The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 and its rules (collectively, “COPPA”) require us to inform Parents about our practices for collecting, using, and disclosing personal information from Children under the age of 13. It also requires us to obtain verifiable consent from a Parent of a Child under the age of 13 for certain collection, use, and disclosure of the child’s personal information.
This section notifies Parents of:
A. Information We Collect from Children
Children can access many parts of the Website, Services, and their content and use many of their features without providing us with personal information. However, some content and features require us to collect certain information, including personal information, from them. In addition, we use certain technologies, such as cookies, to automatically collect information from our users including Children) when they visit or use the Website or Services. Consistent with the requirements of COPPA, we will ask for a Parent email address before we collect any personal information from a Child.
We only collect as much information about a Child as is reasonably necessary for the Child to participate in an activity, and we do not condition a Child’s participation on the disclosure of more personal information than is reasonably necessary.
1. Information Collected Directly
For a Child to Use a Service or make a Submission, COPPA requires that we first seek a Parent’s verifiable consent by email. Therefore, when a Child attempts to use a Service or make a Submission, we will require that the Child provide us with the Child’s first name and their grade, and a Parent’s email address. We may request additional information from your Child, but this information is optional. We specify whether information is required or optional when we request it.
If we do not receive Parental consent within a reasonable time, we will delete the Submission, Parent contact information, and any other information collected from the Child in connection with their Submission.
2. Information Collected Automatically
We use technology to automatically collect information from our users, including Children, when they access and navigate through the Website or use Services. The information we collect through these technologies may include one or more persistent identifiers that can be used to recognize a user over time and across different websites and online services (e.g., cookies).
We use the information we collect automatically through technology and other non-personal information we collect to improve our Website and Services.
B. Our Practices for Disclosing Children’s Information
We do not share, sell, rent, or transfer Children’s personal information other than as described in this section. We may disclose aggregated information about many of our users, including Children. In addition, we may disclose Children’s personal information:
C. Accessing, Correcting, or Deleting Your Child’s Personal Information
At any time, Parents can review your Child’s personal information maintained by us, refuse to permit us to collect further personal information from your Children, and/or can request that we delete from our records the personal information we have collected in connection with that Child. Please keep in mind that a request to delete records may prevent access to Services, including the publication of any Submissions.
For any such requests, or other inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To the extent that a Submission is made by a Child under 18 without such a written statement, the Submission and any accompanying personal information will be deleted from the records of The Decameron Project within a reasonable time.
The Submissions form is available at the following link: Story Submission.
Dated: April 12th, 2020
Last updated: April 12th, 2020