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Effective as of SEPT 1, 2009
The DW Sites are general audience web sites, and DW does not knowingly collect PII from children under 18 years of age. From time to time we may revise this Policy to reflect industry initiatives or changes in the law, our information collection and use practices, the features of the DW Sites, or technology. If we make revisions that change the way we collect or use your PII, those changes will be posted in this Policy and the effective date will be noted at the beginning of this Policy. Therefore, you should review it periodically so that you are up to date on our most current policies and practices. If we materially change our practices regarding use of your PII, your PII will continue to be governed by the Policy under which it was collected unless you have been provided notice of, and have not objected to, the change.
COLLECTION: Collection of PII by DW
General. DW collects PII in order to create or enhance our relationship with you. When we collect PII from you it is because you are voluntarily submitting the information to us in order to participate in certain activities including (i) registration for certain online services and tools such as downloads, message boards, chat rooms or other community services; (ii) registration for special communications, such as email updates and newsletters; (iii) subscription registration; (iv) purchase products or services from or through the DW Sites; (v) user surveys; (vi) events, sweepstakes, contests or promotions; and (vii) registration for online multi- or single-player gaming. We may obtain PII from third parties that we consider to be reputable. We also may receive on the DW Sites user-generated content or information of any type or medium, which may include PII, including but not limited to: audio conversations; text chat and video images from chat rooms; user reviews; and game guide submissions.
Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information in public areas of an DW Site, such as the member home pages and message boards, your information can be viewed and possibly used by others. We advise users to be especially careful in such public areas about disclosing PII, such as full name, home address, or phone number.
We may also employ Web beacons from third parties in order to help us compile aggregated statistics and determine the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns. We prohibit Web beacons on our sites from being used by third parties to collect or access your personal information.
Finally, we may work with other companies that advertise on the DW Sites to place Web beacons on their sites in order to allow us to develop statistics on how often clicking on an advertisement on an DW site results in a purchase or other action on the advertiser's site.
NOTICE: DW Will Provide You with Notice About its PII Collection Practices
When you voluntarily provide PII in response to our request or we authorize a third party to collect PII from you on the DW Sites, we will inform you about who is collecting the information, how and why the information is being collected, and the types of uses DW will make of the information At the time you provide your PII, DW will notify you of your options regarding our use of your PII (See "Choice" below). This Policy describes the types of other companies that may want to send you information about their products and services and with whom we may want to share your personal information, as provided in this Policy (See "Use" below).
Sometimes we collect PII from consumers in manual format or off-line, such as a post card or subscription form. Providing detailed notice in those situations often proves impractical, so consumers will instead be provided with a short notice that describes how to obtain the full text of this Policy and other relevant information from us.
The DW Sites may also be linked to sites operated by companies affiliated with DW. separate privacy policies and practices, which some of the advertisements that appear on theDW Sites are delivered to you by national Internet advertising companies such as those listed below. These companies utilize certain technologies to deliver advertisements and marketing messages and to collect anonymous information about your visit to the DW Sites, including information about the ads they display, via a cookie placed on your computer that reads (or approximates) your IP address.
CHOICE: DW Will Provide You with Choices About the Use of Your PII
DW will not use your PII for purposes different from those about which you have been notified, or share your PII with third parties that are not affiliated withDW, unless you have asked to receive certain information and/or services from third parties or participate in certain third-party programs (such as beta or demos) and have been notified that the fulfillment of such a request requires the sharing of your PII or you have consented to such sharing.
USE: DW's Use of PII
DW may share your PII with companies that are affiliated with us, that is, are part of the News America Group of companies. Provided you have given us consent, DW may also share your PII with advertisers and business partners that are not affiliated with MMF, but would like to send you information about their products and services, such as sponsors of promotions or sweepstakes that appear on the MMF sites. We will never share your credit card information with third parties except those DW uses to perform tasks (such as order fulfillment and payment processing) required to complete purchases you make through web sites.
DW employees, agents, and contractors are required to have a legitimate business reason to obtain access to your PII. DW may share your PII with outside contractors or agents who help us manage our information activities (i.e., sweepstakes administration, order fulfillment, statistical analyses), but they must have agreed only to use your PII to provide DW with a specific service and not for any other purpose.
DW may also enter into agreements with outside companies that possess the technology that allows DW to customize the advertising and marketing messages you receive on the DW Sites. Your non-PII and click stream data about your activities on our sites may be shared with these companies so this customization can be accomplished. These companies have agreed not to share your information with any third party or use it for any other purpose. Anonymous click stream and demographic information may also be shared with DW 's advertisers and business partners.
DW automatically updates software used in conjunction with certain of the services available on the DW Sites. In order to accomplish this, DW collects information about a user's current version of the software from the user's computer. This information is not archived but is only used to determine which software requires updating.
DW may record audio conversations or copy text chat or video images from chat rooms on the DW Sites and may use and therefore disclose such material for use in connection with promoting the DW Sites. In addition, DW may collect other user-generated content such as user reviews and game guide submissions to post on our community hub site.
There may be instances when DW may disclose PII without providing you with a choice in order to protect the legal rights of DW, other companies within the News America Group or their employees, agents, and contractors; to protect the safety and security of visitors to our web sites; to investigate, prevent or protect against suspected fraud, illegal activity, violations of our user agreement or for risk management purposes; or to respond to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims. In addition, if DW sells all or part of its business or makes a sale or transfer of assets or is otherwise involved in a merger or business transfer, DW may transfer your PII to a third party as part of that transaction.
SECURITY: DW Protects the Security of PII
DW uses reasonable administrative, technical, personnel, and physical measures to safeguard PII in its possession against loss, theft and unauthorized use, disclosure, or modification. Passwords and other sensitive information stored by DW are encrypted in transit.
Notwithstanding these security measures, please be aware that when you submit PII to the DW Sites over the Internet, the information may travel over many systems that are not under the DW 's control and may not be secure. If a password is used to help protect your accounts and personal information, it is your responsibility to keep your password confidential. Do not share this information with anyone. Anyone who has access to your password will have access to your PII, as well as to any credit card information that you have submitted. If you are sharing a computer with anyone you should always log out before leaving a site or service to protect access to your information from subsequent users.
ACCESS: How to Access, Correct, or Delete Your Preferences Regarding Your PII
To access, correct or update your account or other Personal Information such as your city or interests, please use the "My Account" link on the DW Site on which you are registered.