Privacy Policy

(Last Updated on August 26, 2017)

Loose Canon knows your privacy is important to you, and we want you to know that it is important to us too. Unless otherwise specified in connection with a particular activity, this Policy explains the types of information we collect through our Website, online services, and/or applications on which this Policy is posted, how we will use, disclose and protect this information once it is collected, and how you can opt out of some of our uses and disclosures of your information. By visiting our Site, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy.

Here are a few general things to keep in mind as you read this Policy:

  • The Site is owned and operated by Loose Canon, LLC or one or more of its corporate affiliates (referred to collectively in this policy as “we,” “us,” “our” and other similar pronouns).
  • Our Kids Privacy Policy applies to our Sites or areas of our Site that are used by kids under age 13.
  • Except when we tell you otherwise in connection with a particular activity, we will not share your Personal Information with third parties for any purposes.
  • This Policy may be supplemented in the future by other terms that are posted on and apply to specific Websites or features, online services, or applications. At such ties, we will notify subscribers of such changes.  
  • In addition, as our business changes, this Policy may also change, so we encourage you to come back to this page from time to time.
  • This Policy does not apply to information that we collect from or about you other than through our Site by your voluntary submission.

This Site may place cookies and local shared objects on your computer or device which are further described below. By using the Site, you agree to this.

If you are located outside of the United States, you should know that the information you provide to us is being transmitted to us and processed in the United States and in other countries by us or our service providers on our behalf, and will be protected subject to this Privacy Policy and applicable laws, which may not be as protective as the laws in your country. By using the Site, you agree to this.

 

What information is collected on this Site?

User-Provided Information

“Personal Information” is information that can be used to identify an individual or allow someone to contact an individual. We may collect Personal Information such as:

  • name
  • email address
  • photographs, videos, or audio recordings
  • certain school/education information, including school address

Personal Information may also include information, such as names and email addresses, that we collect from you about other people when you share content on our Site with someone else or create a teacher account for a classroom.

We may also collect information such as your date of birth and certain demographic information. We do not generally treat these as Personal Information except when tied to information such as that listed above. In some cases, information about you or your device, including Personal Information, may be collected on our Site directly by a third party, and is subject to that third party’s privacy policy. For example, widgets or other third party tools may be used on our Site to provide services like content sharing, new feeds, comment-filtering, or blog hosting, and our applications may be used through third party platforms.

Site Usage Information

When you visit our Site, our servers may automatically collect the Internet protocol, or “IP”, address associated with your computer, to help us track and resolve issues with Site functionality or administration. An IP address is a string of numbers that is usually controlled by a user’s Internet service provider, and automatically assigned when a user’s computer connects to the Internet. In some cases, we may get general geographic location information from your IP address. We may also capture “clickstream data” about your Site usage. Clickstream data includes information about your “clicks” or actions on our Site, such as what you see or click on during your visit and how you interacted with certain features. It can include information about your computer or device, Web browser and operating system, and settings and may include referrer URL information that is automatically passed to us (that is, information about where the user came from before arriving on our Site, which may include search terms in the URL string). To track information about use of our Site, we use various technological tools. For example:

  • Cookies are small data files sent by a Website or application and stored on your computer or device at the request of that site or app. A cookie stores information related to your browser to enable us to recognize your browser on return visits to our Site and remember your preferences. Most browsers can be set to detect browser cookies and to let you reject them, but refusing cookies may make it difficult to use the Site. To learn more about browser cookies, including how to manage or delete them, look in the Tools, Help or similar section of your Web browser, or visit http://allaboutcookies.org.
  • Local shared objects, such as “Flash cookies,” may be stored on your computer or device through a media player or other software installed on your computer or device. Local shared objects operate a lot like cookies, but cannot be managed in the same way. Depending on how local shared objects are enabled on your computer or device, you may be able to manage them using software settings. For information on managing Flash cookies, visit the following URL: http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/disable-local-shared-objectsflash.html.
  • A pixel tag (also known as a “clear GIF” or “web beacon”) is a tiny image – typically just one-pixel – that can be placed on a Web page or in an email to you, to tell us when you have displayed that page or opened that email.

By using our Site, you agree to these tracking technologies.

How is your information used?

We may use the information we collect from and about you to perform various business functions including, for example:

  • authenticating you as a user and enabling you to use the Site;
  • processing and fulfilling transactions;
  • maintaining and administering the Site and your account with us;
  • responding to your requests;
  • analyzing the Site, making overall Site improvements, and developing new features;
  • sending you communications;
  • protecting our rights, property, and the safety of others;
  • investigating suspected fraud or other unlawful activity;
  • personalizing or customizing portions of the Site, specifically for compiling “best of” lists, such as “Most Popular books at your school” or “Most popular books everywhere.”
  • when otherwise required or permitted by applicable law.

We do not use student data for any advertisement purposes, including behaviorally targeted advertisements. Nor do we sell it to others.

Security

While we have policies and procedures in place and take reasonable measures to protect the confidentiality, security and integrity of Personal Information collected on this Site, we cannot guarantee that information will be absolutely safe from intrusion during transmission, while stored on our systems, or when otherwise in our care. Except as expressly required by applicable statute or regulation, we will have no liability for disclosure of your Personal Information due to errors

or unauthorized acts of third parties during or after transmission. If you create an account on our Site, you are responsible for maintaining the strict confidentiality of your account password, and for any activity that occurs under your account credentials, whether or not authorized by you. Please notify us of any unauthorized use of your account or any other breach of security.

If we believe that the security of your Personal Information in our care may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you of that development, as soon as possible under the circumstances. If we have your email address, we may notify you by email. You consent to our use of email as a means of such notification.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may change this Policy from time to time. When we do, we will let you know by posting the changed Policy on this page with a new “Last Updated” date. We will also notify subscribers about changes by by sending an email to the email address we have on file. We will request your consent to the changes.

Kids (Under 13) Privacy Policy

This Kids Privacy Policy applies to information we collect from users of our Site who are under the age of 13. When we say “kid” or “child” in this Policy, we are referring to users under the age of 13. When we say “parent” in this Policy, we are referring to that users parent or other legal guardian.

 

WHAT INFORMATION IS COLLECTED FROM KID USERS THROUGH THIS SITE?

By law, our Site cannot condition a child’s participation in an online activity on the child’s providing more information than is reasonably necessary. If we do collect personal information from a child online, the law allows us to keep that information only as long as is reasonably necessary to fulfill the purpose for which the information is collected.

Direct Collection

We may collect the following Personal Information from our child visitors under the age of 13:

  • email address
  • parent email address or other online contact information
  • photo or other image or recording
  • school name/location
  • teacher email address or other contact information

We may also collect information from child visitors such as first name, last initial, general geo-location information (but no more specific than city or zip code), age or grade, likes/dislikes (such as most recent book read, favorite book genre), which we consider Personal Information only if combined with any of the other items of Personal Information listed above.

When we collect Personal Information from a child, we ask the child’s parent for consent before we collect it, except as permitted by law.

We may request the parent’s consent in any way the law allows. For example, if the child’s Personal Information will be used only by us, we may ask for the parent’s consent by email. If the child’s Personal Information will be disclosed on the Site or shared with a third party, we may verify that the person providing consent is the parent. Parents have the option to consent to the collection and use of their children’s information without consenting to the disclosure of that information to third parties, except to the extent that disclosure of such information is a necessary part of the activity for which parental consent is given. Notice of the information collection, use and disclosure practices associated with a particular online activity will be provided to the parent when we ask for consent. That notice will also be on the Site.

When a child visits the Site, our systems may collect the Internet protocol, or “IP”, address associated with the child’s computer or other device. An IP address is a string of numbers that is usually controlled by a user’s Internet service provider, and automatically assigned when a user’s computer connects to the Internet. We use this information to identify and fix problems with the way the Site works. IP addresses can also give us general location information from our child users, such as continent or region within the United States.

We may also collect “clickstream data”. Clickstream data is information about a user’s “clicks” or actions on the Site, such as the pages, content or ads seen or clicked on, downloads, games played, and other activity. Clickstream data also includes information about a child’s computer or device, Web browser and operating system and settings and may include referrer URL information that is automatically passed to us (that is, information about where the user came from before arriving on our Site, which may include search terms in the URL string).

Here are examples of the technical tools we use to collect usage information about children’s visits to our Site:

Cookies: Cookies are small data files sent by a Web site or application and saved on a user’s computer or device at the request of that site or app. A browser cookie stores information about the user’s Web browser, so a site can recognize that browser when a user comes back to that site or app. Cookies can help us save a user’s preferences on the Site, and can also be used to help with age-screening tools. Most browsers can be set to detect or reject browser cookies, but refusing cookies may, in some cases, make it difficult or impossible to use the Site. More information about the use of browser cookies, including how to manage or delete them, is available in the tools, help or similar section of Web browsers and at allaboutcookies.org. By allowing their children to use our Site, parents agree to the placement of cookies on their child’s computer or device.

Local shared object: Local shared objects, such as “Flash cookies,” may be stored on a computer or device through a media player or other software installed on that computer or device. Local shared objects operate a lot like cookies, but cannot be managed in the same way. Depending on how local shared objects are enabled on a computer or device, they can be managed using software settings. Information about managing Flash cookies is available at http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/disable-local-shared-objects-flash.html. As with browser cookies, some features of our Site may not work as well if Flash cookies are turned off. By allowing their children to use our Site, parents agree to the placement of local shared objects on their child’s computer or device.

 

HOW IS THE PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT ABOUT KID USERS USED AND SHARED?

Use of Information

The Personal Information we collect from or about a child via our Site is used to provide services and features send password reminders, provide customer service, and to contact the child or the child’s parent about the child’s use of the Kid’s Site.

We do not share this data for the purposes of advertising or any other purpose. The only third parties who have access to this data are third parties consistent with our privacy policy, such as a firm we may contract to write additional code or features to the site.

Community Features

Kids can post messages on our Site and share ideas, creations and comments (for example, through blog commenting tools or online writing features), but these postings are only made public within a Kid’s school and are moderated by the teachers within that school. Loose Canon does not edit content but may at the request of teachers or administrators occasionally remove a post that the school deems harmful. We take reasonable measures to facilitate non-disclosure of Kid’s Personal Information, except to the extent required to provide the Site services.

Each Kid’s data is searchable by other members of that student’s school community until either 1) the school ends its subscription or 2) the student leaves the school and four years pass. In practice, this statement means that aKid’s book reviews will be searchable by younger siblings and underclassmen for four years after that student leaves the community. That data helps schools create “buzz” about popular books for four years after a student leaves.

 

Disclosure to Service Providers

The Personal Information and site usage information we collect on the Site may be collected or accessed by our service providers (whether third parties or our corporate affiliates) who support and administer the internal operations of our Site, such as to enable Site maintenance and to provide customer service. Our service providers who have access to children’s Personal Information can use that Personal Information only to do the tasks we engage them to do; they cannot use it for any other reason or for their own purposes, and we require them to agree to maintain the confidentiality, security and integrity of that Personal Information. Service providers also assist us in collecting and understanding Site usage information. We may share non-personally identifiable Site usage information (including aggregate data) with others, for their own use.

Legal Disclosures

 We reserve the right to release a child’s Personal Information, or to use a child’s IP address or other Personal Information to attempt to identify a child user, to the extent consistent with applicable law, when we believe release is required to comply with federal, state or local law (such as cooperating with a judicial process or law enforcement investigation), to maintain the safety and integrity of the Site, to enforce any applicable terms of use, or to protect the child or our or others’ rights, property or safety, or to take precautions against any other liability.

 

INFORMATION FOR EDUCATORS

Under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), schools may (but are not required to) act as intermediaries for parents, by giving permission for students under 13 to provide Personal Information in connection with certain online school activities, subject to any applicable school or school district policies.

 

INTERNET SAFETY

We encourage parents and teachers to talk with their children and students about how to be safe online. The following resources may help you do that:

 

I Keep Safe

Home

Get Net Wise

GNW-front

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/

http://www.onguardonline.gov

 

CHANGES TO OUR PRIVACY POLICIES

If we make a material change to our Kids Privacy Policy, we will make reasonable attempts to notify parents of child users by any means permitted by law, and we may require the parent’s consent to any new privacy policy.

If Loose Canon agrees to a merger with or acquisition by another company, and that company is not a signatory of the Student Privacy Pledge, Loose Canon will notify registered schools in advance of the merger, and those schools will have the option of cancelling or continuing their subscriptions as they see fit.