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SDES Privacy Policy

Last Changes to Privacy Policy: January 2, 2023

Your privacy is important to Specially Designed Education Services (“SDES” or “we”) and we need to collect certain information to provide our services to you. Please read this Privacy Policy (“Privacy Policy”) to understand how we collect, use, and share your Personal Information (as defined below) when you visit, browse, or make a purchase from any website or internet access channel owned or operated by SDES (collectively, the “Sites”). Please note this Privacy Policy does not govern any third-party websites and services that may be linked to or from our Sites.

By visiting our Sites, you are accepting the practices described in our Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy, please do not use the Sites. We reserve the right in our sole discretion to change, modify, add, or delete portions of the Privacy Policy at any time. If you want to be notified about changes to this Privacy Policy, please email and we will add you to our notification list. If you continue to use the Sites after we make changes, you agree to the changes.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or don’t see your concerns addressed here, contact us at

Controllers of Personal Information

Any personal information provided to or to be gathered by Specially Designed Education Services, Inc. is controlled primarily by us.

What Information About You Is Collected and Stored?

We collect two basic types of information from you in conjunction with your use of the Sites, personal information and non-personal information. Personal information is information that you may supply to us, as described more fully below, i.e., when you subscribe, place an order, complete a survey, register for a Site or any part thereof, enter a contest, upload content, participate in a community, or provide your e-mail address. Personal information is any information that can individually identify you and includes, among other things, your name, e-mail address, telephone number, postal address, credit card, billing, and contact information. Non-personal information includes information that does not personally identify you, but it may include tracking and usage information about your location, demographics, use of the Sites, and the internet.

Personal Information

As a general matter, you can browse the Sites without submitting your personal information to us. However, there are several circumstances in which you may supply us with your personal information. The following list includes the most common ways in which we may collect your personal information:

  • Registering for an account on the Sites;

  • Signing up to receive e-mail newsletters or e-mail alerts from us;

  • Signing up to receive e-mail offers from SDES or SDES partners;

  • Requesting customer service or other assistance;

  • Participating in surveys, panels, or market research;

  • Participating in special events and promotions;

  • Making purchases on the Sites;

  • Creating a profile;

  • Entering contests or sweepstakes on the Sites;

  • Participating on social media accounts involving SDES, our Sites and our brands;

  • Participating in communities, chat rooms and comment threads, other fora, and
    other interactive services; and

  • Submitting user generated content.

Collection of Personal Information From or Through Social Media Sites

When you interact with any SDES social media platform, such as Facebook, LinkedIn or YouTube, we may collect the personal information that you make available to us on that page or account. However, we will comply with the privacy policies of the corresponding social media platform, and we will only collect and store such personal information that we are permitted to collect by those social media platforms. If you choose to link or login to your SDES account with or through a social networking service, SDES and that service may share certain information about you and your activities. We also may share information about your activities, including what you view on the Sites with that social network’s users.

Non-Personal Information

When you interact with the Sites, we may collect certain information that does not identify you individually and our servers may automatically keep an activity log of your use of our Sites (“Non-Personal Information”). Generally, we collect and store the following categories of Non-Personal Information:

  • Device information about your computer, mobile device, or other device that you use to access the Sites;
  • Information about how you use the Sites;
  • Additional “traffic data” such as time of access, date of access, software crash reports, session identification number, access times, and referring website addresses; and
  • Your search terms and search results.


Collection of Your Source IP Address/Location Information

We collect and store your device’s source IP address, which may disclose the location of your device at the time you access the Sites. Advertisements and certain content may be directed to you as a result of this data.

In some cases the Sites can deliver content based on your current location if you choose to enable that feature. If you enable that feature, your current location will be stored locally on your device which will be used by the Sites to serve you certain content tied to your location. If you elect to have your location-based searches saved to your history, we will store such information on our servers.

Collection of Personal and Non-Personal Information from Other Sources

We also may collect and store information about you that we receive from other sources to, among other things, enable us to update and correct the information contained in our database and to better customize your experience on the Sites.

Use of Cookies, Flash Cookies and Web Beacons

Like many websites, we use “cookies”, which are small text files that are stored on your computer or equipment when you visit certain online pages that record your preferences and actions. We use cookies to track use of our Sites and online services. We may also use cookies to monitor traffic, improve the Sites and make it easier and/or relevant for your use. You may occasionally get cookies from companies advertising on our behalf. We do not control these cookies, and these cookies are not subject to this cookie policy.

You can accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but, if you prefer, you can modify your browser setting to decline cookies. If you delete your cookies or if you set your web browser to decline cookies, some features of the Sites may not work or may not work as designed. For more information on cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information provided by the Interactive Advertising Bureau at

Is Personal Information Collected from Children?

Unless otherwise disclosed during collection and with parent or guardian consent (for instance, in some of the educational areas on our Sites), SDES does not knowingly collect personal identifiable information from children under 13 years of age. If you are under 13 years of age you should not provide personally identifiable information to SDES without providing us with consent from your parent or guardian. If SDES discovers that a child under the age of 13 has provided SDES with personally identifiable information and we do not have the required consent, SDES will immediately delete that child’s information from the Sites.

How Do We Use Your Information?

We use the information we learn from you to help us personalize and continually improve your experience on the Sites.

Combination of Your Personal Information

We use the information from one portion of the Sites on other portions of Sites in our network of Sites, all of which are owned and operated by SDES, and we may combine information gathered from multiple portions of the Sites into a single customer record. We also use and/or combine information that we collect off-line, or we collect or receive from third party sources to enhance, expand, and check the accuracy of your customer records.

Use of Your Location Information

We may use your location information to:

  • Provide you with the products and services you request;

  • Personalize content and experiences on our Sites, such as providing you recommendations and feedback based on your preferences;

  • Personalize your newsletters, offers, and promotions for our products and services, third party products and services, or special events;

  • Personalize the advertising you receive based on your activity on our Sites or activity on third-party sites and applications;

  • Optimize or improve our products, services, and operations;

  • Detect, investigate, and prevent activities that may violate our policies or be illegal; and

  • Perform statistical, demographic, and marketing analyses of users of the Sites and their purchasing patterns.

Who Do We Provide Your Information To?

Except as disclosed in this Privacy Policy, we do not disclose information about your Personal Information collected online to any companies not part of SDES or its subsidiaries or related entities. We do not sell or rent your Personal Information as part of a customer list or similar transaction.

Third-Party Agents

We have third party agents and partners that perform functions on our behalf, such as hosting, billing, content syndication, content management tools, social media integration, marketing, analytics, customer service, fraud protection, etc. These entities have access to the Personal Information they need to perform their functions and are contractually obligated to maintain the confidentiality and security of that Personal Information. They are restricted from using, selling, distributing, or altering this data in any way other than to provide the requested services to the Sites.

Business Partners and Third Parties

We may share your Personal Information with our business partners or co-marketers from time to time. We may also share your Personal Information with third parties that provide products and services that we think you may be interested in. Although our treatment of your Personal Information is governed by this Privacy Policy, the business partner or third party’s treatment of your Personal Information will be governed by the business partner or third party’s privacy policy. You may withdraw your consent to our sharing of your Personal Information with business partners and third parties at any time by following the opt-out process described below.


We may disclose information you provide to respond to subpoenas, court orders, requests from authorities, and other legal processes, and to establish/exercise our legal rights. We may also disclose your information to defend against legal claims when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request. We may share your information in order to investigate, prevent or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, and situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of our Terms of Use, or otherwise required by law.

Use of Non-Personal Information

We may disclose or share Non-Personal Information (or other information, other than Personal Information) in any other manner that we deem appropriate or necessary. Among other things, we will disclose Non-Personal Information to third parties to help us determine how people use parts of the Sites and who our users are so we can improve our Sites. We will also disclose Non-Personal Information to our partners and other third parties about how our users collectively use the Sites.

What Steps Are Taken to Keep Personal Information Secure?

Personal Information collected by our Sites is stored in secure operating environments that are not available to the public. Our security procedures mean that we may occasionally request proof of identity before we disclose your Personal Information to you. While we try to safeguard your Personal Information once we receive it, no transmission of data over the internet or any other public network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Therefore, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. While no security system is completely secure, we and our third-party partners and vendors take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access or disclosure of the information we collect. For SDES, this includes, but is not limited to, ensuring that all information is disclosed only on a “need to know” basis and ensuring that all information collected by SDES is done so via secured connections and protected and encrypted industrial grade security software to guard against unauthorized access.

What Happens When I Link to or From Another Website?

These Sites may contain links to other websites operated by affiliates of SDES or third parties. Please be advised that the practices described in this Privacy Policy do not apply to information gathered through these other websites. We are not responsible for the actions and privacy policies of third parties and other websites. You are subject to the terms of use and privacy policies of those third parties and we encourage you to review them.

What About Contests, Sweepstakes or Games?

When we run a contest, sweepstake, or game relating to our Sites, it will be accompanied by a set of rules. The rules for each contest, sweepstake, or game will specify how the information gathered from you for entry will be used and disclosed if it is different than as described in this Privacy Policy. In conjunction with your entry in such contest or sweepstake, Personal Information will be collected only if you voluntarily submit it.

How Long Do We Keep Your Information?

Following termination or suspension of your account, SDES, its affiliates, or its service providers may retain information (including your profile information) and user content for a commercially reasonable time for backup, archival, and/or audit purposes. If you have any questions about termination or deactivation of your account, please contact us directly at

Governing Law

These Sites are published in the United States. We attempt to protect the Personal Information of all users of our Sites, and we attempt to comply with local data protection and consumer rights laws to the extent they may apply to the SDES services, but our family of Sites are located and targeted to United States citizens and our policies are directed at compliance with those laws. If you are uncertain whether this Privacy Policy conflicts with the applicable local privacy laws where you are located, you should not submit your Personal Information to SDES.

Notice to Non-US Users

If you are located outside the United States of America, you should be aware that your personally identifiable information will be transferred to the United States of America, the laws of which may be deemed by your country to have inadequate data protection. By providing any information to us, you consent to the transfer, processing, access, and storage of such information outside of your country of residence, where data protection standards may be different.


We may change our ownership or corporate organization while providing the Sites and Services. We may also sell certain assets associated with the Sites. As a result, please be aware that in such event we may transfer some or all of your information to a company acquiring all or part of our assets or to another company with which we have merged. Under such circumstances we would, to the extent possible, require the acquiring party to follow the practices described in this Privacy Policy, as it may be amended from time to time. Nevertheless, we cannot promise that an acquiring company or the merged company will have the same privacy practices or treat your information the same as described in this Privacy Policy.

How Do I Opt-Out or Correct Information About Me?

You may always opt-out of receiving future e-mail messages and newsletters from SDES. We provide you with the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications from us by going into your profile or account settings and choosing the appropriate options. To opt-out, you can also send us a message at If you wish to unsubscribe from a mailing list, you can click on the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of the email and you will stop receiving marketing communications. Please allow up to twenty-four hours before you stop receiving marking communications. Please also note that you may continue to receive emails unrelated to marketing.

Accessing, Managing, and Updating Your Information

If you wish to review, update, or delete the information we have about you, please contact us at

Your California Privacy Rights

California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits customers of SDES who are California residents to request certain information regarding its disclosure of their personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an e-mail to

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at


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