Privacy Policy

How we collect, use, and disclose your personal data when you use the Novice–Expert+ extension and this website

By using the extension and website, you agree to this privacy policy.

This privacy policy was last updated on August 17, 2022.


Extension: The Novice–Expert+ Chrome extension

Personal data: Data related to an identifiable person. For the extension, this includes any kind of information that a user might enter when using a website or web app. Examples of personal data include name, address, phone number, and email address; health information; credit cards and bank accounts; passwords, personal identification numbers, social security numbers, and security questions; emails, chats, and texts; IP address and GPS coordinates; browsing history; clicks, mouse positions, and keystrokes; speed and accuracy measurements

Third party: Someone other than the user or us

User: The individual whose activity is being recorded by the extension

We, us, our: The developers of the extension and website

Website: This website, which provides information on the extension

You, your: The individual using the extension or website or the organization or other legal entity on behalf of which the individual is using the extension or website

Data risks

The extension can log user activity, display the activity in a popup, and store the activity in a CSV file. This activity can include personal data. Depending on the kind and sensitivity of the data, its unintended disclosure could have adverse consequences for the user or others. Therefore, care should be taken in deciding what kinds of tasks to record. If personal or other sensitive data is stored to a file, care should be taken to protect the file, for example, through encryption, physical security, and other methods.

How we handle your data

No automatic data collection

The extension does not transmit any personal data to us or to any third parties. We do not use the extension or website to collect any personal data.

Data use

If you send us your personal data by other means, we will use it to contact you. We may also use it for the purpose for which it was sent. For example, if you file a bug report, we will use the data you send us to improve the extension. If you submit to us a course assignment that uses the extension, we will use the data you send us to grade the assignment. If you participate in a research study, we will use the data for the purposes described in the study information sheet when you give informed consent. We will not use your data for purposes other than those stated in this privacy policy.

Take care not to send us sensitive personal data (e.g., a credit card or social security number). Before sending us any files or other attachments, remove anything sensitive. If we encounter sensitive personal data, we will delete it.

Data protection

We will make all reasonable efforts to keep your personal data secure and to avoid transmitting it to an insecure location. However, we cannot guarantee its absolute security because no method of transmission across the Internet or electronic storage is completely secure.


We will keep your personal data only as long as needed for the purposes stated in this privacy policy.

No sale or transfer

We will not sell your data to anyone. We will not transfer your data to third parties except for the following reasons: to comply with federal and state laws and regulations, institutional regulations and policies, valid requests from law enforcement, and other legal obligations; to protect and defend our rights and property; to protect ourselves from a legal liability; to prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing related to the extension or website; and to protect users and the public's safety.

Legal jurisdiction

By sending us your personal data, you agree that it may be transferred to computers outside of your legal jurisdiction where different data protection laws may apply.

Children's privacy

We do not knowingly collect personal data from anyone under 13, and we will remove it if we become aware of having collected it without the consent of the child's parent or guardian. Please contact us if your child has provided us with personal data.

Extension use by third parties

If a usability professional, researcher, instructor, or other third party uses the extension to record user data, the user must be provided the opportunity to give informed consent before being recorded. The user must know what is being recorded and when, how it will be used, how it is being safeguarded (e.g., encryption, firewall), whether it is being shared, and under what circumstances.

We are not responsible for any use or misuse of the extension by third parties. We are also not responsible for the content, practices, and privacy policies of third-party websites, applications, or services including those that use or purport to use this extension or website.

Privacy policy updates

If we change this privacy policy, we will post on this page the new privacy policy and the date on which it was last updated. Once posted, changes come into effect. The privacy policy should be reviewed before continued use of the extension and website.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, you may contact Karl MacDorman at