General Privacy Policy


When you use the Services and others that we may offer in the future, you’ll be sharing some information with us, and that affects your privacy. This privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) explains how and when we may collect, store, use and share your information when you use or access the Services. For purposes of this Privacy Policy, the terms “we,” “us” and “our” refer to The Decameron Project and “You” refers to you, as a user of the Services.

Please read this Privacy Policy carefully to understand our policies and practices regarding your information and how it will be used in the Services.

By using the Services, you understand and agree that we are providing a platform for you to post content to the Services that will be made available publicly. Examples of content that will be publicly available on the Services include, but are not limited to, images, photographs, text or data included in any content that may be uploaded by you. That means that other users of the Services and the general public may search for, see, use, or share your content that you make available through the Services, consistent with the terms of this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use. Before share content via the Services, you should think carefully about whether you are comfortable making that content public.

IMPORTANT: Even if you have a permanent place of residence in a country outside the United States, your information may be transferred to, stored, processed and used (as described in this Privacy Policy) within the United States.

Information We Collect
Personally Identifiable Information
In order to access certain parts of the Services, we may require you to provide personally identifiable information. Personally identifiable information refers to information that, taken alone, identifies you and that can be used to contact you, online or offline (“Personally Identifiable Information”), which may include, for example, your email address, photograph, username and the contents of any material you submit.  We do not collect any personal information about you unless you voluntarily provide it to us.
Non-Personally Identifiable Information
We collect non-personally identifiable information from you as part of the Services. Non-personally identifiable information refers to information about you that cannot be used alone to identify you (“Non-Personally Identifiable Information”), which may include, for example, your location and other demographic information, and information about your use of our Services, which may include, for example, internet connection, your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address and other device identifiers. Aggregated data is considered Non-Personally Identifiable Information for the purposes of this Privacy Policy.

Information We Collect from Your Use of the Services

  • Activity. When you use our Services, we may collect information about your activity on the Services, such as viewing history.
  • Location. When you use our Services, we may collect information about your location. With your consent, we may also collect information about your precise location using methods that include GPS, wireless networks, cell towers, Wi-Fi access points and other sensors. You typically have to choose to turn such services on or off. If such device-based location services are on, we may receive and record such information, such as the location where you are creating or uploading content.
  • IP Address Information and Other Information Collected Automatically. We automatically receive and record certain information from your web browser when you access and use the Services, which may include your IP address, cookie information, hardware model, operating system version, unique device identifiers and mobile network information (including the mobile phone number).

Our Use of Your Information
We will use the information we collect to provide you with products and services to further our mission. We will always have access to the Personally Identifiable and Non-Personally Identifiable Information on your account and may use your information to maintain and provide the Services to you. For example, we may use your information, in either aggregated or individual form, in the following ways:

  • to archive and share stories with other people as part of our mission;
  • to share with our third-party partners in order to provide you with a service you use or request or to facilitate their provision of services to you;
  • to communicate with you and respond to you regarding the Services, content, features and products you use or that we think may interest you;
  • to customize and optimize the content or advertisements you receive or view when you use the Services, and otherwise improve your experience on our Services;
  • to provide, maintain, protect, analyze, understand, and improve our Services, content, features and products, which may include tracking traffic, trends, usage, and navigation patterns;
  • to develop new services;
  • for research and educational purposes;
  • in any other way we may describe when you provide the information;
  • for legal reasons, including, but not limited to, in response to a valid law enforcement request or legal process or to protect our rights and property or those of third parties; and
  • for any other purpose with your consent.

Retaining Your Information
If you remove information that you posted to the Services, copies may remain viewable in cached and archived pages of the Services or if other users or third parties have copied or saved that information prior to removal.

Third Party Sites
This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties including any third party websites, services, and applications that you access through the Services. We cannot take responsibility for the content or privacy policies of those third parties and encourage you to carefully review the privacy policies of any third parties’ websites, services and applications you access.

Minors and Children Under Age 13
We require a parent or legal guardian’s consent before collecting, using or disclosing information from people between 13 and 18 years of age.

The Services are not directed at children under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect, solicit or store Personally Identifiable Information from anyone under the age of 13. If you are under 13, please do not attempt to use or register on the Services; no one under the age of 13 may provide any Personally Identifiable Information on the Services.

Changes to Privacy Policy
This Privacy Policy is effective as of the date stated at the top of this Privacy Policy. It may be necessary from time to time for us to modify this Privacy Policy to reflect changes in the way we collect and use information or changes in privacy-related laws, regulations, and industry standards. Accordingly, we reserve the right to change this policy at any time by posting the revised policy on the Services and updating the “last modified” date at the top of this page.   We encourage you to refer to this Privacy Policy on an ongoing basis so that you understand our current privacy policy. If revisions to the Privacy Policy are unacceptable to you, you must cease using the Services.


The Decameron Project respects your privacy and we endeavor to protect your personal data.  This “Privacy Policy” describes how we gather and use that data.  Our information about you and how we use it depends on how you interact with us, whether as a visitor, subscriber, or contributor.  Our guiding data privacy principle is that we only collect your personal information when necessary to do so.

Note To All Visitors Under 18, Their Parents and Legal Guardians.  The Decameron Project respects the privacy and rights of children.  All people under the age of 18 who subscribe to our services or make submissions on our Website are subject to our Privacy Policy for Minors, in addition to the terms of this Privacy Policy. Our Privacy Policy for Minors is located here:

Note Regarding Parental and Guardian Rights.  The Decameron Project also respects the privacy and rights of parents and guardians.  We collect your contact information (names and email addresses) from your children for the purpose of getting your consent for your child’s activities with The Decameron Project.  Your express consent is required for the collection, use, and disclosure of your child’s personal information.  You can provide us with your consent by executing the parental / guardian consent portions of the Submission Form.  If your consent is not received in within a reasonable amount of time, we will delete your online contact information from our records.

The Decameron Project never requires a child to disclose more information than is reasonably necessary to participate in an activity.  You always have the right to review a child’s personal information, request us to edit or delete it, or direct us to stop collecting or using their child’s personal information. 

For further details regarding Parental Rights, please see our Privacy Policy for Minors, located here:  If you have any questions regarding your and your child’s privacy and rights, please email us at

Note for Subscribers.  The Decameron Project respects the privacy of our subscribers. We do not share our subscribers’ information with anyone except those who provide support for the internal operations of our business (e.g., our website technicians). The email addresses we collect are used to communicate with our customers about their online subscriptions and, occasionally, to tell them about our promotions. We never share any of this information with third parties.

Who Collects And Controls My Personal Information?  Your personal information is collected and controlled by The Decameron Project.

How Does The Decameron Project Collect My Personal Information? We collect your information online, over the phone, and in writing.

What Personal Information Does The Decameron Project Collect?  We routinely collect some or all of the following personal information from you depending on how you contact us, what you information you choose to provide us when you complete submission or other forms, and what you subscribe to: your name (first name and last name or last initial), email address, location, age/grade, school, organization, and occupation.

What Does The Decameron Project Do With My Personal Information? We use your personal information to provide you with our services, to communicate with you about our services or your account with The Decameron Project, to keep you updated about news and events, to authenticate your access to our website and your information stored by us, to obtain parental consent required to subscribe to our services or make a literary submission, to improve your experience on our website, to enforce compliance with our Terms and Conditions and applicable law, to protect the rights and safety of our customers, users, third parties, and our own, to meet any legal requirements, to provide information to our advisors and representatives such as attorneys and accountants, and/or as required in any legal proceeding.  If we need to use your personal information for any other purpose, we will let you in know in advance.

Will The Decameron Project Send Me Emails?  We will send you marketing emails and newsletters only if you ask us to.  Every message we send you will give you an option to unsubscribe from future communications.

How Does The Decameron Project Ensure It Is Properly, Lawfully, And Fairly Collecting Personal Information?  We collect your information only with your consent.  We collect it in order to pursue legitimate interests, including our charitable objects of compiling, publishing, and distributing magazines, journals, newsletters, and books in the field of children’s literature; and to produce, direct, and distribute electronic media pertaining to children’s artistic and literary output and child education.  We also collect your information in order to perform any contract that we enter into with you, or to obtain parental consent, or to meet our legal or other compliance obligations, or to protect your interests.  In certain circumstances, for example, licensing or marketing agreements, we may need additional personal information of yours in order to enter into a contract with you. 

Who Does The Decameron Project Share My Personal Information With?  The Decameron Project shares your personal information only with business partners and vendors who work for us who comply with our strict rules and have appropriate safeguards in place, and we otherwise share your personal information only as we are required to by law.  The Decameron Project will also share the personal information of children under 18 with their parents or guardians upon the parent’s or guardian’s request.

Where Does The Decameron Project Process My Personal Information?  We process your personal information at the locations of the data processors third parties, and other persons who work for us.

How Long Will The Decameron Project Hold My Personal Information?  We will keep your personal information for as long as necessary for the relevant activity or purpose, or for as long as set out in any contract you sign with us, or as long as set by law.

Is My Personal Information Safe With The Decameron Project?  Yes, we are committed to ensuring that your information is safe.  To prevent unauthorized access, disclosure, or loss of your personal information, we use appropriate organizational and technical safeguards to ensure the data security of the personal information we collect, including the use of third-party security software to protect against brute force attacks and other malicious practices. When you enter information into our forms, we encrypt the transmission of that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect your Personal Information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. If you have any questions about data security, contact us by email at

What Are My Rights To My Personal Information?  You have the right to request access to your personal information, including the right to receive a copy of your personal information in our possession.  You also have the right to request that the personal information be corrected or deleted.  If you are a parent or guardian, we will delete your personal information when we no longer have any good reason for continuing to process or hold it.  If you are a parent or guardian, you also have the right to request access to your child’s personal information, including a right to direct us that the personal information be corrected or deleted.  We will delete or correct any child’s personal information upon the child’s request or that of the parent or guardian.  For further details regarding Parental Rights, please see our Privacy Policy for Minors, located here:

Please contact us with any request related to your personal information at We will respond without undue delay and use reasonable means to verify your identity.

Can I Withdraw My Consent To The Decameron Project’s Use Of My Personal Information? You can withdraw your consent at any time and we will cease using your personal information immediately, except where we and you agreed otherwise in a Submission Agreement regarding The Decameron Project’s permissible use of your name, grade, or location in our online and printed publications.

Who Can I Complain To?  If you are dissatisfied in any way with how we have used your personal information, please let us know and contact us at

Does This Website Use Cookies?  Yes, may we use cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website.  By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.  A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer.

We may use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies—these are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.
  • Analytical/performance cookies— These cookies allow us to count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around the website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
  • Functionality cookies— These are used to recognize you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalize our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region)
  • Targeting cookies— we do not currently use any of these cookies.

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control.  These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies.  However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

For further information on cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set on your device and how to manage and delete them, visit

What Happens If I Click On Links To Other Sites?  Our website’s content might include links to third-party websites.  If you follow those links, you should be aware that we have no control over those other websites, and you will be subject to the data protection arrangements of that other website, including the purposes for which your data is collected and the use of your information.

Will This Information Change?  Yes, we may update this information from time to time to comply with legal requirements. If you subscribe to The Decameron Project, we will notify you of any changes to our Privacy Policy by email.