Last Updated on 1/25/11
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- What information do we gather about you?
- What do we do with the information we gather about you?
- What is our e-mail policy?
- With whom do we share the information that we gather?
- How do I opt-out from receiving promotional offers?
- Is my information protected?
- Other information: Compliance with legal process
- Other information: Children's Guidelines
What information do we gather about you?
The information we gather falls into two categories: 1) personal information you voluntarily supply when you subscribe, order, complete a survey, register for an online discussion, enter a contest or provide your e-mail address and 2) tracking information collected as you navigate through our sites.
Personally Identifiable Information
Contests, Sweepstakes and Special Offers
On occasion, BetterLiving.com collects personal information from readers in connection with optional sweepstakes, contests or special offers. If this information is to be shared with a third party other than BetterLiving.com, we will notify you at the time of collection. If you do not want any personal information shared, you may always decline to participate in the sweepstakes, contest or special offer.
Reader Surveys, Reader Panels and Market Research
BetterLiving.com may collect personal information from readers in connection with voluntary surveys. Data may be collected on our Web sites, on the phone or through the mail. The information you provide in answer to optional survey questions may be shared, but only in the aggregate, with advertisers and partners unless we notify you otherwise at the time of collection.
Non-personally Identifiable Information
Information Collected by Us using Technology
As is standard practice on many Web sites, we use “cookies”, Web Beacons and other similar technologies to recognize you and provide personalization, as well as to help us understand, where our visitors are going and how much time they spend there. You will not be able to access certain areas of our Web sites, including BetterLiving.com, if your computer does not accept cookies from us.
We reserve the right to place a BetterLiving.com cookie on your computer with a unique anonymous number to ensure that your browser does not see the same ad over and over again, to sequence ads in a series and to measure the number of unique visitors that have viewed a particular ad or visited a particular Web page.
Information Collected by Third Parties using Technology
Some of the services and/or advertisements on certain of our Web sites (including BetterLiving.com) are delivered or served by third-party companies that may place or recognize cookies or Web Beacon to track certain non-personally identifiable information about our Web site users. For example, in the course of serving certain advertisements, some advertisers may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser, in order to collect certain non-personally identifiable information about your visits to our Web sites and other Web sites. In many cases, this information could be used to show you ads based on your interests on other Web sites.
We do not have access to, nor control over, advertisers’ or service providers' cookies or how they may be used.
You have choices about the collection of interest based information in this way:
- If you would like to opt-out of having interest-based information collected during your visits to this or other sites, click here.
Your access to our Web sites will not be affected if you do not accept cookies served by third parties.
Yahoo! is an ad network partner that displays ads on this site. To improve your ad experience on this site and elsewhere on the Internet, we may send non-personal information to Yahoo! based on your browser's activities, such as type of pages viewed and categories of interests, so that the advertising you see is relevant to you. Yahoo! also may use information regarding its own users to select which ads to display. Learn more about Yahoo!'s ad practices, including how to opt out of using anonymous information to select which ads to show you.
We reserve the right to change the vendors who provide us with usage data.
BetterLiving.com logs IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, or the location of your computer on the Internet, for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes. We use the IP address log in an aggregate fashion to track access to our site.
BetterLiving.com may perform statistical, demographic and marketing analyses of subscribers, and their subscribing and purchasing patterns, for product development purposes and to generally inform advertisers about the nature of our subscriber base. We also use such information to allow advertising to be targeted, in aggregate, to the users for whom such advertising is most pertinent. BetterLiving.com may share personal information with our parent company for analysis purposes, including analysis to improve customer relationships.
Products and Service Message from BetterLiving.com
We may provide subscribers with information and offers about other products and services offered by BetterLiving.com, including subscriptions and other premium products and services. This information will only be shared internally. If you do not wish to receive such information and offers, you may opt-out. To opt-out of offers by mail please go here.
We may use behavioral, demographic and preference information to allow advertising on our Web sites to be targeted, in aggregate, to the users for whom they are most pertinent. This means users see advertising that is most likely to interest them, and advertisers send their messages to people who are most likely to be receptive, improving both the viewer's experience and the effectiveness of the ads. We will disclose information to third parties only in aggregate form.
If you choose to receive them, BetterLiving.com may periodically send you e-mail newsletters or promotional e-mail about services offered by BetterLiving.com and its advertisers. For details about BetterLiving.com e-mail, please see the next section, "What Is Our E-mail Policy?".
What is our e-mail policy?
BetterLiving.com complies fully with the federal CAN-SPAM Act of 2003. We will not share, sell, rent, swap or authorize any third party to use your e-mail address without your permission. If you feel you have received an e-mail from us in error, please contact onlinestaff@BetterLiving.com.
Account and Service-Related E-mail:
We may offer e-mail newsletters. If you no longer wish to receive a specific newsletter, follow the "unsubscribe" instructions located near the bottom of each newsletter.
If you chose to receive them, we may periodically e-mail you messages about products and services that we think may be of interest to you. You can choose not to receive messages in the future by following the "unsubscribe" instructions located near the bottom of each e-mail.
From time to time, BetterLiving.com may obtain e-mail addresses from third party sources to be used for promotional e-mails. You can choose not to receive messages in the future by following the "unsubscribe" instructions located near the bottom of each e-mail.
If you have not opted out, we may send you an e-mail inviting you to participate in user surveys, asking for feedback on BetterLiving.com and existing or prospective products and services, as well as information to better understand our users. User surveys greatly help us to improve our Web site, and any information we obtain in such surveys will not be shared with third parties, except in aggregate form.
E-mails From You:
If you send us e-mails, you should be aware that information disclosed in e-mails may not be secure or encrypted and thus may be available to others. We suggest that you exercise caution when deciding to disclose any personal or confidential information in e-mails. We will use your e-mail address to respond directly to your questions or comments.
E-mail This Article Feature:
BetterLiving.com readers may use this feature to send links to articles to others through e-mail. The e-mail address(es) that you supply to this service will only be used to send the requested article.
With whom do we share the information that we gather?
If you have registered to one of our sites, BetterLiving.com will not sell, rent, swap or authorize any third party to use your e-mail address or any information that personally identifies you without your permission. We do, however, share information about our audience in aggregate form.
We contract with other companies to provide services on our behalf, including credit-card and billing processing, shipping, e-mail distribution, list processing and analytics or promotions management. We provide these companies only with the information they need to perform their services. These service providers are restricted from using this data in any way other than to provide services for BetterLiving.com, and they may not share or resell this data.
We reserve the right to disclose your opt-out information to third parties so they can suppress your name from future solicitations, in accordance with applicable laws. We may occasionally release personal information as required by law, for example, to comply with a court order or subpoena. (For more information, see the "Compliance with legal process" section of this policy.)
How do I opt-out from receiving promotional offers?
To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy and ensure the appropriate use of information, we have put in place physical, electronic and managerial procedures to protect the information we collect online.
Other Information: Compliance with Legal Process
We may disclose personal information if we are required to do so by law or we in good faith believe that such action is necessary to (1) comply with the law or with legal process; (2) protect and defend our rights and property; (3) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of our Web sites; or (4) protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public (among other things, this means that if you provide false information or attempt to pose as someone else, information about you may be disclosed as part of any investigation into your actions).
Other Information: Children's Guidelines
In accordance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), BetterLiving.com does not knowingly collect or store any personal information, even in aggregate, about children under the age of 13.