What Information Do We Collect?
A. Personal Information
Personal information is any information that allows our Site to identify an individual consumer, such as, name, phone number, residential address or email address. Certain information is only personal information when it is linked to other information, such as your name. For example, your birth date and gender are only personal information when associated with you. To become a member of our Site or to access certain services offered by us, you may be required to provide personal information, such as your name, home and email addresses, birth date and gender. Similar information may also be required to participate in other online activities, special events, contests, sweepstakes or Interactive Areas. "Interactive Areas" include, when offered, comment sections on articles, message boards, chat rooms, reader photo upload, reader ratings and reviews, saving articles or other content on our sites, reader-created content, SMS text messaging and mobile alerts.
B. Posting Reviews or Comments and Use of Interactive Areas
We collect information when you submit it for posting on our Site. Any communication you submit or that may be posted to any public areas of our Site, such as a comment on an article or a review, is a public communication and may be viewed by the general public. You hereby acknowledge that you have no expectation of confidentiality in the content you submit to such services over our Site, whether or not it includes any personal information. If you display your personal information in any communication submitted to such services or features, other individuals may collect and use your personal information. The Site is not responsible for nor can we guarantee the protection of, any personal information you disclose in a communication submitted to such services or features for posting or contained in an email or other communication submitted to us for such posting, and thus, you acknowledge that if you disclose personal information in any such material, you do so at your own risk.
C. Non-Personal Information
How is the information we collect used?
A. Use of Personal Information
We collect personal information for several important purposes, such as, to protect the security of our visitors and the Site, improve the on-site experience, distribute our newsletters, allow participation in Interactive Areas, etc. We may also survey visitors about various topics, including local events and experiences, media consumption preferences and how we can improve our Site and services. Response to our surveys is entirely voluntary. The Site or our operational providers may enhance or merge the information we collect with other data collected from other sources, such as demographic data including age and gender, to enhance our marketing activities.
We may offer a feature that will allow the visitor to email a link to another person to inform them about an article or feature on the Sites. We do not retain telephone numbers or email addresses collected for these purposes after sending the SMS text message or email. Additionally, we may have offer features allowing users to share such links in social media platforms, such as, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram etc.
B. Use of Non-Personal Information Including Cookies
Our Site may also use clear GIFs [Graphics Interchange Formats]. A clear GIF is a tiny line of code, only 1 by 1 pixel in size that is programmed to collect certain information about a visit to a particular website. We use clear GIFs to gather non-personal, aggregate information on visits to our Site, track usage of website links and email delivery, and assist with registration and log-on features, including in chat rooms and email. We do not disclose personal information that may be linked to our clear GIF collection practices to third parties. The Sites are not responsible for the use of clear GIFs by other website operators.
You should review other website operators' privacy policies to determine the type and extent of tracking devices used at other websites you visit.
C. Use and Collection of Information by Operational Providers
Who Do We Share Your Personal Information With?
A. Sharing of Information with Partners
We may collect and provide aggregate information about our visitors to our sponsors, promotional partners and affiliates, such as how many persons visited a particular page or activity, the average age of our visitors on the site or page, etc; but this information does not include personal information about any individual visitor. We may also obtain geographic information, but this aggregate information will not reveal any personal information about a specific visitor. We may also obtain other demographic information from third parties to improve our products and services, for marketing purposes or to display more relevant advertising. However, we do not combine this data with any personal information.
B. Other Information Sharing
The Site may in the future share personal information with its partners, and/or affiliates to conduct joint activities.
What Choices Do I Have About How My Personal Information Is Used?
You reserve the right to not provide us with any personal information. If personal information you provide our Site changes or if you no longer wish to receive a service or marketing communications from us or if you wish to inquire about the information we hold about you, please contact us using the contact information below and we will correct, update or remove your details or process your request to be removed from future communications. Additionally, you can opt out of any email communications you receive from us using the dedicated link to unsubscribe from such service found at the bottom of each email we send.
What about Links to Third Party Websites?
Is My Personal Information Protected?
When you submit personal information on our Site, such information is protected both online and offline. Only employees and supervisors with specific authorization have access to databases containing visitors' personal information. The databases are protected in a secure facility. Credit card information is transmitted via encrypted technology. Please be advised that, although we take reasonable technological precautions to protect your data, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Therefore, our Site cannot warrant that your information will be absolutely secure. Any transmission of data through our Site is at your own risk.
How Can You Ask Questions or Raise Concerns?
Notices and counter-notices should be sent to: