LearnedLeague is deeply respectful of, and committed to preserving, the privacy of its players. This policy outlines the handling of users' personal information that is submitted at any point in the site. The information is used only in the ways specified when it was collected. That information is not shared in any other shape or manner otherwise.
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Players' email addresses will never be revealed on the LearnedLeague website. Furthermore, LearnedLeague will never share a player's email address with anyone, ever, for any reason. The one extremely limited exception: in situations in which LearnedLeague must disclose personally identifiable information about a player if the league has good faith belief that doing so is required by law, such as pursuant to a subpoena or other judicial or administrative order. In such extraordinarily rare cases, we will notify the player in advance of such action.
LearnedLeague notifies active players of the availability of questions, and occasionally
sends emails relating to season recaps, upcoming contests, and other league-related news. Any player who wishes not to be contacted
may request so, and the email address will be purged permanently from the LL database.
As LearnedLeague is built on a foundation of player honesty, it is not possible to allow total anonymity on a player's part. In order to participate in LearnedLeague as a player, one must register with the league using his or her real name (first and last) and email address. LL player nomenclature policy is that, for new players, a Player Name will consist (at the least) of a player's last name and first initial (e.g. 'SmithM'). If this is still too
revealing for a player's taste, and/or if the player is famous or high-profile (e.g. 'ObamaB'), accommodations can be made, but only in select circumstances, and always in the spirit of league integrity. Anonymous pseudonyms will never be permitted for Player Names in LearnedLeague.
While first names are required for registration, as a matter of practice LearnedLeague does not reveal first names on the LL website. However, it cannot be guaranteed that a player's first name will not be revealed, as there are numerous means via which this information could be disclosed (including, but not limited to, another player revealing it on the Message Board, and the player revealing it himself/herself in the process of liking LL on Facebook or following LL on Twitter). Therefore, despite the league practice, players should not expect that their first names will remain private as they play in the league.
Other possible personally identifiable information
To ensure equitable gameplay, and also for the purposes of regional alignment, any new registering player must also provide his or her location. Only a state (or country, if non-US) is required. College attendance information is also requested at the time of registration, and while it is preferred, it is optional. Any location and college information provided by a player during registraton will be disclosed on the player's profile page, and will only be removed at the player's written request.
Players must be cognizant of, and agree to, the fact that LearnedLeague is presently an open website, with pages accessible to anyone with access to the world wide web. However, select information is available only to LL members via logging in to the website. This includes all information on player profile pages, with the exception of PlayerNames, flags, locations, and membership levels. All other player profile information presented on profile pages is restricted.
This restricted information includes gender, college attendance information (if provided), and data collected during match play: statistics relating to match outcome and question answering performance, awards, and referral information. This information is integral to gameplay, and so any player not willing to make this information available is not eligible to participate in LearnedLeague. While access is restricted to active members logged in to the website, it cannot be guaranteed that any of this information is not duplicated on websites without LearnedLeague authorizaton, and over which LearnedLeague has no control.
With regard to social media, any interaction with LearnedLeague outside www.learnedleague.com (such as the aforementioned on Facebook and Twitter) is bound by the privacy policies of those websites, and not LearnedLeague. The exception is player email addresses, which LL commits to protecting (per the above guidelines) in all cases, in perpetuity. LL may call out individuals in Facebook posts and Tweets, and may necessarily reveal first names (and thus link to whataver information the player provides publicly on those websites), but will only call out individuals who have first engaged with LL via a Facebook 'like' or Twitter 'follow'.
Also note that this policy applies to collected information and interaction online, and not to information/interaction offline.
LL Message Board
The LL Message Board is open and available for view by anyone on the world wide web, but in order to post comments on the LearnedLeague Message Board, one must be an active LL member in good standing. Message Board access is incorporated within a player's PlayerName account.
Player email addresses are not made available on the website and will not be divulged by the league upon request. Players who wish to share email addresses with other players may do so via the Private Message functionality of the LL Message Board.
The LL Message Board is lightly moderated, and there is no mechanism to prevent a user from revealing his own or another player's personally identifiable information. However, the site is monitored daily; LL will remove any posts it sees unfit, at its discretion, and will also remove any post at a player's request with the greatest possible haste.
Online payments to LearnedLeague for annual membership dues are transacted via established and trusted payment processors (presently, Paypal and Google Payments). At no time does LearnedLeague receive or have access to any player's credit card or related financial information. Along with the funds, the payment processors pass along to LearnedLeague the payer's provided address, to be used for shipping, if needed. This address information never passes through LearnedLeague servers and will never appear on the LearnedLeague website.