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Privacy Policy

Girls Inc. Online Privacy Policy

Created October 21, 2010, updated: October 27, 2010



Welcome to the Girls Inc. Online website, located at www.girlsinc-online.org, and hosted by Girls Inc.  We are happy you are here, and have created this privacy policy to describe how we collect, use, and disclose personal information from people who visit the site on which this policy is located.  Parents, this policy describes our practices with respect to information we collect from you, as well as from your child.  This policy does not describe our practices with respect to information we might collect in other forums, including on other Girls Inc. websites (like our site at girlsinc.org), offline, or through other means.



The internet is a rapidly changing world.  From time to time we may need to update this policy.  If we make any material changes that may impact how we use personal information we have already obtained, we will notify you as required by law.  Speaking of laws, parents, you should be aware that the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) requires us to explain to you how we use information from children under 13.  This policy describes those uses, and your rights under that law.

About the Girls Inc. Online site

Girls Inc. Online is the Girls Inc. website for girls, dedicated to empowering girls to envision their futures without limits. Girls Inc. Online members who have registered with our site can engage with unique activities developed by professionals that guide them through the process of setting goals, tracking their progress, and reflecting on the process. These interactive features allow registered members to select goals from menu choices developed by Girls Inc. staff, as well as share what makes them “strong, smart, and bold” through an identical functionality. Although members may suggest words and phrases that they think should be made available on the site, and can choose to write short reflection essays (“Goal Stories”) upon accomplishing a goal, all free-form text submissions are moderated by trained Girls Inc. staff before being published to the site. Free-form text submitted by members for publishing will not be posted to the site if it contains inappropriate or personally identifiable information.



When using such features as a member, a member is identified on Girls Inc. Online only by his or her screen name, which consists of the member’s first name and three to five numbers randomly assigned by the Girls Inc. Online technological platform.  



All visitors to Girls Inc. Online can access every feature and activity, but only registered members can save, share, and access the history of their participation on Girls Inc. Online, and use the other members-only features described in this section. We offer these benefits because we think this is an important way for girls to reflect on their accomplishments, which fosters a sense of self-confidence that leads to a lifelong desire to learn and achieve. Membership to Girls Inc. Online is free.

Information we collect and how it is used

Parents, if your child is interested in joining Girls Inc. Online, we collect from your child her email address, date of birth, first name, and – if your child is under 13 – your email address.  We use information provided by anyone 13 and over to process their registration request.  We use information provided by children under 13 to reach out to parents to get their consent.  If a parent does not grant consent, we do not create an account for the child under 13.  



The personal information provided on this site is also used to respond to questions, to allow members to interact with online goal-setting and self-confidence-building activities, to allow members to save the projects they create on this site, to send you or your child newsletters or other electronic content, as otherwise described in this policy or explained to you (or to parents of children under 13), for other legitimate business purposes, and as may otherwise be permitted by law.  



In the course of providing web-based products and services and in order to provide the highest quality user experience for our members, Girls Inc. Online tracks the activity of users accessing our site. This information includes IP addresses of users, page views, unique visitors, and repeat visitors.  We also use cookies, which are stored on your computer, to enhance your user experience. These cookies track your preferences, whether you are logged in, and some of your activities while on our site. You may choose to reject these cookies, but if you do, you may be unable to take advantage of all the Girls Inc. Online features and services. Refer to your browser’s help information to learn how to disable cookies.  

Parent’s Rights and Access Controls

Under COPPA, we may not, and we do not, condition online participation by children under 13 on the provision of more information than is reasonably necessary for your child to participate in that activity.  Parents of kids under 13, you also have the right to consent to the use of your child’s information without consenting to the disclosure of the information to third parties, and you have the right to review your child’s information and have it deleted.  If you provide consent and later change your mind, you may revoke your consent at any time by emailing girlsinc-online@girlsinc.org.  You may also contact us to have us delete information provided by your child.  To do so, contact us at girlsinc-online@girlsinc.org.

Security and protection of information we collect

We take reasonable precautions to secure and protect the information we collect. However, no information collected over the Internet can be guaranteed to be completely secure. If we become aware of a security breach that may affect your personal information, we will notify you via the email address you provide.  To learn more about how to protect kids online, visit http:///www.ftc.gov/privacy/privacyinitiatives/childrens.html, as well as http://www.onguardonline.gov/topics/safety-tips-tweens-teens.aspx.

If you have any questions or concerns about how Girls Inc. Online secures personal information, contact girlsinc-online@girlsinc.org.

Information we share

Girls Inc. Online will share personal information under the following circumstances:

  • In order to maintain, develop and provide certain products or services, we may share personal information with third parties who provide support for the internal operations of the Girls Inc. Online site.
  • To comply with a subpoena, court order, or other legal proceeding, or if otherwise requested by a legitimate law enforcement body to cooperate in their investigations.
  • To prevent, investigate, or to take some other action against illegal activities, potential fraud, potential physical threats to any person, violations of our terms of service, or in any other way as required by law.
  • If we sell all or part of our business, personal information may be disclosed as part of the sale or transfer of the business assets. Entities we sell or transfer these assets to will be bound by this privacy policy.
  • With our business partners or others who are providing co-branded content, as you may authorize us from time to time, or as may otherwise be permitted by law.
  • Links to other sites

Girls Inc. Online may include links to other sites whose privacy practices differ from those of Girls Inc. Online.  If you submit personal information to any of those sites, your information is governed by their privacy policies.  We encourage you to carefully read the privacy policy of any site before you visit.

Contacting Girls Inc. Online

If you have any questions or concerns about the Girls Inc. Online privacy policy, you can contact us at:



Email: girlsinc-online@girlsinc.org

Phone: (212) 509-2000

Address: 120 Wall Street, New York, NY  10005-3902

 

Download the Girls Inc. Online Privacy Policy.