INFORMATION COLLECTED ON OUR SITE
We or our third party service providers may collect and track the following types of information about users on our Site:
Optional Voluntary Information. In order to access or use certain services and capabilities on our Site, you may be required to voluntarily submit certain PII. The use of these services or capabilities is purely optional, so you are not required to submit any PII to Clarity Media Group if you do not wish to use them. Some of these capabilities include registering to receive newsletters or contribute content to the Site; e-mailing or otherwise sharing articles with others through our Site; participating in surveys, contests, or sweepstakes; or submitting feedback to us.
Usage tracking. Clarity Media Group tracks user traffic patterns and content accessed throughout our Site. However, we do not correlate this information with data about individual users. Clarity Media Group sometimes tracks and catalogs the search terms users of our Site enter in our Search function, but this tracking is not associated with individual users. This information allows us to better tailor our content to readers’ needs and to help our advertisers and sponsors better understand our audience.
Cookies. In order to improve your experience when using our Site, we, our third party service providers, or advertisers may place a text file called a “cookie” in the browser files of your computer, which may store preferences or other information, and may be used to help personalize your experience. The cookie itself does not contain Personal Information although it will enable us to relate your use of this Site to information that you have specifically and knowingly provided. A cookie can’t read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. We, our third party service providers or advertiser may also use “web beacons” or other technologies to monitor behavior and collect certain data regarding the actions of our users online, or “pixel tags,” which are small pieces of code embedded in emails sent to users.
Information Sent to Us by Your Web Browser. We may collect information that is sent to us automatically by your web browser, such as your IP address, the address of the web page you were visiting when you accessed our Site, information on your operating system and browser, and the date and time of your visit. Such information does not by itself identify you personally. However, if you have registered on the Site, it may be possible for us to link the information provided by your browser to information that identifies you personally. In addition, we may review our server logs for security purposes, such as detecting intrusions into our network. If we suspect criminal activity, we might share our server logs — which contain visitors’ IP addresses — with the appropriate investigative authorities who could use that information to trace and identify individuals.
USE OF INFORMATION COLLECTED ON THE SITE
Clarity Media Group may use PII collected on our Site:
• to enhance your experience using our Site (whether to provide interactive or personalized elements on the Site or to better prepare future content based on the interests of our users),
• to provide information you have requested,
• to maintain your registration on the Site,
• to process orders on our Site,
• in connection with various programs, promotions or contests in which you participate,
• for targeting of advertising or content, or other advertising or marketing purpose,
• to improve our Site, for purposes related to the business of Clarity Media Group,
We may also use Non-PII sent to us by your web browser or by cookies to perform statistical analyses of our server logs in order to study the use and popularity of various areas of our Site. We also review IP addresses to analyze where we are getting our audience.
Clarity Media Group creates aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns for advertisers, sponsors and partners. This allows our advertisers to advertise more effectively, and allows our users to receive advertisements that are pertinent to their needs. We will not collect (nor provide to an advertiser or sponsor) information that a specific identifiable user clicked on any particular ad. However, by clicking on, otherwise interacting with or viewing an ad, you are consenting to the possibility that the advertiser will make the assumption that you meet the targeting criteria used to display the ad, and this may lead to similar ads being targeted to you on our Site and potentially on other Sites.
SHARING OF THE INFORMATION
USER PROFILES; CONTRIBUTOR BIOS; COMMENTS; AND OTHER PII POSTED BY YOU
If you choose to participate by registering with the Site and create a profile as a user of our Site, choose to participate as a content contributor to our Site, or choose to post comments on our Site, please be aware that your profile, content contributor bio (if applicable) and any information you post on our Site (within your profile, comments, or otherwise), will automatically be visible to the general public, will potentially remain on the Site indefinitely, and may potentially be distributed with our content to other sites via RSS feeds or otherwise.
THIRD PARTY SITES
Third party sites, partners, advertisers, affiliates and other content providers accessible through our Site, may have their own privacy and data collection policies and practices. For example, during your visit to our Site you may link to, or view certain content that is actually created or hosted by a third party. Clarity Media Group is not responsible for the actions or policies of such third parties and is not liable to you for any claims that may arise from your interaction with those third parties or their sites. You should exercise caution and check the applicable privacy policies of those third parties when providing PII or another party’s information on a feature or page operated by a third party.
As described above, we use certain third parties to serve ads on our Site, to provide us with data collection and ad response measurement. These third parties may view or set their own cookies, web beacons, pixel tags or use similar technologies subject to their own privacy guidelines.
International Users – Transfer of Information
Consistent with the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly request PII from anyone under the age of 13 without requesting parental consent. The Site is not directed at nor targeted to children under the age of 13 and we do not use the Site to knowingly solicit PII from or market to children under the age of 13. If you are under the age of 13, do not provide us with any PII. If we learn that someone under 13 has provided Personal Information to the Site, we will use reasonable efforts to remove such information from our databases.
Clarity Media Group operates secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary. Only authorized individuals have access to the PII provided by our Site’s users.
MODIFYING YOUR INFORMATION
We respect your right to make choices about the ways we collect, use and disclose your PII. You may update or modify your information or change your preferences at any time by logging in to the Site using your user name and password, and updating your user profile. If you have not registered on our Site or you are having trouble updating your profile and you wish to review or modify PII we may have collected about you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.