Privacy Policy

stemuniverse.com ( STEM Universe) is committed to preserving and safeguarding your right to privacy online. We have created this Privacy Notice to demonstrate our commitment to protecting your privacy. You should be fully aware of what happens to your personal information when you visit stemuniverse.com. If you have any questions or privacy concerns that are not answered here, we invite you to contact us directly at privacy@stemuniverse.com.

What information does STEM Universe gather when you visit?

We request information from you when you:

1.         Create an account;

2.         Upload a video or other document; and/or

3.         Submit a comment or question

In each of the above situations, we only gather the information that is necessary to provide you with the service you have requested.

When you create an account, we will ask for your first and last name, email address, and display name.

During the account creation process, you will also be asked if you would like to receive email updates from STEM Universe. Whether you elect to receive such email updates does not impact the personal information STEM Universe collects.

We utilize the Demographics and Interest Reporting feature from Google Analytics to gather general data about our customers (such as age, gender, and interests) that will allow us to better understand our customers and enhance the overall user experience. The Ads Settings on your browser will allow you to opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize Google Display Network ads.

Under no circumstances will STEM Universe sell, barter, give away or rent your personal information with any outside entity in exchange for monetary consideration.

How does PE Universe remember you when you return?

We use cookies to enable our system to recognize you when you return to the stemuniverse.com website, regardless of whether you have created a PE Universe account. When you return to stemuniverse.com, our system will recognize the cookie placed on your machine. This cookie contains absolutely no personal information about you. The cookie file is merely a text file, and the cookie we add is nothing but a line of text.

What kind of security protects your data?

STEM Universe is committed to the security of information collected on our site. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Links to other websites.

Please note that we offer links to other third-party sites and services. Please be aware that these outside parties operate under their own privacy and security policies, and STEM Universe has no responsibility or liability for these independent policies or actions.

Information included in public posts and uploads.

stemuniverse.com permits users to initiate and contribute to public discussions, publish and share video files, and upload and share other documents. Personal information included in such materials will be publicly available. For this reason, please exercise appropriate caution when sharing such materials that include personal information. Each user, and not STEM Universe, is responsible for the disclosure of any personal information of third parties disclosed in materials shared by that user. Please ensure that you have the permission of any third party whose personal information is disclosed in any publicly shared materials.

Cookies, Web Beacons, and How We Use Them

We design the layout and features of our website so that new visitors may anonymously learn about our products and services without revealing their identities. For new visitors. we use cookies or Web beacons to collect limited data, such as the date, time, and areas of our website that are visited, as well as the website from which the new visitor came. When you select one of our products or services, register for a newsletter or email alert. or complete a survey, we may try to identify your browser; and we may combine information from cookies, Web beacons, and other information collected online with other data that we maintain about you. By improving the features, marketing, and content of our website and by making your online experience more convenient and meaningful, we are able to better serve our customers’ needs.

A cookie is a small text file that is stored on your computer’s hard drive and that often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a website, that website’s computer asks your computer for permission to store this text file in a section of your hard drive that is specifically designated for cookies. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it. Your browser will only permit a website to access the cookies that it has previously sent to you and not the cookies sent to you by other websites. Some of our business partners, such as third-party advertisers, may use cookies that originate from their websites. We have no access to, or control over, these cookies. For more information, please see the “Third- Party Advertisers” section below. We use cookies to store login or other information on your computer, which serves to improve our website functionality and tailor our services to your preferences and interests. For certain services. we offer users the ability to store a user ID or password within a cookie so that they do not need to reenter it when they subsequently return to our website. Cookies, in conjunction with our Web server’s log fi les, allow us to calculate the aggregate number of people visiting our website and to assess which parts of the site are most popular. This information helps us to constantly improve our website and better serve our customers. We do not store credit/debit card numbers in cookies. Most Internet browsers allow users to decide whether to accept cookies and how long to keep them on their hard drive. You may reset your browser to refuse cookies and still use our website, although website access and functionality may be slower and less convenient.

A Web beacon is a graphic image, such as a pixel tag or clear GIF, which is placed on a Web page or in an email message to monitor user activity, such as whether the Web page or email message is accessed or clicked. They are often invisible because they are very small in size. They are also used on many Web pages for alignment purposes. We sometimes use Web beacons to provide an independent accounting of how many people visit our website or to gather statistics about browser usage on our website. Some of our Web pages and HTML-formatted email newsletters use Web beacons in conjunction with cookies. It is difficult for you to limit the use of Web beacons because there is no easy way to distinguish their use from alignment and other purposes. Web beacons may also be loaded from a different Web server than the rest of the page.

Children

STEM Universe’s website is not targeted, intended or expected to be of use to children. User provided contributions of content or contact information regarding or about children are expressly prohibited.

Changes to STEM Universe’s Data Privacy Practices

Jf we make material changes to our information management and Data Privacy practices, we will post these changes on our website in order to keep you informed of how we collect. use, manage, disclose, and protect our information assets. Such changes will be posted in this section of our online privacy notice, and the policy effective date will be updated accordingly.

Your Use of Our Website Is Consent

By using our website, you hereby consent to our collection, use, management, retention, and disclosure of your information as described in this notice.

California Residents

California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits customers who are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please see the Access and Correction section above for contact information.

Starting January 1, 2020, under the California Consumer Privacy Act (the CCPA) residents of the state of California have the following rights:

You have the Right to Access Information About Collection, Disclosure and Sale of your Personal Information over the past 12 months. Click here for additional details.

The Right to Information About Collection, Disclosure and Sale of your Personal Information gives you the right to request the following information:

  • The categories of personal information we collected about you.
  • The categories of sources for the personal information we collected about you.
  • Our business or commercial purpose for collecting or selling that personal information.
  • The categories of third parties with whom we share that personal information.
  • The specific pieces of personal information we collected about you (also called a data portability request).
  • If we sold or disclosed your personal information for a business purpose, two separate lists disclosing:
    1. sales, identifying the personal information categories that each category of recipient purchased; and
    2. disclosures for a business purpose, identifying the personal information categories that each category of recipient obtained.
  • Click here and fill out the form to complete your Right to Information about Collect ion, Disclosure and Sale of your Personal Information request. The information you provide will only be used to fulfill your CCPA request. This form is managed by STEM Supplies, our parent company.

You have the Right to Deletion of information you have shared with us subject to certain exceptions. Click here for additional details on these exceptions.

We may deny your deletion request if retaining the information is necessary for us or our service providers to:

  • Complete the transaction for which we collected the personal information, provide a good or service that you requested, take actions reasonably anticipated within the context of our ongoing business relationship with you, or otherwise perform our contract with you.
  • Detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity, or prosecute those responsible for such activities.
  • Debug products to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality.
  • Exercise free speech, ensure the right of another consumer to exercise their free speech rights, or exercise another right provided for by law.
  • Comply with the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (Cal. Penal Code § 1546 ).
  • Engage in public or peer-reviewed scientific, historical, or statistical research in the public interest that adheres to all other applicable ethics and privacy laws, when the information's deletion may likely render impossible or seriously impair the research's achievement, if you previously provided informed consent.
  • Enable solely internal uses that are reasonably aligned with consumer expectations based on your relationship with us.
  • Comply with a legal obligation.
  • Make other internal and lawful uses of that information that are compatible with the context in which you provided it.
  • Click here and fill out the form to complete your Right to Deletion request. This form is managed by STEM Supplies, our parent company

You have the Right to Opt Out of the Sale of Your Personal Information, unless such personal information was collected from a government source.

You also have a Right Not to be Discriminated Against for exercising your CCPA rights. You do not need to request this right, this a is a right we will always give you in regard to any CCPA rights request.

If you would like to exercise your CCPA rights over the phone, please call us and clearly state that you are a resident of the state of California and wish to exercise your CCPA rights. We will ask for additional information to verify your identity.

We reserve the right to use a third party to verify your identity and this third party may require additional information for verification purposes. The data you provide will only be used to fulfill your CCPA request.

Please see below for the categories of personal information about California consumers that we have collected, sold and disclosed for a business purpose over the past 12 months:

Categories of Personal Information we collectWe may collect this Personal Information when you…We collect this Personal Information so that we may…Types of third parties that may receive this Personal Information
Contact information and other data that could be used to identify or communicate with you, including your name, alias, signature, mailing/shipping address, email address, telephone number, fax number, company name, job title, role or other professional or business information, and any inferences we might draw from such information.• Create an account with us;
• Submit a request for information on goods or services offered on or through the Services;
• Sign up to receive mailings, newsletters, e-mail updates or other communications about STEM Universe products and services which may be of interest to you;
• Contact STEM Universe with questions or comments;
• Participate in a promotion, contest or survey;
• Interact with us at tradeshows and conferences;
• Allow us to visit your facility; or
• Provide it to us in the content of any communications you direct to STEM Universe.
• Administer your account;
• Process and respond to your requests for information;
• Respond to your questions and comments;
• Provide you with information on new products, services, promotions and other updates in which we think you may be interested;
• Marketing firms including email marketing vendors;
• Survey and other promotional service providers;
• Web hosting and cloud service providers;
• Data analytics suppliers;
• Product experts and technology consultants; or
• Legal compliance advisors.
Demographic information such as your age, birthday, sex, gender, job title, role, other professional interests, your status as a military veteran, and any inferences we might draw from such information.• Create an account with us;
• Participate in a promotion, contest or survey;
• Submit a form on the Site; or
• Provide it to us in the content of any communications you direct to STEM Universe.
• Administer your account;
• Communicate with you regarding surveys, contests, sweepstakes and other promotions;
• Provide customer service;
• Analyze your consumer preferences; or
• Contact you with information on new products, services, promotions and other updates in which we think you may be interested.
• Survey and other promotional service providers;
• Marketing vendors;
• Web hosting and cloud service providers; or
• Data analytics suppliers.
Credit/debit card or other payment/financial information. • N/A • N/A • N/A
Account access information, including your password.• Create an account on the Site.• Administer your Site account;
• Detect security incidents; or
• Undertake activities to verify, maintain and improve the safety of the Site and the Services.
• Web hosting and cloud service providers; or
• Technology consultants
First-party cookie identifiers set directly by STEM Universe, which may include information on your interaction with the Site, any STEM Universe application, or any STEM Universe ad, and any inferences we might draw from such information.• Visit or use the Site, automatically.• Recognize you on return visits to the Site;
• Analyze how you interact with our Site;
• Identify products and services in which you might be interested;
• Detect security incidents;
• Undertake activities to verify, maintain and improve the quality or safety of the Site and Site-related services;
• Debugging to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality with the Site;
• Conduct data analysis and testing;
• Undertake internal research for technological development and demonstration; or
• Monitor Site usage.
• Web hosting and cloud service providers; or
• Data analytics suppliers.
Third-party cookie identifiers, internet protocol (IP) addresses, pixels and other online identifiers, browsing history, search history, email activity, information on a consumer's interaction with a website, application, or advertisement, and any inferences we might draw from such information.• Visit or use the Site, automatically.• Monitor Site usage;
• Count ad views or impressions, verify the positioning and quality of ad impressions;
• Evaluate how you review and respond to emails we send you; or
• Provide you with information on new products, services, promotions and other updates in which we think you may be interested.
• Data analytics providers;
• Marketing firms including email analytics vendors; or
• Targeted advertising networks.

Contacting STEM Universe.

If you have any questions about this privacy notice, the privacy practices of STEM Universe, or your experience please contact us.

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