Table of Contents
1. Information Collected
2. How Information is Used
3. Collection of Information from Different Sources
4. Sharing Information with Others
5. Your Choices
6. California Privacy Rights
7. Privacy Regarding Children
8. Security Regarding Information
9. Privacy Regarding Other Sites
10. United States Privacy
12. Contact Information
1. Information Collected
We (and the contractors we hire to perform business functions on our behalf) and third parties who have integrated their technologies into our platforms and services may collect, receive, and develop several categories of personal information about you depending on the nature of your interactions with us:
Identifiers: We may collect your name, e-mail address, telephone number, mobile phone number, mailing address, date of birth, social media account usernames, and Bill Blaster account usernames and passwords.
Demographic and Classification Information: We may collect your zip code, age, gender, race, and political affiliation.
Purchase and Preference Information: We may collect information about content you purchase, access, or download; records of your transactions and subscription purchases and the like.
Automatic Usage Data Collection through Cookies and Similar Technologies – With your consent or as otherwise permitted by law, when you visit the Platforms (including our social media pages (if any)) or open our emails, we and other third-party vendors, such as advertising networks, affiliate partners, and analytics providers, collect certain information, including “Personal Data” (meaning any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person), by automated means, such as cookies, web beacons and web server logs. The information collected in this manner includes general information, sometimes referred to as “Usage Data”, IP address, browser characteristics, unique device IDs and characteristics, operating system version, language preferences, date and time of your access to Platforms, referring URLs, and information about the usage of our Platforms. We use this information, for example, to determine how many users have visited certain website and social media pages, social media channels, or opened messages or newsletters, to evaluate and improve the services we provide.
Location Information: “Location Data” is collected with your consent or inferred as you use the Platforms. Such information will include the location of the mobile device or computer used to access the Platforms derived from GPS or WiFi use, your device’s IP Address, or the geographic information you provide to us (e.g. your city). We use this information to analyze the use of the Platforms, customize and improve the content for you on the Platforms, send you location-specific content, and show you events or businesses near you. We use and retain the Personal Data for as long as necessary and useful to provide personalized and improved services to you or until you withdraw consent.
2. How Information is Used
We may use Personal Data for the following purposes:
- Responding to your questions and requests;
- Providing customer service;
- Providing you with access to certain areas and features of the Platforms;
- Communicating with you about your account and activities on the Platforms;
- Administering the Platforms; help diagnosing problems with our servers; and facilitating site navigation;
- Conducting Platform analytics and operations and to analyze trends;
- Providing and administering contests, events, and other promotions;
- For market research;
- Improving the Platforms and keeping our Platforms fresh and interesting to our visitors;
- Tracking the effectiveness of our advertising and for advertising attribution, analytics and reporting;
- Personalizing your experience on the Platforms;
- Sending you (either directly or through one of our partners) marketing and promotional messages;
- For security and safety purposes, such as protecting against cyber threats; protecting our rights and the rights of our customers and subscribers; detecting, investigating, or preventing fraud and other illegal activities; and responding to legal and regulatory compliance obligations;
- Complying with our license obligations;
- Verifying your identity; and
- For all other lawful purposes disclosed at the time we collect your information or otherwise with your consent.
3. Collection of Information from Different Sources
Submissions from you: We, as well as our service providers, collect Personal Data directly from you when you use the Platforms, sign up for an online publication or offering, contact us with a question or comment, when you register to create an account, sign up for a subscription, use certain features, complete a profile, access or download content, purchase items or enter into promotions, post content to the Platforms, interact with us via third party applications or social media sites, request customer support or otherwise communicate with us.
Automatically from your devices: We, as well as advertisers and/or service providers, may use a variety of tracking tools and technologies that automatically or passively collect information like Browser/Usage/Device Information and Location Information any time you visit or interact with the Platforms, our emails, and our advertising and content on other websites and platforms.
Third Party providers: We receive personal information about you from our vendors and service providers we hire to help us run our business, including those companies that host, protect, or operate our Platforms; analyze data; provide customer service; send emails for us; process payments; conduct surveys; run our promotional activities and contests; or provide marketing, analytics, and advertising services.
Business partners: We receive personal information about you from our business partners, including those businesses with whom we offer joint or co-branded promotions, or who advertise on the Platforms. We may also get personal information from advertising networks and search information providers.
Social media: We receive Personal Data about you when you interact with us using social media, on our social media pages and channels, or on other channels and content. The Personal Data includes profile name, profile identifier, and the content of your submissions. We use this information to communicate with you and for internal purposes until you withdraw consent or we do not use the social media pages anymore. Please review the privacy policies and settings of any websites, mobile applications, or social networks should you have any questions about their privacy practices. Please note that any content (e.g. comments, photographs, information and other materials) that you post directly to our Platforms, including our social media pages, is public and can be read, collected or used by others. Please be cautious when disclosing any Personal Data through public activities or submissions.
We combine information: When we get information from other sources, we may combine that with information we already have. We may combine information that we have collected offline with information we collect online or through the Platforms. We may also aggregate your information with other consumers’ information to understand preferences and trends within your peer group over time.
4. Sharing Information with Others
We may share Personal Data as follows:
Related Companies: We may share Personal Data with our affiliates, subsidiaries, and other companies (if any) under common control and ownership with Bill Blaster.
Vendors and service providers: We may share personal information with vendors and service providers we hire to help us run our business, including those companies that host, protect, or operate our Platforms; analyze data; provide customer service, send emails for us; process payments; conduct surveys; fulfill orders; run our promotional activities and contests; or provide marketing, analytics, and advertising services.
Business partners, rights holders, advertisers, and advertising companies: We may share or make available personal information with or to our sponsors, partners, advertisers, advertising networks, advertising servers, and analytics companies or other third parties (if any) in connection with our and their marketing, promotional, and other offers, as well as product information. These third parties may use your personal information for their own advertising, analytics, planning, market research, or other business purposes.
Nielsen: Our Platforms may include Nielsen’s proprietary measurement software which may allow you to contribute to market research. To learn more about the information Nielsen’s software may collect and your choices with regard to it, please go to https://www.nielsen.com/us/en/legal/privacy-statement/digital-measurement/. If you would like to opt-out of participating, please go to https://priv-policy.imrworldwide.com/priv/browser/cookie-policy-us-en.html?optout=1.
Business transfers: As we continue to develop our business, we may sell or purchase assets. If another entity acquires us or all or substantially all of our assets, or assets related to the Platforms, your information may be disclosed to such entity as part of the due diligence process and may be transferred to such entity as one of the transferred assets. Also, if any bankruptcy or reorganization proceeding is brought by or against us, all such information may be considered an asset of ours and as such may be sold or transferred to third parties.
SDK Partners: We may make available personal information to third party technology companies whose software development kits (SDKs) or application programming interfaces (APIs) are embedded into our mobile apps.
Other disclosures: We may share personal information for other reasons we may describe to you from time to time as permitted by law.
Non-personal information: We may share information that has been de-identified or aggregated such that it does not identify or relate to you, with other parties for any purpose. This may include aggregated user statistics about the Platforms or aggregated demographic information about our users.
5. YOUR CHOICES
To learn how you can reject or delete cookies from us or other companies, please refer to your browser’s help menu. Deleting or rejecting browser cookies does not necessarily affect third-party flash cookies used in connection with our Platform. To delete or disable flash cookies, please go to https://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager.html. If you disable or opt out of receiving cookies, please be aware that some features and services on our Platform may not work properly because we may not be able to recognize and associate you with your account(s). In addition, the offers we provide when you visit us may not be as relevant to you or tailored to your interests.
To learn how to change your device identifier or mobile advertising ID, please refer to your device’s help menu or other instructions.
When you use the Platforms, we, our service providers, and advertising partners may place cookies and similar tracking technologies on your computer and/or Device in order to collect information about your online web-browsing activities over time and across different websites and/or online services and/or mobile applications, in order to serve you ads or other content personalized to your interests. This form of advertising is referred to as Interest Based Advertising (“IBA”). In order to personalize these ads or content, we or our advertising partners or service providers may connect and/or share personal information about you either to data you provided to us or to Browser/Usage/Device Information and Location Information collected about you.
You can opt out of being tracked online for IBA purposes by going to https://optout.aboutads.info/?c=2&lang=EN or https://optout.networkadvertising.org/?c=1. You can opt out of being tracked for IBA purposes on mobile apps by going to https://youradchoices.com/appchoices. Another way to opt out of IBA is by clicking on the Advertising Options Icon featured on certain on third-party websites. When clicked it (1) describes the collection and uses of data gathered at the relevant party website and (2) provides a way for you to opt out of data collection and use by the other parties listed for the purposes of IBA.
Choices you make are device-specific and browser-specific. If you use different browsers on your computer, or multiple computers and Devices, you will need to opt out of IBA from each browser on each of the computers and Devices that you use. Please note that even if you opt out of IBA, you may still receive advertisements from us; they just won’t be customized based on your web-browsing activities on third-party websites. Please also note that if you opt-out of IBA, we may still track your visits to the Platforms for our own analytics, operations and security purposes.
Do Not Track:
Some browsers have a “Do Not Track” feature that lets you tell websites that you do not want to have your online activities tracked. These features are not yet uniform, and our systems are not configured to recognize Do Not Track headers or signals from some or all browsers.
If you don’t want to receive promotional communications from us, such as offers, newsletters, advertising e-mails or other marketing communications, you can unsubscribe by:
- following the removal instructions in the communication that you receive;
- sending us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that if you opt out of receiving promotional communications, we may still send you non-promotional communications, such as those about your account or our ongoing business relations.
By downloading our Apps or using the Platforms, you consent to our collection, use, and sharing of your Location Information with other parties for analytics, advertising, and other purposes described herein. You can stop the collection of precise Location Information at any time by going to the setting feature on your Device and changing your preferences. If you do so, certain features of our Apps may no longer function as intended. You also may also uninstall or remove our Apps from your Device.
If you use our Apps, we may send you push notifications from time to time. If you no longer wish to receive push notifications, you can turn them off at the device level in your App settings.
Access to Your Information:
If you wish to verify, correct, or update any of your personal information we have collected or received, you may contact us at the address or e-mail provided below. In accordance with our routine record keeping, we may delete certain records that contain personal information about you. We are under no obligation to store such personal information indefinitely and disclaim any liability arising out of, or related to, the destruction of such personal information.
As of January 1, 2020, California law permits residents of California to request certain details about how their personal information is shared with third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please contact us using the methods described in the Contact Us section.
As of January 1, 2020, if you reside in California, you also have the right to make the following requests with respect to your personal information:
Access: You have the right to request that we disclose to you the following: (1) the categories of personal information that we have collected about you; (2) the categories of sources from which we have collected personal information about you; (3) the business or commercial purpose for collecting or selling your personal information; (4) the categories of personal information that we have sold about you and the categories of outside parties to whom the personal information was sold; (5) the categories of personal information that we have disclosed about you for our business purposes and the categories of suppliers to whom the personal information was disclosed; and (6) the specific pieces of personal information that we have collected about you.
Deletion: You can request that we delete the personal information that we maintain about you, subject to certain exceptions.
Right to be free from discrimination: You have the right not to be discriminated against for exercising these rights.
We may deny certain requests, or fulfill a request only in part, based on our legal rights and obligations. For example, we may retain personal information as permitted by law, such as for tax or other record keeping purposes, to maintain an active account, and to process transactions and facilitate customer requests. Note that for purposes of these rights, personal information does not include information about job applicants, employees, and other of our personnel collected in the employment context.
We will take reasonable steps to verify your identity prior to responding to your requests. The verification steps will vary depending on the sensitivity of the personal information and whether you have an account with us.
You may designate an authorized agent to make a request on your behalf. When submitting the request, please ensure the authorized agent identifies himself/herself/itself as an authorized agent.
We also want California residents to know the following:
- We disclose each of the foregoing categories of personal information to our service providers, business and advertising partners, advertising networks, data analytics providers, and social networks.
- We may “sell” the following categories of personal information: identifiers; personal information categories listed in Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.80(e); commercial information; Internet or other electronic network activity; geolocation data; and inferences.
You can exercise these rights online by clicking the links set forth below, by emailing us at applicable link below, or by calling us at the number set forth below:
The Platform is not directed to children under 13. We do not knowingly collect, use or disclose personal information from anyone under 13 years of age. If we determine upon collection that a user is under this age, we will not use or maintain his/her personal information without the parent/guardian’s consent. If we become aware that we have unknowingly collected personal information from a child under the age of 13, we will make reasonable efforts to delete such information from our records.
8. SECURITY OF YOUR INFORMATION
We use certain reasonable security measures designed to help protect your personal information. However, no electronic data transmission or storage of information can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Please note that we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you use the Platforms and provide us with your information at your own risk.
9. OTHER SITES
The Platforms may contain links to other sites that we do not own or operate. This includes links from service providers, advertisers, sponsors and/or partners that may use our logo(s) as part of a co-branding or co-marketing agreement. We do not control, recommend or endorse, and are not responsible for, these sites or their content, products, services or privacy policies or practices. These other websites or apps may send their own cookies to your Device, they may independently collect data or solicit personal Information, and may or may not have their own published privacy policies. You should also independently assess the authenticity of any site which appears or claims that it is one of our Platforms (including those linked to through an email or social networking page).
10. UNITED STATES ONLY
The Platforms are governed by and operated in, and in accordance with the laws of, the United States, and are intended for the enjoyment of residents of the United States. Bill Blaster makes no representation that the Platforms are governed by or operated in accordance with the laws of any other nation.
12. CONTACT US
If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Statement, the practices of the Platforms, or your experiences with the Platforms, please contact us at: