Information Collection, Use and Sharing
Information You Provide
Users can browse our websites without logging in or providing any Personal Information, although we passively collect certain other information as described below. The IP address of your device is collected when you access the Services for the purposes of system administration, security, and to report aggregate information to our advertisers, our affiliates or vendors. We do not combine IP addresses with any collected Personal Information, nor do we compile session activity reports by IP address. In addition, we currently do honor Do Not Track signals.
When you subscribe to any of our magazines or products, register for a newsletter, download our mobile apps, purchase an item, enter contests, contact us for any information or to ask a question, or participate in other on-line activities (e.g., surveys, providing comments, participating in social media or on-line games), you will be asked to provide certain Personal Information, which may include your name, street address, city, state, zip code, email address, and phone number (landline and/or mobile). It is always your choice whether or not to provide us with such Personal Information. However, if you do not provide the necessary information you may not be able to access some or all of the features of the Services. We also will have no way to respond to your questions or inquiries.
To summarize, the Personal Information we collect from you is meant to help us:
- fulfill your order
- manage your registration preferences
- send you renewal notifications and/or service billing notifications
- personalize web content (including social media) and advertising based on your personal characteristics or preferences
- ensure, as far as is practical, that our websites and applications are compatible with the browsers and operating systems used by most of our visitors
- conduct customer satisfaction surveys
We may also:
- inform you about additional products and services you may be interested in
- inform you about other promotional activities we offer or from third parties with whom we have a business relationship
- invite you to participate in market research, surveys and polls for ourselves or for our client
In addition, when you purchase a gift subscription we will collect the recipient's name and email so we can send the gift subscription to the recipient. We, through our third party partners, also collect your name, email and payment information to process your gift subscription purchase.
We use a third-party payment processor to facilitate payments for subscriptions, to make any purchase. You will be asked to provide certain financial information, such as a credit card number, debit card number, PayPal information, along with other Personal Information to verify and authorize the payment. The collection and process of this information by the payment processor is subject to their terms and policies. We do not have access to, nor do we retain your financial information that you provide to the third-party processor.
Passive Collection of Information; Tracking Technologies
We gather certain information automatically when you access our websites and the Services. This information may include, but not be limited to, Internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and/or clickstream data. We use this information for profiling purposes, such as tracking user's web browsing activities through cookies or other tracking technologies, in order to analyze user browsing behavior to provide and to improve the Services and to serve online behavioral advertising.
This de-identified data includes, but is not limited to, information such as a web visitor's web pages which have been viewed by a web visitor, date and time, domain type, and responses by a web visitor to an advertisement delivered by us or a third-party advertising technology vendor. As the Internet evolves, we may use different types of technologies to collect these types of de-identified, non-personally identifiable information. The collection of this de-identified data allows us and our partners to better target advertising to user interests. The data also allows us to provide improvements to our services, for example, improving the effectiveness of the advertisements delivered to users and limiting the number of times a person sees a given advertisement. A further description of how we use online behavioral advertising is provided below.
Personal information that we collect, use and share
Summarized in the table below are the categories of Personal Information we may collect about you over the past twelve (12) months, depending on how you interact with us. The following table also describes how we collect and use such categories of information.
|Source of the PI||Purpose for collection|
|Internet or Network Information|
We will share the Personal Information collected from and about you over the past twelve (12) months as mentioned above for various business purposes. The table below shows the categories of information that we may share with third parties and the categories of those parties.
|Categories of third parties to whom we "disclose" the PI for a business purpose||Categories of third parties to whom we "sell" the PI|
|Internet or Network Information|
Glossary - statutory categories of personal information (as defined by the CCPA)
|Definition (categories may overlap)||What we collect|
|Records of personal property, products or services purchased, obtained, or considered, or other purchasing or consuming histories or tendencies|
|Bank account number, debit or credit card numbers|
|Precise location (e.g. derived from GPS-enabled services)|
|Real name, alias, postal address, unique personal identifier, customer number, email address, account name, social security number, driver's license number, passport number, or other similar identifiers|
|The derivation of information, data, assumptions, or conclusions from any other category of Personal Information to create a profile about a person reflecting the person's preferences, characteristics, psychological trends, predispositions, behavior, attitudes, intelligence, abilities and aptitudes||May be derived from your:
|Internet or Network Information|
|Browsing history, search history, and information regarding a person's interaction with an Internet website, application, or advertisement|
|An online identifier or other persistent identifier that can be used to recognize a person, family or device, over time and across different services, including but not limited to, a device identifier; an Internet Protocol address; cookies, beacons, pixel tags, mobile ad identifiers, or similar technology; customer number, unique pseudonym, or user alias; telephone numbers, or other forms of persistent or probabilistic identifiers (i.e. the identification of a person or a device to a degree of certainty of more probable than not) that can be used to identify a particular person or device|
Online Behavioral Advertising
We use third party advertising companies and advertising networks to serve online behavioral advertising to you on our behalf when you access and use the Services. Our agreements with these third-party advertising networks specify that they may use certain non-personal information about your access and use of the Services (but not Personal Information such as your name, address, email address or telephone number) to provide advertisements about goods and services that may be of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, please see the following website from the National Advertising Initiative (NAI): http://optout.networkadvertising.org/#!/ or the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA): http://optout.aboutads.info/#!/.
As noted above, we employ cookies and other technologies, as well as work with third parties to provide online behavior advertising on our websites and Services, which strive to provide you with more targeted advertising choices. This service does not access or use your Personal Information, but rather data about your online viewing history is collected and analyzed anonymously. At any time, you can opt out of this service by going to the following link sponsored by the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance (EDAA): http://www.youronlinechoices.com/. Be advised, however, that not consenting to or opting out of online behavior advertising does not mean that you will not see advertising when you are online. It means only that the advertising you do see will be less relevant to your interests and choices.
Access to Your Personal Information; Information Choices
Residents of the EEA have the right to:
- Access your Personal Information;
- Delete, or request deletion of, your Personal Information;
- Object to or restrict processing of your Personal Information;
- Request portability of your Personal Information;
- Complain to your local data protection authority at any time;
- Object to automated decision making; and
- Update your Personal Information.
To withdraw consent or exercise these rights, please:
- Contact us as provided below; or
- Adjust your preferences through the Account preferences (if available).
Withdrawing your consent will not affect the lawfulness of any processing we conducted prior to your withdrawal, nor will it affect processing of your Personal Information conducted in reliance on lawful processing grounds other than consent.
If we ask you to provide Personal Information to us to comply with a legal requirement or enter into a contract, we will inform you of this and let you know whether providing us with your Personal Information is required and if not, the consequences of not sharing your personal data with us.
Similarly, if we collect and use your Personal Information in reliance on our or a third party's legitimate interests and those interests are not already described above, we will let you know what those legitimate interests are.
If you are a Canadian resident, you may withdraw consent, request information about our collection, use and disclosure of your Personal Information, and request information on our policies and practices relating to disclosure of information to our service providers.
You can also exercise these rights at any time by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or as indicated below. We will respond to your request in a reasonable timeframe and in accordance with the law that applies to you. In most cases, revoking consent is prospective only. If you withdraw your consent you may no longer be able to access or use any of the Services.
We participate in affiliate marketing and may allow affiliate links to be encoded on some of our pages. This means that we may earn a commission if/when you click on or make purchases via affiliate links.
Accessing Your Information; Information Choices
In addition to any other rights to your data that you may have under laws that apply to you, you may access your Personal Information that we hold, and correct, amend, update or delete information that is inaccurate by contacting us at email@example.com. We will respond to requests in accordance with the laws that apply to you and within a reasonable timeframe. You can help us maintain the accuracy of your information by notifying us of any changes to your information.
How to Opt-Out
To unsubscribe from a newsletter or any other electronic communications from us, reply to the email with "UNSUBSCRIBE" (and only "UNSUBSCRIBE") in the subject line, or by following the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of the email or text. Also follow the same procedure to unsubscribe to any promotional and marketing emails or texts from our partners.
Surveys, Promotions and Contests
We offer on-line surveys, promotions and contests reader surveys from time to time. Participating in these on-line activities is entirely voluntary and without obligation, simply decline to participate by not clicking on the link that says "survey," etc. However, if you do participate in these on-line activities, you may be asked to provide certain Personal Information for the purposes of, for example, awarding you any prize or other benefit.
We will retain your Personal Information for as long as your account is active, as needed to provide you services that you request, and as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
We use commercially reasonable physical, managerial, and technical safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of your personal information and to protect it against loss or unauthorized use or disclosure. For example, our third-party payment processor uses industry-standard SSL protocol (Secure Sockets Layer) to ensure that all credit card transactions are secure.
As the Internet is not 100% secure, we cannot, however, ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission of information, we make commercially reasonable efforts to ensure the security of our systems. However, please note that this is not a guarantee that such information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards.
Sale of Assets
In the event that another company acquires all or substantially all of the assets related to the business, we reserve the right to include, disclose and transfer any or all stored Personal Information and non-personal information among the assets transferred to the acquiring company. If The Week or our other assets are involved in a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, you will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our Website of any change in ownership or uses of your Personal Information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your Personal Information.
Users Outside the United States
If we collect the Personal Information of residents from the European Economic Area (EEA), we advise that your Personal Information will be transferred to and processed in the United States, which has data protection laws that are different than those in your country and may not be as protective. The United States has not sought nor received a finding of "adequacy" from the European Union under Article 45 of the GDPR. Our legal basis for collecting and using your Personal Information or information is to do so with your consent; where we need the Personal Information for performance of a contract, or where the collection and use is in our legitimate interests and not overridden by your data protection interests or fundamental rights and freedoms. In some cases, we may also have a legal obligation to collect the Personal Information in question. If we collected your Personal Information with your consent, you may withdraw your consent at any time.
Social Media Widgets
Our Services include Social Media Features, such as the Facebook Like button, and similar features on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube that run on our websites. These features may collect your Internet protocol address, which page you are visiting on our website, and may set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Social Media features are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our website. Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy statement of the company providing it. Our Services are not sponsored or endorsed by any of these third parties, nor do we sponsor or endorse them.
Links to Other Sites; Transactions with Third Parties
Our Site is not directed to children and we do not knowingly collect Personal Information from users who are under the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence, who are US residents under age 13, or who are EEA residents under age 16. If you believe your child has provided Personal Information to us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Important Information for California Residents
This section applies only to California residents. It describes how we collect, use and share Personal Information of California residents in operating our business, and their rights with respect to that Personal Information. For purposes of this section, "Personal Information" has the meaning given in the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 ("CCPA"), which is defined as any information that identifies, relates to, describes, references, is capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular consumer, household, or device, but does not include information exempted from the scope of the CCPA, namely:
- Publicly available information that is lawfully made from federal, state, or local government records
- Deidentified or aggregated consumer information
- Medical information or protected health information governed by California and federal health information privacy laws
- Clinical trial information subject to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the Common Rule)
- Personal information regulated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
Personal information that we collect, use and share
Your California privacy rights
As a California resident, you have the rights listed below. However, these rights are not absolute, and in certain cases we may decline your request as permitted by law.
- Information - You can request the following information about how we have collected and used your Personal Information during the past 12 months:
- The categories of Personal Information that we have collected
- The categories of sources from which we collected Personal Information
- The business or commercial purpose for collecting and/or selling Personal Information
- The categories of third parties with whom we share Personal Information
- Whether we have disclosed your Personal Information for a business purpose, and if so, the categories of Personal Information received by each category of third-party recipient
- Whether we've sold your Personal Information, and if so, the categories of Personal Information received by each category of third-party recipient
- Access - You can request a copy of the Personal Information that we have collected about you during the past 12 months.
- Deletion - You can ask us to delete the Personal Information that we have collected from you.
- Opt-out of sales - If we sell your Personal Information, you can opt-out. In addition, if you direct us not to sell your Personal Information, we will consider it a request pursuant to the CCPA and California's "Shine the Light" law to stop "selling" your personal information or sharing your personal information with third parties for their direct marketing purposes. We may share your Personal Information with third parties in the following circumstances, which California law classifies as a "sale" of your Personal Information:
- Supplying your data to third parties with your express consent (e.g. where you opt in to receive third party marketing or where you have requested to be contacted by a third party)
- Supplying your data to list brokers (but only where you have consented to be contacted by third parties)
- Using services that help deliver interest-based ads to you and may transfer Personal Information to business partners for their use. Making Personal Information (such as online identifiers or browsing activity) available to these companies may be considered a "sale" under the CCPA
- Opt-in - We do not knowingly target users under 16 years of age, but if we know that you are younger than 16 years old, we will ask for your permission (or if you are younger than 13 years old, your parent's or guardian's permission) to sell your Personal Information before we do so.
- Non-discrimination - You are entitled to exercise the rights described above free from discrimination. This means that, unless otherwise permitted by the exceptions listed in the CCPA, we will not penalize you for exercising your rights by taking actions such as denying you services; increasing the price/rate of services; decreasing service quality; or suggesting that we may penalize you as described above for exercising your rights.
How to exercise your California rights
You may exercise your California privacy rights by emailing email@example.com quoting "California Privacy Rights - The Week US" in the subject header and stating which right(s) you wish to exercise. You can also call us toll free: 1-877-245-8151
Right to opt-out of the sale of your Personal Information for The Week internet and mobile users (online third parties): If you do not wish for us or our third party partners such as advertising networks to sell your personal information to others, please click on the "Do Not Sell My Personal Information" link in the footer of the website. If you access this site and/or app from other devices or browsers, or clear your cookies on your devices or browsers, you will need to indicate your preferences again from those devices or browsers.
Right to opt-out of the sale of your Personal Information for The Week subscribers (offline third parties): If you want to opt-out of all offline third party sales, please email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting "California Privacy Rights - The Week US" in the subject header and state which right(s) you wish to exercise.
We will need to confirm your identity and California residency to process your requests to exercise your information, access or deletion rights. You may also designate an authorized agent to make a request on your behalf, subject to proof of identity and authorization. In order to confirm your identity, we will need you to provide us with certain information, such as your customer number, address, ZIP code, last 4 digits of your credit card number if you are a subscriber and your name and email address if you are a non-subscriber. We have no obligation to honor your request if we cannot verify your identity or residence. We do not charge a fee to process or respond to your verifiable consumer request unless it is excessive, repetitive, or manifestly unfounded. If we determine that the request warrants a fee, we will tell you why we made that decision and provide you with a cost estimate before completing your request.
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