Privacy Policy

Agents of Discovery Platform Privacy Policy

Effective Date: June 1, 2020

1. Introduction

Welcome to the Agents of Discovery Inc. Platform Privacy Policy. This platform allows partners to create, manage, and publish location-based games (called “Missions”) in locations such as: schools or higher education (called “Formal Education”); parks, nature centres, and similar locations (called Informal Education”); and retail outlets, business organizations, and other similar locations (called “For-profit and Nonprofit entities”). These definitions will hereinafter be referred to as “Partners”. 

Partners use our content creation tool (called the “Mission Maker”) to publish to the Agents of Discovery mobile application (called the “Mobile App”) – these are collectively referred to as the “Platform”. Together, we are encouraging people of all ages across the globe to get active and engaged while discovering the world around them. We thank you for joining the Move to Play & Learn movement.

Agents of Discovery is committed to protecting user privacy, as well as providing a safe and fun learning platform. This Privacy Policy explains what type of information is collected from users of the Platform, and what the information is used for.

2. General Usage and Guest Users

Users can play the Mobile App as a guest by selecting the “Missions” button immediately upon landing on the main screen. This approach does not require users to log in. No personal information is collected by Agents of Discovery from guest users, and all game data remains on the user’s device. Device information or identifiers are collected and used by third parties for the purposes of collecting and providing diagnostic information to Agents of Discovery, as well as providing services to the user.

The Mobile App invites players to embark on Missions, which are location-based games found at participating locations. Missions require players to explore the participating location to unlock gamified content (“Challenges”) through scanning Quick Response (“QR”) Codes, scanning Image Recognition (“IR”) images, or using their device’s Global Positioning System (“GPS”) coordinates. 

The Mobile App asks permission before accessing a user’s GPS location data, microphone, camera, internal/external storage, step counter, and/or other device sensors to support gameplay. However, a guest user’s data is only stored internally on the guest user’s device and never collected by Agents of Discovery (with the exception of third-party diagnostic device information and services – see Section 7).

3. Registered App Accounts

With parental/legal guardian permission, children under the age of 13 may sign up with a registered app account in the game. This allows for users to save their Mission progress in the Platform. Personal information is collected from registered app accounts – see a full list of what information is collected in Section 5 below. In the registered app account creation process, the Mobile App asks for a username, password, and email address (for activation purposes) to create the registered account.

Users aged 13 and under are required to submit their parent/legal guardian’s email in place of their own to ask permission to create a registered app account. The password, username, and email address are solely requested to obtain parental/legal guardian consent for the creation of the registered app account. If the parent/legal guardian does not respond to a request to obtain consent within 14 days, the account will be deleted.

Agents of Discovery sends an account activation email to the email address provided for the parent/legal guardian. This email outlines what information Agents of Discovery collects, what the information is used for, and how to access the Privacy Policy. In addition, the email shows how to revoke consent relating to the collection of a users data in their registered app account, thereby advising parents/legal guardians of their right to view any personal information about their child which is collected through use of the Platform.

If desired, parents/legal guardians can request modifications or deletion of said personal information by emailing [email protected]. Parent/legal guardians may also request that no personal information be collected from their child under the age of 13 through use of the Platform by emailing [email protected].

4. Teacher Consent

For use of the Platform in classroom activities, a teacher may provide consent to the creation of a registered app account on behalf of the parent/legal guardian.

Nevertheless, the teacher may elect to obtain parent/legal guardian consent either through having the student provide their parent/legal guardian’s email address when creating a registered app account, or by having the parent/legal guardian sign a permission slip. We recommend using the Agents of Discovery Permission Slip, which is available through emailing [email protected].

Alternatively, teachers may have their students play the Platform as guest users, in which case no personal information is collected through use of the Platform.

5. What Information is Collected by the Platform

5.1 Information Collected from Registered Accounts

Agents of Discovery collects the following information from registered Mobile App and/or Mission Maker accounts:

  • Login Credentials (username and password)
  • User, parent, or legal guardian email address
  • Birth year, Grade level, and gender (at the option of the player)
  • Missions downloaded
  • Mission progress and performance (e.g. Challenges Found/Completed, Times Visited, or USBees earned)
  • Estimated miles/kilometers travelled and time spent playing each Mission
  • Preferred language
  • Device information and identifiers collected through third parties, for the sole purpose of collecting diagnostic data and providing services related to the Platform
  • Player response data (e.g. images or text collected in response to questions from Image Player Response or Text Player Response challenge types)

Agents of Discovery does not share or sell any personal information to third parties. The only exception to this rule would be in cases where Agents of Discovery shares personal information from registered app accounts with educators who have students using the Agents of Discovery Platform as part of classroom activities.

5.2 Requested Device Permissions

Mission Maker may request your location from your web browser to improve the Mission creation process.

The Agents of Discovery Mobile App may access the following device permissions:

  • Camera, for the purpose of playing Challenges in a Mission. If using a registered app account during a Image or Text Response Challenge, captured data may be submitted to the Mission Maker and accessed by Partners who created the Mission.
  • Location/Location Services, for the purpose of playing GPS-based Missions and providing analytic data related to estimated distances travelled by the player.
  • Microphone, for the purpose of playing Challenges in a Mission. No microphone data is ever collected or stored.
  • Internal/External Storage, for the purpose of storing app, player, and Mission data.
  • Step Counter, for the purpose of collecting and improving analytic data related to estimated distances travelled by the player.

6. Why the Information is Collected

6.1. General

Agents of Discovery collects personal information to support gameplay, gauge effectiveness and reach of the Platform, and, in the case of classroom use, permit educators to monitor and evaluate their students’ performance using the Platform. Agents of Discovery does not share or sell personal information for commercial purposes. Agents of Discovery may in rare circumstances use a player’s email address to contact them (such as if they are a winner in an Explorer Campaign).

6.2. Information Collected to Secure Parental/Legal Guardian Consent

Agents of Discovery collects the username, password, and email address of a parent/legal guardian to facilitate the creation of a registered app account. For more information about why this information is collected, see Section 3 (above).

6.3. Information Collected to Support Platform Use

Agents of Discovery collects a username, password, and email address from a registered app account to allow the player to sign in to any device to use the Platform and save their progress. Agents of Discovery collects information to support user experience and provide feedback to Partners regarding a Mission’s effectiveness.

This information includes, at the option of the player with a registered app account (or the parent/legal guardian): Grade level, birth year, and gender. Agents of Discovery also collects Missions downloaded, Mission progress, Mission performance, player responses in the form of text or images captured with their device, estimated distance travelled, estimated time spent playing, and USBees earned by solving Challenges.

Agents of Discovery collects username, password, and a parent/legal guardian email address for administrative purposes, which includes prevention of duplicate accounts, password reset requests, account activation, and requests to view, modify, or delete personal information (upon request to [email protected]).

6.4. Information Collected to Gauge Effectiveness and Reach

Agents of Discovery de-identifies the information described in Section 5.1. to share aggregate user statistics with informal Partners who are not collaborating with formal educators. This allows informal Partners to gauge effectiveness and reach of their Missions.

Agents of Discovery does not share or sell any personal information from registered app accounts to informal Partners who are not using the Platform as part of classroom activities or in collaboration with formal educators.

6.5. Information Collected for Classroom Use

Educators may use the Platform as part of classroom activities. At the teacher’s discretion, Agents of Discovery may share personal information of students with the Partners for educational purposes.

This information includes: username, parent/legal guardian email address, age, Grade level, gender, Missions downloaded, Mission progress, Mission performance, USBees earned, player responses (in the form of text or images captured with their device), estimated distance travelled playing Missions, and estimated time spent playing Missions.

This allows educators and teachers to monitor and evaluate performance of students playing the platform. This information may be shared with the parent/legal guardian of the student upon request to a teacher, school, or school district, as provided for by law. Agents of Discovery does not use any personal information collected from students for any purposes other than education.

7. Third Parties

The following third parties may collect data during your use of the Platform for the purpose of providing services and collecting diagnostic information on behalf of Agents of Discovery:

  • Zendesk (support services)
  • Delighted (feedback widget)
  • Google Analytics (e.g. site usage data)
  • Unity (game engine) – see Privacy Policy here:
  • Google Firebase Cloud Messaging (i.e. push notifications)
    • Collects Instance IDs to determine which devices to send a message to.
  • Microsoft Visual Studio App Center (does not collect personally identifiable information)

8. Changes

Please note that Agents of Discovery may update and change the Privacy Policy from time to time without any notice to you. Any new features that change or enhance the Platform, including the release of new tools and resources, will be subject to the Privacy Policy.

Continued use of the Mission Maker and/or the Mobile App after any such changes will constitute your consent to such changes. You can request the most current version of the Privacy Policy at any time by emailing [email protected].

9. Submission to Jurisdiction

This Agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of Alberta and applicable laws of Canada without reference to conflict of laws rules which might refer any matter to the laws of another jurisdiction. Each of the parties irrevocably submits to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the Province of Alberta.

10. Questions? Concerns? Requests?

For questions, concerns, or requests (including requests to view your or your child’s personal information collected by the Platform, and requesting modification or deletion of personal information) under this Privacy Policy, please contact [email protected].