Created: March 30, 2015
Last Updated: March 30, 2015
What kind of information do we collect?
Registration and account information. On our Website, you can order products or services, play games, read critic and user reviews, enter contests, vote in polls, rate products or services, or otherwise express an opinion, subscribe to one of our services such as an electronic newsletter, or participate in one of our online forums or communities. While using our Website, we may ask you to create an account or complete an application by providing us with personally identifiable information that we can use to contact or identify you, as well as to administer your account. The types of personally identifiable information that you provide as part of your account may include: name, address, email address, telephone number, fax number, credit card number and billing information, and other information that you provide to us. You may also provide us information about your interest in and use of various content, products, programs, and services, and other information you provide to us.
Information about others. We may allow you to submit information about other people. For example, you might submit a person’s name and email address to share content or recommendations, send an electronic greeting card and, if you order a gift online and want it sent directly to the recipient, you might submit the recipient’s name and address. The types of personally identifiable information that we may collect about other people as part of this process includes the recipient’s name, address, email address, telephone number, and information about the recipient’s interest in and use of various content, products, programs, and services.
Inviting friends. We may allow you to invite friends to join our services and to connect with you through social media features. Inviting friends is optional. If you want to invite friends, you may provide their contact information or may enter your login credentials to import email addresses from your address book from other websites that support this functionality. You select the friends you want to invite to share in this experience.
Social media. You can also engage with our content and other offerings, such as videos, games, and applications, on or through third party social media websites, plugins, and applications, like those offered by Facebook and others. You may also choose to link your account with us to third-party social media websites. When you link your account or engage with our content on or through third-party social media websites, services, plugins, or applications, you may allow us to have ongoing access to certain information from your social media account, including your name, email address, profile photo, gender, birthday, location, your list of friends, and their contact information. We may also receive nonpersonally identifiable information from your interaction with our content, including content viewed, game performance, high scores, and information about advertisements within the content you have been shown or may have clicked on.
Technical and usage information. We also collect certain nonpersonally identifiable information when you use our Website. For example, we collect information on the type of browser you are using, the type of operating system you are using, the domain name of your Internet service provider, IP address, and certain usage information including the locations of the webpages that you viewed right before arriving at, while navigating, and immediately after leaving the Website.
Under what circumstances we will share or disclose your information?
Change of control. We may transfer information about you as part of substantial corporate transactions, such as the sale of our business, a divesture, merger, consolidation, or asset sale, or in the unlikely event of bankruptcy.
Service providers. We may share your personally identifiable information with our agents and contractors to help carry out the services they are performing for us.
We may also share your information with business partners and third parties—e.g., other marketers, magazine publishers, retailers, participatory databases, and nonprofit organizations—that want to market products or services to you. If we share personally identifiable information with unaffiliated third parties for their own marketing purposes, we will provide you with an opportunity to opt-out or block these uses.
Linked websites. Our Website contains links to other websites whose information practices may differ from ours. You should consult these other websites’ privacy policies before submitting any information to them, as we have no control over information submitted to or collected by these third parties.
Sponsors and copromotions. We sometimes may offer content or programs—e.g., contests, sweepstakes, promotions, games, applications, or social network integrations—that are sponsored by or cobranded with identified third parties. Because of these relationships, these third parties may obtain personally identifiable information that visitors voluntarily submit to participate in the activity. We have no control over these third parties’ use of this information. The Website will try to notify you at the time of requesting personally identifiable information if these third parties will obtain this information.
As indicated above, when using a mobile application, you may receive tailored in-application advertisements. Each operating system, Android for Android devices, iOS for Apple devices, and Windows for Microsoft devices provides its own instructions on how to prevent the delivery of tailored in-application advertisements. You should review the support materials or the privacy settings for the respective operating systems in order to opt-out of tailored in-application advertisements. For any other devices or operating systems, please visit the privacy settings for the applicable device or contact the applicable platform operator.
Aggregated or nonpersonal information. We may share your nonpersonally identifiable information we collect under any of the above circumstances. We may also share it with other companies and third parties to develop and deliver targeted advertising on our Website—including any mobile website or application—and on websites or applications of third parties, and to analyze and report on the advertising you view. We may combine nonpersonally identifiable information we collect with additional nonpersonally identifiable information collected from other sources.
How do we use your personal information?
To provide our products and services. We use the information we collect about you (1) to fulfill your requests for our products, programs, and services; (2) to respond to your inquiries about our offerings; (3) to provide, personalize, and improve our offerings; and (4) to offer you other products, programs, or services from us and our affiliates, business partners, and selected third parties that we believe may be of interest to you. We may also use information that we collect about you to (1) perform research and analysis about your use of, or interest in, our products, services, or content, or products, services, or content offered by others; or (2) develop and display content and advertising tailored to your interests on our Website and other websites, including providing our advertisements to you when you visit other websites.
We use the information we collect for our online forums and communities to provide an interactive experience. We use this information to facilitate participation in these online forums and communities and, on one or more occasions, to offer you products, programs, or services.
If you choose to submit content for publication, we may publish your username and other information you have provided to us on our Website, the Internet, or elsewhere.
To communicate with you. We use information about you to communicate with you, including (1) to notify you when we make changes to our terms; (2) to fulfill a request by you for an online newsletter; (3) to confirm purchasers you have made through our Website; (4) to contact you about your account with us (including managing your account and providing you with customer support); or (5) to otherwise enforce or exercise any rights in our terms. You may also choose to receive push notifications from us on your mobile device.
We use the information that you provide about others to allow us to send them invitations, gifts, cards, or other content on your behalf or through our Website. Occasionally, we may also use this information to offer products, programs, or services to them.
Use of nonpersonally identifiable information. We use aggregate information about our users and nonpersonally identifiable information that we collect to improve the design, functionality, and content of our Website and to allow us to personalize your experience with our Website and offerings. We use this information to (1) provide, maintain, personalize, protect, improve, and develop our products, programs, and services and to operate our business; (2) to analyze usage and performance of our Website (including to perform ad tracking and website or mobile application analytics); and (3) for us and our affiliates, business partners, and selected third parties to offer you products, programs, or services.
Cookies and Web beacons. We, and our affiliates, business partners, and third-party service providers may send “cookies” to your computer or use similar technologies to enhance your online experience at our Website. “Cookies” are a string of information that a website stores on a user’s computer, and that the user’s browser provides to the website each time the user submits a query to the website. Cookies can identify you as a unique customer and store your personal preferences as well as technical information (including click through and click stream data). Cookies manage and measure the performance of advertisements displayed on or delivered by or through us or other networks or websites. Cookies can either be persistent—that is, they remain on your computer until you delete them—or temporary—that is, they last only until you close your browser.
When you login to our Website, we will record your user or member ID and the name associated with your user or member ID in the cookie file on your computer. We may also record your password in this cookie file, if you told us that you would like your password saved for automatic login. For security purposes, we encrypt account-related data that we store in these cookies. For services that do not require a user or member ID, the cookie will contain a unique identifier. We may use persistent tracking cookies on your mobile device, mainly for security protection purposes, such as to prevent phishers, scammers, unauthorized login attempts, and to help you access your hacked account. We may allow our service providers to serve cookies from our Website or application to allow them to assist us in various activities, such as doing analysis and research on the effectiveness of our Website, content, and advertising.
Our Website may also use locally stored objects (sometimes referred to as “Flash cookies”) to provide certain content, such as video on demand, video clips, or animation. Adobe’s Flash player and similar applications use this technology to remember settings, preferences, and usage similar to browser cookies. Flash cookies are not managed through your browser, but you can access your Flash management tools from Adobe’s website.
We may also use “Web beacons” that monitor your use of our Website. Web beacons (also known as clear gifs, pixel tags, or Web bugs) are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users or to access cookies. Unlike cookies, which are stored on the user’s device, Web beacons are embedded invisibly on the webpages (or in email) and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. We use Web beacons to collect the following information: (1) the IP (Internet Protocol) address of the computer that downloaded the webpage on which the Web beacon appears; (2) the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) of the webpage on which the Web beacon appears; (3) the time the webpage containing the Web beacon was viewed; (4) the types of browser that fetched the Web beacon; and (5) the identification number of any cookie on the computer previously placed by that server. In addition, when corresponding with you through HTML capable email, Web beacons let us know whether you received and opened our email.
On their own, cookies or Web beacons do not contain or reveal any personally identifiable information. But if you choose to furnish personally identifiable information, this information can be linked to the data stored in the cookies/Web beacons.
How do you opt-out?
Marketing communications. We provide you with an opportunity to express your preferences about receiving certain marketing communications from us or from unaffiliated third parties. If you ever decide in the future that you would like to update these preferences, (1) you may log into your account if you have created an account with us to adjust your settings, (2) you may follow the “unsubscribe” instructions provided in any marketing email you receive from us, (3) you may send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will edit your preferences accordingly, or (4) you may opt-out of targeted advertising by visiting one or more of the following services: (a) Network Advertising Initiative, (b) Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising, (c) TRUSTe Preference Manager, or (d) Google Ads Preference Manager. If you previously chose to receive push notifications on your mobile device from us but no longer want to receive them, you can manage your preferences either through your device or app settings, depending on the type of device. Online opt-out requests are instant. However, we may continue to send you transactional emails, such as service announcements and administrative notices, without offering you the opportunity to opt-out of receiving them.
Mobile applications. If you no longer want to have the application collect information, you may uninstall the application by using the standard uninstall processes available on your mobile device or through the mobile application marketplace or network. If you no longer want to receive tailored in-application advertisements, each operating system—Android for Android devices, iOS for Apple devices, and Windows for Microsoft devices—provides its own instructions on how to prevent the delivery of tailored in-application advertisements. You should review the support materials or the privacy settings for the respective operating systems in order to opt-out of tailored in-application advertisements. For any other devices or operating systems, please visit the privacy settings for the applicable device or contact the applicable platform operator. Please note that the effect of opting out of targeted advertising (mobile or otherwise) will be to prevent targeted advertising, but not to prevent you from seeing all advertisements, and information may still be collected for other purposes (such as research, online services analytics, or internal operations).
How secure is your personally identifiable information?
We take commercially reasonable administrative, physical, and electronic measures designed to safeguard and protect your information from unauthorized access or disclosure. This includes using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software, which encrypts the personally identifiable information you input, and storing your information in encrypted form behind a firewall designed to block access from outside our network.
What about other websites linked to our Website?
What is “Do Not Track” and does the Website follow it?
Do Not Track (“DNT”) is a privacy preference that you can set in your Web browser. DNT is a way for you to inform websites and services that you do not want certain information about your webpage visits collected over time and across websites or online services. We are committed to providing you with meaningful choices about the information we collect and that is why we provide you the ability to opt-out. However, we do not recognize or respond to any DNT signals as the Internet industry works toward defining exactly what DNT means, what it means to comply with DNT, and a common approach to responding to DNT.
Do California residents have special privacy rights?
If you are a California resident, you have the right to receive (1) information identifying any third-party company to whom we may have disclosed, within the past calendar year, personal information concerning you and your family for our direct marketing purposes; and (2) a description of the categories of personal information disclosed. If you want to exercise this right, you must make a request in writing to us to obtain this information. We will not process your request unless it includes your full name, email address, postal address, the URL for the website you visited, and the subject lined labeled “Your California Privacy Rights.” Please email your request to email@example.com. We will only honor one request per calendar year.
Do Canadian citizens have special privacy rights?
The Website may be subject to Canadian law, specifically, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (S.C. 2000, c. 5). If you believe that we have violated your privacy rights in any way, please contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may visit www.priv.gc.ca for more information about your privacy rights.
How do you update or correct your information?
How do we protect children’s privacy?
California minors under 18-years old may request the removal of any information that they posted to the Website by contacting email@example.com. On receipt of this request, we will anonymize or remove from public view any content posted by a minor to the Website, unless required by law to keep the content or information.
What if you have more questions or want to contact us?