This policy covers how Hardball Times treats personal information that Hardball Times collects and receives, including information related to your past use of Hardball Times products and services. Personal information is information about you that is personally identifiable like your name, address, email address, or phone number, and that is not otherwise publicly available.
This policy does not apply to the practices of companies that Hardball Times does not own or control, or to people that Hardball Times does not employ or manage.
Information Collection and Use
Hardball Times collects personal information when you register with Hardball Times, when you use Hardball Times products or services, when you visit Hardball Times pages or the pages of certain Hardball Times partners. Hardball Times may combine information about you that we have with information we obtain from business partners or other companies.
When you register we may ask for information such as your name, email address, birth date, gender, zip code, occupation, industry, and personal interests. Once you register with Hardball Times and sign in to our services, you are not anonymous to us.
Hardball Times collects information about your transactions with us and with some of our business partners.
Hardball Times automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser, including your IP address, Hardball Times cookie information, and the page you request.
Hardball Times uses information for the following general purposes: to customize the advertising and content you see, fulfill your requests for products and services, improve our services, contact you, conduct research, and provide anonymous reporting for internal and external clients.
Information Sharing and Disclosure
Hardball Times does not rent, sell, or share personal information about you with other people or nonaffiliated companies except to provide products or services you’ve requested, when we have your permission, or under the following circumstances:
We provide the information to trusted partners who work on behalf of or with Hardball Times under confidentiality agreements. These companies may use your personal information to help Hardball Times communicate with you about offers from Hardball Times and our marketing partners. However, these companies do not have any independent right to share this information.
We respond to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims;
Hardball Times displays targeted advertisements based on personal information. Advertisers (including ad serving companies) may assume that people who interact with, view, or click on targeted ads meet the targeting criteria – for example, women ages 18-24 from a particular geographic area.
Hardball Times does not provide any personal information to the advertiser when you interact with or view a targeted ad. However, by interacting with or viewing an ad you are consenting to the possibility that the advertiser will make the assumption that you meet the targeting criteria used to display the ad.
Hardball Times advertisers include financial service providers (such as banks, insurance agents, stock brokers and mortgage lenders) and non-financial companies (such as stores, airlines, and software companies).
Hardball Times may set and access Hardball Times cookies on your computer.
Hardball Times lets other companies that show advertisements on some of our pages set and access their cookies on your computer. Other companies’ use of their cookies is subject to their own privacy policies, not this one. Advertisers or other companies do not have access to Hardball Times’s cookies.
Hardball Times uses web beacons to access Hardball Times cookies inside and outside our network of web sites and in connection with Hardball Times products and services.
Third Party Advertisers
We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.
Your Ability to Edit and Delete Your Account Information and Preferences
You can edit your Hardball Times Account Information including your marketing preferences (when available), at any time.
New categories of marketing communications may be added to the Marketing Preferences page from time to time. Users who visit this page can opt out of receiving future marketing communications from these new categories or they can unsubscribe by following instructions contained in the messages they receive.
We reserve the right to send you certain communications relating to the Hardball Times service, such as service announcements, administrative messages and the Hardball Times Newsletter, that are considered part of your Hardball Times account, without offering you the opportunity to opt-out of receiving them.
Confidentiality and Security
We limit access to personal information about you to employees who we believe reasonably need to come into contact with that information to provide products or services to you or in order to do their jobs.
We have physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with federal regulations to protect personal information about you.
Hardball Times may update this policy. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by sending a notice to the primary email address specified in your Hardball Times account or by placing a prominent notice on our site.
Questions and Suggestions
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