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Privacy Policy

The following privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) sets forth Mediavine, Inc.’s (“Mediavine” “we” or “us”) policy with respect to information, including personally identifiable data (“Personal Data”) and other information, Mediavine collects from visitors (“you” or “your”)  to the Mediavine website located at http://www.mediavine.com/ (the “Website”), including users of the Mediavine Direct platform located at https://sales.mediavine.com/ (“Mediavine Direct”) and the Mediavine marketplace located at https://marketplace.mediavine.com/ (“Mediavine Marketplace”) (collectively the “Sites”).    

This policy will also detail Mediavine’s activities with respect to the following services provided by Mediavine to third-party publishers:

  • Mediavine Ad Management service (“Ad Management”), 
  • the WordPress plug-in known as Create (“Create”), 
  • the WordPress plug-in known as Grow Social (“Grow Social”), 
  • the software as a service entitled Grow (“Grow”), 
  • the WordPress framework known as Trellis (“Trellis”) and 
  • Mediavine’s Video Player available for use by its Publishers (as defined herein).  

The Sites, Ad Management, Create, Grow Social, Grow, Trellis and the Video Player are operated by Mediavine and shall be referred to collectively as the “Services.”  Mediavine, Inc. is a corporation formed under the laws of Delaware, United States.

This Privacy Policy does not apply to information of any kind that we collect by means (including offline means) or from sources other than those specified herein.   In this policy you can learn about:

WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT AND HOW IS IT USED?

Information You Voluntarily Submit to The Sites.

We collect Personal Data from you when you voluntarily provide such information, such as when you contact us with inquiries, register for access to the Services or use certain Services. 

Personal Data that is collected when you voluntarily provide it in connection with the Sites, Ad Management (by potential Publishers that are submitting an application), Grow Social, Grow, or Trellis may include, but is not limited to, the below:   

  • Your name 
  • Your email address
  • Your website URL and name
  • Company name
  • Phone number
  • Billing information
  • Address
  • Information about your website’s analytics and platform
  • Date of Birth
  • In the case of Mediavine Direct, information about your campaign

Our legal basis for processing this information is your consent, and by voluntarily providing us with Personal Data, you are consenting to our use of it in accordance with this Privacy Policy. If you provide Personal Data to us, you acknowledge and agree that such Personal Data may be transferred and stored from your current location to the offices and servers of Mediavine located in the United States and the authorized third parties referenced below.

Automatically Collected Information and Information We Collect from Others.

We may receive information about you from other trusted sources, such as information that validates or supplements information automatically collected.  We may collect information from third-parties that assist us in serving targeted advertisements, as detailed below in the section about Ad Management.

Sites.  When you use the Sites, we may log your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, and the dates/times when you accessed the Sites. We may also collect usage data, which is information about actions you take when using the Sites, such as links clicked.   

Grow and Video Player.  Third-party website owners that utilize Grow (“Grow Publishers”) or the Video Player may collect your IP address or your email address.  If you consent to receiving content recommendations through Grow, we will collect your IP address.  If you sign up to receive email newsletters from Grow Publishers, we may also collect a hashed, pseudo anonymized form of your email address.  The hashed, pseudo anonymized email address may be used to create a match or link between this data and other anonymized data in third party databases or utilized by advertising partners.  This link may be shared by our partners globally for the purpose of enabling interest-based content or advertising throughout your online experience (e.g. cross device, web, email, in-app, etc.) by third parties unaffiliated with our website. 

If you choose to create an account with Grow using a magic link provided by Mediavine instead of creating a password, you must provide your email address.   Mediavine does not collect or store any other information in connection with your use of the magic link.   

If you provide your email address through Grow Automailer to sign up for a Grow Publisher’s mailing list, we will collect your email address.  

Ad Management.  We may collect or receive information about you from publishers that are members of the Mediavine Ad Management service (“Publishers”) through our use of cookies, pixels or server to server connections.   We (or our third-party partners – detailed in the section entitled “Third Party Use of Personal Information”) may also combine and associate this information with information collected about other ads we have served.  

Mediavine collects and processes the following data from Publishers to provide interest-based, targeted advertising on Publisher websites.  

  • Advertising Identifier 
  • IP Address
  • Operating System type
  • Operating System version
  • Device Type and Model
  • Cookie information
  • Language of the website
  • Web browser type
  • Email (in hashed form)

The information will be retained by Mediavine for the duration of the browser session and is only used by Mediavine to provide end users of the website with targeted advertising.  

You may choose whether to receive personalized or unpersonalized ads on Publisher sites.   Depending on your choice, will depend on the data collected on the Publisher website.  Please refer to each Publisher’s site privacy policy for further details. We do not control the data privacy or protection policies of third parties, and we are not responsible for the privacy practices of these third parties. 

Cookies. We may log information using cookies, which are small data files stored on your browser by the Sites, Ad Management, Create, Grow Social, Grow, Trellis or the Video Player (“Cookies”). We may use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until deleted, to provide you with a more personalized experience on the Sites. Please see the “Cookie Policy” section below for more information about our use of cookies. Our legal basis for processing this information is your consent and our legitimate interests, namely monitoring and improving the Sites and Services.

We use, and allow certain other companies to use, Cookies on our Sites and in our Services to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features, to store saved content as a user of Grow Social or Grow, to analyze our traffic, and to recognize your device.  We also share information about your use of our Sites and our Services with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. This section explains what cookies are, how we use Cookies and similar technologies on our Sites and our Service and what you can do to manage how Cookies are used.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file which is sent to your computer or mobile device (referred to in this policy as a “device”) by the web server so that a website can remember some information about your browsing activity on the Sites and Service.  The Cookie will collect information relating to your use of our Sites, information about your device such as the device’s IP address and browser type, demographic data and, if you arrived at our Sites and Service via a link from a third party site, the URL of the linking page. 

In addition to Cookies, our Sites may use web beacons.  Web beacons allow us to count the number of users who have visited or accessed the Sites and to recognize users by accessing our cookies. We may employ web beacons to facilitate Site administration and navigation, to track the actions of users of the Sites, to compile aggregate statistics about Site usage and response rates, and to provide an enhanced online experience for visitors to the Sites. We may also include web beacons in HTML-formatted e-mail messages that we send to determine which e-mail messages were opened. A web beacon is often invisible because it is only 1 x 1 pixel in size with no color.  A web beacon can also be known as a web bug, 1 by 1 GIF, invisible GIF and tracker GIF. 

What are the different types of cookies and how do we use them?

Essential – These are Cookies which are essential for the running of our Sites and Services. Without these Cookies, parts of our Sites and Service would not function.  These Cookies do not track where you have been on the internet and do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing purposes.

Examples of how we may use essential Cookies include:

  • Setting unique identifiers for each unique visitor, so that website numbers can be analyzed.

Functional – These Cookies are used to remember your preferences on our Sites and Services and to provide enhanced, more personal features. The information collected by these Cookies is usually anonymized, so we cannot identify you personally.  Functional Cookies do not track your internet usage or gather information which could be used for selling advertising.

Examples of how we may use functional Cookies include:

  • Gathering data about visits to our Sites and Services, including numbers of visitors and visits, length of time spent on the site, pages clicked on or where visitors have come from
  • Eliminating the need for returning users to re-enter their login details.

Analytical Performance – Analytical performance Cookies are used to monitor the performance of our Sites, for example, to determine the number of page views and the number of unique users our Sites and Services have. We use this information to improve user experience or identify areas of the Sites and Services which may require maintenance.  The information is anonymous (i.e. it cannot be used to identify you and does not contain personal information such as your name and email address) and it is only used for statistical purposes.

Examples of how we may use analytical Cookies include:

  • Measuring users’ behavior 
  • Analyze which pages are viewed and how long for and which links are followed to better develop our Sites and Services

Advertising – Behavioral advertising Cookies, which may be placed on your device by us or our trusted third-party service providers, remember that you have visited a website and use that information to provide you with advertising which is tailored to your interests. This is often called online behavioral advertising and is done by grouping together shared interests based upon web browsing history. Your web browsing history can be used to infer things about you (e.g. your age, gender etc.), and this information may also be used to make advertising on websites more relevant to you.  Although behavioral advertising Cookies can track your activity around the internet, these Cookies cannot identify you personally.  

Examples of how we may use advertising Cookies include:

  • Manage online advertising.  The Services may use Cookies together with web beacons to provide advertising to you on the Publisher Sites and to enable us to manage our relationship with those advertisers by, for example, tracking how many unique users have seen a particular advertisement or followed a link in an advertisement.
  • To market to specific users across our Sites, the Publisher Sites and third party sites, so that we and third parties can target advertising to users that will be more relevant to users’ interests.  

Third Party Cookies – You may notice on some pages of our Sites and Services that Cookies have been set that are not related to us. When you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, YouTube or Facebook, these third party service providers may set their own Cookies on your device. We do not control the use of these third party Cookies and cannot access them due to the way that Cookies work, as Cookies can only be accessed by the party who originally set them. Please check the third party websites for more information about these Cookies.

How can you manage or opt-out of cookies?

Cookies, including those which have already been set, can be deleted from your hard drive. You can also change the preferences/settings in your web browser to control Cookies. In some cases, you can choose to accept Cookies from the primary site, but block them from third parties. In others, you can block Cookies from specific advertisers, or clear out all Cookies. Deleting or blocking Cookies may reduce functionality of the Sites and the Services. To learn more about how to reject Cookies, visit www.allaboutcookies.org or go to the help menu within your internet browser. If you experience any problems having deleted Cookies, you should contact the supplier of your web browser.

Opting out of Analytical Performance Cookies

If you would like to opt out of Analytics Cookies, please do so by clicking on the links below:

Google Analytics: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Opting out of Behavioral Advertising Cookies

If you would like more information about how to opt out of interest-based advertising in desktop and mobile browsers on a particular device, please visit http://optout.aboutads.info/#/ and http://optout.networkadvertising.org/#. You may download the AppChoices app at http://www.aboutads.info/appchoices to opt out in connection with mobile apps, or use the platform controls on your mobile device to opt out.  

HOW YOUR INFORMATION MAY BE USED

We, and our subsidiaries and affiliates (the “Related Companies”), may use the information collected in the following ways: 

  • To operate and maintain the Sites, Ad Management, Create, Grow Social, Grow, Trellis or the Video Player; 
  • To provide and maintain the Sites, Ad Management, Create, Grow Social, Grow, Trellis or the Video Player;
  • To provide the Services; 
  • To gather analysis to improve our Sites, Ad Management, Create, Grow Social, Grow, Trellis or the Video Player;
  • To send you promotional information, such as newsletters. Each email promotion will provide information on how to opt-out of future mailings; 
  • To send you administrative communications, such as administrative emails, confirmation emails, technical notices, updates on policies, or security alerts; 
  • To respond to your comments or inquiries; 
  • To provide you with user support; 
  • To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity.

Ad Management.  In connection with the Ad Management services, we use the information collected to provide personalized advertisements to users of Publisher sites.  We also monitor and provide information related to activities you may take in connection with the ads served through the Ad Management services, such as clicks or views.   We will use your information to detect fraud and maintain security and to improve our services.

We (and the Mediavine Partners, as detailed in our section about Third-Parties below) may also use the information collected to link to other end user information we or other Mediavine Partners have independently collected to deliver targeted advertisements.  We and other Mediavine Partners may also separately collect data about end users from other sources, such as advertising IDs or pixels, and link that data to data collected from Publishers in order to provide interest-based advertising across your online experience, including devices, browsers and apps. This data includes cookie information, device information, usage data, information about interactions between users and advertisements and websites, geolocation data, traffic data, and information about a visitor’s referral source to a particular website.  Mediavine Partners may also create unique IDs to create audience segments, which are used to provide targeted advertising.

Grow.  In connection with Grow, Mediavine may utilize your IP address, email address and hashed, anonymized email address to display personalized ad content on any third-party website that you view while you are signed in to the Grow service.  You may also receive email communications which may contain suggested personalized content that has been compiled based on content you may have viewed and/or favorited using Grow.   If you consent to receive the suggested personalized content recommendations, Mediavine will also collect your IP address.   

Non-Identifiable Data: When you interact with Mediavine through the Services, we receive and store certain personally non-identifiable information. Such information, which is collected passively using various technologies, cannot presently be used to specifically identify you. Mediavine may store such information itself or such information may be included in databases owned and maintained by Mediavine affiliates, agents, or service providers. The Services may use such information and pool it with other information to track, for example, user behavior in connection with personalized ads.  It is important to note that no Personal Data is available or used in this process.

Aggregated Personal Data: In an ongoing effort to better understand and serve the users of the Services, Mediavine often conducts research on its customer demographics, interests and behavior based on the Personal Data and other information provided to us. This research may be compiled and analyzed on an aggregate basis, and Mediavine may share this aggregate data with its affiliates, agents and business partners. This aggregate information does not identify you personally. Mediavine may also disclose aggregated user statistics in order to describe our services to current and prospective business partners, and to other third parties for other lawful purposes.

From time to time, the Website may engage in remarketing efforts with third-party companies, such as Google, Facebook, or Instagram, in order to market the Sites. These companies use cookies to serve ads based on someone’s past visits to the Website. We use the following third-party service providers for remarketing:

Facebook: Opt-out of Facebook remarketing here

Google: Opt-out of Google remarketing here

Instagram: Opt-out of Instagram remarketing here

Pseudonymized Data.  Through certain of the Services, Mediavine may collect personal data that is subsequently pseudonymized.   Mediavine has placed certain internal restrictions and security measures in place to maintain such data as pseudonymized.  

Newsletters.  On the Website, you may subscribe to our newsletter, which may be used for advertising purposes. All newsletters sent may contain tracking pixels. The pixel is embedded in emails and allows an analysis of the success of online marketing campaigns. Because of these tracking pixels, we may see if and when you open an email and which links within the email you click. Also, this allows the Website to adapt the content of future newsletters to the interests of the user. This behavior will not be passed on to third parties.

THIRD-PARTY USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

Mediavine may share your Personal Data with certain third-parties as set forth below:

Third Party Vendors: We may share your information with third party vendors or service providers who help us provide the Services or the Sites, including database hosting and data processing services, and assist us in responding to requests by you for information that you request.   Please see our list of data processors above for more specifics.

Parent Companies and Affiliates: We may share your information with a parent company, any subsidiaries, joint ventures, or other companies under a common control (collectively, “Affiliates”), provided that we require our Affiliates to honor this Privacy Policy.

Business Transfers: As we develop our business, we might sell or buy businesses or assets. In the event of a corporate sale, merger, reorganization, dissolution or similar event, Personal Data may be part of the transferred assets. We may also share Personal Data with potential buyers. Usually, information will be anonymized, but this may not always be possible. The recipient of the information will be bound by confidentiality obligations.

Related Companies: We may also share your Personal Data with our Related Companies for purposes consistent with this Privacy Policy.

Third Parties with Permission: We may share your information with third parties to whom you ask us to send your information.

Agents, Consultants, and Related Third Parties: Mediavine, like many businesses, sometimes hires other companies to perform certain business-related functions. Examples of such functions include mailing information, maintaining databases and processing payments. When we employ another entity to perform a function of this nature, we only provide them with the information that they need to perform their specific function.

Legal Requirements: Mediavine may disclose your Personal Data if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to (i) comply with a legal obligation or to respond to requests from law enforcement or other government officials relating to investigations or alleged illegal activity or in connection with our own investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity, in which case we may (and you hereby authorize us to) disclose information without subpoenas or warrants served on us, (ii) protect and defend the rights or property of Mediavine, (iii) act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of the Sites or the public, (iv) protect against legal liability including to resolve disputes, investigate problems, or enforce our Customer contracts.

The Sites currently uses the following third-party service providers: 

  • Google Analytics – this service tracks Sites usage and provides information such as referring websites and user actions on the Sites. Google Analytics may capture your IP address, but no other personal information is captured by Google Analytics. 
  • Mail Chimp – this service is used for delivery of email updates and newsletters. We store your name and email address for purposes of delivering such communications.  Mail Chimp’s use of your personal information is subject to Mail Chimp’s privacy policy.  
  • Google Forms – this service is used to gather information for applications to the Mediavine Ad Management Service.  Google’s use of your personal information is subject to Google’s privacy policy.  
  • Stripe – this service is used to serve our ecommerce platform through Mediavine Direct. At no time is your banking information passed to the Sites. We receive only information used for order fulfillment. Stripe’s use of your personal information is subject to Stripe’s privacy policy.
  • Workable – this service is used to collect information for candidates seeking employment with Mediavine.  Workable’s use of your personal information is subject to Workable’s privacy policy.
  • Intercom – this service is used for third-party communications.  Intercom’s use of your personal information is subject to Intercom’s privacy policy.
  • HotJar – this service is used in connection with the Grow Publisher Portal that is accessed by Publishers or users of the Grow service.  This service is also used in connection with the Ad Management dashboard.   HotJar does not collect personally identifiable information. Mediavine is using HotJar to manage and monitor interactions with the internal elements of the Grow Publisher Portal and Publisher dashboards.  If you do not want Mediavine to collect this data through HotJar, please contact publishers@mediavine.com  or review HotJar’s instructions.    HotJar’s use of your personal information is subject to HotJar’s privacy policy.
  • At this time, your personal information is not shared with any other third-party applications. This list may be amended from time to time in our sole discretion. 

Except when required by law, we will not sell, distribute, or reveal your email addresses or other personal information without your consent; however, we may disclose or transfer personal information collected through the Sites or Services to third parties who acquire all or a portion of our business, which may be the result of a merger, consolidation, or purchase of all or a portion of our assets, or in connection with any bankruptcy or reorganization proceeding brought by or against us.

Ad Management 

Please review our Ad Partner Page for more information about each Mediavine Partner, including the data shared links to each Mediavine Partner’s privacy policy and other information about each Mediavine Partner’s practice, as available.

Grow

If you sign up for a Grow Publisher’s mailing list through Grow AutoMailer, your email address will be passed to Amazon Web Services, our database provider, but shall not be used for any other purpose other than providing AutoMailer. In some instances, the email address will be automatically provided, through an API, to the Grow Publisher’s mailing list provider, including, but not limited to, ConvertKit, MailChimp or MailerLite.   

RIGHTS RELATED TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

Under laws in certain countries in which we operate, customers and other visitors to our Website from those countries have a right to access Personal Data about themselves, and to amend, correct or delete Personal Data that is inaccurate, incomplete or outdated.  We will, upon request, provide you with confirmation regarding whether we are processing Personal Data about you, consistent with applicable law. In addition, upon your request, we will take reasonable steps to correct, amend, or delete your Personal Data that is found to be inaccurate, incomplete or processed in a manner non-compliant with this Privacy Policy or applicable law, except where the burden or expense of providing access would be disproportionate to the risks to your privacy, where the rights of persons other than you would be violated or where doing so is otherwise consistent with applicable law. Unless prohibited by applicable law, we reserve the right to charge a reasonable fee to cover costs for providing copies of Personal Information that you request. 

Please note that while any amendments, corrections or deletions will be reflected in active user databases (as updated with a reasonable period of time), we may retain all Personal Data for backups, archiving, prevention of fraud and abuse, analytics, and satisfaction of other legal obligations we reasonably believe applicable.

You authorize us to use and disclose any new or modified information that you provide in accordance with this Privacy Policy, and you agree that we are under no obligation to delete or modify information that you have previously chosen to provide us as to which you have not instructed us to take such action. Please remember, however, that if we have already disclosed some of your Personal Data to third parties, we cannot access that Personal Data any longer and cannot force the deletion or modification of any such information by the parties to whom we have made those disclosures.

We may retain your Personal Data to comply with laws, prevent fraud, resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, assist with any investigations, enforce our contracts, and take other actions otherwise permitted by law.

Please contact us at privacy@mediavine.com to submit a request or obtain information regarding any of the above. 

YOUR STATE PRIVACY RIGHTS

State consumer privacy laws may provide their residents with additional rights regarding our use of their personal information. To learn more, please see below.

CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS

Your Rights. 

You have the right under the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA), as amended and expanded by the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (CPRA), and certain other privacy and data protection laws, as applicable, to exercise free of charge:

Disclosure of Personal Information We Collect About You. 

You have the right to know:

  • The categories of personal information we have collected about you, including sensitive personal information;
  • The categories of sources from which the personal information is collected;
  • Our business or commercial purpose for collecting, selling, or sharing personal information;
  • The categories of third parties with whom we share personal information, if any; and
  • The specific pieces of personal information we have collected about you.

Please note that we are not required to:

  • Retain any personal information about you if, in the ordinary course of business, that information about you is not retained;
  • Reidentify or otherwise link any data that, in the ordinary course of business, is not maintained in a manner that would be considered personal information; or
  • Provide the personal information to you more than twice in a 12-month period.

Disclosure of Personal Information Sold, Shared, or Disclosed for a Business Purpose. 

In connection with any personal information we may sell, share, or disclose to a third party for a business purpose, you have the right to know:

  • The categories of personal information about you that we sold or shared and the     categories of third parties to whom the personal information was sold or shared; and
  • The categories of personal information that we disclosed about you for a business purpose and the categories of persons to whom the personal information was disclosed for a business purpose.

Right to Opt-Out of the Sale or Sharing of Personal Information. You have the right to opt-out of the sale or sharing of your personal information.

Right to Limit Use and Disclosure of Sensitive Personal Information. You have the right to opt-out of the use and disclosure of your sensitive personal information for anything other than supplying requested goods or services.

Right to Deletion. Subject to certain exceptions set out below, on receipt of a verifiable request from you, we will:

  • Delete your personal information from our records; 
  • Direct any service providers to delete your personal information from their records; and
  • Direct third parties to whom the business has sold or shared your personal information to delete your personal information unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort.

Please note that we may not delete your personal information if it is necessary to:

  • Complete the transaction for which the personal information was collected, provide a good or service requested by you, or reasonably anticipated within the context of our ongoing business relationship with you, or otherwise perform a contract between you and us;
  • Detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity; or prosecute those responsible for that activity;
  • Debug to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality;
  • Exercise free speech, ensure the right of another consumer to exercise his or her right of free speech, or exercise another right provided for by law;
  • Comply with the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act;
  • Engage in public or peer-reviewed scientific, historical, or statistical research in the public interest that adheres to all other applicable ethics and privacy laws, when our deletion of the information is likely to render impossible or seriously impair the achievement of such research, provided we have obtained your informed consent;
  • Enable solely internal uses that are reasonably aligned with your expectations based on your relationship with us;
  • Comply with an existing legal obligation; or
  • Otherwise use your personal information, internally, in a lawful manner that is compatible with the context in which you provided the information.

Right to Correction. You have the right to request correction of inaccurate personal information maintained by us about you. Upon receipt of a verifiable request from you, we will use commercially reasonable efforts to correct the inaccurate personal information.

Protection Against Discrimination. You have the right to not be discriminated against by us because you exercised any of your rights under the CCPA and CPRA. This means we cannot, among other things:

  • Deny goods or services to you;
  • Charge different prices or rates for goods or services, including through the use of discounts or other benefits or imposing penalties;
  • Provide a different level or quality of goods or services to you; or
  • Suggest that you will receive a different price or rate for goods or services or a different level or quality of goods or services.

Please note that we may charge a different price or rate or provide a different level or quality of services to you, if that difference is reasonably related to the value provided to us by your personal information. 

To see any categories of personal information we have collected and possibly sold and shared in the last twelve (12) months, please refer to our Ad Partners Page.   In connection with Mediavine’s Ad Management Services, Downstream Participants, as defined in the IAB’s First Amended Limited Service Provider Agreement, of which Mediavine is a signatory,  may transfer or re-sell the personal information sold or shared by Mediavine in connection with those services.   

You have the right to opt out of the transfer, sale or re-sale of your personal information by us or a Downstream Participant through the Do Not Sell or Share My Information link found on each page of a Publisher’s website or you can click on the Signatory Identification List and opt out on each Downstream Participant’s website.  Opting out may not mean that you will stop seeing interest-based ads based upon personal information utilized by Publishers or Personal Information sold before you exercised your right to opt out.

Children Under 16

We do not sell the personal information of consumers we actually know are less than 16 years of age, unless we receive affirmative authorization (the “right to opt-in”) from either the consumer who is between 13 and 16 years of age, or the parent or guardian of a consumer less than 13 years of age.  

No Discrimination

We will not discriminate against you for exercising any of your rights.  Unless permitted by the CCPA or CPRA, we will not:

  • Deny you goods or services.
  • Charge you different prices or rates for goods or services, including through granting discounts or other benefits, or imposing penalties.
  • Provide you a different level or quality of goods or services.
  • Suggest that you may receive a different price or rate for goods or services or a different level or quality of goods or services.

Exercising Your Rights

How to Exercise Your Rights. If you would like to exercise any of your rights as described in this Privacy Policy, please:

  • Call us, toll-free, at 888-705-1246;
  • Email us at privacy@mediavine.com
  • Write to us at 159 W 25th St., Suite #427 NY, NY 10001 Attn: CCPA/CPRA.

Please note that you may only make a data access or data portability disclosure request twice within a 12-month period.

Verifying Your Identity. If you choose to contact directly by email or phone, you will need to provide us with:

  • Enough information to identify you (e.g., your full name, address and whether you are a Grow subscriber));
  • Proof of your identity and address; and
  • A description of what right you want to exercise and the information to which your request relates.

We are not obligated to make a data access or data portability disclosure if we cannot verify that the person making the request is the person about whom we collected information or is someone authorized to act on such person’s behalf.

Any personal information we collect from you to verify your identity in connection with you request will be used solely for the purposes of verification.

Timing

We will respond to a verifiable consumer request within forty-five (45) days of its receipt.  If we require more time (up to 90 days), we will inform you of the reason and extension period in writing.   We will deliver our written response by mail or electronically, at your option. Any disclosures we provide will only cover the 12-month period preceding the verifiable request’s receipt.  The response we provide will also explain the reasons we cannot comply with a request, if applicable. 

Virginia Residents

Virginia provides their state residents with rights to:

  • Confirm whether we process their personal information.
  • Access and delete certain personal information.
  • Data portability.
  • Opt-out of personal data processing for targeted advertising, sales and profiling purposes.
  • Correct inaccuracies in their personal information, taking into account the information’s nature processing purpose.
  • Opt-out of profiling in furtherance of decisions that produce legal or similarly significant effects. 

To see the categories of data collected and/or processed by Mediavine and the purposes for processing, please refer to the section of this privacy policy entitled The Information We Collect and How it is Used.

To see the categories of data that we may share with third parties, please refer to the section of this privacy policy entitled How We Share Information with Third-Parties.

Through our Ad Managment service, Mediavine sells and processes data for targeted advertising.  You may see more information and opt-out of targeted advertising from any Mediavine Publisher website through the Opt-Out of Targeted Advertising link that appears in the footer of each website or through the links provided in the section of this privacy policy entitled How To Opt Of Targeted Advertising.  

Virigina residents may also exercise these rights by:

  • Email us at privacy@mediavine.com
  • Call us, toll-free, at 888-705-1246;
  • Write to us at 159 W 25th St., Suite #427 NY, NY 10001 Attn: VCDPA.

To appeal a decision regarding a consumer rights request. Please email us at privacy@mediavine.com

EU RESIDENTS

LEGAL BASES FOR PROCESSING DATA UNDER THE GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (“GDPR”)

Below are the types of lawful basis that we will rely on to process your Personal Data:

  • Legitimate Interest means the interest of our business in conducting and managing our business to enable us to give you the best service/product and the best and most secure experience. We make sure we consider and balance any potential impact on you (both positive and negative) and your rights before we process your Personal Data for our legitimate interests. We do not use your Personal Data for activities where our interests are overridden by the impact on you (unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law). You can obtain further information about how we assess our legitimate interests against any potential impact on you in respect of specific activities by contacting us at webmaster@mediavine.com.
  • Performance of Contract means processing your data where it is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party or to take steps at your request before entering into such a contract.
  • Comply with a legal or regulatory obligation means processing your Personal Data where it is necessary for compliance with a legal or regulatory obligation that we are subject.
  • Consent means where you have consented to a certain use of your Personal Data.
  • Vital Interest means processing your Personal Data to protect the vital interests of the data subject or another natural person.

How to File a GDPR Complaint.

We hope that we can resolve any query or concern you raise about our use of your information. The General Data Protection Regulation also gives you the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in the European Union (or European Economic Area) state where you work, normally live, or where any alleged infringement of data protection laws occurred.

WHERE YOUR PERSONAL DATA IS HELD.

Personal Data may be held at our offices and those of our affiliates, parent or related companies, third party agencies, service providers, representatives and agents as described below (see “Third Party Use of Personal Information”).

Some of these third parties may be based outside the European Economic Area. For more information, including on how we safeguard your personal information when this occurs, see below.

TRANSFERRING YOUR PERSONAL DATA OUT OF THE EEA

We may transfer to, and store the data we collect about you in, countries other than the country in which the data was originally collected, including the United States, or other destinations outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”) and the United Kingdom. Those countries may not have the same data protection laws as the country in which you provided the data. When we transfer your data to other countries, we will protect the data as described in this Privacy Policy and comply with applicable legal requirements providing adequate protection for the transfer of data to countries outside the EEA and outside the United Kingdom.

If you are located in the EEA or the United Kingdom, we will only transfer your personal data if:

  • the country to which the personal data will be transferred has been granted a European Commission adequacy decision; or
  • we have put in place appropriate safeguards in respect of the transfer, for example we have entered into EU standard contractual clauses and required additional safeguards with the recipient, such as pseudonymization or the recipient is a party to binding corporate rules approved by an EU or UK supervisory authority; or
  • the data has been anonymized and cannot identify you.

HOW TO OPT OUT OF TARGETED ADVERTISING

If you would like more information about personalized advertising and to know your choices to opt-in or opt-out of this data collection, please visit https://thenai.org/opt-out/. You may also visit http://optout.aboutads.info/#/ and http://optout.networkadvertising.org/# to learn more information about interest-based advertising. You may download the AppChoices app at https://youradchoices.com/appchoices to opt out in connection with mobile apps, or use the platform controls on your mobile device to opt out.   For more information about cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information at  https://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/.

HOW LONG WILL YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION BE KEPT

Ad Management:   The information collected will be retained by Mediavine for the duration of the browser session and is only used by Mediavine to provide end users of the website with targeted advertising.

The Sites, Grow and Publisher Accounts:  We will keep your personal information while you have an account with us or we are providing products or services to you. Thereafter, we will keep your personal information for as long as is necessary:

      • To respond to any questions, complaints or claims made by you or on your behalf;

      • To show that we treated you fairly; and 

      • To keep records required by law.

We will not retain your personal information for longer than necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy. Different retention periods apply for different types of personal information.

When it is no longer necessary to retain your personal information, we will delete or anonymize it.

SENSITIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION

Unless you choose to provide it to us, we do not collect sensitive personal information from you using the Sites. Sensitive information includes your social security number, information regarding race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, health information, criminal background, or trade union memberships. If you elect to submit such information to us, it will be subject to this Privacy Policy. 

CHILDREN

Subject to applicable laws, Mediavine does not knowingly collect Personal Data from children under the age of 13. If you are under the age of 13, please do not submit any Personal Data through the Sites or the Services. We encourage parents and legal guardians to monitor their children’s Internet usage and to help enforce our Privacy Policy by instructing their children never to provide Personal Data on the Sites or Services without their permission. If you have reason to believe that a child under the age of 13 has provided Personal Data to Mediavine through the Sites or Services, please contact us immediately at privacy@mediavine.com, and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove that information from our databases.

MISCELLANEOUS TERMS

Arbitration

This Privacy Policy will be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to the Privacy Policy, or the breach thereof, shall be settled by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) under its Commercial Arbitration Rules, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The place of any such arbitration shall be in or near New Castle, Delaware. The parties also agree that the AAA Optional Rules for Emergency Measures of Protection shall apply to the proceedings.

Links to Other Websites

This Privacy Policy applies only to the Sites, Ad Management, Create, Grow Social, Grow and the Video Player. The Sites, Ad Management, Create, Grow Social, Grow and the Video Player may contain links to other websites not operated or controlled by Mediavine (the “Third-Party Sites”). The policies and procedures described here do not apply to the Third-Party Sites. The links from the Sites do not imply that Mediavine endorses or has reviewed the Third-Party Sites. We suggest contacting those sites directly for information on their privacy policies.

Email Communications

If you send us an email with questions or comments, we may use your personally identifiable information to respond to your questions or comments, and we may save your questions or comments for future reference. For security reasons, we do not recommend that you send nonpublic personal information, such as passwords, social security numbers, or bank account information, to us by email. You may “opt out” of receiving future commercial email communications from us by clicking the “unsubscribe” link included at the bottom of most emails we send, or as provided below; provided, however, we reserve the right to send you transactional emails such as customer service communications.

Other Terms and Conditions

Your access to and use of the Sites and Services may also be subject to any separate agreements or terms and conditions you have signed or agreed to with Mediavine.  Please refer to those agreements as needed.

If you have questions or concerns about an ad on a Publisher website or have a question about that website’s data collection, please refer to that website’s privacy policy or contact us at webmaster@mediavine.com.  

Regardless of any other provision in this Privacy Policy, we reserve the right to disclose any personally identifiable or non-personally identifiable information about you to: (a) fulfill a government request; (b) conform with the requirements of the law or legal process; (c) protect or defend our legal rights or property, our Sites, or other users; or (d) protect, in an emergency, the health and safety of our customers or the general public. This includes exchanging information with third parties and organizations in connection with credit risk reduction and fraud protection.

Changes to Mediavine’s Privacy Policy

The Sites may change from time to time. As a result, at times it may be necessary for Mediavine to make changes to this Privacy Policy. Mediavine reserves the right to update or modify this Privacy Policy at any time and from time to time without prior notice. Please review this policy periodically, and especially before you provide any Personal Data. Your continued use of the Sites after any changes or revisions to this Privacy Policy shall indicate your agreement with the terms of such revised Privacy Policy.

Contacting Mediavine

Please also feel free to contact us if you have any questions about Mediavine’s Privacy Policy or the information practices noted herein.

You may contact us as follows:

Call us, toll-free, at 888-705-1246;

Email us at privacy@mediavine.com

Write to us at 159 W 25th St., Suite #427 NY, NY 10001 Attn: Privacy.

Last updated: January 1, 2023