In this policy, "HS" refers to home-schooler.com's staff, interns, volunteers, contract workers and consultants, all of whom are bound by law or contract to keep confidential information they receive as part of their assistance to HS.
HS does not sell or rent member or website visitor information under any circumstances. We do not share member or visitor information without prior consent, except as compelled by law. This restriction applies to members who join online (the only way to become a member).
Information Gathered by Home-schooler.com Website
Logging: For visitors to our website, we generally log requests to our website where we record the website visitor's IP address, as well as the referrer page, time stamp, page requested, user agent, and language header, and a hash of all of this information. We also geolocate IP addresses before anonymizing them and store the area code country.
Purpose: HS endeavors to gather sufficient information for analyzing our website and how visitors move within it without compromising the privacy of our visitors. We also use this information to provide geographically relevant advertising to our visitors. One of our goals is to connect small, local, "mom and pop" types of businesses with home-schoolers near them. They have very limited advertising budgets so reaching home-schoolers in their community is attractive to them whereas reaching home-schoolers at the other end of the country is not.
Cookies: We do not use persistent ID cookies on this site. We use session cookies instead. Session cookies expire when you close your browser.
Voluntarily Submitted Information: In addition, HS collects and retains information you voluntarily submit to us. It is up to you whether to submit information to us, and how much information to provide. If you choose to become an HS member or use the HS Shop, we may ask for identifying information such as your name, email address, mailing address and phone number and will retain that information. If you use the HS Shop, you may be asked to provide personal information, such as a shipping address, necessary to complete your transaction.
We may ask for additional personal information when you provide feedback or comments, or otherwise communicate with us.
From time to time, we may ask for personal information on other portions of the site, such as asking you to participate in a contest.
Mailing Lists: If you choose to subscribe to our free electronic newsletter or any of our other mailing lists, we collect your email address, and, if you choose to provide it, your name and area code.
Use of Information
In general, HS uses the information provided by you to further its mission, including connecting local home-schoolers.
Member Information: We use member information to process and manage your membership.
Other activities: We may run surveys, contests, or similar activities through this site. Such information will be used for the purposes for which it was collected. We also look at technical information to diagnose problems with or consider improvements to our servers or related technologies and to administer this and other websites we host or provide.
Third-Party Service Providers to HS
HS uses third party services such as content delivery networks, analytics providers and cloud hosting providers to handle traffic to our sites. HS also uses a third-party credit card processor. Where possible, we take steps to limit the ability of third parties to retain data about our users. These service providers may place session cookies on your computer. HS's service providers may also log standard technical information, such as the numerical Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer you are using; the browser software you use and your operating system; the date and time you access our site; and the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site.
For all of HS's service providers, hosting providers and credit card processors and any other providers we may use in the future, the information collected from HS users remains protected by the terms of our agreements with those providers and we will ensure that the information to be kept confidential and disclosed only to employees who require such access in the course of their assigned duties. HS also requires all of our third-party service providers to notify HS if they receive legal process seeking information about visitors to HS's website.
HS may change the specific third-party providers from time to time, and will transfer stored information to any new provider subject to similar restrictions and agreements. From time to time, HS may work with third-party consultants or other service providers who may have access to personally identifiable information. In such cases, we will restrict their use of personally identifiable information in accordance with their assigned tasks.
Third-Party Services and APIs
HS's site also provides links to or interacts with a wide variety of third-party websites, including interactive links to sites like social media, online marketplaces, or video hosting websites, often via application programming interfaces (APIs). HS is not responsible for, and does not have any control over, the privacy practices or the content of such third parties. We encourage users to read the privacy policies of any website visited via links from or interactions with the HS website.
Disclosure of Your Information
While HS endeavors to provide the highest level of protection for your information, we may disclose personally identifiable information about you to third parties in limited circumstances, including: (1) with your consent; or (2) when we have a good faith belief it is required by law, such as pursuant to a subpoena or other judicial or administrative order.
If we are required by law to disclose the information that you have submitted, we will attempt to provide you with prior notice (unless we are prohibited or it would be futile) that a request for your information has been made in order to give you an opportunity to object to the disclosure. We will attempt to provide this notice by email, if you have given us an email address, or by postal mail if you have entered a postal address. If you do not challenge the disclosure request, we may be legally required to turn over your information.
In addition, we will independently object to requests for access to information about users of our site that we believe to be improper.
Updating or Removing Your Information
You may choose to correct, update, or delete the membership information you have submitted to us by sending an email requesting changes to firstname.lastname@example.org. If we inadvertently collect more personal information than intended, we endeavor to delete the extraneous information. However, please understand that deleted information may continue to persist on backup media.
Changes to Our Policies
HS employs industry standard security measures to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. HS has turned on HTTPS by default.
Although we make good faith efforts to store information collected by HS in a secure operating environment, we cannot guarantee complete security. Information collected by HS will be maintained for a length of time appropriate to our needs.