Privacy policy

The Vanguard Group, Inc. ("Vanguard"), sponsor of the My Classroom Economy website ("Site"), is committed to maintaining the privacy of your personal information. The information collection and handling practices for this Site are set forth below.

The information we collect

When you use this Site, we collect and store certain information about your internet connection and your use of this Site. This information may be used, for example, to alert you to software compatibility issues or to resolve technical or service problems, or it may be analyzed to improve our web design and functionality. The information collected may include the following:

Temporary or "session" cookies are used on this Site to help us accurately analyze how users navigate through the Site at an aggregated level. These cookies are stored in memory and are only available during an active browser session. These cookies do not collect personal information on users, and they are erased as soon as you close your web browser. No personally identifiable information about you is maintained as a result of a temporary or session cookie.

We also use permanent or persistent cookies on this Site. These types of data files are stored on your hard drive and are read by your browser each time you visit the Site. They are used to remember preferences you established on prior visits to the Site. Generally, you can set your browser not to accept cookies or to notify you if you are sent a cookie, giving you the opportunity to choose either to accept it or not. [Please note that if you do set your browser not to accept cookies, certain areas of this Site may not function properly.]

[Important: We use data files such as cookies only when alternative means are not practical or available. We disclose all uses of these data files in this privacy policy. We do not use cookies to gather demographic or personal information for marketing purposes. We will not share information in these data files or give others access to it except to help Vanguard better serve the needs of Site users. We limit the size of our cookies to 4 kilobytes. (It would take about 20 million cookies to fill a 2-gigabyte hard drive.)

If you request Vanguard to send you materials available through this Site, you provide us with certain personal information, including your name, email address, street address, city, state, zip code, phone number, school affiliation, grade level, and number of students. Other than the information necessary to request delivery of materials, you are not required to provide any particular information in order to use this Site.

How we handle your information

We do not sell information about users of this Site to any third parties, nor do we share such information, except as set forth below. Here are the details:

If you choose to provide us with feedback on the Site, any information you provide will not be available to or shared with other Site users. [Vanguard may post aggregate information and responses collected from all Site users who provide feedback.]

If necessary, we may disclose information we have about you to nonaffiliated companies we engage to perform services for us in connection with the Site. In any such case, we provide the third party with only the information necessary to carry out its assigned responsibilities, and only for that purpose. And we require these third parties to treat your private information with the same high degree of confidentiality that we do. We will also release information about you if you direct us to do so, if we are compelled by law to do so, or in other legally limited circumstances (for example, to prevent fraud).

How we safeguard your information

This Site has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. These measures provide a high level of security and privacy when you furnish and access your information.

Within Vanguard, we restrict access to your information to those employees who need to know the information in order to perform their jobs. To protect your personal information, we maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards in keeping with industry standards and practices, and we review and adjust these safeguards regularly in response to advances in technology.

We may change this privacy policy without notice from time to time. Please visit this page for updates and changes.

August 2011