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Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement

Use of the Smithsonian Learning Lab is governed by the Smithsonian Institution's Privacy Statement as well as the following:

1. The Learning Lab is certified yearly by iKeepSafe, through the COPPA Safe Harbor Program, to ensure that parents remain in control of personal information collected online from their young children, and with the iKeepSafe FERPA Assessment Badge. The badge indicates to schools that a website, app, data management platform, or other technology product could be used in compliance with FERPA, applicable state laws, and local policies that govern the privacy of student education records. It also allows parents and eligible students certain rights related to review, control, and privacy of those records. The organization's consumer complaint address is COPPAPrivacy@ikeepsafe.org.

2. Social network links and content sharing are available on the site, and under-13 users and their parents are reminded to observe the terms of use of the various social sites that prohibit use for users under 13.

3. You may cancel, review, or amend your Smithsonian Learning Lab user account and records at any time. You can reach us by filling out the form on the Contact Us page. To make a request for child accounts, a parent or legal guardian, or school officials under agreement may contact the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access. Such requests will be subject to the Smithsonian's verification, to its satisfaction, that the requestor is in fact the child's parent or legal guardian, or school officials under agreement. For child account verification purposes, please include the parental e-mail address or school official e-mail address used to register the child, as well as the child account anonymous user name and description of the icon associated with the child user account. Please note that only schools under direct agreements with SCLDA may register children. Upon termination or cancellation of a user account, Smithsonian Learning Lab will delete all personally identifiable data from its records. It will retain aggregate, non-identifying usage information for the purpose of reporting, analytics, and improving Smithsonian Learning Lab product and services.

4. The Smithsonian Learning Lab is a product of the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access.

5. As described in the Smithsonian Privacy Policy: The Smithsonian takes reasonable steps to design and manage our websites to ensure that their information technology systems, applications, and information technology infrastructure are secure. Suspicious website activity, including privacy or data breaches, are reported to the Office of the Chief Information Officer, and responded to promptly following established policy directives.

6. In the unlikely event of the merger or dissolution of the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, the Smithsonian's Office of the Chief Information Officer retains general responsibility for the website and the data handling practices of the site, which comply with the Smithsonian's Privacy Policy.

7. From time to time Smithsonian may update the Smithsonian Institution Privacy Statement, the Smithsonian Kids Online Privacy Statement, and the Smithsonian Learning Lab FAQ. When this happens, we will notify our visitors of the new provisions by publicly posting them on the Smithsonian Learning Lab site. If the change is material, we will send notice to the parents and legal guardians whose email addresses we have on file, and schools, libraries, or education-based organizations with whom we have an agreement.

8. Consistent with the Smithsonian Terms of Use, Learning Lab links to third-party sites, and the Smithsonian is not responsible for the content on these sites. The Learning Lab gives users the option of signing in via Google+ or Facebook; doing so will provide Learning Lab with your email address and basic profile information. These sites receive aggregated, encrypted data, but no personal information is provided to these outside services from Learning Lab. Integration with Google+ and Facebook are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only, and they do not indicate the Smithsonian's endorsement, sponsorship of, or affiliation with the third party or content of the linked website, including any advertisements that may be posted. The Smithsonian has no control over, makes no representation or warranty and bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality, or content of the externally linked sites. Smithsonian Learning Lab uses Google Analytics to aggregate non-identifying usage information for the purpose of reporting, analytics, and improving Smithsonian Learning Lab product and services. No personally identifiable information is passed to the third party.