The policies of SVHS are available here, and incorporated by reference.
The privacy practices of this statement apply to our services available under the domain and subdomains of this website (the “Site”). The Site is operated by Silicon Valley High School Inc. a corporation incorporated in the state of Delaware, with headquarters in California. For the purposes of this Agreement, we refer to Silicon Valley High School Inc. as ‘SVHS’, ‘us’ or ‘we’. Similarly, this Agreement may refer to you as ‘you’, ‘member’, ‘user’, or ‘viewer’.
2—Over 13 Years Of Age
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (“COPPA”) applies to students under the age of 13. We restrict access to the Site to persons over the age of 13. Please do not use this website, or send any personal information to us, if you are under 13 years of age.
3—Information You Post on Messageboards and Public Forums
4—Information We Collect
Our primary purpose in collecting personal information is to provide you with a safe, smooth, efficient, and customized experience. This allows us to provide services and features that we hope will meet your needs, and to customize our service to make your experience safer and easier. We only collect personal information about you that we consider necessary for achieving this purpose.
In general, you can browse the public areas of the Site without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself. Once you give us your personal information, you are not anonymous to us. If you choose to use our services, we may require you to provide contact and identity information, billing information, shipping information and other personal information as indicated on the forms throughout the Site. Where possible, we indicate which fields are required and which fields are optional. You always have the option to not provide information by choosing not to use a particular service or feature.
Under some circumstances we may require some additional financial information. We use your financial information, including credit card information to verify the accuracy of your name, address, and other information, as well as to bill you for your use of our services.
We automatically track certain information based upon your behavior on the Site. We use this information to do internal research on our users’ demographics, interests, and behavior to better understand, protect and serve you and our SVHS community. This information may include the URL that you just came from (whether this URL is on the Site or not), which URL you next go to (whether this URL is on the Site or not), your computer browser information, and your IP address.
If you establish a credit account with us to pay the fees we charge, we collect some additional information, such as a billing address, credit card number and a credit card expiration date and tracking information from checks or money orders.
So, if you post messages in any Message Boards that we might implement in future, your IP address will be logged and stored on our system. We may retain this information as necessary to resolve disputes, provide customer support and troubleshoot problems as permitted by law.
If you send us personal correspondence, such as emails or letters, or if other users or third parties send us correspondence about your activities or postings on the Site, we may collect such information into a file specific to you.
5—Our Use of Your Information
If you choose to open an account, or otherwise provide us with your financial information, we use your address and billing information to bill you and provide associated support.
You agree that we may use personal information about you to improve our marketing and promotional efforts, to analyze site usage, improve our content and product offerings, and customize the Site’s content, layout, and services. These uses improve the Site and better tailor it to meet your needs, so as to provide you with a smooth, efficient, safe and customized experience while using the Site.
6—Our Disclosure of Your Information
We do not sell or rent any of your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes without your express consent. However, the following describes some of the ways that your personal information may be disclosed in the normal scope of business to provide our services.
a. Advertisers. We do not currently sell advertising on the Site, and do not intend to sell advertising in future, but if we did make the decision to sell advertising, we may aggregate (gather up data across all user accounts) personal information and disclose such information in a non-personally identifiable manner to advertisers and other third parties for their marketing and promotional purposes. However, in these situations, we would not disclose to these entities any information that could be used to identify you personally. Certain information, such as your name, email address, password, credit card number, and bank account number, are not disclosed to these third parties in a personally identifiable manner without your express consent.
c. External Service Providers. There are a number of separate services offered by third parties that we refer to as external service providers that may be complimentary to your use of the Site. If you choose to use these separate services, disclose information to the external service providers, and/or grant them permission to collect information about you, then their use of your information is governed by their Privacy Policies, not this one. We do not disclose your personal information to external service providers unless you provide your express consent. With your express consent we may provide some of your personal information to the external service provider offering such services, for your convenience. To prevent our disclosure of your personal information to an external service provider, you can decline such express consent or simply not use their services. Because we do not control the privacy practices of these third parties, you should evaluate their practices before deciding to use their services.
f. Legal Requests. SVHS cooperates with law enforcement inquiries, as well as other third parties to enforce laws, such as: intellectual property rights, fraud and other rights, to help protect you and the SVHS community from bad actors. Therefore, in response to a verified request by law enforcement or other government officials relating to a criminal investigation or alleged illegal activity, we can (and you authorize us to) disclose your name, city, state, telephone number, email address, UserID history, fraud complaints and listing history without a subpoena. Without limiting the above, in an effort to respect your privacy and our ability to keep the community free from bad actors, we will not otherwise disclose your personal information to law enforcement or other government officials without a subpoena, court order or substantially similar legal procedure, except when we believe in good faith that the disclosure of information is necessary to: prevent imminent physical harm or financial loss; or report suspected illegal activity.
g. Parents, Teachers and Counselors. Often parents, teachers and/or counselors request the ability to monitor a student’s progress through a course. We provide a student’s parent, teacher or counselor with a console that enables them to view the student’s grade and other basic information on the students progress through the course.
7—Your Use of Other User’s Information
You agree that, with respect to other users’ personal information that you obtain through the Site or through a related communication SVHS hereby grants to you a license to use such information only for: (a) SVHS-related communications that are not unsolicited commercial messages, (b) using services offered through SVHS, and (c) any other purpose that a user expressly agrees to after you tell them the purpose you would like to use it for. In all cases, you must give users an opportunity to remove themselves from your database and a chance to review what information you have collected about them. In addition, under no circumstances, except as defined in this Section, can you disclose personal information about another user to any third party without our express consent and the express consent of that user. You agree that other users may use your personal information to communicate with you in accordance with this Section.
You are not licensed to add a SVHS user, even a user who has purchased an item from you, to your mail list (email or physical mail) without their express consent.
8—Control of Your Password
9—Other Information Collectors
Your information is stored on SVHS’s servers located in the United States. We use procedural and technical safeguards to protect your personal information against loss or theft as well as unauthorized access and disclosure to protect your privacy. We treat data as an asset that must be protected against loss and unauthorized access. We employ many different security techniques to protect such data from unauthorized access by users inside and outside the company. However, “perfect security” does not exist on the Internet.
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