EAST Privacy Statement
ENVIRONMENTAL AND SPATIAL TECHNOLOGY, INC. (“EAST,” “we,” or “our”) is a project-based, service/learning-oriented program that provides students with the opportunity to use some of the most advanced technology in
the world. EAST offers online learning opportunities in a loosely structured, self-driven environment. EAST program instructors (called “facilitators”) manage curricula designed for students to learn computer-based
technologies, while also helping their communities and schools. Facilitators receive EAST training but are not EAST employees; facilitators are teachers at a child’s school district (a Local Educational Agency or “LEA”).
EAST seeks to provide students an educational atmosphere that lets them gain insight into their own experience in acquiring and using information to solve problems. Our address is 6215 Ranch Dr., Little Rock, Arkansas,
our telephone number is 501-371-5016, and our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
EAST offers a website and a mobile software application for LEAs and the students they are instructing, some of whom are under the age of 13 (“Child” or “Children”), (“Student” or “Students”).
EAST is committed to protecting the privacy of Students who use www.eastinitiative.org (our “website”). This Online Privacy Statement explains our practices with respect to the collection, use, and disclosure of
information provided by Students and our effort to obtain parental consent before we collect, use, or disclose information provided by Children. We publish this privacy statement in voluntary compliance with the
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, 15 U.S.C. §§ 6501-6505 (“COPPA”). For more information about COPPA and general tips about protecting Children’s online privacy, please visit this
Federal Trade Commission webpage.
EAST uses Google Analytics. For information about how Google uses data when anyone uses our sites or apps, please visit this website.
1. The Information Our Website Collects, How We Use It, and How and When We Communicate With Parents:
Our website offers resources and activities, some of which may collect information from Students. We have summarized below some instances in which we collect information from Students, and we have outlined how
and when we will provide parental notice and/or seek parental consent for our information collection activities regarding Students. In any instance that we collect personal information from a Students, we will
retain that information (i) for the Students to participate fully in the activity, (ii) for the Students to verify participation in the activity at any point in the future, (iii) ensure the security of our users
and systems, and (iv) as required by law. In the event we discover we have collected information from a Students in a manner inconsistent with COPPA’s goals or this statement, we will either delete the information
or take reasonable steps to obtain parental consent.
About Verifiable Parental Consent:
Prior to providing its web-based services to LEAs and their Students, LEAs provide written assurances that notifications and permissions to and from parents1 have been obtained by the LEA to allow for the creation
of Student accounts and the use of EAST resources.
We may, but routinely do not, collect information about or from a Child WITHOUT parental consent for the following purposes:
To obtain verifiable parental consent;
To give voluntary notice to a parent about their Child’s participation on a site or service that doesn’t collect personal information;
To respond directly to a Child’s specific one-time request;
To respond directly more than once to a Child’s specific request;
To protect a Child’s safety;
To protect the security or integrity of our website or services, to take precautions against liability, to respond to judicial process, or — as permitted by law — to provide information to law enforcement;
To provide support for internal operations of our website or service. This includes:
- maintaining or analyzing the functioning of our website,
- performing network communications,
- authenticating users of the site or personalizing content,
- serving contextual ads or frequency capping,
- protecting the security or integrity of the user or our website
- legal or regulatory compliance, or
- fulfilling a Child’s request under the one-time contact or multiple contact exceptions.
EAST programs feature user accounts for Students that are either created by LEAs or facilitators or created by Students with LEA or facilitator approval.
User accounts enable Students to participate in the EAST learning experience by doing activities such as creating and maintaining journals, answering surveys
(created by, and for the use of, EAST or facilitators), and scheduling educational resources.
During the registration process to create a user account, facilitators provide, or we ask a Student to provide, the Student’s first name, last name, date of birth,
email address, and school name, and we may allow or require a Student to create a user name and password, which may be unique.
Students may also use the website to register for EAST’s Student training or events. The conference registration process may also allow a Student to provide a
t-shirt size or register for conference-specific activities such as attending a particular educational session.
For some EAST activities, EAST may ask a Student to obtain written parental consent for EAST to acquire and publish a Student’s image, including still photographs
or video images. EAST does not condition a Student’s participation in EAST activities on obtaining parental consent to acquire and publish a Student’s image.
We may also use the information you provided us to contact you from time to time to provide you with important information and required notices.
EAST may also invite, encourage, or allow a Student to download and use one or more of EAST’s mobile applications (“EAST Conference Apps”) or to use a live chat feature on
its website (“Live Chat”). EAST Conference Apps may collect the same information our website may collect. EAST Conference Apps may also collect information about user activity
on the EAST app. For more information about what data an EAST Conference Apps collects, please see the privacy notice associated with that EAST Conference App.
The Live Chat services shall not be used for any purpose that is unlawful or unethical. The Live Chat services are designed to enable communication with others.
We will not require a Student to provide more information than is reasonably necessary to participate in an online activity.
EAST uses information it collects from Students to enable facilitators to conduct and oversee Students’ educational activities,
to learn Students’ answers to survey questions, and to schedule educational resources and activities.
EAST does not and will not sell any information it collects. Although EAST does not access any content created by any Student (except in the limited instances stated elsewhere in this statement),
a facilitator may. For example, some activities include Students creating and maintaining a journal, the contents of which are reviewed by a facilitator.
Our site may collect geolocation information about a Student’s school or LEA.
Other Automatically Collected Information:
In addition, the website may collect certain information automatically, including, but not limited to, the type of browser you are using, the IP address of the device you are using, your device’s
unique device ID, your operating system, and information about the way you use the website.
2. When Information Collected From Students Is Available To Others
We will sometimes share or disclose personal information collected from Students, including in the following scenarios:
- We may share information with our service providers to allow the service provider to perform a business, professional, or technology support function for us.
- We will disclose personal information without a Student’s consent if permitted or required by law, for example, to comply with a court order or a subpoena or to meet other regulatory requirements.
We also may disclose personal information collected from Students (i) in response to a request from a law enforcement or public agency (including a school or a children protective services agency); (ii)
if we believe disclosure may prevent the instigation of a crime, facilitate an investigation related to public safety or protect the safety of a Student using our website, an EAST Conference App, or the
live chat feature; (iii) to protect the security or integrity of our website, an EAST Conference App, live chat feature, or other EAST technology, as well as the technology of our service providers; (iv)
enable us to take precautions against liability; or (v) to provide to our lawyers or consultants in the event of litigation or an investigation.
3. Parental Choices and Controls
At any time, parents can refuse to permit us to collect further personal information in association with a particular account and can request that we delete from our records the personal information we have
collected in connection with that account. Please keep in mind that a request to delete records may lead to a termination of the Student’s account or other service.
In any correspondence to EAST such as email or regular mail, please include your Child’s username and the parent’s email address and telephone number.
4. Other General Information
We are concerned about safeguarding the confidentiality of your information. We provide physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect information we process and maintain. For example, we limit
access to this information to authorized employees and contractors who need to know that information in order to operate, develop or improve our website and services. Please be aware that, although we endeavor
provide reasonable security for information we process and maintain, no security system can prevent all potential security breaches.
This Privacy Statement may be updated from time to time for any reason. We will notify you of any changes to our Privacy Statement by posting the new Privacy Statement here. You are advised to consult this
Privacy Statement regularly for any changes, as continued use is deemed approval of all changes.
By using the website, you are consenting to our processing of your information as set forth in this Privacy Statement now and as amended by us. "Processing,” includes using cookies. Cookies are pieces of data
that a website transfers to a user's hard drive for record-keeping purposes. You have many choices with regards to the management of cookies on your computer. All major browsers allow you to block or delete cookies
from your system. To learn more about your ability to manage cookies and web beacons, please consult the privacy features in your browser.
If you have any questions regarding privacy while using the website, or have questions about our practices, please contact us via email at email@example.com.
1 The term "parent" refers to parent and/or guardian.