Updated: June 21, 2016
Metaleater (collectively "Metaleater", "we", "our" or "us"), owned and operated by Metaleater Media, Inc., provides access to the Website via the Internet, which features various online services including, without limitation, online journals and articles, communications tools, social media features, and any other content featured on and/or as part of the Website (collectively, the "Services").
Types Of information We Collect, And How We Use It
Information we collect from you automatically
When you visit the Website and use the Services, we automatically collect certain non-personally identifiable information such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address, type of browser, device/computer type, and browsing activities to help us better understand our Visitors and their interests, and learn more about how our Visitors use the Website and Services.
Information you choose to submit to us
We may collect personal information, such as your name and email address, only when you voluntarily choose to provide it to us. For example, you are given the opportunity to subscribe to our newsletter ("Newsletter") through the use of a form on our Website. In this particular case, we collect your email address when you subscribe to our Newsletter and use it to contact you when we send out mailing list campaigns.
Metaleater makes use of third-party social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to connect with Visitors. You may choose to "like" or "follow" us on such social media sites, which links your social media account to our social media account. You are also given the option to engage with our content on such social media sites. When you engage with our content and/or link your social media account with our social media account on any third-party social media sites, its services, applications and/or plug-ins, you may permit us to have access to certain information from your social media account such as your name, email address, phone number, gender, photos, geographical location, posts, your friends and/or followers list and their posts and contact information, and persons who follow you.
If you choose to engage with our content, comment on or post replies to any of our content on any such social media sites, please remember that anything you write will be made available for the public to see. We strongly advise you to read the privacy policies of any social media sites you are linked to.
We provide you with the option to type in comments ("Visitor Comments") below any article on the Website. Any such commenting is done through the third-party software Disqus, and any Visitor Comments you type will be stored on Disqus' servers. By typing Visitor Comments anywhere on the Website, you acknowledge that any information you voluntarily provide will be visibly accessible by anyone using the Internet. Furthermore, by typing Visitor Comments anywhere on the Website, you acknowledge and accept the risk that any such information may be used by any third party. You hereby agree that you are solely responsible for all of your Visitor Comments. Metaleater is not responsible for any Visitor Comments you submit.
Sweepstakes, Contests and Surveys
When you voluntarily choose to participate in sweepstakes, contests, surveys or other offerings made available to you through the Website and/or Services, you may be asked to submit certain personal information such as your name, email address, demographic location or postal address (for shipping purposes). Any contact information is used for notifying prize winners and delivering prizes. Any survey information is used for maintaining quality control of the Website and for improving the Website and Services.
We use Google Analytics, third-party web tracking analytics software that collects anonymous traffic data and measures web site activity. We use collected information to make better decisions on content, writing, and design so we can continuously provide you with the best possible experience when you visit the Website and use the Services.
Cookies and Web Beacons
A "cookie" is a small text file that is stored within your browser on your computer's hard drive and can identify you as a unique visitor. Cookies are accessed to collect information on web site activities such as recognizing the type of browser you use to visit the Website, which pages you have visited on the Website, and your web site access preferences.
We also make use of web beacons (also known as pixel tags or transparent GIFs) through trusted third-party services like Google Analytics and MailChimp, as described above. A "web beacon" is a small graphic object containing small strings of code that is embedded on a web page or in an email. These web beacons are used to monitor and transfer information about a Visitor's activity, such as the time and duration a web page is viewed, the type of browser that grabbed the web beacon, and a description of a page that contains the web beacon.
Neither cookies nor web beacons, on their own, hold or expose any information that could personally identify you.
As an alternative, you are always free to disable cookies altogether or block certain cookies in your browser settings (if your browser permits) and/or install Google's plugin that allows you to disable Analytics while you are browsing. However, if you choose to disable cookies, you may not be able to use certain parts and/or features of the Website.
Sharing And Use Of Information
Management of Services
We may collect aggregated information and statistics about the behavior of Visitors on the Website. Any such information we collect from Visitors is used to provide, manage, measure and improve the Services we offer to you. In any event, we will never share any aggregated data with any third-party in such a way that the recipient would be able to personally identify you.
Sweepstakes, Contests and Surveys
When you voluntarily choose to participate in sweepstakes, contests, surveys or other offerings made available to you through the Website and/or Services, certain contact information may be disclosed to third parties who assisted us in implementing any such sweepstakes, contests, surveys or other offerings.
Protecting the rights of Metaleater and our Visitors
We may disclose personal information, without notice, at times when Metaleater has a good faith belief that we are legally obligated to do so, including, but not limited to: a) adhering to the law and/or legal processes; b) protecting or defending our legal and intellectual property rights; c) protecting the safety and rights of you and/or the public; d) risk management; and e) preventing and/or cooperating with the investigation of fraud or any other form of illegal activity.
Sale of business and/or assets
Your information may be disclosed and transferred to any participating third party or third parties in the event that Metaleater sells a portion of or all of its business and/or business assets, is part of or a merger with another company or acquisition by another company, or as an unlikely result of bankruptcy.
Location and Transmission of Information
The Website and Services are hosted in the United States. In addition, all information collected is stored in the United States and is subject to U.S. law. If you reside in Canada or anywhere else outside the United States, you acknowledge and consent to any information you voluntarily provide to us will be transmitted to and stored in the United States.
Children's Privacy Protection
The Website and Services are intended for general audiences ONLY and are not targeted toward children under the age of 13. Therefore, children under the age of 13 may not use the Website and Services. Furthermore, we do not knowingly collect any information from children under the age of 13. We are committed to protecting the privacy needs of children and we encourage parents and/or guardians to take an active role in their children's online activities and interests.
We only communicate with you if you wish for us to continue doing so. You are given the option to opt out of receiving emails from us via a URL (Uniform Resource Locator), located at the top of each email you receive from us. Simply select the "unsubscribe" link, and you will no longer receive emails from us. If you select "unsubscribe" by mistake or wish to subscribe to receive emails from us again at any time, you may do so. We will be happy to connect with you again!