Privacy Policy

ARK Platform Privacy Policy

Last updated: October 8,  2020

Applicability of This Policy to the ARK Test Platform 

This Privacy Policy describes the practices of Assessment of Religious Knowledge (“we”, “us”, “our” or “ARK”) with respect to information we collect from and about users of our ARK Test platform (the “Service”). 

“School” means the Catholic elementary school, high school, or diocese that purchases the Service.

“Faculty” means the School administrators, teachers, catechists, staff and other persons who use the Service acting on behalf of the School.

“Student” means a child enrolled as a student at the School who uses the Service.

“You” means the School or Faculty.    

This Privacy Policy is specific to the Service.  If you are interested in learning about ARK’s practices applicable to your interactions with us via other channels, including our website, please consult our other published privacy policies applicable to those contexts.  This Privacy Policy does not apply to information that we have shared with the School, Faculty, or affiliated diocese pursuant to this Privacy Policy, and which is no longer in our control.  

We encourage you to read this Privacy Policy carefully, and, to the extent it is appropriate, to read and discuss this Privacy Policy with your Students, or share this Privacy Policy with Students’ parents and guardians, prior to using the Service.  By using the Service, or by giving consent for your Students to use the Service, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the terms of this Privacy Policy.  This Privacy Policy may be revised periodically, and any such revisions will be reflected by the effective date above.  Please revisit this page to stay aware of any changes.  If we make material changes to this Privacy Policy, we will provide you with additional notice of such changes by providing alerts within the Service, or by contacting the School.

ARK’s Privacy Principles

  • We collect, maintain, use, and disclose Student and Faculty information only for  educational purposes as authorized by the School, and as described in our Privacy Policy.
  • We do not disclose Student or Faculty information for targeted advertising purposes. 
  • We do not build a personal profile of a Student or Faculty user of the Service other than in furtherance of an educational purpose as authorized by the School.
  • We maintain a data security program designed to protect Student and Faculty information maintained by the Service.
  • We will clearly and transparently disclose our information policies and practices to the School and to Faculty and Student users.
  • We will never sell Student or Faculty information unless the sale is part of a corporate transaction, such as a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, or other sale of assets, in which case we will require the new owner to continue to honor the terms provided in this Privacy Policy or we will provide the School with notice and an opportunity to opt out of the transfer of Student and Faculty information by deleting the Student and Faculty information before the transfer occurs.

If you have any questions about reviewing, modifying, or deleting your information or the information of a Student, please contact your School directly.

Collection and Use of Student and Faculty Information

If an account is created by the School on your behalf or on your Students’ behalf in order to facilitate your use or your Students’ use of the Service, certain personal information may be provided to ARK, such as a full name, birthdate, email address or other similar identifying or sensitive information (“Personal Information”).  Information that cannot reasonably be used to identify a person is “de-identified” or non-personal information. When such de-identified or non-personal information of multiple individuals is bundled together, it is called “aggregated” information.   

We may collect information about you or your Students in a variety of ways, which may vary according to your use, or your Students’ use, of the Service. The categories of information we collect may include:

  • Personal Information:
    • Student Personal Information: When an account for a Student is created or updated, we may receive Personal Information about the Student from the School, including the Student’s name, student identification number, birthdate, religious affiliation, gender, grade level, education information, English-language proficiency, and whether the Student is provided any special accommodations for learning.
    • Faculty Personal Information: When your account is created or updated, we may receive Personal Information about you from the School, including your name, email address, birthdate, and information about your education, employment experience, and religious affiliation.
  • Assessment Information:  We may collect information provided directly by you or your Students, and given in response to the Service’s assessment questions. This information includes information about your knowledge or your Students’ knowledge about the Catholic Faith (“Knowledge Assessment Information”), and information about you or your Students’ beliefs and behaviors about the Catholic Faith (“Affinity Assessment Information,” and collectively with Knowledge Assessment Information, “Assessment Information”). 
  • Metrics data: We may collect anonymized metrics concerning your usage, or your Students’ usage, of the Service (“Metrics”) to present, improve, and maintain the Service, and to gather aggregate information about the Service user base.

At the direction of the School, and using ARK’s proprietary technology and the above collected information, we produce a number of scores related to the religious education being provided to Students at the School, including without limitation a Knowledge Score and an Affinity Score (collectively, “Scores”), as they relate to each Faculty and Student user of the Service.  Student Scores and Faculty Scores, either independently or in connection with one another, may be used to prepare reports to be provided to the School or to others at the direction of the School (“Reports”).  Aggregated and de-identified Personal Information, Assessment Information, and Scores may also be used to prepare an additional annual report (“Annual Report”) or to improve the Service.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, Affinity Scores will not be included independently in any Annual Report.

Sharing of Faculty and Student Information with Third Parties 

In addition to sharing the above information with the School, we may share certain information with third parties as follows:

  • Diocese: We may share Faculty and Student Personal Information, Assessment Information, Scores, and Reports with the diocese affiliated with the School.
  • Reports: We may share de-identified and aggregated Faculty and Student information and Scores in the form of an Annual Report with third parties, including other schools and dioceses who use the Service. We may also share aggregated and de-identified information that cannot reasonably be used to identify you or any Student with our sister apostolates.
  • Service Providers: We may share Metrics with our Service Providers (defined below) for data analytic purposes, and may share any other aggregated and de-identified information that cannot reasonably be used to identify you or any Student with our Service Providers.  We may also share Student and Faculty Personal Information with our Service Providers, provided, however, that in such a case, we will require the Service Providers not to use such Personal Information for any reason except to provide services to us.  “Service Providers” means third parties who perform services (such as data storage and data analytics) on our behalf, such as Google Analytics.

We may also share Student and Faculty information: (i) any successor to all or part of our business; (ii) in order to comply with a subpoena, court order, or applicable law; (iii) in order to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of users, us, or the public; and (iv) with other third parties with the consent of, and at the direction of, the School. 

Retention and Deletion of Faculty and Student Information

This section of the Privacy Policy does not apply to aggregated or de-identified Student and Faculty information that cannot reasonably be used to identify a particular individual.

We will retain Student and Faculty Personal Information for as long as the School remains a client of ARK, and will delete such Personal Information, or return it to the School, upon termination of our agreement with the School.  We may retain an archival copy of Student and Faculty Personal Information in accordance with our record retention policies. 

Contact Us

Any comments, concerns or questions relating to this Privacy Policy should be directed to ARK at [email protected]. However, if you have questions about the information of a particular Student or Faculty user of the Service, or about how the School uses the information, please contact your School directly.

ARK Website Privacy Policy

Last updated: October 8,  2020

What information do we collect? 

We collect information from you when you fill out a form. You may be asked to enter your name, e-mail address, mailing address or phone number.

What do we use your information for? 

Your information, whether public or private, will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or given to any other company for any reason whatsoever, without your consent. Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways: 

  • To personalize your experience
  • To improve our website
  • To improve customer service
  • To send periodic emails providing occasional company news, updates, related product or service information, etc.

Note: If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.

How do we protect your information? 

  • We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you submit your personal information. 
  • We offer the use of a secure server.

Do we use cookies? 

Yes. The use of cookies is now commonplace on many websites. We use cookies through our use of Google Analytics on the Site, to track user interaction with the Site. We do this so we can identify which content is of greatest interest to users, in order to allow us to deliver more meaningful content in the future. Tracking usage of the Site through Google Analytics entails placing small digital files on your device (for example, computer or mobile phone). These include small files known as “cookies”. They cannot be used to identify you personally. This information includes the number of visitors to the Site, how visitors have reached the Site from and the pages that they visited within the Site.

You can visit the Site and access the majority of our online content without telling us who you are or giving us any information to identify yourself.  

Google Analytics

Google Analytics collects first party cookies, as described above. The information collected using these cookies is sent to Google and is used to evaluate how the Site is being used. This enables Control Risks to compile statistical reports on how the Site is being used in order to help us deliver more meaningful content for visitors to the Site.

We do not collect (nor allow any third party to collect using the Site) personally identifiable information of visitors to the Site. We will not associate any data gathered with any personally identifying information. We will not link or seek to link any cookie information with any IP address or with the identity of a computer user. In short, our use of Google Analytics does not identify who you are, but it does track your movements on the Site.

A full list of cookies used by Google Analytics and explanations on how these work are available on Google’s website.

To provide website visitors the ability to prevent their data from being used by Google Analytics, Google has developed the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on for the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js, analytics.js, dc.js).

If you want to opt-out, download and install the add-on for your web browser here. The Google Analytics opt-out add-on is designed to be compatible with Chrome, Internet Explorer 8-11, Safari, Firefox and Opera. In order to function, the opt-out add-on must be able to load and execute properly on your browser. For Internet Explorer, 3rd-party cookies must be enabled. Learn more about the opt-out and how to properly install the browser add-on here.

How to disable cookies

You can stop cookies being downloaded onto your computer by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of the Site.

There is more information about cookies, including how to delete them on the website You may also opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics at the link above. 

Do we disclose any information to outside parties? 

No. We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

Third party links 

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent.

Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance 

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website is directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

Online Privacy Policy Only 

This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our website and not to information collected offline or through the digital products or services marketed on this site. The digital products or services have their own separate and independent privacy policies.

Your Consent 

By using our site, you consent to our websites privacy policy.

Changes to our Privacy Policy 

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page.

Contacting Us 

Any comments, concerns or questions relating to this Privacy Policy should be directed to ARK at [email protected].