Effective: April 11th, 2017
This policy covers the treatment and use of Personal Information that is collected by Andrews McMeel Universal through your use of the Sites.
2. What is “Personal Information”?
Personal Information is individually identifiable information about a person and certain associated information. Individually identifiable information includes a first and last name, payment information including credit card numbers, a street, mailing or e-mail address, location data, a personal identifier that reveals an individual’s e-mail address, a telephone number, or a social security number. Personal Information also includes associated information such as (1) any persistent identifier, customer number, MAC or IP address, or other identifier; (2) device information and operating system; or (3) demographics, preferences and interests information; where such information is associated with individually identifiable information.
3. How is my Personal Information collected?
We collect certain Personal Information when you register or provide us your Personal Information on the Sites. We may ask you to register and/or provide Personal Information when you visit certain areas of our Sites, register for services, order products, enter contests, subscribe to a newsletter, or other communication. If you choose not to register, you may not have access to areas that require registration. We may receive information, including Personal Information, about you from other sources and add it to the information that we have received from you.
The Sites, and any messages sent from Andrews McMeel Universal, may contain code that enables our database and servers to track your usage of Sites, including whether a message was opened and/or what links (if any) were clicked. We may combine that information with Personal Information we have about you and may use that information to improve your experience and/or provide customized messages to you. Andrews McMeel Universal may also use other technologies to verify and track your use of certain products and services, confirm receipt of certain products or to test the integrity of our systems, products and services.
If you use a device with Global Positioning System (“GPS”) or other location detection functionality, then we may collect precise information about the location of your device during your use of the Sites.
4. How is my Personal Information used by Andrews McMeel Universal?
Andrews McMeel Universal primarily uses your Personal Information to provide certain customized features and products, including but not limited to:
- A customized and tailored experience and content on the Sites and through our other products and services, including but not limited to registration for an account on the Sites;
- Alternate functionality, content, or experiences in your use of our Sites based on your location.
- Premium content services or products subject to a subscription agreement or registration;
- Periodic messages, via mobile, twitter, e-mail, or other platforms, with content updates, subscription information, and order information;
- Special contests or promotions that are sponsored by Andrews McMeel Universal or another company;
- Chat, bulletin board, or other user-generated content functionality. Any posting by you is considered public information available to other users and is governed by the Terms;
- A seamless experience across multiple devices, platforms or browsers for each user; and
- Various other functionalities and services as they are added to the Sites.
5. Who does Andrews McMeel Universal share Personal Information with?
Andrews McMeel Universal is the owner of all information collected from the Sites. We share your Personal Information with our affiliates, suppliers, vendors, and/or their agents and employees as we deem necessary for the provision of goods and services to you. Specifically, we may share your Personal Information or other data (i) with third parties assisting us in the provision, administration, and management of goods and services generally; (ii) with third parties that assist us in providing goods and services that you request; (iii) with third parties that support our business operations or provide marketing or advertising services on our behalf, including marketing, technical, accounting, legal or other professionals; and (iv) as otherwise required or permitted by law or approved by you. We may use your Personal Information for our general business operations and goods and services provided by us if it is in a form that is not capable of being personally identified with you (including hashed email addresses or similar persistent identifiers) or if it is combined with Personal Information from one or more other customers in aggregate form that does not personally identify any particular customer. We may also sell, license or otherwise provide such de-identified or aggregated data to third parties.
As we develop our business, we may buy or sell assets, and, depending upon the transaction, your Personal Information may be one of the transferred assets. In the event that Andrews McMeel Universal or any Site is acquired by another company, your Personal Information may be part of the assets transferred to the acquiring party.
6. What are my options to control the use of my Personal Information?
You have the ability to request the deletion of your Andrews McMeel Universal registration at any time by utilizing the registration system established for this purpose. However, we may maintain certain information, including Personal Information, following such deletion, as part of our internal processes to prevent accidental loss of user data or information and to prevent or discourage fraudulent activities that may involve Andrews McMeel Universal registration or account information. We may also continue to maintain information about your registration or account and your computer access to our Sites or services as part of our server logs
You may opt-out of allowing us to have any access to your location data by disabling your device’s location detection functionality or GPS or, if possible on your device, disabling permission for our Sites to access such location detection functionality or GPS.
7. How do I update my Personal Information?
You can help Andrews McMeel Universal maintain the accuracy of your profile by notifying us when you change your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other information. If at any time you wish to update your Personal Information then contact us or edit the information within your account, if applicable. Please include your old and new contact information in any message so that we can make the appropriate corrections.
8. Children’s Personal Information?
The Sites are general audience sites and are not directed to children under the age of 13. Andrews McMeel Universal assumes products and services purchased by credit card are purchased by adults. Andrews McMeel Universal respects the privacy of parents and children and is committed to complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). On those areas of the Sites that ask for age, Andrews McMeel Universal does not collect Personal Information from individuals who identify themselves as under the age of 13 except in those limited circumstances where Andrews McMeel Universal believes that such collection is permitted under COPPA.
Andrews McMeel Universal may ask prospective users to provide their age during the registration process and on other areas of the Sites. If a user indicates that he or she is under the age of 13, then all personal data collected during the registration process is automatically deleted except Andrews McMeel Universal may retain and use limited information, such as the child’s e-mail address, for a limited period of time, in those cases where Andrews McMeel Universal believes that the collection and use of such information is permitted under COPPA.
If a parent believes that his or her child has submitted personal information to Andrews McMeel Universal, he or she can contact us via e-mail or postal mail as listed below. Andrews McMeel Universal will promptly delete the information upon learning that it relates to a child under the age of 13.
Andrews McMeel Universal believes that parents should supervise their children’s online activities and consider using parental control tools available from online services and software manufacturers that help provide a kid-friendly online environment. These tools can help prevent children from otherwise disclosing online their name, address and other personal information without parental permission.
9. Andrews McMeel Universal’s Data Security.
We use a variety of commercially reasonable security technologies to help protect your Personal Information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. However, the use of such security technologies is not, and should not be considered to be, any type of guarantee or warranty by us that your Personal Information will not be accessed by third parties, or that we will use all available security technologies to prevent unauthorized access to, use, or disclosure of your personally identifying information. While we use commercially reasonable efforts to safeguard your Personal Information while it is being transmitted or used by third parties, we do not warrant that your Personal Information will be transmitted without unauthorized interception or modification or that your Personal Information will not be access or compromised by unauthorized third parties. We may permanently delete or destroy any and all Personal Information at any time as determined by us.
Except as otherwise provided in this Policy, we will not share your Personal Information with third parties, unless such disclosure is necessary to:
- Comply with a law (or based upon our good-faith belief that disclosure is necessary to comply with a law);
- Protect our rights or property; or
- Enforce this Policy or any of our other policies and guidelines.
Always remember to sign off the Sites and close your browser window when you are finished using it. This helps prevent others from posing as you online. This is especially important if you use a system that is accessible to others, such as the library, at school, at the workplace or at an Internet café to access the Sites.
10. Advertisements and Third Party Websites
In addition, We may provide one-way secured (or “hashed”) versions of your email address or similar identifying information to certain third parties to provide more relevant and customized experiences and advertising to you as you browse the Sites or other third party websites. This hashed version of your email address is a text string that uniquely identifies your email address, but which is designed to prevent reverse engineering so that a third party should be unable to utilize the actual underlying email address, but merely to identify you as a unique user across devices, sessions, and browsers if you provide the same identifying information. If you provide a third party’s website with the same identifying information and that third party utilizes the same method of hashing it is possible that the third party could match information obtained from us and combine it with information that you provide to the third party website. You can also learn more about one of our partners, ALC, that may receive hashed emails and how to opt-out of their targeted services by visiting: https://optoutpreference.org/.
11. Refer a Friend
If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about our Sites or particular products or services, we ask them for the friend’s name and e-mail address. Andrews McMeel Universal will automatically send the friend a one-time email inviting them to visit the Sites. Andrews McMeel Universal stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email. The friend may contact Andrews McMeel Universal to request the removal of this information from their database.
12. Contacting Andrews McMeel Universal