As a Visitor to our Site, we want you to know what kind of personalized information we may collect on the Site, how we collect such information, how we intend to use the information, and how we intend to keep the information secure. Generally, some of this will depend on what type of Visitor you are:
Teenagers (ages 13-17) and Adults
Children Under 13
You are encouraged to check with your parents or guardians before submitting any personally-identifiable information to this Site.
PARENTS AND GUARDIANS NOTICE
It is important for you to talk with your teen or child about using the Internet safely. Here are just a few things to keep in mind when talking to your kids about the Internet:
- Remind your kid (whether a teen or a child under the age of 13) to never give out his or her full name, address, or phone number, or any other information that would enable someone to locate, contact or identify him or her, without your permission. Help them make up a creative and unique username and password and advise them to keep their password secret.
- Tell your kid that if they receive something that they are not sure about or if another user says or does something that they don’t like, to let you know.
- Impress upon your kid the importance of never engaging others in a communication or activity that would put them at risk.
Parental Consent for Children Under 13
With a few exceptions, before a child who we have knowledge is under 13 may register for and participate in certain Services on the Site, we will first notify the child's parent or guardian and/or seek the permission of the child's parent or guardian. We will do this by requesting that the child provide an e-mail or physical address for his/her parent or guardian, and we will send a notice to that address providing information regarding our Services, the Site our information collection and use as well as information on opting out of the Services on the child’s behalf.
Teenagers (ages 13-17) and Adults
- Information Collected: When using this Site and its Services, Visitors may be asked to provide certain personally-identifiable-information (for example, name, address, phone number and e-mail address) and general, non-personal demographic information (e.g., occupation, hobbies, zip code, etc.). Visitors may be required to provide personally-identifiable information when registering for a specific Service on the Site, participating in a contest, requesting information from us, or searching our magazine articles.
If a Visitor opts (or has opted) to enter one of our competitions, or otherwise opts to submit an idea to us, we will also collect school information, ideas, research and details about his or her ideas, photos, drawings and other materials regarding such ideas, patent information (as applicable) and other information relevant to the idea or competition. The terms and conditions of our competitions will be presented when a Visitor enters the competition. We will use the information received from the Visitor in connection with such competition, if applicable, and otherwise to evaluate the Visitor's invention ideas.
- Use of Information: We will use the information we collect on the Site, for example, to provide and enable the Visitor to participate in the Services requested, to provide e-mail accounts, to send newsletters and updates regarding our Site and Services, to send announcements of invention competitions, to respond to inquiries and requests, for our internal market research activities, and to otherwise promote our and our business partners' (such as, for example, our competition sponsors') activities and products.
Any information we collect on the Site may be used, for example, to provide a Visitor with periodic marketing and promotional notices and other correspondences from us. We may also make this information available to other persons or entities whom we believe offer goods or services that may interest that Visitor. This information may also be shared with others for the purpose of completing transactions arising from the Site or the Services. A Visitor may elect to "opt-out" of certain uses of their personally-identifiable information as set forth below.
Children Under 13
- Personally-Identifiable Information: With a few exceptions, before a child who we have knowledge is under 13 may provide us with personally-identifiable information through this Site or any of our Services, we will notify the child's parent or guardian and provide an opt-out option to the parent. We consider the following information to be personally-identifiable: a first and last name; a home or other physical address including a street name and name of city or town; a telephone number; and any other personal information that would allow a child to be contacted, located or identified in person or online.
- Information Collected: Some Services on the Site may require Visitors to submit personally-identifiable information, such as: (i) first and last name, (ii) phone number and e-mail address, (iii) parent's or legal guardian's name and e-mail address, (iv) age and birth date, (v) zip code and/or City/State/Country, (vi) grade level and name of school, (vii) favorite and least favorite class or subject in school, (viii) inventing experience, and (ix) interests. We will only collect an email address from a child who we have knowledge is under 13. We will collect all other personally- identifiable information from the parent. If a child opts (or has opted) to enter one of our competitions we will collect ideas, research and details about his or her invention ideas, photos, drawings and other materials regarding such ideas, patent information (as applicable) and other information relevant to the competition. The terms and conditions of our competitions will be presented when a child enters the competition.
- We respect the privacy of children, and do not collect any more personally-identifiable information than reasonably necessary to enable them to participate in the activities we offer at our Web site. We will not condition a child's participation, offering of a prize, or any other activity or Service on the child's disclosing more personally-identifiable information than is reasonably necessary to participate in an activity.
- Use of Information: We will use the information we collect on the Site, for example, to provide and enable the Visitor to participate in the Services requested, to provide e-mail accounts, to send newsletters and updates regarding our Site and Services, to send announcements of invention competitions, to respond to your child's inquiries and requests, for our internal market research activities, If a child opts (or has opted) to enter one of our competitions, we will also use the information received from the child in connection with such competition, if applicable, and otherwise to evaluate the child's ideas.
- Disclosure of Information: We do not disclose the personally-identifiable information of children who we have knowledge are under the age of 13 to third parties, other than under certain limited situations such as: (i) in connection with some of our Services that may enable Visitors to share their invention ideas with other Visitors, in which event we will obtain the verifiable permission of such child's parent or guardian, (ii) to a company that provides support for the internal operations of our Site or Services (such as, for example only, a shipping fulfillment company if we want to ship a prize or gift to your child) and that does not disclose or use such information for any other purpose, (iii) in connection with a sale or acquisition of our Site or assets, or (iv) as required by law or court order or in connection with a legal proceeding.
- Parental Consent for Children Under 13: With a few exceptions, before a child who we have knowledge is under 13 may register for or participate in certain Services on the Site, we will first notify the child's parent or guardian. We will do this by requesting that the child provide an e-mail or physical address for his/her parent or guardian, sending a notice to that person, and in some cases seeking the child's personal information in order for the child to participate in the stated activities and Services and an opt-out option.
- Parental Requests for Information: If a child who we have knowledge is under 13 has provided any personally-identifiable information to the Site, his or her parent or guardian may request a description of what personally-identifiable information has been collected from that child through the Site, the specific personally-identifiable information collected about the child through the Site, and either limit or restrict any further maintenance or use of the child's personally-identifiable information, and/or direct us to delete it. Also, a parent may decline to allow any future collection of personally-identifiable information from that child. Such requests can be made by contacting us here. We will take reasonable measures to verify that the requestor is, in fact, the parent or guardian of the child in question before providing a child's personally-identifiable information.
General (Applicable to Visitors of All Ages)
- IP Addresses: We passively collect IP addresses for the purpose of system administration and to maintain and report aggregate Visitor information. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to a Visitor's computer. Web servers can automatically identify individual computers by their IP address. We may link IP addresses to personally-identifiable information.
We may use a third party advertising service to display advertisements on our Site. Sometimes these advertising services will utilize cookies to display specific advertisements to Visitors based on, among other things, their surfing habits. We do not have access to these cookies nor do we know what information is contained in these cookies. As stated above, you may restrict the placement of cookies on your computer through controls available in your web browser.
- Links: The Site may include links to other third party Web sites and other third party Web sites may link to the Site (the "Linked Sites"). We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of the Linked Sites and hereby expressly disclaim all responsibility and liability which may arise from there.
- Technical Information: Settings, technical and other information concerning a Visitor's computer, such as an operating system, browser version, connectivity, various communication parameters and other information related to the operation and interaction of the Site and the Services may be passively collected by us.
- Tracking Usage Patterns: We also may passively gather information and usage patterns related to our Visitors' use of the Site and the Services, including without limitation, real time tracking of other Web sites linked to and from this Site, to better understand how our Visitors, as a group, use the Site and Services, and the various features thereof, as well as to help us provide personalized offerings, and to conduct market research and other commercial activities. We do not engage in behavioral targeted marketing.
- Public Forums: When you contribute to certain community areas of the Site and certain of our Services, such as a chat room, bulletin board or other similar open forum, the information that you submit may be made available to other Visitors to the Site who have registered on the Site or for such Service. For this reason, we recommend that you do not submit any sensitive information, including your full name, home address, phone number, financial information or other information that would enable other users to locate you. Instead, make up a username that does not disclose your personal identity.
- Consent to Processing: The Site is operated from the United States. All Visitors of the Site and users of the Services fully understand and unambiguously consent to the collection and processing of their personally-identifiable information in the United States.
- Legal Disclosure, Acquisition. We shall, pursuant to valid legal process, such as a search warrant, subpoena or court order, allow access to relevant Visitor information, in order to comply with such process and to protect our rights and property. If warranted, we may also allow access to this information in special emergencies where physical safety is at risk. We may also disclose or transfer personally-identifiable information regarding Visitors in connection with a merger, acquisition, change of control or sale of all or substantially all of our assets related to the Site.
- Send certified/return receipt requested mail to: BKFK, 1177 High Ridge Road, Stamford, CT 06905. Attn: Customer Service
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Version Date: September 1, 2011