- 1. Types Of Information That May Be Collected
- 2. How Information May Be Collected
- 3. How We Use The Information Collected
- 4. With Whom The Information May Be Shared
- 5. Chat Rooms, Forums, And Message Boards
- 6. Links To Other Websites
- 7. Security
- 8. A Special Note For Parents Concerning Privacy
- 10. Correcting/Updating Personal Information
- 11. Data Retention
- 12. EU Safe Harbor
- 13. Your California Privacy Rights
The following are the types of information we may collect:
Information You Provide Us
In the course of using the Site, we may ask you to provide us with certain information, including contact information (such as your name, mailing address, email address, phone number, or zip code), unique identifiers (such as your user ID and password), demographic information (such as your date of birth or gender) or similar information.
Personal information that you provide to us, such as your user ID and password, name, email address, telephone number, physical address, birth date, gender or zip code or other information may be collected via the Site.
Site Usage Information
We may receive and store certain types of information whenever you visit the Site. For example, we may collect click-stream data and your IP address.
When you open emails from the Site, we may receive a confirmation noting you opened an email from us, if your computer supports such capabilities. We also may keep track of what emails we send you and what emails you may be receiving from us and our subsidiaries and affiliates. Additionally, we keep a record of what types of emails you have opted to and not to receive.
Information from Other Sources
We may receive information about you from other sources within the Provider organization in order to better understand how you interact with us for content and marketing purposes, and add that information to your personal information that we have collected.
We may collect information from you in several different areas on the Site, including but not limited to those described below:
You may be asked first to complete a registration form and provide personal information; you may also be asked to choose a user ID and password in order to take advantage of certain features the Site may choose to offer, including, but not limited to, Newsletters, Contests, Forums, Fantasy or other subscription-based services. Participation in registration is voluntary and you will have the opportunity to decide whether or not to disclose information to the Site.
Newsletters and Site Emails
We may offer free newsletters to share information with you about the Site, about us and our affiliates and subsidiaries, or about our business partners and advertisers and sponsors. You may receive a newsletter either by registering for a particular newsletter or in conjunction with a special feature or membership for which you have registered on the Site. You may cancel your free email subscription by following the instructions provided on the Site or, in some instances, in the designated area of certain newsletters or emails.
Surveys or Voting
From time–to-time we may request personal information from you via surveys or voting polls. Participation is voluntary and you will have the opportunity to decide whether or not to disclose information. At times, you may have to register to vote or to take part in a survey.
Opting out of Third Party Cookies
If you would like to manage the cookies set or accessed on your computer by third parties, including our business partners (e.g., advertisers) you must visit their respective website(s). In addition to those business partners whose cookies we cannot access or control, the Site permits the following entity to place cookies on the Site: • Reach Local – www.reachlocal.com
Clear Gifs (Web Beacons/Web Bugs)
Our third party advertising partner employs a software technology called clear gifs (a.k.a. Web Beacons/Web Bugs), that help us better manage content on our site by informing us what content is effective. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, clear gifs are embedded invisibly on Web pages and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. We do not tie the information gathered by clear gifs to our customers’ personal information.
We use local shared objects, also known as Flash cookies, to store your preferences such as volume control or high game score, or display content based upon what you view on our site to personalize your visit. Third Parties, with whom we partner to provide certain features on our site or to display advertising based upon your Web browsing activity, use Flash cookies to collect and store information.
Flash cookies are different from browser cookies because of the amount of, type of, and how data is stored. Cookie management tools provided by your browser will not remove Flash cookies. To learn how to manage privacy and storage settings for Flash cookies click here: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager.html#117118
IP Addresses and Click-stream Data
We may collect IP addresses and/or click-stream data for purposes of system administration and to report aggregate information to our advertisers and sponsors. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you access the Internet. Our computers identify your computer by its IP address. When you request Web pages from the Site, our computers log your IP address. Click-stream data is information collected by our computers when you request Web pages from the Site. Click-stream data may include such information as the page served, the time, the source of the request, the type of browser making the request, the preceding page view and other such non-personal information. When analyzed, this data helps us analyze how visitors arrive at the Site, what type of content is most popular, what type of visitors in the aggregate are interested in particular kinds of content and advertising, and the like.
If you order any information from our Site, buy any of our products or subscribe for any of the services offered on our Site, we will ask you to complete an order form that will request certain information from you, including general contact and shipping information. We will use this information to complete the transaction that you have requested, i.e., to deliver the information, products or other services that you order. This information is collected and stored through encrypted means for your protection.
If you choose to use our "Email to Friend" service to send an article to a friend from our site, we will ask you for your email address and your friend's email address. We will automatically send your friend a one-time email from your email address, inviting him or her to read the article on the site. The Provider does not store this information.
The Provider owns the information collected via this Site. As applicable, the information you provide to us may be used to:
- contact you about the Site;
- contact you relating to your membership status;
- confirm or fulfill an order you have made;
- monitor or improve the use of the Site;
- customize the advertising and content you see;
- monitor compliance with our terms and conditions of use of the Site;
- provide special offers to you from the Provider and/or its respective affiliates and subsidiaries and other third parties;
- send you promotional material on behalf of our business partners;
- inform you of a prize you have won.
- promote the winning of prizes
- provide special offers to you from the Provider
At times, we may share your personal information with others for various purposes. The following outlines the ways in which your information may be shared with others. Except as expressly set forth below, Provider does not share, sell, rent or trade personal information with third parties for their promotional purposes.
Agents: We employ other businesses, certain services and individuals to perform functions on our behalf. Examples include fulfilling orders, sending e-mail, removing repetitive information from customer lists, Site analysis, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance, processing credit card payments, and providing customer service. These entities have access to personal information needed to perform their functions, but may not use it for other purposes. Promotional Offers: We may send offers by email to you on behalf of other partners. When we do this, we do not give that partner your name and address. If you do not want to receive such offers, you may opt out in response to the email, or change your preferences by visiting email@example.com, including a description of the list from which you have chosen to opt out.
Aggregate Information: We may share aggregate information such as demographics and Site usage statistics with advertisers, sponsors or other organizations. When this type of information is shared, the other parties do not have access to your personal information.
Partners Subsidiaries and Affiliates: We may share your information (including, without limitation, personal information) with our subsidiaries and affiliates. If you do not want us to share your information with our subsidiaries and affiliates, you may tell us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your request (please write "Affiliates" in the subject line of your email). Business Transfers: In the event that all or substantially all of our assets are sold or transferred to another party, or another transaction occurs in which your personal information is one of the business assets transferred, all personal information that has been collected and saved may be one of the business assets we transfer.
Legal Process: In the event we are required to respond to subpoenas, court orders or other legal process your personal information may be disclosed pursuant to such subpoena, court order or legal process, which may be without notice to you.
To request removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum, contact us at email@example.com. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.
This Site incorporates reasonable safeguards to protect the security, integrity, completeness, accuracy and privacy of the personal information that we may collect and we have put into place reasonable precautions to protect such information from loss, misuse and alteration. Certain personal information is transferred to our computers utilizing encryption software. Only those employees who need access to your information in order to do their jobs are allowed access. Our security policies are reviewed periodically and revised as required.
The Site is a general audience site. We do not currently collect any personal information from children under the age of thirteen on the Site. We encourage you to visit the Direct Marketing Association’s Web site (www.the-dma.org) and explore the Get CyberSavvy! program as well as the GetNetWise website (www.getnetwise.org) to learn more about parental control tools.
We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. If you wish to cancel your account or request that we no longer use your information to provide you services contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
The Provider complies with the EU Safe Harbor framework as set forth by the Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of data from the European Union.
A California privacy law that went into effect on January 1, 2005, allows California residents to obtain specific information about a business’s privacy practices if it shares information with other companies for those companies’ direct marketing purposes.
last modified 6/15/2012