Goddard systems, inc.
GSI is the franchisor for a franchise system relating to the establishment and operation of pre-school early learning centers throughout the United States (each a “School”). Under the terms of GSI’s franchise agreement, GSI provides certain authorizations, licenses and other rights to third party franchisees (each an “Authorized Franchisee”). Authorized Franchisees then open and run their own Schools under the quality assurance and other guidelines established by GSI, but each School is otherwise independent of GSI’s control. GSI itself is not engaged in the delivery of education or instructional services of any type, is not itself a licensed education institution in any jurisdiction, and does not actually operate any School. GSI is not responsible for the operation of any School or for the conduct of its Authorized Franchisees, including any Internet sites that they may operate (whether or not linked to a Website, as defined below) and their collection and use of personal information.
Your California Privacy Rights
Under California’s “Shine the Light” law, California residents who provide personal information in connection with obtaining products or services for personal, family or household use are entitled to request and obtain from us once a calendar year information about the customer information we shared, if any, with other businesses for their own direct marketing uses. If applicable, this information would include the categories of customer information and the names and addresses of those businesses with which we shared customer information for the immediately prior calendar year (e.g., requests made in 2012 will receive information regarding 2011 sharing activities).
Do Not Track
Additionally, because we may collect your personal information from time to time, California’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003 (CalOPPA) requires us to disclose how we respond to “do not track” requests, signals and other similar mechanisms. Currently, our policy is that we do not recognize “do not track” requests and signals from Internet browsers and similar devices. GSI is not in the business of tracking users for the purpose of building behavioral profiles of visitors to the Website, and our use of your personal information is strictly limited to the uses described herein. A visitor to the Website delivering a “do not track” request of signal will be treated no differently than a visitor to the Website not delivering a “do not track” request of signal. Please see the “User Information” section herein to understand how this policy may affect you.
Types of Information GSI Collects or Receives
GSI stores and uses the information that we collect or receive in strict compliance with applicable state and federal law. The types of personal information GSI collects or receives may include: (1) names; (2) mailing addresses; (3) email addresses; (4) biographical information such as household data and demographic information; (5) home and/or mobile telephone numbers; (6) bank, credit card and/or other financial information; (7) date of birth; (8) health assessments, medical condition information, allergy information, medication information and immunization status; (9) injury, behavioral, accident, incident and illness reports, including, but not limited to, crime and police report information; (10) scholastic performance data; and (11) other information provided by Schools. See Generally “School Collected Information” below.
The means by which GSI collects or receives such personal information may include when you: (1) request information about a School through the Website; (2) access a GSI social media platform; (3) sign up for email notifications, electronic newsletters, mobile messages (including SMS), or social media notifications from GSI or its Partners; (4) provide GSI with comments, suggestions or other input through the Website or otherwise; and (5) provide information to Schools. See Generally “School Collected Information” below. We may also receive information from third parties that provide us with such information, including as part of any investigation or inquiry that we may undertake.
School Collected Information
As a part of enrollment and providing you with services, Schools collect and receive, and are continually collecting and receiving, personal information about you and your child. The information collected by Schools is often stored on certain of GSI’s secured servers (on our behalf and on behalf of Schools), and other times is transmitted directly to our employees and agents for a specific purpose. While Schools are responsible for the collection, storage and treatment of all information that they collect, we want you to be aware that GSI often has access to some or all of that information.
Website Information Collected
GSI may collect two types of information when you visit or use the Website: contact information and usage information.
GSI may obtain non-individualized, generic information about you when you visit the Website.
Browser Log Files
Our servers automatically log each visitor to the Website and collect and record certain information about each visitor. This information includes or may include your “Internet Protocol”, or IP, address, browser language, browser type, operating system, domain names, browsing history (including time spent at a domain, time and date of your visit), referring/exit web pages and URLs, and number of clicks. The domain name and IP address reveal nothing personal about the user other than the IP address from which the user has accessed the Website. We may use this information to examine our traffic in the aggregate, but do not collect and evaluate this information for individuals.
Some of our web pages and electronic communications may contain electronic images known as Web Beacons (sometimes referred to as “clear gifs”). Web Beacons collect only limited information that includes a cookie number; time and date of a page view; and a description of the page on which the Web Beacon resides. We may also carry Web Beacons placed by third party advertisers. These Web Beacons do not carry any personally identifiable information and are only used to track usage of the Website and activities associated with the Website.
We assign you a unique internal identifier to help keep track of your future visits. We use this information to gather aggregate demographic information about our visitors, and we use it to personalize the information you see on the Website and some of the electronic communications you receive from us. We keep this information for our internal use, and this information is not shared with others. This information is in no way tied to your personal information, including your email address.
Third Party Opt Out
You can opt-out of certain online behavioral services through any one of the ways described below (you do not need to go to each opt-out site, one is sufficient). After you opt-out, you will continue to receive advertisements, but those advertisements will no longer be as relevant to you.
· You can opt-out via the Network Advertising Initiative industry opt-out at www.networkadvertising.org
· You can opt-out via the Consumer Choice Page at www.aboutads.info.
Note: If you opt-out as described above, you should not delete your cookies. If you delete your cookies, you will need to opt-out again.
Use of Information
Information collected or received by GSI is used for five main purposes. First, we collect information to provide you services and improve your and your child’s experience with GSI and the Schools, as well as the Website. Second, we may now or in the future collect information to personalize the experience of the users of the Website. Third, we collect information to communicate with you and to inform you about the Schools and the products and services of GSI. Fourth, we use information collected about and from parents and students at Schools, and visitors to the Website, for our internal business purposes (e.g., business planning, program development and future school locations). Finally, we may collect or otherwise receive information about you or your child for the purpose of giving you additional information about GSI and a School geographically convenient to you.
When Information Is Disclosed By GSI
We may share non-personally identifiable information (such as anonymous user usage data, referring/exit pages and URLs, platform types, number of clicks, etc.) with third parties to demonstrate the usage patterns for GSI’s advertisements, content, functionality promotions and/or services on the Website.
We also reserve the right to disclose personally identifiable information and/or non-personally-identifiable information in connection with the enforcement of our Terms and Conditions, take precautions against liability, to investigate and defend against any third-party claims or allegations, to assist government enforcement agencies, to protect the security or integrity of the Website, and to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of GSI, the Schools, the Authorized Franchisees, our customers or others.
We reserve the right to transfer your personally identifiable information, as well as any other information, in connection with the sale or other disposition of all or part of the GSI business and/or assets. We also cannot make any representations regarding the use or transfer of your personally identifiable information or other information that we may have in the event of our bankruptcy, reorganization, insolvency, receivership or an assignment for the benefit of creditors. Furthermore, we cannot and will not be responsible for any breach of security by any third parties or for any actions of any third parties that receive any of the information that is disclosed by us.
Employment Opportunity and Potential Franchisee Information Collection
For individuals interested in job opportunities with GSI or Authorized Franchisees, the Website currently or may in the future allow prospective employees to request additional job opportunity information. The Website may be used to collect personal information from prospective employees for human resources recruitment purposes. The foregoing described information is then shared with select Authorized Franchisees and others within GSI who are involved in the recruitment process. The Website also allows you to submit information to us by requesting franchise information and this information is used internally during the due diligence process. By submitting any of the foregoing information, you consent to its dissemination to, and use by, us and Authorized Franchisees. The foregoing also applies to job application inquiries and franchise information that you may transmit to us other than through the Website.
Privacy Outside the Website
The Website may contain various links to other websites, including links to one or more websites of the Schools and various third party service providers. GSI is not and cannot be responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any of the foregoing described websites. Please check with the providers of those other websites in order to determine their privacy policies and your rights under them.
Choices With Your Personal Information
Whether you submit personally identifiable information about you or your child to GSI is entirely up to you. You may decide not to submit to us personally identifiable information about you or your child to GSI, in which case GSI may not be able to provide certain services to you.
You may opt out of online behavioral advertising by following the instructions set forth above under the above section “Usage Information,” subsection “Third Party Opt Out.”
Access and Correction
Information from Children
Through the Website
The Website is not intended or designed to attract children under the age of thirteen (13). We do not use the Website to collect personally identifiable data from any person that we know to be under the age of thirteen (13) and we are in full compliance with the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), as well as any and all other applicable privacy laws, rules and regulations.
Outside of the Website
GSI and Authorized Franchisees, and our and their respective service providers, do receive information about your children as a part of offering and providing you and your children our and Authorized Franchisees’ services. By applying for enrollment or enrolling your child at a School, you expressly agree that such School and GSI, and our and their respective service providers, will necessarily receive certain personal information about and from your child. As a result of the foregoing described receipt and use of information about your child, you agree:
(2) You have and hereby consent to the collection of personal information from your child (in any manner, including, but not limited to, inadvertent or unauthorized disclosure through the Website).
(3) We have notified you that you have the right to request access to the personal information we at such time have collected from your child and the ability to request that such personal information be changed or deleted.
Goddard Systems, Inc.
1016 West Ninth Avenue
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Attn: IT Help Desk
Copyright © 2012-2014. Goddard Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
EFFECTIVE AS OF: December 2012
LAST UPDATED: February 21, 2014