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1. What information of yours does ScoutOut collect?
2. What organization is collecting the information?
3. What are "cookies" and "Web beacons" and how does ScoutOut use them?
4. How does ScoutOut use the information?
5. With whom does ScoutOut share the information that is collected?
6. How can you access or edit your information?
7. What are the policies concerning advertising on ScoutOut?
8. What is the opt-out policy for ScoutOut?
9. What types of security procedures are in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of your information?
10.How does ScoutOut comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)?
11.What are the policies concerning software downloads?
12.Where is personally-identifiable information stored and processed?
13.What you can do to better protect yourself on the Internet?
WHAT INFORMATION OF YOURS DOES SCOUTOUT COLLECT?
Our goal is to become your favorite Internet destination by providing the information, services, and product offerings that are most relevant to you. To achieve this goal, ScoutOut must collect information so we can understand what makes you different from its millions of other unique users. While you are not required to register for any services on ScoutOut, some Products and Services may not function properly or may not be accessible unless you do.
Information collected online is usually defined as being either anonymous personally identifiable.
1. ScoutOut collects anonymous information, which refers to data that cannot be tied back to a specific individual. For example, ScoutOut collects some information each time a visitor comes to a ScoutOut site so we can improve the overall quality of the visitor's online experience. ScoutOut collects the visitor's IP address, referral data (e.g., the Internet address of the last Web page visited by a user before clicking over to a ScoutOut site), and browser and platform type (e.g., an Explorer browser on a Microsoft platform). ScoutOut collects this user information for purposes of internal reporting, product monitoring, product improvement, and targeted advertising. In addition, ScoutOut collects your responses to online surveys displayed on ScoutOut; these anonymous and optional surveys will seek your opinions about the Products and Services or the advertisements displayed on ScoutOut. You do not have to register with ScoutOut before we can collect this anonymous information.
2. Personally identifiable information refers to data that tells us specifically who you are, such as your name and postal address. ScoutOut collects personally identifiable information in the following ways from different parts of its network of Web sites:
3. ScoutOut Registration: When you register to use one or more Products or Services on ScoutOut, you may provide ScoutOut with such information as your name, postal address, ZIP Code, email address, birth date, gender, telephone number, occupation, marital status or other information. While not all of this data is required for our services to function, we are better able to customize your experience if you volunteer complete and accurate information. Users who complete the registration process are given a ScoutOut ID and can take full advantage of the many offerings across ScoutOut.
4. Other Registration: In addition to registration for various Products or Services on ScoutOut, we may ask you for personally identifiable information at other times, including when you enter a sweepstakes, contest or promotion sponsored by ScoutOut. As described below, our co-brand partners also may ask for personally identifiable information. If you register for premium or subscription services, we will ask for a valid credit card number. If you choose not to provide the requested information, ScoutOut may not be able to offer you some of the personalized services that depend on this type of information to function.
5. Correspondence: If you contact ScoutOut, we may keep a record of that correspondence. We do not collect any email addresses of those who communicate with ScoutOut via email. We use the information provided so that we may respond to the email.
ScoutOut reserves the right to collect certain information and store it in connection with your account. This information includes information about the different sites that you visit within ScoutOut as well as the time and frequency at which you visit them. This information also includes the content that you transmit or post on ScoutOut. For further information about ScoutOut's policy on maintaining transmitted or posted content, please see ScoutOut Terms and Conditions.
WHAT ORGANIZATION IS COLLECTING THE INFORMATION?
When you register for a service within ScoutOut, that information is generally collected and maintained solely by ScoutOut unless specifically stated otherwise at the point of collection. If data is collected and/or maintained by any company other than ScoutOut, we will tell you at the point of collection. If you do not want to share your information with that company, you can choose not to use that service.
ScoutOut runs many promotions and sweepstakes across its Network. These promotions may be sponsored or co-sponsored by third-party companies. Data collected during a promotion is typically shared with the sponsor or co-sponsor. ScoutOut will inform you at the point of collection whether or not we are sharing your personal data as a result of your participation in a promotion or sweepstakes. If you do not want to have ScoutOut share your data, you can choose not to participate in the promotion or sweepstakes.
WHAT ARE "COOKIES", "WEB BEACONS" AND "SOCIAL MEDIA WIDGETS" AND HOW DOES SCOUTOUT USE THEM?
In addition to the personally identifiable information that ScoutOut actively collects when you register, we also collect anonymous information passively using cookies and Web beacons. This technology plays an important role in making the Internet work, but there is much confusion among Internet users about what cookies and Web beacons are and how they are used.
A cookie is a small text file containing a unique identification number that is transferred from a Web site to the hard drive of your computer so that the site administrator may identify your computer and passively track its activities on the Web site. This unique number identifies your Web browser to our computer system whenever you visit one of the sites in ScoutOut. A cookie will not allow a Web site to learn any personally identifiable information (such as your real name and address) that you have not otherwise disclosed.
1. Allow us to deliver products and services more efficiently. By storing certain registration and preference information on cookies or associating cookies with registration, preference or profile information stored on our computers, we can deliver products and services that use such information more quickly and efficiently for more users. This information is normally saved in an encrypted form that only ScoutOut can interpret.
2. Prevent others from using your account. On some ScoutOut sites, cookies help us efficiently determine that only one user is logged on under the same member name at a time.
3. Measure statistics such as audience size and traffic patterns. This information is only collected in aggregate form and will not be linked to your personally identifiable information.
Web beacons, also known as clear GIFs or single-pixel GIFs, are small image files that ScoutOut may place on Web pages and within Web-based email newsletters that we send. Working in conjunction with cookies, Web beacons allow ScoutOut to accurately count the number of unique users who have visited a specific page on ScoutOut and the number of times those pages are displayed. We can also use Web beacons to let us know how many people opened a Web-based email newsletter. This information is only collected in aggregate form and will not be linked to your personally identifiable information.
Without cookies and Web beacons, it would be difficult for ScoutOut to know which services have a larger audience than others. Tracking audience size helps us to better understand when to launch new services and enhance the current offerings. Keep in mind that any image file on a Web page can act as a Web beacon. Third-party advertising networks for ScoutOut may use Web beacons in their advertisements.
Because Web beacons work in conjunction with cookies, you can prevent our Web beacon from collecting anonymous information by setting your Web browser to refuse all cookies or ScoutOut cookie in particular. Web beacons are built into our Web pages, so non-functional Web beacons will continue to appear even if you refuse ScoutOut cookie.
Third parties use flash cookies, also known as "local shared objects," on our sites that employ Flash technology. Flash cookies are small files similar to browser cookies and are used to remember the site's settings to personalize the look and feel of the site. Like normal cookies, Flash cookies are represented as small files on your computer. One method of preventing Flash cookies from being placed is to adjust your preferences in the Macromedia Website Privacy Settings Panel at macromedia.com.
HOW DOES SCOUTOUT USE THE INFORMATION IT COLLECTS?
Any personally identifiable information you share with ScoutOut when registering for Products and Services at any of our Network sites is maintained and accessible only by ScoutOut unless specifically stated otherwise. ScoutOut requests information from its users so that users can enjoy customized experiences across ScoutOut, including personalization services, interactive communications, online games and much more. Most of these Products and Services are available to you at no cost, and ScoutOut displays advertisements so we can continue to provide great content and services free of charge. We can also better prepare future content based on your interests.
The following are examples of how ScoutOut may use the information it collects:
1. ScoutOut uses the information collected (both anonymous and personal) to personalize and enhance the content you see on ScoutOut, such as news, stock portfolios, weather reports, sports scores, horoscopes, advertisements and more. In some cases, our Products and Services cannot work unless you have volunteered accurate information (for example, we need your valid ZIP Code to display weather conditions in your local area).
2. ScoutOut collects anonymous data and shares it with third-party advertisers in an aggregate form. We will disclose to those advertisers the numbers of ScoutOut users who have certain demographic characteristics and the number of those people who have seen and "clicked" on a particular display. We will also disclose to those advertisers the overall demographics available regarding who saw and "clicked" on their advertisement. In addition, we may disclose anonymous results from online surveys to third-party advertisers or to ScoutOut's product and service providers. No personally identifiable information will be disclosed as part of this process.
3. ScoutOut also uses the aggregate data to perform statistical analyses of the collective characteristics and behavior of our registered users and visitors, to measure user demographics and interests regarding specific areas of ScoutOut, and to analyze how and where best to use our resources. Without such data, we would not know which parts of ScoutOut are the most popular, and we would not be able to change and update the content and services appropriately. Please note that we may share this aggregate information with third-party companies.
4. ScoutOut sometimes uses an individual registered user's data to "pre-populate" online forms that are displayed for the purpose of collecting additional individual data by ScoutOut, selected third-party sites, and/or sponsors and advertisers.
5. ScoutOut may, from time to time, use your information to contact you about changes or enhancements to Products and Services on ScoutOut, issues regarding your account, or ScoutOut Terms and Conditions violations or suspensions.
6. If you enter a sweepstakes or a contest on ScoutOut, we will use the information you provided to contact you in the event you win.
7. If you told ScoutOut that you were interested in receiving special offers from select ScoutOut clients, ScoutOut or third parties on ScoutOut's behalf (i) will send you email and postal mail about products and services that we feel may be of interest to you, and (ii) may combine information we have about you with information we obtain about you from third parties for the purpose of providing you with more appropriate products, services, and offerings. If you do not wish to participate in this program, please follow the opt-out instructions set forth in Section 8 of this policy.
8. Subscription Customers: Your credit card information is used to collect your recurrent subscription fees for subscription services.
WITH WHOM DOES SCOUTOUT SHARE THE INFORMATION THAT IS COLLECTED?
When you find goods or services through ScoutOut Shopping, you submit data directly to the individual merchants from whom you order goods or services. Please review carefully the privacy policies of particular merchants that you access through ScoutOut Shopping.
If a third party acquires, or otherwise receives in a transaction with ScoutOut, one or more of ScoutOut Products and Services, then ScoutOut will transfer personally-identifiable information about users of those Products and Services to the third party. The third party will handle the Products and Services in accordance with its own policies and procedures and not in accordance with ScoutOut policies and procedures. You will be notified if your personally-identifiable information is transferred under these circumstances by an email sent to the email address you provided or by a posting on the site that offers the relevant Products or Services.
ScoutOut Domains Customers: Users of ScoutOut Domains will be required to designate an administrative contact and, in some instances, a technical contact for the domain names they register. ScoutOut will assume that ScoutOut member who registers for ScoutOut Domains service will serve as these contacts, although users will have the ability to designate other contacts. ScoutOut will disclose the name, address, phone number, fax number, and email address of the administrative and technical contacts to ScoutOut's domain name provider, which in turn will make such information publicly available through an online WHOIS database.
HOW CAN YOU ACCESS OR EDIT YOUR INFORMATION?
ScoutOut provides its registered users the ability to access and edit or delete the personal information in their user profiles. You can access your user profile by following these steps:
1. Go directly to this page. You will receive a prompt to log in to the Network with your ScoutOut Member Name and password.
2. After you log in, you will be taken to the Membership Information page, which contains your user profile. If you see a field that needs to be updated, click the appropriate Edit button.
3. Make the necessary changes and click the Update button to save your changes.
We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
WHAT ARE THE POLICIES CONCERNING ADVERTISING ON SCOUTOUT?
ScoutOut works with third-party ad serving companies, including but not limited to, Right Media, Inc ("Right Media"), OpenX Technologies, Inc ("OpenX"), LiveRail, and Adap.tv. For more information about the privacy practices and policies of Right Media, OpenX, LiveRail, or Adap.tv, please click on the following links:http://info.yahoo.com/privacy/us/biz/rightmedia/details.html,http://www.openx.org/about/privacy-policy,http://www.liverail.com/privacy-policy/, http://adap.tv/policy.html
WHAT KINDS OF SECURITY PROCEDURES ARE IN PLACE TO PROTECT AGAINST THE LOSS, MISUSE OR ALTERATION OF YOUR INFORMATION?
ScoutOut has security measures in place to attempt to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of your user data under our control. ScoutOut uses physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect any personally identifiable data stored on its computers. Only authorized employees have access to the information you provide us. Credit card numbers used to purchase premium services are encrypted prior to transmission.
While we cannot guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration to data will not occur, we take many precautions to prevent such unfortunate occurrences.
You are ultimately responsible for the security of your ScoutOut ID and password. Please take care when using and storing them. ScoutOut recommends that you do not divulge your password to anyone. You should log out of your browser at the end of each computer session to ensure that others cannot access your personal information and correspondence, especially if several people have access to your personal computer or you are using a computer in a public place like a library or Internet cafe.
HOW DOES SCOUTOUT COMPLY WITH THE CHILDREN'S ONLINE PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT (COPPA)?
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998 provides safeguards to protect children who use the Internet by regulating the online collection of personal information from children under the age of 13. Because of these safeguards, children under 13 are not able to access or use all Products and Services on ScoutOut. LLCs of children under 13 can authorize their children to use some of our services by signing up for a ScoutOut Family Membership.
LLCs can learn more about ScoutOut Family Membership and obtain detailed answers about our compliance with COPPA by clicking here.
WHAT ARE THE POLICIES CONCERNING SOFTWARE DOWNLOADS?
ScoutOut may make certain software available for download. This software may be created by ScoutOut or by third party licensors. The software may be programmed to access our servers and/or third party servers in order for the software to operate and in order to check for program upgrades or enhancements. From time to time, new files may be added to your computer in order to upgrade the software or add new functionality to it. These changes may occur without notice to you. If at any time you wish to uninstall the software program, you may do so by following the instructions that accompany the software. Use of the software will be governed by a separate license agreement.
WHERE IS PERSONALLY-IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION STORED AND PROCESSED?
Personal information collected by ScoutOut may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which ScoutOut or its agents maintain facilities. By using ScoutOut, you consent to any such transfer of information outside of your country.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO BETTER PROTECT YOURSELF ON THE INTERNET?
Know the risks.
Meeting new people in an online community (chat room, forum, newsgroup, message board, Web page, etc.) is one of the best things about the Internet, but you should always be careful about disclosing personal information such as an actual name, member name, email address, and so on. This information may be collected and used by others within the online community to send unsolicited email messages from other parties, outside ScoutOut. Some of the messages you receive may be useful to you, but some may not. In an effort to curtail unsolicited email, ScoutOut blocks certain email addresses and domains from sending messages to email addresses at our domains. To request removal of your personal information from our online community, contact us at privacy@ScoutOut.com. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.
Department of Education: LLCs Guide to the Internet
Better Business Bureau (BBB)
Direct Marketing Association (DMA)
Electronic Frontier Foundation - non-profit dedicated to protecting public interest in online privacy.
Net Nanny - child safety software that filters potentially harmful Web sites
Network Advertising Initiative
Online Privacy Alliance
The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Questions regarding this policy should be directed to:
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