Castle Learning Data Privacy & Security Policy

Last Revised: August 8, 2022


Castle Software, Inc. (“Castle”) is committed to protecting the privacy of its users. Because
Castle gathers certain types of information about the users of the Castle websites, we believe you
should fully understand the terms and conditions surrounding the use of the information we
collect. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the web sites (the “Service”).

Please review the following statement to understand how the information you provide to Castle
through our websites will be treated.


Information Castle collects


You can visit the web site without identifying yourself. You can sign-up for
the company newsletter/blog where you need to supply an email address plus other optional
information (name, organization, title). You can opt-out of the newsletter/blog at any time and
modify or delete any personal information that you previously provided. We will not share any
of your personal information with any outside organization.

The Castle Service requires that you have a subscription. Each subscription is associated with a
Login ID and a Password which are used for accessing the information and activities when using
the Services.

Other information, including names, student numbers, email addresses and passwords may be
supplied to us.

For home subscriptions, the purchaser of the subscriptions supplies the subscription-holder’s

For school subscriptions, a representative from the school specifies some or all of the following
information about users of the Service:

• First and Last Name – this information is used to identify students and teachers in various
student, teacher, and administrator reports.
• Email Address – this is optional and is used only to email forgotten login information to a
student or teacher. The school can disable this feature.
• Grade – this is the student’s current grade level or year of graduation and is optional. It is
used to help teachers identify their students in the database.
• Login IDs and Passwords – the school representative optionally supplies this information.
Otherwise, Login IDs are generated by Castle. Passwords not supplied to us are specified
by each individual user the first time they sign in.
• Identification Number – this the Student Identification Number that helps identify a user
in the database. For home a subscription, the purchaser supplies the user’s name.


Google User Data


If you utilize Google Classroom, we retrieve your email address from Google Sign-In and
Google Classroom. This is used to match the associated account in Castle. We retrieve and store
assignment and student identification values from Google Classroom to grade assignments and
push the grades to Google Classroom. None of this data is distributed to any other party.


What Castle Learning does with the information collected


The personal information Castle collects through the Services is used only for the purpose of
providing the Services. The personal information supplied to Castle will not be given, sold,
rented, loaned, or otherwise disclosed to any third parties, except when we have your permission
or under special circumstances, such as when we believe in good faith that disclosure is
reasonably necessary to (i) comply with legal process, (ii) enforce the Terms of Use, (iii) respond
to claims that any content on the Castle web sites violates the rights of third parties, or (iv)
protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Castle, its customers, or the public. In addition,
when you subscribe to any 3rd party service through Castle, such as Method Test Prep, you are
giving Castle permission to disclose student information to that 3rd party in order to achieve a
single sign on between the services.

Note that our database is stored in a co-location facility owned and managed by:

1 Fanatical Place
City of Windcrest
San Antonio, TX 78218

Rackspace’s Acceptable Use Policy and Privacy Statement can be found at

Castle may use aggregated personal information to determine the demographics of our users and
to distribute statistics and general marketplace information about Castle’s products. These
demographics will always represent aggregate information and will never identify a specific
user. Castle does not display any paid advertising on their websites.


Protecting Children


Parents and Teachers: When using the Service, we encourage parents, guardians, and teachers to
spend time with their children, especially if the child is 12 and under, to participate in the
activities that may be offered by the Service. No Personal Information should be submitted to the
Service without the consent of a parent, guardian, or teacher.

Children: Please do not provide your name, address, telephone number, email address, any
screen name or user name you may use, or any other Personal Information that would enable
someone to contact you either online or offline, without first asking your parent, guardian, or
teacher for permission.



Access to Your Information


Depending on options specified by school representatives for the school version of Castle’s
websites, users have the ability to correct or change some or all the information specified when
the subscription was created.


Data Destruction


Each school year, student data from approximately 16 months prior to the new school year is
deleted from the database. All student data will be deleted at end of contract if requested by the
customer. Otherwise, the student data remains in the database for approximately 16 months after
the end of the contract.



Physical Location

All personal information is stored on servers at a location designed specifically to ensure that no
unauthorized individuals have access to the server or its data. Our web hosting provider is
Rackspace, one of the leading hosting providers.




All transmitted data is encrypted using HTTPS/SSL protocols.




All data in the Castle databases that can identify a student is encrypted.


Staff Training


Castle requires all internal personnel who would be in direct contact with user data be trained in
the secure handling and privacy distribution of student data. This includes, but is not limited to,
access rights, communication with customers, along with the importing and exporting of files.
Customer service and training personnel are trained to only release student information to
authorized school/district personnel or parents through a series of validation methods.

Data Breach Protocol


Castle maintains a contact list of the key administrators for each customer. Should a data breach
occur, these administrators will be notified via email as soon as it is known what breach,
exposure, or data loss may have occurred.




Subcontractors’ are required to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements and must return or destroy all
Castle property and data at the end of their contracts.

Cookies Policy


Castle’s websites use cookies. A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and
numbers) that is sent by a web-server to a web-browser and is stored by the browser. The
identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
By using Castle’s websites and agreeing to this policy, you consent to Castle’s use of cookies in
accordance with the terms of this policy.

Castle uses cookies on their websites to:
• Improve the websites’ usability Administer the websites
• Prevent fraud and improve the security of the websites
• Personalize the websites for each user

Castle uses both session and persistent cookies on their websites. Castle does not use third party
cookies. Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies. If you block cookies, you will not
be able to use all the features on the Castle websites. You can delete cookies already stored on
your computer. Deleting cookies will have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.

Castle’s Data Security & Privacy Policy Statement Changes


Changes to this policy will be posted on the Castle websites. By using these websites, you
signify your assent to Castle’s Security & Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this policy
statement, please do not use the Castle websites or its Services. Your continued use of the Castle
websites or its services following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept
those changes


Contact Castle Software, Inc.


Please contact us if you have any questions about this Privacy & Security policy.


Castle Software, Inc. / Harris Education Solutions

1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite #5000

Pittsburgh, PA 15233


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