COPPA Privacy Policy

Find the Cause Breast Cancer Foundation (“FTCBCF”) is committed to protecting the privacy of children who use our site. This Children’s Online Privacy Policy explains our information collection, disclosure, and parental consent practices with respect to information provided by children under the age of 13 (“child” or “children”). This policy is in accordance with the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), and outlines our practices in the United States regarding children’s personal information. For more information about COPPA and general tips about protecting children’s online privacy, please visit OnGuard Online.

  1. The Information We Collect From Children, How We Use It, and How and When We Communicate With Parents

FTCBCF offers to its users a website, of which one section is primarily targeted at children, and others that are intended for users of all ages and their families. Below we summarize potential instances of information collection from children and outline how and when we will provide parental notice and/or seek parental consent. In any instance that we collect personal information from a child, we will retain that information only so long as reasonably necessary to fulfill the activity request or allow the child to continue to participate in the activity, and ensure the security of our users and our services, or as required by law. In the event we discover we have collected information from a child in a manner inconsistent with COPPA’s requirements, we will either delete the information or immediately seek the parent’s consent for that collection.

Registration

During the registration process for the arts contest, we will ask the child to provide certain information for notification and security purposes, including a parent or guardian’s email address, the child’s first name, her/his email address, grade in school, and age.

About the collection of parent email address: Consistent with the requirements of COPPA, on any child-targeted site or application, or in any instance where we ask for age and determine the user is age 13 or under, we will ask for a parent or guardian email address before we collect any personal information from the child. If you believe your child is participating in an activity that collects personal information and you or another parent/guardian have NOT received an email providing notice or seeking your consent, please feel free to contact us at info@findthecausebcf.org We will not use parent emails provided for parental consent purposes to market to the parent, unless the parent has expressly opted in to email marketing or has separately participated in an activity that allows for such email contact.

Content Generated by a Child

As participation in the arts contest may require some personal content, we will seek parental consent by email for the collection. Examples of created content that may include personal information are stories or other open-text fields, and drawings that allow text or free-hand entry of information. If, in addition to collecting content that includes personal information, FTCBCF also plans to post the content publicly or share it with a third party for the third party’s own use, we will obtain a higher level of parental consent.

About Verifiable Parental Consent:

Email Consent. In the event FTCBCF wishes to collect personal information from a child, COPPA requires that we first seek a parent or guardian’s consent by email. In the email we will explain what information we are collecting, how we plan to use it, how the parent can provide consent, and how the parent can revoke consent. If we do not receive parental consent within a reasonable time, we will delete the parent contact information and any other information collected from the child in connection with that activity.

High-Level Consent. In the event FTCBCF collects personal information from a child that will be posted publicly, we will seek a higher level of consent than email consent. Such “high-level” methods of consent include but are not limited to requiring a signed consent form by mail, email attachment, or fax.

Teacher consent in lieu of a parent. With regard to school-based activities, COPPA allows teachers and school administrators to act in the stead of parents to provide consent for the collection of personal information from children. Schools should always notify parents about these activities. For more information on parental rights with respect to a child’s educational record under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), please visit the FERPA site.

Contests

For contests, we typically require only the information necessary for a child to participate, such as first name (to distinguish among family members) and parent email address (to notify the parent where required by law). We only contact the parent for more personalized information for prize-fulfillment purposes when the child wins the contest.

Our contest asks the child to submit their own created content along with their entry. Thus we may require parental consent prior to submission. Please see Content Generated by a Child above for more information on our collection, notice, and consent policies.

Email Contact with a Child

On occasion, in order to respond to a question or request from a child, FTCBCF may need to ask for the child’s online contact information, such as an email address. FTCBCF will delete this information immediately after responding to the question or request.

Please contact us at the mailing address, email, or phone number below with questions about the operators’ privacy policies and collection and use practices:

Find the Cause Breast Cancer Foundation
PO Box 3025
Framingham, MA 01705

Phone: (508) 877-4543
Email: info@findthecausebcf.org

  1. When Information Collected From Children Is Available To Others

In addition to those rare instances where a child’s personal information is posted publicly (after receiving high-level parental consent), we also may share or disclose personal information collected from children in a limited number of instances, including the following:

  • We may share information with our service providers if necessary for them to perform a business, professional, or technology support function for us.
  • We may disclose personal information if permitted or required by law, for example, in response to a court order or a subpoena. To the extent permitted by applicable law, we also may disclose personal information collected from children (i) in response to a law enforcement or public agency’s (including schools or children services) request; (ii) if we believe disclosure may prevent the instigation of a crime, facilitate an investigation related to public safety or protect the safety of a child using our sites or applications; (iii) to protect the security or integrity of our sites, applications, and other technology, as well as the technology of our service providers; or (iv) enable us to take precautions against liability.
  1. Parental Choices and Controls

At any time, parents can refuse to permit us to collect further personal information from their children in association with a particular contest entry, and can request that we delete from our records the personal information we have collected in connection with that entry. Please keep in mind that a request to delete records may lead to disqualification from participation in the contest.

Such requests may be directed to:

Find the Cause Breast Cancer Foundation
PO Box 3025
Framingham, MA 01705
Phone: (508) 877-4543
Email: info@findthecausebcf.org

In any correspondence such as e-mail or mail, please include the child’s first name and the parent’s email address and telephone number.