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Digital Passport™ Privacy Policy:

Effective as of July 23, 2020

I. Digital Passport

Welcome! Below you will find the privacy policy for Digital Passport, a web application promoting digital literacy that is produced by Common Sense Media Inc., a non-profit company, and our affiliates ("Common Sense," "we" or "us"). We are dedicated to protecting user privacy and handling any personal information we obtain with care and respect. This Privacy Policy (this "Policy") is designed to answer your questions regarding how we collect, protect, use and share information obtained through the Digital Passport App available at (the "Service"). We hope this information increases your confidence in Common Sense and Digital Passport and enhances your experience using the Digital Passport Service.

Please also see our Terms of Use, which are available on, which, together with this Policy, govern the use of the Service. We encourage you to read this Policy and the applicable Terms of Use with your parent or guardian before using the Service and not to use the Service if you or your parent or guardian disagrees with any part of this Policy or the Terms of Use. By using the Service, you signify your agreement to the terms and conditions of this Policy and the Terms of Use. Please note, however, that this Policy and the Terms of Use apply solely to your use of the Service and do not govern your use of other websites or mobile applications produced or published by Common Sense.

The Service is controlled and operated by Common Sense in the United States, and your use of the Service is not intended to subject us to the laws or jurisdiction of any state, country or territory other than that of the United States. We may, in our discretion, decide to limit the Service's availability, in whole or in part, to any person, geographic area or jurisdiction we choose, at any time at our sole discretion.

II. What Information Do We Collect?

In this Policy, Personal Information means information that can be used to identify or contact a specific individual online or offline, such as the individual's name, email address, phone number, or a persistent identifier that can be used to recognize a user over time and across different sites or services. Non-Personal Information is aggregated information, demographic information and other information that does not reveal a person's identity.

Children's Information. The Service does not collect Personal Information. The Service is used anonymously. Players enter a short user name to begin. If users choose to save a game, they can use this name to resume play, but this is stored locally and is not collected by or accessible to Common Sense. If directed by teachers, users may choose to print or save a copy of the scorecard which displays any entered user name. We do not collect such files. This Policy does not address, nor do we accept responsibility for, the manner in which schools or other third parties collect, use, or share information derived from the Service.

Information Collected Through Technology. If a user wishes to save a game, we enable cookies so as to remember the user's progress. Through these cookies, we and our service providers may collect certain Non-Personal Information automatically when the Service is used, and such information may include anonymous information about the use of the Service, device type (e.g., iPad Air), browser, operating system (e.g., iOS 12.4), and country, state, and city. We use this information to administer and improve the user's experience on our Service, to help diagnose and troubleshoot potential server malfunctions, and to gather broad demographic information. We use Google Analytics to collect and aggregate this information, which is not able to track a user across devices, apps, or sites.

Information Retained on Device or in Browser. If a user wishes to save a game, the game will store username and score data for a player. This information is stored locally in a browser, and is not collected by Common Sense or accessible to Common Sense. This information persists until a user deletes it by clearing the browser cache.

Cookie Information. Users make a choice at the first start of play whether they wish to save a game and enable cookies. If cookies are enabled, information is collected as described above in "Information Collected Through Technology" and "Information Retained on a Device or in a Browser." Users can learn more about the Service’s use of cookies in the Cookie List below, and change their preferences at any time by clicking on "Cookie settings" in the footer. Please note that changing preferences will stop placement of future cookies but not remove already placed cookies. To remove placed cookies a user should clear the browser cache.

III. How Do We Use The Information We Collect?

We do not collect Personal Information through the Service (and therefore do not use such information). Through the Service, we may collect Non-Personal Information, which we may use for any purpose permitted by applicable law, including maintaining and improving the Service or other services that Common Sense provides.

IV. How We Share Non-Personal Information Collected Through the Service

We may share aggregated Non-Personal Information generated by use of the Service – including data collected via Google Analytics — with vendors contracted by Common Sense to maintain the Service, our Board of Directors, funders, partners, financial supporters and sponsors of the Service or Common Sense for various reasons, such as understanding how to increase the effectiveness of Common Sense's services and the traffic and trends occurring on the Digital Passport Service. In addition, we may share aggregated Non-Personal Information with academic or other researchers and with the news media.

Law Enforcement; Emergencies; Compliance. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Policy to the contrary, we reserve the right to disclose any information generated through use of the Service to others, consistent with applicable law and as we believe to be appropriate (a) under applicable law, (b) to our third-party service providers, (c) to comply with legal process, (d) to respond to governmental requests, (e) to enforce our Terms of Use, (f) to protect our operations, (g) for assistance in fraud detection and prevention, (h) to protect the rights, privacy, safety or property of Common Sense, the user, or others, (i) to permit us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain, and (j) in connection with a disposition of all or a substantial portion of our business, assets or stock, such as a sale, merger, consolidation, reorganization, joint venture, assignment or bankruptcy or similar proceedings.

V. Children's Online Privacy

We support the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, and we do not collect Personal Information from children under the age of 13.

VI. Important Disclosures

No website, mobile app, or device is completely secure or "hacker proof." As such, we cannot promise that a third party will be unable to use the Service for unauthorized purposes, such as attempting to access information stored on a device on which the Service is used. If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure, please immediately notify us of the problem by contacting us in accordance with the section below entitled "Contacting Us." Please note that, if you notify us by physical mail, this will delay the time it takes for us to respond to the problem.

VII. Changes to the Privacy Policy

From time to time, this Policy may be changed, expanded or amended, and may include the introduction of additional provisions. The effective date appearing at the top of this page indicates when the latest changes were made to this Policy and the Terms of Use, and use of the Service on or after such effective date constitutes your acceptance of the Policy then in effect.

VIII. Contacting Us

If you have any questions about this Policy, or the practices of the Service, please write to us at:

Privacy Department
Common Sense Media
699 8th Street, Suite C150
San Francisco, CA 94103
[email protected]

Cookie List

A cookie is a small piece of data (text file) that a website – when visited by a user – asks your browser to store on your device in order to remember information about you, such as your language preference, login information, or game progress. Those cookies are set by us and called first-party cookies. More specifically, we use cookies and other tracking technologies for the following purposes:

Necessary Cookies

Necessary cookies enable the core operation of our site and services and cannot be switched off in our systems. They include cookies that we use to help control secure areas of our site and to make sure it is accessible to you. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site may not work as a result.

  • choiceMade – Stores a record about whether a user has made a decision whether to accept cookies.
  • recordGameProgress – Stores the user’s decision about whether or not to save game data across sessions.

Analytics Cookies

These cookies allow us to remember when a device has visited a site before and collect information about patterns of behavior among people using the site. Analytics cookies allow us to count site visits and understand traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site.

  • _ga – Used by Google Analytics to calculate visitor, session, and campaign data for Common Sense analytics reports. Allows for game progress to be maintained across user sessions on a specific browser.
  • _gat – Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites.
  • _gid – Used by Google Analytics to calculate visitor data on different pages and to remember a visitor's device in future visits.