This Policy was last changed on 5/13/2021
AJ Press LLC and its affiliates (collectively, “Punchbowl News”), operate this website (the “Site”) and the services related to or offered on the Site (hereinafter, the “Services”). Punchbowl News’ Services may include, without limitation, tools, applications, email services, bulletin and message boards, chat areas, news groups, forums, communities, calendars, merchandise, products and downloadable mobile applications related to the Site or provided through the Site.
The use of the phrase “Personal Information” in this Policy means information that identifies a specific person such as a person’s full name, address, e-mail address. The phrase “Anonymous Information” in this Policy means non-personal information that cannot reasonably be used to identify individual persons (e.g., interests, demographics, geographical location and anonymous usage data).
By visiting this Site or using the Services, you are accepting the policies and practices described in this Policy. Each time you visit the Site or use the Services, you agree and expressly consent to Punchbowl News’ collection, use and disclosure of the information that you provide as described in this Policy.
Your Personal Information will be processed by Punchbowl News in the United States.
In addition to this general Policy, each Service may have additional privacy provisions that are specific to the particular Service. These supplemental disclosures are made adjacent to the particular Service at the time Punchbowl News collects the information. These supplemental disclosures also govern the use of your information.
In general, you can use the Site and/or Service without telling Punchbowl News who you are or revealing any Personal Information about yourself. However, if you do not provide Punchbowl News with certain requested information, we may not be able to provide you with certain services and features that may be contained on the Site and/or Service.
1. INFORMATION GATHERED BY PUNCHBOWL
Punchbowl collects information about you in the following ways:
A. INFORMATION YOU VOLUNTARILY PROVIDE PUNCHBOWL.
Punchbowl News collects and maintains information that you voluntarily submit to Punchbowl News during your use of the Site and Services. For example:
- When you register for the Site, certain provided information to Punchbowl News will be required such as your name and email address;
- When you post comments and/or content on the Site and/or Service information about you that accompanies those posts or content, which may include a name, user name, likes, status, profile information and/or picture. This information is always public, which means it is available to everyone and may be displayed in search results on external search engines.
- If you sign up to enter a contest or sweepstakes or receive a newsletter, if any, you may provide Punchbowl News contact information (e.g., email or physical address);
- If you access or log-in to the Site and/or Services through a social media or other service or connect the Site and/or Services to a social media or other service, the information Punchbowl News collects may also include your user ID and/or user name associated with that social media service, any information or content you have permitted the social media service to share with Punchbowl News, such as your profile picture, email address or friends lists, and any information you have made public in connection with that social media service. When you access the Site and/or Services through social media services or when you connect the Site and/or Service to social media services, you are authorizing Punchbowl News to collect, store, and use such information and in accordance with this Policy;
- If you purchase a product or service, you may provide Punchbowl News your credit card information; and
- You may provide Punchbowl News with Personal Information in the course of email, customer support interactions and surveys.
B. INFORMATION PUNCHBOWL COLLECTS THROUGH YOUR USE OF THE SITE.
As you use the Site and Services, certain information may also be passively collected. Through cookies, pixels, and beacons for the purposes of targeted and retargeted advertising, log files, and other technologies, Punchbowl News may collect information about how you use the Site and the Services. For example, Punchbowl News may determine through an IP address that a particular computer or device is located in Los Angeles and Punchbowl News may use this information to deliver advertisements promoting Los Angeles-based businesses. This information allows Punchbowl News to deliver more helpful information, programs, tools, and advertisements.
Punchbowl News may also combine online and/or offline information received from third parties (“Third Parties”) with the information Punchbowl News has already collected from you via Punchbowl News’ Site and/or Services. The third party information is used for a variety of purposes including verifying other information about you and to enhance the content and advertising Punchbowl News provides to you.
Punchbowl News and Third Parties may customize the advertisements that you see based upon: (i) the information that you provide Punchbowl News; (ii) data Punchbowl News receives from third parties; or (iii) your visits on the Site or use of Services and other websites or services (commonly referred to as “Behavioral Advertising”). Please see the “Cookies and Targeted Advertising” section below for more information on the use of tracking technologies and the information collected for Behavioral Advertising, and how you can delete cookies.
2. HOW PUNCHBOWL USES YOUR INFORMATION
Punchbowl News may use your Personal Information in the ways described below or described at the time that the information is collected.
In general, Punchbowl News and Third Parties use your Personal Information as necessary or appropriate for purposes including, but not limited, to:
- administer your account.
- register you and provide you access to the Site and/or Services.
- respond to inquiries or requests in connection with the Site.
- fulfill your requests for products or services.
- send communications and administrative emails about the Site and/or Services;
- personalize and better tailor the features, performance and support of the Site and Services for your use.
- send you Site and/or Service-related communications, including any notices required by law, in lieu of communication by postal mail. You may not opt out of Service-related e-mails.
- send you newsletters and other messages, including changes to features of the Site and/or Service and special offers that you may opt out of by clicking “unsubscribe” in the email. Opting out may prevent you from receiving email messages regarding updates, improvements, or offers.
- send you promotional/marketing information, offers or other information regarding opportunities and functionality that Punchbowl News thinks would be of particular interest to you.
- improve the quality of the Site and the Services; and analyze, benchmark and conduct research on user data and user interactions with the Site and Services.
- We may use and share information with those persons and third-party entities specifically involved in providing you with services from Punchbowl News and/or services related to Punchbowl News. In addition, we may use and share aggregated information that does not uniquely identify you when it enables us to improve and enrich our services and Site content. Punchbowl News reserves the right to use and share your information in the event Punchbowl News believes doing so is necessary to operate the Site or where such disclosure may be required by law, or to protect Punchbowl News’ right or the rights of others.
3. COOKIES AND TARGETED ADVERTISING
A. TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES (E.G., COOKIES)
Cookies can be removed by following your Internet browser’s directions within the help tab. In order to use certain Services offered through the Site, your web browser must accept cookies. If you choose to disable cookies, some aspects of the Site or Service may not work properly, and you may not be able to access the Site and/or Services.
An “Internet protocol address” or “IP Address” is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. Punchbowl News, its partners or their respective service providers, may use your IP Address when you access the Site or Services or use other means to assist with delivering geographically targeted advertisements.
B. TARGETED ADVERTISING
Punchbowl News adheres to the Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising of the Digital Advertising Alliance (for more information click here at http://www.aboutads.info/consumers).
4. HOW PUNCHBOWL DISCLOSES INFORMATION TO THIRD PARTIES
Punchbowl News may share your information with its parent companies, affiliates, and/or subsidiaries and with third parties under the circumstances described below. If you do not want Punchbowl News to use or disclose information collected about you in the ways identified in this Policy, you should not use the Site or Services.
We may share non-personally identifiable information (such as anonymous usage data, referring/exit pages and URLs, platform types, number of clicks, etc.) with interested third parties to help them understand the usage patterns for certain Services.
A. GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
Punchbowl News may disclose and release your Personal Information to government representatives: (a) to comply with valid legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena or court order; or (b) in special cases, such as a physical threat to you or others, a threat to homeland security, a threat to Punchbowl News’ system or network, or in any cases in which Punchbowl News believes it is reasonably necessary to investigate or prevent harm, fraud, abuse, illegal conduct or a violation or alleged violation of this Policy or other agreement Punchbowl News may have with you.
B. SERVICE PROVIDERS
Punchbowl News may provide your Personal Information to service providers who work on its behalf or help Punchbowl News to operate Punchbowl News’ business, the Site and the Services. Examples of such service providers include vendors and suppliers that provide Punchbowl News with technology, services, and/or content for sending email, analyzing data, research, providing advertising and marketing assistance, processing payments (including credit card payments), and providing customer service. Access to your Personal Information by these service providers is limited to the information reasonably necessary to perform its limited function.
C. THIRD PARTIES
Punchbowl News may share aggregated Anonymous Information about you with the Third Parties. Aggregated information is your Anonymous Information that is combined with the Anonymous Information of other users.
We may store personal information in locations outside the direct control of Punchbowl News (for instance, on servers or databases co-located with hosting providers). As we develop our business, we may buy or sell assets or business offerings. Customer, email, and visitor information is generally one of the transferred business assets in these types of transactions. We may also transfer or assign such information in the course of corporate divestitures, mergers, or dissolution.
Any Personal Information or other content that you voluntarily disclose becomes available to the public, as controlled by any applicable privacy or website customization settings. To change your privacy settings on the Site, you may visit your online account with Punchbowl News. If you remove information that you posted to the Site, copies may remain viewable in cached and archived pages of the Site, or if other users have copied or saved that information.
D. PROMOTIONAL PARTNERS
E. SHARING OF PERSONAL INFORMATION PARTNERS
Punchbowl News may share your Personal Information and/or any other information collected hereunder with its subsidiaries and affiliated companies. Additionally, in the event Punchbowl News goes through a business transition such as a merger, acquisition by another company, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, your Personal Information may be among the assets transferred. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur and are permitted by this Policy.
Punchbowl News may make message boards, chat rooms, blogs, product review forums, and other interactive forums available as part of the Services. You should be aware that any information which you post to these interactive forums or otherwise choose to make publicly available, including your Personal Information, may be disclosed and available to all users who have access to that portion of the Site or Services. By using these interactive Services, you agree that Punchbowl News is not responsible for any information that you disclose or communicate in such forums, and any disclosures you make are at your own risk.
5. ACCESS AND CONTROL
At this time Punchbowl News does not respond to browser ‘Do Not Track’ signals, as Punchbowl News awaits the work of interested stakeholders and others to develop standards for how such signals should be interpreted.
The Site and Services are not directed or intended for children under 13 years of age. Punchbowl News does not knowingly collect Personal Information from individuals under 13 years of age. If you are under 13 years of age, you should not register or provide Personal Information on the Site or through the Services. If you are the parent or guardian of a child whom you believe has disclosed Personal Information to Punchbowl News, please contact Punchbowl News at email@example.com so that Punchbowl News may delete and remove such child’s information from Punchbowl News’ systems.
You may, of course, decline to submit Personal Information through the Site and/or Service, in which case the Site and/or Service may not be able to provide certain services to you.
Punchbowl News offers you choices regarding the collection, use, and sharing of your Personal Information. When you receive promotional communications from Punchbowl News, you will have the opportunity to “opt-out” by following the unsubscribe instructions provided in the promotional e-mail you receive.
If you would like assistance disabling you’re account please contact customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep in mind, however, that even if you delete information from your account and/or profile, Punchbowl News may retain your Personal Information in conformance with its data retention policy and Personal Information may remain within Punchbowl News’ databases, access logs, and other records. In addition, Punchbowl News is not responsible for updating or removing your Personal Information contained in the lists or databases of third parties who have been provided information as permitted by this Policy.
6. CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS
If you are a California resident, you have the right to request the following information regarding Punchbowl News’ use of your Personal Information. Punchbowl News will fulfill each of these requests to the extent required by law, within 45 days of receipt of a verifiable request:
A. THE PERSONAL INFORMATION PUNCHBOWL COLLECTS ABOUT YOU
You have the right to request the Personal Information Punchbowl News collects about you. If you make this request, Punchbowl News will provide you with the following (to the extent required by law): (i) the categories of Personal Information Punchbowl News collects about you; (ii) the categories of sources from which your Personal Information was collected; (iii) how your Personal Information is processed and the categories of how it was used; (iv) the categories of third parties with whom your Personal Information was shared; (v) categories of Personal Information Punchbowl News has sold to third parties and the categories of such third parties. If Punchbowl News has not sold your Personal Information, Punchbowl News will make that clear in its response.
Punchbowl News’ response will be limited to Personal Information collected about you within the last twelve (12) months.
B. DELETION OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
You have the right to request that Punchbowl News delete Personal Information collected by Punchbowl News. Upon receipt of such request, Punchbowl News will delete your Personal Information collected as of the date of such request, except when necessary to: (i) complete the transaction for which the Personal Information was provided or perform a contract with the you; (ii) detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity and prosecute those responsible; (iii) debug to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality; (iv) exercise free speech (of business or another consumer) or other rights; (v) comply with the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act; (vi) engage in public or peer reviewed research in the public interest; (vii) enable internal uses reasonably aligned with the expectations of the consumer based on their relationship with the business; and (viii) comply with a legal obligation; and/or (ix) use your Personal Information, internally, in a lawful manner that is compatible with the context in which the consumer provided the information.
Please note that if Punchbowl News deletes your Personal Information, you may not be able to use certain Site functions that require your Personal Information.
C. SELLING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
As a California resident, you have the right to opt-out of any transfer or sale of your Personal Information Punchbowl News collects about you. If you choose to opt out, please click the “[Insert Button Name if applicable]” button located on the home page of the Site.
If you are a California resident interested in exercising your privacy choices please send us a request to email@example.com or click “[Insert Button Name if Applicable]” on the Site home page. For all requests, please include your name, street address, city, state and zip code. We are not to be responsible for notices that are not labeled, are sent improperly or do not have complete information.
7. OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The Sites may link to websites operated by third parties that Punchbowl News does not control. Punchbowl News does not monitor, control, or endorse the information collection or privacy practices of any third parties. Punchbowl News encourages you to become familiar with the privacy practices of every website you visit and to contact them if you have any questions about their respective privacy policies and practices. This Policy applies solely to information collected by Punchbowl News through the Site or Services and does not apply to these third party websites. The ability to access information of third parties from the Site or Services, or links to other websites or locations, is for your convenience only and does not signify Punchbowl News’ endorsement of such third parties, their products, services, websites, locations or their content.
Punchbowl News places a priority on the security of Personal Information, and Punchbowl News undertakes reasonable security measures to help protect the data that resides on its servers. Punchbowl News also uses secure server software (SSL) to process all financial transactions that occur on the Site. SSL technology can encrypt Personal Information transmitted over the Internet. However, no security system is impenetrable. Punchbowl News does not warrant the security of its servers, nor does Punchbowl News warrant that your information, including Personal Information, will be completely secure or not be intercepted while being transmitted over the Internet.
In addition, Punchbowl News is not responsible for the privacy or data security practices of other organizations, such as Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Apple, Google, Microsoft, or any other app developer, app provider, social media platform provider, operating system provider, wireless service provider, or device manufacturer, including in connection with any information you disclose to other organizations through or in connection with the Services. If you have any questions regarding privacy or this Policy, you may contact Punchbowl News as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Punchbowl News reserves the right to change, modify, add, or remove portions of this Policy at any time and without prior notice, and any changes will become effective immediately upon being posted unless Punchbowl News advises you otherwise. Your continued use of the Site or Services after this Policy has been amended shall be deemed to be your continued acceptance of the terms and conditions of the Policy, as amended. Punchbowl News encourages you to bookmark this Web page and review this Policy regularly.