Privacy Policy

SphereUs Foundation – Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how SphereUs Foundation and its affiliate companies uses and protects any information that you give SphereUs Foundation when you use this website. Further, SphereUs Foundation complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

SphereUs Foundation is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

SphereUs Foundation may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from February 12, 2011.

COPPA Compliance

·         SphereUs Foundation operates www.SphereUsFoundation.org. Our address is 9604 NE 139th ST, Kirkland, WA  98034. Our phone number is 425-200-5251 and our email address is info@SphereUsFoundation.org.  For additional information about our privacy policies, please send your questions to the attention and care of Christopher Wirkkala.

·         We may collect name, email address, and areas of interest and hobbies via online forms at www.SphereUsFoundation.com.

·         We do not sell or disclose information to third-parties. We use the information to improve the site or make recommendations about products and services. We present information from third-party providers of retail products focused on shoes and accessories, however, we do not make available any user information.

·         Parents can review their child's personal information, ask to have it deleted, and refuse to allow any further collection or use of their child's information. Parents can allow or deny the collection and use of their child's information by emailing their requests to the attention of Christopher Wirkkala at cwirkkala@SphereUs.org. Parents may also call direct to SphereUs Foundation on 425-200-5251.

Direct Notice to Parents

Content

The notice to parents must contain the same information included on the notice on the Web site. In addition, an operator must notify a parent that it wishes to collect personal information from the child; that the parent's consent is required for the collection, use and disclosure of the information; and how the parent can provide consent. The notice to parents must be written clearly and understandably, and must not contain any unrelated or confusing information. An operator may use any one of a number of methods to notify a parent, including sending an email message to the parent or a notice by postal mail.

Verifiable Parental Consent

Before we collect, using or disclosing any personal information from a child, we obtain verifiable parental consent from a child's parent. Prior to collecting any personal information from a child, we notify parents of SphereUs Foundation’s information practices and consents to those practices.

Internal Uses

Operators may use email to get parental consent for all internal uses of personal information, such as marketing back to a child based on his or her preferences or communicating promotional updates about site content, as long as they take additional steps to increase the likelihood that the parent has, in fact, provided the consent. For example, operators might seek confirmation from a parent in a delayed confirmatory email, or confirm the parent's consent by letter or phone call.

Public Disclosures

In the event that SphereUs Foundation makes any information available to the public we first get parental consent, proven through the following mechanisms:

·         getting a signed form from the parent via postal mail;

·         accepting and verifying a credit card number in connection with a transaction;

·         taking calls from parents, through a toll-free telephone number staffed by trained personnel;

·         email accompanied by digital signature;

But in the case of a monitored chat room, if all individually identifiable information is stripped from postings before it is made public -- and the information is deleted from the operator's records -- an operator does not have to get prior parental consent.

Disclosures to Third Parties

An operator must give a parent the option to agree to the collection and use of the child's personal information without agreeing to the disclosure of the information to third parties. However, when a parent agrees to the collection and use of their child's personal information, the operator may release that information to others who uses it solely to provide support for the internal operations of the website or service, including technical support and order fulfillment.

Exceptions

The regulations include several exceptions that allow operators to collect a child's email address without getting the parent's consent in advance. These exceptions cover many popular online activities for kids, including contests , online newsletters , homework help and electronic postcards .

Prior parental consent is not required when:

·         an operator collects a child's or parent's email address to provide notice and seek consent;

·         an operator collects an email address to respond to a one-time request from a child and then deletes it;

·         an operator collects an email address to respond more than once to a specific request -- say, for a subscription to a newsletter. In this case, the operator must notify the parent that it is communicating regularly with the child and give the parent the opportunity to stop the communication before sending or delivering a second communication to a child;

·         an operator collects a child's name or online contact information to protect the safety of a child who is participating on the site. In this case, the operator must notify the parent and give him or her the opportunity to prevent further use of the information;

·         an operator collects a child's name or online contact information to protect the security or liability of the site or to respond to law enforcement, if necessary, and does not use it for any other purpose.

What we collect

We may collect the following information:

·         Name, Address, and Telephone

·         Other contact information such as email address and profile information from third-party sites you subscribe to

·         Demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests

·         Other information relevant to customer surveys and/or promotional offers

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

·         Internal record keeping

·         We may use the information to improve our products and services

·         We may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided

·         From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, fax or mail. We may use the information to customize the website according to your interests

Security

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyze web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyze data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

·         whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing purposes

·         if you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us at info@SphereUsFoundation.org

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to 9604 NE 139th ST, Kirkland, WA 98034.

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.
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