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- What personal information is
requested by EdGate and why?
- What personal information is requested to
register for a SchoolNotes
Web page and why?
- Is any of the information
that is provided to EdGate as part of the activities listed in
Question 1 and 2 made available to outside organizations or
- Are there other occasions that EdGate requests personal
information and why?
- How long does EdGate retain personal information collected
from SchoolNotes users?
- How long does EdGate retain personal
information for any other part of EdGate and why?
- Does EdGate collect other information on its visitors?
- What personal information, if any, is collected by EdGate
- How will EdGate use the information its servers
- Does EdGate allow scripting languages in SchoolNotes pages?
- What else should I know about my privacy?
- May I contact EdGate with further privacy concerns?
- Are EdGate services COPPA compliant?
- What if a security breach is reported?
1. What personal
information is requested by EdGate and
Though most of the
content on the EdGate site does not require registration, there
are specific activities which do require online forms. You will
be asked for personal information in order to use the
- EdGate Customer Care online
ticket submission: You are required to
provide your name and email address, in order to submit a Help
ticket to EdGate. This information is collected in order to
respond to you and, if you are a SchoolNotes user, find your
account to solve your problem.
- EdGate Newsletter Center: In order to
subscribe to either the Elementary or Secondary Update, you
must provide a current email address in order for the content
to be sent to you every month.
- Online contests such as the Tip of the
Week contest on the World Language Center do require an email
in order to contact contest winners.
- Online submissions for feedback to the
site do not require, but do request, personal information in
case EdGate has questions and needs to contact you.
2. What personal
information is requested to register for a
SchoolNotes Web page and why?
registration, EdGate requires some contact information in order
to better serve you if you encounter any problems with your SchoolNotes
account. The personally identifiable information that we
request from you, and with which we identify you as a member,
may include the following: first name, last name, zip code,
email address, user name, password, school district and
professional affiliation. There are additional fields which are
not required for completion of the forms.
Your name, school affiliation and zip code
are listed as part of your school community under the "Find Your
School" and "Find Your Class" function of SchoolNotes. Your
name, school and title of your SchoolNotes page may also be
found by your zip code.
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information that is provided to EdGate as part of the activities
listed in Question 1 and 2 made available to outside
organizations or companies?
No. EdGate uses some of the information for internal tracking
statistics such as site traffic only.
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4. Are there other occasions
that EdGate may request personal information and why?
EdGate may ask for additional information
during periodic user surveys. In general, we use your personal information for
internal purposes only. For example, if you respond to
one of our online surveys, we might use that information and
your comments to make EdGate
as fun, interesting, and useful to you as possible. We might
also use your personal information for customization purposes as
schools create localized Education Gateway
communities of their own.
not provide your personal information to other persons or
entities without your express consent. However, EdGate
may contact you relative to EdGate
promotions or products and may
call you if you participate in our editorial online surveys,
either for confirmation purposes or, when indicated, for
an interview by a reporter.
How long does EdGate retain personal information collected from SchoolNotes users?
retains personal information described in
Question 2 on all current SchoolNotes
pages for as
long as the user is an
active SchoolNotes participant. The data on expired users is maintained for a
period to ensure that in case of legal action
associated with an i.e. inappropriate page, the records are
available. In addition, the information described in Question 2 is
retained as long as the member is an active user of SchoolNotes
6. How long does EdGate
retain personal information for any other part of EdGate and
EdGate retains information gathered in the CustomerCare system
for four years after the
ticket is closed in order to protect EdGate from any legal
action which might result from i.e. an inappropriate page. In all other
cases, the personal information is only retained if the user
is an active participant in an EdGate activity, i.e. a
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7. Does EdGate collect
other information on its visitors?
Our web servers automatically monitor which pages you visit
by domain name (e.g., aol.com), but do not collect any
information which will personally identify you. The only
personal information we collect about you is that information
personal information, if any, is collected by EdGate
information collected as part of SchoolNotes registration
or any EdGate form submission is NOT
shared with any third party site. If an EdGate user selects a
link to a company that then requests personal information in order to
allow purchase of a product (i.e. Smart-estore.com), this information is
be occurrences of reference (also known as
"third-party reference leaks" through the
URL of a
SchoolNotes page (i.e. the zipcode of the user). EdGate
has attempted to keep any such incidence at a minimum.
9. How will EdGate use
the information its servers automatically collect?
the information collected by its Web servers in order to conduct
internal reviews and traffic audits. This information helps us
to provide our visitors with the most valuable and up-to-date
content and hyperlinks. It also helps us attract education
underwriters, upon whose support we rely in order to furnish
free access to some of our products.
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EdGate allow scripting languages in SchoolNotes pages?
scripting languages due to security concerns and potential abuse.
12. Will EdGate
EdGate will post
13. What else should I know about my privacy?
Whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information
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any account information. Please be careful and responsible
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with further privacy concerns?
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if you want to talk to us.
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At EdGate, we provide a Web-based application service that
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16. What if a security breach is reported?
EdGate will make every attempt to contact appropriate
authorities if a security breach is reported by a user or
through the EdGate filtering system. A breach may include
posting of inappropriate content, posting of an inappropriate
SchoolNotes page or a report of a reference leak to an
unauthorized individual, company or other entity. EdGate will
work with authorities on the tracing of IP addresses or other
information that will lead to the discovery of the perpetrator
of the breach. Any
EdGate or SchoolNotes
outside of its intended purpose will not be tolerated. We
cooperate with local authorities in prosecuting users who post
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