Effective As Of 08/31/2011
What personally identifiable information (PII) do I provide to readexpress.com?
How does readexpress.com use my PII?
Our primary goal in collecting PII is to ensure that we are able to contact you in connection with your use of the site if it becomes necessary. For example, Express uses the PII you provide to us to administer the Site’s blogs. Express shall have the right (but not the obligation) to monitor the Site’s blog entries and in its sole discretion to refuse, delete, or remove any content that it deems inappropriate.
In order to provide services free of charge, we display advertisements throughout the Site. Some Site advertisements may be targeted by Express on behalf of advertisers. Advertisers may give us an advertisement and we may use keyword targeting to provide relevant advertisements. In this process, the advertiser would never have access to PII that you have provided to us.
Readexpress.com may research our users’ interests, and behavior based on the information collected by us including on order forms, during a promotion, as well as from our server log files or from surveys. We do this to better understand and serve our users. This research is compiled and analyzed on an aggregated basis and Express may share this aggregated data with advertisers or other businesses. In addition, under confidentiality agreements, Express may match user information with third party data.
Do other companies or people have access to PII that I provide to readexpress.com?
When you are on an area of readexpress.com and are asked for PII, you are providing that information to The Washington Post Company, its divisions or affiliates, or vendors providing contractual services for readexpress.com such as hosting vendors, list managers, and software service providers. If PII is being provided to and/or maintained by any company other than these, our policy is that we will not transfer that PII unless notice is given prior to the transfer. If you do not want your information to be shared with Express vendors, you can choose not to allow the transfer by not using that particular service or by expressing this preference, if requested. Additional information about PII follows.
Promotions: Promotions that run on readexpress.com may be sponsored by companies other than Express or may be co-sponsored by Express and another company. Some or all of the PII provided by you during a promotion may be shared with the sponsor. If information will be shared, we will disclose such sharing prior to the transfer. You can decide not to participate in the promotion if you don’t want your PII to be shared. In certain circumstances, you may not be able to participate in a particular promotion if you chose not to share PII. Currently, most promotions offered by Express are limited to U.S. or North American residents.
Advertisers and Links: Express advertisers, or Web sites that have links on our Site, may also collect PII directly from you. The information practices of companies collecting data on our Site or Web sites linked to readexpress.com are not covered by this privacy statement.
Other: If we run competitions or contests on the site, you may be required to provide additional information such as your telephone number and address in order to participate. The exact rules may vary in each case but the specific rules for any contest will state how that information may be used.
We do not control the privacy policies of our advertisers, sponsors, or other sites or businesses to which we provide hyperlinks or access. Please visit the sites of these businesses to review their privacy policies.
Express users should also be aware that, when you voluntarily disclose personal information in blog entries or classified ads, that information may be collected by others and may result in unsolicited messages from others.
Data Security: We have in place physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to protect the information we collect online. However, as effective as these measures are, no security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of our database, nor can we guarantee that the information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the internet.
What information do web servers collect?
Web servers serving the Site automatically collect certain non-personally identifiable information, such as which pages each user visits and the domain name (e.g., earthlink.net) of visitors. This information is used for various purposes including internal review, to tailor information to individual visitors, and for traffic audits. We also provide this information (as well as information from third-party market researchers) about our users on an aggregated, anonymous basis to our advertisers.
What are cookies and how does readexpress.com use them?
How can I opt-out of online advertising cookies?
Often our advertisers contract with a third-party service to host their ads. In this case, an ad serving vendor contacts the advertisers’ hosting service for a particular advertisement. In that case, an independent cookie may be used by the third-party service. We do not have a mechanism to allow visitors to opt-out of cookies from vendors with whom we do not have a contractual relationship.
Kids under 13: Do not send any information about yourself to us – including information like your name, address, or e-mail address. In general, we do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 13. If, in limited circumstances, we do knowingly collect personally identifiable information from a child under the age of 13, we will do so only with verified parental consent prior to collection. In the event that we learn that we have collected any personal information from a child under the age of 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information from our database as quickly as possible.
Technology on the Internet is developing at a rapid pace, and we need to maintain our flexibility in the online arena. If we need to change our policy in the future, we will post these changes as soon as they go into effect. If Express materially changes the way we use your PII, we will notify you prior to any change via the e-mail you have provided to us.
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