INFORMATION COLLECTION AND USE
We gather two types of information:
(2) aggregate tracking and site usage information that we gather automatically as you access our Web sites.
We do not authorize the use of your personal information by any third party (other than SLON, INC business services providers discussed in the next section or, under exceptional conditions as described under «Legal Matters» below). We operate and maintain a variety of online security measures to safeguard and keep your information private.
Personally Identifiable Information You Provide to Us
Anyone can access our Web sites, but there are certain areas and services that require registration or provision of certain personal information if accessed, such as by way of example: making online purchases, signing up for email newsletters, promotions, contests, sweepstakes or special offers or participating in reader surveys.
If you choose to make a purchase or use such areas, we will ask for certain personally identifiable information, which may include name, mailing address, valid email address and other personal information. Based upon the personally identifiable information you provide us at registration, we may send you a welcoming email to verify your username and password. We will also communicate with you in response to your inquiries, regarding any information or services you request, and to manage your «account». We will communicate with you by e-mail or other method as directed by you. If you decline to supply or maintain with us certain information while using our Web sites, understand that you may not be able to use or participate in some or all of the features offered through the Web sites.
We strive to keep all personal information (such as your name or email address) that you voluntarily provide us private. We do not authorize your personal information to be shared with third parties without your consent. Certain information supplied by you to our Web sites may be password-protected, and you should take all necessary measures to protect the secrecy of your password. If you use a computer in a public place or share a computer with others, remember to log out/sign out and close your browser window when you finish accessing our Website in order to prevent others from accessing your personal information. You are solely responsible for the control and use of each password you create.
Aggregate Information that is Automatically Collected
We also collect and store information that is generated automatically as you navigate through our Web sites.
For example, to enhance your experience on our Websites, we use a standard feature found in browser software called a «cookie». Cookies are small files that your web browser places on your hard drive for record-keeping purposes. By showing how and when visitors use the Web site, cookies help us track user trends and patterns. They also prevent you from having to re-enter your preferences on certain areas of the Website where you have entered preference information before. SLON, INC also may use pixel tags (single-pixel image files also known as transparent GIFs, clear GIFs or web beacons) to access cookies and to count users who visit the Web site or open our HTML-formatted email messages. The information that is collected through the use of these image files is not personally identifiable and is used only to track responses to our advertising and promotional efforts.
Another example of information that we automatically collect as you navigate our Web sites is information in «log files» about your computer’s connection to the Internet such as a user’s IP address (the number assigned automatically to your computer whenever you use the Internet), length of time spent on the Web sites, and the pages accessed during each visit to the Web sites. We use this information to analyze trends, administer the site, track user movement on the Web sites, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information except if necessary to provide certain premium content or services for which you have registered.
In general, aggregate information allows us to improve the delivery of our web pages to you and to measure traffic on the Web sites.
In addition, third party advertisers or third party ad servers that place and present advertising on the Web site also may collect information from you via cookies, pixel tags or similar technologies. These third party advertisers and ad servers may use the information they collect to help present their advertisements, to help measure and research the advertisements’ effectiveness, or for other uses.
Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage users to be aware that when they leave our Websites for another site, even if through a link, they should read the privacy policies of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. The provision of external links to other Websites is a common practice on the Internet and it in no way indicates that we have any responsibility or control over the linked company, its products, services, or Web site.
(ii) to release information in response to court and governmental orders, other enforceable requests from government entities, civil subpoenas, discovery requests and otherwise as required by law;
(iii) we believe in good faith that such release is required to protect the rights, property, safety or security of SLON, INC, any of our users or the public,
(iv) to respond to an emergency.
In the event of a change of control of SLON, INC (such as through a merger, sale, assignment or liquidation of the business entity, or any of its properties, assets or equity) or, in the event of a direct or indirect sale of any of its publishing properties and/or its Web sites, personal information of users of the affected Websites in our possession will be transferred to the new owner/successor. We are not obligated to notify Web site users of any such transaction.
HOW DO I OPT OUT OR CHANGE MY PERSONAL INFORMATION?
OUR COMMITMENT TO DATA SECURITY
We have put in place security hardware, software and software update and network scanning procedures designed to safeguard and secure the information under our control and follow generally accepted industry standards. We work with third party service providers and vendors that use encryption and authentication to maintain the confidentiality of your personal information. If stored, we house personal information on systems behind firewalls that are only accessible to limited personnel.
Although we will exercise high levels of care in providing secure transmission of information between your computer and our servers and in storing that information on our systems, no method of transmission over the Internet, or of electronic storage, is 100% secure. As such, we cannot ensure or otherwise guarantee the security of information transmitted to us over the Internet.
Any changes will affect all of the information we have previously collected from you, as well as the information we collect after such changes, and may include without limitation additional uses or disclosures of your information. If any of the changes represent a material change that expands our use of personal information, the changes will be posted in advance of taking effect.
Version: June 3, 2019