Privacy Policy

 

By accessing our website, you are consenting to the information collection and use practices described in this policy, as modified from time to time by us. If we decide to change our privacy statement, we will post a new policy on our Site and change the "last updated" date on the policy. Therefore, we encourage you to check the date of our privacy policy whenever you visit this Site for any updates or changes. Please see our Terms of Use for a more detailed legal explanation of our general online policies.

Information We Collect

What's Next logs IP addresses (a unique number assigned to every computer on the Internet) in order to improve security, analyze trends and administer the Site. We may track your movement within the site, the pages from which you were referred, access times and browser types. We only use this information in aggregate and do not link it to you personally.

What's Next also gathers user information to help us tailor our content and advertising to your current and future needs. For this reason, we may also ask you to participate in a survey but the information you provide will be used in the aggregate and will not be linked to you personally.

Tracking Technology: To gauge the effectiveness of our websites, we do collect some generic information about our visitors. Our web servers automatically recognize a visitor's domain name, the web page from which a visitor enters our site, which pages a visitor visits on our site, and how much time a visitor spends on each page. We use cookies to track use of our site and to track what sites users came from and go to after leaving our site. A "cookie" is a small data file that can be placed on your hard drive when you visit certain web sites. We may use cookies and other anonymous tracking technologies to collect, store and sometimes track information for statistical purposes and to improve the products and services we provide. We aggregate this information and use it to evaluate and improve our websites. In the future, we may also use other similar technologies on the site for the same purpose. If we do so, we will modify our privacy policy accordingly. See the "Notification of Changes" section below. These cookies do not enable third parties to access any of your personally identifiable information. We do not track user activity on sites outside of What's Next.

Advertisements: We may from time to time use various outside ad-serving companies to serve advertisements on our site. In the process of serving advertisements, the ad serving companies may place a cookie in your browser's cookie file and may use information about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements on this site and other websites about goods and services that may be of interest to you. By delivering ads on our site, the ad-server is able to record what ads a user -- identified by the unique cookie -- has seen, and what pages the user was viewing when the ads were delivered. This web usage information is combined with other ad delivery information the ad-server has collected from your visits to our site and other sites not affiliated with What's Next. This non-personally identifiable information is used as part of the ad-serving process for reporting and to select and direct the ads you see online at our Site and other sites not affiliated with What's Next.

Personal Information: The personal information What's Next obtains about individual visitors to our website is information the visitor supplies voluntarily. This means that you can visit our website without telling us who you are or revealing any information about yourself. However, if you want to participate in the What's Next online community forums by posting comments, or letters, or other information on the Site, you must provide your email address and password. You may also provide personal information when you participate in a promotion, order products, or provide your email to obtain more information about What's Next.

Surveys or Promotions: From time to time we may provide you the opportunity to participate in sweepstakes or other promotions on our Site, which might be sponsored or conducted by a third party. If you participate, we will request certain personally identifiable information from you. Participation in these sweepstakes is completely voluntary and you therefore have a choice whether or not to disclose this information. The requested information typically includes contact information. If there is a third party sponsor involved please make sure to review that party's privacy policy.

Tell-A-Friend: We may from time to time conduct a referral service to introduce people you know to our Site and services. If you choose to use our referral service to tell a friend about our Site, we will ask you for your friend's name and email address. We will automatically send your friend a one-time email inviting him or her to visit the Site. What's Next will store this information for the purpose of sending this one-time email and tracking the success of our referral program. Your friend may contact us to request that we remove this information from our database.

Customer Service Correspondence: We may collect information that identifies you personally when you submit comments, questions or suggestions to our Customer Service department. 

Use of Personal Information

We receive and store any personal information you enter on our Site or give to us in any other way. We may also receive information from you from other sources.

Vendors: We employ other companies and individuals to perform functions on our behalf. Examples might include fulfilling orders, sending e-mail, removing repetitive information from customer lists, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance, providing search results and links and providing customer service. They have access to personal information needed to perform their functions, but may not use it for other purposes.

Third Party Offers: We Share Personally Identifiable Information with Third Parties in order to have them send you special offers and promotions that we think you might find of interest to you. We will also occasionally send you information on products, services, special deals, or promotions, which we have found that are of interest to our readers. If you do not want What's Next to use the information you provide in order to inform you of products and services that might be of interest to you, or to provide your information to third party companies you can adjust your preferences at any time.

Co-Branded Service Offerings: We may share your personally identifiable information with certain businesses with whom What's Next has formed a strategic alliance. You will be able to identify these businesses because What's Next has authorized them to display co-branded Web pages or links to the Site These strategic partners are requested to clearly state their own privacy policies on their own web sites or promotional materials. If you do not want to have your personal information shared with these businesses you may adjust your preferences in your account at any time.

Service-related Announcements: We will send you strictly service-related announcements on rare occasions when it is necessary to do so. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance, or the delivery of a service or product is delayed we might send you an email, or if there is some service issue with something you might have ordered. Generally, you may not opt-out of these communications, which are not promotional in nature. If you do not wish to receive them, you have the option to cancel your account with us at Customer Service.

Exceptional Circumstances: If What's Next Media, LLC or any of its lines of business is sold or disposed of as a going concern, whether by merger, sale of assets or otherwise, the relevant customer database of What's Next Media, LLC could, in whole or in part, be sold as part of that transaction. In such transactions, personal information will be subject to the promises made in any pre-existing Privacy Policy in effect when the information was obtained. We also may have to release personally identifying information when it is necessary to comply with judicial or other government subpoenas, warrants, or orders, or to protect the rights, property, or safety of What's Next or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection.

Choice and Opt-Out

If you do not want What's Next to send you information about its or its affiliates' products and services, or to provide your information to third party companies you can opt-out of such sharing by emailing us. You may also email the privacy administrator for any other privacy questions or issues.

You may also click the unsubscribe link on our email offers and newsletters.

Access to Your Information

If for any reason you are concerned that the personal information we received from you is not correct, or should you wish to be removed from our in house mailing list or sharing list, please email us. We will be happy to review, update or remove information as appropriate. We may still retain your information in our files however, to resolve disputes, enforce our user agreement, and due to technical and legal requirements and constraints related to the security, integrity and operation of our websites.

How What's Next Protects Your Information

We have security procedures for the storage and disclosure of personal information which you have given us, in order to prevent unauthorized access.

It is important for you to protect against unauthorized access to your password and to your computer. Be sure to sign off when finished using a shared computer

Our site may also contain links to other websites. What's Next does not control and is not responsible for the privacy or security practices or the content of these or other websites.

Notification of Changes

If we decide to change our Privacy Policy, we will post those changes on our site by identifying them as changes to our previous Privacy Policy. We will identify those changes for at least 60 days so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

If you choose to visit What's Next your visit and any dispute over privacy is subject to this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use including limitations on damages, arbitration of disputes, and application of the law of the state of New York.

How to Contact Us

If you have any questions about our privacy policy, please email us.

 
©2006 What's Next Media, LLC Last updated January 30, 2009