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Effective: June 18, 2014
We at the Smithsonian are committed to protecting the privacy of our visitors under the age of 13 years old (“Children” or “Child”). This Smithsonian Kids Online Privacy Statement provides an overview of what information we may collect through our websites, online services, mobile applications, and onsite interactive activities that are geared toward Children (collectively “Kid Site(s)”) and what we may do with the information.
Smithsonian’s Kid Sites may be designed differently, depending on their educational purpose; consequently, the information collected from Children on each Kid Site, and the way in which the information is used, may vary. Each Kid Site’s “Usage Terms,” “Rules,” or “FAQs” will provide specific information about the collection of personal information for that particular Kid Site. Generally speaking, our Kids Sites follow these practices:
We automatically gather and store the following information about site visitors so we can monitor site usage, traffic trends, functionality, and make technological improvements. This information is aggregated and stored. It will only be used for the Smithsonian’s internal purposes, and will not be used to contact any Child or visitor. In particular, we automatically collect:
We take reasonable steps to design and manage our Kids Sites technology to ensure that our information technology systems, applications and information technology infrastructure are secured. As appropriate and feasible, the Smithsonian monitors network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to access, upload, or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Unauthorized access may be punishable by law, including criminal penalties. In addition to limiting access to Children’s information to those who have a business “need to know,” the Smithsonian requires its service provides who help maintain or operate the Kids Sites to contractually agree to protectthe confidentiality, integrity, availability and security of personal information collected from Children.
To the extent feasible, we allow parents or guardians to review personal information collected about their Children, request changes to or deletion of the information, or refuse to allow further collection or use of the information. To make any of these requests, a parent or legal guardian must contact the Smithsonian as instructed in the “Usage Terms,” “Rules,” or “FAQ” section of the particular Kids Site that collected the information. Such requests will be subject to the Smithsonian’s verification, to its satisfaction, that the requestor is in fact the Child’s parent or legal guardian.
We may share personal information collected from a Child with our service providers who have a business “need to know” the information and have agreed to maintain its confidentiality, integrity, availability, and security. We also may be required to disclose personal information we obtained from a Child to: (1) protect the safety of a Child; (2) protect the security or integrity of the Smithsonian Websites and services; (3) respond to judicial process and take precautions against liability; (4) the Department of Justice or in certain legal proceedings when the Smithsonian, an employee of the Smithsonian, or the United States is a party to litigation or has an interest in the litigation and the use of such records is deemed relevant and necessary to the litigation; (5) a Committee of Congress in response to a formal request; and (6) any other person or entity as the Smithsonian believes is required by law. Any further sharing or disclosure requires permission from a parent or legal guardian.
From time to time we may update this Smithsonian Kids Online Privacy Statement. When this happens, we will notify our visitors of the new provisions by publicly posting them here. If the change is material, we will send notice to the parents and legal guardians whose email addresses we have on file.
For questions, contact us:
Smithsonian Institution Privacy Office
PO Box 37012, MRC 041,
Washington, DC 20013-7012
By phone: 202-633-5214
Thanks for reading this Smithsonian Kids Online Privacy Statement. We hope you have a Seriously Amazing experience when visiting our Websites!