Privacy Policy

I. Introduction

Thank you for visiting the Project TEACH website. This website is designed to make it easier and more efficient for individuals and organizations to interact with Project TEACH (“We” or “Our” or “Us”).   We are committed to protecting the privacy and security of the users of this website.

Consistent with the provisions of the Internet Security and Privacy Act, the Freedom of Information Law, and the Personal Privacy Protection Law, this policy describes our privacy practices regarding information collected from users of the Project TEACH website. This policy describes what information is collected and how that information is used. This privacy policy only applies to the Project TEACH website. By using the Project TEACH website, you agree to acceptance of this Privacy Policy.

For purposes of this policy, “personal information” means any information concerning a natural person which, because of name, number, symbol, mark, or other identifier, can be used to identify that natural person.  We do not collect any personal information about you unless you provide that information voluntarily through sending us an email; making a phone call to us; or by completing and submitting an online form/transaction.

II. Information Collected Automatically When You Visit the Project TEACH website

When visiting the Project TEACH website we automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:

  1. User client host name. The host name or Internet Protocol address of the user requesting access to the Project TEACH website.
  2. HTTP header, “user agent.” The user agent information includes the type of browser, its version, and the operating system on which that the browser is running.
  3. HTTP header, “referrer.” The referrer specifies the web page from which the user accessed the current web page.
  4. System date. The date and time of the user’s request.
  5. Full request. The exact request the user made.
  6. Status. The status code the server returned to the user.
  7. Content length. The content length, in bytes, of any document sent to the user.
  8. Method. The request method used.
  9. Universal Resource Identifier (URI). The location of a resource on the server.
  10. Query string of the URI. Anything after the question mark in a URI.
  11. Protocol. The transport protocol and the version used.

None of the foregoing information is deemed to constitute personal information.

The information that is collected automatically is used to improve our website content and to help us understand how users interact with the Project TEACH website. This information is collected for statistical analysis to determine what information is of most and least interest to our user, and to improve the utility our website content. The information is not collected for commercial marketing purposes and we are not authorized to sell or otherwise disclose the information collected from the website for commercial marketing purposes.

III. Cookies

Cookies are simple text files stored on your web browser. They provide a means of distinguishing users of the Project TEACH website.  The use of cookies is a standard practice among websites.  To better serve you, we use “session cookies” to enhance or customize your visit to the Project TEACH website.  Session cookies can be created automatically on the device you use to access this website.  These session cookies do not contain personal information and do not compromise your privacy or security. We may use the cookie feature to store a randomly generated identifying tag on the device you use to access this website. A session cookie is erased during operation of your browser or when your browser is closed.

The software and hardware you use to access the Project TEACH website allows you to refuse new cookies or delete existing cookies.  Refusing or deleting these cookies may limit your ability to take advantage of some features of this website.

IV. Information Collected When You Email the Project TEACH website or Initiate an Online Form/Transaction

During your visit to the Project TEACH website you may send an email to Project TEACH. Your email address and the contents of your message will be collected.  The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video, and graphic information formats included in the message.  Your email address and the information included in your message will be used to respond to you, to address issues you identify, to improve this website, or to forward your message to another person or organization for appropriate action.  Your email address is not collected for commercial purposes and we are not authorized to sell or otherwise disclose your email address for commercial purposes.

During your visit to the Project TEACH website you may initiate, complete and submit an online form. The information, including personal information, volunteered by you in initiating form submission is used by us to operate our programs and services. These may include the provision of consultation(s), training(s), or other information, services, and/or resources.  We may use and/or disclose the information we collect only for purposes related to the specific nature of the reason(s) you submitted the information.

If you submit any personal information relating to other individuals or organizations, you represent that you have the authority to do so and permit us to use the information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Project TEACH does not knowingly collect personal information from children through the Project TEACH website.  Users are cautioned, however, that the collection of personal information submitted in an email will be treated as though it was submitted by an adult, and may, unless exempted from access by federal or State law, be subject to public access.  We strongly encourage parents to be involved in online activities of their children and to provide guidance whenever children are asked to provide personal information online.

V. Information and Choice

As noted above, we do not collect any personal information about you during your visit to the Project TEACH website unless you provide that information voluntarily through sending us an email; making a phone call to us; or by completing and submitting an online form/transaction. You may choose not to send us an email, make a phone call to us, or complete and submit an online form/transaction. While your choice not to participate in these activities may limit your ability to receive specific products and/or services, it will not prevent you from requesting products and/or services from us by other means and will not normally have an impact on your ability to take advantage of other features of the Project TEACH website, including browsing or downloading publicly available information.

VI. Disclosure of Information Collected Through the Project TEACH website

The collection of information through the Project TEACH website and the disclosure of that information are subject to the provisions of the Internet Security and Privacy Act.  We only collect personal information through the Project TEACH website or disclose personal information collected through the Project TEACH website if the user has consented to the collection or disclosure of such personal information.  The voluntary disclosure of personal information to us by the user, whether solicited or unsolicited, constitutes consent to the collection and disclosure of the information by us for the purposes for which the user disclosed the information to us, as was reasonably ascertainable from the nature and terms of the disclosure. Occasionally we engage reputable third-party vendors to help us manage the Project TEACH website and/or provide content and information, such as sending emails related to Project TEACH products and services.

However, we may collect or disclose personal information without user consent if the collection or disclosure is: (1) necessary to perform the statutory duties, or necessary for us to operate a program authorized by law, or authorized by state or federal statute or regulation; (2) made pursuant to a court order or by law; (3) for the purpose of validating the identity of the user; or (4) of information to be used solely for statistical purposes that is in a form that cannot be used to identify any particular person.

Further, the disclosure of information, including personal information, collected through the Project TEACH website is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law and the Personal Privacy Protection Law.

Project TEACH may disclose personal information to federal or state law enforcement authorities to enforce our rights against unauthorized access or attempted unauthorized access to our information technology assets.

VII. Retention of Information Collected Through the Project TEACH website

The information collected through the Project TEACH website is retained by Project TEACH in accordance with the records retention and disposition requirements of the New York State Arts & Cultural Affairs Law. Information on the requirements of the Arts & Cultural Affairs Law may be found at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/records/mr_laws.shtml .  In general, our Internet services logs, comprising electronic files or automated logs created to monitor access and use of the Project TEACH website, are retained for six months and then destroyed.  Information, including personal information, that you submit in an email or when you submit an online form, is retained in accordance with the records retention and disposition schedule established for the records of the program unit to which you submitted the information. Information concerning these records retention and disposition schedules may be obtained through the Internet privacy policy contact listed in this policy.

VIII. Access to and Correction of Personal Information Collected Through the Project TEACH website

Any user may submit a request to Project TEACH to determine whether personal information pertaining to that user has been collected through the Project TEACH website.  Any such request shall be sent via email to info@projectteachyny.org.

Within five (5) business days of the date of the receipt of a proper request, we shall: (i) provide access to the personal information; (ii) deny access in writing, explaining the reasons therefore; or (iii) acknowledge the receipt of the request in writing, stating the approximate date when the request will be granted or denied, which date shall not be more than thirty (30) days from the date of the acknowledgment.

In the event that we have collected personal information pertaining to a user through the Project TEACH website and that information is to be provided to the user pursuant to the user’s request, the user has the right to request that the personal information be amended or corrected by sending an email to info@projectteachny.org.

IX. Confidentiality and Integrity of Personal Information Collected Through the Project TEACH website

We are strongly committed to protecting personal information collected through the Project TEACH website against unauthorized access, use, or disclosure.  Consequently, we limit access to personal information collected through the Project TEACH website to only individuals who need access to the information to provide the requested products and/or services through Project TEACH. Those who have access to this information are required to follow appropriate procedures in connection with any disclosures of personal information.

In addition, we have implemented procedures to safeguard the integrity of our information technology assets, including, but not limited to, authentication, monitoring, and encryption.  These security procedures have been integrated into the design, implementation, and day-to-day operations of the Project TEACH website as part of our continuing commitment to the security of electronic content as well as the electronic transmission of information.

For website security purposes and to maintain the availability of the Project TEACH website for all users, we employ software to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise damage the Project TEACH website.

X.  Disclaimer

The information provided in this privacy policy should not be construed as giving business, legal, or other advice, or warranting as fail proof, the security of information provided through the Project TEACH website. We reserve the right to change or update this Privacy Policy without notice, so please review it periodically to keep informed of any changes.

XI. Links

In order to provide users with certain information, we reserve the right to provide links to the websites of other organizations that we deem may be of interest to users of the Project TEACH website. A link does not constitute an endorsement of the content, viewpoint, accuracy, opinions, policies, products, services, or accessibility of that website. Once you link to another website from the Project TEACH website, you are subject to the terms and conditions of that website, including, but not limited to, its Internet privacy policy.

XII. Contact Information

If you have questions about this privacy policy or concerns about how we collect, use or protect your personal information, please contact us at info@projectteachny.org.