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Privacy Policy

This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their ''Personally Identifiable Information'' (PII) is being used online. PII, as described in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with our website.

What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our web site?

When registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, an ambiguous "handle", and your email address as a minimum. Most content on our site can be viewed with this minimum amount of information.
When entering or upon winning a contest, you may be asked to provide a physical address so that any physical contest prizes that might be won, can be shipped to you.
When ordering something on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, mailing address, credit card information, or other details to help process your order.

When do we collect information?

We collect information from you when you register on our site, fill out a form or type information on our site.

How do we use your information?

We use your name in our correspondence with you.
Your email may be used to announce a change in our Privacy Policy or Terms of Use pages. We are legally required to inform you of such changes, and they happen infrequently.
Your email will be used to email you alerts about new site content, new features, new contests, and contest winners only if you have opted-in to receive such announcements. You are not automatically opted-in when you join Mommatown, unlike many other sites on the web who auto-enroll new members into marketing email efforts. You may also receive "click here to confirm your registration" or "password re-set" emails, if you register or use a password recovery page. You may also receive notices when a family member enters a contest, or when another user inquires about an item you are selling if you have opted-in to receive such email notifications.
Your address, if supplied by you, will be used to mail contest prizes. Products sold by Mommatown or by other users on Mommatown will be sent to your address only if you specifically provide a shipping address for orders. Only parent accounts have the ability to specify physical addresses.
Your name will only be seen by your family members. You add a child account and provide a "handle" only for that child, and no name at all. At least one parent account must have a provided full name to be considered fully registered.
Your "handle" is not considered "firm" PII within Mommatown because you can change it at any time, further obscuring your identity. It is a fictional word or name you have provided so that other users on the Mommatown system can recognize you without knowing your real name. This "handle" is used freely on the Mommatown site and is attached to your contest and product submissions, if you enter contests or post product for sale, and can be changed at any time within the guidelines of our Terms of Use. It is not shared with third parties.
We never sell nor share your PII with any other company.
We never sell nor share your PII with any other company for marketing purposes or any other business related purposes.

Homeschool Organizations that register on our site are allowed to see the names of *org-connected* individuals. This means that, for example, if you live in zip code 32222, and our site sees that "MayWeather HomeSchool Coop" also shares the same zip code, you will be offered the ability to see all of the information about that organization, and allowed to connect to it so that your dashboard will display updates from that organization about meeting dates, and so forth. However, that organization will not see your information unless you opted-in to connect yourself to that organization. In that case, the organization will be able to see your name only, not your childrens' names. You can disconnect from an org at any time.

Law Enforcement requires that we report any fraudulent or predation type of activity that might occur on our site. Therefore, if we see an attempt at fraud, or child predation, we will comply fully with law enforcement, and unapologetically do so, providing any PII necessary to catch thieves and predators.

CAN SPAM Act

We abide by all rules in the Cann Spam act. See our information about what exactly we email you, and when, above.

How do we protect your information?

Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a very limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. In addition, all sensitive PII and credit information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.

We implement a variety of security measures when a user enters, submits, or accesses their information to maintain the safety of your personal information. These include URL checks to make sure only our site is posting form data to our site, SQL injection protection, data sanitation, and protocols for the safest page-to-database transfer methods available. Our website is scanned on a regular basis for security holes, malware, and known vulnerabilities in order to make your visit to our site as safe as possible. We do not allow any third-party-created content on our site, including advertisements, so that no malicious scripting can be released via a third party advertisement.

All credit card numbers and transactions are processed through a gateway provider. Credit Card numbers are not stored nor processed on our server.

Cookies

A cookie is a very small text file that is stored in a particular place on your computer that your browser allows. It is strictly text, can contain no actionable scripting, has a limited size available, and gets deleted when you shut down your browser. It might look like this "sdfsd34534fdsfsdf4334sdfsdfsdfw45t5t" and is an encoded bit of information that Mommatown might use to help the site remember something about you, like that you are user #34754, or that you have an item in your shopping cart. Cookies created by Mommatown do not store your name, email address, address, or any other personally identifiable information. Cookies are "tagged" with a certain website, meaning only that web site can use the cookies it has created. Cookies are used by almost all web sites that incorporate a log-in system, and the Mommatown website can not function properly without using them.

COPPA ( Children Online Privacy Protection Act )

To comply with COPPA, Mommatown has taken these steps:

  1. Because it is possible that an adult uses Mommatown without creating child accounts, or it is possible an adult only creates child accounts for person over 13 years of age, COPPA rules may not apply to said accounts. For those family accounts that include persons 13 and under, the following practices on Mommatown comply with COPPA.

  2. Children 13 and under can not register on Mommatown without an adult creating a parent account first and adding the child to their account.

  3. Accounts for persons 13 and under do not need to supply a full name. Parental accounts control how much information is given in relation to the child under 13.

  4. Persons over 13 may create an account on their own, in compliance with COPPA. However, Mommatown reserves the right to deny any service to this individual, as the structure of Mommatown was originally set up to cater to families, not individuals under 18 using standalone accounts. At any time, a parental account can be created to connect to an Under 18 account, to allow full access to Mommatown.

  5. Mommatown does not disclose any PII, of members of any age, to any third parties.

  6. Parents are able to delete any account at any time, their own, or any family member's account. This deletion will delete all current artwork, stories, game data, and comments that user has ever made.

  7. Parental and child accounts connected together comprise a family set of accounts. If an entire family set of connected accounts remains unused for two full years, the entire set will be automatically deleted. This is to remain in compliance with COPPA which states site owner will.. "Retain personal information collected online from a child for only as long as is necessary to fulfill the purpose for which it was collected and delete the information using reasonable measures to protect against its unauthorized access or use."

  8. Due to the fact that the "handle" a user employs to help hide their actual identity becomes a sort of identity itself, users are able to delete an account, create a new handle and start fresh, or merely change their handle, further heping to obscure their identity. A user's handle is also not shared with any third party entity.
Furthermore, to protect our membership:
  1. Individuals who create standalone accounts under false information (lie about age) will be banned.

  2. Individuals who post content forbidden in our Terms of Use will be banned

  3. All claims and language within all of our Policy pages that states that Mommatown does not share your information to third parties has to do with marketing and information collection regarding viewing user actions for the purposes of marketing and ad targeting. In other words, Mommatown does not share information to third parties for any purpose, EXCEPT to law enforcememt when illegal activity is caught by Mommatown moderators.

  4. Individuals who are flagged by our moderation as suspects in child predation, attempted bullying, fraudulent sales, or any other illegal activity, will be banned and reported to law enforcement.

  5. Mommatown reserves the right to suspend or ban any user for any cause outlined in our Terms of Use or any cause deemed in breach of our site's intents and purposes.

SEO

As part of our efforts to provide content that users enjoy and also to find out how users find Mommatown, we employ industry standard code from Google on our site that enables us to use a tool called Google Analytics. The information gathered includes commonly shared information that your ISP, your server, or your browser shares with all web sites you visit. The information does NOT include your PII: your handle, name, address, or any other information you provided upon registration. Google Analytics is used to help us develop our web site by understanding how traffic gets to our site and what pages non-logged-in visitors view. For example: "80% found this page by using Google Search" or "20% found that page by clicking a link on Aunt Mary's Forum home page" helps us understand what content users are searching for, how they found our site, and what pages they visit most often. This way, we can add content about art or writing or whatever seems most popular, and discontinue content if it seems unpopular. It also helps us to find out how to reach more people on the web. For example, if Google Analytics tells us that 100 people found our site today by clicking on a link located on "AuntMaryForums.com" or through our Twitter account, or via some advertisement we placed on a certain educational site, then we can respond to this agreeable outcome and place more ads, or start a partnership to add more links to Mommatown on the favorable partner site. We use this SEO information to make our site relevant and findable. No PII is shared with any other parties in our SEO and page-popularity tracking efforts, in fact, it is illegal to do so and if we did, Google would terminate our SEO account with their company. Only information that ALL web browsers and ALL servers share with ALL other web sites is used for these SEO and tracking purposes. Again, this is industry standard technology that most sites employ to help their sites thrive and grow in a smart and efficient way, and we want our users to be fully aware of our information handling practices.
Last Update May 1 2017.




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