Last Modified Dec 31, 2019

Effective Date Jan 1, 2020

This website (collectively, "This website" or "we"), under parent company SFG Media Group, LLC, respects the privacy rights of our online users and is committed to protecting the personal information collected about or provided by you. We have adopted this Online Privacy Policy ("Privacy Policy") to guide how we store, collect, manage and use the personal information you provided in connection with the Service.

Please note that this Privacy Policy applies only to information submitted and collected by This website through use of the Service in any way, but does not apply to information that may be collected offline or collected through any other method including your use of any web site This website's affiliated entities may operate. Moreover, this Privacy Policy applies to the Service, but not to websites maintained by other companies or organizations to which we may provide links. When you visit these websites, this Privacy Policy no longer applies. We are therefore not responsible for the content or activities provided or created on such sites.

By using and accessing the Service, you signify your assent to our Online Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, please do not use the Service. We reserve the right to make changes to this Privacy Policy. If we make a material change to this Privacy Policy, we will notify you by posting the change in this Privacy Policy and, if necessary, give you additional choices regarding such change. Please check back from time to time to ensure that you are aware of these changes. Your continued use of the Service will signify your acceptance of these changes.

Information Collected

In order to give you the best experience in use of the Service, This website may obtain information from you through your Service registration, your access and participation in message boards, comments, etc on the Service; your email of a question to our customer service desk; or your purchase of a virtual product of any type. Further, we may ask you for personal information (such as name, phone number, or email address) if you choose to sign up for any particular Service we offer (such as a newsletter or reminder service). In all such cases, the information provided will not be disclosed to third parties and will be used solely for the purpose of providing you with the Service. When information is collected in this way, you may update or remove your information through the user interfaces provided within the Service.

Use of Information Collected

We collect and process personal information as allowed under applicable law, under the following legal bases:

  • The consent you provide to us;
  • As necessary in the performance of the contract we have with you; and
  • The legitimate interests of This website, a third party or yourself where those interests do not override your fundamental rights and freedoms regarding your personal data.

The information you provide to This website will be used for the following reasons:

  • to ensure that content from our site is presented to you in the most effective manner and to personalize your visit to our site;
  • to enable us to continuously enhance the Service, to serve advertising, and to provide to you information, products or services which we feel may be of interest to you (which also helps keep our service free)

This website does not rent, lease, loan, sell, voluntarily distribute or redistribute your personal information to any unaffiliated third parties.

This website may use your email address or other personal information to send you a newsletter, marketing or advertising materials, or service announcements that tell you about updates to our Privacy Policy, changes in pricing, changes to our online service or customer service policies, and other related service changes. This website will not voluntarily disclose this personal information to unaffiliated third parties for any other purpose. Information collected from you is solely used in the operation of the Service. For example, personal and/or demographic information collected through one of the activities set forth above may be used for our internal demographic studies, so we can constantly improve the online products and services we provide you and better meet your needs. Additionally, we may use information that we collected to enforce our rights under our Terms of Service.

No matter what method we use to collect information and no matter how we use that information, we will only collect the information deemed reasonably necessary to fulfill your online requests and our legitimate business objectives, and such information will not be provided to any third parties.

Consistent with This website's Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy and in its sole discretion, we reserve the right to remove any of your personal information or content from the Service if we receive a notice of intellectual property infringement or other complaint.

Note about Message Boards
Note that whenever you give out personal information in public areas such as on our message board, that information can be collected and used by people you do not know. While we strive to protect those who wish to participate in these activities, we cannot guarantee the security and privacy of any information that you post in these areas and you acknowledge this fact.

Other Disclosure of Your Personal Information

Notwithstanding any other terms of this Privacy Policy, we may disclose personal information in the good faith belief that we are required to do so by law, including but not limited to disclosure to law enforcement or other government officials in connection with an investigation of fraud, intellectual property infringements, or other activity that is illegal or may expose you or us to legal liability.

In addition, in the event of a merger, acquisition, reorganization, bankruptcy, or other similar event, customer information may be transferred to This website's successor or assign, if permitted by and done in accordance with applicable law.

We may also share aggregate information about our visitors to our Service. For example, we may say a particular audience is X% female and Y% male. This data is used to customize the content and advertising of our Service to deliver better experience for our visitors. It can also help to tailor our products and services to meet the needs of our customers.

We may send to your web browser, directly or in directly, advertisements you see when you visit our Service. However, we may allow other companies, called third party ad servers, to serve advertisements within our Service. This Privacy Policy does not apply to, and cannot control the activities of, these other companies. If you want to prevent a third party ad server from sending or reading cookies on your computer, you must visit the company's web sites individually and opt-out. More information regarding this can be found below.

Not Providing Information

If you choose not to submit personal information when requested, you may not be able to use many of the features the Service offers.

Passive Means of Information Collection (Cookies, IP addresses, etc.)

Cookies, Local Storage, and Other Similar Technologies
We may use cookies, local storage, and other similar technologies in the operation of the Service. "Cookies" and "Local Storage" are small bits of record-keeping information that sites often store on a user's computer. Cookies and local storage are typically used to quickly identify a user's computer and to "remember" things about the user's visit. For example, we may use cookies or local storage to keep track of your preferences and your username and password. Information contained in a cookie or local storage may be linked to your personal information for this purpose. You can disable cookies or local storage, or set your browser to alert you when cookies are being sent to your computer, although this may affect your ability to use many of the features of the Service. You can remove this data anytime, by clearing the cookies and local storage data bound to This website's domain from your browser.

IP Addresses
An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a number that is used by computers on the network to identify your computer every time you log on to the Internet. Although we do not generally collect IP addresses, we may collect and use your IP address when we feel it is necessary to protect our service, websites, customers, or others.

If you use the Service, we may collect other unique numbers associated with a computer's identity on a network.

Log Files
Other information that may be passively collected by This website is in the form of logs - files that record website activity, including how many "hits" a particular web page is getting (a.k.a. "navigational data"). These entries are generated anonymously, and enable us to gather statistics about article popularity, assess overall website activity, track interest in advertised sales, and maintain website security. We also use the log file entries for our internal marketing and demographic studies, so we can constantly improve the online services we provide you. Log files are used internally only, and may be combined with data collected via cookies to help us aggregate usage patterns of registered users.

Privacy Policy and Third Party Web Sites, Links, Advertisements and Services

You should be aware that while you are using our Service, you may be directed to other sites that are beyond our control and for which we are not responsible. Additionally, third parties provide advertisements and offer other products and services to you when you are using our Service, which may receive your IP address or other technology such as cookies, web beacons and the like. By using the Service, or with your consent, you agree to such use by third parties of your personal information, which is subject to the privacy policies of these third parties.

You should consult the privacy policies of these third parties for more detailed information.

Cookies served through This website

Advertising Cookies

These cookies allow third-party advertising partners (collectively, "Advertisers") to deliver ads that may be of interest to you. Advertisers may set cookies to collect data about how you use our sites and other sites to provide interest-based advertising or other targeted content within or beyond our sites. For more details on how these Advertisers collect and use this information, please visit their respective privacy policies in the links provided below.

Google, Facebook, Amazon, AppNexus, OpenX,, TripleLift, Index Exchange, Conversant, Sovrn, Adloox, Aunica, Cloudflare, Criteo, Evidon, Flashtalking, gskinner, Integral Ad Science, MediaMath, Netflix, Nielsen, Oracle Data Cloud, SpotX

Essential Cookies

These cookies are necessary for basic functionality of site features. For example, if you use a feature that requires you to be logged in.

SFG Media Group

Social Media Cookies

These cookies enable content sharing to third party social media platforms, in addition to other features specific to third party social media platforms. For example, when "following" one of our social media accounts. These cookies may also be used for advertising purposes to remarket content to you on social media platforms and on other websites.

Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Twitter

Analytics Cookies

These cookies collect information about your use of This website and help us improve its functionality. This usage data is aggregated to provide an overview of how the site is performing and is not used to identify individuals.

Google Analytics, SFG Media Group

How do I customize my cookie settings?

Most browsers default to allow cookies, however you can usually delete cookies that have been set, and reject future cookies by following the instructions in your browser's privacy settings.

For help with common browser cookie settings, and more information about cookies in general, visit

Some Advertisers that use cookies or other similar technology to serve ads allow you to opt out of personalized advertising by visiting

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California Privacy Rights

California residents have additional rights with respect to their personal information under California Law. If you are a California resident, this section contains additional information applicable to you.

Your California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) Rights

Categories of Personal Information Collected

Below is a list of categories of personal information we collect, the source of the information, the purpose of their use, and other entities it may be shared with.

Category: Identifiers (1798.140 (o)(1)(A)) i.e. your name, email address, internet protocol address, online identifiers such as advertising IDs
Source: Provided by you (for example, if you subscribe to a newsletter, we may request your email address to send it to you), your contacts (for example, if they share an article with you, or invite you to join a newsletter), from third-party sites and platforms, from cookies and similar technology
Purpose of Usage: To provide you with Services, to communicate with you, to provide you with personalized advertising and marketing from third-parties, for security and to detect malicious activity
Sharing: Service providers, advertising and marketing partners, social media platforms

Category: Demographics (1798.140 (o)(1)(C)) i.e. age range, gender
Source: Provided by you, from cookies and similar technology
Purpose of Usage: To provide you with Services, to communicate with you, to provide you with personalized advertising and marketing from third-parties
Sharing: Service providers, advertising and marketing partners, social media platforms

Category: Internet or other electronic network activity information (1798.140 (o)(1)(F)) i.e. information on how you interact with the Service, such as page views, time spent on site, content you interact with, comments you publish on the Service, information about your device (browser, OS)
Source: From your device as you use the Service, from cookies and similar technology, from third-party sites and platforms
Purpose of Usage: To provide you with Services, to improve the Service, to provide you with personalized advertising and marketing from third-parties, for security and to detect malicious activity
Sharing: Service providers, advertising and marketing partners

Category: Geolocation Data (1798.140 (o)(1)(G)) i.e. country, state, and city
Source: Inferred from your IP address, from cookies and similar technology
Purpose of Usage: To provide you with Services, to improve the Service, to provide you with personalized advertising and marketing from third-parties, for security and to detect malicious activity
Sharing: Service providers, advertising and marketing partners

Category: Professional or employment-related information (1798.140 (o)(1)(I)) i.e. your work email
Source: Provided by you (for example, if you provide us your work email when subscribing to an email newsletter)
Purpose of Usage: To provide you with Services
Sharing: Service providers

Category: Inferences (1798.140 (o)(1)(K)) i.e. if you enjoy cooking, or if you love animals
Source: Provided by you, from cookies and similar technologies, from your usage of the Service
Purpose of Usage: To provide you with Services, to improve the Service, to provide you with personalized advertising and marketing from third-parties, for security and to detect malicious activity
Sharing: Service providers, advertising and marketing partners

Summary of your California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) Privacy Rights

Below is a summary of rights you may have if you are a California resident.

1. Right to Know

Under CCPA, you have the right to request that a business disclose:

(1) Specific pieces of personal information the business has collected about you;
(2) Categories of personal information it has collected or sold about you;
(3) The purpose for which it collected or sold the categories of personal information; and
(4) Categories of third parties to whom it sold the personal information.

Categories of personal information, their purpose and usage, and categories of third parties with whom the information is shared with are outlined above. If you wish to request specific pieces of personal information collected about you, we may need to verify that you are a California resident and, depending on the information, that you are authorized to request that information. To make a request to receive a copy of specific pieces of personal information collected about you, please follow the instructions here. Please include your full name, email address, and California postal address.

2. Right to Delete

Under CCPA, you have the right to request deletion of personal information from businesses that have collected it from you. To make a request to have your personal information deleted, please follow the instructions here. Please include your full name, email address, and California postal address.

If you re-engage with us after opting-out in this way, for example if you resubscribe to a newsletter, or create a new account with the Service, your personal information may be used in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

3. Right to Opt-Out of Sale

Under CCPA, you have the right to direct businesses not to sell your personal information. To opt-out of the sale of your personal information, please indicate your preference on our Do Not Sell My Info page.

4. Right to Non-Discrimination

Under CCPA, you may exercise any of the aforementioned rights without being discriminated against. We are permitted to offer different prices to you if the difference in price is directly related to the difference in value created for you by your data.

If you are a California resident and have additional questions about your rights under the CCPA or this Privacy Policy, please send us an email at

Your California Privacy Rights

Since 2005, California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits customers who are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. For inquiries about this issue, please email us.

Ask a Question about Privacy Policy

If you have any questions, complaints, or comments regarding this Privacy Policy or our information collection practices, please contact our Privacy Policy Administrator at:
SFG Media Group, LLC
Attention: Privacy Policy
4 Clarence Place
San Francisco, CA 94107

Policy Regarding Children Under 13

We do not knowingly collect personal information such as name and email address from children under 13. From time to time, certain portions of our Service may allow all users (including children under 13) to disclose a limited amount of personal information without first telling us their age or parental permission. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under the age of thirteen, we will delete the information as quickly as possible.

We recognize the importance of safeguarding the privacy of children and encourage parents to check and monitor their children's use of online activities regularly.

Policy Regarding Children Over 13

We request that any person under the age of majority in their jurisdiction ask the permission of their parents before providing any information to us or anyone else over the Internet.

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