VirtualBookBuddy Privacy Policy

Effective Date: 2/7/2023


VirtualBookBuddy ("VBB," "we," or "us") is committed to protecting the privacy of its users, including those who access our website located at (the "Site"). This Privacy Policy explains how we collect, use, and disclose the personal information of our users, and how we protect the privacy of children in accordance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). By accessing or using the Site, you consent to the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

Data Collection:

We collect personal information from our users through their use of the Site and the services provided through it, including Google profiles, Google calendars, and Google books. This information may include names, email addresses, profile pictures, and other information provided through the Google account. We may also collect information through video and audio services used during virtual reading sessions. In accordance with COPPA, we will only collect personal information from children under the age of 13 with verifiable parental consent.

Use of Data:

We use the personal information collected from our users to provide the services offered through the Site, including appointment scheduling and virtual reading sessions. We may also use this information to improve the user experience, to analyze usage patterns, and to help us provide better customer service.

Disclosure of Data:

We may disclose personal information in response to legal process, such as a court order or subpoena, or in response to a law enforcement agency's request. We may also disclose personal information to enforce our policies, or when we believe it is necessary to protect our rights, property, or the safety of others.

Google Accounts:

The use of the Site is restricted to users who have a Google account. By registering for a Google account, users agree to the terms and conditions of Google and any applicable laws regarding children registering for a Google account.

Google Calendar Access

At VirtualBookBuddy, we offer the functionality to schedule reading appointments with book buddies using the Google Calendar API. To provide this service, we request access to your Google Calendar data. This access allows us to display your book buddy's availability and schedule reading appointments on your behalf. We only retrieve and use the necessary calendar information for scheduling purposes within our platform.

We understand the importance of protecting your privacy and handling your data responsibly. We do not use your calendar data for any purposes other than scheduling reading appointments.

Parental Consent:

In accordance with COPPA, we will only collect personal information from children under the age of 13 with verifiable parental consent. This consent may be verified through the use of credit card information or another method deemed sufficient by us.

Changes to Privacy Policy:

We reserve the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this Privacy Policy, we will provide notice through the Site or by other means. Your continued use of the Site after any changes are made will signify your acceptance of the new Privacy Policy.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, please use the Contact Us page to email us.

This Privacy Policy is subject to change at any time.