We at Discovery Education, Inc. respect your privacy, and we want you to understand the ways in which we do and don't use the information that you transmit when you visit www.cosmeo.com (which we refer to as the "Site").
- What Information We Collect
- How Information on Our Site Is Used and Shared
- Accessing or Deleting Your Information and Changing Your Elections
- Transfer of Information in the Event of Sale of Assets, Bankruptcy, or to Comply With Law
- Encryption and Security
- Links to Other Sites
- What Information We Collect From Children Under Thirteen
- How We Use Information We Collect From Children Under Thirteen
- Tracking and Content Recommendations
- Parent's Rights
I. GENERAL PRIVACY NOTICE
The material that appears on this website is provided for informational purposes only. To preserve the privacy of our users, the student case studies presented here are hypothetical and make use of paid actors and scripted testimonials. Every child's actual experience using the site will be unique, and Discovery makes no representation or warranty with regard to the actual results of such use.
a. What Information We Collect
We gather two types of information: (1) personally identifiable information you provide and (2) non-personally identifiable information gathered as you navigate through the Site.
Personally Identifiable Information
There are several ways in which we collect personally identifiable information on our Site.
Consumers must first register to access the Site. To register, Consumers must provide name and contact information, such as mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number, as well as payment information such as a credit card number.
In addition to registering for the Site, Discovery may also offer other, personalized features that Consumers can take advantage of through registration. This registration may ask for information such as your name, e-mail address, gender, age, zip code, or we might request information on your interest in science, animals, nature, travel, sports, books, and the like. The information you supply will help us to offer you more personalized features, to tailor the Site to your interests, and to make it more useful to you.
To make the Site more responsive to your needs, we invoke a standard feature found in browser software (a "cookie") to assign each Consumer a unique, random number.
Non-Personally Identifiable Information
b. How Information Collected on Our Site Is Used and Shared
When a Consumer aged 13 or over registers to use the Site, or otherwise voluntarily submits personally identifiable information on the Site, Discovery may contact the Consumer about his or her account or the service. If you'd prefer that we not contact you regarding your account, please do not register for the Site or submit personally identifiable information on the Site.
If you submit personally identifiable information on the Site, Discovery will never share your information with third parties without your express consent, except as we disclose below.
We share certain personally identifiable information with third parties who help us maintain our Site and/or our services; however, these parties are bound to keep the information confidential and not use it for any other purpose. Because those parties that help us administer the Site will have access to users' personally identifiable information, if you do not wish for our administrators to have access to your information, please do not register or submit any personal information to us.
We may make non-personally identifiable aggregated data available to third parties. This aggregated data is used by us or our select third parties to track traffic use on our Site, to gauge interest in certain features, or to otherwise improve our Site or the services we offer.
If we offer contests, sweepstakes, and other similar features, the co-sponsor and/or the sweepstakes' or contests' administrators may have access to the personally identifiable information that you submit in your entry. If you do not wish for us to share your personally identifiable information with our sweepstakes or contest co-sponsors or administrators, please do not enter any contests or sweepstakes on the Site.
c. Accessing or Deleting Your Information and Changing Your Elections
If you want to change your election on how we share your information, or you wish to review, update, or delete some of the information you have provided us, just return to the My Account page, enter the changes you want to make, and resubmit the form.
You may also contact us with privacy questions or concerns.
d. Transfer of Information in the Event of Sale of Assets, Bankruptcy, or to Comply With Law
We may disclose information if we believe in good faith that we are required to do so by law, or that doing so is necessary to comply with legal process, law enforcement agencies, respond to claims, or protect our rights in or the safety of our Site, or to protect the safety or rights of other Consumers. Additionally, information about our Consumers may be disclosed as part of a bankruptcy. Finally, if all or substantially all of our assets relating to the Site are sold or transferred to another party, information about Consumers, including without limitation information about our users under the age of 13, may be transferred to this acquiring entity.
e. Encryption and Security
Your registration information is encrypted or protected for storage within a Discovery Education-controlled database or with a third-party service provider. Discovery seeks to safeguard the information you provide. As effective as encryption technology is, however, no security system is completely impenetrable, so we cannot guarantee the absolute security of our database, nor can we guarantee that information you supply won't be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet.
f. Links to Other Sites
II. Kids' Privacy Notice
A Note to Kids
Discovery Education encourages you to get permission from your parents before sending any information about yourself over the Internet, to us or to anyone else.
A Note To Parents
a. What Information We Collect From Children Under Thirteen
Kids can explore the Site, view content, and participate in activities without submitting any personal information. We never collect more information or require more information from kids than is reasonably necessary in order to participate in the activity.
When Discovery does collect information from children on the Site, Discovery generally limits its collection to information that does not personally identify the child, such as a fictional screen name.
There may be some other activities that require kids to submit personal information in order to participate, such as promotions, sweepstakes or contests, or other activities such as newsletters or sending online postcards or e-mail messages. These promotions and other activities may require kids to submit limited personally identifiable information in order to participate.
If the offered activity involves only a one-time contact between Discovery and your child, we will only request that the child provide his or her e-mail address and, sometimes, select a "handle" from a drop-down menu to serve as the child's screen name. All information collected for the offered activity is immediately deleted once the activity is completed.
If the activity might involve more than one contact between Discovery and your child - such as promotions involving daily instant wins as well as a grand prize, or activities such as newsletters - we will request that your child provide his or her e-mail address, and Discovery will send you an e-mail letting you know about your child's contact, and giving you an opportunity to opt your child out of participation in the requested activity. Our e-mail will include details on how you may request that Discovery delete your and your child's information, and prohibit the Site from any further contact with your child. Please note: If we do not receive a response from you within a reasonable amount of time requesting that we delete your child's information, your consent to your child's requested activity will be presumed and your child's information retained for the purpose it was collected.
Also, we may from time to time offer free trial memberships to the Site. However, to ensure that no user under the age of 13 registers for the free trial, Discovery will require a valid credit card number for registration.
b. How We Use Information We Collect From Children Under Thirteen
When we collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13, we will only use that information for the express purpose for which it was collected. For example, if your child enters a sweepstakes, we will use your child's e-mail address to enter him or her into the sweepstakes. If your child is selected as a potential winner of one of our contests or sweepstakes, we will notify you, via the e-mail address that your child submitted, and will identify your child to you by using his or her e-mail address, and notify your child. We will only collect your child's full name, mailing address, and other personally identifiable information from you, the parent, and not from your child. The information will not be used for any purpose and the information will not be used after the promotion is complete.
We do not share information collected from children under the age of 13 with any third parties without a parent's express consent, except those parties that help us administer the Site. These third parties may not use the information for any other purpose, and have agreed to maintain the confidentiality, security, and integrity of the information.
We may also disclose information if we believe in good faith that we are required to do so by law, or that doing so is necessary to comply with legal process, law enforcement agencies, respond to claims, or protect our rights in or the safety of the Site, or to protect the safety or rights of other users of the Site.
c. Tracking and Content Recommendations
If you are setting up an account on behalf of a child or children under the age of 13, such as if you are a parent, you will be encouraged to set up an unidentifiable, anonymous screen name for each child. Then, you can track the child's use of the service, as well as receive content and other recommendations based upon that child's use.
Discovery may offer you, as the parent, the option to see what sorts of things your child is viewing, reading, and learning on our Site. This is a great tool to get involved with your child's interests, and to help your child with his or her schoolwork.
We may also make content recommendations based upon previous usage of our services, as well as your child's appropriate grade range.
d. Parent's Rights
We want you to be comfortable with what your child is doing on the Site. Therefore, you may contact us at any time regarding privacy questions or concerns, or to request to review what personally identifiable information we have collected from your child. You may also contact us at any time to request that we delete your child's, and your, personally identifiable information, and/or refuse to permit further collection or use of your child's information. We will take steps to ensure that any person contacting us for a child's information is that child's parent or guardian.
Discovery Education, Inc.
1 Discovery Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (240) 662-2000 (Legal)