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PRIVACY POLICY


Goddard systems, inc.

PRIVACY POLICY

 


Goddard Systems, Inc. (“GSI”, “our” or “we”) is committed to protecting your and your child’s privacy, which is why we have adopted this Privacy Policy.  This Privacy Policy lets you know how and for what purposes your and your child’s personal information is being collected, processed and used.  We pledge that we will take reasonable steps to ensure that your and your child’s personal information will only be used in ways that comply with this Privacy Policy.  As used in this Privacy Policy, “child” shall mean child or children, as applicable, and shall refer to each of your children and/or any of your children, as applicable. 

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.

This Privacy Policy is in effect for the collective non‑user-specific information and personal information received, collected and/or owned by GSI, including information provided to GSI by Schools.  Your use of any web pages, mobile applications, third party social media sites, email lists, online features, services and/or programs offered by GSI (collectively, the “Website”) is governed by this Privacy Policy.  Your use of the Website is also governed by Terms and Conditions located at www.goddardschool.com/terms-and-conditions

This Privacy Policy is not applicable to any other web pages, mobile applications, third party social media sites, email lists, collective non‑user-specific information and collective personal information collected and/or owned by any entity other than GSI, including, but not limited to, any School.  For the sake of clarity with regard to the Schools, this Privacy Policy only applies to information GSI receives from a School.  You should refer to the privacy policy in effect for your applicable School owner.

If you provide information to both us and an Authorized Franchisee, the use of such information by a party shall be governed by the terms of the using party’s Privacy Policy.

 

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).

 

To obtain this information on behalf of GSI, please send an email message to the email address provided at the end of this Privacy Policy with “Request for California Privacy Information” in the subject line and in the body of your message. We will provide the requested information to you at your email address in response.  Please be aware that not all information sharing is covered by the “Shine the Light” requirements and only information on covered sharing will be included in our response.  Please be further aware that GSI will report only its own information, not the information sharing undertaken by your School, if any, and you should consider making a similar request to your School for that information.

            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.

Contact Information

Contact information refers to the information that you intentionally provide to us when you submit a request to be contacted.  This information may include your name, address, phone number, email address, child’s name and child’s date of birth, as well as any other information that you may voluntarily provide through the Website.  We collect this information for purposes of responding to requests for more information about GSI and the School(s) and, if you enroll at a School, for the other purposes described herein and in that School’s Privacy Policy.  When you submit contact information, you accept that this information will be shared with Schools. 

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.

 

Cookies

From time to time, GSI and/or our advertisers or other third parties may send a “cookie” to your computer.  A cookie is a small piece of data that is sent to your Internet browser from a web server and stored on your computer’s hard drive.  A cookie, by itself, cannot read data from your hard disk or read cookie files already on your computer.  A cookie, by itself, does not damage your system.  We, our advertisers and other third parties may use cookies to identify and keep track of, among other things, those areas of the Website and third party websites that you have visited in the past in order to enhance your next visit to the Website.  Our advertisers may also use cookies to ascertain how many times that you have seen an advertisement and obtain similar analytical information.  You can choose whether or not to accept cookies by changing the settings of your Internet browser, but your ability to use the Website may be impaired or prohibited.

 

Web Beacons

 

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.

 

Unique Identifier

 

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

Although we do not at the time this Privacy Policy was last updated (see end of Privacy Policy for last date of update), we may allow third-party companies to serve advertisements and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit the Website. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (including, but not limited to, click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to the Website in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party Web Beacon to collect this information, as further described above. Through these technologies, the third party may have access to and use non-personalized information about your online usage activity.

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.

·        You can configure your web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.) to delete and/or control the use of cookies. More information can be found in the Help system of your browser. It is at your discretion whether you use the opt-out described above or manage cookies via the browser.

 

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

In addition to the other times or occasions on which we might disclose information, we might also disclose information when required by law or in the good-faith belief that such disclosure is necessary to: (1) comply with a legal process and applicable laws; (2) enforce this Privacy Policy; and/or (3) investigate and/or protect the rights, property or personal safety of you, your child, GSI, our employees, Authorized Franchisees, or the public.

We use reasonable precautions to keep the information that is disclosed to us secure.  We may provide personally identifiable information and non-personally-identifiable information to our Authorized Franchisees and other businesses or persons for the purposes of processing such information on our behalf.  We require that these parties agree to process such information in compliance with our Privacy Policy or in a similar, industry-standard manner, and we use reasonable efforts to limit their use of such information and to use other appropriate confidentiality and security measures.  The use of your information by one of our trusted business partners may be subject to that party’s own Privacy Policy.

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 choose to prevent GSI from disclosing, storing or using your or your child’s personally identifiable information under certain circumstances (“opt out”).  You may opt out of certain disclosure, storage or use of your or your child’s personally identifiable information for purposes that are incompatible with the purpose(s) for which it was originally collected or for which you subsequently gave authorization by notifying us by one of the methods at the end of this Privacy Policy, or by following the procedures set forth in an electronic communication from us, if applicable.  There are some uses from which you cannot opt-out, such as our use, storage and/or disclosure of your or your child’s personally identifiable information in compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.  As long as one or more of your children are students at a School, you also may not opt out of us and/or an Authorized Franchisee using your children’s personally identifiable information to the extent reasonably necessary (in our sole discretion) for us to provide services to you and your children.

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

To access your or your child’s personal information in the possession of GSI and correct inaccuracies of that information in our records, please contact us in the manner specified at the end of this Privacy Policy.  We ask individuals to identify themselves and the information requested to be accessed and amended before processing such requests, and we may decline to process requests in limited circumstances as permitted by our then current business practices and/or applicable laws, rules and regulations.

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. 

Notwithstanding anything in this Privacy Policy to the contrary, the sole circumstances under which we would knowingly receive personal information about a child through the Website are instances where the child’s School or parents/guardians provide that information. 

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:

(1)   This Privacy Policy shall serve as notice to you regarding our information practices with regard to children, including the types of personal information we may collect or receive from your child (through the Website or otherwise), the uses to which we may put that information, and whether and with whom we may share that information.

 

(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.

 

We do not currently engage in any marketing activities to your child through the Website.  To the extent there is any change in the foregoing practice, such change will be posted to this Privacy Policy.  To be clear, GSI treats privacy as a top priority, especially any information about your child.

 

You affirm that you are either more than eighteen (18) years of age, or an emancipated minor, or possess legal parental or guardian consent, and are fully able and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations, and warranties set forth in this Privacy Policy, and to abide by and comply with this Privacy Policy. In any case, you affirm that you are over the age of thirteen (13), as THE WEBSITE IS NOT INTENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER 13 WHO ARE UNACCOMPANIED BY THEIR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN.

Parents and legal guardians should be aware that GSI’s Privacy Policy will govern our use of personal data, but also that information that is voluntarily given by children or others in email exchanges, bulletin boards or the like may be used by other parties to generate unsolicited communications.  GSI encourages all parents and legal guardians to instruct their children in the safe and responsible use of their personal data while using the Internet.

Your Consent To This Privacy Policy

By using the Website and/or enrolling your child at a School, you consent to the collection and use of information by us, Authorized Franchisees and our respective agents as specified above or as we or they otherwise see fit, in compliance with this Privacy Policy, unless you inform us otherwise by means of the procedure identified below.  We may use comments, ideas, information, feedback or suggestions that you may submit in any manner that we may choose without notice or compensation to you.

If you have additional questions or comments of any kind, or if you see anything on the Website that you think is inappropriate or incorrect, or would like to send GSI notification pursuant to the terms of this Privacy Policy, please contact us by email or by sending your comments, notifications or requests to:

Goddard Systems, Inc.

1016 West Ninth Avenue
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Attn: IT Help Desk

helpdesk@goddardsystems.com

 

Copyright © 2012-2014. Goddard Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

EFFECTIVE AS OF: December 2012

LAST UPDATED: February 21, 2014

 

 

 

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