Effective Date: October 20, 2006
Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc. is committed to providing a fun, entertaining, and safe online experience to people of all ages that may visit this site, and we take special care to protect the privacy of children under the age of 13. We have developed our privacy practices based on guidelines established by the Children's Advertising Review Unit of the better Business Bureau (CARU) and in compliance with the requirements established by the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA ). We also recommend that parents monitor their children's internet activities and learn to employ software or other tools that can help children enjoy the fun and entertainment of an online experience without compromising their personal safety or allowing them to use the internet in a manner inconsistent with their parents' preferences.
What information might we collect from children and how might we use it? At Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc., it is our policy to create website experiences for children that require limited or no collection of personal information. Generally, we limit our collection of information to non-personally identifiable information that is gathered through a child's voluntary submission to us or through the use of cookie, web beacon, or similar technology.
From time to time, however, we may request limited personal information from a child (such as name or e-mail address) in order for that child to participate in particular activities at this site. Except in special, limited circumstances, we do not collect such information from a child under 13 without the prior consent of a parent/guardian. When we ask for consent, we will tell the parent/guardian what we will do with the information that their child provides to us, how they can review their child's information, and how they can request us to delete it. Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc., does not condition a child's participation in any activity on the website on a child's disclosure of more information than is reasonably necessary to conduct the activity.
As mentioned above, from time to time, we may collect information at this site from a child under 13 without prior consent of a parent/guardian, but only in these special, limited circumstances:
Whenever we collect personally identifiable information at the site, the information will be used solely by Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc., or its agents or contractors for the purposes indicated at the time the child (with parental/guardian notice or consent, as applicable) provides the information. For example, if a parent registers a child in a sweepstakes, we will use the information to notify the child that he or she has won and to fulfill the sweepstakes prize. We also may transfer, disclose, or share such information with third parties who are engaged by us specifically to administer or fulfill certain online activities (e.g. , conducting sweepstakes and contests). Such third parties have access to personal information needed to perform their functions, but may not use it for other purposes. Lastly, we may also disclose personally identifiable information to third parties when required by law or pertinent to judicial or government investigations or proceedings, or when otherwise necessary to protect our website or the safety of its users.
How do we use cookie, web beacons, or similar technologies?
Most browsers accept cookies automatically, but can be configured not to do so or to notify the user when a cookie is being sent. If you wish to disable cookies, refer to your browser help menu to learn how to disable cookies. Cookies do not collect or contain personally identifiable information such as your child's name or email address.
Web beacons are 1x1 single-pixel graphics that allow us to count the number of users who have visited a particular web page or to access certain cookies. We may use web beacons on our websites to count users and to recognize users by accessing our cookies. Like cookies, web beacons do not collect or contain personally identifiable information such as name or email address.
Contacting us regarding your child's personally identifiable information
Changes to this policy
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If you have any further questions about privacy or security, please contact us by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.