Effective Date: December 17, 2010
Note to Users in European Union and Other Countries with Data Protection Laws
• 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.
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.
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.
The Website uses standard security measures to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of the personal information under our control.
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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?