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”), using any of our services, or providing any information to CLM in connection with Blogcritics Sites, you acknowledge that you accept the practices and policies outlined in this Privacy Statement.
Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information
“Personal Information” is information that identifies someone as a specific individual. On certain occasions when you interact with Blogcritics Sites – e.g. by joining as a Contributor or Editor, by subscribing, or by entering a contest – we may collect Personal Information such as the following:
Name and login information
Personal telephone number
Personal email address
Responses to surveys or contests
Comments on articles
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 (registered Contributors and Editors). 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 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.
We May Collect Some Information Automatically.
When you use Blogcritics Sites, we may automatically recognize information like your IP address, what type of device you’re using, high-level location information (e.g., city or state), and your behavior as a user (e.g. how long you stay on the website and which links you click on).
Some third-party vendors that we use to provide services for Blogcritics Sites (e.g. analytics) may also use their own tracking technologies on our digital properties to help us run and optimize our platforms. These third parties may collect information about your online activities over time and across the Blogcritics Sites and other online properties.
We May Use Personal Information:
To respond to your inquiries and fulfill your requests.
To send administrative information to you, including information regarding Blogcritics Sites and changes to our terms, conditions and policies.
To allow you to send and receive messages and invitations to and from other individuals, through or in connection with Blogcritics Sites, and to send and receive such messages and invitations on your behalf.
For our business, administrative and informational purposes, including but not limited to quality assessment, data analysis, developing and improving Blogcritics Sites and new products and services, and identifying usage trends.
To protect the security or integrity of our businesses and Internet properties, including Blogcritics Sites.
As we believe to be necessary or appropriate: (a) under applicable law, including laws outside your country of residence; (b) to comply with legal process; (c) to respond to requests from public or government authorities, including public or government authorities outside your country of residence; (d) to enforce our terms and conditions; (e) to protect our operations or those of any of our related legal entities; (f) to protect our rights, privacy, safety or property, or that of our related legal entities, service providers, members, you or others, including through credit-fraud protection and risk reduction; (g) at our discretion under emergency circumstances; or (h) to allow us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain.
Personal Information May Be Disclosed:
To our third-party service providers that may provide services such as hosting of Blogcritics Sites, data analysis, IT services and infrastructure, customer service, email delivery, auditing, information and identity verification, background checks, payment processing and other similar services. We seek to restrict third-party service providers from using any Personal Information received from us or through Blogcritics Sites for any purpose other than providing services for us and Blogcritics Sites. However, CLM is not responsible for the privacy practices of any third parties, including any negligence or misconduct by any third parties that receive your Personal Information.
To identify you to anyone to whom you send messages or invitations through or in connection with Blogcritics Sites, including messages and invitations that we may send on your behalf.
To facilitate business transactions, business relationships and the resolution of disputes and other issues by, within or among CLM, CLM’s related legal entities, publishers, licensees and others.
By you, through messages, forums, public profile pages, user directories, blog posts, articles, and other functionality with which you are able to share or post information and materials. Please note that any information and materials that you post or disclose using such functionality will become public information, and may be available for other users of Blogcritics Sites and the general public to access, use, alter, manipulate or disclose. We are not responsible for such access, use, alteration, manipulation or disclosure.
To a third party in the event of any reorganization, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfer or other disposition of all or any portion of our business, assets or stock (including in connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceeding).
As we believe to be necessary or appropriate: (a) under applicable law, including laws outside your country of residence; (b) to comply with legal process; (c) to respond to requests from public or government authorities, including public or government authorities outside your country of residence; (d) to enforce our terms and conditions; (e) to protect our operations or those of any of our related legal entities; (f) to protect our rights, privacy, safety or property, or that of our related legal entities, service providers, Contributors or Editors; (g) at our discretion under emergency circumstances; or (h) to allow us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain.
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.
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.
Other Sites and Services
As mentioned above, Blogcritics Sites contain links to third-party sites and services that do not follow the same privacy practices as CLM. Blogcritics Sites may also include embedded tools or widgets that are provided and controlled by third parties, or that permit you to submit information to third parties (e.g., the Facebook “like” button). These services and tools – and any third party sites that you reach from links on CLM platforms – are governed by the terms and policies of those third parties.
Contests and User Engagement
From time to time, we may offer various opportunities for you to interact with CLM by entering contests through Blogcritics Sites. Please note that these opportunities may have their own rules, which may give CLM additional rights to use entries or submissions. If there is any conflict or inconsistency between such rules and this Policy, the rules will govern and take precedence.
Access to Your Information
If you would like to access, transfer, review, or correct your Personal Information, or to request that it be deleted or restricted in use, please contact us [LINK] — depending on your location or country of residence, you may have a legal right to make these requests and to contact supervisory authorities if you are not satisfied with our response.
CLM may change and update this Policy from time to time. We will post Policy updates to this page, and may also notify by email Contributors, Editors, and members of our mailing lists.