Aggregate information. Aggregate information means aggregated information from which we have removed individual identities or other personal information, or information that we collect about the Web Site or about a group or category of products, services or customers that does not identify you personally. Aggregate data helps us understand trends and our users’ needs so that we can better consider new features or otherwise tailor our Web Site.
HOW WE COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION
Information Collected from Website. We may collect certain information that you voluntarily provide to us when you use our Web Site or the services provided through the Web Site. You may be required or prompted to provide personal information to us at various locations on the Web Site. This personal information may include your name, billing address, email address, telephone number when you subscribe to ours newsletter or other publication and financial information when you purchase products or services on the Web Site. Personal information may also be collected if you provide such information in connection with participating in discussion forums, blogs, social networking services, or other interactive services on the Web Site. In addition, we may collect personal information you provide in connection with sending us emails or other communication through the Web Site or your participation in or response to surveys and other activities on the Web Site. We may also collect other information about you that we may associate with your personal information such as your interests, preferences and demographics.
Information Collected from Mobile Applications or Other Devices. From time to time, we may make available certain applications for use on mobile devices (each application an “App” and each mobile device a “Device”), portable digital media devices, tablets, phablets, etc. The type of Personal Information we collect will vary by App, but may include both precise and non-precise geo-location information in order to provide you with access to local service, offers and promotions relevant to the App (e.g., coupons for local stores). It is our practice not to store precise information about your location outside of your Device.
Our Cookies. We sometimes utilize “cookie” technology on the Web Sites. Cookies are bits of data downloaded to your computer through your browser when you access your site and stored on your hard drive that contain no personally identifying information but which help enhance your Web-browsing experience. Not all Web browsers accept cookies, and those that do usually provide a preference or setting that allows you to refuse and remove most types of browser cookies. If your browser does not accept cookies, you may still enjoy the Web Site. We may also use local shared objects, also known as Flash cookies, to store your preferences such as volume control for videos, or display content based upon what you view on the Web Site to personalize your visit. Flash cookies are different from browser cookies because of the amount of, type of, and how data is stored. Cookie management tools provided by your browser usually will not remove Flash cookies. Please note that if you choose to disable cookies, you may not be able to experience some or many features of our Web Site.
Web Beacons. We may use, and may permit third parties to use, “Web beacons” (also known as pixel tags, clear GIFs and web bugs) on the Web Site and in email communications we send. We use Web beacons to monitor the effectiveness of advertising, to track aggregate Web Site usage, and for other lawful purposes. These web beacons do not collect personal information about you on the Web Site.
Information Collected Automatically. We collect into our log files certain standard information from your web browser—such as your IP address, browser type and language, screen size and the time of your visit—when you visit the Web Site. This information is used by us to analyze trends, administer the Web Site, and gather broad information for aggregate use. We may aggregate some or all of the information we collect from our log files to information stored on a cookie in your computer. We also collect information about keyword searches performed by visitors on the Web Site. We do not collect your name or email address as a result of using a search feature. We may keep logs of all words searched to help us learn what kinds of information visitors to the Website are seeking, and to improve our service to visitors.
DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
We will disclose personal information in the following circumstances:
We will consider, and may release, personal information to third parties to:
comply with laws or to respond to lawful requests and legal process,
in an emergency to protect the personal safety of our employees, customers, or any person.
The Web Site may include personal profiles, discussion forums, blogs, social networking services or other interactive areas (“Interactive Areas”) in which you or third parties may create, post or store content, messages, comments, materials or other items on the Web Site. If you use these Interactive Areas, you should be aware that any personal information you post on the Web Site or provide to others through the Web Site may be read, collected and used by others and may be posted on publicly available portions of the Web Site. Such information may be retained indefinitely, and may be saved by caching services on the Internet. We recommend you be cautious in giving out personal information to others in public or private online forums. We are not responsible for personal information you chose to post in Interactive Areas of the Web Site or the use by third parties of such personal information.
We are not responsible for the actions of Service Providers or other third parties, nor are we responsible for any additional information you provide directly to Service Providers or other third parties and we encourage you to become familiar with their practices before disclosing information directly to them.
HOW WE USE THE PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT
General Use. In general, we use personal information we collect to process your requests or transactions, to provide you with information or services you request, to inform you about other information on events or services we think will be of interest to you, to facilitate your use of, and our administration and operation of, the Web Site, and for the purpose for which the information was provided. For example, we may use the information we collect:
to operate and improve the Web Site and our products and services;
to understand you and your preferences to enhance your experience and enjoyment using the Web Site;
to send you a welcoming email, to contact you about your use of the Web Site and to provide important Web Site updates;
to provide the services or information you request and to process payments and complete any transactions in connection therewith;
to respond to your emails, submissions, comments, requests or complaints;
to request feedback and to enable us to develop, customize and improve the Web Site and our publications services;
to send you surveys or questionnaires;
to send you newsletters, including any online newsletter(s) you have requested or, for print subscribers, those online newsletters that are editorial companion pieces to our print publications;
for editorial purposes, such as to contact you about content you have submitted to the Web Site or to give attribution to content you submit;
YOUR CHOICES OVER INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE TO US
If you do not wish to receive promotional and newsletter emails from us you may click on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of those emails.
If you opt-out of promotional or newsletter emails from us, we may continue to send you certain communications such as service announcements and administrative messages, relating to UPC and the Web Site that are necessary to our relationship with you.
THIRD-PARTY WEB SITES
UPDATES TO THIS POLICY
We may revise or update this Policy at any time. If we make material changes, we will post the revised Policy on the Web Site and update its “last updated” date. We encourage you to check this Policy whenever you visit the Web Site to see if it has been updated since your last visit.