Privacy Policy

 Privacy Policy


This privacy policy was last modified on September 4, 2014 (the “Effective Date”).

CraveOnline Media (the “Company”), a subsidiary of Evolve Media, LLC and the owner and operator of the website www.mandatory.com (the “Site”), takes your privacy very seriously. This privacy policy is intended to inform you about the information that is collected from you when you visit the Site; how this information may be used and disclosed; how you can control the use and disclosure of your information; and how your information is protected. If you have any questions about this privacy policy, please contact our legal team at legal@evolvemediallc.com.

  1. Scope
  2. What information the Site collects
  3. How we use the information that we collect
  4. Information sharing
  5. Your choices
  6. Access
  7. Confidentiality and security
  8. Visitors from outside of the United States
  9. Children under 13
  10. Changes to the privacy policy
  11. Questions and suggestions

1. Scope

This privacy policy applies only to the Site. This policy does not apply to information collected through any other website or to the practices of companies that the Company does not control. Please note that the Site may contain links to other websites. For example, if you click on an advertisement on the Site and link to another website, then this privacy policy will not apply to any information collected on that website. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites, and we recommend that you read the privacy policies of each website that you visit.

2. What information the Site collects

Information you provide directly to us:

You are not required to provide information directly to us in order to view the Site. However, when you use certain Site functions, such as when you register for certain services, access certain content or features, or directly contact the Site, we may ask you to provide information, including:

Information automatically collected when you visit and interact with the Site:

When you visit and interact with the Site, certain information may be collected automatically, including:

Information we collect from other sources:

We may access information about you from third-party sources and platforms (such as Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting, social networking sites, databases, online marketing firms, and ad targeting firms), including:


Please note that the Site may combine the information that we collect with information we obtain from third-party sources.

3. How we use the information that we collect

Email Communications:

We may use the information that we collect to send you e-mail communications, such as information about your account or changes to the Site, promotional messages about our own or our marketing partners’ products and services, and our email newsletters.

Advertising:

In order to provide our readers with free access to our content, we display advertisements on the Site, many of which are targeted based on information about you. For example, using information collected through cookies, web beacons, and other sources, we may use demographic data or information about your online activities or interests to display targeted advertising that may be relevant to your preferences. Through this process, advertisers reach Site visitors who are most interested in their products, and you see advertising for products or services in which you may be interested. For more information on how cookies and other technologies work, please see our discussion of cookies and other tracking technologies.

Third-party advertisers and advertising platforms also may serve targeted ads on the Site. For more information, please see our section on third-party online advertising. Please remember that the information practices of third-party advertisers or platforms collecting data on our Site are not covered by this privacy policy.

User Accounts:

To provide you with an open, but also civil, discussion forum, we track user involvement in our community discussions. For example, our forum moderators monitor discussions and delete comments that we deem inappropriate in our forums.  For more information on this process, please see the Site’s community rules, forum rules or comment policies about comment moderation guidelines.

Request Fulfillment:

We may use the information that we collect to fulfill your requests for products, services, and information. For example, we may use your contact information to respond to your customer service requests or to enable you to participate in features on the Site such as surveys, polls, sweepstakes, and message boards.

Statistical Analysis:

In order to learn more about how our Site is used, we aggregate and analyze the data that we collect. We may use this information, for example, to monitor and analyze use of the Site, to increase our Site’s functionality, and to better tailor our content and design to suit our visitors’ needs.

Enforcement:

We may use the information that we collect to prevent illegal activities, to enforce the Site’s Terms and Conditions, and to otherwise protect our rights and the rights of our users.

By using the Site, you consent to the uses identified above and any other use of information identified in this privacy policy.  In addition, we may use the information that we collect for any other purposes disclosed to you at the time we collect your information or pursuant to your consent.

4. Information sharing

The Company values your privacy, and shares information about our users only under certain circumstances. We will make information about you available to other companies, applications, or people in the circumstances listed below:


Once we share your information with another party, the information received by that party becomes subject to the other party’s privacy policies.  Please note that third parties may independently collect data about you, including your IP address and information about the websites you visit and the links you click, through cookies, clicks on links, or other means when you visit or view ads on the Site. For more information, see our section on cookies and other tracking technologies and third-party online advertising.

5. Your choices

Deactivating your account

If the Site functionality permits, you can deactivate your account at any time by visiting the preferences page for your profile or delete any content you provide from the Site, though we may retain a copy of any deactivated accounts or deleted content for compliance purposes. When you deactivate your account, your user profile will be disabled, but your public comments will remain on the site. The Site has no responsibility to take down, remove, or edit any of your public activities or any submissions that are a result of your public activities. For more information, please review our Terms and Conditions.

Cookies and other tracking technologies

As discussed in the sections on cookies and other tracking technologies and third-party online advertising, some information is collected about you automatically through cookies and other tracking technologies.


If you opt out of these technologies, you will continue to see advertising displayed on the Site, but the advertising may not be targeted to your interests. Please remember that we do not have access to, or control over, advertisers’ or service providers’ cookies, and the information practices of third parties are not covered by this privacy policy. For more information on the use of cookies in online advertising, please see the section on third-party online advertising and visit the NAI’s website.

Do Not Track

We do not currently take actions to respond to Do Not Track signals because a uniform technological standard has not yet been developed. We continue to review new technologies and may adopt a standard once one is created.  To learn about Do Not Track, please click here.

California Residents

If you are a California resident, you may request information about our practices related to disclosing your personal information to certain third parties and/or opt-out of our sharing of your personal information with unaffiliated third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. Please send your request (along with your full name, e-mail address, postal address, and the subject line labeled “Your California Privacy Rights”) by e-mail to legal@evolvemediallc.com.

Canada Residents

Evolve Media, LLC adheres to the Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada’s Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Interest-Based Advertising. To learn more, please click here.

6. Access

If you choose to share personal information with us, you may update or amend this information by contacting us at legal@evolvemediallc.com. Please include in your email the name of the Site to which you provided the information you wish to amend.

7. Confidentiality and security

We limit access to contact information about you to employees or service providers who we believe reasonably need to come into contact with that information to provide products or services to you or in order to do their jobs. We also have adopted commercially reasonable technical, physical, and administrative procedures to help protect information about you from loss, misuse, and alteration.

Please note that no data transmission or storage can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. We want you to feel confident using the Site, but we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us.

8. Visitors from outside the United States

The Site’s offices are located in the United States. If you visit the site from another country, please be aware that information you provide to us or that we obtain as a result of your use of the Site may be processed in and transferred to the United States and will be subject to U.S. law. U.S. privacy and data protection laws may not be equivalent to the laws in your country of residence. By using the Site or providing us with your information, you consent to the collection, transfer, storage, and processing of information to and in the United States.

9. Children under 13

Protecting the privacy of young children is especially important.  The Site is designed to be of service and interest to users ages 13 and older. If you are a minor over the age of 13, you may only use this Site with the permission and under the supervision of your parent or guardian.  If you are a minor under the age of 13, you are not allowed to provide any personal information to the Company, on the Site or through any other service provided by the Company. Please do not send any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, or email address.

The Company does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible.

If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at legal@evolvemediallc.com.

10. Changes to the privacy policy

We reserve the right to change this policy at any time.  Please check this page periodically for changes.  Your continued use of our Site following the posting of changes to these terms will constitute acceptance of those changes.  Information collected prior to the time any change is posted will be used according to the rules and law that applied at the time the information was collected.

11. Questions and suggestions

If you have questions about this privacy policy, please contact our legal team at legal@evolvemediallc.com, or send mail to:

Evolve Media, LLC
5140 W. Goldleaf Circle, Third Floor
Los Angeles, CA   90056
Attn:  General Counsel