Protecting Children's Personal Information
We at Guide are committed to providing an online environment for children that is safe, fun, and Christ-centered. In accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), we strive to safeguard the privacy of children who visit our Web site, especially in regard to collection of children’s personal information. Personal information is defined under COPPA as “individually identifiable information,” information that helps others to identify a particular person. The following is information about what data we collect, how we use it, who has access to it, and what parents’ and legal guardians’ rights are with regard to the collection, storage, and use of their child’s personal information.
Visitors to our Web site under age 13 are free to access many of the features our site offers without disclosing any personal information. Children will not be required to disclose any more personal information than is reasonably necessary to participate in any program or activity.
We request an e-mail address to respond to questions and information sent via “Contact Us” and similar portions of the Web site. COPPA rules allow a Web site to collect a child’s e-mail address to respond once to a specific request from the child, as is done with the information provided in these sections of the site.
Guide Web rules prohibit children from sharing personal information, such as last name, e-mail address, and city of residence, on the site. In sections where children can post content to the site, all submissions are reviewed by an adult before being posted. Posts containing personal information are deleted, or the personal information is removed before posting. The live chat room is always monitored by adults when open. Despite our efforts to prevent sharing of personal information by children on the Guide site, there is always a possibility that a CyberClub member will post personal information that is visible to others—hence the need for parental consent. We encourage parents and guardians to take an active role in monitoring their children's online activities.
Personal information of CyberClub members is accessible only to the Guide staff. We will not share or sell any information to third parties outside the Review and Herald Publishing Association without express authorization, except in the following instances:
Updated March 2012.