Last updated 4/4/2017
This policy applies to our websites, including those of our divisions, subsidiaries and related companies (collectively, the “Websites”) and to our other information collection, including the purchase of customer lists from third parties. We are not responsible for the information collected or privacy practices of third party web sites or applications.
- Collection of Information.
1.1 Survey Information.
The Youth Method and its associated websites collects information from individuals by various methods, including, but not limited to, when an individual voluntarily completes our survey, order form, or a registration page either online or offline, or by means of online or offline surveys, order forms, or registration pages operated by third parties (collectively, a “Survey”). (As used herein, “online” means using the Internet, including the Websites, and related technologies, and “offline” means by methods other than online, including in person, in the postal mail, using telephones and cell phones, and other similar means.) In the Surveys, The Youth Method and its associated websites or a third party may ask an individual to provide various information to The Youth Method and its associated websites, which may include his or her name, email address, street address, zip code, telephone numbers (including cell phone numbers and carriers), birth date, gender, salary range, education and marital status, occupation, social security number, employment information, health history, personal and online interests, and such other information as may be requested from time to time (together, “Survey Information”). We may also collect information concerning an individual from another source and uses that information in combination with information provided from this web site. Completing the Surveys is completely voluntary, and individuals are under no obligation to provide Survey Information to The Youth Method and its associated websites or third party, but an individual may receive incentives from The Youth Method and its associated websites or a third party in exchange for providing Survey Information to The Youth Method and its associated websites.
1.2 Other Information.
Other occasions when we obtain information from individuals include (1) when an individual is making a claim for a prize or seeking to redeem an incentive offered by us or by a third party, (2) when an individual requests assistance through us or our customer service department, and (3) when an individual voluntarily subscribes to our service or newsletter (together, “Other Information”).
1.3 Cookies, Web Beacons, and Other Info Collected Using Technology.
A cookie is a small amount of data stored on the hard drive of the individual’s computer that allowsThe Youth Method and its associated websites to identify the individual with his or her corresponding data that resides in The Youth Method and its associated websites database. You may read more about cookies at http://cookiecentral.com. Individuals who use the Websites need to accept cookies in order to use all of the features and functionality of the Websites.
(b) Web Beacons.
A web beacon is programming code that can be used to display an image on a web page (by using an programming function — see http://truste.org for more information), but can also be used to transfer an individual’s unique user identification (often in the form of a cookie) to a database and associate the individual with previously acquired information about an individual in a database. This allows us to track certain web sites and individual visits online. Web beacons are used to determine products or services an individual may be interested in, and to track online behavioral habits for marketing purposes. For example, we might place, with the consent of a third party website, a web beacon on the third party’s website where clothing products are sold. When Amy, an individual listed in our database, visits the clothing website,The Youth Method receives notice by means of the web beacon that Amy visited the Clothing site, andThe Youth Method would then update Amy’s profile with the information that Amy is interested in clothing.The Youth Method may thereafter present offers of clothing related products and services to Amy. In addition to using web beacons on web pages, The Youth Method also uses web beacons in email messages sent to individuals listed in the The Youth Method database. The Youth Method may also service as a provider or host of web beacons for third parties.
(c) New Technology.
The use of technology on the Internet, including cookies and web beacons, is rapidly evolving, as is The Youth Method and its associated websites use of new and evolving technology. As a result, The Youth Method, Inc. strongly encourages individuals to revisit this policy for any updates regarding its use of technology.
1.4 Outside Information.
The Youth Method and its associated websites may receive information about individuals from third parties or from other sources of information outside of The Youth Method including information located in public databases (“Outside Information”).
1.5 Individual Information.
As used herein, Individual Information means Survey Information, Third Party List Information, Other Information, Technology Information, and Outside Information, and any other information The Youth Method and its associated websites gathers or receives about individuals.
1.6 No Information Collected from Children.
The Youth Method and its associated websites will never knowingly collect any personal information about children under the age of 13. If The Youth Method obtains actual knowledge that it has collected personal information about a child under the age of 13, that information will be immediately deleted from our database. Because it does not collect such information, The Youth Method has no such information to use or to disclose to third parties. The Youth Method has designed this policy in order to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”).
1.7 Credit Card Information.
The Youth Method and its associated websites may in certain cases collect credit card numbers and related information, such as the expiration date of the card (“Credit Card Information”) when an individual places an order from The Youth Method. When the Credit Card Information is submitted to The Youth Method, such information is encrypted and is protected with SSL encryption software. The Youth Method will use the Credit Card Information for purposes of processing and completing the purchase transaction, and the Credit Card Information will be disclosed to third parties only as necessary to complete the purchase transaction. We may, from time to time and/or for certain transactions, choose to complete transactions through a payment processor, and if we do so, the information required to complete billing may be retained by that payment processor.
- Use of Individual Information.
2.1 Discretion to Use Information.
THE COMPANY MAY USE INDIVIDUAL INFORMATION FOR ANY LEGALLY PERMISSIBLE PURPOSE IN COMPANY’S SOLE DISCRETION. The following paragraphs in Section 2 describe how we use Individual Information at the time this document was last updated, but we may change or broaden its use at any time without updating this document. In other words, we may use any information we have in whatever way we decide to. The Youth Method may use Individual Information to provide promotional offers to individuals by means of email advertising, telephone marketing, direct mail marketing, online banner advertising, and package stuffers, among other possible uses.
The Youth Method uses Individual Information to provide promotional offers by email to individuals.The Youth Method may maintain separate email lists for different purposes. If email recipients wish to end their email subscription from a particular list, they need to follow the instructions at the end of each email message to unsubscribe from the particular list.
(a) Content of Email Messages.
In certain commercial email messages sent by The Youth Method, an advertiser’s name will appear in the “From:” line but hitting the “Reply” button will cause a reply email to be sent to The Youth Method. The “Subject:” line of The Youth Method email messages will usually contain a line provided from the advertiser to The Youth Method.
(b) Solicited Email.
The Youth Method only sends email(s) to individuals who have agreed on the Websites to receive email(s) from The Youth Method or to individuals who have agreed on third party websites to receive email(s) from third parties such as The Youth Method. The Youth Method does not send unsolicited email messages. As a result, statutes requiring certain formatting for unsolicited email are not applicable to The Youth Method email messages.
2.3 Targeted Advertising.
The Youth Method uses Individual Information to target advertising to an individual. When an individual is using the Internet, The Youth Method. uses Technology Information (see also Section 2.5 below) to associate an individual with that person’s Individual Information, and The Youth Method attempts to show advertising for products and services in which the person has expressed an interest in the Surveys, indicated an interest by means of Technology Information, and otherwise. The Youth Method may, at its discretion, target advertising by using email, direct mail, telephones, cell phones, and other means of communication to provide promotional offers.
2.4 Direct Mail and Telemarketing.
The Youth Method uses Individual Information to advertise, directly or indirectly, to individuals using direct mail marketing or telemarketing using telephones and cell phones.
2.5 Use of Technology Information.
The Youth Method uses Technology Information (1) to match a person’s Survey Information and Third Party List Information to other categories of Individual Information to make and improve profiles of individuals, (2) to track a person’s online browsing habits on the Internet, (3) to determine which areas of The Youth Method web sites are most frequently visited. This information helps The Youth Method to better understand the online habits of individuals so that The Youth Method can target advertising and promotions to them.
2.6 Profiles of Individuals.
The Youth Method uses Individual Information to make a profile of an individual. A profile can be created by combining Survey Information and Third Party List Information with other sources of Individual Information such as information obtained from public databases.
2.7 Storage of Individual Information.
The Youth Method stores the Individual Information in a database on The Youth Method computers. Our computers have security measures (such as a firewall) in place to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under The Youth Method control. Not withstanding such measures, The Youth Method cannot guarantee that its security measures will prevent The Youth Method computers from being illegally accessed, and the Individual Information on them stolen or altered.
2.8 Do Not Track Requests.
We do not monitor do not track signals or other mechanisms that provide consumers the ability to opt out of the collection of personally identifiable information about an individual consumer’s online activities over time and across third-party web sites or online services.
- Dissemination of Individual Information.
3.1 Sale or Transfer to Third Parties.
The Youth Method MAY SELL OR TRANSFER INDIVIDUAL INFORMATION TO THIRD PARTIES FOR ANY PURPOSE IN The Youth Method SOLE DISCRETION. If you do not wish us to use personal information about you to promote or sell our products and services or to sell, transfer or otherwise provide personal information about you to third parties, please inform us by sending us an email to email@example.com and we will certainly honor your request.
3.2 Order Fulfillment.
The Youth Method will transfer Individual Information to third parties when necessary to provide a product or service that a person orders from such third party while using The Youth Method web sites or when responding to offers provided by The Youth Method.
3.3 Legal Process.
The Youth Method may disclose Individual Information to respond to subpoenas, court orders, and other legal processes. In addition, we may cooperate with law enforcement by providing them with information without requiring a subpoena. If we suspect child exploitation, we will file a report with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as required by law.
3.4 Summary Data.
The Youth Method may sell or transfer non-individualized information, such as summary or aggregated anonymous information about all persons or sub-groups of persons.
Individuals have access to their Individual Information collected to provide an opportunity for an individual to correct, amend, or delete such information. Access can be obtained by contacting customer service at the email on the order page. The Youth Method may also grant advertising clients and email services providers access to an individual’s email address to verify the origin of the Individual Information collected.
- Privacy Practices of Third Parties.
4.1 Advertiser cookies and web beacons.
Advertising agencies, advertising networks, and other companies (together, “Advertisers”) who place advertisements on the Websites and on the Internet generally may use their own cookies, web beacons, and other technology to collect information about individuals. The Youth Method does not control Advertisers’ use of such technology and The Youth Method has no responsibility for the use of such technology to gather information about individuals.
The Websites and email messages sometimes contain hypertext links to the web sites of third parties.The Youth Method is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such other web sites. Linked web sites may contain links to web sites maintained by third parties. Such links are provided for your convenience and reference only. The Youth Method does not operate or control in any respect any information, software, products or services available on such third party web sites. The inclusion of a link to a web site does not imply any endorsement of the services or the site, its contents, or its sponsoring organization.
4.3 Affiliated Companies.
The Youth Method may disclose, transfer, and sell Individual Information to entities affiliated with The Youth Method in The Youth Method’s discretion.
- Unsubscribe Procedures.
If you wish to discontinue receiving email messages from The Youth Method please just click on the unsubscribe link on the bottom of the email message. We reserve the right to add Individual Information to multiple lists maintained by The Youth Method. For more information about protecting your privacy, you may wish to visit: www.ftc.gov. If you have questions about this policy, please feel free to contact us at the number on the order page.
- Deletion or correction of Your Data.
If you wish to have us delete data relating to you from our database, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will make a good faith effort to make these deletions. Note that we are only able to delete information that we can find based on the information you provide us. If, for example, you have two email addresses but only provide us with one of them in a deletion request, we may not delete the information associated with the second address. In addition, we may obtain information about you subsequent to a deletion request. If we do subsequently obtain information, you may submit a subsequent deletion request. If you learn that there is inaccurate data in our database, you may request correction by emailing us at email@example.com and we will make a good faith effort to make reasonable corrections, although at our option we may instead elect to delete the data. If you wish to review the data in our database relating to you only, you may make such a request by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.