Terms of Service
Published: April 22, 2013
General User Information
In general, we gather information about all of our users collectively, such as what areas users visit most often and what services users access the most. We only use such data in the aggregate. This information helps us determine what is most beneficial for our users, and how we can continually create a better overall experience for our users. We may share this information with our advertisers and collaborators, but only in the aggregate, so that they too may understand how Telegraph Online users, collectively, use our site and our services.
While visiting any of the Telegraph Online Web sites (collectively, the “site”), we may ask you to register and/or provide information that personally identifies you (“personal information”) for purposes of interacting with the site. Such personal information may include, but is not limited to, your name, phone number, street address, and e-mail address. On any page that collects personal information, we will specifically describe what information is required in order to provide you with the product or service, enter you in the promotion you have requested, or respond to your inquiry or comment.
What are Cookies? A cookie is a small data text file that a Web site sends to your browser, which is stored on your system. The site can only access the information from a cookie sent by the site. We cannot access cookies sent by other Web sites or the information contained therein. Additionally, we cannot learn your e-mail address or any other information about you through the use of a cookie. The only way we would learn such information is if you specifically and voluntarily submit that information to us, for example, through a registration system, or by entering a sweepstakes or promotion.
May I decline to accept a cookie? You may decline to accept cookies sent by the site by selecting an option on your browser to reject cookies. However, portions of the site which require registration will not be accessible to you. In such cases, we ask that you register and provide us with basic information on our registration page, or sign in if previously registered. Cookies enable our server to know that you are a registered user, and will eliminate the need for you to log in each time you access our site.
IP Addresses: The Telegraph Online logs IP addresses, or the location of your computer on the Internet, for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes and to determine site usage. Your IP address does not contain personal information about you.
Use of Personal Information
The Telegraph Online may match specific and/or aggregated personal information with third party data to provide you with product and content offerings that interest you and improve our advertising and marketing efforts. The Telegraph Online also may disclose aggregated user statistics in order to describe our services to potential advertisers, partners, other third parties, our affiliate companies, and for other lawful purposes.
As part of your experience on our site, you may receive communications from us related to products and services that might interest you. While we believe these services will enhance your experience at our site, you will at all times be able to opt out from receiving these communications, either by specifically opting out of these services or by deleting your profile from our database. Please refer to “opting-out” for further reference.
We have today, and will in the future have, arrangements with third party service providers, such as credit card processors, shipping companies and fulfillment services. When you sign up for a service we offer on the site, we may be required to share personal information with that service provider in order to provide the service. These third party providers are required to comply with this policy and protect your information in the same way we do. They are not permitted to retain or use personal information for any purpose unrelated to providing the service.
We reserve the right to disclose personal information when needed to comply with the law or a legal process, cooperate with investigations of purported unlawful activities, to identify persons violating the law, or in connection with the sale of part or all of The Telegraph Online or its affiliate’s stock or assets.
Party Collecting the Information
The site may offer forums, message boards, or chat rooms as one of the services on the site. If you disclose personal information in one of these forums, this information can be viewed, collected, and used by others. The Telegraph Online is not responsible for the use of information you disclose in these forums. We encourage you to consult the forum rules regarding the policies and procedures that apply to that portion of the site.
Our sites may operate as part of a larger group of sites, and may carry co-branded pages. In addition, other sites may use the site’s or The Telegraph’s name. Since the Telegraph Online does not control the privacy policies of third parties, you are subject to the privacy customs and policies, if any, of such third parties, and the Telegraph Online shall not be responsible for the use or dissemination of your private information by such parties. Therefore, we encourage you to ask questions and review those parties’ privacy policies before you disclose your personal information to others.
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Links to Other Materials
Third party sites linked to and from the site are not necessarily under the control of the Telegraph Online. Therefore, the Telegraph Online shall have no responsibilities or liabilities whatsoever for the content or privacy practices of any such linked site or any link or linking program at any time. The Telegraph Online does not necessarily endorse companies (or related products or services) to or from which the site is linked. If you decide to access any of the third party sites linked to the site, you do so entirely at your own risk.
We do not specifically collect information about children under 13 in accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. We believe that children should get their parents’ consent before giving out personal information. We further believe that parents should participate, and guide their children’s experience on the Telegraph Online. In the event that we receive actual knowledge that we have collected such personal information without the requisite and verifiable parental consent, we will delete that information from our database as quickly as is practicable.
We respect your privacy and ability to choose whether to share information with us and any third party. You may choose to “opt-out” of sharing personal information in several ways. When choosing to use certain features or services on the site, you can choose whether to share optional personal information in connection with the feature or service. If you receive communications from us that you prefer not to receive, you may opt out from receiving these communications, by modifying the contact options in your registration profile.
You may “opt-out” altogether from providing personal information to us by not registering on the site and thereby not providing personal information. You may also choose at a later date to have your name removed from our database by deleting your registration profile. To do so, please follow the process described in “Edit Member Profile.”
Certain portions of the site and certain services provided on the site, however, do require registration in order to access or use these areas and services. If you choose not to register or provide certain information, these areas will not be accessible to you.
The Telegraph Online maintains industry standard safeguards to ensure the security, integrity, and privacy of the personal information that you provide to us.
We have several feedback forms on The Telegraph Online. Any feedback that is submitted through these forms or through email is the property of the Telegraph Online. We may use this feedback for marketing purposes, or to contact you for additional feedback.