Layers of Learning Privacy Policy

First of all, this is a two person operation. Karen and Michelle are the owners, techies, writers, publishers, and customer support. When you contact Layers of Learning, it’s us. We care about you and your privacy and your experience with Layers of Learning. Our goal is to support you in your homeschooling journey, not get rich off you. We don’t sell your data to anybody ever. We do our very best to run a safe, secure, website with all the latest techie security stuff like https, GDPR compliance, firewalls, malware scanning, industry standard payment processing, and all that.

This privacy policy has been compiled for those who are concerned with how their ‘Personally Identifiable Information’ (PII) is being used online (which should be everyone). PII, as described in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with our website.

What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our blog, website or app?

When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, credit card information or other details to help you with your experience. Credit card information is used only to process payments.

Layers of Learning does not store or have the ability to see or turn over to any authority your credit card information. We use Stripe to process credit cards or you have the option to checkout with PayPal. When you enter credit card information it is actually those companies that collect that data. We do store your mailing or physical address when you make an order though this website.

We also collect data from users who browse our site. The data collected is stored locally on our server, can only be seen by us, and is not collected by, given, or sold to Google or any other commercial entity for advertising purposes. The data includes general location information from your ip address, the search terms used to discover Layers of Learning, the number of unique visits, total visits, and data about the pages visited.

When do we collect information?

We collect information from you when you place an order, subscribe to a newsletter, fill out a form or enter information on our site. 

We also collect data that is aggregated and not tied to a particular user when you browse Layers of Learning.

How do we use your information?

We may use the information we collect from you when you register, make a purchase, sign up for our newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:

  • To improve our website in order to better serve you by analyzing the analytics we collect.
  • To quickly process your transactions including emailing you a receipt.
  • To mail you your orders.
  • To ask for ratings and reviews of services or products and send a periodic email with sales information in the Layers of Learning newsletter (which you must sign up to receive).
  •  To follow up with you after correspondence (live chat, email, or phone inquiries).

How do we protect your information?

Our website is scanned on a regular basis for security holes and known vulnerabilities in order to make your visit to our site as safe as possible. We use firewalls and an https address to prevent security breaches.

We use regular Malware Scanning.

We use SSL certification throughout our site.

Only Karen and Michelle (our only “employees” and the owners of the company) have access to your data.

Do we use ‘cookies’?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. For instance, we use cookies to help us remember and process the items in your shopping cart. We also use cookies to help us compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

We use cookies to:

  • Help remember and process the items in the shopping cart.
  • Compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions in order to offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may also use trusted third-party services that track this information on our behalf.

You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since each browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.

If users disable cookies in their browser:

If you turn cookies off, some features will be disabled. Some of the features that make your site experience more efficient and may not function properly.

However, you will still be able to place orders.
Your shopping cart will not be saved if you exit the site. You will have to login to your account each time instead of having the site remember your login.

Third-party disclosure

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information unless we provide users with advance notice. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or serving our users, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. For example, we use Mailchimp for email marketing so information you give us when you sign up for the newsletter is also stored at Mailchimp.

We may also release information when its release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property or safety. (We have never done this so far).

Third-party links

We may include or offer third-party products or services on our website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

We use the Amazon affiliate program and other affiliate programs.  When you click on an affiliate link, the affiliate saves a cookie on you so that we can later be paid for the referral.  You can read the Amazon privacy policy here.

California Online Privacy Protection Act

CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law’s reach stretches well beyond California to require any person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting Personally Identifiable Information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals or companies with whom it is being shared.  Read more here.

According to CalOPPA, we agree to the following:

  • Users can visit our site anonymously.
  • We post a link to this privacy policy in our website footer, available on every page of the website.
  • Our Privacy Policy link includes the word ‘Privacy’ and can easily be found on the page specified above.

You will be notified of any Privacy Policy changes:

  • On our Privacy Policy Page

Can change your personal information:

  • By logging in to your account.
  • By asking us to delete your account and all your information. After that we can no longer help you will previously purchased products.

How does our site handle Do Not Track signals?
We honor Do Not Track signals and Do Not Track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.

Does our site allow third-party behavioral tracking?
It’s also important to note that we do not allow third-party behavioral tracking.

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States’ consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.

We do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old. We do not knowingly collect data on children under the age of 13.

Fair Information Practices

The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.

In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur:
We will notify you via email
• Within 7 business days
We will notify the users via in-site notification
• Within 7 business days

We also agree to the Individual Redress Principle which requires that individuals have the right to legally pursue enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.

CAN SPAM Act

The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.

We collect your email address in order to:
• Send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions
• Process orders and to send information and updates pertaining to orders.
• Send you additional information related to your product and/or service
• Market to our mailing list or continue to send emails to our clients after the original transaction has occurred.

To be in accordance with CANSPAM, we agree to the following:
• Not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.
• Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
• Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters.
• Monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used. (We use Mailchimp)
• Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
• Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can

and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy, you may contact us using the information below.

www.layers-of-learning.com
599 Ben Morris Rd
Priest River, Idaho 83856
United States of America
contact@layers-of-learning.com

Last Edited on 22 January 2021

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