The Website is not intended for use by individuals under the age of 18 and we do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information (“PII”) from anyone under the age of 18. In the European Union (“EU”), the processing of personal identifiable data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (“GDPR”). Under the GDPR, personal identifiable data is defined as: “Any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person; an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.” CNI complies with its obligations under GDPR by keeping PII up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting PII from loss, misuse, unauthorized access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect PII.
I. The Information Collected
Our servers also may automatically collect information about you, your online behavior and your computer, mobile or other device. The information collected may include, without limitation, the make, model, settings, specifications (e.g., CPU speed, connection speed, browser type, operating system, device identifier) and geographic location of you and/or your computer, mobile or other device, as well as date/time stamp, IP address, pages visited, time of visits, content viewed, ads (if any) viewed, the site(s), application(s), destination(s), and/or service(s) you arrived from, and other clickstream data.
CNI does not track its customers over time and across third party websites to provide targeted advertising and therefore does not respond to Do Not Track (DNT) signals. However, some third party sites do keep track of your browsing activities when they serve you content, which enables them to tailor what they present to you. If you are visiting such sites, your browser may allow you to set the DNT signal on your browser so that third parties (particularly advertisers) know you do not want to be tracked.
II. Use of the Information
We use the PII you provide about yourself to administer your account, fulfill your requests for and provide you with access to our services, programs, and products, to respond to your inquiries about our offerings, and to offer you other services, programs, or products that we believe may be of interest to you. We also may use this information to communicate with you when we make changes to our subscriber agreements, to fulfill a request by you for an online newsletter, or to contact you about your account with us. In addition to the foregoing, we use the information you provide in connection with our social, community, and public discussion areas or as part of a User Submission to provide an interactive experience on the Website. For example, we may use this information to write e-mails, to publish submissions, to offer suggestions to and share stories with our readers or to offer you services, programs, or products.
We will not sell, transfer or otherwise disclose your PII to third parties, except as follows: (i) we may use third parties to perform specific functions on our behalf and we may disclose such information to help those parties perform their services; (ii) we may disclose such information in response to a legal process, order or investigation (for example, a subpoena or court order); (iii) we may disclose PII where disclosure is necessary to protect our legal rights or to protect us or others (for example, in order to reduce the risk of fraud or illegal activities); (iv) we may sell or share such information with companies related to ours, and our affiliates, subsidiaries, business partners and advertisers for the purpose of marketing products, programs and services to you or for any other purpose related to our or their businesses; and (v) we may acquire, merge with or be acquired by another company or we might sell some or all of our assets, and, in such a case, we may sell and/or disclose your PII to another company.
We may use the information we collect about you, your online behavior and your computer, mobile or other device to improve the design and content of the Website and to enable us to personalize your Internet experience. We may also use this information in the aggregate to analyze site usage, as well as to offer you services, programs, or products. In addition, we reserve the right to use this information, which may at times be able to identify you, for any lawful business purpose, including without limitation to help diagnose problems with our servers, to gather broad demographic information, analyze trends, track users’ movements around the Website, and to otherwise administer the Website. In addition to all of the foregoing, we reserve the right to use, transfer, sell, and share aggregated, anonymous data about our users as a group for any lawful business purpose, such as analyzing usage trends and seeking compatible advertisers, sponsors, and customers. CNI may combine information we receive online with outside records to enhance our ability to offer information or market to you those services or products that may be of interest to you.
In addition to Local Device Storage, we may use web beacons, web bugs, clear gifs, and similar technologies (collectively, together with Local Device Storage, the “Tracking Technologies”). We use Tracking Technologies for all or some of the same lawful business purposes we describe above for use of Local Device Storage.
We take precautions and have implemented certain technical measures intended to protect against unauthorized access to, loss of, disclosure of, and unlawful interception of PII submitted via the Website. We also limit internal access to PII to a select list of our personnel on a “need-to-know” basis. However, because no data transmission is completely secure, and no system of physical or electronic security is impenetrable, we cannot guarantee the security of the information you send to us or the security of our servers, networks or databases. Your communications containing PII may be unlawfully intercepted or accessed by third parties and/or the Website may be subject to network attacks or malfunctions. Accordingly, we cannot and do not guarantee that your PII or any other information is completely secure and safe from any risk, and you provide information to us at your sole risk. By using the Website you agree that we are not responsible for any inadvertent loss of such information or the consequences thereof.
VI. Links to/from Other Sites
The Website contains links to other web sites that are operated by third parties. With prior permission, other sites may also reference or link to the Website. To obtain permission, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The services or products described or advertised on the Website are generally sold by other parties on other sites. CNI is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of those other sites. CNI makes no representations concerning any effort to review the content of sites to which it may be linked and has no control over information submitted to other sites. Visitors should consult the other sites’ privacy notices prior to submitting any information to those sites, as we have no control over information that is submitted to, or collected by, these third parties.
VII. Your Access to Your PII
If you would like to know the types of information that CNI collects from visitors to the Website, please contact us. If you would like to know whether CNI has collected PII about you, please send us the activities that you participated in on our Website which requested PII; after reviewing the relevant databases, we will confirm whether we have collected such information about you. You may review PII about you in our records at any time provided you first give us proof of your identity via postal mail or by email, such as a copy of a valid driver’s license with your name and address. You will have the ability to update your personal information in your user profile page, and, if you request, we will change any inaccuracies in the PII we have that pertains to you, and/or end any direct communications with you, or even delete your PII altogether. Even after such modification or deletion, however, there may be residual information that will remain within our databases that may or may not contain PII. This residual information will not be given to any third party or used for any commercial purpose. The Website shall comply with any state privacy laws with respect to collection of personal information, including, but not limited to, the California Shine the Light Law.
Last Updated: November 6, 2018