PASCO Privacy Policy Statement

Version 9-28-18

At PASCO, customers always come first. We recognize that building a long-term business relationship with you is dependent on our ability to create and maintain a foundation of trust. This is why we have a firm commitment to respecting as well as protecting your privacy.

We’ve structured our web sites so that, in general, you can visit PASCO on the Web without identifying yourself or revealing any personal information. Visitors to the website that are 18 years of age or older may choose to provide us personal information (name, address, e-mail address, phone number, etc.) but can be assured that it will only be used to support your customer relationship with PASCO. PASCO offers educational products and services to educational professionals and institutions. PASCO products and services are not intended for direct purchase by individuals under the age of 18 and as such we do not market our products and services to individuals under 18 years of age.

What information we collect

We collect only the minimal amount of information needed to deliver the product.

On some PASCO web sites, you can order products or services, download software updates, make requests, and register to receive materials. The types of personal information collected at these pages include name, e-mail address, contact and billing information, transaction, and credit card information. In order to tailor our subsequent communications to you and continuously improve our products and services (including registration), we may also ask you to provide us with information regarding your personal or professional interests, demographics, experience with our products, and contact preferences. Data collected online may also be combined with information you provide when you register your ownership of PASCO products. Personal information can be updated each time you place an order or obtain a quote from the online PASCO store.

PASCO also uses web site logging/analysis software to track how PASCO visitors navigate through the site. This site log, commonly called a “hit” log, allows PASCO to determine which PASCO web site pages are the most popular. The log contains no personal information, only a listing of web site addresses visited by PASCO customers.

How we use the information

PASCO uses your information to better understand your needs and provide you with better service. Specifically, we use your information to help you complete a transaction, to communicate back to you, to update you on services and benefits, and to personalize our web sites for you. Credit card numbers are used only for payment processing and are not retained for other purposes.

From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research or to provide you with marketing information we think would be of particular interest. At a minimum, we will always give you the opportunity to opt-out of receiving such contact.

Whom we share the information with

PASCO will not sell, rent, or lease your personal information to others. Unless you tell us otherwise or law prevents us, we will only share the personal data you provide online with other PASCO entities and/or business partners who are acting on our behalf for the uses described above. Such PASCO entities and/or business partners are governed by our privacy policies with respect to the use of this data and are bound by the appropriate confidentiality agreements.

How PASCO Uses Cookies

A cookie is a piece of text asking permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. If you agree, then your browser adds the text in a small text file. Cookies help us analyze web traffic and let us know when you visit a particular PASCO web page. Cookies enable web applications to respond to you as an individual. By gathering and remembering information about your preferences, the web application can tailor its operation to your needs, likes and dislikes.

A few PASCO web sites use cookies to track unique IDs as part of the customer web navigation. This cookie, by itself, only tells us that a previous PASCO visitor has returned. If you deny the cookie, you can still use the site anonymously. Certain PASCO web sites use cookies to provide an automated log-in process for previously registered customers. This insures that you will be accurately identified and linked with your registration data.

Overall, cookies help us give you a better, personalized web site to use. PASCO wants to be sure you understand that accepting a cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any personal information about you, other than the data you chose to share with us. This practice is strictly enforced. We know that a lot of people have concerns about cookies, but in talking with many of our customers, we believe that the benefit we both gain from their proper use is worthwhile. We value the relationships we have with our customers, so we respect these concerns. PASCO works to continuously improve the PASCO web experience and personal data privacy policy and practices.

You may set your web browser to notify you of cookie placement requests or decline cookies completely. You can delete the files that contains cookies; those files are stored as part of your internet browser. Note that some areas within the website will not function correctly if you disable cookies.

Software Privacy Policy

Our software applications and mobile apps do not collect, store, or transmit any personal information to PASCO or any third parties. In cases of application crashes users may voluntarily send a crash report via email. In these cases the information is only used internal to PASCO to diagnose and fix the cause of the crash. It is not used or distributed outside of our Software and Teacher Support departments for any reason. Our full Software Privacy Policy is available for you to read.

Links to Third Party Web Sites

Links to third party web sites are provided solely as a convenience to you. If you use these links, you will leave the PASCO site. PASCO has not reviewed all of these third party sites and does not control and is not responsible for any of these sites, their content or their privacy policies. Thus, PASCO does not endorse or make any representations about them, or any information, software or other products or materials found there, or any results that may be obtained from using them. If you decide to access any of the third party sites linked to this site, you do this entirely at your own risk.

Student Privacy

PASCO scientific is fully compliant with California's Student Online Personal Information Protection Act ("SOPIPA"), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ("FERPA"),  Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and California Assembly Bill (“AB”) 1584 found in California Education Code section 49073.1. (Full details about our compliance with AB 1584 are available)

How do we comply?

Except for two rare exceptions (see directly below), PASCO scientific does not track, collect or store any personal information about any student anywhere at PASCO, including our website or in any of our systems/databases.  Our software does not collect any personal identifiable information from students, nor does it include any advertising. 


In regards to earlier version e-book downloads (Essential Physics 1st and 2nd Edition), where the purchaser inputted the student’s name during the purchasing check out procedure,  PASCO maintains a user login record of e-book access in its secure server with limited employee access. This information is available for review upon request. All current and future version e-book download users are assigned an anonymous identification number without any personally identifiable information associated with it.

In regards to software application crashes, the software will request that the user send a crash report to PASCO. The crash reporting is optional. If the user elects to send the report, it is sent to PASCO via email. The email will contain the email address of the sender. See Software Privacy Policy.

Regarding any personal data associated with the two limited exceptions, the data is fully secured and never shared.

3rd Party Access/3rd Party Service Providers

PASCO prevents 3rd parties from accessing or utilizing any Student Record under PASCO’s control (internal network) except for the following:

  • Data Base consultants under contract/NDA.
  • Outside Auditors such as ISO 9001 under strict supervision.

PASCO utilizes 3rd party services such as Google Apps, Google Play, etc. However, these providers have no access to PASCO’s secure network, and users provide information at their own discretion (account setup, etc.). PASCO urges parents who purchase products through these sites not to disclose their student’s personal identifiable information.

General data handling policy:  in the event of a PASCO sale or merger

In the event that all or a portion of PASCO or its assets are acquired by or merged with a 3rd party, personal information that we have collected from users would be one of the assets transferred to or acquired by that 3rd party. This Privacy Policy will continue to apply to your information, and any acquirer would only be able to handle your personal information as per this policy (unless you give consent to a new policy). We will provide you with notice of an acquisition within thirty (30) days following the completion of such a transaction, by posting on our homepage, or by email to your email address that you provided to us. If you do not consent to the use of your personal information by such a successor company, you may request its deletion.

General data handling policy:  in the event of PASCO going out of business

In the unlikely event that PASCO goes out of business, or files for bankruptcy, we will protect your personal information, and will not sell it to any 3rd party.

Control of Data/Data Retention

How Long PASCO Keeps Information?  PASCO will store the data for three years or per the user’s license/contract requirement or delete the account upon user request.

PASCO will only use personally identifiable information for the delivery and functioning of the product or service in the manner for which it is intended for use by the school. Information is sometime used for marketing purposes such as keeping the customer up to date regarding the latest products and offerings. The customer can opt out at any time in regard to these informational emails, etc.

Minimization of Data Collection

PASCO minimizes the use of student identifiable data. If future products/contracts require additional use of identifiable data for these students, it will be designed to operate with minimal collection of the student data.  That is, only such data which is reasonably needed to provide the intended service to the school. 

Data Usage:   Advertising and Marketing

At no time will PASCO share or otherwise transfer any student’s personally identifiable information or directory information to a 3rd party for advertising or marketing purposes.  

Data Usage:   Internal Operations

PASCO may use aggregated anonymized data and de-identified metadata for internal operations purposes such as improving the functioning of its product, developing new products, marketing research to validate and improve the product, or integrating the products of 3rd parties to provide new functionality. 

School Rights/Control of Data/Parents Rights

Any and all Student Records provided to PASCO, or to which PASCO has been granted access, are and shall remain the sole property of the School District or educational agency (collectively, “School District”) that provided or granted access to such records.

Parent and Student Review Procedures: As stated above, PASCO does not store any personally identifiable information in regards to Student Records except for e-book downloads where the purchaser inputted the student’s name during the purchasing check out procedure. This log information is available for review upon request. Furthermore, any future applications that have access or use of student data will be available for review upon request.

Schools have the right to review, have deleted and/or refuse to permit further collection or use of the student’s information upon request.

PASCO will allow for inspection, review and amendment or changes to student data via an authorized written request from a school addressed to the PASCO Privacy Officer. Contact information is noted below under the Questions/Complaints section.

PASCO’s general practices related to data security and integrity including any breach of data;

I.E. Security and Confidentiality of Customer information:

PASCO has a secure server with limited employee access.

-The PASCO internal network is a private network accessible by employees only (by a user name and login password).  It is a VPN (Virtual Private Network). The VPN is an SSL (Secured Socket Layer) encrypted network.

-The PASCO general website is “https” (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure) encrypted. The 'S' at the end of HTTPS stands for 'Secure'. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted.

Education/Employee Training

PASCO provides data privacy and security training to all company employees responsible in whole or in part for design, production, development, monetization and operations of their products and employees who are directly or peripherally involved in collection, use, storage, disclosure or other handling of student identifiable data.  Training is required to be conducted a minimum of one time per year. 

Unauthorized Disclosure/Data Breach: In the unlikely event any Student Records are inadvertently compromised via an outside data breach or for any other reason, PASCO shall notify the School District that owns such records immediately upon the discovery of such inadvertent disclosure. The School District may in turn notify affected parents, legal guardians, or eligible students as the School District deems appropriate.

Other Security measures:

-PASCO conducts background checks on all employees who have access to student data. 

Changes to this Privacy Policy

PASCO reserves the right to amend, alter, or otherwise change this Privacy Policy at our sole and absolute discretion. We will post a notice (revision date) of the new Policy from the privacy policy link on our Web site.

Privacy Policy Notifications

Customers will be notified in advance of material changes to privacy policies, including practices around new or additional data collection, or practices that may lessen the previously noted protections around student data privacy.


 If you ever have any questions about our online privacy policy, please contact us. We respect your rights and privacy, and will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have. You may direct any such questions by writing to PASCO Privacy Officer, 10101 Foothills Blvd, Roseville CA  95747, or calling 916-786-3800, or sending E-mail to:

PASCO GDPR Privacy Statement Addendum

Version: 7-6-2018

Welcome to the GDPR privacy section of our website.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a legal framework that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals within the European Union (EU).  It came into force on May 25, 2018. The PASCO scientific general Privacy Statement already covers most of the requirements of the GDPR.

The following information is in regard to the significant GDPR requirements that are not included in the general PASCO Privacy Policy Statement.

**Note: Numerous Articles of the GDPR are referenced below. For more information, go to the Europa GDPR website for the specific details of the Articles.

1. Name and location of the controller

Controller in terms of GDPR is:
PASCO scientific
10101 Foothills Blvd.,
Roseville, CA 95747 USA
Ph. # 916-786-3800

2. Name and residence of the data protection officer (also known as: PASCO Privacy Officer). If you have any questions about this privacy declaration, you can contact our data protection officer:
PASCO scientific
10101 Foothills Blvd.,
Roseville, CA 95747 USA
Ph. # 916-786-3800
Attention: Privacy Officer
E-mail to:
3. Scope of processing personal data
We only process personal data of our users in so far as this is necessary for the provision of a functional website as well as our content and services. The processing of personal data of our users takes place only with the consent of the user.
4. Basis for the processing of personal data
There are six lawful bases for processing personal data under the GDPR:

  • Consent: The data subject has freely given consent for their information to be processed for a specific purpose.
  • The data subject (EU customer) has given consent to the processing of his or her personal data for one or more specific purposes.
  • The controller (PASCO) can demonstrate that the data subject has consented to processing of his or her personal data.
  • Contract: Processing is necessary due to the fulfillment of a contract.
  • Legal Obligation: Processing is necessary to comply with the law.
  • Vital Interest: Processing is necessary to save or protect an individual’s life.
  • Public Tasks: Processing is necessary to perform a public interest in official functions. (Primarily applies to governmental agencies/entities.)
  • Legitimate Interests: Processing is necessary to the legitimate interests of an organization or a third-party affiliate.   

5. Contact by e-mail or contact form
When you contact us via email or contact form, we will store and use your personal data to process your request and possible further queries. Any more use of the data only takes place if you consent to it or if this is legally permissible without your consent.    

6. Your rights (Per Chapter 3 of the GDPR; Rights of the data subject).
Per the GDPR, you have the following rights in regard to your personal data:

A. Right of access

You have the right to obtain from PASCO as to whether or not personal data concerning you is being processed, and, where that is the case, access to the personal data and the following information:
(a) the purposes of the processing;
(b) the categories of personal data concerned;
(c) the recipients or categories of recipient to whom the personal data have been or will be disclosed, in particular recipients in third countries or international organizations;
(d) where possible, the envisaged period for which the personal data will be stored, or, if not possible, the criteria used to determine that period;
(e) the existence of the right to request from the controller rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing of personal data concerning the data subject or to object to such processing;
(f) the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority;
(g) where the personal data are not collected from the data subject, any available information as to their source;
(h) the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, referred to in Article 22(1) and (4) GDPR and, at least in those cases, meaningful information about the logic involved, as well as the significance and the envisaged consequences of such processing for the data subject.

B) Right to rectification
You have the right to obtain from the controller without undue delay the rectification of inaccurate personal data concerning you. Taking into account the purposes of the processing, you have the right to have incomplete personal data completed, including by means of providing a supplementary statement.

C) Right to erasure (right to be forgotten)

1. You have the right to obtain the erasure of personal data concerning you without undue delay and the controller shall have the obligation to erase personal data without undue delay where one of the following grounds applies:
(a) the personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;
(b) the data subject withdraws consent on which the processing is based according to point (a) of Article 6(1), or point (a) of Article 9(2) GDPR, and where there is no other legal ground for the processing;
(c) the data subject objects to the processing pursuant to Article 21(1) GDPR  and there are no overriding legitimate grounds for the processing, or the data subject objects to the processing pursuant to Article 21(2) GDPR;
(d) the personal data have been unlawfully processed;
(e) the personal data have to be erased for compliance with a legal obligation in Union or Member State law to which the controller is subject;
(f) the personal data have been collected in relation to the offer of information society services referred to in Article 8(1) of the GDPR.

2. Where the controller has made the personal data public and is obliged pursuant to paragraph 1 to erase the personal data, the controller, taking account of available technology and the cost of implementation, shall take reasonable steps, including technical measures, to inform controllers which are processing the personal data that the data subject has requested the erasure by such controllers of any links to, or copy or replication of, those personal data.

3. Paragraphs I. and II. shall not apply to the extent that processing is necessary:
(a) for exercising the right of freedom of expression and information;
(b) for compliance with a legal obligation which requires processing by Union or Member State law to which the controller is subject or for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller;
(c) for reasons of public interest in the area of public health in accordance with points (h) and (i) of Article 9(2) as well as Article 9(3);
(d) for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes in accordance with Article 89(1) in so far as the right referred to in paragraph 1 is likely to render impossible or seriously impair the achievement of the objectives of that processing;
(e) for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims.

D) Right to restriction of processing

1. You have the right to obtain from the controller restriction of processing where one of the following applies:
(a) the accuracy of the personal data is contested by the data subject, for a period enabling the controller to verify the accuracy of the personal data;
(b) the processing is unlawful and the data subject opposes the erasure of the personal data and requests the restriction of their use instead;
(c) the controller no longer needs the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but they are required by the data subject for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims;
(d) the data subject has objected to processing pursuant to Article 21(1) GDPR pending the verification whether the legitimate grounds of the controller override those of the data subject.

2. Where processing has been restricted under paragraph 1, such personal data shall, with the exception of storage, only be processed with the data subject's consent or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims or for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person or for reasons of important public interest of the Union or of a Member State.

3. A data subject who has obtained restriction of processing pursuant to paragraph 1 shall be informed by the controller before the restriction of processing is lifted.

E) Right of notification

The controller shall communicate any rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing carried out in accordance with Article 16, Article 17(1) and Article 18 GDPR to each recipient to whom the personal data have been disclosed, unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort. The controller shall inform the data subject about those recipients if the data subject requests it.

F) Right to data portability

1. You have the right to receive the personal data concerning you, which you have provided to a controller, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and have the right to transmit those data to another controller without hindrance from the controller to which the personal data have been provided, where:
(a) the processing is based on consent pursuant to point (a) of Article 6(1) or point (a) of Article 9(2) or on a contract pursuant to point (b) of Article 6(1); and
(b) the processing is carried out by automated means.

2. In exercising his or her right to data portability, the data subject shall have the right to have the personal data transmitted directly from one controller to another, where technically feasible.

3. The exercise of the right referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article shall be without prejudice to Article 17 .  That right shall not apply to processing necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.

4. The right referred to in paragraph 1 shall not adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.

G) Right to object

1. You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to processing of personal data concerning you which is based on point (e) or (f) of Article 6(1) GDPR, including profiling based on those provisions. The controller shall no longer process the personal data unless the controller demonstrates compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims.

2. Where personal data are processed for direct marketing purposes, the data subject shall have the right to object at any time to processing of personal data concerning him or her for such marketing, which includes profiling to the extent that it is related to such direct marketing.

3. Where the data subject objects to processing for direct marketing purposes, the personal data shall no longer be processed for such purposes.

4. At the latest at the time of the first communication with the data subject, the right referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 shall be explicitly brought to the attention of the data subject and shall be presented clearly and separately from any other information.

5. In the context of the use of information society services, and notwithstanding Directive 2002/58/EC, the data subject may exercise his or her right to object by automated means using technical specifications.

6. Where personal data are processed for scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes pursuant to Article 89(1), the data subject, on grounds relating to his or her particular situation, shall have the right to object to processing of personal data concerning him or her, unless the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out for reasons of public interest.

H) This Privacy Policy is Subject to change
PASCO reserves the right to modify this privacy statement at any time to ensure that it complies with all current legal requirements or to implement changes to our services in the privacy statement,