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PRIVACY POLICY

As of April 5, 2013

At MashPlant(TM), we respect your privacy and care about how your personal information is used and shared.  So please be sure to review this privacy policy,  as use of MashPlant Studio and any other MashPlant services or products shall mean that you are familiar with our privacy practices and policies and that you accept them as outlined herein. 

Additionally, your use of MashPlant's services is at all times subject to our Terms of Service, which incorporates this Privacy Policy.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding our Terms of Service and or privacy practices, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at Info@MashPlant.com, or contact us by regular mail at 1740 Grove Street, Glenview IL  60614 (USA).  

Should we make any changes to our Privacy Policy, we will alert you by either posting a notice to our website, or by sending you an email.  Please be sure your contact information is up to date, and email us with any changes to your contact information at Info@MashPlant.com.


First, a few definitions...

A Privacy Policy should not be confusing or hard to understand.  So here are a few definitions to help when reading this document.  

When we say "MashPlant", we are referring to ourselves as a company ("Company").  MashPlant(TM)  is owned by Big Things, Inc, an Illinois corporation.   When we say "MashPlant Studio", "Studio", "Service", "Services", "Us" and or "We", we are referring to our web-based platform, MashPlant Studio.  Users of MashPlant(TM) services, including MashPlant Studio, are referred to as "Users", and in order to use MashPlant Studio, one has to go through a sign up process and join, so we sometimes refer to our users as "Members".  Lastly, there are several categories of MashPlant Studio users ("User Categories"); a "teacher" refers to an instructor employed by an educational institution, a "student" is a pupil in a class, and an  "administrator" is anyone who has responsibility for and or control over a Studio, including but not limited to a teacher, school administrator, principal, club, organization or group leader.


WHAT DOES THIS PRIVACY POLICY COVER?

This Privacy Policy explains how MashPlant Studio collects and uses information from its users, including our treatment of personally identifiable information. This policy does not apply to websites, services or practices of companies that the Company does not own or control, or to individuals that the Company does not employ or manage, including software, mobile or web apps and or other third party services.


Children's Personal Information:

Throughout the following, reference is made to Verifiable Parental Consent, as referenced in the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act ("COPPA"), which can be accessed by clicking on the COPPA link. 

IF YOU ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 13, YOU WILL BE BLOCKED FROM USING MASHPLANT STUDIO UNTIL YOU HAVE PROVIDED US WITH VERIFIABLE WRITTEN CONSENT FROM A PARENT OF LEGAL GUARDIAN. IF YOU ARE UNSURE IF YOUR PARENT OR GUARDIAN HAS PROVIDED WRITTEN CONSENT FOR YOU TO USE MASHPLANT STUDIO, PLEASE DO NOT USE MASHPLANT STUDIO UNTIL YOU HAVE CONSULTED YOUR PARENT OR GUARDIAN, AND OR YOUR TEACHER OR STUDIO ADMINSTRATOR TO CONFIRM THAT YOUR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN HAS PROVIDED VERIFIABLE WRITTEN CONSENT FOR YOU TO USE MASHPLANT STUDIO.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS REGARDING OBTAINING VERIFIABLE PARENTAL CONSENT, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT MASHPLANT AT Info@MashPlant.com.  

IF YOU ARE A TEACHER OR STUDIO ADMINISTRATOR, YOU MUST VERIFY THAT ANY STUDENT OR STUDIO USER IN YOUR STUDIO UNDER THE AGE OF 13 HAS RECEIVED VERIFIABLE PARENTAL CONSENT TO USE MASHPLANT STUDIO BEFORE THEY PROVIDE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION AS IS REQUIRED TO SIGN UP FOR AND USE MASHPLANT STUDIO.

When we use the term "Personal Information" in this Privacy Policy, we are referring to personally identifiable information of individual, non-student users of the Services. References to "Children's Personal Information" only apply to personally identifiable information of users who have registered for the Services who are under the age of 13. General references to "information" apply to all users.

If you are a student under 13, please do not send any personal information about yourself to us if your school, district, and/or teacher has not obtained prior consent from your parent or guardian, and please do not send any personal information other than what we request from you in connection with signing up to use MashPlant Studio. 

If we learn we have collected personal information from a student under 13 without parental consent being obtained by his or her school, district, and/or teacher, or if we learn a student under 13 has provided us personal information beyond what we request from him or her, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that a student under 13 may have provided us personal information in violation of this paragraph, please contact us at Info@MashPlant.com

If you are a student or user of MashPlant Studio, you need to know that when you upload content to your Studio, your teacher or studio administrator will be asked to approve or block your content. If your content is approved, it will be shared with the other members of your studio. Remember: anything you post to your MashPlant Studio account that is approved by your teacher or Studio administrator, can be viewed by other members of your same Studio. That includes your classmates or other fellow Studio members, and may also include anyone else your teacher or the administrator of your MashPlant Studio account has invited to be a member of your Studio, which could include without limitation, another teacher, a principal or a school administrator - even your parent(s) and or legal guardian(s).  Anything you have posted, or that your teacher or Studio administrator has posted, including but without limitations, comments, photos, media, projects and homework, may be viewed by all members of your Studio. 

In the future, we may develop features that will allow students, teachers and or administrators to share content with the greater school, organization or community at large, and possibly even the public. We will update this document and notify you before we launch any such features.  And we will never share your content with any third parties without your (and, if required, your parents') permission.


INFORMATION WE DISPLAY OR COLLECT:

1. Information You Provide to Us

We receive and store any information you enter on the Services, whether via computer, mobile phone, other wireless device, or that you provide to us in any other way. This information may include, without limitation, Personal Information such as your name, user name, email address, phone number, school affiliation and location, content uploads and comments, and any other information necessary for us to provide our Services. If you are a student registrant, the only Children's Personal Information we will require is your entire name, a user name and your birthday, to determine your age.  

2.  Information Collected Automatically

We receive and store certain types of usage information whenever you interact with the Services; this information is not Personal Information or Children's Personal Information. For example, MashPlant automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser including your IP address, MashPlant Studio cookie information, and the page you requested. We also record the details of your activity on the Services, and the number and frequency of visitors to our site and its components.

Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer or mobile device to enable our systems to recognize your computer or device and tell us how and when pages in our site are visited and by how many people. MashPlant Studio cookies do not collect Personal Information or Children's Personal Information, and we do not combine the general information collected through cookies with other Personal Information or Children's Personal Information to tell us who you are or what your user name or email address is. Most browsers have an option for turning off the cookie feature, which will prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, as well as (depending on the sophistication of your browser software) allowing you to decide on acceptance of each new cookie in a variety of ways. We strongly recommend that you leave the cookies activated, however, because you may not be able to log in or use many of the Services' features without cookies enabled. Our partners, affiliates, and service providers may also transmit cookies to your computer or device, to help provide you with an optimal online experience. The Services may also contain electronic images known as web beacons (sometimes called single-pixel gifs) and are used along with cookies to compile aggregated statistics to analyze how the Services are used.


What does MashPlant use my information for?

1. Generally

When you use the Services, you may set up your personal profile, form relationships, send messages, perform searches and queries, upload files, download files and transmit information through various channels, depending on the category of user ("User Category") you are registered as, and as permitted by the functionality of the Services. The information we gather from users enables us to personalize and improve our services, and allows users to set up a user account and profile through the Services.

2. Personal Information

The Personal Information you provide is used for such purposes as responding to your requests for certain information and services, customizing your experience, and communicating with you about the Services.

3. Children's Personal Information

We use the Children's Personal Information for creating your individual account, which allows us to identify you within your Studio(s), customize your experience, and to send you notifications via the Services from your teacher, school, district, fellow Studio members, and from MashPlant regarding your use of the Services ("Notifications"). Please note that an administrator from your school and/or district can and may view all activity and content associated with your student account, including your Children's Personal Information.

4. Your email address

If you provide us with your email address, we may send you email communications. If you are a student, we will only use your email address to send you service and legal notifications. Web beacons may also be used in some of our emails to let us know which emails (and which links within those emails) have been opened by recipients. This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of our customer communications. To opt out of receiving emails from us, please contact us at Info@MashPlant.com.  Please note that if you do not want to receive legal notices from us via email, such as this Privacy Policy, those legal notices will still govern your use of the Services, and you are responsible for visiting this Privacy Policy from time to time to review any changes.

5. Teacher Referrals

If you are a teacher and you provide us with another teacher's name and email address as a referral, we will automatically send that teacher an email inviting him or her to visit the Services. We store this information for the sole purpose of sending this email (and, if applicable, subsequent "reminder" emails) and tracking the success of our referral program. The referred teacher may contact us at Info@MashPlant.com to request that we remove this information from our database.

6. Usage Information

MashPlant gathers data from your use of MashPlant Studio to enable us to determine how users engage with the Service(s), so that we can make the Services useful, better, more appealing and relevant to as many users as possible, and to customize, refine and improve our Services. As part of our use of information, we may provide aggregate information to our partners (in a non-personally-identifiable format) about how our users use our site. We share this type of statistical data so that our partners also understand how often people use our partners' services and the Services to help provide you with an optimal online experience. We may link usage information to Personal Information and Children's Personal Information that we collect through the Services, but we will only use this linked information internally (for example, to customize your experience), and will not disclose it in linked format to third parties. Additionally, certain usage-related information may be viewable in your user profile that may be displayed to other users, depending on whether you are a teacher or other Studio administrator, or a student or Studio member.


Will MashPlant share any of the Personal Information or Children's Personal Information it receives?

Personal Information and Children's Personal Information about our users is an integral part of our business. We neither rent nor sell your Personal Information or Children's Personal Information; we may share your Personal Information and Children's Personal Information in personally identifiable form only as described below. Again, please note that references to "Personal Information" only apply to personal information of individuals who are not students.

1. Businesses We Do Not Control

In certain situations, businesses or third party websites we're affiliated with may offer or sell items or provide services to you through the Services, either alone or jointly with us. We may, for example, work jointly with other businesses to offer or sell products or provide services, or we may work with third party websites to enhance your online experience. These transactions or services may or may not be commercial in nature. We will share your Personal Information or Children's Personal Information with that business only to the extent that it is related to such transaction or service.  Please note that we have no control over the policies and practices of third party websites as to privacy or anything else, so please review all third party websites' policies before disclosing any Personal Information or Children's Personal Information or other content on the Services or on any third party website.

2. Agents

We employ other companies and people to perform tasks on our behalf and need to share your information with them to provide products or services to you. Examples include sending email, analyzing data and providing user services. Unless we tell you differently, MashPlant's agents do not have any right to use Personal Information or Children's Personal Information we share with them beyond what is necessary to assist us.

3. User Profiles

If your Studio teacher and or Studio administrator allows it, you may choose to populate your user profile on the Services with Personal Information or Children's Personal Information, including, without limitation, your name, school affiliation and a brief biography. This user profile information will be displayed to other users to facilitate user interaction within the Services or facilitate interaction with MashPlant. If you are a student, the only users who may view your profile are those who belong to your school. However, please keep in mind that information (whether Personal Information or Children's Personal Information or not) or content that you voluntarily disclose online in your Studios, to your connections, in comments and or blogs, etc.) becomes available to other users and can be collected and used by others, in accordance with the privacy settings you select in your account preferences, or in accordance with the Studio to which you belong. Any media, comments and or other content that you submit to the Services in a manner any other user can view may be redistributed through the Internet and other media channels. For example, if you are a student, the content you contribute to your Studio(s) will be displayed to other members of that Studio; however, we cannot control what members of your Studio will do with such content after you have disclosed it. Your name may be displayed to other users, depending on your teachers' preferences, when you upload media and or send messages through the Services and other users can contact you through messages and comments. 

4. Communication About the Services or in Response to User Requests

As part of the Services, you may receive from MashPlant email or other types of communication and or messages relating to your use of the Services or your user profile. You acknowledge and agree that by posting information on the Services or otherwise using the Services, MashPlant and its agents may send you email, contact you or engage in other communication that they determine relate to your profile or use of the Services. If you disclose your email address to MashPlant, depending on your Studio, we may use it to send updates, a newsletter or other news regarding the Services, or to simply send Notifications. If you are a student, MashPlant only uses your email address to send you Notifications.

5. Business Transfers

If MashPlant, or some or all of its assets are acquired or otherwise transferred, or in the unlikely event that MashPlant goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information may be transferred to or acquired by a third party.

6. Protection of MashPlant and Others

We may release Personal Information or Children's Personal Information when we believe in good faith that release is necessary to comply with the law (such as to comply with a subpoena); enforce or apply our Terms of Service and other agreements; or protect the rights, property, or safety of MashPlant, our employees, our users, or others. We will try to give you notice if we release information for these reasons, but please understand that we reserve the right not to, as it may not be practical, legal, or safe to do so.


Is information about me secure?

Your MashPlant account Personal Information or Children's Personal Information is protected by a password for your privacy and security. We also use coding practices which take steps to prevent attack on our Services from web browsers and malicious scripts, by processing all actions through several permission verifications checks.

You may help protect against unauthorized access to your account and Personal Information or Children's Personal Information by selecting and protecting your password appropriately and limiting access to your computer and browser by signing off after you have finished accessing your account.

All transmissions to and from the MashPlant Studio website are encrypted using secure socket layer technology (SSL).

MashPlant endeavors to keep your information private; however, we cannot guarantee security. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of user information. For additional information about the security measures we use in connection with the Services, please contact us at Info@MashPlant.com.

The Services contain links to other sites, including links shared with students by their teachers. We are not responsible for the privacy policies and/or practices on other sites (but you should read all third parties' privacy policies to ensure you understand them). This Privacy Policy only governs information collected by MashPlant on the Services.


What information can I access?

We allow you to access the following information about you for the purpose of viewing, and in certain situations, updating or deleting that information. This list may change as the Services change. You may currently access the following information, if your Studio allows you to input any of the following:

  • information in your user profile
  • your studios, the lists of members of those studios, your friend list
  • content in your account


Parent's rights

If you are a parent or a legal guardian of a MashPlant Studio user under the age of 13, and would like to request that Children's Personal Information regarding your child be updated or deleted, or if you'd like to refuse further contact with your child by the Services, please contact us at Info@MashPlant.com.  A student's participation in our Services, and the ability of a student to access the Services, will not be conditioned on that student providing more Children's Personal Information than is reasonably necessary for that participation or access. We will respond to a request made pursuant to this section within 30 days of our receipt of such request.

Under California Civil Code Sections 1798.83-1798.84, California residents are entitled to ask us for a notice identifying the categories of personal information which we share with our affiliates and/or third parties for marketing purposes, and providing contact information for such affiliates and/or third parties. If you are a California resident and would like a copy of this notice, please submit a written request to Info@MashPlant.com


What other choices do I have?

You can always opt not to disclose information, even though it may be needed to take advantage of certain MashPlant Studio features.

You are able to update or delete certain information, as described in the "What information can I access?" section above. You may request deletion of your MashPlant account by emailing your request to Info@MashPlant.com with the subject "Account Deletion" and a message including your screen name.  Please note that some unrevised information may remain in our records after revision of such information or deletion of your account, or in cached and archived pages. Some information may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent that it was copied or stored by other users. We may use any aggregated data derived from or incorporating your Personal Information after you delete your information, but not in a manner that would identify you personally.

We will retain your Personal Information or Children's Personal Information for as long as your account is active or as long as needed to provide you the Services; we also may retain and use your information as we deem it necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and to enforce our agreements.


Will MashPlant ever change this Privacy Policy?

We may make changes to this Privacy Policy from time to time for any reason. Use of information we collect is subject to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time such information is collected. If we make changes in the way we use Personal Information or Children's Personal Information, we will notify you via email or by posting an announcement on the Services with two (2) weeks prior notice before the change becomes effective. Users are bound by any changes to the Privacy Policy when he or she uses the Services upon the conclusion of such two (2) week notice period. This notice period only applies to changes to the Privacy Policy; it may not be possible in certain situations to provide advance notice of other changes to the TERMS OF SERVICE (for example, where a change to the Terms is necessary to comply with legal requirements).


What if I'm in a different country?

When you use the Services, you are consenting to have your data transferred to and processed in the United States. All of MashPlant's servers are currently in the United States, and we aren't able to process your information within the borders of any other country. If your use of the Services or disclosure of certain information to MashPlant would violate any law that is applicable to you, your right to use the Services and/or disclose such information is revoked, as it is wherever use of the Services is prohibited by law (as described in the TERMS OF SERVICE).   


Is there anything else I should know about MashPlant's Privacy Policy?

Not that we can think of - but if we do, we will notify you by email and or post a notice on the MashPlant Studio website. But please remember: our absolute goal is to protect your privacy, so if you ever have any questions, concerns or issues about your privacy or the privacy of your child, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at Info@MashPlant.com, or by mail at 1740 Grove Street, Chicago, IL 60025 (USA), or by phone at (866)898-8994.

Thanks for taking the time to read and understand our Privacy Policy.

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