Like most website operators, Mission:Explore collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Mission:Explore's purpose in collecting non-personally-identifying information is to better understand how Mission:Explore's visitors use its website. From time to time, Mission:Explore may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
Mission:Explore also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. Mission:Explore does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.
There are a number of features that we use to help safeguard children. All of these guards are in place until they reach their 13th birthday when their accounts automatically turn into normal user accounts.
If you are aware of a user who is aged under 13 but is using a 13+ account please email firstname.lastname@example.org and their account will be edited or suspended.
Registration through parents and guardians: Visitors who declare that they are aged under 13 are asked to register through their parent or guardian's email address. An email is then sent to the supplied email account with an activation code that must be clicked before the registration can be completed.
Anonymous user accounts: Visitors are asked to use display names which are not their own. The only information which could be identifiable on a profile page is a user name. Users can share their profile page's URL address with other people.
Minimal personally-identifying information is collected on registration: All that we collect is a parent or guardian's email address, a name which is not their own and if you would like us to send email updates to that address.
Social networking: Registered users aged under 13 are unable to map locations or write anything using free text on the site. While they are able to read publicly available pages they cannot contribute to them until they are aged 13 or over.
Flagging: Every mission page allows for users to report problems with a mission including any content shared on it. There is also a CEOP button for directly reporting problems of concern to the relevant authorities.
Deleting emails after responding to them: It is our policy to delete personal email addresses provided by children after we have made one time responses to them.
Certain visitors to Mission:Explore's website choose to interact with Mission:Explore in ways that require Mission:Explore to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Mission:Explore gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors to provide a username and email address. In each case, Mission:Explore collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor's interaction with Mission:Explore. Mission:Explore does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
Users who post information as comments on missions, in their explorer logs or in other ways on the site should be aware that this information will be made publicly available. You are advised not to disclose any personal information (phone numbers, email addresses etc.) and if you do so this is at your own risk.
If using Mission:Explore on a GPS enabled mobile device location data will be collected in order to display relevant content which is nearby and other location based services.
By stating which missions you have completed you in effect publish locations of where you have been and when. Only mark missions complete if you agree for this information to be made publicly available and you are happy for people to be able to see when and where you have been. Further location details may be revealed if you share media online that you have created in that location.
Mission:Explore may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors. For instance, Mission:Explore may reveal how many visits, downloads, points or other interactions a particular mission's got. However, Mission:Explore does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Mission:Explore discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors (such as The Workshop who built the website), and affiliated organisations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Mission:Explore's behalf or to provide services available at Mission:Explore's websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organisations may be located outside of your home country; by using Mission:Explore's websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Mission:Explore will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors, and affiliated organisations, as described above, Mission:Explore discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when Mission:Explore believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Mission:Explore, third parties, or the public at large. If you are a registered user of a Mission:Explore website and have supplied your email address, Mission:Explore may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what's going on with Mission:Explore and our products. You can opt out of this service at any time through your profile page. We primarily use our blog to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Mission:Explore takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.