From time to time, we may use your information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our Policy. If our information practices do change materially, we will post the changes to our website and revise our Policy accordingly. In addition, if we have collected personally-identifying information from you, we will notify you and secure your consent before using your personal information in new ways.
Special Note about Children’s Information: Programs, games, contests, and services offered through budgetchallenge.com and any related subdomains are not marketed to children under the age of 13, nor do we knowingly collect information, or permit schools to collect information on our behalf, from children under the age of 13.
Special Note about Parent’s Bill of Rights: To protect students participating in the Budget Challenge, we do not collect Personal Information. We cannot identify you in our system, and we cannot confirm parent-student relationships. For this reason, some elements of the Parents Bill of Rights are simply inapplicable to our site. Parents/legal guardians should direct any request for student records, correction or updating of student information, and/or transfer of student-generated content to personal accounts to the student’s teacher or school.
Special Note about Data Ownership: We do not accept student data from the schools. Therefore, any provisions relating to ownership or processing of such data outlined in student data privacy agreements that are predicated on the schools providing student data do not apply.
What Information Do We Collect? (See also the section below on our Budget Challenge Bill-Pay Companion App.)
We collect personal and contact information you choose to provide to us in connection with your activities on the site. What we collect depends on whether you are a teacher or student, and how your school wants you to interact with the site.
To register for Budget Challenge, you will be asked for your first and last name, school name and school address, phone number and email address. You will also set up a user name and password. You will also be asked to provide a class team name for identification of the class on publicly visible webpages. You have full discretion on whether to choose a name that may reveal identifiable information (such as school name, city, mascot, state, teacher, etc.) or not.
To register for Budget Challenge, your teacher will provide you with the class code, which you will use to create your individual account. We will match that up with your school name and address which has already been provided to us when your teacher registered the class. You will also set up a user name and password. In addition, if you submit questions to the site during the simulation, we collect any information you provide in asking your question. When you create your username and password, and later if you submit any questions during the simulation, please do not include any personally identifying information. All usernames and passwords should be completely unrelated to your personal identity, and you should not disclose your identity in any questions you submit. If you are not sure whether information is personally identifying, check with your teacher.
You will be asked to provide answers to a few security questions to facilitate password reset in the event you are unable to remember your password. These questions are not designed to collect information that could be used to identify you.
In some cases, where approved by the school, students will provide email addresses as well. These email addresses are not permitted to contain personally identifiable information such as your first and/or last name or initials. If you are not sure whether your email address is personally identifying, check with your teacher.
Other user information we collect:
In addition, for each visitor to our site, we automatically gather certain other potentially identifying information and store it in log files. This information includes (as applicable) internet protocol (IP) addresses and last login date and time. We collect and store this information on an individual basis and in aggregate, or combined, form. We use proprietary algorithms to calculate various behavior, knowledge, and skill statistics using individual simulation activity for each student. We also collect both user-specific and aggregate information on what pages visitors access or visit.
Cookies – A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user’s computer for recordkeeping purposes. If you reject cookies, you may still use our site, but your ability to use some areas of our site will be limited. We use session cookies to make it easier for you to navigate our site. We use session cookies to record session information, such as which web pages a user has visited, and to track user activity on the site. We use session cookies to store a unique one-time use authentication token assigned to your session. This value is encrypted and does not contain any personally identifying information. These cookies expire once the session is terminated either because the user has logged out or the user’s browser is closed.
Analytics – To determine how many users visit our site, how often they visit this site, and to better understand the areas of greatest interest to our visitors, we use tools called “Google Analytics” and “New Relic” to compile this information for us. As a result of your visit to our site, these companies may collect information such as your domain type, your IP address and clickstream information. We do not combine the information collected through the use of analytics tools with personally identifiable information. For more information about the analytics companies’ ability to use and share information about your visits to this site, see http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/
Ad Networks – We do not use ad networks on our site, and we do not host ads for others.
How Do We Use and Share the Information We Collect?
We store and process teachers’ Personal Information to facilitate registration of classes and participation in, and/or observation of, the Budget Challenge simulations. We may also use teacher contact information to notify teachers of other programs we think would be of interest; teachers may unsubscribe from such email messages at any time. We also use teacher emails to facilitate password reset in the event you are unable to remember your password.
We use information we collect to analyze trends, to administer the site, and to track users’ movements around the site. We also use this information to improve the simulations and to make our site more useful to visitors.
School administrators may be provided reports that reflect summary statistics of students and individual teachers upon request.
The following Personal Information you provide to us through the site is displayed to others as follows:
TEACHERS: Your name, school, school state, and class averages will be added to our list of winning teachers if your class wins a simulation by achieving the highest class average score. All class team names, class score average, and class engagement average may be visible to the public on a leaderboard per simulation.
STUDENTS: You have agreed not to provide any Personal Information through the site.
We do not share Personal Information we collect with any third parties, except as follows:
- If you are a student participating in a sponsored contest within Budget Challenge, we do not have your Personal Information, but your teacher will share your contact information with the sponsor if you are deemed the winner of any prize.
- We share information to the extent reasonably necessary to comply with law enforcement requests and judicial proceedings, and to ensure the safety and security of the site.
- We may engage in research with academic institutions. However, if we do so, we will use only non-personally-identifiable data sets.
It is possible that, at some time in the future, our company may be sold along with its assets, or may engage in business transactions in which customer information is one of the assets transferred. In such a case, the customer information which we have gathered may be one of the business assets we transfer.
How Long Do We Keep the Information We Collect?
TEACHERS: We will retain your contact information after the end of a simulation so that you do not have to re-register with each group of students participating, and so that we may contact you with other programs of interest. If, at any time after the simulation, you wish to have your contact information deleted, please let us know.
STUDENTS: We will retain student username and password information, which do not contain Personal Information, indefinitely. We will also automatically delete any email addresses 30 days after the end of your participation in a Budget Challenge simulation.
We will retain nonidentifying information indefinitely to improve the Budget Challenge simulations.
Budget Challenge Bill-Pay Companion App
As part of the Budget Challenge simulation, students have the opportunity to pay bills, review bills, and request support through the Bill-Pay Companion App downloaded to the student’s phone. Teachers may also access the App, but there is no teacher-specific functionality. Your login credentials will be the same ones you use for the site; no additional personal information is requested prior to or during use of the App. Only users who have accounts on the site can access the App; the App is not an entry point to the simulation.
When you use the App, we will collect your phone’s UDID (unique device identifier). The UDID will be stored only if you opt into push notifications when launching the App. We do not access any other information on your phone.
How to Correct Information
Teachers may request updates or corrections to your Personal Information that we maintain. Send your request to the postal address or email address provided below. To help us process your request, please provide sufficient information to allow us to identify you in our records.
We reserve the right to ask for information verifying your identity prior to updating or correcting any information to you, or deleting your information. Should we ask for verification, the information you provide to verify your identity will be used only for that purpose, and all copies of this information in our possession will be destroyed when the process is complete.
The security of your Personal Information is important to us. We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, and to guard that information against loss, misuse, or alteration.
Please note, however, that no method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, while we use commercially-reasonable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
Links to Third Party Sites
This Policy applies only to information collected by this website. From time to time, this website may link you to other sites (“Linked Sites”) that are not owned by us. We do not control the collection or use of any information, including Personal Information, that occurs during your visit to the Linked Sites. Further, we make no representations about the privacy policies or practices of the Linked Sites, and we are not responsible for their privacy practices.
Be careful of disclosing any of your personally identifiable information when leaving our site. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site and to read the privacy statements of every website that collects personally identifiable information.
If you have any questions about the Policy or our privacy practices, you may contact:
3874 Paxton Ave., #9115
Cincinnati, Ohio 45209