Effective Date: July 21, 2009
TexasCourthouses.com, a partnership, and companies affiliated with it (collectively, "TexasCourthouses.com"), are committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of personal information entrusted to us. Some of the websites owned and operated by TexasCourthouses.com, including but not limited to www.TexasCourthouses.com.com have, special concerns about the privacy of users who are children under the age of 18, and we comply with applicable law regarding collection of information from children, including the United States' Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA"). These and other applicable laws have special requirements regarding notification to parents and legal guardians (either of which is called a "parent" in this policy) of what personal information is being collected from their child and how that information is used and shared. Parents are strongly encouraged to participate in their children's online activities and monitor their children's use of emails and engagement in other electronic communication. If you are resident in the United States we encourage you to visit http://www.ftc.gov/privacy/privacyinitiatives/childrens.html for more information about COPPA and children's privacy.
What Is Personal Information?
What Personal Information Does TexasCourthouses.com Collect, and Why?
We collect information in a variety of ways on the site. We will collect no more personally identifiable information from your child than is reasonably necessary for your child to participate in an online activity.
1.Registration: When your child registers for his or her online TexasCourthouses.com account, we ask for only his or her first name, birthday, gender, country of residence, and, if you live in Canada and the USA, we also collect the state or province of residence where the child lives. None of this is personally identifiable information, because it cannot be used to contact or identify the child offline. During the registration process, the child is also asked to create a user name and password. Your child should not use any personally identifiable information as his or her user name, as this user name may be visible to others on the site.
2.Surveys and Feedback: We may collect aggregate information in connection with surveys or other online activities that allow your child to give us feedback. We do not collect any personally identifiable information in connection with surveys or feedback requests, nor is the information provided connected to any personally identifiable information we may have about the child.
4.Email Communication from You: If your child contacts us by email, we use the email address (which is personally identifiable information) only to respond to your child's specific request or question, after which the address is deleted. If we ask for your (the parent's) email address, we keep that information and use it only for the purpose of providing notices to you and requesting parental consent as required under applicable law.
5.Mail Communication from You: If your child wishes to submit a Texas Tale to www.TexasCourthouses.com, you must print out and send the Texas Tale submission form along with the Texas Tale. The submission form requires your (the parent's) name and signature.
6.Safety and Security: We may collect your child's first name and email address and your email address where necessary for your child's safety. We may also collect your child's name and email address for the limited purposes of protecting the security and integrity of the site, taking precautions against liability, responding to the judicial process, or for law enforcement on a matter related to public safety.
What Kind of Personal Information Does TexasCourthouses.com Disclose, to Whom and Why?
TexasCourthouses.com may share your child's personal information with the other members of the TexasCourthouses.com corporate group, and their respective successors and assigns, but only to the extent required to fulfill the purposes identified under the heading "What Personal Information Does TexasCourthouses.com Collect, and Why?" You may request that TexasCourthouses.com not share your child's personal information with any of the other members of the TexasCourthouses.com corporate group by contacting our Customer Service Department as described below. In addition to this inter-corporate sharing, TexasCourthouses.com may disclose your personal information to third parties as follows:
1.To Third Parties To Perform Processing and Other Specialized Services: At times, TexasCourthouses.com may use outside organizations to perform specialized services such as, but not limited to, payment processing. These service providers are only given the information needed to perform those services and they are bound contractually to protect the confidentiality, privacy and security of your information and to limit the use of your information to the service being provided.
2.To Third Parties in the Event of Legal Reasons: We advise you that we may disclose personal information to the government or other legal or regulatory authorities (i) if so ordered by a court of law or (ii) for other legal reasons, such as (a) to comply with legal process such as a search warrant, subpoena or court order; (b) to protect the company's rights and property; (c) to investigate reports of fraud or of users sending material using a false email address or users sending harassing, threatening, or abusive messages; (d) to protect against misuse or unauthorized use of our Website; or (e) in emergencies, such as when we believe someone's physical safety is at risk. In some cases, disclosure may be required by law to be without notice to you.
3.To a Third Party in the Event of a Significant Transaction or Other Event: In the case of any significant transaction or event involving TexasCourthouses.com or any of its related entities or divisions such as, by way of example, a sale, merger, amalgamation, financing, re-organization, liquidation, or insolvency, other parties to the transaction and their professional advisors may need to have access to TexasCourthouses.com's customer lists and various databases as part of the due diligence process. In this event, TexasCourthouses.com would only provide such access under terms of a strict confidentiality agreement. Also, upon completion of the transaction or event, your personal information would be transferred to TexasCourthouses.com's successor-in-interest to be used only for the purposes for which it was collected.
How is a Parent Contacted to Obtain Consent to the Collection of a Child's Personal Information?
When your child is asked to provide personal information, we will first collect your (the parent's) email address and use this information to contact you (the parent) by email to notify you that your child wishes to provide personally identifiable information to us, describe the purposes for which the personal information is collected, and provide you with an opportunity to opt-out of the collection of the information.
How Can Parents Access, Update or Delete the Personal Information That Has Been Collected From Their Child?
Telephone: toll free: 1-888-666-3344 (US and Canada)
Mail: PO Box 608, Grapeland, Texas 75844
Attention: Customer Service Representative
Effective Date: July 21, 2009.