Information Submitted by Users
On all areas of the Sites, we seek to collect personally identifiable information only from adults, not from children under 13.
Our Services Providers (as defined below) may have access to your personally identifiable information as necessary to provide their services. They are required to maintain the privacy of all such information in their possession or control and can only use the information for the purpose that we have contracted them, for example processing donations or fulfilling thank you gifts. We do not sell or exchange email addresses with third parties for their own purposes.
Please understand that if you choose to not receive promotional correspondence from us, we may still contact you in connection with your relationship, activities, transactions and communications with us. Also, a request to have us stop sharing your personally identifiable information with other entities for marketing purposes will only apply as of the date of your request, and we will not be responsible for any communications that you may receive from entities that received your personally identifiable information prior to such request. In these cases, please contact that entity directly.
Information Collected Automatically
We also collect information by various technical means, without your submitting any information, in order to help us understand the usage of the Sites (such as the number of visitors to the Sites and the most popular pages) and to enhance the user experience (such as whether you have a high or low bandwidth connection to the Internet). The information collected in this way generally is not personally identifiable information.
We also collect data automatically through “cookies,” “web beacons,” and “web logs” which are commonly used on the Internet.
A “cookie” is a piece of information that a web site transfers to a user's computer for record-keeping purposes. As a user moves from page to page at our Sites, a cookie is used to tell us that it is the same user. We also may use a cookie to keep track of your selections. You may set your Internet browser to accept or not accept cookies and you may delete any cookies that you have received. However, should you decide to disable any cookies we place on your computer, you may not be able to use certain services or features on the Sites.
A “web beacon” is a one-pixel image (which may be visible or transparent), which may be embedded on a web page or e-mail message, and which may also provide us with information about usage of that page or e-mail message.
We also maintain web logs that record basic information about visitors to our Sites such as the Internet Protocol (IP) address for their computers and the type of browser and operating system they use. An IP address is a number designated for your computer by your Internet service provider to provide access to the Internet. We may use your IP address to gather aggregate information on the use of the Sites, but we will only be able to identify you individually if we link the IP address to you as a particular user.
Additional Uses and Disclosures of Information
We may use third parties to help operate our Sites and deliver our services (our “Services Providers”), and we may share the information we collect with them, to use on our behalf, in order to help us operate our Sites and deliver our services.
We may disclose and use the information we collect in connection with investigations of illegal or unauthorized activity or in response to requests by law enforcement agencies as well as government and other authorities.
We may disclose information to protect our rights or property or other users of the Sites.
In the event that Sesame Workshop, or substantially all of its assets, is acquired by one or more third parties as a result of an acquisition, merger, sale, reorganization, consolidation or liquidation, information we collect on our Sites may be one of the transferred assets.
We may disclose aggregate statistics regarding user behavior as a measure of interest in, and use of, our Sites and e-mails to third parties in the form of aggregate data, such as overall patterns or demographic reports that do not describe or identify any individual user.
Wireless E-mail Addresses
If the e-mail address you provide to us is a wireless e-mail address, you agree to receive messages at such address from Sesame Workshop (unless and until you have elected not to receive such messages). You understand that your wireless carrier’s standard rates apply to these messages, and that you may change your mind at any time and elect not to receive such messages. You represent that you are the owner or authorized user of the wireless device on which messages will be received, and that you are authorized to approve the applicable charges.
Sesame Workshop will endeavor to protect the security and integrity of sensitive information collected on the Sites. However, due to the inherent nature of the Internet as an open global communications vehicle, we cannot guarantee that information, during transmission through the Internet or while stored on our system or otherwise in our care, will be safe from intrusion by others, such as hackers.
In some areas of the Sites, you may establish access through a username and a password. You are solely responsible for maintaining the strict confidentiality of your password.
In the unlikely event that we believe that the security of your personally identifiable information in our possession or control may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you of that development. If a notification is appropriate, we would endeavor to do so as promptly as possible under the circumstances, and, to the extent we have your e-mail address, we may notify you by e-mail. You consent to our use of e-mail as a means of such notification. If you prefer for us to use another method to notify you in this situation, please e-mail us at email@example.com with the alternative contact information you wish to be used.
Links From the Sites to Third Party Sites
Children’s Areas of the Sesamestreet.org Site
Sesame Workshop does not collect personally identifiable information from users who we know are under 13 on the Sites. However, there are some areas of our Sites that may be attractive to children even though they are intended for parents, such as our newsletter subscriptions and “Send to a Friend” features. Therefore, we take certain precautions to protect the privacy of our child users.
Sesame Workshop will not condition a child’s participation in a game, offering of a prize, or any other activity or service on or available through the Children’s Areas on the disclosure of more personally identifiable information than is reasonable necessary to participate in an activity.
Any parent of a child under 13 who has provided personally identifiable information to Sesame Workshop may request a description of the personally identifiable information that has been collected from or about that child and either limit or restrict any further maintenance or use of such information from that child and/or direct us to delete it. Also, a parent may decline to allow any future collection of personally identifiable information from that child. Such requests can be made by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will take reasonable measures to verify that the requestor is, in fact, the parent or guardian of the child in question before providing a child’s personally identifiable information.
The Sites are operated by Sesame Workshop, located at One Lincoln Plaza, New York, New York, 10023, USA, 212-595-3456, email@example.com.
Effective date: August 4, 2008.