Last Updated: April 27, 2017
Some of our web and mobile services, including any web sites operated by us and mobile applications, are for general audiences, and are not intended for use by Children. However, we have certain web sites and mobile applications targeted to teenagers (“Teen Online Services”) and we recognize those Teen Online Services may have some users who are Children. We also may have certain web sites and mobile applications that are targeted to Children (“Children’s Online Services”). For our Teen and Children’s Online Services, we recognize the need to provide further privacy protections with respect to Personal Information we may collect from Children.
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) requires that we inform parents and legal guardians (collectively, a “Parent”) of Children about how we collect, use, and disclose Personal Information from Children, and that we obtain the consent of Parents before we collect Personal Information from Children for certain uses.
1. What Kinds of Personal Information Do We Collect from Children?
- first and last name
- a user name created by the Child
- date of birth
- email address
- parent or guardian email address
To the extent we request to Children submit anything that is considered Personal Information, we will first notify and/or obtain consent from a Parent consistent with requirements and allowances under COPPA and its implementing regulations.
Certain activities or services available through our Teen and Children’s Online Services will require a user to register. This includes signing up for an account (and at such time, opting to be added to mailing lists, such as for an electronic newsletter). When users seek to register for such services or activities, they will be asked to enter their date of birth. If the user is a Child, the user will be asked to supply an email address for a parent or guardian, so that we can implement the Parental Notice and/or Consent Process described below.
If a sweepstakes, contest or promotion we offer is open to Children, we will collect an email address from any Child who wishes to enter but we will only use that email address to notify Child entrants if they have won a prize or not, and we may obtain an email address to provide notice to the Child’s Parent. If a Child wins a prize, the notification email will also ask the Child to provide a Parent’s email address (if the Child has not already) so that we can contact the Parent to provide any further information or consent we need (such as information to fulfill the prize or consent to include the Child’s name on a published list of winners.)
Children may not subscribe to any of our magazine publications through our Teen or Children’s Online Services; instead, they must subscribe to magazines by telephone or mail, with credit card information from a Parent.
If you are a Parent of a Child, and believe your Child has disclosed Personal Information to us on any of our Teen or Children’s Online Services without your knowledge and consent (or has disclosed Personal Information to us on any of our General Audience Online Services), please contact us at email@example.com. If such collection is verified, we will delete such information.
2. How Do We Use Personal Information Collected from Children?
We do not, however, permit Children to make their Personal Information publicly available on our Teen or Children’s Online Services. If/Whenever we become aware that a Child has made Personal Information publicly available through our Teen or Children’s Online Services, we delete such information from any public area.
3. How Do We Disclose Personal Information Collected from Children?
(a) No Third-Party Marketing Purposes. We will not rent, sell or otherwise disclose a Child’s Personal Information to advertisers, sponsors, business partners and other third parties for their use to directly market to the Child.
(c) Promotional Partners. We may, in connection with a sweepstakes, contest or promotion open to Children, provide companies for or with whom we conduct the activity the Personal Information for winners after obtaining Parental consent to do so (at the time we contact the Parent to provide any further information or consent we need such as information to fulfill prizes or include the Child’s name on a published list of winners, as indicated above).
(e) Business Transfer. We may share a Child’s information, including the Child’s Personal Information, Demographic Information and Usage Information with our parent, subsidiaries and affiliates for internal reasons. We also reserve the right to disclose and transfer all such information: (i) to a subsequent owner, co-owner or operator of the Teen or Children’s Online Services or applicable database; or (ii) in connection with a corporate merger, consolidation, restructuring, the sale of substantially all of our membership interests and/or assets or other corporate change, including, during the course of any due diligence process.
4. How Do We Notify and Get Consent from a Parent to Collect a Child’s Personal Information?
When a Child seeks to engage in an activity or provide Personal Information on our Teen or Children's Online Services which requires parental notification and consent, we follow this “Parental Notice and Consent Process”:
- We ask the Child to supply an email address for a Parent.
- We will send an email (at the supplied email address) to directly notify the Parent of the Child’s requested activity and describe the Personal Information that we intend to collect from the Child in connection with the Child’s requested service or activity and how we intend to use such Personal Information.
- The Parent will have the opportunity to consent (or not) to our collection and use of the Child’s Personal Information, by clicking an approval link.
- At some later time, we will then send another message to the Parent’s email address to confirm the consent. This message will give the Parent the opportunity to revoke the consent.
In cases where COPPA and its implementing regulations allow or require simply providing notice to Parents, we ask the Child to supply an email address for a Parent, and send the Parent the notice to that email address, and where the circumstances so require, provide the Parent the opportunity to opt their child out of the activity and collection of Personal Information.
If a Parent does not give consent to collection of Personal Information, or opts their Child out after receiving notice, the Child can still browse and view content on the Teen or Children’s Online Services, and we will only collect and use a persistent identifier to support our internal operations.
5. How Can a Parent Review, Change or Delete Personal Information Collected from Children?
Parents have the right to review Personal Information about Children collected by us, can ask us to delete the Personal Information, and can refuse to permit us to collect or use the Child’s Personal Information in the future. If a Parent wishes to review a Child’s Personal Information or ask us to delete that Personal Information, the Parent should contact us using the information provided in section 7 below. We will make good faith efforts using reasonable procedures to verify the identity of the Parent before allowing the person to review a Child’s Personal Information; however, we will not be liable for any disclosure of a Child’s Personal Information we make in good faith and following reasonable procedures in responding to a request for disclosure of a Child’s Personal Information.
7. Who is the Operator and How Can You Contact Us?
Bauer Publishing Group is the operator of the Teen and Children’s Online Services.
By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
By postal mail:
Bauer Publishing Group
270 Sylvan Avenue
New Jersey 07632
In the subject line of your email or letter, please specify which of our magazine(s), web site(s) or Mobile Application(s) or other Bauer Publishing properties are the subject of your inquiry.