privacy policy

1. OUR PRIVACY POLICY

A. General. The Professor Garfield Foundation, Inc. ("PGF") is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, and is the operator of this site, ProfessorGarfield.org. We at "PGF" are determined to ensure that visitors, customers and friends of professorgarfield.org will have a fun experience while visiting this Web site, without sacrificing their peace of mind as to the protection of their identity and other personal information. This policy statement tells you how we collect information on you, how it's used, and the steps we are taking to protect it from any unauthorized use.

2. WHAT THIS PRIVACY POLICY COVERS

A. General.This policy covers how PGF treats personal information that PGF collects and receives, including information related to your past use of PGF. Personal information is information about you that is personally identifiable like your name, address, e-mail address, or phone number, and that is not otherwise publicly available. For a child under 13 any information which would allow contact with the child would be considered personally identifiable information.

B. Companies Not Controlled.This policy does not apply to the practices of companies that PGF does not own or control, or to people that PGF does not employ or manage.

C. Links to Other Sites. This site contains links to other sites that are not owned or controlled by PGF. Please be aware that PGF is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that you visit.

3. CHILDREN'S ONLINE PRIVACY

A. Limited Information Sought.Because many visitors to this site are children, we take the utmost care to make certain that our content is appropriate for kids of all ages. We allow children to initiate registration by providing us with their first name, gender, date of birth, grade, screen name, password, challenge question and answer.  We limit the collection of personal information from any child to that of the parent email.  We do not ask children to disclose their personal information of any kind without first obtaining verifiable parental consent through our partner Privacy Vaults Online, Inc. dba PRIVO. Children will need to obtain permission from a parent or guardian before contacting PGF in any regard, especially before entering any personal information on our website or requesting information.

B. COPPA.To enable families of children and their teachers to maximize the benefits they receive from our services, we ask that children be registered as PGF members. Registered members are able to participate in some activities including, but not limited: saving content from the site; participating in online games, applications,  sweepstakes and contests, subject to official rules for each sweepstakes or contest; competing with members for high scores rankings; having their original content submission showcased along with their screen name; connecting with other members, posting messages along with their screen name; receiving an online or print newsletter from PGF; earning points and redeeming points for merchandise, and receiving communications and recognition from PGF when they check into the site.

Therefore, we may ask parents (or teachers) to provide personal information on behalf of themselves or their child including name, e-mail address, address, telephone number, and date of birth.  In addition, PGF automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser, including your IP address, PGF cookie information, browser type, referring/exit pages, operating system, and the pages you request.

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA") requires Web sites that cater to children - or know that a visitor to their site is a child under the age of 13 - to follow specific Federal Trade Commission rules. In our attempt to fully comply with these rules, we would like you to know that:

1. Personally identifiable offline contact information will not be collected without appropriate prior consent from a parent or teacher.

2. Personal online contact information will not be solicited and collected without (i) appropriate prior consent from a parent or teacher, or (ii) parental notification, which will include an opportunity for the parent to prevent use of the information and the child's participation in the activity.

3. When consent is gained through email notification to a parent (which provides for a parental to opt out), a child’s information will only be used to (i) allow the child to authenticate to PGF for the purpose of providing limited access to the features of the site; and (ii)  to allow for account administration including assistance with forgotten password.

4. Other than what is stated in Section 3. above, without appropriate prior consent from a parent or teacher, a child’s information will only be used to (i) respond directly to the child's email comment or request for information, (ii) to protect the security or integrity of PGF; (iii) to respond to judicial or other legal process; and (iv) to the extent permitted by law, to provide information to law enforcement agencies or for an investigation on a matter related to public safety, and will not be used for any other purposes.

5. PGF will not entice any child or adult, regardless of their age, to divulge more personal information than is needed to use the site or participate in any online activity by offering any special game, prize, incentive or other similar activity.

4. INFORMATION COLLECTION AND USE

A. We do not share personal information with third parties, except when necessary to complete certain activities as noted below.

PGF does not rent, sell, share personal information or disclose to third parties personally identifiable information which parents or teachers provide, except from time to time, we may transfer, disclose or share such information with third parties who may be engaged by us specifically to handle and deliver certain online activities (e.g. administering or providing online games and applications, contests and sweepstakes or fulfillment of prizes, premiums, or merchandise). Such third parties have access only to the personal information needed to perform their functions, but may not use it for other purposes.

We use our members’ information for our internal purposes to maximize the benefits PGF provides in terms of determining eligibility for any members-only sweepstakes, contests, and reward programs; accumulation points to each member’s personal account; and maximizing the educational experience for members.

We sometimes use non-personally identifiable information that we collect to improve the design and content of our site and to enable us to personalize your interaction with our site and make the most of your overall Internet experience. We also may use this information in the aggregate to analyze site usage.

We will disclose information we maintain when required to do so by law, for example, in response to a court order or a subpoena. We also may disclose such information in response to a law enforcement agency’s request.

The Professor Garfield Foundation, Inc, the operator of PGF uses the secure PrivoLock™ system for registering a child, which provides parents and teachers with the tools necessary to manage a child's online identity. Neither PGF nor the PRIVO online registration service will use or transfer the personally identifiable information provided by you in ways that are materially different from the ones described within this policy and the PRIVO privacy policy available during registration, without also providing appropriate notification of such practices and obtaining consent for any materially different uses.

The Professor Garfield Foundation reserves the right to transfer personally identifiable information to a not-for-profit foundation with a children’s literacy mission in the event of a change of ownership of PGF to an organization of that nature.  Such a transfer of data would be necessary to enable the new owner of PGF to facilitate log-on for existing PGF members and to fulfill membership benefits.

In the event of a material change in this policy by a new owner of PGF, a notification to parents and consent to the new policy will be required.

You may opt out of your child’s membership at ANY time, by logging into Manage Consent for your child with your parent user name and password, and selecting Opt-Out for PGF Membership.  This will disable PGF access to your account details and will disable your account credentials working at PGF.  See parental review of information in Section 9. below.   If you have any questions regarding the process for deleting you or your child’s personally identifiable information, you can contact PRIVO at the details provided below.

5. PGF's USE OF 'COOKIES'

A. Purpose of Cookies. Many people are confused about cookies, how they are used, and what they can do. Cookies are very small text files written by an Internet server to a customer's browser when information is exchanged. Cookies only contain information that the server computer "knew" in the first place and can only be read by the serving domain that placed them. Cookies are an essential part of how the Internet works today and allow servers to recognize your computer's browser when you return. If you have ever gone to a Web page that automatically provides personalized content to you without requiring that you "log in," this is accomplished through the use of cookies. Since cookies are only text files, they cannot "run" on your computer and have no ability to search your computer for other information or transmit it to anyone. Cookies are implemented as part of the technology implemented by your Web browser.

B. Cookies. To enable many of the features available on our Web site, we may assign cookies to your Internet browser. This unique identification number automatically identifies your browser (but not you) to our computers whenever you interact with one of our Internet domain names.

C. Function of Cookies. When you visit our site, a cookie in effect says to our server computers "Hello, I'm browser #6426, what do you do just for me?" Only if you agree to provide information on yourself, which we normally limit, would we be able to know anything about you other than the random number that our server computers assign to your browser in the first place. Cookies assist you, by assisting us in creating a record of your unique preferences. PGF would only use cookies to determine how many visitors we have and how often they have visited particular pages on this site. We would not use cookies to indirectly obtain a personal profile on individual visitors, as some Web site Operators choose to do through the assistance of profiling software. Accordingly, we do not allow 3rd party providers to drop tracking cookies on our site visitors.

6. CONFIDENTIALITY AND SECURITY

A. Limited Access to Information. We limit access to personal information about you to employees who we believe reasonably need to come into contact with that information in order to do their jobs

B. Security and Limitations. In certain areas PGF uses industry-standard SSL-encryption to protect data transmissions. PGF follows generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us; however, not method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we can not guarantee its absolute security.

7. CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

A. Updates to the Policy.PGF may update this policy. We encourage you to periodically return to review our Privacy Policies. If we make material changes to how we collect and use Personal Information from children under age 13, we will notify parents by email in order to obtain verifiable parental consent for the new uses of the child’s Personal Information.

8. QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS

If you have questions or concerns about this privacy policy, you can contact us at:

PGF
Professor Garfield Foundation, Inc
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PO Box 283
Albany, Indiana 47320
(765) 287-2222
email: bobl@professorgarfield.org

PRIVO
Privacy Vaults Online, Inc.
Attn: Privacy Manager
1651 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500
McLean, Virginia 22102
(571) 297-1799
email: support@privolock.com

9. PARENTAL REVIEW OF INFORMATION

Parents have the ability to accomplish any of the following:

1: Access the personally identifiable information that this PrivoLock enabled site has collected from you on behalf of you or your child.

2: Correct factual errors in such information

3: Request to have this information deleted, or

4: Request that we no longer collect or maintain such information.

To access your child’s account, go to the login page and click on Manage Account.
If you have questions about registration or your child’s account, please e-mail us at support@privolock.com

To protect your child’s privacy and security online, we will take reasonable steps to help verify your identity before granting you access to the personal information that we collect and maintain about your child.

PRIVO-Cert™ Safe Harbor Certification Program


The Professor Garfield Foundation is a Member of the PRIVO Cert™ Safe Harbor Certification Program (“the Program”). As a participating member in the Program, the Professor Garfield Foundation adheres to the strict information collection, use and disclosure requirements set forth by the Program. PRIVO is an independent, third-party organization committed to safeguarding children’s personal information collected online. PRIVO aims to help parents and their children exercise control over personal information while exploring the Internet. The PRIVO certification seal posted on this page indicates that the Professor Garfield Foundation has established COPPA compliant privacy practices and has agreed to submit to PRIVO’s oversight and consumer dispute regulation process. If you have questions or concerns about our privacy practices, please contact us at 765-287-2222 or bobl@pawsinc.com. If you have further concerns after you have contacted us, you can contact PRIVO directly at privacy@privo.com.