Privacy Policy

PRIVACY POLICY
What information the Site collects
 

Information you provide directly to us: 

 
 
You are not required to provide information directly to us in order to view the Site. However, when you use certain Site functions, such as when you register for certain services, access certain content or features, or directly contact the Site, we may ask you to provide information, including:
 
•contact information, such as name, email address, postal address, phone number, and mobile number;
•username and password;
•information posted in community discussions and other interactive online features;
•search queries conducted on the Site; and
•correspondence you send to us
 
How we use the information that we collect
 
Email Communications:
 
We may use the information that we collect to send you e-mail communications, such as editorial updates, information about your account or changes to the Site, and promotional messages about our own or our marketing partners’ products and services. If you signed up for one of our email newsletters, we also will send you the newsletter that you requested.
 
 
Mobile Communications:
 
With your consent, we may use your mobile number to send you promotions, notifications, or other services.
 
Advertising:
 
In order to provide our readers with free access to our content, we display advertisements on the Site, many of which are targeted based on information about you. For example, using information collected through cookies, web beacons, and other sources, we may use demographic data or information about your online activities or interests to display targeted advertising that may be relevant to your preferences. Through this process, advertisers reach Site visitors who are most interested in their products, and you see advertising for products or services in which you may be interested. For more information on how cookies and other technologies work, please see our discussion of cookies and other technologies.
 
 
Third-party advertisers and advertising platforms also may serve targeted ads on the Site. For more information, please see our section on third party advertising. Please remember that the information practices of third-party advertisers or platforms collecting data on our site are not covered by this privacy policy.
 
 
User Accounts:
 
To provide you with an open, but also civil, discussion forum, we track user involvement in our community discussions. For example, we keep track of the ratio of how many flagged comments are eventually deleted in order to award badges to our most effective comment moderators. For more information on this process, please see our FAQ section about comment moderation guidelines.
 
 
Request Fulfillment:
 
We may use the information that we collect to fulfill your requests for products, services, and information. For example, we may use your contact information to respond to your customer service requests or to enable you to participate in features on the Site such as surveys, polls, sweepstakes, and message boards.
 
 
Statistical Analysis:
 
In order to learn more about how our Site is used, we aggregate and analyze the data that we collect. We may use this information, for example, to monitor and analyze use of the Site, to increase our Site’s functionality, and to better tailor our content and design to suit our visitors’ needs.
 
 
Enforcement:
 

We may use the information that we collect to prevent illegal activities, to enforce the Site’s Terms and Conditions, and to otherwise protect our rights and the rights of our users.