Privacy Policy

Updated May 2, 2019

At Dotdash, we take online privacy seriously and we respect the privacy
concerns of our community of users.  In this policy (the “Privacy
Policy”), we describe how we collect, use, and share information obtained
through your use of dotdash.com and its affiliated websites, email properties,
and other online services, including without limitation, Verywell.com (and its
affiliated websites), TheBalance.com (and its affiliated websites), Investopedia.com,
Lifewire.com, TripSavvy.com, Byrdie.com, MyDomaine.com, TheSpruce.com (and its
affiliated websites),
liveabout.com, aboutespanol.com and ThoughtCo.com (collectively, the
“Sites”), all of which are owned and operated by About, Inc.
(“Dotdash”,  “we”, “us”, or “our”), to help you make informed
decisions about how you share information when you visit or use the Sites as
well as your rights in determining what we do with the information that we
collect or hold about you.

This Privacy Policy only applies to properties we own and operate and
does not cover any information collected via any other website, application, or
service. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or privacy practices
of third parties.  By using the Sites, you explicitly agree to the
terms of this Privacy Policy. 

Understanding How Information Is Collected:

Information You May Choose to Provide to Us

We may collect information, including personal information, from you if
you choose to provide that information. For example, you may provide us with
your name and contact information (such as an email address), date of birth, or
other details of that nature, when you sign up for our newsletters, participate
in contests, sweepstakes, or other promotions on the Sites, or apply for a job
with Dotdash.

You also may choose to provide personal information about yourself when
you participate in surveys, forums or discussions, or other Interactive
Services on the Sites. Please be aware that information you post may be viewed
or captured by anyone who visits the Sites, therefore you should avoid posting
sensitive or personal information that you would not want to be available to
the public.

Information That Is Automatically Collected 

When you access the Sites, we and our third-party partners and service
providers may automatically collect certain information from your device or
web-browser about your visit using tools such as cookies, web beacons, and
other data collecting and tracking technologies, to help us understand how our
users use the Sites and to target advertising messages to you. We and our
third-party partners and service providers may also collect and track
information about your online activities over time and across different websites,
applications, and devices using certain data matching techniques. The
information collected automatically when you visit the Sites may include your
IP address, characteristics of your operating system, information about your
browser and system settings, data about the computer or mobile device you use
to access the Sites, unique device identifiers, clickstream data (which shows
the page-by-page path you take as you browse the Sites), and other information
that generally is not considered personally identifiable.

Cookies and Tracking Technologies 

Cookies are small files that many websites and other online services use to
store information about users on the users’ own devices or computers. The Sites
use cookies (such as HTTP and HTML5 cookies and Flash cookies), as well as
other types of local storage in order to provide useful features to our users.
For more information about cookies, you may visit 
http://www.allaboutcookies.org. See the section below regarding Your choices to learn more
about how you may limit or disable cookies on your computer. If you choose to
disable cookies, that could affect your ability to use certain features of the
Sites that use cookies to enhance their functionality.

To manage our automatic data collection, we, and our third-party
partners and service providers, use
cookies or similar technologies on our sites to
collect information that helps us improve the quality of sites and the online
experience of our visitors and users.

Web beacons are small files that link web pages to particular web servers and their
cookies, and they may be used for a variety of purposes, such as counting the
number of visitors to the Sites, analyzing how users navigate around the Sites,
assessing how many emails that we send are actually opened and which articles
or links are viewed by visitors.

We also use third-party web analytics services, such as Google
Analytics, on the Sites to provide us with statistics and other information
about visitors to the Sites.  
Click
here to learn more about Google Analytics and how you may opt out.

Finally, companies that provide certain third-party apps, tools,
widgets, and plug-ins that may appear on the Sites (for example, Facebook
“Like” or “Share” buttons), also may use automated means to collect information
regarding your interactions with these features. This information collection is
subject to the privacy policies or notices of those third parties. 

“Do Not Track” Signals. Your browser settings may allow you to automatically transmit a
“do not track” signal to websites and online services you visit. At this time
there is no consensus among industry participants as to the meaning of “do not
track” in this context. Like many other websites, the Sites are not configured
to respond to “do not track” signals from browsers. 
Click here to learn more about “do not
track” signals.

Information We Obtain From Other Sources

We may supplement the information we collect with information from
third-party partners and service providers, including data brokers, customer
acquisition vendors, and other companies that collect contact and consumer
information such as demographic and interest data, in order to learn more about
our users, better tailor the content and offers we make available to you, and
for other lawful business purposes.  We may combine the information
we receive from those other (online and offline) sources with information we collect
through the Sites. 

Social Network and Platform Integration

The Sites may be integrated with social media networks and other
platforms whereby information may be shared between us and those platforms. For
instance, if you interact with our Sites through a social media feature such as
a plug-in, then you may be granting us on-going access to certain information
from that social media account.  If you do not want a social media
platform to collect or share information about you, please review the privacy
policy and privacy settings of the applicable social media property before
using such features on our Sites. 

How We May Use Information We Collect

We, and our
third-party partners and service providers, may use the information gathered on
the Sites for various purposes, including the purposes listed
below.  For example, if you were to contact us with a question and
provide your email address, we would use the email address you provided to
respond to your inquiry. In addition, we use information we collect from you
and through the Sites to:

 

·     
Provide
information, products and services you request (such as when you sign up to
receive our email newsletters) or that we otherwise believe would interest you,
including promotional offers from us and third party partners;

·     
Respond
to requests, questions, complaints, and comments, and provide other types of
user support and customer care;

·     
Direct
you to portions of the Sites or other third-party websites or services, that we
believe may interest you;

·     
Customize
content, features, advertisements or other marketing messages we and third
parties show you, on the Sites and elsewhere online; 

·     
Process
and reply to applications for employment with Dotdash;

·     
Communicate
about, and administer your participation in, events, programs, contests,
sweepstakes, and other offers or promotions;

·     
Carry
out, evaluate, and improve our business (which may include without limitation
developing new features for the Sites; analyzing and enhancing the user
experience on the Sites; assessing the effectiveness of our marketing and
advertising; and managing our communications);

·     
Perform
data analytics regarding usage of the Sites (including market and customer
research, trend analysis, financial analysis, and anonymization of personal
information);

·     
Guard
against, identify, and prevent fraud and other criminal activity, claims, and
other liabilities; 

·     
Comply
with applicable legal requirements, law enforcement requests, and our company
policies; and 

·     
For
other purposes that are disclosed at the time you provide your information,
with your consent.

 

How We May Share Information

Our agents, vendors, consultants, and other service providers may have
access to information we collect through the Sites to carry out work on our
behalf.  In addition, certain service providers may collect or access
information through the Sites to enable or provide services, tools, or other
features available on the Sites. We also may share information:

·     
With our affiliates for internal
business purposes;

·     
With third parties for marketing
purposes, including social media networks, data management platforms, and other
advertising technology providers; for example, we may match your email
address with third parties with whom you have also consented to share your email
address and use such match to deliver custom offers or emails to you on the
Sites and elsewhere online; 

·      With third parties who
provide services on our behalf to help with our business activities such as commenting
and other site functionality. These companies are authorized to use your
personal information only as necessary to provide these services to us,
pursuant to written instructions. In such cases, these companies must abide by
our data privacy and security requirements, and are not allowed ot use PI they
receive from us for any other purpose

·     
If we are required to do so by law,
regulation, or legal process (such as a court order or subpoena);

·     
In response to requests from government
agencies, such as law enforcement authorities, or other governmental bodies, as
well as to meet national security requirements
;.

·     
If we believe disclosure is necessary or
appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss, in connection with an
investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity, or to protect and defend
our legal rights or property.

·     
With advertisers and other partners to
inform them about the nature of our user base;

·     
In the event we sell or transfer all or
a portion of our business or assets (including a reorganization, dissolution,
or liquidation). In such an event, we will seek to provide you with
commercially reasonable notice, e.g., via email and/or notice on our website,
of any change in ownership, incompatible new uses of your personal information,
and choices you may have regarding your personal information; and

·     
With your consent or at your discretion.

 

Your Privacy Choices

Unsubscribe from emails. To unsubscribe from a particular newsletter, click the
“unsubscribe” link at the bottom of that email newsletter. If you would like to
globally opt-out from all email campaigns, please send an email to 
optout@dotdash.com with “Unsubscribe” in the subject line. When we send newsletters
to subscribers we may allow advertisers or partners to include messages in
those newsletters, or we may send dedicated newsletters and marketing messages
on behalf of those advertisers or partners. We may disclose your opt-out
choices to third parties so that they can honor your preferences in accordance
with applicable laws.

Blocking cookies. Certain browsers may be configured to notify you when you receive
cookies, or allow you to restrict or disable certain cookies. If you choose to
disable cookies, however, that could affect certain features of the Site that
use cookies to enhance their functionality.

Disabling local shared objects (“Flash cookies”). We may use other kinds of local storage
that function similarly, but are stored in different parts of your computer
from ordinary browser cookies, including Flash cookies placed on your device or
web browser via the Adobe flash plug-in. Your browser may allow you to disable
its HTML5 local storage or delete information contained in its HTML5 local
storage. 
Click here for further details about deleting
information contained in “local shared objects” or adjusting related
preferences.

Options concerning third-party ad networks.  As described in this Privacy Policy,
we and third parties may use
cookies and similar tracking technologies to collect information and infer your
interests for interest-based advertising purposes. If you would prefer to not
receive personalized ads based on your browser or device usage, you may generally
opt out of interest-based advertising by clicking here.

Please note that you will continue to see advertisements, but such
advertisements will no longer be tailored to your interests. For more information
about third-party ad networks and services that use these technologies, you can
visit www.aboutads.info and click here to opt out or to learn more about your
options. You also may visit the 
NAI’s
site for additional options
 on how to opt out of
interest-based advertising. 

User Access and Choice

We respect your control over your
information and, upon request, we will seek to confirm your identity and whether
we hold or are processing information that we have collected from you. You also
have the right to amend or update inaccurate or incomplete personal information,
request deletion of your personal information, or request that we no longer use
it. Under certain circumstances we will not be able to fulfill your request,
such as if it interferes with our regulatory obligations, affects legal
matters, we cannot verify your identity, or it involves disproportionate cost
or effort, but in any event we will respond to your request within a reasonable
timeframe and provide you an explanation. In order to make such a request of
us, please email us at
privacy@dotdash.com.

Please note that for personal information about you that we have
obtained or received for processing on behalf of a separate, unaffiliated
entity–which determined the means and purposes of processing, all such
requests should be made to that entity directly. We will honor and support any
instructions they provide us with respect to your personal information.

Data Retention

We
will retain your Personal Information for the period necessary to fulfill the
purposes outlined in this Privacy Notice unless a longer retention period is
required or permitted by law.

How We Protect Personal Information.

We maintain reasonable and appropriate administrative, technical, and
physical safeguards designed to protect the personal information you provide
against accidental, unlawful, or unauthorized destruction, loss, alteration,
access, disclosure, or use. However, it is not possible to guarantee the
security of information transmitted online. You use the Sites and provide us
with information at your own discretion and risk. If you have questions about
the security of your personal information, or if you have reason to believe
that the personal information that we hold about you is no longer secure,
please contact us immediately as described in this Privacy Notice.

Links From The Sites to Other Websites

The Sites may contain links to other websites that are controlled by
third parties, as well as videos, advertisements, and other content served by
third parties. Linked websites may have their own privacy notices or policies,
which we strongly suggest you review. We are not responsible for the content,
terms of use, privacy policies, or any other aspects of any websites,
applications, or services that we do not own or control.

Surveys, Quizzes and Other Features

While you are visiting the Sites, you may have the opportunity to
participate in surveys or quizzes, or to use other interactive features that
request information about you and your opinions and preferences. Your
participation in these features is entirely voluntary. If you do choose to
participate, please be aware that these features may be operated by a third
party that is not controlled by us, and therefore the information you provide
may be collected by the third party and subject to its privacy policy.

Children’s Privacy 

The Sites are intended for a general audience and are not designed or
intended for use by children under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect
personal information from children under the age of 13. If we become aware that
we have collected personal information from a child under the age of 13, we
will delete any such information.

Users Outside the United States

If you are visiting the Sites from outside the United States, please be
aware that information we collect through the Sites will be transferred to and
stored on our servers in the United States. By using this Sites, you
acknowledge and consent to the transfer and processing of your personal data in
the United States as described in this online privacy policy. Please be aware
that the data protection laws and regulations applicable to your personal data
transferred to the United States may be different from the laws in your country
of residence.

Our Notice to California Residents

Subject to certain limits, under California law California residents may
ask us to provide them with a list of the categories of personal information
that we have disclosed to third parties for those third parties’ direct
marketing purposes during the preceding calendar year, as well as the identity
of those third parties. California residents may contact us as specified in
the 
How to Contact Us section below to make a request
for this information.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

We may update this online privacy policy periodically to reflect changes
to our privacy practices, such as how we collect or use personal information.
We will we indicate at the top of this privacy policy the date when it was most
recently updated. If we propose to make any material changes, we will notify
you by means of a notice on this page. We encourage you to periodically review
this page for the latest information on our privacy practices.

How to Contact Us

If you have questions about this policy or about our privacy practices,
you may contact us by emailing 
privacy@dotdash.com. If you are a California resident
inquiring about your California privacy rights, please include “California
privacy rights request” in the subject line of your email.

You may also write to:

Dotdash Privacy
1500 Broadway, 6th Floor 
New York, NY 10036

If you have an unresolved privacy or data use concern that we have not addressed satisfactorily, please contact our U.S.-based third party dispute resolution provider (free of charge) at https://feedback-form.truste.com/watchdog/request.