Bites Media — Privacy Policy

Revised September 27 2018

 

We know how important it is to you to understand how your information is collected and shared. We take your privacy very seriously. This Privacy Policy ("Policy") describes how your information is collected, used, and disclosed by Bites Media and its related companies ("Bites Media" or "We" or "Us"). This Policy applies to all users of the Services. For information about Bites Media's collection, use or disclosure of information about individuals under 13 years of age, please see our Children's Privacy Policy below.

 

This Policy applies to the Bites Media websites available at www.BitesMedia.com, and any of our other websites that post this Policy (the "Site") as well as all of our services made available through the Site (the "Services"). By submitting information through our Services, you expressly consent to the processing of your information in the U.S. in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR USERS

 

If you were given access to the Services by a school, educator or other organization (as used in this Privacy Policy, your "school"), this Privacy Policy does not govern how your school might collect, use, or disclose your information. Please consult with your school for more information about their privacy practices. 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 may from time to time ask you for Personal Information, and we may collect certain information from your device each time you visit our Site. “Personal Information” means personally identifiable information and includes, for example, your name; street address; e-mail address; SMS or text message address; phone number; credit card and other payment information; information regarding your academic and extracurricular activities and interests that may identify you; and other information that may identify you as an individual or allow online contact with you.

 

You may review and correct the Personal Information that is accessible to you under the settings for your account on our Site.

 

We collect other information about you in a variety of ways, such as information that you provide to us, information that your school provides to us, information collected automatically through technology, information collected through the use of cookies, unique identifiers and other tracking tools, and information collected through the use of third party analytics technologies. We may combine information we collect from you, your school, or third parties, as applicable, with information we collect from you directly.

 

For Parents of Children Under the Age of 13

 

For any user under the age of 13, unless a school has obtained the necessary permission, we must have permission from such user’s parent or legal guardian before we collect or use any Personal Information of such user on the Site. Parents are welcome to review any Personal Information we have collected about your child. You may request that we delete this information or specify that we collect no more of your child’s information. We will need to verify the identity of anyone requesting information about a child under the age of 13 to ensure that the person is in fact the child’s parent or legal guardian.

 

Information Your School Gives Us

 

Your school provides us with a username and an account number. We do not collect any personal information about you from your school.

 

Information You Give Us

 

We may from time to time ask you for Personal Information to allow us to provide the Services. We also collect information about how you interact with the Services, including the articles that you read, the types of articles you express interest in, the results of comprehension tests, how much time you spend reading articles, and other performance related information.

 

Information Automatically Collected from You

 

We and our third party service providers may automatically collect information about you and your computer when you visit our Site, including by using certain technologies that are further described below (collectively, "Tracking Tools"). Some of the information that may be collected when a user uses the Services, include, for example, computer or device operating system type, IP address, browser type, browser language, device hardware type, the website or application visited or used before or after accessing our Services, the parts of the Services accessed, length of time spent on a page or using a feature, access times for a webpage or feature, and demographic information, such as gender and age range. These Tracking Tools help Bites Media learn more about our users, such as their demographics and internet behaviors, so that we can improve our Services.

 

The following are Tracking Tools used by Bites Media or its third party service providers in connection with the Services:

 

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 Services and your experience better. For example, we use cookies to see which parts and features of our Services are popular, count visits to our Services and improve or tailor the Services and our advertisements to make them more relevant to our users. For more information on cookies, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org.

 

Most browsers allow you to control cookies through their settings preferences. However, if you limit the ability of websites to set cookies, you may worsen your overall user experience, since it will no longer be personalized to you. It may also stop you from saving customized settings like login information.

 

If you do not want to receive cookies, you can change your browser settings on your computer or other device you’re using to access our services. If you use the Site or Services without changing your browser settings, we assume that you agree to receive all cookies on the Site. Most browsers also provide functionality that lets you review and erase cookies. Please note that some of the functions of the Site, like automatic login, will not work properly without cookies.

 

Unique Identifiers

We may use unique identifiers to track individual usage behavior on our Services, such as length of time spent on a particular page and pages viewed during a particular log-in period. The unique identifiers collect information about a user's use of the Services on an individual basis. We use the information that we gather through unique identifiers to evaluate and improve the Services and its content, including, but not limited to, improving and evaluating the effectiveness of certain materials on our Services.

 

Web Beacons

 

Web beacons, or clear GIFs or pixel tags, are small graphic image files that can be embedded in web pages or emails to collect information about a user's use of our Services or the correspondences that we send to them. The information collected by web beacons allows us to analyze how and how many people are using the Services.

 

Analytics and Other Technologies

 

We use other technologies and analytics services (including Google Analytics) to help analyze how users use the Services. 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 Services, what features they use, what pages they visit, and what other sites or applications they used prior to and after visiting the Services. We use the information we get from analytics services to improve our Site, App and Services. Please see the following links for more information about Google Analytics and to opt-out if you choose to: http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/ and https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

 

USE OF 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 information to:

  • understand your performance and to provide you with insight into your performance;
  • understand your preferences and to enhance your experience and enjoyment using our Site and Services;
  • operate, maintain, and improve our Site and Services;
  • protect, investigate, and deter against fraudulent, unauthorized, or illegal activity;
  • develop and display content tailored to your interests on our Site;

  • enforce our terms and conditions; and

  • perform functions as otherwise described to you at the time of collection.

SHARING OF INFORMATION

 

We do not have access to or share your personal information.

 

We may create and use anonymized and aggregated data for our own purposes by excluding information that makes the data personally identifiable to you. The purposes for which we may create and use anonymized and/or aggregated data include but are not limited to, conducting analysis and generating statistics regarding the use of our Site and Services.

 

How We Respond to Do Not Track Signals

We do not currently respond to "do not track" signals or other mechanisms that might enable consumers to opt-out of tracking on our Services.

 

Refusing Further Collection or Use

You may at any time refuse to permit our further use or future online collection of your information by terminating your account. After termination, a you will not be able to access your account anymore.

 

Legally Compelled Disclosures and Safety

We may disclose user information when compelled to do so by government authorities or otherwise as required or permitted by law, such as to respond to court orders and subpoenas. We also may disclose user information to protect the safety of others and when we have reason to believe that someone is causing injury to or interfering with our rights or property or the rights or property of others.

 

THIRD PARTY WEBSITES

 

The Services may contain links to third-party websites (“Third-Party Websites”). Such Third- Party Websites are not under the control of Bites Media. Bites Media is not responsible for any Third-Party Websites and does not review, approve, monitor, endorse, warrant, or make any representations with respect to Third-Party Websites, or their products or services. You use all links in Third-Party Websites at your own risk. You should review applicable terms and policies of any Third-Party Websites before proceeding with any transaction with any third party.

 

FERPA POLICY

 

FERPA refers to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. It gives students the right and responsibility to control access to their educational records. It also gives school officials the shared responsibility of protecting those records.

 

Some of your records are automatically private, like your grades, transcripts and financial statements. Other information is automatically public, unless you make it private, like your phone number, address and other directory information.

 

You can customize who has permission to access your records.

 

FERPA governs and protects your rights as a student to control your educational records. The primary rights protected under FERPA are:

  • The right to inspect and review your educational records
  • The right to seek amendment to your educational records

  • The right to consent to the disclosure of your educational records (see FERPA Disclosure Policies below)

  • The right to obtain a copy of your school's FERPA Policy.

  • The right to file a complaint with the FERPA office in Washington, D.C.

HOW WE PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION

 

We maintain physical, administrative and technological safeguards to protect the personal information you provide against accidental, unlawful, or unauthorized destruction, loss, alteration, access, disclosure, or use.

 

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure, and we cannot safeguard the security of your personal information as it is transmitted to our Site via the internet. Any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your personal information, we will, however, use strict procedures and safeguards to try to prevent unauthorized access.

 

HOW TO CONTACT US

 

We welcome your comments or questions about this Policy. Feel free to email us at admin@BitesMedia.com. You may also contact us at our address:

12655 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90066

 

YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS

 

Under California Civil Code §§ 1798.83-1798.84, California residents are entitled to ask us for a notice describing what categories of personal information we share with third parties or affiliates for those third parties or affiliates’ direct marketing purposes. That notice will identify the categories of information shared and will include a list of the third parties and affiliates with which it was shared, along with their names and addresses. If you are a California resident and would like a copy of this notice, please submit a written request to the following address:  12655 W Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90066. Att: Nick Farrell or, via email, to admin@bitesmedia.com. In your request, please specify that you want a “Your Bites Media California Privacy Rights Notice”. Please allow at least 30 days for a response.

 

CHANGES TO OUR PRIVACY POLICY

 

We will occasionally update this Privacy Policy as necessary to protect our users and to comply with a changing environment. We recommend that you check the Privacy Policy when you visit our Site to be sure that you are aware of and understand our current policy. If we make material changes to this policy, or in how we use or collect your information, we will post such changes prior to implementing the change. We will not make any retroactive material changes in how we handle previously collected information unless you allow us to do so, or unless we are legally required to do so.