We reserve the right to change this policy at any given time, of which you will be promptly updated. If you want to ensure that you are up to date with the latest changes, we advise you to visit this page frequently.
1. Information We Automatically Collect
Categories of Information. Our third-party service providers (including any third-party content, advertising, and analytics providers) and we automatically collect certain information from your device or web browser when you interact with the Services to help us understand how our users use the Services and to target advertising to you (which we will refer to in this Privacy Notice collectively as “Usage Data”). For example, each time you visit the Services of our third-party service providers, we automatically collect your location, IP address, mobile device identifier or other unique identifiers, browser and computer type, the Internet service provider used, clickstream information, access time, the Web page you came from, the URL you go to next, the Web page(s) that you access during your visit and your interaction with the content or advertising on the Services. We may contract with third parties to collect this information for analytics purposes. These include companies such as Google.
Purposes For This Information. Our third-party service providers and we use such Usage Data for various purposes, including diagnosing problems with our servers and software, administering the Services, gathering demographic information, and targeting advertising to you on the Services and elsewhere online. Accordingly, our third-party advertising networks and ad servers will also provide information, including reports that will tell us how many ads were presented and clicked on the Services in a manner that does not identify personally any specific individual. The Usage Data we collect is generally non-identifying, but if we associate it with you as a specific and identifiable person, we will treat it as Personal Data.
2. Information You Choose To Submit
You can visit the Services without telling us who you are or revealing any information by which someone could identify you as a specific, identifiable individual (which we will collectively refer to in this Privacy Notice as “Personal Data”). If, however, you wish to register to become a member of the Services, you are required to provide certain Personal Data (for example, your name and email address), and you must also provide a username and password. We use your Personal Data to fulfill your requests for products and services, to improve our Services, to contact you from time to time, with your consent, about us and our products and services, and as otherwise described in this Privacy Notice.
We refer collectively to all information we collect that is not Personal Data, including Usage Data, demographic data, and de-identified Personal Data, as “Non-Personal Data.” If we combine Non-Personal Data with Personal Data, we will treat the combined information as Personal Data under this Privacy Notice.
This Privacy Notice collectively refers to Personal Data, Non-Personal Data, and User Submissions as “User Information.”
You may choose to enter contests, sweepstakes, competitions, participate in surveys, subscribe to newsletters, comment on articles, use message boards, chat rooms, reader photo upload areas, reader ratings, and reviews, and save articles or other content on our Sites, reader-created content upload areas, contact us and customer support areas, and areas that allow you to register for SMS text messaging and mobile alerts, or otherwise interact with us in similar ways (“Interactive Areas”). These Interactive Areas may require that you provide Personal Data corresponding with the activities. You understand and agree that the Interactive Areas are voluntary and that your providing Personal Data for those activities will be collected and used by us to identify and communicate with you. In certain circumstances, we may share that Personal Information with sponsors, advertisers, affiliates, or other partners. If you have questions about a specific Interactive Area, please contact us and reference that specific Interactive Area.
3. Information Use
We are collecting your data for several reasons:
- To better understand your needs.
- To improve our services and products.
- To send you promotional emails containing the information we think you will find interesting.
- To contact you to fill out surveys and participate in other types of market research.
- To customize our website according to your online behavior and personal preferences.
The data we collect from cookies is used to customize our website to your needs. After we use the data for statistical analysis, the data is completely removed from our systems.
Please note that cookies don’t allow us to gain control of your computer in any way. They are strictly used to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not so that we can provide a better experience for you.
5. Safeguarding and Securing the Data
We are committed to securing your data and keeping it confidential. We have all our power to prevent data theft, unauthorized access, and disclosure by implementing the latest technologies and software, which help us safeguard all the information we collect online.
6. Important Information for California Residents: Your California Privacy Rights
These additional disclosures for California residents apply only to individuals who reside in California. The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”) provides additional rights to know, delete, and opt-out, and out and requires businesses collecting or disclosing personal information to provide notices and means to exercise those rights. The words used in this section have the meanings given to them in the CCPA, which may be broader than their common meaning. For example, the definition of “personal information” under the CCPA includes your name and more general information such as age.
Notice of Collection
Although the information we collect is described in greater detail in Sections 1-3 above, the categories of personal information that we may have collected – as described by the CCPA – in the past 12 months are:
- Identifiers, including name, email address, phone number, account name, IP address, and an ID or number assigned to your account.
- Customer records, billing and shipping address, and credit or debit card information.
- Demographics, such as your age or gender. This category includes data that may qualify as protected classifications under other California or federal laws.
- Commercial information, including purchases and engagement with the Services.
- Internet activity, including your interactions with our Service.
- Audio or visual data, including pictures or videos you post on our Service.
- Geolocation data, including location-enabled services such as WiFi and GPS.
- Employment and education data, including information you provide when you apply for a job with us.
- Inferences, including information about your interests, preferences, and favorites.
We do not generally “sell” personal information as the term “sell” is traditionally understood. However, to the extent “sale” under the CCPA is interpreted to include advertising technology activities, we provide you the option to request that we not “sell” your personal information. We do not sell the personal information of minors known to be under the age of 16 without affirmative authorization.
We sell or disclose the following categories of personal information for commercial purposes: identifiers, demographic information, commercial information, internet activity, geolocation data, and inferences. We use and partner with different entities to assist with our daily operations and manage our Service.
Right to Know and Delete
If you are a California resident, you have the right to delete the personal information we collected from you and to know certain information about our data practices in the preceding 12 months. In particular, you have the right to request the following from us:
- The categories of personal information we have collected about you;
- The categories of sources from which the personal information was collected;
- The categories of personal information about you we disclosed for a business purpose or sold;
- The categories of third parties to whom the personal information was disclosed for a business purpose or sold;
- The business or commercial purpose for collecting or selling the personal information; and
- The specific pieces of personal information we have collected about you.
To exercise any of these rights, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the request, please specify which right you want to exercise and the scope of the request. We will confirm receipt of your request within 10 days.
We have a duty as the holder of certain personal information to verify your identity when making requests to know or delete personal information and to ensure that dissemination of that information would not cause harm to you if it were distributed to another person. To verify your identity, we will request and collect additional personal information from you to match it against our records. We may ask for additional information or documentation if we feel it is necessary to confirm your identity with the necessary degree of certainty. We may communicate with you through email, a secure message center, or other reasonably necessary and appropriate means. We do have the right to deny requests under certain circumstances. In such cases, we will notify you of the reasons for the denial. We will not provide you with specific pieces of personal information if the disclosure creates a substantial, articulable, and unreasonable risk to the security of that personal information, your account with us, or the security of our systems or networks. In no event will we disclose, if we have collected it, your Social Security number, driver’s license number or other government-issued identification numbers, financial account number, any health insurance or medical identification number, an account password, or security questions and answers.
Right to Opt-Out
To the extent, we sell your personal information as the term “sell” is defined under the California Consumer Privacy Act, you have the right to opt-out of the sale of your personal information by us to third parties at any time. You may submit a request to opt-out of by clicking Do Not Sell My Personal Information. You may also submit a request to opt-out by emailing us at email@example.com.
Right to Non-Discrimination
You have the right not to receive discriminatory treatment by us for the exercise of any your rights.
Shine the Light
California’s “Shine the Light” law permits customers in California to request certain details about how certain types of their information are shared with third parties and, in some cases, affiliates, for those third parties’ and affiliates’ direct marketing purposes. Under the law, a business should either provide California customers certain information upon request or permit California customers to opt-out of this type of sharing.
To exercise a Shine the Light request, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must put the statement “Your California Privacy Rights” in the body of your request and your name, street address, city, state, and zip code. In the body of your request, please provide enough information for us to determine if this applies to you.
Important Information for Nevada Residents-Your Nevada Privacy Rights
If you are a resident of Nevada, you have the right to opt-out of the sale of certain Personal Data to third parties who intend to license or sell that Personal Data. You can exercise this right by emailing us at email@example.com with the subject line “Nevada Do Not Sell Request” and providing us with your name and the email address associated with your account.
7. EU Data Subject Rights
If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you have the right to: (a) request access to your Personal Data and rectification of inaccurate Personal Data; (b) request erasure of your Personal Data; (c) request restrictions on the processing of your Personal Data; (d) object to processing your Personal Data; and/or (e) the right to data portability (collectively, “EU Requests”).
We can only process EU Requests from a user whose identity has been verified. Please provide your email address or [URL] to verify your identity when you make an EU Request. For more information about accessing Personal Data and exercising your rights, you can submit a request here by writing the “I am an EU resident and would like to exercise my individual rights.” You also have the right to complain to a supervisory authority. To view additional information about behavioral advertising and manage your preferences, you can visit http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/.
8. Links to Other Websites
9. Restricting the Collection of your Personal Data
At some point, you might wish to restrict the use and collection of your personal data. You can achieve this by doing the following:
If you have already agreed to share your information with us, feel free to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be more than happy to change this for you.