How We Collect Information
The Properties also may use web beacons (single-pixel graphic files also known as “clear GIFs”) to recognize users, access cookies, or to count users who visit the Properties or open HTML-formatted email messages. You may stop the use of some web beacons by turning off your browser’s cookies.
When you use the Applications, we may use Identifiers for Advertisers (IFA) or Google Advertising Identifiers (AID) to collect information about your device and location and to serve advertisements to you. For example, we may collect information about the type of device you use to access the Applications (including without limitation the device make, model, manufacturer, operating system/platform, and language) as well as your location when you use the device. If you object to this practice, please consult your device’s documentation for information on how to disable collection of IFA and AID information.
How We Use and Share Information
We use the Personal Information and other information we collect from and about you while you are using the Properties in a variety of ways, including without limitation to:
- Perform normal business operations such as billing, collecting and accounting;
- Process and deliver products and services that you request;
- Respond to communications from you;
- Collect information about your computer’s connection to the Internet;
- Improve the Properties and the delivery of the Properties to you;
- Measure traffic to the Properties and estimate the number of unique users of our Properties;
- Track user trends and patterns;
- Personalize the Properties for you, customize features that appear on the Properties, and serve advertisements to you;
- Assist with fraud detection efforts and debugging;
- Identify the type of device you use and its capabilities or your location;
- Prevent you from having to re-enter your preferences on certain areas of the Properties where you may have entered preference information before;
- Contact you regarding the Properties, products or services offered through the Properties, or special offers, contests or promotions; and
- Track and collect general usage information regarding users of the Properties.
We may provide information about you, including without limitation Personal Information, to third parties such as service providers, contractors, and advertisers, for a variety of purposes, including online behavioral advertising or multi-site advertising. We reserve the right to use, and to disclose to others, all information (including without limitation your Personal Information) collected from and about you while you are using the Properties in any way and for any purpose, including without limitation to enable us or a third party to provide you with information about products and services. We reserve the right to release any information in our possession, including without limitation Personal Information, when such release is necessary or appropriate to comply with law or legal process, to protect the rights, property or safety of users of the Properties or the public, or when we otherwise believe, in our sole discretion, that such release is appropriate.
Collection and Use of Information by Third Parties
Third-party ad providers who display advertisements on our Properties may choose to utilize the Ad Choices icon. You can click on the icon to exercise certain choices with respect to interest-based advertising. To learn more about exercising choice with respect to interest-based advertising, you may also visit http://www.networkadvertising.org/optout_nonppii.asp.
Third-Party Links and Platforms
The Properties are not directed to children under the age of thirteen and we do not knowingly collect through the Properties personal information, as defined by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, from children under the age of thirteen. Children under the age of thirteen are not allowed to submit any personal information to us, enter any contests, sweepstakes, or promotions made available through the Properties, or post in any publicly-viewable area of the Properties (e.g., message boards, chat rooms, etc.). If we become aware that we have received personal information from a user under the age of thirteen, we will delete such personal information from our records. If we change our practices in the future, we will obtain prior, verifiable parental consent before collecting any personal information from children under the age of thirteen.
How to View, Modify, or Delete Your Information
If you have subscribed to our email newsletters, you may unsubscribe by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any email that you receive from us. Otherwise, if you wish to change your subscriber information, modify your subscriptions, or view, modify, or delete any Personal Information that you have submitted to us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be advised that you are responsible for notifying us in the event your mobile phone number changes or is deactivated.
Unless you contact us to request the deletion of your Personal Information, we will retain such information for as long as it is necessary to fulfill a legitimate business purpose or as required by law.
We employ certain physical, administrative, and technical measures in an attempt to protect your Personal Information. Although we do attempt to keep your Personal Information secure, we cannot guarantee the security of your Personal Information. You use the Properties at your own risk and your communications with us are subject to all of the risks associated with the Internet, including without limitation unauthorized access and use.
Questions Regarding Privacy