Terms of Use

Terms of Use

This Privacy Policy applies to the websites located at www.childrensmuseum.org, transcribe.childrensmuseum.org, and ryansletters.childrensmuseum.org (collectively and individually referred to herein as the “Website”), which are operated by or for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Inc. (collectively, the “Museum,” “we,” “our,” or “us”). The Website allows users to find out more about the Museum and its exhibits, and in some cases, to participate in interactive activities on the Website. The Website is only for private, non-commercial, informational and entertainment purposes.

We take your online privacy very seriously. Therefore, the purpose of this Privacy Policy is to disclose to you what information we may collect from you, how we collect it, with whom we share it, and certain other matters related to such information, including the choices you have regarding our collection of information and our use and disclosure to other parties of information we have collected from you. If you have questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy, you should contact us directly at customerservice@childrensmuseum.org.

When this Privacy Policy references the term “personally identifiable information” or “personal information,” we mean information that identifies a particular individual, such as your full name, street address, telephone number or email address. When other information, such as a hobby or demographic-identifier, is associated with personal information, it also becomes personally identifiable information for the purposes of this Privacy Policy.

Please read the information below to learn more about our data collection policies and practices.

  1. Types Of Information That May Be Collected
  2. How Information Is Collected
  3. How We Use The Information Collected
  4. With Whom Your Information May Be Shared
  5. Links To Other Websites
  6. Security
  7. A Special Note For Parents Concerning Privacy
  8. Your Acceptance Of The Privacy Policy and Changes to the Policy
  9. Correcting/Updating Personal Information
  10. Questions About This Privacy Policy


Information You Provide Us: When you visit certain portions of the Website, we may ask you to provide us with specific information, including:

  • contact information, such as your name and email address;
  • unique identifiers such as your user name and password;

Site Usage Information: We may receive and store certain types of internet usage information whenever you visit the Website, such as your landing page, order of pages viewed, and other click stream data. See “IP Addresses and Click Stream Data” section below.

Email Communications: When you open emails from us, we may receive a confirmation notifying us that you opened the email, if your computer supports such capabilities. We also may keep track of what emails we send you and what emails you may be receiving from our partners and affiliates. Additionally, we keep a record of what communications you have opted to receive or not to receive.


Visitors may use the museum’s Website without registering or submitting any personally identifiable information. Registration for users and members on childrensmuseum.org enables you to maintain your contact information and preferences and participate in online letter transcription. You will be asked to provide personally identifiable information that may include a user name and password and an e-mail address.

Cookies: As with many websites, our Website uses a technology called “cookies.” A cookie is a unique, random number that is stored in the browser on your computer. The cookie doesn’t actually identify you, just the computer that is used to visit the site. Cookies automatically identify your browser to the Website whenever your computer is used to visit the Website. Cookies also let us know how many people visit the Website and where visitors go on the Website. In addition, cookies can let us know non-personally identifiable information, like what web browser is being used to access the Website. For registered users, cookies can make using the Website easier for you by saving information such as your passwords or preferences. By tracking how and when you use the Website, cookies help us determine which areas are popular and which are not. Many improvements and updates to the Website are based on data obtained from cookies. Accepting cookies allows you, among other things, to personalize your experience on the Website. Cookies may also allow the Website to present to you advertising that may be of special interest to you. If you do not want information collected through the use of cookies, your browser should contain an option that allows you to disable or delete cookie data at any time. Some areas of the Website, however, may not provide you with a personalized experience if you have disabled the use of cookies. The cookies are not tied to personal information.

IP Addresses and Click-Stream Data: We may collect IP addresses and/or click-stream data. An IP address is a number associated with the service through which you access the Internet, like your ISP (Internet service provider) or your company. Standing alone, your IP address is not personally identifiable information. At times, we also use IP addresses for purposes of system administration and to report aggregate information to our partners and affiliates (e.g., regarding the frequency with which our guests visit various parts of our Website). We may combine this information with personally identifiable information. Click-stream data is information collected by our computers when you request certain pages from the Website. Click-stream data may include such information as the page served, the time, the source of the request, the type of browser making the request, the preceding page view and other such non-personal information. When analyzed, this data helps us analyze how visitors arrive at the Website, what type of content is most popular, what type of visitors in the aggregate are interested in particular kinds of content and advertising, and the like.


As applicable, the information you provide to us may also be used to:

  • contact you about the Website;
  • monitor or improve the use of the Website;
  • customize the content you see on the Website;
  • monitor compliance with the Terms of Use for the Website;
  • maintain website security;
  • enhance navigation

You may choose not to receive these kinds of emails by indicating your desire to leave the mailing list (offered in emails we send you) or contacting us.


At times, we may share your personal information with others for various purposes. The following outlines the ways in which your information may be shared with others and the ways in which you may opt-out of having your information shared:

Our Agents: We may employ other businesses, certain services and individuals to perform functions on our behalf. Examples include fulfilling orders, sending e-mail, Website analysis, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance, processing credit card payments, and providing customer service. They may have access to personally identifiable information needed to perform their specified functions, but may not use it for their own purposes, such as sending you marketing offers about their products or services.

Aggregate Information: We may share aggregate information, such as demographics and Website usage statistics, with our partners, affiliates or other organizations. When this type of information is shared, the other parties do not have access to your personally identifiable information.

Traffic Measurement Services: The Website may use a third party traffic measurement service to analyze the traffic on the Website. Audience and Traffic Measurement Services allow us to collect anonymous traffic and behavior information from our Website by monitoring anonymous visitor activity. Our current policy is that we permit the Website’s traffic measurement services to set and access their own cookies on your computer.

Business Transfers: In the event that this business is sold or transferred to another party, or another transaction occurs in which your personally identifiable information is one of the business assets transferred, all personally identifiable information that has been collected and saved may be one of the business assets we transfer.

Administrative or Legal Process: Your personal information may be transferred to third parties without notice to you in order to comply with applicable law, law enforcement agencies, to protect our rights, or protect the rights of other users of the Website.


You should be aware that when you are on the Website you could be directed to other Websites beyond our control. For example, if you “click” on a banner advertisement, the “click” may take you off the Website onto a different website. This may include links from advertisers, sponsors and marketing partners who may use the Museum’s name as part of a co-branding agreement. These other websites may send their own cookies to you, independently collect data or solicit personal information and may or may not have their own published privacy policies. If you visit a website that is linked to our Website, you should consult that website’s privacy policy before providing any personal information.


We use reasonable measures to protect personally identifiable information that is stored within our database, and we restrict access to such information to those employees and agents who need access to perform their job functions, such as our customer service personnel and technical staff. However, please note that we cannot guarantee the security of this information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of member information at any time. For additional information about the security measures we use on the Website, please contact us atcustomerservice@childrensmuseum.org.


We may collect personal information from children under the age of thirteen (13) on certain portions of the Website. However, our collection of such personally identifiable information from these children is in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (15 U.S.C. 6501 et seq.). For example, before we collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen (13), we will obtain the required prior consent from a parent or guardian. Please read our Children’s Privacy Policy to learn more about our collection and use practices.


By using the Website, you signify your agreement to all of the terms of our Privacy Policy. We may amend this Privacy Policy at any time. If we make a material change to the way in which we collect, use, and/or share your personal information, we will post a notice on the Website. We will assume that you have given your permission for your information to be used under the terms of the new Privacy Policy, if you continue to use the Website thirty (30) days after a notice is posted.


If your personally identifiable information changes (such as your email address), or if you no longer wish for us to have your personally identifiable information on file, we provide a way to correct, update or remove the personal data you have provided to us. This can be done by making changes to your profile, by using an opt out message in an email, or by emailing us at customerservice@childrensmuseum.org.


If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or the privacy practices of the Website in general, please contact customerservice@childrensmuseum.org.