We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors. This policy sets out how we will treat your personal information.
(1) INFORMATION WE COLLECT
We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal information:
(a) information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website including your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views, website navigation and details
(b) information relating to any transactions carried out between you and us on or in relation to this website, including information relating to any purchases you make of our goods or services (we do not store credit card numbers; these are directly processed by Stripe)
(c) information that you provide to us for the purpose of registering with us (including account login information, role and organization information, addresses, emails, and phone numbers)
(d) information about simulations played, including score, level, status, and all other attributes of our simulations
(e) information that you provide to us for the purpose of subscribing to our website services, email notifications and/or newsletters
(f) information about crashes and bugs in our simulation software, which is automated and built into our simulation software (including code information, your simulation information, and a visual representation of the simulation you were playing at the time of a crash or bug; we do not capture screenshots of your whole screen, but rather a capture of your simulation window only at the time of a bug)
(g) any other information that you choose to send to us
A cookie consists of information sent by a web server to a web browser, and stored by the browser. The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables the web server to identify and track the web browser.
We use "session" cookies and "persistent" cookies on the website. We will use the session cookies to: keep track of you whilst you navigate the website. We will use the persistent cookies to: enable our website to recognise you when you visit; and other uses.
We cannot control exactly what data are collected by Google Analytics, even if some of it is data we do not use. Please check the privacy policies of Google Analytics for exactly what information they collect.
Most browsers allow you to reject all cookies, whilst some browsers allow you to reject just third party cookies. For example, in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking "Tools", "Internet Options", "Privacy", and selecting "Block all cookies" using the sliding selector. Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites, including this one.
(3) YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
We may use your personal information to:
(a) administer the website
(b) improve your browsing experience by personalising the website
(c) enable your use of the services available on the website
(d) send to you goods purchased via the website, and supply to you services purchased via the website
(e) send statements, invoices, and receipts to you, and collect payments from you
(f) send you general (non-marketing) commercial communications
(g) send you email notifications which you have specifically requested
(h) send to you our newsletter and other marketing communications relating to our business which we think may be of interest to you by post or, where you have specifically agreed to this, by email or similar technology (you can inform us at any time if you no longer require marketing communications)
(j) deal with inquiries and complaints made by or about you relating to the website
(k) debug our software in the event of a bug or any code changes
(l) other uses
Where you submit personal information for publication on our website, we will publish and otherwise use that information in accordance with the license you grant to us.
In the event that you signed up for VentureBlocks through one of our partners, your personal information will be shared with that partner. You agree not to hold VentureBlocks LLC responsible for the actions of partners and their usage of your personal information.
Our simulation uses bug tracking software that notifies us of bugs and crashes. This notifies us of code issues, as well as details of your simulation, including but not limited to code being executed and a screen capture of your simulation window (only the simulation, nothing else in your browser or computer). We may use this to provide technical support to you, or notify you of a bug.
In addition, we may disclose your personal information:
(a) to the extent that we are required to do so by law
(b) in connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings
(c) in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk)
(d) to the purchaser (or prospective purchaser) of any business or asset which we are (or are contemplating) selling
(e) to any person who we reasonably believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for disclosure of that personal information where, in our reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order disclosure of that personal information
We reserve the right to publish anonymous aggregate information about our users, which does not contain any personally identifiable information. For example, information such as "5,000 students used VentureBlocks this month" or "90% of students reach level 8 when playing". We may also publish aggregate information (not individual information) for other users playing the same simulation as you. For example, information such as "your classmates most frequently as leading questions".
For student accounts, the instructor who added you to their simulation is able to see your name, email or username, whether you have an active license, whether you have played the simulation, an estimate of time spent playing, your current and high scores, your level, debrief question answers, notes taken, and other details of your simulation and gameplay. If your student account has a username instead of an email, and your password is managed by your instructor, they are able to see your password (this does not apply to users who use email to sign in). For student accounts, we will not disclose your information to other users of the website except for (a) the instructor who created your simulation ("your instructor"), and (b) any instructors or users for whom your instructor explicitly requested we grant access to your simulation analytics data (for example, if there are program administrators or co-instructors who your instructor wants to have access to your information). We may provide your instructor with additional simulation information upon your instructor's request. We may also provide information about your license to a partner account if that partner account is associated with your purchase of a license. This information will not include your name and contact information but rather information specific to your license, such as whether it was purchased, when it was purchased, whether it was activated, when it was activated, and other information. Partner accounts may include retail stores, online stores, publishers, and other VentureBlocks users who may resell VentureBlocks licenses.
For instructor accounts, when you add a student to your simulation, we send them your name by email, along with your course name, course section, and course number so that they are able to identify the purpose of the email. If an instructor or partner account transfers licenses to another instructor or partner account, the first and last name of the user who initiated the transfer is shared with the recipient, and the email of the recipient (which was entered by the sender) is sent to the sender in an email confirmation. If you use the feature that allows you to post a registration link (URL) for students, anyone with access to the URL will be able to view your name, along with your course name, course section, and course number so that they are aware of the course they are registering for; in this case we do not guarantee the privacy of this URL and this personal information because it is up to you to keep it private. We may also provide information about licenses purchased by you to a partner account if that partner account is associated with your purchase of a license. This information will not include your name and contact information but rather information specific to your licenses, such as when they were purchased, whether they were assigned to students, whether they were activated, when they were activated, and other information. This information may also include a count of license information by instructor, for example to report to a partner how many instructors and students are using licenses sold by that partner. In this case your personal information is not shared and the existence of your account is used in a tally. Partner accounts may include retail stores, online stores, publishers, and other VentureBlocks users who may resell VentureBlocks licenses. We will not disclose your information to other users of the website, including other instructors, and also students (except for the aforementioned situations).
(5) SECURITY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.
We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure (password- and firewall- protected) servers. All electronic transactions you make to or receive from us will be encrypted using SSL technology, with the possible exception of email as some email services do not use SSL and we do not have control over this.
Of course, data transmission over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.
You are responsible for keeping your password and user details confidential. We will not ask you for your password (except when you log in to the website or app).
(6) POLICY AMENDMENTS
(7) YOUR RIGHTS
You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you. We may withhold such personal information to the extent permitted by law.
(8) THIRD PARTY WEBSITES
The website contains links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of third party websites.
(9) UPDATING INFORMATION
Please let us know if the personal information which we hold about you needs to be corrected or updated.
(10) RETURNING OR DESTROYING INFORMATION
We agree to return or destroy the email/student information at the request of any user that is an accredited school or university, provided that user purchased licenses for its student users (if students purchased their own licenses, this does not apply). Doing so will immediately invalidate all licenses for students whose information is destroyed and they will no longer have access to any part of the website services. No refund will be provided for destroyed data. Destroying data will not destroy it from our data backups; we retain secure daily backups of all user data for 30 days, which cannot be altered, and therefore student data cannot be destroyed from backups until after 30 days, when the backups themselves are destroyed.
(11) CONTACT INFORMATION
Attn: Anton Yakushin
101 Hull Street Suite 1
Belmont MA, 02478