Archive for March, 2011

March 7th, 2011

Privacy Policy

Effective Date: December 17, 2010

The MicroGlobalScope Website, located at www.microglobalscope.org (sometimes referred to as the “Website”) is operated by the Science House Foundation, a private philanthropic organization established under section 501(c)(3). In this Privacy Policy, we refer to the Science House Foundation as the “Foundation” or “we.” The Foundation wants to create a safe, enjoyable and educational platform for students of all ages, teachers, and guest scientists to interact and share ideas. The privacy of all users is important to the Foundation. This Privacy Policy is intended to describe the kinds of information that may be collected through your use of this website, www.microglobalscope.org, and how that information is secured. Please review this policy in order to understand our privacy and security practices. By visiting www.microglobalscope.org, you agree to these policies..

Note to Users in European Union and Other Countries with Data Protection Laws

Because the Foundation is based in the U.S., this Policy is consistent with U.S. law and practice. By agreeing to this Privacy Policy, you consent to the Foundation applying its Privacy Policy in place of data protections under your country’s law. That is, you freely and unambiguously consent that:

• The terms of this Privacy Policy, not your home country’s laws, control how the Foundation will process personal data about you;

• Data you enter on the Website will be transmitted to and processed in the U.S., a jurisdiction whose laws do not offer data protections equivalent to your home country’s laws; and

• Sensitive data, such as data involving your health, will also be processed consistent with the Policy below and transmitted to/processed in the U.S., a jurisdiction without equivalent data protections.

What Information Do We Collect?

During the initial Field Trial Program of www.microglobalscope.org, only teachers and scientists more than 18 years of age may post or upload information to www.microglobalscope.org. The Foundation will not provide access codes to minors under the age of 18. Prior to posting or uploading any information to www.microglobalscope.org, teachers must agree in writing to prohibit students from posting or uploading any materials to www.microglobalscope.org.

Applicant Schools

Only schools may apply to participate in the MicroGlobalScope program. When schools apply to be part of the MicroGlobalScope program, the Foundation requires applicant teachers to enter information such as the teacher’s full name, email address, contact phone number, school name, school mailing address, information about the number and age of students, school technology resources, background information about the school.

Other Website Visitors

We also collect certain other information from all Website visitors, such as the type of computer operating system (e.g., Windows XP or Mac OS), the user’s IP Address, the web browser being used (e.g., Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer), the frequency with which guests visit various parts of our Website, and information regarding the user’s Internet Service Provider. We collect this information in order to improve our service and make our site more interesting and useful.

The Foundation may use data tracking tools that collect this information through the use of software technologies such as unique identifiers or “cookies.” Cookies are small text files that are placed in visitors’ computer browsers to store their preferences. You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser (like Internet Explorer or Firefox) settings. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies. If you choose to decline cookies, however, some of the functionality of the Website might be impaired.

School and Scientist Participants

When a school becomes a registered participant at www.microglobalscopel.org, the Foundation generates a username and password for the school’s use of the Website. Schools may change their passwords at any time. The Foundation asks registered participant schools to create profiles that include information such as location and the number of students at the participant school.

Participating registered teachers may use the school’s username and password to post content, including photos, to the Website and to comment on content. Non-registered users who visit the Website will be able to view the content of the Website, but will not be able to contribute content or comments to the Website. The Foundation may also provide usernames and passwords to selected guest scientific experts. Such scientific expert participants will be able to view the Website, and will be able to comment on the Website and/or communicate with teachers through the Website.

Any and all personal information posted by teachers and scientists on www.microglobalscope.org can be read, collected or used by other users and the public. By posting to www.microglobalscope.org, you consent to allowing other users to access what you have posted and to see your public profile. The contents of your postings, and your linked profile, will be freely available to the public on the Internet. By posting in any blog or interactive forum, you agree that any information you choose to post will be shared with other website users and will be freely available on the Internet.

How Do We Use and Share Your Information?

The Foundation may disclose the information we collect on www.microglobalscope.org to service providers or other third party companies that provide support for the operations of www.microglobalscope.org and who have agreed in writing to prohibit the use or disclosure of the information for any other purpose. Further, the Foundation may share this information with its affiliated companies, including Cell Motion BioBus Inc., and guest scientists.

If participating teachers and/or scientists post and upload any information to www.microglobalscope.org, they understand that this information will be freely available to the public on the Internet.

To the extent permitted by law, we may disclose any information collected over the Website or concerning its use (personal and non-personal) to government authorities or third parties pursuant to a legal request, subpoena, or other legal process. We may also use or disclose your information as permitted by law to protect the rights or property of the Foundation, the Website, its users, or third parties, or when we otherwise believe in good faith that the law requires it.

Children’s Information

Because only teachers and scientists over the age of 18 may post or upload information to www.microglobalscope.org during the initial Field Trial Program, the Science House Foundation does not currently knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13 at www.microglobalscope.org without verifiable parental consent. If you are under the age of 13, please do not provide personally identifiable information of any kind whatsoever.

Security

The Website uses standard security measures to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of the personal information under our control.

Third Party Privacy Policies

The Website may link to other websites not connected with or controlled by the Foundation. The Foundation is not responsible for the content of unaffiliated sites to which it links, and those sites are not covered by this privacy policy. We recommend that you review the privacy policies of any linked sites you visit.

Third Party Advertising

The Website may contain names and logos of the Foundation’s corporate sponsors, but the Website does not include any other third-party advertising.

How Can You Review or Request Changes To Your Information?

Registered teachers and scientists can review and update their posts and profile information (biography, photo and email address) at any time via the admin interface.

How Will You Know About Changes to our Policy?

By using the Website, you agree to the Privacy Policy currently in effect at the time. We reserve the right to update this Privacy Policy as necessary to reflect any changes we make and to satisfy legal requirements. If we make a material change to this Policy, we will inform users of this update and provide them an opportunity to review the new privacy policy and provide their consent to the new terms outlined in such an updated privacy policy.

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding www.microglobalscope.org, the Foundation, or this Privacy Policy, you may contact us at info@microglobalscope.org, or via phone or regular mail (see the “Contact Us” page for the Science House Foundation)

March 7th, 2011

Terms of Use

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 26, 2010These Terms of Use (“Terms of Use” or “Agreement”) apply to the use of the MicroGlobalScope website http://www.microgloblascope.org and the physical equipment (Microscopes, books and microscope accessories) provided by Science House Foundation and/or the Biobus to registered participants. When you agree to become a participating school in MicroGlobalScope (through invitation by the Science House Foundation), you become a “User” for the purposes of this agreement.

PLEASE READ THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE POSTING CONTENT AND FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN ON THE MICROGLOBALSCOPE WEBSITE. YOUR USE OF MICROGLOBALSCOPE.ORG SIGNIFIES THAT YOU AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS OF USE, AND YOU CONSENT TO THE INFORMATION COLLECTION PRACTICES DISCLOSED IN THE MICROGLOBALSCOPE PRIVACY POLICY.

1. SAFETY

In becoming a registered participant in MicroGlobalScope, you agree to take personal responsibility for your safety and that or your class. Science House Foundation and the Biobus take care to make sure that the recommended activities are safe, and that sufficient instructions are provided to be able to carry out the activities

Under no circumstances shall Science House Foundation, The Biobus, or any partners or affiliates, be liable to you or any other person for any indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages arising out of or relating to the use or attempted use of the MicroGlobalScope website, or the physical equipment provided.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL MICROGLOBALSCOPE, SCIENCE HOUSE FOUNDATION, BIOBUS OR ANY OF ITS PARTNERS, AGENTS, AFFILIATES OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE USE OR ATTEMPTED USE OF THE MICROGLOBALSCOPE SITES. YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY HEREUNDER SHALL BE FOR YOU TO DISCONTINUE YOUR USE OF THE SITE(S).

BECAUSE SOME STATES OR JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR THE LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, IN SUCH STATES OR JURISDICTIONS, OUR LIABILITY, AND THE LIABILITY OF OUR PARENT AND SUPPLIERS, SHALL BE LIMITED IN THOSE JURISDICTIONS TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.


2. BLOGGING

a. Prohibited types of content and activities

As a user your school will be granted a login and password that enables you to post content on the site by way of blog posts and comments. “Content” refers to all text, photographs, video, or other materials displayed on the MicroGlobalScope website.

Posts and comments will not be moderated before publishing, however, we reserve the right to take down any information that violates the provisions below.

Users of the Sites may be subject to international, federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to laws regulating the privacy and security of personal information (collectively, “Laws”). As a User you are solely responsible for your use of the MicroGlobalScope website being in compliance with all applicable Laws.

In addition, with respect to your use of the MicroGlobalScope website, you agree that you will not submit or create Content that:

1. is offensive, inappropriate, unlawful, threatening, defamatory or invasive of another’s privacy;

2. impersonates any person, business or entity;

3. victimizes or intimidates an individual or group on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, or disability;

4. encourages criminal conduct or conduct that might create civil liability for MicroGlobalScope;

5. contains viruses or other computer files or code that interrupts, destroys or limits the functions of any computer software, hardware or telecommunications equipment, or otherwise permits unauthorized use of a computer or computer network;

6. violates the rights of others including intellectual property rights.

In addition, you may not:

1. use the MicroGlobalScope website in any manner that intentionally damages, disables, overburdens, or impairs our servers or networks;

2. attempt to gain unauthorized access to any services, user accounts, computer systems or networks, through “hacking,” “password mining,” or any other means;

3. use automated tools, robots, any data mining or similar data gathering and extraction tools to access, crawl, meta-search, and/or collect any of the Content or information accessible through the Sites;

4. otherwise violate this Agreement.

Science House Foundation reserves the right to investigate and take appropriate legal action against anyone who, in Science House Foundation sole discretion, violates these provisions, including but not limited to removing the offending Content, terminating the membership of such individuals, filing a lawsuit to seek civil remedies and reporting such individuals to law enforcement.

b. Use of Content

All Content posted on the site by Users falls under a creative commons “Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike” (CC-BY-NC-SA) license. May wish to elaborate here.

All Content published on the site by the site administrators (Science House Foundation and Biobus staff) also falls under this license, unless otherwise indicated.

As a User you are responsible for not posting Content that infringes the Intellectual Property rights of others.

c. Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us. Our use of your information and your use of the MicroGlobalScope Sites and Products and Services is governed by our Privacy Policy which is incorporated in, and subject to, these Terms of Use. To review our Privacy Policy, click here.

3. LINKING TO THIS WEB SITE

You may include a link to the MicroGlobalScope website on another Web site so long as the link does not portray MicroGlobalScope in a false or misleading manner and does not appear on a Web site that is offensive, or otherwise objectionable.


4. CHANGES TO THESE TERMS OF USE AND/OR THE MICROGLOBALSCOPE WEBSITE

We may change these Terms of Use at any time. You can review the most current version of these terms by clicking on the “Terms of Use” link located at the bottom of our Web pages. You are responsible for checking these terms periodically for changes. If you continue to use the MicroGlobalScope website after we post changes to these Terms of Use, you are signifying your acceptance of the new terms.


5. THIRD PARTY SITES; ADVERTISERS

MicroGlobalScope may contain names of and links to sponsor organizations on the site. You acknowledge and agree that Science House Foundation is not responsible for any Content or other materials, or the privacy policies and practices of these third party sites.

6. INDEMNIFICATION

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Science House Foundation and the Biobus, and other affiliated companies, and our respective employees, contractors, officers, directors, and agents, from all liabilities, claims, and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, that arise from your use or misuse of the MicroGlobalScope website.