Privacy Policy

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) at George Mason University cares about how your personal information is stored and used. If you are a teacher, parent, or guardian, we understand that you are interested in what personal information we store about you, your children, and/or your students. We take these concerns seriously and are committed to keeping personal information safe and secure.

By accessing this website’s services, you acknowledge that you accept the policies outlined in this privacy policy.

Automatically Collected Information

RRCHNM strives to provide the best experience for its web users. The purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how RRCHNM’s visitors use its websites. This information allows us to improve website design and system performance.
We automatically collect and store the following non-personally identifiable information:

  • The name of the domain from which you accessed the Internet;
  • The Internet Protocol address of your internet providers’ gateways, or in some cases, your computer;
  • The date and time you accessed the website;
  • The URL of the pages visited and files downloaded;
  • The Internet address of the website that brought you directly to Eagle Eye Citizen;
  • Characteristics of your computer system; and
  • Search terms used to come to the website and while on the website (in the aggregate only).

We collect this information from anyone who reads, browses, and/or downloads information from our websites.

To help improve the user experience, RRCHNM uses Google analytics and AwStats to report and analyze aggregated web metrics data. The data is generally retained indefinitely to help improve website performance.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. RRCHNM uses cookies to help RRCHNM identify and track visitors, their usage of RRCHNM websites, and their website access preferences. RRCHNM visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using RRCHNM’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of RRCHNM’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Personal Information

Some visitors to RRCHNM’s websites voluntarily choose to interact with RRCHNM in ways that require RRCHNM to gather personally-identifying information ("PII"). The amount and type of information that RRCHNM gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, if you would like to create classroom and student accounts, create a challenge, save results, or submit work to a teacher, you must create an account that requires a username and password. If you email us, you may voluntarily provide PII (email address or name) to help us address your concern.

We always inform users regarding what information is required, and only use that information for its stated purpose. If you provide the information requested, then you consent to our using the information for the stated purpose. If you do not provide the information, some website features may be unavailable.

Except in the case of authorized government law enforcement activities, we do not provide personal information to outside organizations without first obtaining the user’s consent.

Information You Provide to Us

If you are a teacher, we may collect the following personal information from you:

  • First name and last name;
  • School;
  • Grade(s) and subject(s) taught;
  • State/location; and
  • Email.

Note: We do not collect passwords. User-chosen passwords are encrypted--salted and repeatedly hashed--when they are stored in the database.

For students, we may collect the following personal information:

  • First name initial and last name;
  • State/location;
  • Student ID; and
  • Grade.

Note: We do not collect passwords. User-chosen passwords are encrypted--salted and repeatedly hashed--when they are stored in the database.

For general users, we may collect the following personal information:

  • First name and last name;
  • State/location; and
  • Email.

Note: We do not collect passwords. User-chosen passwords are encrypted--salted and repeatedly hashed--when they are stored in the database.

How We Will Use This Information

RRCHNM may use this information to:

  • improve the functionality of the website;
  • allow teachers to see student work;
  • analyze the website’s statistics;
  • process and confirm registration;
  • contact you about your account;
  • provide access to your information and account; and
  • send you updates on the website as well as information about other RRCHNM websites and educational opportunities

RRCHNM does not sell or rent the names and addresses of users. We may occasionally use this information for the purpose of promoting shared mission-related Open Educational Resources (OER).

RRCHNM may share non-personal, summary, or aggregate user demographic data with partners or other third parties. If you prefer to have your name removed from the shared lists, please contact us [EEC email address].

Updates to your Personally-Identifiable Information (PII)

If you wish to update or delete any of your PII, you can do so on your account profile page. You can also delete your account.

Children’s Privacy

Part of this website’s mission is to reach out to children in creative and educationally beneficial ways while still protecting their privacy. We provide a safe online environment for children in accordance with Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) principles.

RRCHNM does not knowingly collect PII from children under 13 years of age without prior parental or guardian consent. If a user wishes to establish an account, they must be over 13 years of age; otherwise, a teacher, parent, or guardian must give permission. More commonly, teachers, parents, and guardians submit information about the child which enables the website to create an account for each child using the site. To protect student privacy, student work made public on the website will only be presented with a computer-generated user name and a computer-generated user icon with no individual identifying information.

We do not use the information for any purpose other than the activities on the website.

If we learn that a child under 13 has posted PII, we will delete the information.

We will disclose information about a child under the age of 13 if it is necessary to protect the child or the website itself, or to respond to authorized law enforcement requests.

We take children’s privacy seriously, and encourage parents to contact us with any questions or concerns via [EEC email address]. Similarly, parents who would like to notify us of PII collected from a child under the age of 13 that should be deleted should contact us [EEC email address].


Please be aware that this website links to other websites. RRCHNM is not responsible for the content, privacy policy, and security of these sites.

Security of Usernames and Passwords

Users are responsible for the security of their username and password. It is recommended that users keep their username and password in a safe place. Teachers have access to student usernames and are able to reset passwords in the event that a student loses or forgets their password.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns related to our privacy policy or our handling of your information, please contact us at:
Eagle Eye Citizen
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MSN 1E7
Fairfax, VA 22030

Changes to privacy policy

We reserve the right to change the privacy policy and will update any changes on this page.

This page was last updated 27 July 2017.