Northstar Location Agreement

This Northstar location agreement was last modified on June 28, 2023.

This Northstar Location Agreement (this “Agreement”), is effective between Literacy Minnesota, a Minnesota non-profit corporation, (”LM”) and the organization, business, or other entity (“Northstar Location”) joining or continuing use of the Northstar Digital Literacy Project (“Project”) as an approved Northstar location.

The Project is an online digital literacy assessment tool hosted by LM designed to be used in educational and non-profit sectors, including libraries, Adult Basic Education, Community Colleges, Community Based Organizations, and similar settings. Northstar Location desires to access the Project to assess the digital literacy of individuals utilizing the assessment through the Northstar Location’s site (“Test Takers”) and LM desires to provide such access.

All parties agree:

Northstar Location’s access to and use of the Project is subject to the terms and conditions of the Terms of Service (“Terms”), which are incorporated by reference. In case of a conflict between the terms of this Agreement and the Terms, the provisions of this Agreement govern.

This Agreement covers a period of one year (the “Initial Term”).Unless earlier terminated in accordance with this Agreement, this Agreement will automatically renew for successive one-year terms (each a “Renewal Term” and together with the Initial Term, the “Term”) unless either party gives the other party written notice of non-renewal. Either party may terminate the Agreement in case of a material breach that remains uncured for 30 days after the non-breaching party provides notice of the breach. Following expiration or termination, LM will retain Test Taker Data (as defined below) for up to one year (“Data Retention Period”) in the event Northstar Location elects to reinstate its use of the Project under the then-current terms and conditions, unless otherwise directed by Northstar Location. Northstar Location acknowledges that unless it enters into a new agreement under the then-current terms and conditions within the Data Retention Period, it will have no further access to Test Taker Data collected during the Term of this Agreement. Upon the expiration or termination of this Agreement, all rights licensed to Northstar Location will revert immediately to LM, and Northstar Location will destroy all copies (including deletion of all digital copies) of the Curricula (as defined below).

Northstar Location will use the Project in a non-profit manner, and will not charge fees to any Test Taker. The Project infrastructure has been designed to be automated to the greatest extent possible, in order to facilitate optimal access to resources at a reasonable cost. This intent and the limitations of LM’s available resources are acknowledged and will be respected by all parties.

The Project can be used by Northstar Location to:

LM acknowledges that, as between LM and Northstar Location, Northstar Location owns all right, title, and interest, in and to information, data, and other content that is submitted, posted, created by, or otherwise transmitted by or on behalf of Northstar Location or a Test Taker (“Test Taker Data”). For clarity, Test Taker Data includes, but is not limited to, the following types of information: Test Taker names, email addresses, assessment scores, and "tags" created by a Northstar Location admin user. Northstar Location hereby grants to LM a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license to reproduce, distribute, and otherwise use and display the Test Taker Data and perform all acts with respect to the Test Taker Data as may be necessary for LM to provide the Project to Northstar Location, and a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide license to reproduce, distribute, modify, and otherwise use and display Test Taker Data in an aggregate and anonymized manner, including to compile statistical and performance information related to the Project. In addition to the rights granted in the Terms of Service, and subject to the limitations of this Agreement, LM hereby grants to Northstar Location during the Term, a non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable license solely to reproduce, perform publicly, display, transmit, distribute, and create derivative works based on the Curricula solely for the purpose of using and adapting the Curricula to support Northstar Location’s use of the Project. For clarity, the definition of “Curricula” includes any permitted adaptations made by Northstar Location.

Northstar Location will:

LM will:

Northstar Location acknowledges that LM’s obligations above are subject to the limits of LM’s then-available resources.


Northstar Location shall pay LM an annual fee established in accordance with LM’s then-current pricing standards, available at Northstar Location shall pay in US dollars on or before the due date set forth in an invoice by LM. All fees and other amounts payable are exclusive of taxes and similar assessments. Northstar Location is responsible for all sales, use, and excise taxes, and any other similar taxes, duties, and charges of any kind imposed by any governmental or regulatory authority on any amounts payable by Northstar Location hereunder, other than any taxes imposed on LM’s income. Both parties agree to negotiate potential additional costs which could arise from unexpectedly heavy use of bandwidth by the Northstar Location, and for direct training and assistance which significantly exceeds the level provided for by the Project.


If you purchase training from Northstar, the training must be scheduled and included within the subscription period. Refunds will not be available for training not scheduled and completed within this period.

Acknowledgement Regarding Student Data

Northstar Locations that are or are associated with schools, school districts, educational organizations, or otherwise provide access to the Project to students (“Schools”) acknowledge that the collection of personal information of students (“Student Data”) may be subject to certain federal and state laws (including the Federal Education and Privacy Rights Act (“FERPA”), Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), California’s Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (“SOPIPA”), or similar laws and regulations). Any Student Data that is submitted to LM is and will continue to be, the property of the School and is subject to the control and direction of the School. Schools have the ability to review, correct, and delete any Student Data submitted via the Project at the School’s site, but may contact LM to correct or delete Student Data if necessary. In the event a third party requests access to Student Data, LM will inform the relevant School of the request or instruct the third party to contact the School directly. LM will not use Student Data for any purposes other than to operate, maintain and provide the Application, or as set forth in its Privacy Policy, or as otherwise allowed by student data privacy laws. LM does not allow marketing within its Application or advertise to students or their families or guardians or develop profiles of students or their families or guardians for commercial purposes unrelated to the Application. LM will not sell or otherwise disclose Student Data for targeted advertising or marketing purposes.


Without limiting or restricting any of the terms and conditions of the Terms, both parties agree to mediate any problems related to cost, services, access, or other issues arising out of this Agreement.

US Government Rights. Each of the documentation and the software components that constitute the Project is a “commercial item” as that term is defined at 48 C.F.R. § 2.101, consisting of “commercial computer software” and “commercial computer software documentation” as such terms are used in 48 C.F.R. § 12.212. Accordingly, if Northstar Location is an agency of the US Government or any contractor therefor, Northstar Location only receives those rights with respect to the Project and documentation as are granted to all other end users, in accordance with (a) 48 C.F.R. § 227.7201 through 48 C.F.R. § 227.7204, with respect to the Department of Defense and their contractors, or (b) 48 C.F.R. § 12.212, with respect to all other US Government users and their contractors.