Updated July 2012
1. Personal Information and Data Gathering
We collect two types of information: personal information provided by you and website use information collected on an aggregate basis as you browse our website. Personal Information is collected when we track data that contains non-personally identifiable information, such as IP address, aggregate user data, server and browser type and/or User Information as described below. Website use Information is when we collect anonymous information from visits to our site to help us understand the usage patterns of our site, and to provide better customer service. For example, we keep track of what time people enter our site, how long they stay on the site, and what sections they visit on the site. This information is kept in aggregate, anonymous format. We use this information to better tailor our site for our visitors and their usage patterns, as well as to gauge performance and other measures of the site, again in anonymous and aggregate format.
2. Log Files
Like many other Web sites, CHEFnews.com makes use of log files. The information inside the log files includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, type of browser, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement around the site, and gather demographic information. IP addresses and other such information are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable.
4. DoubleClick DART Cookie
5. Associate Programs
CHEFnews.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Amazon, the Amazon logo, AmazonSupply, and the AmazonSupply logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.
6. User Information
Registration may be required to use certain features of our site. We may collect general contact information, such as name and e-mail address, as well as demographic information, such as age, gender and zip code. Data collected from online user-completed forms is stored in secure, password-protected server locations. Demographic information collected is used to help us, or our partners, to analyze our aggregate user base and better tailor our site, promotions or other features to better serve and understand our user base.
Information and data gathered solely by CHEFnews.com will never be sold, traded or shared with third parties for any other reason than assisting CHEFnews.com in its analysis, research and promotional needs.
This site may contain links to other sites. CHEFnews.com is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.
7. Public Forums
This site may make chat rooms, forums, user comments, message boards, and/or news groups available to its users. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. We also encourage visitors to be courteous in communicating with others and to be smart about choosing when and to whom to release personal information online. Never disclose any personal information that is of a sensitive or confidential nature on any public area of our site.
This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. All registration information is stored in secure locations on password-protected servers. However, because no data transmission is completely secure, and no system of physical or
electronic security is impenetrable, we cannot guarantee the security of the information you send us or the security of our servers, networks or databases. By using the CHEFnews Services you agree to assume all risk in connection with the information sent to us or collected by us when you access, visit and/or use the CHEFnews Services, including without limitation your personally identifiable information or other Personal Information, and we are not responsible for any loss of such information or the consequences thereof. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the unlikely event that we believe that the security of your information in our possession or control may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you. If notification is appropriate, we may notify you via your computer, or other device.
From time to time, CHEFnews.com may contact our registered users who have opted in to be e-mailed with promotional information that we feel would be applicable to, and desired by that user. At any time a user wishes to opt-out of these e-mails, they may do so by contacting us. Once the user opts out of receiving emails from CHEFnews.com, the user will not receive any further communication from us.
10. KIDS AND PARENTS
The CHEFnews Services is not intended for users under the age of 13 and we do not knowingly collect any information, from users under the age of 13. Such users are expressly prohibited from registering for the CHEFnews Services or submitting their information, including any personally identifiable information to us. For minors between the ages of 13 and 17, inclusive, to participate in any manner whatsoever, inclusive of Public Forums as described in Section 6 (Public Forums) above, on or in the CHEFnews Services, they must get prior written permission of their parent(s) (or legal guardian(s), and submit such written permission to CHEFnews.
If you have any questions or are worried about your children’s activities or their privacy on the CHEFnews Services, we encourage you to contact us.
Notice to California Customers – Your California Privacy Rights
California’s “Shine the Light” law, Civil Code section 1798.83, request certain businesses to respond to request from California customers asking about the business’ practices related to disclosing personal information to third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. If you wish to opt-out of our sharing of information with third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes, please follow the process described in Section 8 (Opt-Out) above.