Critical Lens Media (“CLM”) values the privacy of our visitors and our members. By visiting Blogcritics or websites related to Blogcritics that CLM controls or operates (collectively “Blogcritics Sites”), or using any of our services, you acknowledge that you accept the practices and policies outlined in this Privacy Statement.
What this Privacy Statement Covers
This Privacy Statement covers CLM’s treatment of personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”) that CLM gathers when you access Blogcritics Sites. This Privacy Statement does not apply to the use of your Personal Information by third parties that CLM does not own or control, or to individuals that CLM does not control or manage.
Links to Other Sites
Blogcritics Sites contains links to blogs and other websites that are not owned or controlled by CLM. We are not responsible for the privacy policies of such other sites.
Information Collection and Use
CLM is the sole owner of personal information collected on Blogcritics Sites. We do not share or sell your information with anyone without your authorization or consent in ways different from what is disclosed in this Privacy Statement.
CLM provides some features exclusively to Blogcritics’ members. Our registration process requires you to provide us with a valid email address as well as a username and password of your choice. Optional information such as your first and last name, year of birth, zip code, and country of residence helps CLM have a better understanding of its visitors and members. You can choose not to provide us with certain information, but then you may not be able to take advantage of special features offered only to our members.
We do not collect or maintain information on Blogcritics Sites from those people we actually know are under 13 years old, and no part of any Blogcritics Site is structured to attract anyone under 13 years old.
Surveys or Contests
We may provide you the opportunity to participate in contests or surveys on Blogcritics Sites. If you participate we will request certain Personal Information from you. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you therefore have a choice whether to disclose this information. The requested information typically includes contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code).
We only use this information internally to determine eligibility, notify contest winners, and to measure the success of our efforts.
Communications from Blogcritics Sites
If you choose to subscribe to our newsletter(s) we will use your name and email address to send the newsletter to you. Unsubscribe instructions accompany each email.
We will send you strictly service-related announcements on the rare occasions when it is necessary to do so.
You may not opt-out of these communications, which are not promotional in nature. If you do not wish to receive these announcements you have the option to deactivate your account.
Based upon the Personal Information you provide us we will send you a welcoming email to verify your username and password. We will also communicate with you by email in response to your inquiries, to provide the services you request, and to manage your account.
Information Sharing and Disclosure
Aggregate Information (non-personally identifiable)
We may share aggregated demographic information about our visitors with our partners and advertisers. This information does not identify individual visitors or members. We do not link aggregate visitor or member data with Personal Information.
We do not share any individual user information with any of our business partners or outside vendors without permission. We may share aggregated statistics with business partners or outside vendors without permission.
We may employ other companies and people to perform tasks on our behalf and need to share your information with them to provide products or services to you. Examples of such services include sending email, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance, processing credit card payments, and providing customer service.
We reserve the right to disclose your Personal Information when we believe in good faith that release is necessary to (1) comply with the law; (2) enforce or apply our conditions of use and other agreements; (3) or protect the rights, property or safety of CLM, our employees, our users, or others.
Security and Confidentiality
To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
We provide you the opportunity to access and edit all of your Personal Information within our member profile page.
Users of the Technorati Sites are always notified when their information is being collected by any outside parties. We do this so our users can make an informed choice as to whether or not they should proceed with services that require an outside party.
You may opt-out of receiving our newsletter by following the instructions included in each newsletter or by contacting us by email.
We gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, requested pages, operating system, and the time and date your browser requested our pages. We use this information, which does not identify individual visitors, to analyze trends, to administer the Blogcritics Sites, to track visitor movements around the Blogcritics Sites and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. We do not link this collected data to Personal Information.
If you wish to opt-out from receiving browser “cookies”, please see this page for more information: http://networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp
We store a small text file called a cookie on your computer to track session data and persist your login for your convenience. A session cookie expires when you exit your browser. A persistent cookie stays on your computer until it is deleted. You can remove persistent cookies by following the directions provided in your browser’s “help” files.
If you reject cookies you may still use the Blogcritics Sites.
Third Party Advertisers
The advertisements appearing on Blogcritics are delivered by third parties, including, among others, Google, Technorati, and Lijit.
About Google and the DoubleClick DART cookie:
Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and other sites on the Internet.
Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by following the instructions here: https://support.google.com/adsense/answer/2839090
In the event CLM goes through a business transition such as a merger, acquisition by another company, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, your Personal Information will likely be among the assets transferred. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of CLM may continue to use your Personal Information as set forth in this Privacy Statement. You hereby consent to CLM sharing your Personal Information under the above circumstances. CLM will contact you at the email address you provided at registration to communicate such transfer. We will also place a prominent notice on the Blogcritics home page for 30 days after such transfer of your Personal Information.
Changes in this Privacy Statement