Last updated: Aug 8, 2018
This policy is in accordance with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and outlines our practices regarding children’s personal information.
For information about COPPA and general tips about protecting children’s online privacy, please visit OnGuard Online.
For information about school consent of a website or app’s collection, use, or disclosure of personal information from students, please visit the "COPPA and Schools" section of the FTC's "Complying with COPPA: Frequently Asked Questions" webpage.
Our Compliance with COPPA
Floop Edu, Inc. takes all measures reasonably available to protect the privacy of the personal information of children, in compliance with applicable federal regulations. Part of that effort involves fully advising parents regarding the collection,
use, or disclosure of personal information from children, including notice of any material change in the collection, use, or disclosure practices to which the parent has previously consented.
Due to the nature of the work that we do, it is necessary that we collect and store information about minors.
The collection and storage of such information is subject to regulation under COPPA (the Children’s’ Online Privacy Protection Rule).
Our policy is that we do not knowingly collect, use or disclose Personally Identifiable Information about visitors that are under 13 years of age outside of the bounds of COPPA.
We understand “Personal information” to mean:
- Full Name (first and last together)
- Online contact (like an email, IM identifier, VoIP identifier, or video chat identifier, screen name, username)
- Home address
- Phone number
- Social Security number
- Persistent identifier (like a cookie number, an IP address, a processor or device serial number, or a unique device identifier)
- Your image or voice (like a photo, video, audio)
- Geolocation (to level of street, city, town)
When Personally Identifiable Information is voluntarily disclosed (i.e. name, email address, etc.) in work samples and feedback, that information, along with any information disclosed in your communication, will be displayed to your teacher and classmates.
Those people could collected and use that information. Such activities are beyond our control and this Policy does not apply to such information. Any text or image submissions made on this site are accepted with the understanding that they are accessible
to your teacher and classmates. If you do not want your comments to be viewed by them, you are advised not to make any such submissions. Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your password and/or account information.
Please be careful and responsible whenever you’re online.
We strongly recommend that each time a students under the age of 18 uses the site, they do so only under the direct supervision of a Teacher User. Teacher Users should remind Student Users of the risks of including Personally Identifiable Information in their work samples and feedback.
Additional COPPA-Related Provisions
1. Parental Choice
Parents have the choice of consenting to (or declining) our collection and internal use of a child’s information.
2. Disclosure to 3rd Parties Inherent to Service
Our operations, by their nature, may require disclosure of personal student information to third parties. We will exercise reasonable diligence to assure this is restricted to disclosures made for education purposes. We only contract and share student
data with third parties that are consistent with our own policies. If we ever contract with a future company we will make sure they are consistent with our policies, otherwise we will seek your consent again before sharing User information. You can
learn more about the third-parties we contract with in the FAQ section below.
3. Parental Access to Information, Deletion, Prevention of Further Use or Collection
By arrangement with the company, either via the contact information specified below or via a Teacher User online portal associated with the child Student User's account, parents or persons acting in loco parentis may:
- have access to their children’s personal information – as collected/maintained by Floop Edu, Inc.;
- have said information deleted;
- have the opportunity to prevent further use or online collection of a child's personal information;
- arrange for supplemental measures to maintain the confidentiality, security, and integrity of information the company or its agents may collect from children, including by taking reasonable steps to release such information only to parties capable
of maintaining its confidentiality and security;
- retain personal information collected online from a child for only as long as is necessary to fulfill the purpose for which it was collected; and/or
- delete the information using reasonable measures to protect against its unauthorized access or use.
What does in loco parentis mean?
In loco parentis means "in the place of a parent.” COPPA allows schools special permissions for providing consent for services that are strictly educational. If a teacher chooses to act in loco parentis, it is best practice for them
to work with their school to obtain written consent for such actions, to keep that consent on file, and to provide direct notice of the Terms and Policies of all
sites to parents.
What do we currently do to communicate the information required by COPPA?
- We obtain consent from a Teacher User acting in loco parentis and provide them with this notice directly.
- We do not collect, use, or disclose personal information from a child if the Teacher User acting in loco parentis does not provide consent.
- We advise the Teacher User to notify parents and legal guardians of our policies.
What information do we currently collect from children and why?
- Email address: to serve as a unique username for login purposes and to reset passwords upon request of the student. We do not contact students for any purposes except in response to customer service and technical inquiries initiated by the Student
- First and last name of student: to identify the student to the Teacher User. Teacher Users may choose to instruct their students to input a last initial only for additional privacy.
- We do not require children to make any of this personal information public.
When would we disclose a child’s personal information?
- In compliance with Federal regulations (FERPA), we will disclose any and all Educational Records requested by a parent or legal guardian. We will follow appropriate procedures to verify the identify of the parent before disclosing any information.
Parents can request Educational Records by contacting their child's teacher or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- We might disclose a child’s personal information to third party service providers if the parent has provided verifiable consent. We would only do this for the purpose of providing the educational services on this site.
- We will disclose personal information upon receipt of a court order, subpoena, or to cooperate with a law enforcement investigation.
How can a parent, legal guardian, or person acting in loco parentis provide consent?
- At this time, our system is designed to allow Teacher Users to provide consent for children under the age of 13.
- A Teacher acting in loco parentis can register as a Teacher User and then generate a Consent Key. When a Student User attempts to register for the site they are asked to enter their date of birth. We do not store this information. If the Student User is under the age of 13, the form will require a Consent Key to complete registration. By generating and providing a Consent Key to a student under the age of 13, the Teacher User is providing consent in loco parentis.
- It is best practice for the Teacher User to work with their school to notify parents of the practices of this site.
Who collects and maintains the personal information from children on this site?
We only contract with third-party services whoes data collection and privacy practices are consistent with ours. As of August 8, 2018, we contract with the following third-party services:
What rights do parents and persons acting in loco parentis have regarding children's personal information?
Parent can review or have deleted the child's personal information, and refuse to permit further collection or use of the child's information by contacting their child's Teacher User and/or contacting us using the contact information below.
If you have any questions about this COPPA Notice, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, please contact us:
Floop Edu, Inc.
P.O. Box 1541
Bellevue, WA 98009-1541