Last updated as of: 12.2012
2. Binding Agreement & Consent.
5. Access to Information; Contacting Company.
6. Information We Collect.
Here are a few ways we collect information and the types of information we collect. We may also obtain information from other sources. Information we collect may be in the form of Personal Data or anonymized data. Anonymized data may be in the form of aggregate data. Aggregate data is information we collect about a group or category of services or users from which individual user identities have been removed. In other words, no personal information is included in aggregate data. This Policy does not restrict or limit our collection and use of aggregate data.
Non-Identifiable Data: When you interact with the Sites, we may collect certain personally non-identifiable information (“Non-Personal Data”). The Non-Personal Data we collect includes without limitation Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, Internet browser type, other characteristics of your device and software, domain names of your Internet Service Provider (ISP), your approximate geographic location, a record of your usage of the Sites, the time of your usage and aggregated data that cannot be used to specifically identify you.
Such information, which is collected passively using various technologies, cannot, in and of itself, be used to specifically identify you. We also receive certain Non-Personal Data (including, without limitation, of the type set forth above) from various third party sources and services. We may buy or lease contact data, marketing and demographic data from brokers. The Non-Personal Data we collect from third parties may be combined with the information we collect as specified herein.
Our emails may contain a single, campaign-unique “web beacon pixel” to tell us whether emails sent by us or on our behalf are opened and to verify any clicks through to links or advertisements within the email. We may use this information for purposes including determining which of our emails are more interesting to users, to query whether users who do not open our emails wish to continue receiving them and to inform our advertisers in aggregate how many users have clicked on their advertisements. The pixel will be deleted when you delete the email. If you do not wish the pixel to be downloaded to your device, you should select to receive emails from us in plain text rather than HTML.
7. Cookies & Other Session Identifiers.
As do most other companies, we utilize a technology called “cookies.” A cookie is a small text file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyze web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
Cookies also help provide additional functionality and help us analyze usage more accurately. For instance, our Services may set a cookie on your browser that allows you to access the Services during future visits. The cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognize your device the next time you visit. Web beacons or other similar files can also do the same thing. We use the term “cookies” in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.
Certain cookies contain personal information – for example, if you click to “remember me” when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won’t collect information that identifies you, and will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our websites, or a user’s general information. These cookies may be used to tailor content (including advertising) you see on the Sites as well as other Internet sites that you may visit in the future. Cookies may be session cookies (i.e., last only for one browser session) or persistent cookies (i.e., continue in your browser until they are deleted or expire).
Like most websites, we use log files to gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data. We use this information, which does not identify individual members, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users’ movements on the Sites and the web, to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
Please note that you have a choice as to whether you want to allow cookies to be utilized; however, if you elect not to allow cookies to be placed as provided herein, you may not be able to use or enjoy all of the features of the Site. While we recommend that you leave cookies turned on as they allow you to take advantage of some of the features of the Site, you have the ability to control the use and moderation of our cookies.
Advertisers sometimes use their own cookies to provide you with targeted advertising. For example, advertisers may use a profile they have built on sites that you have previously visited to present you with more relevant advertisements. We believe that it is useful to our users to see advertisements that are more relevant to their interests.
8. Our Use of Information That We Collect.
8.1 Personal Data
Specific Reason: If you provide Personal Data for a certain reason, we may use the Personal Data in connection with the reason for which it was provided. For instance, if you contact us by email, we will use the Personal Data you provide to answer your question or to attempt to resolve your issue and will respond to the email address from which the contact came.
Access and Use: If you provide Personal Data in order to obtain access to or use of the Sites or any functionality thereof, we will use your Personal Data to provide you with access to or use of the Services or functionality and to monitor your use of such Services or functionality.
Internal Business Purposes: We may use your Personal Data for internal business purposes including without limitation to help us improve the content and functionality of the Sites, to better understand our users, to protect against, identify or address fraudulent activities, to enforce our Terms of Sites, to manage your account and provide you with customer service and to generally manage the Sites and our business.
Marketing: We may use your Personal Data to contact you in the future for certain marketing and advertising purposes, including without limitation to inform you about services or certain promotional messages which may be of interest to you. If you wish to change or update your PI or to change your subscription preferences, you may do so by contacting us at any of the addresses provided above.
Agents, Consultants and Related Third Parties: We, like many businesses, sometimes engage other companies to perform certain business-related functions on our behalf so that we can focus on our core business. Examples of such functions include mailing information, maintaining databases and processing payments. When we engage another company to perform these (or other) functions, we may provide them with information, including Personal Data, in connection with their performance of such functions. We will retain only those third-party service providers adhere to the same or similar privacy standards that we do.
Legal Requirements: We may disclose your Personal Data if required to do so by law (including, without limitation responding to a subpoena or request from law enforcement, court or government agency) or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary (i) to comply with a legal obligation, (ii) to protect or defend our rights, interests or property or that of other customers or users, (iii) to act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of the Services or the public or (iv) to protect against legal liability as determined in our sole and unfettered discretion.
If we intend to use any Personal Data in any manner that is not specified herein, we will inform you of such anticipated use prior to or at the time at which the Personal Data is collected or we will obtain your consent subsequent to such collection but prior to such use. In short, we will honor the choices you’ve made regarding your Personal Data and will inform you about any other intended uses of such information.
8.2 Non-Personal Data
Non-Personal Data does not and cannot be used to personally identify you. Accordingly, we may use such information for any lawful purpose.
8.3 What We Do Not Do With Your Information
Dean Media Group will not disclose any Personal Information about you unless specifically agreed to you by you or to (1) comply with valid legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena or court order; or (2) in special cases, such as a financial threat to you or others. In the event that we are legally compelled to disclose your Personal Information to a third party, we will notify you unless doing so would violate the law or court order.
8.4 Your Information Choices and Changes
You may opt-out of receiving promotional emails from us by following the instructions provided in those emails. If you choose to unsubscribe, we may still send you non-promotional communications, such as emails about your accounts, product notices, user forum notices or our ongoing business relations.
Most Web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can usually choose to set your browser to remove cookies and to reject cookies. Removing or rejecting cookies could affect certain features or services of our Sites.
You may send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to:
• request changes to your contact preferences,
• request access and changes to your personal information. If you would like this information edited or deleted, we will respond to your request within 30 days,
• opt-out of our sharing your information with independent third parties.
9. Information We Collect On Behalf of Our Customers
Dean Media Group acts as a service provider for each of our customers, in that we provide our services for the benefit of the customer. Each of our customers uses certain of our products and services to gather information about their own customers and visitors to their sites and digital properties (collectively, “Customer Data”). Each customer instructs us as to what types of Customer Data it would like us to collect on its behalf.
We treat Customer Data as the property and confidential information of the applicable Dean Media Group customer. We reserve a limited right to disclose any collected data as required by law, a valid court order or other request from a governmental authority. Other than under such a limited right, we do not share information collected for one customer with our other customers or with any third party.
We follow our customers’ instructions on cookie placement. To control the placement of cookies set while visiting our customers’ web sites, please consult their privacy statement and cookie settings.
11. Links to Other Web Sites.
12. Storage and Security.
The security of your personal information is a top priority for us. Experts design our security measures and we use a variety of technologies and procedures to help protect the security of your personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure. We restrict access to personal information to Dean Media Group employees, contractors, and agents who need to know that information in order to operate, develop, or improve our services. These individuals are bound by confidentiality obligations and may be subject to discipline, including termination and criminal prosecution, if they fail to meet these obligations. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
We do not and will not, at any time, request your Personal Data or other personal information in a non-secure or unsolicited email or telephone communication. Identity theft and the practice currently known as “phishing” are of great concern to us. Safeguarding information to help protect you from identity theft is one of our priorities. For more information about phishing, visit the Federal Trade Commission at http://222.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt127.pdf.
14. International Privacy Laws.
15. Information Regarding Your Information.
You can request a copy of the Personal Data that we hold about you. If you would like a copy of some or all of your Personal Data, please contact us via the addresses specified herein. We want to make sure that your information is accurate and current. You should ask us to correct or remove information which you think is inaccurate or outdated.