Information SMS Collects
Direct Collection. We collect information, including PII, that you provide to us when you register for an account with us for Services or via the Sites (“Account”), send us an email, sign up to receive email or messages, fill out a form, make a purchase or donation, communicate with us through third-party social feeds, request information, participate in active forums, or take other actions on the Sites. You may choose not to provide such PII, in which case you may not be able to access or use portions of the Sites or some features of such or our Services. We may also obtain information from outside sources and combine it with the information we collect directly from you or through the Sites. SMS may, but is not obligated to, retain the content of any electronic communication you send or PII you provide by any means.
Minors. The Sites and Services are not directed at children and SMS does not knowingly collect PII (including information concerning a child or that child's parents/guardians, any screen or user name that functions as online contact information for a child, any photograph, video, or audio file containing a child’s image or voice) directly from users under the age of thirteen (13) or from other web sites or services directed at children. Consistent with the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (“COPPA”), SMS will not knowingly request or collect PII from any child under the age of thirteen (13) in the United States without obtaining the required consent from the appropriate parent/guardian. Children may access and browse the Sites/Services without disclosing any PII.
The parent or legal guardian who has consented to a child providing PII to one or more of the Sites may later review the child’s PII and request correction or removal the information, in whole or in part; instruct SMS to discontinue all use of the child’s PII and/or not to communicate further with the child; or revoke or modify the consent by sending written communication to St. Margaret’s School, PO Box 158, Tappahannock, VA 22560; email@example.com. If you have any reservations, questions, or concerns about your child’s access to the Sites or how information that your child provides is used by us, please contact us by sending written communication to St. Margaret’s School, PO Box 158, Tappahannock, VA 22560; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Credit Card Information. We may require your credit card information in order to process purchases or donations. This includes your name, credit card number, expiration date, billing address, and authentication codes or related information as needed to authorize the charge and complete the transaction. Credit card data is transferred over a Secure Sockets Layer (“SSL”) line if you are using an SSL enabled browser, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, or Google Chrome. SSL is enabled for those pages of the Sites where you enter PII. This would ensure that your PII is encrypted as it travels over the Internet. You will know you are in secure mode when the padlock or key icon in the lower right-hand or left-hand corner of the computer screen appears in the locked position. In addition, when accessing a secure server, the first characters of the site address will change from “http” to “https”. After information reaches us, it may be temporarily stored during the relevant purchasing process on a secure server that resides behind firewalls designed to block unauthorized access. We otherwise do not store credit card information.
Use of Information
Your use of all features requiring the provision of information about you is entirely voluntary and SMS will never require you to use any of the features in order to merely browse the publicly accessible portions of the Sites or Services.
Use of PII. SMS may store information we collect via the Sites, including PII, for at least as long as you maintain your Account with us, and may use such for various purposes and sometimes in connection with third parties, including:
- Processing your requests and for related purposes, including through newsletters and email notifications, confirmations, technical notices, updates, security alerts, and support and administrative messages that you may request, and fulfilling promises or obligations we may have with you or on your behalf;
- Compliance with applicable laws, statutes, or regulations, including those that may concern taxation, accounting, financial reporting, prevention of terrorism or money laundering, or judicial or administrative processes, and to take steps such as to protect our business, institution, users, students, and Sites and enforce our Terms;
- In furtherance of our legitimate interests or those of a third party so long as such interests are not overridden by yours or your fundamental rights and freedoms, including sharing with our related or acquiring entity or business(es), sending or making available information to you, tailoring your user experience, coordinating with our service providers and vendors, notifying users of updates or alerts, enforcing our Terms, managing our business, as part of a transfer of our assets, and analyzing trends and to improve performance of the Sites;
- Or otherwise, including with your consent, or as described to you at the time of collection.
Mitigation. Please be aware, however, that despite our efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable and no method of data transmission can be guaranteed against any interception or other type of misuse. To mitigate this risk, you should (a) use secure usernames and passwords and carefully protect them from disclosure and (b) implement updated internet security and virus protection on your computer. If you suspect that your computer’s security or your information has been compromised or your password accessed or used by an unauthorized third party, please contact us immediately and change your password. You should also be aware of how you handle and disclose your PII and should avoid sending PII through insecure email. Please refer to the Federal Trade Commission’s website at http://www.business.ftc.gov/privacy-and-security for more information about how to protect yourself against identity theft.
Notification. If we become aware of a security systems breach, we may attempt to notify you electronically so you can take appropriate protective steps. We may post a notice through the Sites if a security breach occurs. We may also send an email to you at the email address you have provided. Depending on where you live, you may have a legal right to receive notice of a security breach in writing.
Opting Out/Cookies /Do Not Track
We reserve the right to verify the identity of any person making a request to opt-out or to delete or modify PII; provided, however, we will have no liability of any kind resulting from false or erroneous requests or any change or deletion made by SMS for any reason.
Opting Out. You may opt out of receiving future optional information via email by using the unsubscribe procedure specified on the email message. You may also adjust your preferences in your Account settings via the Sites and/or send written communication to St. Margaret’s School, PO Box 158, Tappahannock, VA 22560; email@example.com if you no longer wish to receive communications regarding SMS or the Sites. Opting out of promotional communications does not affect our communications with you via telephone or email related to any business we may have with you or other transactional emails.
Do Not Track. Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. Cookies do not contain any PII and we do not track your Internet usage outside of the Sites. In many web browsers, you can choose to delete, disable, turn off, or reject most cookies and web beacons through the “Internet Options” sub-option of the “Tools” menu of your web browser or otherwise as directed by your web browser’s support feature. Doing so in connection with the Sites may prohibit or limit functionality of your use of the areas of the Sites requiring you to log in. Please consult the “Help” section of your web browser for more information, and refer to the additional information below on how to reject cookies. If you prefer to opt out of the use of any third-party cookies on the Sites, you can do so by visiting the Network Advertising opt out page: www.networkadvertising.org.
Please note that under this law, we are not required to respond to your request more than once in a calendar year, nor are we required to respond to any request that is not sent to the email or mailing address designated above.
Additional Information for International Visitors
Your Rights. Your rights include: (a) a right to withdraw your consent to the processing of PII about you to which you have previously given consent; (b) a right to object to processing of PII about you for the purpose of direct marketing; and (c) a right to have any incorrect part of the PII about you corrected or removed. If you request to have incorrect PII removed, we may retain some of your PII as necessary for the purposes of our legitimate business interests or in furtherance of public interests in accordance with the Privacy Shield Principles. Any PII you have shared publicly with others may continue to be publicly visible on the Sites. You also have the right to obtain a copy of the PII we have about you, although we reserve the right to charge a fee for this. Please be aware that we will disclose PII in response to lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements. We are not liable for appropriate onward transfers of PII to third parties.
If you want to view your PII, delete your PII, or modify your PII that is inaccurate, you may do so via the options available through your Account (if any), and/or by sending written communication to St. Margaret’s School, PO Box 158, Tappahannock, VA 22560; firstname.lastname@example.org regarding your request(s). In making modifications, you must provide only truthful, complete, and accurate information. We may limit your right to access or make changes to PII where the burden or expense of verifying the legitimacy of the request or providing access would be disproportionate to the risks to your privacy or where the legitimate interests of other persons may be violated.
Please note that notwithstanding your request to change or delete information, we may be required to keep this information and not modify or delete it or to keep this information for a certain time, in which case we will comply with your deletion request only after we have fulfilled such requirements. When we delete any information, it will be deleted from the active database, but may remain in our archives, and/or may be anonymized, for example should such information need to be retained in certain files for a period of time in order to troubleshoot problems. In addition, some types of information may be stored indefinitely on back-up systems or within log files due to technical constraints or financial or legal requirements. Therefore, you should not expect that all of your PII will always be completely removed or immediately from our databases in response to your request.
Should you so choose, you have the right to lodge a formal complaint regarding our use of PII about you with the Federal Trade Commission, the supervisory authority for the United States, using the following contact information:Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580, 202.326. 2222.
Please note that alternate methods of compliance apply to EU residents, as provided herein.
SMS welcomes your questions, comments, and concerns about privacy and can be reached at: St. Margaret’s School, PO Box 158, Tappahannock, VA 22560; email@example.com; 804. 443.3357.
Last Updated: 1.28.19