Privacy Policy


This privacy policy addresses our data collection and use practices. By continuing to use the home-schooler.com website (hereinafter, Website), you agree to these terms. This policy only applies to your use of the Website. The effective date of this policy is January 1, 2009.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Home-Schooler.com collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Our purpose in collecting this information is to better understand how visitors use this website. From time to time, we may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate (e.g., providing potential advertisers an idea of the usage of this website).

We also collect potentially personally-identifying information, like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. We do not use such information to identify its visitors, however. We do not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that we use and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.


Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to the Website choose to interact with Home-Schooler.com in ways that require us to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that we gather depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who use our Forums to provide a username and email address. In each case, we collect such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor's interaction with us. We do not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.


Aggregated Statistics

We may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to the Website. For instance, we may reveal how many unique visitors the Website had during a certain month, or the number of visitors who participated in a contest. However, we do not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.


Contractors/Service Providers

Third party contractors may have access to our databases. Before doing so, they must sign a standard confidentiality agreement.

This Website is hosted on servers at RackSpace. Other Website functions in the future may be operated by other third party service providers. In the course of providing this functionality, these service providers may obtain some of your personal data from you directly or transferred from us to facilitate your usage of this service. Usually we require these providers to use and disclose your personal data only as necessary to perform their services.

We use third party advertising companies and advertising networks to serve some advertisements when you visit some portions of this Website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. Home-Schooler.com is not responsible for information you may provide to these third-party companies.


Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

We disclose potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees and contractors that (1) need to know that information in order to process it on our behalf or to provide services available at our Website, and (2) have agreed not to disclose it to others, as described below. By using this Website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them.

Home-Schooler.com will not rent or sell personally-identifying or potentially personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees and contractors, as described above, Home-Schooler.com discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when Home-Schooler.com believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Home-Schooler.com, third parties, or the public at large. We may also disclose data about you in connection with actual or potential legal proceedings if we are required to do so, if such disclosures might mitigate our liability, or to enforce our rights.

If you are a registered user of the Website, or participated in online activities on the the Website (such as listing a Classified Ad), and have supplied your email address, Home-Schooler.com may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, announce a contest, or just keep you up to date with what's going on with Home-Schooler.com. We primarily use our blog to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Home-schooler.com takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor's computer, and that the visitor's browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Home-Schooler.com may rely on cookies to help us identify and track visitors, their usage of the Website, and a user's access preferences. Website visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browser's settings to refuse cookies before using this the Website, with the drawback that certain features of this the Website will not function properly without the aid of cookies.


Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Home-Schooler.com may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Home-Schooler.com's sole discretion. We encourage visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to our Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.


Communicating With Others

This Website utilizes Forums and other methods or technologies for communication among users. You may use this Website for communicating with other users, but you are forbidden from collecting (manually or in an automated manner) any personal data, such as email addresses, from our site.


Limits on Our Abilities

We do our best to test new features ahead of time, through the use of volunteer Beta users, before releasing them for use by everyone. You may be offered the opportunity to Beta test some new features. However, we might inadvertently use or disclose your data in ways inconsistent with this policy. For example, a temporary software glitch could lead to an unexpected public display of data. We might also make ad hoc uses of your data in ways not mentioned here. We do our best to minimize the possibility of this occuring. In these anomalous situations, your sole remedy is that we will try to rectify the anomaly as soon as we can.


Security

We use industry-standard security protocols, such as firewalls and restrictions on which employees can access user data. However, perfect security does not exist on the Internet.