Privacy Policy

Last updated December 5, 2012.

PRIVACY POLICY

WHO ARE WE?

This Website and our Storybook Apps are managed by Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) at Gallaudet University. VL2 is a Science of Learning Center, funded by the National Science Foundation (Grant #SBE-1041725).

VL2’s primary mission is to improve learning through an understanding of the behavioral and brain mechanism of learning primarily through vision and visual processes, with our scientific questions being motivated and informed by an exciting balance of advances and questions in science and advances and questions in learning and social environments. Our mission is to create a science of learning usingcreate a two-way discovery model in which practitioners and scientists exchange ideas freely and mutually identify core questions in educational and social practice that would be fundamentally advanced with knowledge from the behavioral and brain sciences. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the developer(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

We understand that the information you share is private to you and are committed to respecting the privacy and security of your personal information. Please read this Privacy Policy to understand how we use and look after the personal information that you provide to us.

All references in this Privacy Policy to the “resources” or “Resources” refer to this website www.vl2storybookapps.com and to our Storybook Apps including The Baobab Tree; to “we”, “us”, “our” and “VL2” refer to Visual Language and Visual Learning; and to “you” and “your” are to you, the user/buyer.

WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT AND HOW DO WE USE IT?

When you use our resources, you may be asked to provide certain information about yourself including your name and contact details. We may collect additional personal information about you from e-mails or other correspondence that you send to us.

By using our resources, you consent to the collection, use and transfer of your personal information in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy.

Your information will enable us to supply to you the information, products or services that you request from time to time when using our resources. We may also use your personal contact information to send you details of new services, products, offers or promotions in respect of our resources; to contact you for your views on our services; and to notify you occasionally about important changes or developments to our resources.

We may also collect technical information from you, such as your IP address (which is a number specially given to your computer), the type of internet browser you are using, or the tablet computer device and operating system version you are using. We may use this type of technical information to help administer and check the use of our resources and to improve and develop our resources. We do not link this technical information to anything that could identify you which means you always remain anonymous to us in respect of such information.

Localytics

We have partnered with Localytics to collect usage information of our Storybook Apps. When you use our Storybook Apps, you consent to this data collection and us usingour use of this information to administer and check the use of our resources and to improve and develop our resources. Localytics’s usage tracking preserves your anonymity; no personal contact data is collected in this procedure. Anonymous information we collect include, but is not limited to, time using the app, time viewing each page, number of times each word is selected, and number of times each story has been opened.  We will use the anonymous information to compile aggregate information.  Aggregate information is information about groups or categories of users that does not identify, and cannot reasonably be used to identify, an individual user.

Localytics’s use of your information is subject to Localytics’s Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy does not apply to Localytics, and we cannot control their activities., and we cannot control the activities of, Localytics. For more information about how Localytics looks after your personal contact information, see Localytics’s Privacy Policy. [Enable hyperlink to http://www.localytics.com/privacy-policy/]

MailChimp

We have partnered with MailChimp to collect and manage personal contact information. If you provide your name and e-mail address via a sign-up form available in our all of our resources, you consent to us using this information to contact you for the reasons explained above. MailChimp’s use of your information is subject to MailChimp’s Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy does not apply to , and we cannot control the activities of, MailChimp and we cannot control their activities. For more information about how MailChimp looks after your personal contact information, see MailChimp’s Privacy Policy. [Enable hyper link to http://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/]

Apple iTunes Store

Please note that VL2 does not view or retain your financial information – we use the Apple iTunes Store as a payment and app delivery gateway. Apple’s use of your information is subject to Apple’s Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy does not apply to, and nor can wewe cannot control, the activities of, Apple Apple and we cannot control their activities. For more information on how Apple looks after your financial details, see Apple’s Privacy Policy. [Enable hyperlink to http://www.apple.com/privacy/]

HOW CAN YOU OPT OUT, REMOVE OR CHANGE THE PERSONAL INFORMATION YOU HAVE PROVIDED TO US?

You have the right to withdraw any consent you have’ve given in respect to our use of your personal information at any time. You also have the right to access your personal information and to change or delete your personal information in the event that your data stored by us are incorrect or otherwise unlawfulour stored data are incorrect or otherwise unlawful. If you wish us to opt out, remove or change your personal information, please notify us of this by e-mailing us at vl2storybookapps@gallaudet.edu.

HOW CAN YOU OPT OUT OF THE USAGE TRACKING FEATURE?

You have the right to withdraw any consent you’ve given in respect to our collection of your non-personal usage information at any time. To do so, please discontinue use of the Storybook Apps.

HOW DO WE LOOK AFTER YOUR INFORMATION?

We will treat as confidential all of the personal information you provide to us. We do not sell, trade, share or transfer your personal data to any third parties, other than to a third party who acts as an  agent, and stores personal information, on our behalf (e.g. MailChimp). We may share non-personal aggregate statistical data with third parties (e.g. Localytics).

If we enter into a joint venture with, or are sold to, or merged with another entitynew partnership with a new third-party vendor, your personal information may be disclosed to our new partners or ownersthe new vendor. In this event, we will make all efforts to delete your personal information withfrom our former vendor and securely transfer the information to our new vendor. Unless required to do so by law, we will not otherwise share, sell or distribute any of the personal information you provide to us without your consent.

We will fully co-operate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing us to disclose the identity of, or locate anyone posting any defamatory, obscene or otherwise illegal material in our resources.

HOW SECURE IS INFORMATION ABOUT ME?

We employ security measures to protect your information from access by unauthorizsed persons and against unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction and damage. All information provided by you is stored on on servers that are firewall- protected servers.

We shall use your personal information only in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy, but, whilest we take reasonable precautions to secure any personal information, please be aware that it is not possible to guarantee the security of any information transmitted over the Internet or wireless network.

If there is a security breach, either on our part or with our third-party partners, we will notify you of this breach within 30 days along with a description of our response plan and any actions you can take to protect your personal information.

HOW LONG DO WE KEEP YOUR INFORMATION?

We will only retain your information for a reasonable period that ensures the highest quality of the resources provided by VL2 or for so long as either you or legislation permits.

USE OF COOKIES AND TRACKING CODE

We may use cookies or tracking code in our resources for record keeping purposes. Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored on your computer's hard drive and are used to collect non-personal information to track access to our resources. Cookies can make it easier for you to use our resources during future visits. You may set up your computer to reject cookies although, in that case, you may not be able to use certain features of our resources. Tracking code are small pieces of programming code inserted in our Storybook Apps and are used to collect non-personal information to track your use of our resources. We have partnered with Localytics to provide us with tracking code and data collection services. If you do not wish to have non-personal usage information collected, please discontinue use of our resources.

WHAT INFORMATION CAN I ACCESS?

If you would like to understand what personal information we hold please contact us at vl2storybookapps@gallaudet.edu.

CHILDREN’S USE OF RESOURCES

VL2 is committed to protecting the privacy of minors. Our resources are geared towards both adults and minors.  However, we intend to collect personal contact data only from adults. If, as the user, you are under 18, you may provide personal information only with the involvement consent of a parent or guardian. Should it come to our attention that minors under the age of 18 have been providing personal information, their personal information will be removed from our records.

CHANGES TO OUR PRIVACY POLICY

We reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time and, if we do so, we will post the changes on this Website so that you may be aware at all times of the information we collect and how it is used. Your continued use of this Website after changes have been posted constitutes your acceptance of this Privacy Policy as amended.

CONTACT DETAILS

Visual Language and Visual Learning, Gallaudet University

800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Email: vl2@gallaudet.edu