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WGBH created three children's sites—www.fffbi.com, www.c-r-u-s-t.com, www.bunkum-and-codswallop.com ("the Sites")—that form an interactive detective story about the Fin, Fur and Feather Bureau of Investigation, and their followers and enemies.

For more information about this project, please contact the Deputy Director via Eel-Mail.

The Sites are free and the content is educational and humorous (we hope), and is intended for visitors of all ages.

As the Sites develop, we may revise this Privacy Policy to reflect changes in the law, our practices, or site features. As a result, you should periodically review this Privacy Policy so you are up-to-date on our current policies and practices.

Personal Data

The Sites are designed so that you may participate in the activities without the need to supply personally identifiable information. If we introduce communication features, such as a survey to ask what you think of the project, we will only request non-personally-identifiable information (such as your first name, age, city/town, or state/province/country). If you write to us via e-mail ("Eel-mail"), we may reply, but we will not store your e-mail address for the purpose of future correspondence. We will not use such information for other purposes, or share your personal information with others.


From time to time, we may run contests on the Sites. We may require an e-mail address to enter you in a contest, and will use that address only to notify participants of the winner(s). We will not use the e-mail addresses for any other purpose.

If we know you are under the age of 13 and we need to collect any information from you beyond an e-mail address in connection with contest entries—for example a home address to mail a prize—we will notify a parent and obtain prior consent before obtaining this information.

We may ask you to provide your parent's e-mail address to notify your parent if you win. In the prize notification e-mail to your parent, we may ask for a home mailing address to ship the prize, or invite the parent to call a telephone number to provide the mailing address.

Aggregated Data

In order to make the Sites as good as they can be, we will record which pages are more popular by looking at traffic logs. This data gives us general information such as how long users spend on the Sites, what browsers they are using, and which sites they have come from. This information helps us understand our audience, but is not matched in any way to personal data that we may also receive.


We use a small software file called a cookie to remember where individual users are within the Sites, so that if they return, they can continue the story without having to start from the beginning again. These cookies are optional, and refusing to accept them will not reduce enjoyment of the Sites. The user's cookie file lives on the user's machine, and can be deleted at any time by the user.

External Links Operated by Third Parties

The theme of this project is detective work, so we have incorporated some links to external sites within the context of the detective story. You are encouraged to do research at these sites and report back their findings. These external links are operated by third parties that are not affiliated with WGBH. WGBH does not produce, maintain, or monitor these third party sites. The links are clearly marked, and are included as a useful resource for learning. You should review the privacy policies of these third party sites for their policies and practices regarding the collection and use of personally identifiable information.

Change Future Use

The Sites within this project are privately funded. If, in the course of development, additional funding becomes available, or a commercial business model avails itself, we will amend this privacy policy accordingly. We will also update this policy if privacy legislation changes or if we add features, such as a contest, where additional personal data is required. For more information about privacy legislation governing Web sites for children, please visit the Federal Trade Commission's site at ftc.gov.