Personal Information Collected
On all areas of the Sites, we seek to collect personally identifiable information from adults or children 13 years of age or older. We do not collect personal information from children under age 13 except under very limited circumstances described below, under “Protection of Children’s Privacy”.
Our Services Providers (as defined below) may be given access to your personal information from time to time as necessary to provide their services. They are required to maintain the privacy of all such information in their possession or control and can only use the information for the limited purpose for which we have engaged them. We do not sell, rent or otherwise distribute to third parties personal information about visitors to the Sites, except when you expressly agree that we may do so, or as needed for us to provide the information, products or services for which such information was volunteered, subject to the exceptions noted under “Additional Uses and Disclosures of Information”.
Our Sites may contain links to sites operated, controlled and maintained by independent third parties. We do not control the use of information you may provide to such third parties. If you access other sites using the links provided in our Sites, the operators of the third-party sites may collect information from you which will then be used by them in accordance with their own privacy policies; those policies may differ from ours. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with such third-parties’ privacy policies.
At times, third parties authorized by and/or contracted with by us (“Service Providers”) may need access to some of your personal information or that of any of your children under age 12 to provide the legitimate information, products or services for which you/your child originally provided such information. It is our policy to provide to third parties only that personal information that they reasonably require to complete the requested service/ transaction.
Automatic Collection of (Non-Personal) Information
As is common practice on the Internet, we also collect information by various technical means, including “cookies”, without your submitting any information. We do this in order to help us understand how our Sites are used and to enhance the user experience. The information collected in this way generally is not considered to be personal information as defined herein.
Information Collected by Referrals
Protection of Children’s Privacy
We are concerned about protecting children’s personal information, and are committed to complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 in every regard. For this reason, we limit the personal information we collect from children 12 years of age and under to only that information that is necessary to respond to their online requests to receive information or to enter a sweepstakes or contest. We will never condition a child’s participation in any online activity on the child’s disclosure of more personal information than is reasonably necessary to participate in that activity.
We will delete the child’s information from our system when the requested activity is completed. At times it may be necessary to ask the child to provide an email address of a parent so we can notify the parent or seek consent for the child’s requested activity.
You are encouraged to regularly monitor and supervise your children’s on-line activities.
Access to Your/ Your Child’s Information
You may review any personal information about you or your child under age 12 that is held by us, and/or request we delete all such information. You may also decline to allow any future collection of personal information from your child under age 12. To obtain a copy of your personal information or that of your child under age 12, to request deletion of all such personal information in our possession or to request non-collection of such information on an on-going basis, please see instructions in the “Contact Us“ section of the Sites. We will take reasonable measures to verify that you are, in fact, the parent or legal guardian of the child in question before providing you with that child’s personal information.
Use, Maintenance and Security of Personal Information
It is our policy to maintain all personal information as confidential, regardless of the purpose for which it is submitted, and to use such personal information only for the following purposes:
- For the specific purpose for which it was volunteered (for example to enter a sweepstakes, to submit a request for information, etc.);
- To track our visitors’ use of the Sites for internal market research; and
- To notify our visitors of updates to the Sites or of promotional opportunities. If you do not wish to receive such information, you can opt out as directed on the Sites or in any emails you may receive. It is our policy to keep personal information only for as long as needed for the valid purposes described above.
Additional Uses and Disclosures of Information
We may disclose and use the information we collect on the Sites in connection with investigations of illegal or unauthorized activity or in response to requests by law enforcement agencies as well as by governmental and other authorities.
We may disclose information to protect our rights or property, or to protect other users of the Sites.
In the event that our assets are acquired by a third party, information we collect on our Sites may be one of the transferred assets.
We may disclose aggregate statistics regarding user behavior in the form of aggregate data, such as overall patterns or demographic reports. Such data will not describe or identify any individual user of the Sites.
Only if you have specifically “opted in” or otherwise agreed to allow us to do so, we may, from time to time, share your personal information with our sponsors and partners.
The Sites are operated by Blue Socks Media LLC, located at 1618 Camden Road, Charlotte, NC 28203
This policy is effective as of June 1, 2009.