Privacy Policy

privacy-policy
Culture Agents is operated and presented to users by Onthego Education, Inc. registered in the State of New York, United States.

This Privacy Policy covers use of information collected by Culture Agents.

We are committed to providing an entertaining, educational and safe website for all of our users. We are dedicated to safeguarding any personal information collected on the Culture Agents website. We ensure that our privacy policy and our information practices adhere to the United States Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. To help ensure a rewarding online experience for our visitors, we provide you with this Privacy Policy that describes the information practices of the Culture Agents website (www.cultureagents.com) including how we collect, use and disclose personal information.

The Information We Collect

We directly collect from child users during our initial registration process a parent’s email address, the child’s account name (which we ask not to include the user’s family name), the child’s gender, home country and state and the child’s password. When a parent purchases a paid-for item such as an online membership, printable book package or any other item sold in our store, we may collect additional personally identifiable information (“PII”) from the registrant’s parent as part of the payment gateway. The types of PII that may be collected at that time include the parent’s full name, email address, and credit card billing information including mailing address. As we are not a social networking site and do not offer user-to-user communication, the Culture Agents website does not collect additional information from the child other than the above stated information.

The Culture Agents website requires child users to provide a parent’s, guardians or school-issued valid email address in order to register on the website. We include “school-issued” email addresses because some of our partner schools have indicated that they issue each student their own email address to enable the school to oversee online activity. We use email addresses to send the a link to activate the Culture Agents account, retrieve a lost password, notify an adult about our privacy practices, send the parent communications either about the parent’s and child’s Culture Agents accounts or about features of our Web site, and for the other purposes described in this Privacy Policy. This email address is correlated with the account code name.

We may also request a code name and email address when a user submits a form through the “Contact Us” portion of the Culture Agents website so that we may respond to the inquiry. We collect the e-mail address for the sole purpose of responding directly on a one-time basis to a specific inquiry.

While we do not currently offer these features we may develop online surveys and polls to enable our users to express themselves via voting on subjects. In doing so, we may ask users to provide information that is not personally identifiable, such as their favorite vocabulary word or favorite color.

We do NOT operate a social networking site therefore do not have any user-to-user communication, such as chats, blogs, messenger methods that could result in safety concerns. We do enable users to send other users a pre-designed postcard from Beijing. The text in this postcard is pre-filled with limited open writing space for uses to express what they have learning in during their online experience. The user will fill in the receiving parties email address but no further information on the receiving party will be collected and these email addresses will not be used by Culture Agents.

If we sell all or part of our business or make a sale or transfer of our assets or are otherwise involved in a merger or business transfer, we may transfer PII to a third party as part of that transaction, to the extent permitted by applicable law.

Collection of Information for Third-Party Sites and Sponsors
We do not allow third-party companies to solicit or advertise to our users. Our intention is to keep Culture Agents free from any of this sort of direct advertising. We also extremely limit the amount of marketing and email we do to our own users.

Security

The security of your personal information is important to us. We have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security, and correctly use the information we collect online. When you enter sensitive information, such as your credit card number, or our membership subscription form, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL).

Financial Information

As noted in Section 1, if you decide to purchase a membership, the parent’s full name, email address, credit card billing information including mailing address will be required at the time of purchase. That information is not stored by Culture Agents, and, instead, is collected and stored by our payments processing vendor for the purpose of processing payments made to Culture Agents. That information is safeguarded with appropriate security, and it will not be used for other purposes. Furthermore, our payments processing vendor has agreed to maintain the confidentiality, security, and integrity of the personal and financial information it obtains from the Culture Agents website, and only to use this information on our behalf. Our financial institution is bound by all applicable privacy laws relating to the provision of financial services.

Access to Information, and Objection to Information Collection and Retention
Please contact our Privacy Director as provided in Section 7 if you would like to access the PII that we have collected online from you or your child, correct factual errors in such information, request to have this information deleted, or request that we no longer collect or maintain such information.

Please be sure to include your email address and a telephone number where we can reach you. To protect you and your child’s privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to help verify your identity before granting you access to the personal information that we collect and maintain about you or your child.

Contact Us

If you have questions or wish to send us comments about this Privacy Policy, please send an e-mail with your questions or comments to privacy@cultureagents.com or write us:

Culture Agents
c/o Onthego Education, Inc.
Attention Privacy Manager
5 Bramble Lane
Melville, NY 11747
United States
Please be assured that any personal information that you provide in communications to the above e-mail and postal mail addresses will not be used to send you promotional materials, unless you so request.

A Final Note for Parents

We believe the Internet offers an abundance of opportunities for children to learn, laugh and grow. Unfortunately, the Internet remains an extension of our real-world and harbors similar safety concerns. As with all aspects of society, the most effective way to ensure that your child has a safe and fruitful online experience is to provide constant guidance and oversight. We encourage you to spend a few minutes with your child looking through GetNetWise.org’s “Kids Safety” section. Your efforts to instill responsible information practices will help steer your children to age-appropriate sites and will go a long way toward ensuring that your children have enriching experiences online.

Effective Date

The privacy policy set out above is effective as of 01 November 2010, and applies to all information previously obtained by Culture Agents. We reserve the right to change the privacy policy at our sole discretion. Culture Agents users will be informed of any such change by us posting a new privacy policy on the Culture Agents website and the effective date of any change of privacy policy will be clearly marked. As required by law, we will not use PII in ways that are materially different from the ones described in this Privacy Policy without also providing notification of such practices and obtaining consent to any such different uses. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our home page.

We ask that you read the Terms of Use and ensure that you understand them. If at any time you do not want you and your student to be bound by these terms, you must deactivate your student’s CultureAgents account by emailing your request to deactivate@cultureagents.com