Privacy Policy

This privacy policy explains how SLM Media Group, LLC, and its affiliates, successors and assigns (“SLM Media Group, LLC”, “SLM Media”, “us”, “our” or “we”) collect, use, disclose, and safeguard information from and about you, including when you visit our websites, whether accessed through a computer, tablet, smartphone or other device, mobile sites, mobile applications, and other applications (collectively, "Sites"), and to any services that display this notice.

This site is not intended for use by persons located within the European Economic Area (EEA). We do not request or accept personal information concerning or supplied by persons who are located within the EEA at the time they access this Site. If you have accessed this Site from within the EEA, you should immediately discontinue your use. If you have supplied personal information to us in violation of this provision, whether through the registration of new user accounts or otherwise, please contact us at privacy@stlmag.com.

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we make changes, we will notify you by revising the date at the top and bottom of the policy and, in some cases, we may provide you with additional notice (such as adding a statement to our homepage or sending you an email notification). We encourage you to review the Privacy Policy whenever you access the Sites or otherwise interact with us to stay informed about our information practices and the choices available to you.
 

TYPES OF INFORMATION WE COLLECT

Information We Automatically Gather from All Users of the Sites: 

We collect aggregate and user-specific information on which pages Users access or visit. We use the information we collect to improve the content of our Sites and services. The following provides examples of the type of information that we collect from you and how we use that information.

Context

Types of Information Collected

Cookies

We use cookies and clear GIFs. “Cookies” are small pieces of information that a website sends to a computer’s hard drive while a web site is viewed. See our Cookie Policy below for more information.

Cookies and Third-Party Tracking

In connection with behavior-based advertising, certain third-parties use cookies to collect information about your use of our Site so that they can provide advertising about products and services tailored to your interests on our Site, or on other websites.

Email Interconnectivity

If you receive email from us, we use certain tools to capture data related to when you open our message and click on any links or banners in the email.

Website interactions

We use technology, including electronic files called web beacons, to monitor how you interact with our Site. This includes which pages you visit, which links you click on, or information that you type into our online forms.

Web logs

We collect information, including your browser type, operating system, Internet Protocol (IP) address (a number that is automatically assigned to a computer when the Internet is used), domain name, click-activity, referring website, and/or a date/time stamp for visitors.

Information Gathered by Voluntary Submission: 

To make use of certain features on our Sites (such as contests, story comments, letters to the editor, personalized web pages and other interactive forums and blogs) visitors need to register and to provide certain information as part of the registration or participation process. The information you supply will help us offer you more personalized features, to tailor our services to your interests and make them more useful to you. Supplying such information is entirely voluntary. But if you do not supply the information we need, we may be unable to provide you with services and content we make available to other visitors to our Sites. The following provides examples of the type of information that we collect from you and how we use that information.

Context

Types of Information Collected

Account Registration

We collect your name and contact information when you create an account. We also collect information relating to the actions that you perform while logged into your account.

Automated Account Services

We collect your name and contact information, including e-mail address, if you sign up for any of our automated account services.

Demographic Information

We collect personal information, such as your age or location.

Mailing List

When you sign up for one of our mailing lists, we collect your email address or postal address.

Partner Promotion

We collect information that you provide as part of a co-branded promotion with another company.

Subscription Purchase

We collect your name, billing address, shipping address, e-mail address, phone number, and credit card number when you purchase a subscription. We utilize third-party payment processors (e.g., Stripe) to process payments.

Surveys

When you participate in a survey, we collect information that you provide through the survey. If the survey is provided by a third-party service provider, the third-party’s privacy policy applies to the collection, use, and disclosure of your information.

Sweepstakes or contests

When you participate in a sweepstakes or contest, we collect information about you which includes contact information to notify you if you are selected.


HOW WE USE THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT

In addition to the purposes and uses described above, we use information in the following ways:

  • To identify you when you visit our Sites.
  • To provide products and services.
  • To improve our Sites, services, and product offerings.
  • To conduct statistical, marketing and demographic analyses of our subscribers and their subscription patterns.
  • To send marketing and promotional materials, including information relating to our products, services, sales, or promotions.
  • For internal administrative purposes, as well as to manage our relationships.

Although the sections above describe our primary purpose in collecting your information, in many situations we have more than one purpose. For example, if you purchase a subscription we collect your information to perform our contract with you, but we also collect your information as we have a legitimate interest in maintaining your information after your transaction is complete so that we can quickly and easily respond to any questions about your subscription. As a result, our collection and processing of your information is based in different contexts upon your consent, our need to perform a contract, our obligations under law, and/or our legitimate interest in conducting our business.


HOW AND WHAT INFORMATION WE SHARE WITH OTHERS

In addition to the specific situations discussed elsewhere in this policy, we disclose information in the following situations:

  • Affiliates and Acquisitions. We may share information with our corporate affiliates (e.g., parent company, sister companies, subsidiaries, joint ventures, or other companies under common control). If another company acquires our company, business, or our assets, we will also share information with that company, including at the negotiation stage.
  • Other Disclosures with Your Consent. We may ask if you would like us to share your information with other unaffiliated third parties who are not described elsewhere in this policy.
  • Other Disclosures without Your Consent. We may disclose information in response to subpoenas, warrants, or court orders, or in connection with any legal process, or to comply with relevant laws. We may also share your information in order to establish or exercise our rights, to defend against a legal claim, to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding possible illegal activities, suspected fraud, safety of person or property, or a violation of our policies, or to comply with your request for the shipment of products to or the provision of services by a third-party intermediary.
  • Public. Some of our Sites may provide the opportunity to post comments, letters to the editor, or reviews, in a public forum or blog. If you decide to submit information on these pages, that information may be available to the public.
  • Partner Promotion. We may offer contests, sweepstakes, or other promotions with third-party partners. If you decide to enter a contest, sweepstakes, or promotion that is sponsored by a third-party partner, the information that you provide will be shared with us and with them. Their use of your information is not governed by this privacy policy.
  • Service Providers. We share your information with service providers. Among other things service providers help us to process payments, and assist in the fulfillment of orders, e-mail distribution, list processing and analytics or promotions management.
  • Social-Media Platforms. Account registration can be done by linking your Facebook or Google accounts. If you choose to link your social-media account or account relating to other third-party services, you may be asking third parties to send us certain information from those social media accounts or services accounts, and you are authorizing us to collect, store, and use what they send us in accordance with this Privacy Policy.


YOUR CHOICES ABOUT WHAT WE DO WITH YOUR INFORMATION

You can make the following choices regarding your personal information:

  • Promotional Emails. You may choose to provide us with your email address for the purpose of allowing us to send free newsletters, surveys, offers, and other promotional materials to you, as well as targeted offers from third parties. You can stop receiving promotional emails by following the unsubscribe instructions in e-mails that you receive. If you decide not to receive promotional emails, we may still send you service-related communications.
  • Promotional Mailings. If at any time you do not want to receive offers and/or circulars from us you can remove yourself from our mailing lists by emailing us (our contact information is below) and asking that we do not send you anything through the regular mail, along with your name, address and zip code. Please note that our mailings are prepared in advance of their being sent. Although we will remove your name from our mailing list after receiving your request, you may still receive mailings from us that had been initiated prior to your name being removed.
  • Access to Your Personal Information. If required by law, upon request, we will grant you reasonable access to the personal information that we have about you. You may request access to your personal information by contacting us at the address described below.
  • Changes to Your Personal Information. We rely on you to update and correct your personal information. Most of our Sites allow you to modify or delete your account profile. Note that we may keep historical information in our backup files as permitted by law. If our Site does not permit you to update or correct certain information, contact us at the address described below.
  • Deletion of Your Personal Information. Typically, we retain your personal information for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this policy, unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law. You may, however, request information about how long we keep a specific type of information, or request that we delete your personal information by contacting us at the address described below. In addition, we may keep your personal information as needed to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and/or enforce any of our agreements.
  • Objection to Processing or Revocation of Consent. In certain circumstances, you may object to processing of your personal information. If you revoke your consent for the processing of personal information, then we may no longer be able to provide you services. In some cases, we may limit or deny your request to revoke consent if the law permits or requires us to do so, or if we are unable to adequately verify your identity. You may revoke consent to processing (where such processing is based upon consent) by contacting us at the address described below.
  • Online Tracking. Some browsers or other tools include “Do Not Track” (DNT) features which, when turned on, send a signal to websites you visit indicating that you do not wish to be tracked across websites over time. The Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) has been working with industry groups and regulators to develop a DNT browser technology standard to provide a common understanding as to how to interpret the DNT signals, but to date no standard has been adopted. Since there is no standard at this time, we do not currently respond to DNT signals. We will follow the progress of the W3C in developing the standard. If and when a final standard is established and accepted, we will reassess how to respond to these signals.


HOW WE PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION

No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is fully secure. While we use reasonable efforts to protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information.

Some of our Sites permit you to create an account. When you do you will be prompted to create a password. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password, and you are responsible for any access to or use of your account by someone else that has obtained your password, whether or not such access or use has been authorized by you. You should notify us of any unauthorized use of your password or account.

INFORMATION FOR CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS

  • California residents are entitled once a year, free of charge, to request and obtain certain information regarding our disclosure, if any, of certain categories of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year. We do not share personal information with third parties for their own direct marketing purposes; however, California residents may direct such requests to privacy@stlmag.com.
  • California residents who are registered users of the Sites and are under the age of 18 are entitled, in accordance with California law, to request and obtain removal of content and information that they themselves post on the Sites. You may request such removal by emailing us at privacy@stlmag.com. In your request, please provide a description of the material that you want removed and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material, and include your name, email address and/or website user name, year of birth, mailing address (including city, state, and zip code), and the subject line “California Removal Request” so that we can process your request. Please note that your request does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of the material. For example, materials that you have posted may be republished or reposted by another user or third party.
  • We do not discriminate against California residents who exercise any of their rights described in this privacy policy.


THIRD-PARTY APPLICATIONS AND WEBSITES

Our Sites contain numerous links to third parties. We have no control over the privacy practices of websites or applications that we do not own. You should refer to each of those third-party websites to obtain information on their privacy policies


CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

We may change our privacy policy and practices over time. To the extent that our policy changes in a material way, the policy that was in place at the time that you submitted personal information to us will generally govern that information unless we receive your consent to the new privacy policy. When we post changes to this privacy policy, we will indicate the effective date with the "Last Updated" date at the top and bottom of this page.


COOKIE POLICY

This Cookie Policy describes how and when we use different types of cookies when you visit our Sites, whether accessed through a computer, tablet, smartphone or other device, and our mobile applications.


What Are Cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that is sent to your internet browser from the websites you visit and stored on your computer's hard drive or tablet or mobile device. In a similar way to many other websites, we use cookies to help us tailor our services to your needs so we can deliver a better and more personalized service. It is a cookie, for example, that allows us to deliver to you any personalized information each time you visit our Sites.


What Types of Cookies Do We Use?

  • First-Party Cookies: These are cookies we place and access on your computer
  • Third-Party Cookies: These are cookies that may be placed and accessed by some of our third-party vendors.
  • Session Cookies: These are temporary cookies that are only stored on your device while you are visiting our Site.
  • Persistent Cookies: These are stored on your device for a period of time after you leave our Site.

The following describes the different types of cookies that we use:

Cookie Type

Description

Advertising Cookies

We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Sites. A list of these ad serving companies is available here. These companies may employ cookies to measure advertising effectiveness. We encourage you to read these businesses' privacy policies if you should have any concerns about how they will care for your personal information. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, see the Network Advertising Initiative's consumer website.

Analytics Cookies

Analytics cookies collect information about your use of the website that allow us to study, and then improve, how customers interact with the website. This is known as website analytics. Analytics cookies allow us to understand more about how many visitors we have to our Sites, how many times they visit us and how many times a user viewed specific web pages within our Site. Although analytics cookies allow us to gather specific information about the pages that you visit and whether you have visited our Site multiple times, we cannot use them to find out details such as your name or address. Examples of analytical tools that we may use are: Google Analytics and Adobe Analytics.

Essential Cookies

These are cookies that our Site needs in order to function, and that enable you to move around and use its services and features. Without these necessary cookies, the Site will not perform as smoothly for you as we would like it to, and we may not be able to provide the Site or certain services or features you request.

Third-Party Cookies

These are cookies set by third parties (someone other than the owner of the website). Aside from setting cookies ourselves, we also allow third parties to set cookies during your visit to our Site. These organizations provide us with information on how you use our Site. They may also use cookies to promote our newest products and latest offers to you on other websites based on your activity on our Site, or your activity on other websites that use the same cookies. For example, you may see products that you viewed on our Site presented on other websites as you move around the internet. Some of our partners will use your location to provide more relevant messaging. We have no control over third-party cookies.

Social Media Cookies

Social media cookies are used to enable you to share pages and content you find interesting on our Site through third-party social networking and other websites. These cookies may also be used for advertising purposes.

How You Can Manage Your Cookies

If you wish to manage or opt-out of cookies utilized by our Sites and third-party advertisers, you can take the following steps:

  • You may be able to download an opt-out cookie from the third-party advertiser’s website allowing you to opt-out of cookies. Please visit the third-party advertiser’s websites for more information.
  • Your web browser may allow you to manage what cookies are accepted or declined. These settings can usually be found in the preferences or options menus of your web browser.
  • Your web browser may also allow you to manually view cookies and delete the cookies you don’t want or need. Check your web browser’s settings for more information.
  • Websites that require registration may allow you to opt-out of cookies. Check the account settings or preferences section of the website for more information.

For more information about opting out of interest based advertising, you can visit: https://optout.networkadvertising.org/?c=1#!%2F.

If you choose not to accept cookies while on our Sites, please be aware that our Sites may no longer function as intended, and you may be unable to access certain pages. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you log on to our Sites.

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have any questions, comments, or complaints concerning our privacy practices, please contact us at the appropriate address below. We will attempt to respond to your requests and to provide you with additional privacy-related information.

Email: privacy@stlmag.com

SLM Media Group, LLC
P.O. BOX 191606
St. Louis, MO 63119
314-918-3000

Last Updated: June 8, 2021

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