Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting Thought Catalog, which is owned and operated by The Thought & Expression Company LLC (“we” “our” or “us”). We want you to know how information about you is collected, used, and shared with others. We also want you to know about the choices you have when you visit us at http://www.thoughtcatalog.com (the “Site”).

The Thought & Expression Company LLC has received TRUSTe’s Privacy Seal signifying that this privacy policy and our practices have been reviewed for compliance with TRUSTe’s program requirements including transparency, accountability, and choice regarding the collection and use of personal information viewable on the validation page available by clicking the TRUSTe seal. The TRUSTe program covers only information that is collected through this Site. If you have questions or comments about this policy, please contact us at info@thoughtcatalog.com. If you have any unresolved privacy or data use concerns that we have not addressed satisfactorily, you can contact TRUSTe here.

Information We Collect

When you visit our Site, send us or a Site writer an email, submit or comment on an article, or otherwise communicate with us or a Site writer, we may collect or have access to personal information that you voluntarily provide to us, a Site writer, or Disqus, which runs our comments platform.  We may also collect personal information from third parties, including without limitation, our business partners for marketing purposes and to deliver products or services you request. Personal information is information through which you can be identified such as your name, email address, photograph, and telephone number.

If you engage with our Site content through third-party social networking sites, we may have access to certain information associated with your social media account such as your name, email address, photograph, birthday, location, and people you follow or like.   For information on controlling access to your personal information through social networking sites, you should review their privacy policies and terms of use.

We may use (or authorize third parties to use) web beacons, cookies, pixel tags, scripts, and other technologies (“Tracking Technologies”) at our Site to collect information about you, your online behavior, your computer, and your mobile device to optimize Site functionality, collect statistics, and deliver content tailored to your interests.  Such information may include, without limitation, the type of browser and operating system you are using, the domain name of your Internet service provider, your geographic location, the pages you visit, how long you visit each page, the unique number assigned to your server or Internet connection, etc.  We may also collect anonymized cookies and other data obtained through Tracking Technologies from third parties for ad-targeting purposes.

At this time, we do not recognize automated browser signals regarding tracking mechanisms, which may include “do not track” instructions.  However, you can change some of your privacy preferences through your browser.  For example, you can delete browser cookies from your computer or set your browser to reject browser cookies.  However, doing so may limit some functionalities of our Site.  Also, blocking or deleting browser cookies may not block or delete other types of cookies including flash cookies.  Third parties with whom we partner to provide certain features on our site or to display advertising based upon your web browsing activity use Local Shared Objects (“LSOs”) such as HTML 5 or Flash to collect and store information. Various browsers may offer their own management tools for removing HTML5 LSOs. To manage Flash LSOs please click here. For additional information about browser privacy preferences, please consult the “Help” section of your browser.

Use of Information We Collect

We may use the information we collect for our own marketing and non-marketing purposes.  For example, we may use your personal information to alert you to upcoming articles, features, or events.  With your permission, we may share your personal information with third parties in the United States and other jurisdictions for marketing purposes.

We may also share information collected through Tracking Technologies with third parties in the United States and other jurisdictions for marketing and non-marketing purposes.  For example, information collected through Tracking Technologies may be shared with our affiliates and business partners for joint marketing purposes or for their own marketing purposes.  We may also license or sell information collected through Tracking Technologies to third parties for marketing and non-marketing purposes.  In addition, we may merge personal information with information collected through Tracking Technologies and with information we may obtain from other sources and, as a result, such information may become personal information.

If you do not want us to use or share your personal information for marketing purposes, you may opt-out in accordance with the “How to Opt-Out” section below.  In some instances, you may also opt-out of the use of information collected through Tracking Technologies for online behavioral advertising in accordance with the “How to Opt-Out” section below. Please note that even if you opt-out, we may still use or share your personal information for non-marketing purposes such as fulfilling your requests, responding to your inquiries, etc. In such cases, the companies with whom we share your personal information are authorized to use your personal information only as necessary to provide these non-marketing services.

We may share or transfer your personal information and information collected through Tracking Technologies and other sources if we enter into a business transaction such as a merger, acquisition, reorganization, bankruptcy, or sale of some or all of our assets.  Any party that acquires our assets as part of such a transaction may continue to use your information in accordance with the terms of this privacy policy. We may also disclose this information as required by law, such as to comply with a subpoena or similar legal process when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request.

Information Collected by Third Parties 

Some content on our Site may be sponsored by or co-branded with third parties who may obtain personal information from you if you voluntarily participate in sponsored or co-branded activities such as sweepstakes and promotions.  When you provide your personal information to one of our partners in a co-branded setting, their privacy policy will detail how you may exercise choice regarding your personal information use and further sharing.  We are not responsible for the information collection or privacy practices of such third parties.  Therefore, you should review their privacy practices carefully before participating or providing personal information to such third parties.

Third parties may also serve advertisements and use Tracking Technologies to collect information about you and your activities at our Site such as the links you click, the advertisements you see and click, the categories of search terms you enter, etc.  These companies may use the information collected at our Site and other websites for a variety of purposes including analytics and providing advertisements about goods and services that may be of interest to you.  This type of advertising customization is sometimes referred to as “online behavioral” or “interest-based” advertising.  For more information about Tracking Technologies please visit http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/faqs.asp or if you are located in the European Union, please go to http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/. Please note that the use of Tracking Technologies by third parties at our Site is subject to their own privacy policies, not our privacy policy.  If you would like more information about your choices concerning online behavioral advertising, including how you may opt-out of some uses of information collected by members of the Network Advertising Initiative and the Digital Advertising Alliance, see the “How to Opt-Out” section below.

How to Opt-Out   

If you do not want personal information that we collect about you to be used for our own marketing purposes or to be shared with third parties for their marketing purposes, you can opt-out of such use and sharing by emailing your request to us at info@thoughtcatalog.com.

You can obtain information about your choices concerning online behavioral advertising including how you can opt-out of some uses of information collected by members of the Network Advertising Initiative that may serve advertisements at our Site by visiting http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp or if you are located in the European Union, please go to http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/. We adhere to the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising.  You can opt-out of some uses of information collected by members of the Digital Advertising Alliance by clicking the “Ad Choices” link which is on our Site and in some advertising on our Site.  For further information about the Digital Advertising Alliance, please visit http://www.aboutads.info.

Your California Privacy Rights

California law requires certain businesses to respond to requests from California residents asking about the disclosure of personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes. Alternately, such businesses may adopt a policy of not disclosing personal information to third parties for marketing purposes if a California resident has opted-out of such information-sharing. We have an opt-out policy in place. If you wish to opt-out of our sharing your personal information with third parties for marketing purposes, please follow the “How to Opt Out” instructions above.

Links to other Websites

Our Site contains links to other websites. We are not responsible for the information collection or privacy practices of other websites.  For example, if you click on an advertisement that links to another website, this privacy policy will not apply to information collected at that other website.  We recommend that you review the privacy policies of other websites before you visit those websites or provide any personal information.

Posting Comments on our Site 

You can post your own comments and other information at our Site (“Comments”) through our comments platform, which is run by Disqus.   Comments posted at our Site are subject to our privacy policy and the privacy policy of Disqus at http://docs.disqus.com/help/30/.   Because our Site receives significant traffic and is accessible to anyone on the Internet, you should not post Comments that are private or that you do not want to be used and viewed by others. You are solely responsible for any legal or other repercussions that occur as a result of Comments you post at our Site.  We assume no responsibility or liability which may arise from your Comments.  Please note that when you post comments, we will have access to your email address even if it is not accessible to the public.

Access to Personal Information 

You may access, update, and correct inaccuracies in your personal information which is in our custody and control by emailing us at info@thoughtcatalog.com. While we have no obligation to remove content once published on our Site, you may request that we remove or delete your personal information from our Site by emailing us at info@thoughtcatalog.com. We may request certain personal information from you for the purposes of verifying your identity. We will respond to your request within 30 days.

Security

We have implemented administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to help prevent unauthorized access, use, or disclosure of personal information in our custody or control.  However, we cannot guarantee that these safeguards will prevent the unauthorized access, use or disclosure of your personal information.

Persons Under 18

Our Site is not intended for persons under 18 and we do not knowingly collect personal information from persons under 18.  If you are the parent or guardian of a person under 18 and believe that he or she has provided personal information to us, please contact us at info@thoughtcatalog.com.

Visitors Outside of the United States

Our business is located in the United States. Any information that you provide to us may be transferred to and processed in the United States.  By using this Site, you consent to your information being collected, used, and transferred as disclosed herein.

We comply with the U.S. – E.U. Safe Harbor framework and the U.S. – Swiss Safe Harbor framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal data from European Union member countries and Switzerland. We have certified that we adhere to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement. To learn more about the Safe Harbor program, and to view our certification, please visit http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/.

Revisions to this Privacy Policy

We may revise this privacy policy from time-to-time in our sole discretion.  We will provide notice to you by posting a notice to this Site before we make any significant changes to our privacy practices or to this policy. Please visit this Site and review our privacy policy periodically for changes.  By continuing to access or use our Site after changes become effective, you agree to be bound by the terms of the revised privacy policy.

Effective:  December 11, 2014

The Thought & Expression Company

190 N. 10th St., Suite 305

Brooklyn, NY 11211

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