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Privacy Policy
Terms and Conditions of use

Privacy Policy
Children's Personal Information
Materials Submitted
Teachers' and Parents' Information
Third Party Service Providers
Web Site Links
ISP Addresses and Cookies
Security
Terms Of Use
Questions and Comments
 
 
Home Safety Council (HSC) was founded in 1993 as a nonprofit with a vision of safer American homes. We value safety and privacy in the home. It's our goal to assure that all of our visitors have a safe, educational and entertaining experience. HSC staff strongly encourages children to talk to their parents before they enter any information on any web site. We recommend that parents discuss with their children rules about sharing personal information with anyone online or offline. For additional information, HSC recommends that parents and children visit: Kidz Privacy. This Federal Trade Commission web site thoroughly explains online privacy and protection, with a special emphasis on children's issues. This privacy policy governs HSC's information collection and use policies and practices both online at our web sites: www.homesafetycouncil.org and www.coderedrover.org and offline as well.

Children's Personal Information
HSC will not collect personally identifiable information from children under age 18 online. Our web site will not sell, share, trade or intentionally make available to any third party (except for our contract service providers as explained below) any personal information submitted from any of our visitors, children or adults. During registration for the interactive games, children are prompted to enter fictitious names to enable them to participate completely and interactively. The fictitious names are used to personalize the site for the child and to offer incentives for playing the educational games. HSC will never ask for information from children online that is personally identifiable. If a parent, guardian or caregiver becomes aware that a child has provided personally identifiable information (for example, his or her real name) please email us at info@homesafetycouncil.org and we will delete that information from our database.

Materials Submitted
If any child visitor to the HSC web site submits stories, artwork, comments or anything else which we post on the site, he or she will only be identified by his or her fictitious name, city and state. By submitting any such materials, the materials become the property of HSC and may be used at the discretion of HSC.

Teachers' and Parents' Information
HSC has sections dedicated to parents and teachers, which are intended for adults only. Certain aspects of these sections require registration. This registration might require full name, address, city, state, zip code and e-mail address. You can request to review, update, or delete this registration information at any time by sending an email to info@homesafetycouncil.org. To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

Users who opt to receive the HSC newsletter can unsubscribe at anytime. Users who no longer wish to receive HSC newsletters may opt-out of receiving these communications by replying to unsubscribe in the subject line in the email or emailing info@homesafetycouncil.org with user's removal request.

If a web-user chooses to use our referral services for informing a friend about our website, we ask them for the friend's name and email address. HSC will use this information to automatically send the friend a one-time email inviting them to visit the site. The information will be deleted after this one use.

Except for third party service providers under contract with us as described below, HSC will not sell or share personally identifiable information with any third parties, including Lowe's Companies, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, "Lowe's").

HSC will have links to other web sites. While HSC endeavors to have links only to sites with high integrity and standards, these links do not constitute sponsorship, endorsement or approval by HSC and, therefore, we urge visitors to read the privacy policies of each third party web site before using that site. Other web sites might collect personal information when you arrive through a link. The privacy and safety practices on those web sites linked to the HSC web site are not covered by this privacy policy. We are also not responsible for any content contained on third party web sites. When a visitor leaves the HSC web site a transitional bridge page will alert you that you are leaving our web site. These pages clearly notify you that you are leaving the HSC site, and provide an opportunity to return to the HSC web site.

Third Party Service Providers
HSC may contract from time to time with independent third party service providers to assist us in operating and maintaining our web site, managing logistics and/or fulfillment related to the sweepstakes and contests for children, or for other administrative or creative functions. Please note: Any and all HSC sweepstakes and/or contests will be conducted via printable forms that require a guardian's signature and must be mailed, HSC will never gather personally identifiable information from visitors under the age of 18 online. All service providers are required by contract with HSC to conduct their activities in accordance with our privacy policy with respect to the confidential nature and treatment of all personal information gathered online or offline by HSC. No third party service provider to HSC has the right to sell or share your personal information with other third parties.

Web Site Links
HSC will have links to other web sites. While HSC endeavors to have links only to sites with high integrity and standards, these links do not constitute sponsorship, endorsement or approval by HSC and, therefore, we urge visitors to read the privacy policies of each third party web site before using that site. Other web sites might collect personal information when you arrive through a link. The privacy and safety practices on those web sites linked to the HSC web site are not covered by this privacy policy. We are also not responsible for any content contained on third party web sites. When a visitor leaves the HSC web site a transitional bridge page will alert you that you are leaving our web site. These pages clearly notify you that you are leaving the HSC site, and provide an opportunity to return to the HSC web site.

ISP Addresses and Cookies
For internal purposes to help us evaluate the usage of our site, HSC's system gathers the date, time, browser time, and Internet provider servers of our site visitors. This information is used solely for system administration, quality assurance and internal security. HSC does not link ISP addresses to anything personally identifiable. For additional information about cookies, HSC recommends that you visit Cookie Central.

Security
Visitor information is password-protected so that only the visitor has access to this personal information. A visitor may edit their account information at any time by logging in with their user name and password. HSC strongly urges all visitors to keep passwords confidential, and parents should advise children of this safety precaution. HSC staff also urges visitors to completely close their browser window when they have finished visiting the HSC web site. This is to ensure that others cannot access personal information if the computer is shared or is used at a public place like the library or school.

No data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. In order to help assure your privacy, every page on the HSC web site on which information is exchanged between you and HSC employs Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology. SSL is a secure and encrypted method of communicating between your browser and software and our web server. SSL is the most common method of secure communication on the Internet, and the SSL technology is built into most major browsers. After HSC receives your information, we use reasonable efforts to ensure its security on our internal systems.

Terms Of Use
All use of the HSC web site is conditioned on acceptance of these privacy policy terms and conditions, and acceptance of all terms and conditions contained in any Terms of Use or other policy posted on our web site from time to time. Because this privacy policy and other terms and conditions of use are subject to change, you should read them each time you use the site. Your continuing use of the site is subject to the policies in effect on the date of use. If at any time you are not in agreement with any of our policies, you should discontinue using our site immediately.

Questions and Comments
Should you have any questions in regards to our Privacy Policy please write to:

Home Safety Council
Attn: Privacy Policy
1725 Eye Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006

Or e-mail us at info@homesafetycouncil.org
 

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