Site Policies

Legal Information

Education Development Center, based in Newton, Mass., owns and manages a large family of Web sites, including this one. The legal information and policies on this page outline minimal standards for all sites on the EDC server.

Copyright; Permission to Use and Copy
Digital Millennium Copyright Act Compliance Policy
Support-Level Agreement
External Links
Privacy Policy
Children’s Online Privacy

Copyright; Permission to Use and Copy

Subject to limitations detailed on a specific site, permission to copy and distribute documents and related graphics and photographs available from any EDC World Wide Web server is granted, provided that:

  • the above copyright notice and this permission notice appear in all copies;
  • use of documents and related graphics and photographs available from any EDC World Wide Web server is for non-commercial purposes only;
  • documents or related graphics and photographs available from any EDC World Wide Web server are not modified in any way; and
  • graphics or photographs available from any EDC World Wide Web server are not copied or distributed separately from accompanying text.

Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved by Education Development Center, Inc.

All content on this Web site is copyrighted, ©1994-2016 by Education Development Center, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act Compliance Policy

It is our policy to promptly respond to claims of copyright infringement. If you believe that an infringing copyrighted work is accessible on this Site, you may notify our registered copyright agent by sending the following information to the address listed below:

  • The signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright. This signature can be physical or electronic.
  • A statement that this person is authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.
  • A statement that this person has a good faith belief that the use of the material in the complained-of manner is not authorized either by the copyright owner, by the owner’s agent, or by law.
  • A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed.
  • A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the site.
  • Your address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

Please put “Notice of Infringement” in the subject line of all such notifications, and send the notification to: William Hulsey (, EDC general counsel.

We will process and investigate all notices of alleged infringement as required by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”).

Support Level Agreement

EDC is committed to providing 24-hour availability to our family of Web sites. We have implemented safeguards to notify us of server failures and other hardware problems that may interfere with your access to EDC Web sites. However, even with these safeguards in place, loss of connectivity can occur. As such, we cannot guarantee constant access to the EDC family of Web sites, and we cannot be responsible for lost or delayed requests, e-mail, or content.

If you experience a loss of connectivity to the EDC server, please send an e-mail to

External Links

EDC’s Web sites contain links to external Web sites that do not fall under the domain. EDC is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such external sites.


As a service to our Web visitors, several EDC Web sites—including our corporate Web site at—provide online order forms for various products and services. Some of these sites collect visitors’ credit card information so that we can bill visitors for products and services they order. Visitors’ billing information remains within EDC, except as needed to fulfill the specific order. EDC does not share credit card information with any other organizations, and we have security measures in place designed to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of credit card information or other personal data.

Privacy Policy

Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) respects your privacy. Any personal information that you provide to EDC or any programs and projects of EDC through its Web sites will be used and safeguarded as described below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

How EDC Collects and Uses Information

1. Resale or disclosure of information to third parties
Some EDC Web sites maintain mailing list databases of personally identifiable information that users voluntarily supply (e.g., names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, street addresses, and areas of interest). This information is used to inform those who have opted to receive news and information about our organization’s events or to pre-populate forms with your information.

EDC does not sell, rent, or lease any personal information collected through our sites. On occasion, we may share personal information with other organizations that have missions and activities similar to ours. A specific EDC project or program also may share personal information with other programs of EDC or with affiliated organizations.

If you do not want EDC to share your personal information, you can opt out by contacting us at To change your personal information in our database, please e-mail us at

2. Use of “cookies”
Some EDC Web sites may use a feature called a “cookie” to assign a unique identification to your computer when you log in to the site. Cookies allow the Web site to recognize you as logged in. When you visit an EDC Web site, EDC may record information about your User ID, browser, and IP address in its Web site logs. EDC analyzes its Web site logs to constantly improve the value of the materials available on our sites. Any information collected is used to identify problems or improve our services and Web site content. EDC will not use “cookies” to retrieve personal information about you from your computer.

Some of our sites have Mail List archives associated with Majordomo, Webboard, or Lotus Notes lists that you may join. While most of EDC’s lists are limited to subscribers, we cannot control the behavior of subscribers to these lists and they may collect, copy, or distribute names of people who post messages or the contents even if the guidelines for participation in a particular list explicitly prohibits it. EDC cannot and does not warrant that information you post to any of its mail lists, message boards, online discussion services, or online course and seminar services will not be copied or distributed by other subscribers/participants.

3. Information from e-mail
If you choose to e-mail us and provide personally identifiable information about yourself, we will not use the information for any purpose other than to respond to your inquiry.

4. Surveys, forms and online questionnaires.
Some EDC Web sites or mail lists may post, either permanently or at various intervals, surveys used to collect information for evaluation purposes. Unless otherwise stated, this information is used to look at group trends, and there is no identification of individual respondents.

Access to Your Information
Upon request we provide site visitors with access to all information, including proprietary information, that we maintain about them. Users can access this information by e-mailing us at

If you feel that this site is not following its stated information policy, you may contact us at


EDC recognizes that your privacy is important to you, and, therefore, we employ technical security measures designed to protect information from outside threats (e.g. “hacking”). However, EDC, its affiliates and our service providers do not represent, warrant or guarantee that personal information will be protected against unauthorized access, loss, misuse or alterations. EDC does not accept any liability for personal information submitted to us nor for your or third parties’ use or misuse of your personal information by others.

Children’s Online Privacy

The vast majority of EDC Web sites are designed to reach an audience of adults—in most cases researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in the fields of health and education. A handful of EDC sites include pages and activities targeted at students under the age of 18. EDC has set up special procedures to protect the privacy of children who may be accessing sites on our server, participating in online discussions, or posting materials to one of our sites. EDC voluntarily complies with the provisions of the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

As required by COPPA, we do not:

  • Collect student electronic mail addresses or parent contact information except for the purposes of seeking parental consent and notifying parents of their children’s involvement in one of our projects.
  • Publish online postings, student work, or photographs of children under 13 without parental consent.
  • Publish online postings, student work, or photographs of children under 18 without notifying parents of their children’s involvement in one of our projects.
  • Collect or share with third parties personally identifiable offline contact information for children without parental notification.