Safeguarding your privacy is very important to us. We take seriously the collection of any personally identifiable information and personal contact information ("personal information") from our visitors and are committed to protecting each visitor's privacy in accordance with these policies. We use the term "visitors" to include registered members of our website communities and any other person that accesses our websites at any point for any amount of time, unless designated otherwise. Please carefully review our information collection practices and privacy protections below.
Who We Are And How To Reach Us
THEM LLC, doing business as The BrandMakers owns and operates the BrandMakerNews website (www.BrandMakerNews.com). THEM LLC, doing business as The BrandMakers is the only owner and operator of this website. You may contact us directly if you have any questions regarding the content and material on our website or if you have any questions about our privacy policies. Please contact our: Privacy Officer by phone (866) 259-9249, or email Privacy (at) BrandMakerNews.com.
Website Membership and Participation Eligibility
Parts of our website may require that you be eighteen (18) years of age or older to participate and/or be a member and receive membership benefits, and you must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to participate in our branded offline events. We may conduct other contests, sweepstakes and/or special events over our site. To participate in these events, you must meet the designated minimum age requirements (for example, twenty-one (21) years of age or older) for the specific event. Please see our Terms of Usage Agreement for additional information on membership and/or participation on our website.
Collection of Personal Information
Registration for Participation in Website Activities and Services
Use and Collection of Information by BrandMakerNews.com
To participate as a member of our website, or in online activities, special events, download sections, contests, sweepstakes or Interactive Areas ("Interactive Areas" include chat rooms, bulletin boards, message boards or auditoriums, article or blog comment areas, SMS text messaging, mobile alerts, and mobile e-mail updates), you may be required to provide personally identifiable information such as your name, home and e-mail addresses, telephone number, birth date and gender ("personal information"). We may also survey visitors about various topics, including local events and experiences, television viewing preferences and how we can improve our website and services. Response to our surveys is entirely voluntary.
We collect personal information for several important purposes, including to operate our membership base, protect the security of our visitors and the site, improve our service and website, distribute our newsletters, notify the winners of our contests and sweepstakes, allow participation in specified activities or Interactive Areas and for future marketing and/or promotional use about our program service or website. We may also offer an "Email This” feature that allows visitors to e-mail a link to another person to inform them about the BrandMakerNews.com site and our features. We do not collect the sender's or the recipient's e-mail information on this feature.
The only personal information this website obtains about you is information voluntarily provided by you through our website. This means that a person can visit our website and navigate through the site without giving us personal information. This website does not collect additional personal information about individual visitors or members from other sources. To gauge the effectiveness of our website, we may collect non-personal information about our members and visitors, such as Internet server and browser identification, the Internet service provider, clickstream information, the web page from which a person enters our site, webpages visited, duration of visit and domain type. This information does not reveal a visitor's personal identity.
We may produce certain contests, sweepstakes and special events with the support of affiliated or non-affiliated sponsors and/or promotional partners. The personal information collected by our website in conjunction with such events may also be used for the marketing of additional services and events by BrandMakerNews.com and/or its promotional partners and sponsors beyond the contest, sweepstakes and/or special event. Depending on the event, visitors will be able to either grant their approval on how their personal information will be used before it is collected ("opt-in"), or choose to deny use of their information for additional purposes ("opt-out"). For each contest, sweepstakes, and/or special event, we will post on the website applicable rules for the event, and if necessary, post any supplemental terms and conditions or privacy provisions. To the extent there is a conflict between those privacy provisions and this policy, the privacy provisions for the specific event will govern.
Use and Collection of Information by Operational Providers
Our Policy on Disclosing Your Information to Parties Other than BrandMakerNews
We only share or disclose your personal information with companies other than BrandMakerNews.com when it is required by law, disclosure is necessary to operate the website or certain website services, to protect the safety of our visitors, employees or property and/or when disclosure is consistent with BrandMakerNews.com's practices for services that are similarly provided offline. The website may offer you the opportunity to give user reviews, ratings and comments, or to participate in Interactive Areas. Your member name may appear next to your user reviews, ratings, comments or other postings or participation in Interactive Areas on the website. Your member name may also appear on a member profile section of the website. We may also use and disclose your member name and reviews and ratings in any other manner in accordance with the Terms of Usage Agreement.
When visitors send an e-mail to us, we will protect your e-mail address and other personal contact information. However, we may disclose the content of your e-mail to other persons. Please see our Terms of Usage Agreement. We may share your personal information with our operational providers or those persons, companies or agents who provide support for the internal operations of the website, such as contest fulfillment services, maintenance and technical services, and e-commerce and auction contractors. If you are purchasing goods, merchandise or services on this website and use a credit card to complete the transaction, our operational providers may share your personal information and credit card number with a ticket agent, a credit card processing and/or a shipping/fulfillment company in order to complete your order.
We may collect and provide aggregate information about our visitors to our advertisers, sponsors, promotional partners, and affiliates, such as how many persons visited a particular page or activity, the average age of our visitors on the site or page, or the likes and dislikes of our visitors, but this information does not include personal information about any individual visitor. We may obtain geographic information such as zip code clustering from other sources, but this aggregate information will not reveal any personal information about a specific visitor.
This site uses clear GIFs [Graphics Interchange Formats] (also known as pixel tags, web beacons or web bugs). A clear GIF is a tiny line of code only 1 by 1 pixel in size that is programmed to collect certain information about a visit to a particular website. We use GIFs to gather non-personal, aggregate information on visits to our website, track usage of website links and assist with registration and log-on features, including chat rooms and e-mail. We do not disclose personal information that may be linked to our GIF collection practices to third parties. Other websites may also use clear GIFs. BrandMakerNews.com, its parents and subsidiaries are not responsible for the use of clear GIFs by other website operators. Visitor's must review other website operators' privacy policies to determine the type and extent of tracking devices used.
Use and Collection of Information by Advertisers and Sponsors
We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our site. These advertising companies may collect and use information (not including your name, address, e-mail address or telephone number) about your visits to our site and other websites not owned and operated by BrandMakerNews.com, and may also combine this information with other data about your purchases and interests from other online and offline sources, in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. In addition, we may share non-personal website usage information about visitors to this site with this company for the purpose of managing and targeting advertisements and for market research analysis on our site and other sites. For these purposes, BrandMakerNews.com and our third party advertising companies may note some of the pages you visit on our site through the use of pixel tags (also called clear GIFs). In the course of serving advertisements to this site, our third party advertiser may place or recognize a unique "cookie" on your computer. Some of these third-party advertising companies may be advertising networks that are members of the Network Advertising Initiative, which offers a single location to opt out of ad targeting from member companies (www.networkadvertising.org).
We may also provide co-branded services or promotions with certain sponsors or other entities. As a part of these services or promotions, we may request the submission of your personal information over our website for participation and/or registration. We may also share your information with the sponsor or entity assisting with the service or promotion to fulfill your request. If the co-sponsor or other entity collects your personal information, they may also share your information with us.
Third Party Cookies
In the course of serving advertisements to this site, our third-party advertisers may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser.
BrandMakerNews.com respects the privacy of your child and we want to share with you our policies regarding children under the age of eighteen (18). We have developed this site to appeal to visitors over the age of eighteen (18). Although visitors of all ages may navigate through our website, we do not knowingly collect personal information from persons under the age of eighteen (18). If upon notification by a parent or guardian, or discovery by other means, that a child under eighteen (18) has improperly registered on this site by using false information, we will immediately cancel the child's membership and/or participation, and delete the child's personally identifiable information, member name and password from our records.
If we decide to request information from children, we will require verifiable parental consent before we collect any personal information from children under eighteen (18) years of age, except in the following circumstances allowed by law:
To provide notice and get consent from a parent or guardian;
To respond to a one-time request from a child, after which we will immediately delete the child's information;
To fulfill a child's request for a subscription to a online newspaper, magazine or specific information on a regular basis and we will notify the parent or guardian before we contact the child again;
To protect the safety of a child who is participating on this site; and
To protect the security or integrity of the site, take precautions against liability, respond to a validly executed subpoena or warrant from law enforcement, or if permitted under other provisions of law.
Our Security Procedures
We require our employees to protect the privacy of all information collected over our website. Only employees and supervisors with specific authorization have access to databases containing visitors' personal information. The databases are protected in a secure facility. Credit card information is transmitted via encrypted technology. If we decide to share visitor information with other members of the BrandMakerNews.com family, the receiving entity will also maintain the security and integrity of personal information collected over our website. That said, it is not possible to guarantee the security or integrity of information you disclose online since a sufficiently powerful attack from an unauthorized third party, however unlikely, could compromise your data.
For the convenience of our visitors, we may offer a list of helpful website links provided by other entities and/or persons. BrandMakerNews.com does not endorse or recommend, nor is it liable for, the products or services of any websites not owned or operated by BrandMakerNews.com. When you visit other websites you will also be subject to the privacy policies and terms of usage agreements, if any, of that website operator.
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