II. Collection of Information
We may collect information from users of its Properties in various ways, including soliciting registration for use of our Properties. As part of such registrations, users may be required to submit personally identifiable information such as names, birthdates, photographs, and email addresses. The registration may require additional information, such as mailing addresses and phone numbers.
Registrants may elect to receive our newsletters and third-party promotional materials. Any paid subscription service on our Properties may require the submission of credit card information.
We may require registration for participation in special contests or sweepstakes. Special rules may apply to such contests or sweepstakes.
Users may provide personal information voluntarily while using online message boards or chat rooms. Such information may remain in our archives of webpages.
We may also collect information such as fictitious names, aliases, avatar identities, or any other form of fictitious identity in the event such identifiers can be and are created in connection with the Properties.
From time to time, we may request information in connection with surveys or votes of users of our Properties. Surveys or votes may or may not require registration. Participation in such activities is voluntary.
III. Cookies, Web Beacons, and Similar Processes
We may collect information from users of our Properties by using and accessing “cookies,” “web beacons,” “clear gifs,” Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses, and other computer programs or processes. These programs or processes, such as for analytics, may also be used and accessed by third-party network advertisers or traffic measurement services.
Cookies are small data files that are transferred to your computer by servers. Web beacons are small electronic images (usually single-pixel “gif” files) that allow access to cookies. Clear gifs are invisible electronic images. IP addresses are unique sets of numbers assigned to computers that are accessing the Internet.
We, or the third parties, mentioned above, may use and access the computer devices in order to improve content offerings by, for example, tracking usage patterns, customizing content, and recording information submitted by users. However, the data will be aggregate and will not include personally identifiable information.
If you wish, you may elect to configure your browser to prevent websites from installing and accessing cookies on your computer. Please note that blocking cookies will interfere with your use and enjoyment of the Properties.
IV. Use of Information
We collect information from registrants primarily to facilitate their participation in the Properties. Specifically, usernames and passwords allow registrants to access the Properties; and names and email addresses are helpful for communicating with registrants. The other information helps us tailor the content of our Properties to user preferences and communicate information about other products or services that might be of interest.
We may use your personally identifiable information in other ways in connection with our business; for example, we may use the information to alert you to improvements to the Properties and solicit your opinion about such improvements.
We use non-personally identifiable information in an aggregate, anonymous manner primarily to (i) improve the design, functionality, and content of our Properties; and (ii) provide products and services that might interest our users.
V. Disclosure to Third Parties
We will usually not disclose any information about users of our Properties to any third parties. However, we may make disclosures from time to time in the following circumstances, without limitation:
– If you submit content for publication (for example, by sending an email or posting to a message board or chat room), then we may publish the content with any personally identifiable information that accompanies the content.
– Your user information may be displayed on the Properties to other users of the Properties (for example, your self-selected user name).
– If you voluntarily elect to receive information from a third-party vendor, we will forward that request to the vendor along with the personal information that you submit.
– We may disclose information in response to a court order or request of law enforcement personnel, or in connection with litigation or other legal proceedings.
– We may disclose information in the normal course of business with such third parties as (i) professional advisors; (ii) providers of technology, order fulfillment, or customer service assistance; or (iii) potential or existing affiliates, assignees, licensees, acquirers, or successors of our company.
– If we elect to disclose information to third parties that market products or services, co-brand services, or sponsor promotional events in connection with our users, users will have the option to opt out of such disclosure. In the event that we do disclose any such information to third parties, we typically require the third parties to maintain the confidentiality of the disclosed information.
We maintain physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and prevent unauthorized access to private information in our possession. However, these procedures may not protect your information during transmission to our servers.
Information that you voluntarily disclose in our message boards and chat rooms is available to the public. We assume no responsibility for removing or preventing the disclosure of private information in those areas of our Properties. You should exercise caution when disclosing information in those areas.
VI. Parents Of Children Under 13
As a matter of company policy, and in order to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), we direct the following message specifically to parents of children under the age of 13.
We recognize that children under 13 may not fully understand the consequences of submitting personal information on our websites. Therefore, we encourage parents to supervise the online activities of their children and educate them on the responsible use of the Internet.
We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. We will not knowingly disclose personal information about children under 13 to any third parties, unless required by law.
Parents of children under 13 may access their child’s personal information by visiting the Children’s Onilne Privacy website.
We will provide the information upon verifying the identity of the parents. Parents may require us to delete such information from our records and opt-out of the future collection or use of information from their children.
At your request, after we verify your identity, we may seek to compel the third party recipient to remove the information from its records.
For more information about protecting the privacy of your children while they use the Internet, please click here.