Effective July 1, 2021 (see archived policies); renewed and updated effective July 1, 2022.
1. Who We Mean By “Our” and “We”
2. Cookies are Byte-Sized Morsels of Data
Cookies are chunks of data stored in your web browser when you use a site. You can’t eat them. They are not yummy. Some of our cookies evaporate when you leave our site (session cookies); but others go home with you (persistent cookies). Many of our cookies are anonymous and do not deliver personal data to us that is associated with an online identifier. Some of our cookies deliver personal data necessary for our Services to function.
You come to our site, we tell you we serve cookies. Most of the cookies are essential. If you use our site, we must serve these to you. Optional functional third-party cookies can be avoided by not using the optional service.
3. Who Serves the Cookies
Some cookies are placed by our business partners to help them help us. These are placed by our partners Freshdesk (customer support) and Meteor (our web app hosting provider). The fancy pants way of saying this is that cookies set by Boom Learning are “first-party cookies” and cookies set by our partners are “third-party cookies.”
Third-party cookies can recognize your device when it visits our site. If you choose a third-party authenticator, you are giving them information. Depending on your agreements with them, they may follow you around to other websites or services in their efforts to serve you interest-based advertising. You can opt out of interest-based tracking through their privacy controls and by participating in one of these Opt-Out Programs:
- Digital Advertising Alliance
- Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada
- European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance
If you want more control over your cookie consumption, you can open the settings in your browser (you may need to open “advanced settings”) and look for “Cookies”. Options can range from clearing out cookies at the end of each browser session, to refusing all cookies, to refusing only third-party cookies, or only allowing cookies for some sites. If you choose not to accept essential cookies from us, please understand that Boom won’t work. If you want to get the nitty-gritty on cookies, check out AboutCookies.org.
4. Necessary Cookies
These cookies are necessary to provide you with our Services, including access to secure areas. Because these cookies are necessary to deliver the services, you cannot refuse them without impacting how our Services function.
|Names & Types||Purpose|
|galaxy-sticky (session)||registers the user's server cluster for load balancing purpose and is delivered by Boom Learning via Meteor.com|
|_helpkit_session (session)||allows our helpdesk to recognize users to provide customer support (by Boom Learning via Freshdesk)|
|_x_w (session)||allows our helpdesk to recognize user to provide customer support (by Boom Learning via Freshdesk)|
|MeteorDynamicImportCache#sourcesByVersion (persistent)||web site functioning|
|XRSF-Token (session)||ensure visitor browsing security|
5. Functional Optional Third-Party Cookies
We use these services to allow secure authentication through single sign-on providers. The use of these authentication providers will result in an exchange of information to verify the identity of the person attempting to sign in or sign up. We have plans
|Clever Authentication||Clever||Allows optional Facebook authentication.|
|Microsoft Teams||Microsoft||Allows optional Microsoft authentication.|
|Google Authentication||Allows optional Google authentication.|
|ClassLink Authentication||ClassLink||Allows optional Google authentication.|
|OneRoster Authentication||Varies||Allows optional OneRoster authentication through an LMS service that uses OneRoster|
|Google Analytics||Sends event-based information, for events determined by us, not Google, about your use of the system; declining cookies will suppress events.|
|Matamo||TBD - either Matamo or Boom||To conduct analytic evaluation of events to track use of our system to monitor and improve our services and product. Implementation date tbd.|
5.1 Video Player Cookies
We allow teachers to embed video from a variety of sources, including YouTube. All video players place a session cookie to enable play. Some video resource hosting services place additional cookies. You can avoid these cookies by not playing the video.
If you choose to assign a deck with a YouTube video to students, you must understand that you are consenting to YouTube placing cookies when the student clicks play. These cookies will track student user consent to marketing, track videos the user has seen, and store user preferences. You must confirm that your school permits use of YouTube videos before assigning a deck with a YouTube video. Other video services may have similar behavior. You must confirm you are using a video service that complies with your state regulations and school policies.
5.2 Social Media Plug-Ins
These are provided as a service to adult users who want to share content in various social media settings with other adults. Clicking a social media plugins will result in a communication that may track your online behavior. You may encounter these plug-ins on our site or on social media sites we manage. Our social media properties include Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Tik Tok, and more.
7. Where can I get further information?