Verion 3.0 8/11/13
GEOPALZ, LLC (“GEOPALZ”) welcome users of the GeoPalz and iBitz websites located at www.geopalz.com and at www.iBitz.com (“Site”), and the GeoPalz Application suite known as the iBitz PowerKey Application ("Application"), who are under 13 years of age (“Child” or “Children”).
Trusted parties, such as relatives, teachers, doctors or anyone else whom the Parent or Child has given their childs confidential login credentials to will also be defined as a Parent in the context of this policy.
We are required by law to obtain verifiable parental consent in order to collect, use, or disclose Personal Information from Children who are, or have stated they under 13 years old.
When a Child registers for an account, before the account is permanently activated, we require the Parent to verify his/her consent by email immediatley. We do this in compliance of COPPA guidlines through email requesting a Parent to verify Consent via either a Credit Card verification or a verbal confirmation via voice mail to confirm a child’s registration.
INFORMATION THE CHILD PROVIDES
“Personal Information” means data that allows someone to identify or contact the Child, including, for example, a Child’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, as well as any other non-public information about the Child that is associated with or linked to any of the foregoing data.
GeoPalz only collects and uses limited Personal Information from Children within our Applications and Sites in the following ways:
On registration, we ask if the child is over/under 14, if under 14 we ask for the Parent’s email address and, we ask the Child to create a user name, password to access thier account. Once the parent has provided consent, they may add a profile photo.
If the Parent chooses to adjust the childs settings they can also provide deeper data around height, weight, step and run stride for specific calorie burn and distance walked/run data as well as BMI.
Separately, when physical activity data is collected from a users shoe/hip device and is subsequently transferred via phone, we log that data and time stamp at the time of the upload of data as well as the devices ID. None of this data is used or shared with outside 3rd parties outside of our contracted service providers.
We also retain information on the Child’s behalf, such as Goals, the groups, classroom, or specific marathons or events the Child has joined through his/her account, awards and messages that the Child receives using his/her account, the Child’s iBitz or GEOPALZ product registration code if the Child registers his/her GEOPALZ on his/her account, and the steps, miles/points on his/her GEOPALZ. Optionally, if the child or parent desires to see their caloric burn and weight, height, etc also store this data to help educate the Child and Parents on their daily physical activity.
If a Child provides us feedback or contacts us via e-mail, we will collect the Child’s name and e-mail address, as well as any other content included in the e-mail, in order to send the Child a reply.
We are prohibited by law from conditioning a Child’s participation in an activity on the Child’s disclosure of more Personal Information from the Child than is reasonably necessary to participate in that activity.
INFORMATION COLLECTED VIA TECHNOLOGY
USE OF INFORMATION
GEOPALZ uses a Child’s Personal Information in the following ways:
to enable the Child to use the Application and Site features that are only available to users with an account;
to facilitate the creation of and secure a Child’s account on our network;
to identify the Child as a user in our system;
to provide improved administration and quality of experience on this Site; and to improve our products and services.
We will periodically communicate with the Parent information that directly promotes the use of our Site or the purchase of our products and services. If a Parent receives these communications from us, the Parent will have the opportunity to “opt-out” by following the unsubscribe instructions provided in the communication that the Parent or Child receives or by contacting us directly (please see contact information below).
We may create anonymous information records from Personal Information by excluding information (such as a Child’s name, email address, etc) that make the data personally identifiable to the Child. We use this anonymous information to analyze request and usage patterns so that we may enhance the content of our Site, products, and services. GEOPALZ reserves the right to use and disclose anonymous information to third parties in its discretion.
PARENT’S CHOICES REGARDING PERSONAL INFORMATION
We provide Parents the following choices with respect to the collection, use, and disclosure of their Child’s Personal Information. A Parent, Trusted Guardian or Trusted Party "PARENT" (Teacher, Relative, Doctor, etc) has the right to review and modify the Child’s Personal Information, which they can obtain only by logging into the Child’s account with their confidential user name and password created during registration or by contacting us directly and verbally convincing us that they are the owner of the Childs account (please see contact information below) and are the parent or gaurdian of the Child. After reviewing the Child’s Personal Information, the Parent may ask us to update or delete the Personal Information by contacting us directly (please see contact information below).
If a Parent chooses to prohibit any future collection or use of the Child’s Personal Information, the Parent may do so by terminating the Child’s account, and requesting the deletion of the Child’s Personal Information by us. Upon a Parent’s or Child's request, we will delete the Child’s account and all the information and data stored for such account. When we delete a Child’s Personal Information, it will be deleted from our active databases but may remain in our archives for a period of no more than 5 years for internal diagnostics and analysis only. GEOPALZ will not have any liability whatsoever for any termination of the account or related deletion of the Child’s Personal Information.
GEOPALZ may (and the Parent authorizes us to) rely on the instructions that we reasonably believe are given by a Child’s Parent. For example, if a person calls our customer support number and provides the confidential account information and user name and password we request, we may assume that the person calling is the "Parent" or a person authorized to modify this account.
DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION
We may share a Child’s Personal Information with third party service providers that provide the Child with this Site, products and services; to conduct quality assurance testing; to facilitate creation of accounts; to provide technical support; or to provide specific services (collectively, the “Outsourcing Purposes”). These third party service providers are required not to use a Child’s Personal Information other than to provide the services requested by GEOPALZ. You expressly consent to the sharing of your Child’s Personal Information with our contractors and other service providers for the sole purpose of providing services to your Child within the context of the GeoPalz service and applications.
Regardless of any choices you make regarding your Child’s Personal Information, GEOPALZ may disclose such Personal Information if it believes in good faith that such disclosure is necessary to (a) comply with relevant laws or to respond to subpoenas or warrants served on GEOPALZ; or (b) protect or defend the rights or property of GEOPALZ or users of this Site (collectively, the “Enforcement Purposes”).
GEOPALZ is committed to protecting the security of a Child’s Personal Information. We use a variety of industry-standard security technologies and procedures to help protect a Child’s Personal Information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. Despite these measures, you should know that GEOPALZ cannot fully eliminate security risks associated with Personal Information and sometimes mistakes may happen. However, We can assure you that this is « top of mind » and hypercritical function and, our own children also use our sites and applications.
LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES
PO Box 1170
Boulder, CO 80306