Introduction. This website, including the features, applications, emails, content, downloads, products or services of the website (collectively, the “Site”) has been developed in conjunction with Verizon Communications, Inc. as part of the charitable and educational activities of Project Lead The Way, Inc. (“PLTW” or “We”) to assist and support educational institutions in providing students with innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (“STEM”) activities and to promote STEM education. This Privacy Policy describes how we collect and use information through the Site and surveys. Please also read the “Terms of Service” which describe the rules regarding the use of the Site. This Privacy Policy is incorporated by reference into the Terms of Service. 

How Do We Collect Personal Information? We collect personally identifiable information that you provide when you register on the Site, create an account, or fill out a form. By registering for the Site, you consent to our use of information collected for the purposes stated in this Privacy Policy.

What Information is Collected?  On our Site, we collect teacher name, email address, grades and number of students taught, and school district information. In our surveys, we may also request additional information, including but not limited to, student demographics, topics of courses taught, and the effectiveness of STEM material. 

What Information is Automatically Collected?  On our Site, we may collect certain information automatically, including: the IP address of the computer You are using, the date and time You are connecting to the Site, analytic data, technical information about Your computer, such as the operating system, the browser and the internet service providers You are using, and other similar information. Our Site also uses “cookies” to enhance user experience.

How Do We Use This Information? We use personally identifiable information only if the subject of the data has consented to the use, the use is necessary to perform an agreement that the subject of the data is a party to, or that the subject of the data has requested prior to entering into an agreement, to comply with a legal obligation, to protect vital interests of an individual, or to carry out a task in the public interest that is an obligation of PLTW;

We may use personally identifiable information to improve customer service, to respond to Your customer service requests and support needs more efficiently, to improve our Site, for purposes specified at the time of collection, to run a promotion, contest, survey or other Site feature, to provide information about topics We think will be of interest, to advise Site users of survey results, or if they won a contest, or as otherwise permitted or required by law. We may send periodic emails to survey user experience and to answer inquiries, questions, or other requests.  If you decide to opt-in to our mailing list, we may send emails that include PLTW news or updates. You can unsubscribe from receiving future emails at any time; unsubscribe instructions are included at the bottom of each email.

How Do We Share Your Personal Information?

We may share information about visitors to the Site:

  • With Verizon, business partners, trusted affiliates, and advertisers to help provide services that are described above and on the Site. 
  • With third party service providers that help us operate our business and the Site or administer activities on our behalf, such as sending out newsletters or surveys. Newsletters and surveys are only sent if You have agreed to receive them.
  • With companies that provide services to us, such as website hosting services.
  • With companies that are disclosed to You at the time You provide the Information.
  • As permitted or required by law; for example, to comply with a court order or subpoena, or to prevent or investigate a crime or fraud. We may share information if necessary to enforce this Privacy Policy or Terms of Use of the Site. We also reserve the right to report to appropriate law enforcement or government agencies activities that We, in good faith, believe to be harmful or unlawful, with or without providing notice to You.

We may share information about survey results: 

  • With Verizon, business partners, trusted affiliates and advertisers to help provide services that are described above and on the Site. 

Cookie Information

Cookies are small text files that are placed on Your hard drive. Cookies help identify a User’s computer and may allow some tracking of information. For example, cookies can remember a User between visits, and can keep information in a shopping cart. A persistent cookie is set to store your User Name and Password, so you do not have to enter it more than once. Persistent cookies also enable the ability for the Site to track and target the interests of a user in order to enhance the experience of the user on the Site. We do not currently collect, and it is not our policy to permit third parties to collect “targeted” cookies (persistent identifiers tracking users across different sites and services) for purposes of advertising. You can set Your web browser to refuse cookies, or to alert You when cookies are being sent. However, if You refuse cookies, some parts of the Site may not function properly.

Google Analytics Notice

We use Google Analytics, which uses cookies to analyze website traffic. For instance, Google Analytics tells us how many people have visited our website, what pages they visit, and how long they visit each page. You can visit https://policies.google.com/technologies/partner-sites to learn more about how Google uses the information collected.

California Privacy Rights

PLTW, as a nonprofit entity, is not subject to the California Consumer Protection Act; however, PLTW seeks to protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable information that it holds, to ensure that such information is used only for the purposes for which it was collected, and to provide rights to data subjects.  Therefore: 

  • PLTW will not sell personally identifiable information to third parties for monetary compensation; 
  • PLTW has disclosed the collection, use and disclosure of personally identifiable information in this Privacy Policy;
  • PLTW has provided a mechanism by which users may seek correction of personally identifiable information which the site users reasonably believe is incorrect; and
  • PLTW, through this posted Privacy Policy, has disclosed the type of information PLTW collects, uses, and discloses about site users. 

How Do We Protect Your Information?

We use reasonable data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of Your personal information, username, password, transaction information and data stored on our Site. However, it is impossible to guarantee security of any website, or of data transmitted over the Internet. While We seek to protect information, we cannot guarantee the security of any personal information You provide through the Site. It is important that You are careful when You provide private information online, that You use a secure connection, and that You protect your username and password.

Third Party Websites

  • This Site may provide hyperlinks, which are highlighted words or pictures within a document, that, when clicked, take you to another place within the document, to another document altogether, or may take you to a third-party website not controlled by PLTW.
  • Any third-party websites may collect, use, and disclose information in a manner different than the Site. PLTW is not responsible for the collection, use, or disclosure of information collected through these websites and expressly disclaims any and all liability related to such collection, use, or disclosure.

PLTW does not share any information with third parties except as stated in this Privacy Policy, as required by law, as needed to protect the rights of others, or to enforce the terms of use for the Site.

Third Party Websites

Any information PLTW collects from its donors is used by PLTW for internal purposes only, such as program implementation, tax reporting, legal compliance, or budgeting, and is shared with board members, staff and third parties for these purposes only. Otherwise, donor information shall be kept strictly confidential by Project Lead The Way, its board members, staff and volunteers, unless permission is obtained from individuals or organizations to release such information. Project Lead The Way is committed to respecting the privacy of its donors.

Protecting Children’s Privacy

The Site is not targeted to children under the age of 13.  We do not knowingly market to or solicit personal information from children under the age of 13 without obtaining verifiable parental consent.

Retention

PLTW retains personally identifiable information only as long as it is needed for permissible business purposes, as required by law, and in accordance with record retention policies. Upon expiration of the retention period, personally identifiable information is disposed of in a secure manner.

Changes to this privacy policy

We have the discretion to update this Privacy Policy at any time. When we update the Privacy Policy, we will revise the “updated” date at the top of this page. We encourage Users to frequently check this page for any changes to stay informed about how We collect and use Your information. You acknowledge and agree that it is Your responsibility to review this Privacy Policy periodically and become aware of modifications. By using this Site, You agree that the Privacy Policy applies to any current or past information you have shared with PLTW.

Access from Outside the United States; Acceptance of Policy

This site is intended for users within the United States. 

Contact Us

If You have any questions about this Privacy Policy or Your interactions with this Site, please contact us at: VIL@pltw.org

Updated: August 2020