I. What Information Is Collected?
A. Personally Identifying Information
To take advantage of certain optional features or functions of the ReferNews, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifying information. Personally identifying information is information that could reasonably be used to identify you personally (such as your full name, or email address. We do not automatically collect any personal information from visitors to the ReferNews except, information provided by traffic tracking tools like Google Analytics or StatCounter.
B. Non-Personally Identifying Information
You can configure your web browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being set by choosing this option in the preferences or menu options in your browser. However, if you disable cookies, you may not be able to use certain optional features or functions of the ReferNews.
Log Files. Like most websites, we use tracking programs that collect information about log files, including browser types, Internet service providers (ISPs), referring/exit pages, platform types, date/time stamps, number of clicks, and Internet protocol (IP) addresses. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you access the Internet, which web servers use to identify where to send the information your computer requests. We may use IP addresses for a number of purposes, such as system administration, to report aggregate information to our business partners, or to audit the use of the ReferNews. We may disclose such non-personally identifying information, such as aggregated statistics, to third parties for a variety of purposes, including describing our services, marketing, and improving the experiences of visitors to the ReferNews. The information that we collect regarding log files is not linked to personally identifying information.
Web Beacons/Web Bugs (Clear GIFs/ Single-Pixel GIFs). A web beacon allows the party that set the web beacon to monitor and collect certain limited information about the movements of online Web users. No personally identifying information is collected through web beacons or web bugs. Advertisers on the ReferNews may elect to use third party advertising companies to serve ads on the ReferNews, and they may use such web beacons to recognize your computer each time they send you an advertisement, in order to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize advertising content. In this way, they may compile information about where individuals using your computer or browser saw their advertisements and determine which advertisements are clicked. Advertisers may also place a web beacon to allow them to recognize an existing cookie on your browser if from the same service. We do not control web beacons used by such third parties.
II. How is the Information Collected Used, and How Can I Opt Out?
A. Personally Identifying Information.
Authorized Purposes and Special Offers. Personally identifying information that you voluntarily submit may be used for the purposes authorized when it was submitted. For example, if you submit email address to request services or content, such as a newsletter, the information that you submit may be used to fulfill your request. You may pick and choose which email newsletters you wish to receive (including not to receive any email newsletters) by clicking the “Change Newsletter Preferences” button included on the bottom of every email newsletter you receive from us. In addition, we, our advertisers, or third parties selected by us may send you special offers and information. If you do not wish to receive such special offers and information sent by email, you may follow the instructions for unsubscribing included within any of such special offers or informational emails.
Sweepstakes, Contests and Promotions. If you win a sweepstakes or contest, your information may be disclosed on a winners list as required by law. In addition, by entering a contest or sweepstakes on the ReferNews, you consent to the use of your personal information by us and our service providers providing services in connection with such sweepstakes or contest for purposes of prize fulfillment and/or for marketing, such as to notify you of a product or promotion that may be of interest to you. If you no longer wish to receive emails about products or promotions that may be of interest to you, you can always opt out of receiving further information by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link included in such emails. Please note that, if you provide your PII in order to enter one of our sweepstakes, contests or online offers, you may still receive information about the specific sweepstakes, contest or online offer you entered in order for us to fulfill your request or conduct such contest, but you will not receive such other emails about products or promotions if you opt to “unsubscribe.”
B. Non-Personally Identifying Information
Facilitating Use of the ReferNews and Customizing Content, Advertising and Offers. We may use information collected from cookies and other tracking technology to recognize your browser when you visit the ReferNews and to attempt to personalize the ReferNews for each user, to sequence ads and offers in a series and to track page usage and paths. We may also use collected information to allow editorial content and/or advertising on the ReferNews to be targeted to groups of users for whom it is most pertinent. This means that users see editorial content and/or advertising most likely to interest them. In connection with these uses, we may disclose information to third parties.
Statistical Analysis. We may use collected information to create aggregate statistics about activity on and visitors to the ReferNews, including the number of return visits to the ReferNews or our advertisers’ websites, the number of unique visitors that have viewed or “clicked” a particular ad or visited a particular web page and how much time is spent on each page of the ReferNews. We may also create aggregate demographic statistics. We may use these aggregate statistics to measure interest in various areas of the ReferNews, to better design the ReferNews and to improve our marketing strategy and product offerings. We may share the aggregate statistical information with third parties. We also use third parties to assist us with collecting and using these aggregate statistics.
Disclosures Required by Law.
As described above, certain uses of collected information may involve disclosure to third parties. In addition, we may disclose collected information in the good faith belief that we are required to do so by law, or when doing so is reasonably necessary to: (1) comply with the law or legal process; (2) respond to any claims; (3) protect and defend the rights, property or personal safety of ReferNews and its subsidiaries and affiliates, as well as our customers, users or the public; or (4) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of the ReferNews. In addition, collected information may be disclosed as part of any bankruptcy, merger, sale, transfer of company assets or acquisition.
III. Third Party Sites and Content
During your visit to the ReferNews you may view as part of a frame that includes our content, certain content and websites that are actually created, operated, owned and/or hosted by a third party or third parties. You may also see links on the ReferNews to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of third parties. You should check the applicable privacy policies of those third parties when providing personally identifying information. In addition, certain sections of the ReferNews may have their own, specialized privacy policies, for example because they are part of a social network or hosted by a third party. You should check the applicable privacy policies of those sections and/or of such social networks.
IV. Is My Information Protected?
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Last Updated on October 10, 2013