Effective Date: May 22, 2023
Site Functionality and Registration.
Ebony.com is a web site that offers a variety of functionality to enthusiasts of Ebony® magazine and other publications created and distributed by EMG. From time to time, the Site may offer information, products and/or services through functionality such as a web community, social network, advertisements, and co-branded events. In addition, the Site may offer the ability to keep you informed about events featured such as through advertisements, co-branded calls to action, sweepstakes, contests or other promotions (“Promotions”) that may be offered. In order to participate in certain features of the Site, including Promotions, you must register and become a member by developing a profile (“Profile Member”). If you do not wish to register and become a Profile Member, you will not be able to participate in certain features of the Site. EMG reserves the right, in its discretion, to deny access to anybody from becoming a Profile Member and/or participating in any features on or administered through the Site.
What Information Do You Provide Us and How Do We Use It?
EMG may use the information we gather for five (5) general purposes: (1) to process your Registration with the Site, including verifying your e-mail address or mobile phone number is active and valid; (2) to enable you to participate in a variety of online features such as e-newsletters or Promotions; (3) to perform various operational activities and to generally enhance the user experience; (4) to enforce applicable Site policies, meet legal obligations in connection with our and/or third party rights; and (5) for other reasons disclosed to you at the time you provide information or as otherwise specifically set forth herein.
This Site may make blogs, message boards and other public forums available to its users. If you post Personal Information online, it will be publicly available and you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties. We cannot ensure the security of any information you choose to make public. We also cannot ensure that parties who have access to such publicly available information will respect your privacy. Please exercise caution when deciding to disclose Personal Information in these areas.
Information You Provide About A Third Party.
If you send someone else a communication from the Site, such as sending an article recommendation to a friend, the information you provide (names, e-mail addresses, etc.) is used on a one-time basis to facilitate and track the communication and is not used for any other marketing purpose unless we obtain consent from that person.
What Information Does Ebony Media Group Collect As You Access and Use the Site?
In addition to any Personal Information or other information that you choose to provide to us on the Site, we and our third-party service providers may use a variety of new and hereafter devised technologies that automatically collect certain web site usage information whenever you visit or interact with the Site. This information may include browser type, operating system, the page served, the time, and the preceding page view, among other information. We may use this web site usage information for a variety of purposes, including to enhance or otherwise improve the Site. In addition, your IP address or some other unique identifier for the particular device you use to access the Internet, as applicable (collectively referred to as a “Device Identifier”) may be collected.
A Device Identifier is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer, your cell phone, or other device used to access the Internet, and our computers identify your device by its Device Identifier. We may associate your Device Identifier with the personal information you provide.
The methods that may be used to collect this information include, without limitation, the following:
A cookie is a data file placed on a computer when it is used to visit the Site. Cookies may be used for many purposes, including, without limitation, tracking user preferences and web pages visited while using the Site. You may disable cookies using your browser’s preferences, but some features of the Site may not function properly or may operate slowly if you disable the cookies.
(ii) Web Beacons.
Small graphic images or other web programming code called web beacons (also known as “1×1 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, without limitation, to count visitors to the Site, to monitor how users navigate the Site, to count how many e-mails that were sent were actually opened or to count how many particular articles or links were actually viewed.
(iii) 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 Site through mobile devices. Certain features of our Site 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.
(iv) Embedded Scripts.
An embedded script is programming code that is designed to collect information about your interactions with the Site, such as which 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 Site, and is deactivated or deleted thereafter.
How and When Ebony Media Group Discloses Information to Third Parties.
(i) Third Parties Providing Services on our Behalf.
We may use third party vendors to perform certain services on behalf of the Site, such as, without limitation, hosting the Site, designing and/or operating the Site’s features (including administering Promotions), order fulfillment, delivery of EMG’s products, services, promotional materials, product offers, clearing and processing credit and debit card payments, enabling EMG to send you e-mail or performing other administrative services on our behalf. We may provide these companies with access to user information, including Personal Information, if necessary to carry out the services they are performing for you or for EMG.
(ii) Administrative and Legal Reasons.
(iii) Business Transfers.
EMG may share Personal Information with its subsidiaries and affiliates for marketing purposes and other internal business reasons. EMG also reserves the right to disclose and transfer all information related to the Site, including Personal Information: (i) to a subsequent owner, co-owner or operator of the Site or other EMG assets or applicable database; or (ii) in connection with a merger, consolidation, restructuring or other corporate change, including, without limitation, during the course of any due diligence process.
When you sign-up for a Promotion offered on the Site, we may disclose your Personal Information to third parties or the public in connection with the administration of such 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. When you enter a Promotion, you must agree to the official rules that govern that Promotion, which may contain specific requirements of you, including, without limitation, except where prohibited by law, allowing the sponsor(s) of the Promotion to use your name, voice and/or likeness in advertising or marketing associated with the Promotion.
The “Purchase” function allows you to purchase certain products and services such as licenses to EMG magazines and other products online. The Site is designed to give you options concerning the privacy of your Personal Information. If you choose, you can be a Profile Member where you can set up an account and provide certain Personal Information. This will allow you to have a customized order page for express ordering and to view your purchasing history. To protect your privacy, we have designed the Profile Membership account process to include certain steps to verify your identity before granting you access or enabling you to make changes to your account. After logging into your account, you will have access to your account information and the ability to view, update or change it at any time. To access your information, you will need to use a password. When purchasing products from the Site, the order form may also ask you to provide a mobile telephone number. A mobile telephone number is requested so we can quickly send content that you might wish to access from your mobile device.
You also may choose to have EMG save your credit card information. We use commercially reasonable security measures and retain card information for payment processing purposes only. See the section below entitled “Data Security” for further details. Because we know customers are concerned about credit card security, EMG users have two choices when purchasing from the EMG. You may either: (1) store your credit card number(s) in your account profile, which is convenient because you will not need to re-enter your number each time you place an order; or (2) elect not to store your credit card number(s) in your account profile, which means you will be required to re-enter your credit card information each time you place an order through the EMG.
(vii) Third Party Ad Server Networks.
Notice to California Residents / Your California Privacy Rights.
Record Keeping Practices.
As part of our routine record keeping practices, we may delete certain records that contain Personal Information you have submitted through the Site. We have no obligation to store such Personal Information and disclaim any liability arising out of, or related to, the destruction of such Personal Information. You should also be aware that it is not always possible to completely remove or delete all of your Personal Information from our databases without some residual data because of backups and other reasons.
Links to Third Party Web Sites.
The Site may link to or contain links to third party web sites (“Third Party Sites”) that we do not control or maintain. For example, you may encounter links from sponsors or partners, which may include EMG’s logo or other identifying marks as part of a co-branding arrangement. We are not responsible for the privacy practices employed by any Third Party Sites. We encourage you to note when you leave our Site and to read the privacy statements of all Third Party Sites before submitting any Personal Information.
While we have taken reasonable steps to protect the Personal Information we collect from you on the Site, you should keep in mind that no Internet, wireless or mobile phone transmission is ever completely secure. In particular, unencrypted e-mail and web traffic are subject to potential interception by unauthorized third parties. Likewise, we cannot guarantee the security of any information that you disclose to us, or that which we process or store. Accordingly, you disclose your Personal Information at your own risk. Please consider this when you choose the information, if any, you wish to transmit to the Site.
Updating Your Personal Information.
You are responsible for maintaining the accuracy of the information you submit to us, such as your contact information provided as part of your Registration for the Site. The Site may allow you to correct or update Personal Information you have provided to us through your account page or otherwise. We will make good faith efforts to make requested changes in our then active databases as soon as reasonably practicable.
To unsubscribe from receiving promotional material from this website, follow the instructions provided at the end of an e-mail message you received from the Site. Please be aware that we will process your request as quickly as we reasonably can, but it may not be possible to update our systems immediately.
In addition, you should be aware that it is not always possible to completely remove or delete all of your information from our databases without some residual data because of backups and other reasons.
Finally, if you do not exercise your opt-out choices upon registration or otherwise at the time the Personal Information is provided, it may take some time to process your opt-out choices. Our systems require time to update, and promotional mailings using Personal Information shared before your opt-out may already be in process. Thus, your Personal Information might continue to be shared with third parties for promotional purposes for some time after you make your request, For similar reasons, if your Personal Information is shared with a third party, EMG largely or completely loses control over how that information is used. Thus, even after you have opted out of allowing us to share your Personal Information, you might continue to receive promotional materials from third parties unless and until you duly register your opt-out request with each third party in question.
For additional important information about safe surfing from the Federal Trade Commission, visit http://www.ftc.gov/privacy.
Consent to Transfer.
The Site is operated in the United States and is intended for residents of the United States. Please be aware that any information you provide to us or we obtain as a result of your use of the Site will be processed and transferred to the United States. Any information processed and transferred to the United States will be subject to United States law. By using the Site, accessing the Site or providing your information to the Site or EMG, you consent to this, collection, transfer, storage and processing.
Information You Provide About Others.
We may also provide you opportunities to submit certain Personal Information about other individuals as permitted under applicable law. For instance, you may choose to send a notice through the Sites to a friend regarding products or content offered by the Sites. You agree that you will not abuse this feature by entering names, addresses, e-mail address or other Personal Information of individuals who would not be interested in EMG products and/or for whom you have not obtained prior consent. We will not use the Personal Information of these individuals for any other purpose without their consent except in connection with legal and safety obligations set forth above.
Note to Parents.
The Site is a general audience web site. We do not knowingly collect any Personal Information from children younger than thirteen (13) years of age (“Child”) on the Site. We will delete any Personal Information collected that we later determine to be from a Child.
You may contact us as at [email protected].
We may also file your comments to improve the Site, or review and discard the information. Please note that information submitted to the Site via a “contact us,” or other similar mechanisms will not necessarily receive a response. We will not use any such information you provide to contact you for marketing purposes unrelated to your request.