Southern Methodist University (SMU) values your privacy so we have provided this policy to explain just what it is we collect from you, what we do with the data, and why we need it. We’ve written this policy in plain-spoken language, to make sure it’s easy to understand. However, even with the best of intentions, there’s no good way to avoid some technical talk. We’ll do our best to explain unfamiliar & technical terms throughout this policy.
People ForWords is a collaboration between SMU and Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT). We have come to together to develop the interactive game application Codex: The Lost Words of Atlantis (Codex) available on the world-wide web and the Google Play Store for Android devices. Codex is a platform to engage adult language learners and teach basic literacy skills through an interactive game-based learning program. The game is designed to reach and engage adults yet contains content suitable for all ages.
All of the data we collect when you engage with Codex is to facilitate gameplay experiences, learning opportunities, and general application improvement. On both the world-wide web and Android platforms, we collect the following categories of data:
We do not collect, record, or monitor data transmitted between users who opt to use the in-game Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) feature. Any interactions with other users are at your own risk. We ask that you do not share personal information or use the service to engage in any unlawful or inappropriate conduct.
The following table lists the permissions that Codex uses on the Android platform and their usage.
Wi-Fi connection information
Device ID and call information
We make use of third-party login services to register account data with our servers and to login to your account. Our use of these third-party services is limited to collecting data needed to create a unique account for you on our service (email address and full name) and to validate that data when you use Codex. At this time, we do not collect information on your friends or other users that may also use our services. In the future, we may make use of these permissions or capabilities to provide enhanced services and gameplay features for Codex. If these changes occur, we will update this policy to reflect any additional data we collect and its usage.
Codex only collects usage data when the application is running. Closing the application on Android or choosing to not visit the game’s site on the world-wide web means we are no longer collecting any of your data. You can also choose to opt-out on Android by uninstalling Codex using the normal uninstall methods of the platform.
We will hold on to any user data we collect for as long as you use Codex and for a reasonable time after you stop using to support our on-going operations. If you would like us to delete any user data we have collected via Codex, please contact us at SimmonsIT@smu.edu and we will respond in a reasonable time. Please note that continuing to use Codex may require some or all of the user data in order for the game to function properly.
Codex is designed to address the adult language learner. Though the content is generally safe for all ages, at this time we are not targeting or designing systems to allow children under 13 to register an account. As such, we do not knowingly collect or solicit data from children under the age of 13. If we learn that we have collected information from a child under age 13 without parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. Please contact us at SimmonsIT@smu.edu if you believe that we have any information from or about a child under age 13.
We may work with third party analytics companies to understand how Codex is being used. When sharing your information with these service providers we are interested in data like how often you use Codex and for how long. At this time, we are not making use of third-party analytics services but we reserve the right to do so in the future. If we do make use of a third-party analytics service, this section of the privacy documented will be updated to reflect procedures for anonymizing, transferring, and safeguarding your information.
We take reasonable measures to safeguard your data in accordance with common security practices on the internet, such as encrypted transfer of information from your device to our servers. However, no security practice is perfect and we cannot prevent all potential security breaches. We are also not responsible for the security practices of third-party login services use to create or access your account with us. Please make sure to follow any and all security policies of any third-party services you use to access Codex.
If you need to contact someone from someone from SMU regarding Codex, please e-mail us at SimmonsIT@smu.edu.