal information that we collect about children as follows:
- To third party vendors who perform services for us. We seek contractual assurances from our vendors that they will maintain the privacy and security of such information and only use it as provided in this notice.
- In order to comply with the law, a judicial proceedings, court order, subpoena, or other legal process.
- If we are acquired by or merged with another company, including if substantially all of our assets are transferred to another company as part of a sale or bankruptcy proceeding.
Your rights to review, delete, and control our use of a child’s personal information
Parents have the right to review the personal information that we have collected about their children, to delete it, and to tell us to no longer use such personal information. If a parent does not want us to collect or use his or her child’s information any more, the parent can cancel the child’s use of the Platform. Parents should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to their child’s personal information or deletion of their child’s account. Note that, where permitted under applicable law, information may continue to be stored and used if required by law or legal process or to defend ourselves from a legal claim, but the information will only be used for such purposes.
Changes to this notice
We may amend this Notice at any time. We may provide notice to parents or schools by e-mail regarding any material changes in the way we intend to collect, use, and/or share a child’s personal information. Please note that, at all times, parents should update their personal information with their current email addresses. We will apply any changes only as permitted by applicable law, including any requirements under the law for parental consent.
Who we are and how to contact us
The operator of the Platform is Intrepica Ptd Ltd and you can contact us at:
641 W Lake St #200, Chicago, IL 60661, USA
Consent of Parent or Legal Guardian
The law requires that we implement certain protections prior to collecting personal information from children online.
Teachers are provided a copy of this COPPA Privacy Notice, which gives direct notice of our privacy practices. Teachers are required to verify that they have authorization to consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information about their students. For students accessing the Platform through school, we rely on the consent provided by the teacher for the collection and use of personal information collected from the students as described in this Notice.
Where a child does not register for the Platform through school, we require verifiable parental consent before a user under the age of 18 can register on the Platform. We will not collect, ues, or disclose information from your child without such consent. To provide your consent, you may provide a valid credit card number during the registration process. A one-time fee of $0.50 is charged to verify that a parent or guardian has provided consent. This one-time payment is a commonly used and accepted parental control method required so that parents have the charge to see the payment on their credit card statement, and to alert us if consent was improperly provided. The fee is charged when you register the child for an account on the Platform. Credit card information is not stored on the system, and cannot be used to make additional purchases through the Platform. A fee is not needed to set up subsequent child accounts on the Platform. Once the first child account has been created, you can add additional accounts for no additional fee.
Effective Date: 7 January 2019