Privacy Policy

ACME ANIMATION PRIVACY POLICY EFFECTIVE DATE

Effective Date: This Privacy Policy is effective as of August 15, 2011 and was last updated as of August 16, 2011.

 

ACME ANIMATION PRIVACY POLICY

The ACME Network is committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information. Our goal is to provide you with a unique learning experience. This Privacy Policy applies to the ACME Animation Online website (the "Website") and the services that are made available through the Website (the “Services”) to users of the Website (the “Participants”). The ACME Network is a California non-profit organization under section 501 (c) (3).

 

A.   General

Our Website is directed to students 13 years of age and older who wish to learn more about animation. In order to afford students under the age of 13 (“Children” or individually each, a “Child”) additional protections and to comply with applicable laws we have instituted additional privacy protections and controls regarding the collection of Personal Information from Children in accordance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA").  In particular, we will inform parents and legal guardians ("Parents" and individually each, a "Parent") of how we collect, use and disclose Personal Information collected from Children (if any such information is collected, used, or disclosed), and we will obtain, where required and subject to certain limited exceptions permitted by applicable laws, the consent of a Parent prior to collecting, using or disclosing any Child's Personal Information. A Child's access to the Website is subject at all times to this Privacy Policy and the Terms and Conditions of Participation.

 

B.   Information for Parents

Parents are encouraged to spend time online with their kids under the age of 18 and to become familiar with the types of content available on the Website and the Internet in general. Parents should regularly oversee their kid's use of e-mail and other online communications and transactional features. Control tools are available from online services and software manufacturers that can help provide a safe online environment for kids. You can find out about software that protects your Children at the Direct Marketing Association's home page at: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/tech/tec08.shtm and at http://kids.getnetwise.org/tools.

 

WHAT INFORMATION WE COLLECT

A.    Registration Information

In order to use our Website, you must be (1) a Participant in the ACME Animation Online Program (the "Program") and (2) register for an account and create a profile that can be viewed by other users of the Website (their “Profile”).  Participants are required to provide us with:

1.    User’s first and last name;

2.    User’s username and password;

3.    City and State of the User’s school; and

4.    User’s biography (the “Bio”).  The Bio is intended to allow the Participant to explain their artistic background. Posting personal information in any Bio is not allowed.

Finally, Participants will be placed into a grouping of students (a “Class”).  The Class in which a Participant is placed on the Website corresponds to the physical school and classroom through which the student participates in the ACME Program.  Each Class has information associated with it, including a Class name selected by the instructor leading the Class, the name of the school, the number of Participants in the Class and a short biography provided by the instructor.

B.    Information Collected to Assist us in Obtaining Grants

Participants over the age of 13 will be asked to provide additional personal information that we use to obtain funding from governmental and charitable organizations (the “Aggregate Information”).  All such information will be provided at the Participants’ option.  Please keep in mind that this information will be aggregated prior to us disclosing it to any third party; thus none of the information can be used by a third party to identify any Participant individually.  The Aggregate Information includes:

1.    Gender

2.    Primary Language

3.    Broadband Access

4.    Ethnicity

C.    Information Collected Via Technology

Use of Cookies and Web Beacons. On the Internet, a "cookie" is a piece of information (a file) that a website transfers to a user's computer for record-keeping purposes. The use of cookies is common on the internet. The process we use to track use of our site involves cookies. Our cookies are tied to personally identifiable information that you provide when registering for our Website. Cookies help us streamline the user experience. Cookies also enable us to measure the aggregate or total usage and traffic to the Website. In order to implement new services, we may use other types of cookies as well. We also may use cookies to understand better what parts of our site you like best. You may configure your browser to reject cookies, but this may interfere with some functionality of the Website. To find out more about changing your browser to reject cookies, we suggest the EPIC Cookies Page

We also employ a software technology called clear gifs (a.k.a. Web Beacons) that help us better manage content on our site by informing us what content is effective. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user's computer hard drive, clear gifs are embedded invisibly on Web pages and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. We tie the information gathered by clear gifs to our users' personally identifiable information in order to remember who you are and track your account preferences.

Log Files.  As is true of most websites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and click stream data.  We use this information, which does not identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users' movements around the site, and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole.  We do not link this automatically collected data to personally identifiable information.  We use a third-party tracking service that uses cookies to track non-personally identifiable information about visitors to our site in the aggregate in order to track the volume of visits, usage of certain features, and length of time on site. This information is used to gain insight into customer needs and behavior in order to help us improve the site and services offered.

 

HOW WE USE AND SHARE PERSONAL INFORMATION

Except as set forth in this Privacy Policy or as specifically agreed to by you, as a general policy The ACME Network will not disclose any Personal Information it gathers from you on our website.  We may release Personal Information as follows:

A.   Evaluators

We share Personal Information with certain third parties who perform evaluations of our Program in order to determine the quality of our program and/or to receive government or charitable grants. Access to your Personal Information by these third parties is limited to the information reasonably necessary in order for the third party to perform its limited function for The ACME Network.  They must agree to only use for this purpose and to keep confidential. 

B.   Legal Authorities

The Website may disclose personally identifiable information in cases when we have reason to believe that it is necessary to identify someone who may be violating our User Agreement or may be causing injury to our rights or property, other users, or anyone else. The Website may also disclose personally identifiable information of our users to government authorities at our discretion.

C.    Disclosure to Operations And Maintenance Contractors

The ACME Network operations and maintenance contractors sometimes have limited access to your Personal Information in the course of providing products or services to The ACME Network. These contractors include vendors and suppliers that provide us with web hosting, technology, services, and/or content related to better operation and maintenance of our Website and/or Program.  Access to your Personal Information by these contractors is limited to the information reasonably necessary in order for the contractor to perform its limited function for The ACME Network.  They must agree to only use for this purpose and to keep confidential.

 

SURVEYS AND QUESTIONNAIRES

We conduct email and web-delivered mid-year and end-of-year surveys from time to time with kids over 13. We do this to better deliver content and/or to better understand your needs relating to the Services. We will not share your survey or questionnaire information with any third party, except in aggregate form.  In addition, we store some of the information collected in the surveys in order to improve the Services.

 

ACCESSING, CHANGING AND DELETING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

If you would like to access, edit or delete your personal information, you may do so directly on the site from your “My Profile” page using the personal password you have selected. If you chose to delete your personal information from our records or if you provide false information or fail to update your information we may not be able to provide certain services to you and as such your participation in the Program may be affected.

 

SECURITY OF YOUR INFORMATION

We maintain our Website and all associated data with technical, administrative, and physical safeguards to protect against loss, unauthorized access, destruction, misuse, modification, and improper disclosure. No computer system or information can ever be fully protected against every possible hazard, but ACME is committed to providing appropriate security controls to protect our Websites and their information against foreseeable hazards.  We follow generally accepted standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

When you submit information about yourself over the internet, the information may travel over many systems that are not under our control. We take the protection of user data very seriously and to that end we will utilize commercially reasonable safety protocols to protect your information.

If you have any questions about privacy or security on our Website, you can email us at info@theacmenetwork.org

 

OUR POLICIES CONCERNING CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13

A.   What Types of Personal Information do we collect directly from a Child under the Age of 13?

Children under the age of 13 who wish to register for the Website are required to print and have a parent or guardian fill out and sign a permission form (the “Permission Form”).  The Permission Form asks the Child’s parent or guardian to consent to the following information being gathered from the Child:

1)    The Child’s first and last name;

2)    A username and password;

3)    An external email address;

4)    The Child’s Biography (their “Bio”) – in which ACME seeks a description of child’s artistic background; and

5)    Any commentary made by the Child on artwork viewable via the Website and the Services.  Please note that ACME seeks only commentary on the artwork and that the dissemination of personal information is strongly discouraged and will be removed if brought to our attention.

Incorporating first and last names as part of a user name is not allowed for children 13 years and younger. Posting personal phone numbers and mailing addresses in any biography is not allowed.

We will not knowingly collect any further Personal Information from such Child until he or she turns 13 years of age or we have first sought and obtained verifiable parental consent from the Child's Parent.

Please note that the sections in "Information Collected Via Technology" dealing with our collection of non-Personal Information and our use of cookies and related technologies to passively collect information apply to the use of the Website by Children, as well as to users over the age of 13.

 

Please also note that we will never condition a Child's registration for an Account, or a Child's participation in the programs and services we offer on the Child disclosing more Personal Information than is reasonably necessary to participate in such activity or offering. To read about the steps we take to protect the confidentiality, security and integrity of Children's Personal Information, please see the "Security of Your Information" section below.

 

B.   When do we collect and use Personal Information provided by a Child without parental consent?

In some instances, the Website allows Children to submit Personal Information such as their name and/or the Child's or his or her Parent's e-mail address without first obtaining their Parents' consent.

For example:

a.    We collect the name or online contact information of a Parent or Child for the purpose of obtaining parental consent and/or providing the Parent with any information regarding their Child's use of the Website, as required by law.

b.    We may collect online contact information from a Child if such information is used on a one-time basis to respond directly to a specific request from the Child.

c.    We may collect online contact information from a Child to be used to respond directly more than once to a specific request from the Child (e.g., to receive a newsletter or updates on the Services we provide to Participants), provided that in such case the Child's Parent shall have the right to refuse to permit further contact with the Child and require the deletion of Personal Information about or collected from the Child by following the steps outlined in "How can Parents access, change and delete Personal Information collected about Children?" below.

We will use reasonable efforts to notify the Child's Parent (e.g., via e-mail) of such ongoing communications with the Child promptly after our initial response to the Child and before making any subsequent responses to the Child.

We collect online contact information from a Child to the extent reasonably necessary to protect the safety of a Participant on the Website, provided that we have used reasonable efforts to provide notice to the Child's Parent (e.g., via e-mail). If the Parent fails to respond to such notice, we may use such online contact information for the purpose stated therein.

We may collect a Child's name and/or online contact information to the extent reasonably necessary to protect the security or integrity of the Website, to take precautions against liability, to respond to judicial process or to the extent permitted under other provisions of applicable laws, to provide information to law enforcement agencies or for an investigation on a matter related to public safety.

 

C.    When may we share Personal Information provided by a Child with Third Parties?

We may share a Child's Personal Information with third parties solely to the extent necessary for such third party to perform a service on our behalf, to protect the security or integrity of the Website, to take precautions against liability, to respond to judicial process, or to the extent otherwise required by applicable law.

 

D.   How can Parents access, change and delete Personal Information collected about Children?

At any time, a Parent may request that we cease to collect further Personal Information from their Child and can also request that any Personal Information we have collected be changed or deleted from our records, in accordance with applicable law. A Parent can contact us with a request to access, change or delete his or her Child's Personal Information or to cease to collect and/or use Personal Information about or collected from the Child by sending an e-mail to info@theacmenetwork.org

 

CHANGES TO THIS POLICY

This Privacy Policy is available on this page for you to read. This Privacy Policy may be updated and modified from time to time to reflect new options, as well as any other changes with regard to the use of personal information. Any minor amendments to this Privacy Policy will be posted at www.theacmenetwork.organd www.acmeanimation.org.  Your continued use of the ACME Website and Services following our posting of a minor change on www.theacmenetwork.organd www.acmeanimation.orgwill indicate your acceptance of the change. Users will be notified by email and shown a prominent notice on the home page of the Website of any material changes to our Privacy Policy.  By continuing to use the Website and Services after such material change, you accept and agree to be bound by the amended Privacy Policy, which will constitute a new Privacy Policy which replaces this one and your use of the Website and the Services will be subject to the new Privacy Policy.

 

If any change to this Privacy Policy is unacceptable to you, you agree that your only recourse is to stop usingthe Website or Services.

 

HOW TO REACH US

Our general mailing address is:

The ACME Network LA 1201 W. 5th St., Suite T-530

Los Angeles, CA 90017

 

To contact us, please email: info@theacmenetwork.org