Yale Center for Health & Learning Games: smokeSCREEN™ Game Site

Privacy Statement

Researchers at the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games of the Yale Child Study Center have developed a tobacco use prevention videogame named smokeSCREEN™ to examine through play how the game impacts mediators of behavior change in teens related to tobacco use including knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and self-efficacy. We are committed to protecting the privacy of users of the smokeSCREEN game site, which is made available via: https://user.p2p-games.org/login (the “Game Site”). This Privacy Statement describes our collection, use and disclosure of data submitted by you when you access and participate in the smokeSCREEN game and the steps we take to protect such data.

Access and participation in the smokeSCREEN game is entirely voluntary. By accessing the smokeSCREEN game, you hereby acknowledge consent to the practices and procedures described in this Privacy Statement.

Information provided to us

The smokeSCREEN game may be accessed by requesting log-in credentials from the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games via the request form. We request contact information for the requesting individual and his or her representative agency or organization, including name, email address, and the name and address of the school district with which the individual is affiliated. Only users with usernames and passwords generated by the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games on an anonymous basis may access the Game Site.

We do not collect personal information from children: The smokeSCREEN game is designed for users in the United States who are between the ages of 10-16. The Game Site does not collect personal information of any user. If you believe that we might have any personal information from or about anyone under the age of 18, please notify us immediately at smokescreen@yale.edu or (203) 737-5595. In the event we learn that we collected personal information from anyone under the age of 18, and do not have a parent or guardian's consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible.

Game Survey: The smokeSCREEN game will prompt you to take an initial survey regarding your activity and attitudes concerning tobacco use, which is based upon the research of Dr. Lynn Fiellin and her team at the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games. The survey will also request certain demographic information about you (e.g. gender, age, ethnicity). All responses will be anonymous.

Gameplay Data. The smokeSCREEN game allows you to respond anonymously to various questions and specific situations presented in the game.

All data submitted by you via the Game Site will be stored and maintained via LimeSurvey.org. Such data will not include personally identifiable information.

Please visit the following pages for more information on LimeSurvey.org, its terms of use and privacy practices. If you do not agree with these terms and practices, please do not access or use the Game Site.

Information gathered automatically

Unless you take steps to browse the internet anonymously, or opt-out, we track web browsing patterns using Gaug.es, a web analytics service provided by Report Garden, Inc. (“RGI”). Gaug.es uses “cookies,” which are text files placed on your computer, and other similar technologies to help us analyze how the Game Site is used. The information generated by the cookie includes your IP address. This information will be transmitted to and stored by RGI on its servers. RGI will use this information for the purpose of evaluating use of the Game Site, compiling reports on website activity, and providing other services relating to Internet usage. RGI may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law or where such third parties process the information on the company’s behalf.

Please visit the following pages for more information on the Gaug.es website analytics service and privacy practices. By using the Game Site, you hereby consent to the processing of data about them by RGI in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Users may adjust their browser or operating system settings to limit certain tracking or to decline cookies; however, if you do so, you may be unable to access certain areas or use certain features of the site. Check the “Help” menu of your browser or operating system to learn how to delete and/or disable your browser or operating system from receiving cookies or controlling your tracking preferences.

How we use and share Information

We use the anonymous data submitted by you via the Game Site to examine how the game impacts mediators of behavior change in teens related to tobacco use including knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and self-efficacy. We may combine such data with anonymous data submitted by other users of the Game Site. Researchers at the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games will analyze the data and may report findings through scientific publications.

We may use standard server log information that we collect automatically through the Game Site to: operate, maintain, enhance and provide all features of the smokeSCREEN game; monitor aggregate usage metrics; respond to comments and questions; and otherwise provide support to users.

To the extent permitted by applicable law, we may disclose user information if required to do so by law, in response to a court order, judicial or other government subpoena or warrant, or to otherwise cooperate with law enforcement or other governmental agencies.

We also retain information submitted by users for archival purposes and reserve the right to disclose such information that we believe, in good faith, is appropriate or necessary to (i) take precautions against liability, (ii) protect ourselves or others from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful uses or activity, (iii) investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations, (iv) protect the security or integrity of the smokeSCREEN game and Game Site and any facilities or equipment used to make the smokeSCREEN game available, or (v) protect our property or other legal rights (including, but not limited to, enforcement of our agreements), or the rights, property, or safety of others.

Do Not Track

We do not track smokeSCREEN game users over time nor across third-party websites or online services to provide targeted advertising, and we do not specifically respond to Do Not Track (“DNT”) signals.

Third-Party Sites

The Game Site may contain links to websites of third parties whose information collection and handling practices may differ from ours. If you choose to access these other websites, you should consult the privacy policies and practices of such sites before accessing and using their sites or services, which we do not control. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of such websites.

Changes to this Privacy Statement

We may change this Privacy Statement from time to time. Any changes will be posted on this page with an updated revision date. Your continued access and participation in the smokeSCREEN game after the revised Privacy Statement has become effective indicates that you have read, understood and agreed to the then-current version of this Privacy Statement.

This Privacy Statement applies to the Game Site only. Any information you may have shared while visiting other websites of Yale University is subject to the privacy policies and statements applicable to those sites.

This Privacy Statement was last updated in December 2018.


If you have any questions, comments or requests regarding this Privacy Statement or our handling of information described herein, please contact the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games at smokescreen@yale.edu or (203) 737-5595.