Revised June 9, 2008
I. WHAT TYPE OF INFORMATION COOKTHINK COLLECTS
Cookthink generally collects personally identifying information with your specific knowledge and consent. For instance, when you register with Cookthink, you are asked to provide information such as your e-mail address, name, zip code and birth year. Optional information such as your gender may also be requested.
Our servers may also automatically collect information about your computer when you visit Cookthink, including without limitation the type of browser software you use, the operating system you are running, the website that referred you, and your Internet Protocol ("IP") address. Your IP address is usually associated with the place from which you enter the Internet, like your Internet Service Provider, your company or your university.
II. HOW COOKTHINK USES INFORMATION YOU SUPPLY
Cookthink uses personally identifying information you supply through Cookthink to provide you with the service you have requested. For example, if you subscribe to any of our newsletters or feeds, we may use your e-mail address to send you a confirmation notice. We may also use the information to communicate with you about new features, products or services, and/or to improve the services that we offer by tailoring them to your needs.
Cookthink will not sell or share personally identifying information with any outside affiliate or third-party vendors. If you've registered on any part of Cookthink, please use the mechanism on Cookthink that allows you to change or update your member preferences or information, if available, to keep all such date accurate and up-to-date. Otherwise, contact us as described below with your changes.
We do allow access to our database by third parties that provide us with services, such as technical maintenance, but only for the purpose of and to the extent necessary to provide those services. There are also times when you provide information about yourself to us in areas of the site that may be managed or participated in by third parties, such as auction services or shopping areas. In such cases, the information may be used by us and by such third party(ies), each pursuant to its own policies. We may also provide general information about you and your interests to our advertisers, so that they can serve ads to you that meet your needs or match your interests. While Cookthink will seek to require such third parties to follow appropriate privacy policies and will not authorize them to use this information except for the express purpose for which it is provided, Cookthink does not bear any responsibility for any actions or policies of third parties. There may also be occasion when we are legally required to provide access to our database in order to cooperate with police investigations or other legal proceedings. In those instances, the information is provided only for that purpose.
In addition, we reserve the right to use the information we collect about your computer, which may at times be able to identify you, for any lawful business purpose, including without limitation to help diagnose problems with our servers, to gather broad demographic information, and to otherwise administer Cookthink.
While your personally identifying information is protected as outlined above, we reserve the right to use, transfer, sell, and share aggregated, anonymous data about our users as a group for any business purpose, such as analyzing usage trends and seeking compatible advertisers and partners.
In addition, as our business changes, we may buy or sell various assets. In the event all or a portion of the assets owned or controlled by Cookthink, its parent or any subsidiary or affiliated entity are sold, assigned, transferred or acquired by another company, the information from and about Cookthink users may be among the transferred assets.
IV. KIDS AND PARENTS
Cookthink is not intended for use by children, especially those under age 13. No one under age 13 is allowed to provide any personal information or use our public discussion areas, forums and chats. Minors between the ages of 13 and 17 must get the permission of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) before making purchases on Cookthink.
If your children disclose information about themselves in publicly accessible areas of Cookthink, they may get unsolicited messages from other parties. Accordingly, you should tell them not to do so.
If you're worried about your children's activities or their privacy on Cookthink, we encourage you to contact us using the information below.
If you have any concerns or questions about any aspect of this policy, please feel free to contact us:
2250 Hall Place
Washington, D.C. 20007