COLLECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION The Cookout collects Personal Information: when you register, during use, when you communicate with us or The Cookout, and from other users. The Cookout also collects information, such as anonymous usage statistics, by using cookies, server logs, and other similar technology as you use The Cookout. Personal Information Collection You must register to use The Cookout. To register, you may need to provide Personal Information, such as your e-mail address, a user name, birth date and password. You may also provide other optional information.
The Cookout collects Personal Information from social media websites/services when you use that social media website or service credentials to log in. For example, when you log in with your Facebook credentials, The Cookout may collect the Personal Information you have made publicly available in Facebook, such as your name and profile picture. Using The Cookout The Cookout collects information from you and about you from other users through The Cookout. For example, when you interact with other users or make purchases, The Cookout collects provided information, including any Personal Information. In certain circumstances, we may request, allow or otherwise provide you with an opportunity to submit your Personal Information in connection with a feature, program, promotion or some other aspect of The Cookout. For instance, you may: (a) provide your name, mail/shipping address, e-mail address, credit card number and phone number when registering with The Cookout or in connection with a sweepstakes or contest entry or a purchase; (b) provide certain demographic information about you (e.g., age, gender, purchase preference, usage frequency, etc.) when participating in a survey or poll or joining a club or group; or (c) post a rating and recommendation on The Cookout. Certain information may not be personally identifiable when standing alone (e.g., your age), but may become so when combined with other information (e.g., your age and name). Whether or not you provide this information is your choice; however, in many instances this type of information is required to participate in the particular activity, realize a benefit we may offer, or gain access to The Cookout or certain content on The Cookout.
When you make payments through The Cookout, you may need to provide Personal Information to our third-party service payment processors, such as your name, billing address, and credit card number.
The Cookout may collect Personal Information through your communications with The Cookout or any of our customer-support team members.
Location and Device
Information from Your Mobile Device The Cookout may collect and store your location and device information. Collection of this information may improve the provision of The Cookout and provide you with access to customized offers.
Cookies, Automatic Data Collection, and Related Technologies
The Cookout collects and stores information that is generated automatically as you use it, including your preferences and other Personal Information and anonymous usage statistics. When you use, visit or interact with The Cookout, we and our third-party service providers, including analytic service providers, may use a variety of technologies, now known and hereafter devised, that automatically collect certain information. We and our third-party service providers receive and record information on our server logs from your browser, including your IP address, and from cookies and similar technology, for various purposes including system administration, reporting non-personal aggregate information to others, and tracking the use of The Cookout. Cookies are small text files placed in a user’s computer browser to store the user’s preferences. Most browsers allow you to block, refuse to accept and/or delete cookies. However, if you do that, then the service may not work properly and/or some parts of The Cookout will not function properly or be available to you. You can usually find out information about how to delete cookies on your browser through a “help” menu.
HOW WE USE AND SHARE YOUR INFORMATION
We may send email to the email address you provide to us to verify your account and for informational and operational purposes, such as account management, customer The Cookout support, or system maintenance. We may also email or otherwise communicate with you in response to activity on The Cookout, such as when someone comments on a post you made, follows you, or sends you a message. If you send us an email or message with questions or comments, then we may use your Personal Information to respond to your questions or comments, and we may save your questions or comments for future reference. For security reasons, we do not recommend that you send non-public Personal Information, such as passwords, social security numbers, or bank account information, to us by email. We may also send you an email or message if (a) you request a particular service or sign up for a feature that involves communications; (b) it relates to purchases you have made with us (e.g., product updates, customer support, etc.); (c) we are sending you information about our other products, services, giveaways, contest or sweepstakes; or (d) you consented to being contacted by email for a particular purpose. In certain instances, we may (at our discretion) provide you with the option to set your preferences for receiving email communications from us (that is, agree to some communications but not others). You may “opt-out” of receiving future commercial email communications from us as provided in “Opt-Out Information” below. Note, however, if you opt-out, then in some cases you may not receive notifications advising you that you have won a giveaway or prize, and thus would forfeit that giveaway or prize. Even if you opt-out, we reserve the right to send you transactional e-mails such as customer service communications.
We use non-personal information in a variety of ways, including to help analyze site traffic, understand user needs and trends, carry out targeted promotional activities and to improve our services. We may use your non-personal information by itself or aggregate it with information we have obtained from others or other sources. We may share your non-personal information with our affiliated companies and third parties to achieve these objectives and others. We also reserve the right to use IP addresses to (a) identify a visitor when we feel it is necessary to enforce compliance with The Cookout rules; (b) fulfill a government request; (c) conform with the requirements of the law or legal process; (d) protect or defend our legal rights or property, The Cookout, or other users; or (e) in an emergency to protect the health and safety of The Cookout’s users or the general public. The Cookout usage information may be collected using various methods, such as the following: Cookies, etc. These text files make using The Cookout more convenient by, among other things, saving your passwords and preferences for you.
Web Beacons Small graphic images or other web programming code called web beacons (also known as “1x1 GIFs” or “clear GIFs”) may be included in our web pages and e-mail messages. Web beacons may be invisible to you, but any electronic image or other web programming code inserted into a web page or e-mail can act as a web beacon. Web beacons or similar technologies may be used for a number of purposes, including to count visitors to The Cookout, to monitor how users navigate The Cookout, to count how many e-mails that were sent were actually opened or to count how many particular articles or links were actually viewed. Mobile Device Identifiers Certain mobile service providers uniquely identify mobile devices and we or our third-party service providers may receive such device information if you access The Cookout through mobile devices. Certain features of The Cookout may require collection of mobile phone numbers, and we may associate that phone number to mobile device identification information. Additionally, some mobile phone service providers operate systems that pinpoint the physical location of devices that use their service. Depending on the provider, we or our third-party service providers may receive this information.
An embedded script is programming code that is designed to collect information about your interactions with The Cookout, such as the links you click on. The code is temporarily downloaded onto your computer from our web server or a third-party service provider is active only while you are connected to The Cookout, and is deactivated or deleted thereafter.
WE MAY DISCLOSE AND SHARE YOUR INFORMATION
We may share your information solely as necessary to provide our services to you or protect other users and entities:
• with third-party service providers;
• to comply with legal obligations;
• to protect and defend our rights and property or the safety of other users;
• with your permission; and as discussed in Section 2 above.
We Use Vendors and Service Providers
We may share any information we receive with vendors and service providers retained in connection with the provision of The Cookout.
Displaying to Other Users
We might also highlight your content, change it, incorporate it into other content, and/or post or use it in any medium (inside and outside of The Cookout). We claim no exclusive right to your content.
Social Networking and Other Websites
The Cookout may allow you to share information with social networking websites/services, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. A third party site’s use of any information you disclose or authorize for sharing will be governed by the third party site’s privacy policies, and you may be able to modify your privacy settings on those third party sites.
We do not rent, sell, or share your Personal Information with other people or nonaffiliated companies for their direct marketing purposes, unless we have your permission. As Required By Law and Similar Disclosures Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, we reserve the right to, and we may, access, preserve and/or disclose your Personal Information, other account information, non-personal information and content if we believe doing so is required or appropriate to: (a) comply with government or law enforcement requests and legal process, such as a court order or subpoena; (b) respond to your requests; (c) protect or defend yours’, ours’ or others’ rights, property or safety or The Cookout; (d) with respect to notices and counternotices pursuant to our DMCA notice and takedown policy and procedures; (e) if we believe that such action is necessary to conform with the requirements of the law or legal process; and/or (f) in an emergency to protect the health and safety of The Cookout users or the general public.
We will only disclose your Personal Information with your permission.
Sweepstakes Contests and Promotions.
We may offer giveaways, sweepstakes, contests and other promotions through The Cookout which may require registration. By entering any sweepstakes, contest or promotion, you are agreeing to the official rules that govern that sweepstakes, contest or promotion, which may contain specific requirements of you, including, except where prohibited by law, allowing the sponsor(s) of the sweepstakes, contest or promotion, or others, to use your name, voice and/or likeness in lists, disclosures, advertising or marketing associated with the sweepstakes, contest or promotion. If you choose to enter a sweepstakes, contest or promotion, then Personal Information may be disclosed to third parties or the public in connection with the administration of such sweepstakes, contest or promotion, including, without limitation, in connection with winner selection, prize fulfillment and as required by law or permitted by the promotion’s official rules, such as on a winners list. In addition, we may conduct programs that do not require registration, in which we provide you with a gift or giveaway, for example, as a “thank you” for a post. Please refer to the “Displaying to Other Users” section above and the Terms for more information regarding the uses of your User Content.
OTHER INFORMATION; CONTACT US
Unfortunately, the Internet cannot be guaranteed to be 100% secure. We do not accept liability for, and you agree that we are not liable or responsible for, the inadvertent, unintentional disclosure, theft or destruction of your Personal Information or other information. Do not share any information on or through The Cookout if you are concerned about the unauthorized access to such information by a third party in public areas of the site. In closed areas, we will do all in our power to protect your personal information from those with ill intentions, some even by requiring all users to complete a nondisclosure. By keeping more personal areas of the site available only to verified members, we attempt to create an atmosphere of trust. By using The Cookout or providing Personal Information to us, you agree that we may communicate with you electronically regarding security, privacy, and administrative issues relating to your use of The Cookout.
If we learn of a security system’s breach, then we may attempt to notify you electronically by posting a notice on The Cookout, by sending an in-app notification or sending an email to you (at the last e-mail address you have provided us); provided, however, delays in notification may occur while we take necessary measures to determine the scope of the breach and restore reasonable integrity to the system as well as for the legitimate needs of law enforcement if notification would impede a criminal investigation. You may have a legal right to receive this notice in writing. To receive free written notice of a security breach (or to withdraw your consent from receiving electronic notice), please notify us at The Cookout email@example.com.
We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 18, as that term is defined in rules implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. No part of The Cookout is directed to children under the age of 18. If you are a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 18 and learn that such child has provided us with Personal Information without your consent, then you may alert us at The Cookout firstname.lastname@example.org. A parent or guardian of a child under the age of 18 may review and request deletion of such child’s Personal Information as well as prohibit the use thereof. If we learn that we have collected any personal information from children under 18, then we will promptly take steps to delete such information and terminate the child’s account.
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Your California Privacy Rights
Update Your Information Or Pose A Question Or Suggestion
New Uses of Personal Information
You may notify us using the link provided in our email correspondence if you want to opt-out from receiving future commercial correspondence, including e-mails, from us or our affiliated companies. We will respond to your request and, if applicable and appropriate, make the requested change in our active databases as soon as reasonably practicable. Please note that we may not be able to fulfill certain requests while allowing you access to certain or all benefits and features of The Cookout. You may also modify your notification settings by navigating to “Settings → Notifications” within The Cookout mobile application. We may also, at our discretion, provide you with other opportunities to opt out.