Privacy Policy   

Center for Independent Thought, via its Stossel in the Classroom program (hereafter referred to as “SITC”), places a high priority on protecting your privacy. This privacy policy was created to demonstrate SITC’s commitment to the privacy of our donors and website users. This policy explains what types of information is collected by the Stossel in the Classroom website, www.stosselintheclassroom.org and sitc.org, and how this information is used.

What Personally Identifiable Information is Collected

SITC website users who register and create an account, donate or place an order on www.stosselintheclassroom.org and individuals who sign up to receive SITC e-communications voluntarily provide us with contact information (such as name, email address, mailing address or other details). We may use this information for specific, limited purposes.  If you do not wish to receive our messages, you may “opt out” now or at any time in the future. 

IP Addresses

SITC uses your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, to administer stosselintheclassroom.org, and for statistical metrics used to track website visitor traffic.

Cookies

StosselintheClassroom.org uses “cookie” messages to automatically help provide better services. They remind us who you are and your preferences for our website based on what you’ve done and told us before. The “cookie” is placed in your computer and is read when you come back to our website. Cookies let us take you to the information and features you’re particularly interested in. They also let us track your usage of www.stosselintheclassroom.org so we know which parts of our sites are most popular. 

If you turn cookies off, some of the features that make your site experience more efficient may not function properly. Some of the features that make your site experience more efficient and may not function properly.

Contest Submissions

The ownership of any contest submission remains the property of the writer, but entry into the competition constitutes the entrant’s perpetual permission and consent, without compensation, with or without attribution, for Stossel in the Classroom, Stossel TV, and Center for Independent Thought to use, reproduce, transmit, post, distribute, adapt, edit, and/or display the submission.

How Your Information May Be Used

We use your personal information to provide you with personalized service; to send email alerts to you; to answer your requests; to provide access to our lesson plans and quiz modules, and to send you our newsletter. You may choose to opt out at any time, which will cease all communications from us. We may also use your information to track website visits. This lets us determine the popularity of our features so we can better serve our users’ needs. It also lets us provide aggregate data about our traffic (not identifying you personally, but showing how many visitors used which features, for example) to outside parties. 

Email Privacy

SITC does not provide, sell, or rent email addresses to anyone outside the organization.

External Links

StosselintheClassroom.org includes links to external websites. These links do not fall under the StosselintheClassroom.org domain, and SITC is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of external websites. Your use of any linked website is solely at your own risk.

Google

Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. 

https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/1316548?hl=en 

We use Google AdSense Advertising on our website.  Google, as a third-party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on our site. Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to our users based on previous visits to our site and other sites on the Internet. Users may opt-out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google Ad and Content Network privacy policy.

We, along with third-party vendors such as Google use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) or other third-party identifiers together collect data about use of our website

Users can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page. Alternatively, you can opt out by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative Opt Out page or by using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add on.

California Online Privacy Protection Act

CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law’s reach stretches well beyond California to require any person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting Personally Identifiable Information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals or companies with whom it is being shared. See more at: http://consumercal.org/california-online-privacy-protection-act-caloppa/#sthash.0FdRbT51.dpuf

According to CalOPPA, we agree to the following:

Users can visit our site anonymously.

Once this privacy policy is created, we will add a link to it on our home page or as a minimum, on the first significant page after entering our website.

Our Privacy Policy link includes the word ‘Privacy’ and can easily be found on the page specified above.

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States’ consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.

We do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old.

Fair Information Practices

The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.

In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur we will notify you via email within 7 business days

We also agree to the Individual Redress Principle which requires that individuals have the right to legally pursue enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.

CAN SPAM Act

The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.

We collect your email address in order to:

  • Send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions
  • Process orders and to send information and updates pertaining to orders.
  • Market to our mailing list or continue to send emails to our clients after the original transaction has occurred.

To be in accordance with CANSPAM, we agree to the following:

  • Not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.
  • Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
  • Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters.
  • Monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.
  • Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
  • Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can email us at custsvc@stosselintheclassroom.org or follow the instructions at the bottom of each email, and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.

Modifications

We may amend this privacy policy from time to time; please review it periodically. We maintain the option to modify this privacy at any time. Your continued use of our website after the date that such notices are posted will be deemed to be your agreement to the changed terms. You can change your contact information by updating your account. 

We honor Do Not Track signals and Do Not Track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place. We do not allow third-party behavioral tracking

Contact Us

If you would like to reach us, you can mail us at 50 Monument Road, Suite 102, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004-1706, USA.  We can also be contacted at: custsvc@stosselintheclassroom.org