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Newsela - Privacy Policy

[Last Updated: August 15, 2014]

Here’s why we believe in privacy:

Because kids are kids, and they shouldn’t have to make grown-up decisions about whom they should trust with their personal information.

Because parents, guardians and the educators with whom they’ve entrusted their children should have ultimate control over how their children’s and students’ personal information appears online wherever practicable.

Because passing along personal information to those who shouldn’t have it erodes trust. And that’s bad for you, for us, and for everyone who believes that technology has the power to help students learn.

This isn’t just on us. As adults, we all share responsibility. We’re working together with you to help your students and children read closely, think critically and be worldly. We also need to work together to maintain children’s most basic online right: the right to privacy. So read our policy. Hold us to it. Make sure your own privacy practices are in order. And let’s get this right.

Yours in reading,

Matthew Gross

Founder and CEO


We know how important it is to you to understand how your personal information is collected and shared. We take your privacy very seriously. This Privacy Policy (“Policy”) describes how your and your student’s personal information is collected, used, and disclosed by Newsela, Inc. and its related companies (“Newsela” or “We” or “Us”). This Policy applies to the Newsela websites available at www.newsela.com or any of our other websites that post this Policy (the “Site”) and our online services (together, the “Services”). By submitting personal information through our Site or Services, you expressly consent to the processing of your and your student’s personal information in the U.S. in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR SCHOOL USERS: If you are a user (or a parent of a student user) who was given access to the Services by the school you are affiliated with, this Privacy Policy does not govern how your school might collect, use, or disclose your student’s information. Please consult with your school for more information about their privacy practices. In addition, if your affiliated school decides to upgrade the services for your classroom, your and your student’s information may be shared with your school or school district. Your school may choose to share, and we may share at their request, your student’s information with new administrators or teachers. We are not responsible for your school’s collection, use, or disclosure of your personal information or information shared at your school’s request. Please contact your school to better understand your school’s privacy practices.

WHAT WE COLLECT

We collect information about you and your students in a variety of ways.

Information You as a Teacher or Parent Give Us. We collect any personal information you provide to us. For example, you may provide us your name, country, postal code, email address, username, password, and other information, including demographic information and information about your classroom, your school, and your students, you directly give us using the Service. We also collect writing by teachers, in the form of their annotations and feedback and assignment prompts that teachers provide to students using the Service. If you order our premium services or products, we will collect all information necessary to complete the transaction, including your name, credit card information, billing information, and shipping information (as applicable). This information may be shared with third parties who help process and fulfill your purchases.

Information Your Student Gives Us. We collect any personal information your student provides to us, including your student’s name, classroom affiliation, username, and password. We also collect information about how your student interacts with the Services, including the articles that your student reads, the types of articles your student has expressed interest in, quiz-related information, responses your student writes to teacher assignment prompts, how much time your student spends reading the articles, and other performance related information. We also collect writing by students in many forms, including but not limited to their annotations and written responses to writing prompts. We may also collect information about your student provided by your school.

Information Automatically Collected from You and Your Students. We automatically collect information about you and your student’s computer when you visit our Site. For example, we may log your computer or device operating system type, IP address, browser type, browser language, the website you visited before browsing to our Site, pages you viewed on our site, how long you spent on a page or feature, and access times.

Cookies. We may automatically collect information using "cookies." Cookies are small data files stored on your hard drive by a website. Among other things, cookies help us make our Site and your experience better. We use cookies to see which parts and features of our Site are popular and to count visits to our Site.

Analytics and Other Technologies. We use other technologies and analytics services (including Google Analytics) to help analyze how users use the Site. These analytics use cookies, digital images called web beacons, and other technological methods to collect and store information such as how often users visit the Site, what features they use, what pages they visit, what emails they open, and what other sites they used prior to coming to the Site. We use the information we get from analytics services to improve our Site and our Services. Please see the following links for more information about Google Analytics and to opt out: http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/ and https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

THIRD PARTY ACCOUNT CONNECTIONS

If you or your student chooses to log on or otherwise associate the Services with another third party account (for example, a Google Account), we may receive information from that third party site to make it easier for you or your student to create an account on the Services and display relevant content. Any information that we collect from these third party accounts may depend on the privacy settings you or your student has with that third party, so please consult their privacy and data practices.

USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

We use information collected through our Services, or disclosed by you on our Site or in connection with our Services, for the purposes described in this Policy. For example, we may use your and your student’s information to:

• understand your student’s performance in relationship to others and to provide you and your student with insight into their performance;

• understand your and your student’s preferences and to enhance your and your student’s experience and enjoyment using our Site and Services;

• operate, maintain, and improve our Site and Services;

• respond to comments and questions and provide customer service;

• send you related information including confirmations, invoices, technical notices, updates, security alerts, and support and administrative messages;

• communicate about promotions and other news about Services offered by us;

• protect, investigate, and deter against fraudulent, unauthorized, or illegal activity;

• link or combine with other personal information we get from third parties such as your associated school, to help understand your needs and provide you with better service; and

• provide and deliver products and services that you request.

SHARING OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

We do not share your or your student’s personal information other than as follows:

• with your school or school district at their request;

• with new teachers within a school that already uses Newsela or schools within a district that already uses Newsela;

• with third party service providers, consultants, and other service providers who work for us and need access to your or your student’s information to do that work (for example, our web hosting provider); to comply with laws or to respond to lawful requests and legal process;

• to protect the rights and property of Newsela, our agents, users, and others including to enforce our agreements, policies, and terms of use;

• in an emergency to protect the personal safety of its users or any person;

• in connection with or during negotiation of any merger, financing, acquisition, bankruptcy, dissolution, transaction or proceeding involving sale, transfer, divestiture or disclosure of all or a portion of our business or assets to another company.

We may create, use, and disclose anonymized and aggregated data for our own purposes.

INFORMATION CHOICES AND CHANGES

You may “opt-out” of receiving our promotional emails by following the instructions in those emails. If you opt out, we may still send you non-marketing emails. Non-marketing emails include emails about your accounts and our business dealings with you. You may change your personal information by following the directions on the Site. You may send requests about your personal information, including requests to change your contact preferences and update your personal information, to our contact information below.

When you visit our Site, we and others give you the following choices about the use of mechanisms for tracking, including tracking of your online activities over time and across different websites and online services by third parties. Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can typically remove and reject cookies from our Site with your browser settings. If you remove or reject our cookies, it could affect how our Site and Services work for you. You may choose to opt-out of use of cookies by certain third-party analytics providers. If you delete your cookies, use a different browser, or buy a new computer, you will need to renew your opt-out choice. While we and others give you choices described in this Policy, there are many ways web browser signals and other similar mechanisms can indicate your choice to disable tracking, and we may not be aware of or honor every mechanism.

SECURITY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

We take reasonable steps to help protect your and your student’s personal information in an effort to prevent loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction. However, please note that no method of transmission or method of electronic storage on the internet is 100% secure. Therefore, although we take security very seriously and work very hard on behalf of your and your student’s privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of your or your student’s information.

CONTACT INFORMATION

We welcome your comments or questions about this Policy. Feel free to email us at privacy@newsela.com. You may also contact us at our address: 519 8th Avenue 21FL New York, NY 10018

CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

We may change this Policy from time to time. If we make any changes to this Policy, we will change the Last Revised date above.