This is déjà vu, we know, but it needs to be repeated. The following is a non-exhaustive list of definitions of words and phrases found in this document:
“HotChalk” refers to our company, known as “HotChalk, Inc.”; our Site; our Service, which operates as the HotChalk Education Network; chalk that you put in boiling water for some strange reason; or a combination of all or some of the preceding definitions, depending on the context in which the word is used;
“Service” refers to the services that we provide through our Site, including our Common Core State Standards curriculum informational services (try to say that three times fast);
“Site” refers to our website, www.hotchalkeducationnetwork.com;
“User” refers to anyone who uses our Service, including Educators, Parents, Publishers, goldfish which have achieved human-like sentience, and general visitors to our Site;
3. Information Collected
Whenever you visit our Site, we may collect non-identifying information from you, such as your IP address, referring URL, browser, operating system, cookie information, and Internet Service Provider. Without a subpoena, voluntary compliance on the part of your Internet Service Provider, additional records from a third party, or superhuman psychic powers, this information alone cannot usually be used to identify you.
4. Use of Your Information
We may use your information to:
- Enhance or improve User experience, our Site, or our Service.
- Send e-mails about our Site or respond to inquiries.
- Send our e-mail newsletter (including information about educational opportunities, products, services, etc.).
- Share with Institutions of Higher Education (colleges, universities, etc.), or authorized-agents working on their behalf, that (a) are carefully selected for quality, and (b) offer awesome online degrees (e.g. BAs, MAs, EdDs, PhDs) or certificates that can be earned part-time and flexibly from anywhere.
- Conduct surveys of Users.
- Print out and turn into paper airplanes to have fun around the office (we will safely destroy any such personal information airplanes when done with them).
- Perform any other function that we believe in good faith is necessary to protect the security or proper functioning of our Site or Service.
5. Accessing, Editing, and Removing Your Information
Users may in some cases be able to review and edit the personal information they have provided to us by logging into your account on the Site and editing their account. Although most changes may occur immediately, information may still be stored in a web browser’s cache. We take no responsibility for stored information in your cache, or in other devices that may store information, and disclaim all liability of such. In addition, we may, from time to time, retain residual information about you in our backup and/or database. Basically the Internet is a big place and we can’t control everything that’s on it, so please don’t post anything that would make your grandma cry if she found out about it.
6. Cookies and Tracking
Cookies. Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser for record-keeping purposes. Some cookies allow us to make it easier for you to navigate our Site, while others are used to enable a faster log-in process or to allow us to track your activities at our Site. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you can edit your browser options to block them in the future. The “Help” portion of the toolbar on most internet browsers will tell you how to prevent your computer from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to delete and disable cookies altogether. Visitors to our Site who disable cookies will be able to browse certain areas of the Site, but some features may not work.
Local Storage Objects, Clear GIFs and other technologies. We may use Local Storage Objects (“LSOs”), to store your references and to personalize your visit to our Site. LSOs are different from browser cookies because of the amount and type of data stored. Typically, you cannot control, delete, or disable the acceptance of LSOs through your web browser. Similarly, clear GIFs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in functionality to cookies. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on your computer’s hard drive, clear GIFs are embedded invisibly on web pages. We may use clear GIFs (a.k.a. web beacons, web bugs or pixel tags), in connection with our Site and ads to, among other things, track the activities of Site visitors, help us manage content, and compile statistics about usage. We and our third-party service providers also use clear GIFs in HTML emails to our customers, to help us track email response rates, identify when our emails are viewed, and track whether our emails are forwarded.
Do-Not-Track. Currently, our systems do not recognize browser “do-not-track” requests. You may, however, disable certain tracking by disabling cookies; you also may opt-out of targeted advertising by following the instructions in the Hotchalk Ad Network section (below).
7. Hotchalk Ad Network
For example, we partner with the following third parties to deliver targeted advertising and track information about ads placed through the HotChalk Network:
- Mode Media (Formerly Glam). For more information about how Mode Media collects and uses information including how to opt out please visit http://www.modemediacorp.com/about_mode_media/legal/privacy-security/.
The above list is not exclusive; we may partner with additional third parties in the future.
You may also opt out of many third-party ad networks, including those operated by members of the Network Advertising Initiative (“NAI”) (including AppNexus, Mode Media and Rubicon Project), and members of the Digital Advertising Alliance (“DAA”). For more information regarding this practice by NAI members and DAA members (many of which will be the same), and your choices about how to opt out of third-party ad networks operated by NAI and DAA members, please visit their respective websites: www.networkadvertising.org/optout_nonppii.asp (NAI) and www.aboutads.info/choices (DAA).
Opting out of one or more ad networks, including those operated by NAI member or DAA members networks, only means that those entities no longer will deliver targeted content or ads to you based on your activities across multiple third party sites. It does not mean you will no longer receive any targeted content or ads on our Site or other websites. You may continue to receive advertisements, for example, based on the particular website that you are viewing. Also, if your browsers are configured to reject cookies when you visit an opt-out page, or you subsequently erase your cookies, use a different computer or change web browsers, your opt-out may no longer be effective.
8. Third Party Websites
HotChalk may post links to third party websites on its Site. These third party websites are not screened for privacy or security issues by HotChalk, and you release us from any liability for the conduct of these third party websites. If you go to another website that asks for your credit card information so it can send you a billion Rubles, you may wish to exercise caution.
9. Third Party Access to Your Information
Although you are entering into an Agreement with HotChalk to disclose your information to us, we do use third party individuals and organizations to assist us, including contractors, web hosts, and others.
Throughout the course of our provision of our Service to you, we may delegate our authority to collect, access, use, and disseminate your information. For example, our web host stores the information that you provide us, and we may hire outside contractors to perform maintenance or assist us in securing our website.
10. Release of Your Information for Legal Purposes
At times it may become necessary or desirable to HotChalk, for legal purposes, to release your information in response to a request from a government agency (such as the Five-O) or a private litigant. You agree that we may disclose your information to a third party where we believe, in good faith, that it is desirable to do so for the purposes of a civil action, criminal investigation, or other legal matter. We may also proactively report you, and release your information to, third parties where we believe that it is prudent to do so for legal reasons, such as our belief that you have engaged in fraudulent activities or have otherwise done something to get on Santa’s naughty list this year. You release us from any damages that may arise from or relate to the release of your information to a request from law enforcement agencies or private litigants, including but not limited to a SWAT team being excessive and smashing through your house’s windows at three in the morning to arrest you for jaywalking.
We may also release your personal information as part of litigation in which we are involved.
11. Business Transfers
If we are acquired by or merged with another company, if substantially all of our assets are transferred to another company, or as part of a bankruptcy proceeding, we may transfer your information to the other company.
12. Commercial and Non-Commercial Communications
13. Security Measures
We take certain measures to enhance the security of our Site and Service, including using vulnerability scanning, PCI DSS-compliant hosting, and ferocious gerbils in a moat around our server hardware. However, we make no representations as to the security or privacy of your information. It is in our interest to keep our Site secure, but we recommend that you use anti-virus software, firewalls, and other precautions to protect yourself from security threats.
14. Your California Online Privacy Rights
15. International Transfer
Last Modified: July 4, 2014