Your Privacy is Important to Us
The Information We Collect
Ocean News Network, Inc. and Ocean Publishing, Inc. (collectively, “Ocean Publications???) offer several publications and products websites, other media, and affiliates, including My Ocean Magazine. Through these, subscribers can engage in various activities like entering contests or sweepstakes, playing games, taking quizzes; subscribe to one of our services, such as newsletters or blogs; or participate in polls, surveys, in one of our online forums or communities. Your personally identifiable information may be required to engage in these activities as well as to receive products and services that you may have requested. The types of personally identifiable information that may be collected at these pages and elsewhere include, but are not limited to: name, address, gender, e-mail address, telephone number, fax number, and credit or debit card information.
Ocean Publications may also have occasion to collect anonymous demographic information that may not be unique to you and may even gather additional or other personal and/or non-personal information, such as age, gender, household income, political affiliation, race and religion, or your job or industry. We may also collect information about your personal or professional interests and your use of, or opinions about, various products, programs and/or services.
Through certain promotions offered by Ocean Publications, you can also submit information about other people. For example, to send a gift or electronic greeting card, you might submit a person’s name, mailing and/or e-mail address. The types of personally identifiable information that may be collected about other people at these pages include: recipient’s name, address, e-mail address and telephone number.
We may also collect certain non-personally identifiable information when you visit our web pages or use our applications, such as the type of browser and operating system you are using, your IP address, your device identifiers, your Internet or wireless service provider, and location-based information.
It is highly recommended and suggested that you review the privacy policies and statements of any website you choose to use or frequent as a means to better understand the way in which other websites garner, make use of and share information collected.
How We Use the Information
Ocean Publications may collect and may make use of personal information to assist in the operation of its Covered Sites, and Affiliates, including the My Ocean Magazine website, and to ensure delivery of the services you need and request, to respond to inquiries about offers and to offer other products, programs or services that may be of interest. At times, we may find it necessary to use personally identifiable information to inform you of other possible products and/or services that may be available to you from Ocean Publications, its Covered Sites, and Affiliates, including My Ocean Magazine., We may also be in contact with you with regards to completing surveys and/or research questionnaires related to your opinion of current or possible new services that are offered or may be offered.
My Ocean Magazine does not now, nor will it in the future, sell, rent or lease any of its customer lists and/or names to any third parties.
Ocean Publications, from time to time, may feel it necessary to make contact with you on behalf of other external business partners with regards to specific offers which may be of interest to you. If you consent or show interest in presented offers, then, at that time, specific identifiable information, such as name, email address and/or telephone number, may be shared with the third party.
Ocean Publications may deem it necessary to follow websites and/or pages that their users may frequent in an effort to glean what types of services and/or products may be the most popular to customers or the general public.
- Ocean Publications may disclose your personal information, without prior notice to you, only if required to do so pursuant to applicable laws and/or in a good faith belief that such action is deemed necessary or required to:
- Conform to decrees, laws and/or statutes or in an effort to comply with any process which may be served upon Ocean News Network and/or its website;
- Safeguard and/or preserve all the rights and/or property of My Ocean Magazine, its Covered Sites; and
- Perform under demanding conditions in an effort to safeguard the personal safety of users of Ocean News Network and/or the general public.
We will disclose information we maintain when required doing so by law, for example, in response to a court order or a subpoena. We also may disclose such information in response to a law enforcement agency’s request.
If you choose to submit content (e.g., a “letter to the editor??? or an online review), you give your consent that we may publish your name, screen name and other information you have provided to us. Ocean Publications will sometimes use the information we collect to communicate with you, such as to notify you when you have won one of our contests or sweepstakes, when we make changes to subscriber agreements, to fulfill a request by you, or to contact you about your account.
The information we collect in connection with our online forums and communities is used to provide an interactive experience. We use this information to facilitate participation in these online forums and communities and, from time to time, to offer you products, programs, or services.
We sometimes use the non-personally identifiable information that we collect to improve the design and content of our publications and websites, and to enable us to customize your internet experience. We also may use this information to analyze site usage, as well as to offer you products, programs, or services.
We may disclose personally identifiable information that we receive from you and from third party sources to third parties whose practices are not covered by this privacy statement (e.g., other marketers, magazine publishers, retailers, participatory databases, and non-profit organizations) that want to market products or services to you.
We may combine information we receive with outside records and share such information with third parties for use on our behalf to enhance our ability to market to you those products or services that may be of interest to you.
Please note that if Ocean Publications or any of its subsidiaries or lines of business is merged, acquired, divested, financed, sold, disposed of or dissolved, including through merger of, consolidation, sale or divestiture of assets, the relevant customer database, including personally identifiable information we may possess about you, may, in whole or in part, be sold, disposed of, transferred, divested, or otherwise disclosed as part of that transaction or proceeding.
Special Note to Parents
The site you are visiting is one of the Ocean Publications’ general audience sites and is not intended for use by children. For more information about our online privacy practices for children’s sites, consult the privacy notice at the children’s site in which you are interested.
Children under the Age of 13
Ocean Publications does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen (13) without verifiable parental consent. If it is determined that such information has been inadvertently collected from or about anyone under the age of thirteen (13), we shall immediately take the necessary steps to ensure that such information is deleted from our system’s database. Anyone under the age of thirteen (13) must seek and obtain parental or custodial permission to use this website.
Links to Other Web Sites
My Ocean Magazine shall endeavor and shall take every precaution to maintain adequate physical, procedural and technical security with respect to its offices and information storage facilities so as to prevent any loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure or modification of the user’s personal information under our control.
The company also uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) for authentication and private communications in an effort to build users’ trust and confidence in the internet and website use by providing simple and secure access and communication of credit card and personal information.
If you prefer not to receive traditional mail or other off-line promotions from this or any other Ocean Publications property, or if you want to opt-out of any sharing of your personally identifiable offline information with third parties not owned by Ocean Publications, please click here.
If you prefer not to receive e-mail marketing from this or any other Ocean Publications property, or if you want to opt-out of any sharing of your email address with third parties not owned by Ocean Publications, please click here (emarketing and opt-out forms are on the last page of this document).
California Privacy Rights
Notice to California Customers
California’s “Shine the Light” law, Civil Code section 1798.83, requires certain businesses to respond to requests from California customers asking about the businesses’ practices related to disclosing personal information to third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. Alternately, such businesses may have in place a policy to not disclose personal information of customers to third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes if the customer has exercised an option to opt-out of such information-sharing. (Note: Ocean Publications sites do not recognize the “do not track signals??? that some browsers may employ). As discussed above, if you wish to opt-out of our sharing of your information with third parties for the third parties’ offline direct marketing purposes, please click here, or for email please click here (offline and opt-out forms are on the last page of this document). To find out more about your opt-out rights, please contact us as described in the “How to Contact Us” section below.
Collection of Information by Third-Party Sites and Sponsors
Some of our sites contain links to other sites whose information practices may be different from ours. Ocean Publications sites also allow you to connect with other sites and services in order to share content and information. Because we have no control over information that is submitted to, or collected by, these third parties or their use of your information, we strongly suggest that you review the Privacy Policies and notices of any other sites and services to which you connect through Ocean Publications sites.
Ocean Publications sites sometimes may offer contests, sweepstakes, promotions, editorial features, or other activities or offerings that are sponsored or co-sponsored by or presented with identified third parties. By virtue of your participation in such activities or offerings, your IP address and the personally identifiable information that you voluntarily submit may be provided to both the Ocean Publications sites and the third parties. Ocean Publications has no control over the third parties’ use of this information.
To enhance your experience on our services, Ocean Publications may place “cookies” on your computer or device. Cookies are small text files that we place on your computer or device to store your preferences. Cookies, by themselves, do not tell us your e-mail address or other personal information unless you choose to provide this information to us by, for example, registering with one of our services. Once you choose to provide us with personal information, this information may be linked to the data stored in the cookie. A cookie assigns a unique numerical identifier to your Web browser or device, and may enable us to recognize you as the same user who has used our services, and relate your use of the services to other information about you, such as your usage information and personal information.
Most browsers automatically accept cookies. You can set your browser option so that you will not receive cookies and you can also delete existing cookies from your browser. However, you may find that some parts of the site will not function properly if you have refused cookies or similar tracking technologies and you should be aware that disabling cookies or similar tracking technologies might prevent you from accessing some of our content and/or hamper your viewing of editorial content, If you wish to block cookies, go to http://www.allaboutcookies.org/ to find out how, or check your browser’s instructions.
Local Shared Objects: Local shared objects, such as Flash cookies, also may be stored on your computer or device. Local shared objects operate a lot like cookies, but cannot be managed in the same way. Depending on how local shared objects are enabled on your computer or device, you may be able to manage them using software settings. For information on managing Flash cookies, for example, see http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/disable-local-shared-objects-flash.html.
HTML 5: HTML 5, the language some Web sites are coded in, may be used to store information on your computer or device about your service usage activities. This information may be retrieved by us to help us manage our services, such as by giving us information about how our services are being used by our visitors, how they can be improved, and to customize them for our users.
Cache Cookies: Cache cookies, such as eTags, may be used to identify your computer or device as the same computer or device that visited a service or services in the past.
These tracking technologies may be deployed by Ocean Publications and/or by our service providers or partners on our behalf. These technologies enable us to assign a unique number to you, and relate your service usage information or other information about you, including your personal information. We may match information collected from you through different means or at different times, including both personal information and service usage information, and use such information along with offline and online information obtained from other sources (including third parties) such as demographic information and updated contact information (where that information has been lawfully disclosed to us) for the purposes of learning more about you so we can provide you with relevant content.
Our Commitment to Security
Ocean Publications has put in place appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security and correctly use the information we collect. No system can be completely secure, however, and we do not guarantee that unauthorized disclosures and access will not happen.
Accessing, Correcting, and Deleting Your Personal Information
We will take reasonable steps to accurately record the personal information and any subsequent updates that you provide to us.
We encourage you to review, update, and correct the personal information that we maintain about you, and you may request that we delete personal information about you that is inaccurate, incomplete, or irrelevant for legitimate purposes, or are being processed in a way which infringes any applicable legal requirements, by contacting us as set out in the “How to Contact Us” section below. At our election, instead of deleting such information, we may retain it with your comment or correction noted in our records. By contacting us, you may also object to our further use of your personal information if you have compelling legitimate grounds (this may involve closing your account). We may ask you to verify your identity and to provide other details before we are able to provide you with any information, correct any inaccuracies, or delete any information. Your right to review, update, correct, and delete your personal information may be limited, subject to the law of your jurisdiction: (i) if your requests are abusive or unreasonably excessive, (ii) where the rights or safety of another person or persons would be encroached upon, or (iii) if the information or material you request relates to existing or anticipated legal proceedings between you and us, or providing access to you would prejudice negotiations between us or an investigation of possible unlawful activity. Your right to review, update, correct and delete your information is subject to our records retention policies and applicable law, including any statutory retention requirements.
Retention of Personal Information
We will retain your personal information while you have an account with us and thereafter for as long as we need it for purposes not prohibited by applicable laws. Thereafter, we will either delete your personal information or de-identify it so that it is anonymous and not attributed to your identity. Your rights to request that we delete your personal information are set forth in the “Accessing, Correcting, and Deleting Your Personal Information” section above.
Acceptance of Terms
Ocean Publishing, Inc.
Attention: Consumer Affairs
950 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11238
ONLINE BEHAVIORAL ADVERTISING NOTICE
Thank you for visiting one of the sites within the network of sites of Ocean Publications and its subsidiaries. Ads delivered on these sites may be delivered from participants in the Digital Advertising Alliance’s (DAA) Self-Regulatory Program, whose goal is to provide you with enhanced notice about online advertising practices and choices about the ads you see.
Advertising enables us to provide the rich content for which our sites are known. In order to provide a more relevant online experience, some of the ads that you see on our sites are customized based on your previous online activity on our sites and other sites. This information may be used to predict your interest in future ads related to those interests. This advertising practice is called online behavioral advertising (OBA). Our hope is that by presenting ads relevant to your interests, we will enhance your experience across the network’s diverse websites.
Where can I learn more about the information collected?
What choices do I have about online behavioral advertising from Ocean Publications websites?
- You can opt out from receiving ads relevant to your interests from “third parties” that participate in the DAA program and are identified on their opt-out page. If you elect to opt out of OBA, you will still receive the same number of ads as before, but they may not be as relevant to you. Please note that the opt-out is cookie-based and will only affect the specific computer and browser on which the opt out is applied. If you delete your browser cookies and want to continue to be opted out of interest-based ads, you will need to opt out again.
How can I learn more?
- Learn more about the DAA Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising from www.AboutAds.info.
- Learn more about online advertising from the Network Advertising Initiative at www.networkadvertising.org/.
- Learn more from the Interactive Advertising Bureau at http://www.iab.net/privacymatters/, including how to manage cookies using your browser controls.