A SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS:
The Sites are for general audiences. To protect the interests of children, it is the policy of Phoenix International Publications, Inc. that no information should be submitted to or posted at PIP websites by children 16 years of age and younger without the consent of a parent or guardian. PIP does not actively seek any demographic or preference information from children, nor will PIP knowingly disclose any personally identifying information regarding children to third parties. PIP reserves the right to change this policy at any time and will immediately post a revised and updated policy on all sites affected.
INFORMATION COLLECTED AUTOMATICALLY
As a general policy, we do not attempt to automatically collect personal information about users of any PIP website, unless you willingly supply it to us. However, we do collect certain non personal site-user information through the operation of PIP’s Internet servers. This information is used to improve the performance of the site, enhance the user experience, and ensure the satisfaction of site visitors.
In addition to any Personal Information or other information that you choose to submit to the Sites, we and our third-party service providers, including any third party content providers, may use a variety of technologies that automatically or passively collect certain information whenever you visit or interact with the Sites (“Usage Information“). Usage Information may include type of browse and operating system used by the visitor, the pages visited, the data requested, and more. We use this information internally to analyze site traffic on an anonymous basis.
From time to time PIP may distribute analyses and summary reports about the operation of its website, each of which may contain anonymous information., among other information. We may use Usage Information for a variety of purposes, including enhancing or otherwise improving the Sites and our products and services. In addition, we automatically collect your IP address or other unique identifier (“Device Identifier”) for any computer, mobile phone or other device you may use to access the Site. A Device Identifier is a number that is automatically assigned to your device used to access a Site, and our servers identify your device by its Device Identifier. Some mobile service providers may also provide us, or our third party service providers, with information regarding the physical location of the device used to access a Site. Usage Information is generally non-identifying, but if we associate it with you as a specific and identifiable person, we treat it as Personal Information.
The technologies that may be used to collect Usage Information include the following:
Cookies. A cookie is a data file placed on your computer or other device when you visit the Sites or otherwise access our online content. Cookies may be used for many purposes, including, without limitation, remembering you and your preferences, tracking your visits to our web pages, and facilitating your check-out and purchases.
Web Beacons. We may use web beacons (small graphic images or other web programming code, also known as “1×1 GIFs” or “clear GIFs”) and similar technologies on our Sites and within our communications to you. Web beacons can recognize certain types of information on your computer such as cookies, the time and date a page is viewed, and a description of the page where the web beacon is placed. Web beacons or similar technologies may be used for a number of purposes, including, without limitation, to count visitors to the Sites, to monitor how users navigate the Sites, to count how many e-mails that were sent were actually opened or to count how many particular articles or links were actually viewed and to improve your experience on the Sites, including to provide you with content customized to your interests. Our web beacons may collect some contact information (for example, the email address associated with an email message that contains a web beacon).
Embedded Scripts. An embedded script is programming code that is designed to collect information about your interactions with the Sites, such as the links you click on. The code is temporarily downloaded onto your device from our web server or a third party service provider, is active only while you are connected to the Sites, and is deactivated or deleted thereafter.