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Privacy Policy - Politics in the Classroom

Version 04/01/2006

At Politics in the Classroom (referred to here by the initials PITC), we aim to develop an innovative and refined service to better serve our users. We recognize that privacy is an important issue, so we design and operate our services with the protection of your privacy in mind. This Privacy Policy outlines the types of personal information we gather when you use PITC's services, as well as some of the steps we take to safeguard it.

The majority of the following principles apply to the personally identifying information we ask for and that you provide. "Personally identifying information" is information that individually identifies you, such as your name, physical address or email address.

Information Collected/Tracked by PITC

This refers to information not directly submitted by users to PITC. This is information we collect that is not personally identifiable, such as browser type and IP address. This information is gathered for all users to the site. We use your server, IP address, and browser-type related information in the general administration of Politics in the Classroom.

Information Submitted to PITC
  • Profile information as well as a username and optional photo are displayed to people in the PITC forums, to support the function of these political forums as a community where users can discuss various political topics.
  • NOTE: When posting in the 'put your professor on record' area (not in the PITC forums), the poster remains anonymous unless he or she identifies himself or herself in the post.
  • Your email address, name, and any other personal information you provide will not be disclosed with other users unless you choose to specify this information in your Politics in the Classroom Forum profile.
  • We may also use a user's email address to send updates or news regarding our site, but the user may choose not to receive this email by following the opt out instructions contained within the email.
Sharing of the Information this Site Gathers/Tracks

As a matter of policy, except where you are expressly informed otherwise, we do not rent, sell, share, trade or give away any of your personal information unless required by law or for the protection of your membership. However, PITC may share profile information and aggregate usage information in a non-personally identifiable manner to advertisers and other third parties in order to present to members more targeted advertising, products and services. In such situations, we will never disclose information that could be used to personally identify you.

PITC does not rent, sell, or share personal information about you with other people or nonaffiliated companies except under the following circumstances:
  • We respond to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims;
  • We believe it is necessary to share information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of PITC's terms of use, or as otherwise required by law.
  • We transfer information about you if PITC is acquired by or merged with another company. In this event, Politics in the Classroom will notify you before information about you is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy.
Links

This site may contain links to other websites. These links are often placed by our users in message board areas and in posts and comments regarding professors. Please be aware that PITC is not responsible for the privacy practices of other Web sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by PoliticsintheClassroom.com.

Use of Cookies

A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's computer tied to information about the user. Currently, we use only session ID cookies and not persistent cookies. This means that once users close the browser, the cookie simply terminates. A persistent cookie is a small text file stored on the user's hard drive for an extended period of time. Persistent cookies can be removed by following Internet browser help file directions. If we find it necessary to use persistent cookies in the future, it will be clearly explained in this policy. Cookies are used to manage sessions on our site. Users must enable cookies to use our site. We do not and will not use cookies to collect private information from any user which they did not intentionally submit to us.

Correcting/Updating or Removing Information


PITC users may modify or remove any of their personal information at any time by logging into their account and accessing features such as their forum Profile.

Put Your Professors on Record Feature


If a user chooses to put a professor's comments and/or actions on record here, the user understands that this information is the sole property of Politics in the Classroom. The user will not be able to directly edit this information, but will be able to contact PITC if they feel the information provided is in any way offensive or inappropriate.

Message Boards, and Public Forums

Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online for example on message boards, through e-mail, or in chat areas - that information can be collected and used by others. This includes both other members and nonmembers. In short, by posting personal information online that is publicly accessible, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.

Information security
  • Your PITC account is password-protected. In addition, we take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of data.
  • We restrict access to your personally identifying information to employees who need to know that information in order to operate, develop or improve our services.
Email Choice/Opt-out

Users who no longer wish to receive updates or news may opt-out of receiving these communications by following the instructions contained in the email.

Changes to this Policy

Please note this Privacy Policy will change from time to time. We expect most such changes to be minor, but there may be changes that are more significant. Regardless, we will post those changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will also provide a more prominent notice. Each version will be noted at the top of the page. Prior versions of this Privacy Policy will be kept in an archive for you to view. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Politics in the Classroom by filling out and submitting a feedback form.




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