When you sign up with GamerMagazines, we may collect your first and last name, mailing address, date of birth, telephone number and email address. We may also collect technical data. This includes your Internet Protocol, or IP, address, device identifiers and the operating system that you’re using. If you decide to share information about yourself while signing up for our service or by taking a survey, then we may store this data.
Internet Beacons and Cookies
To improve your experience on our site, we use Internet beacons and cookies, which are text files that we attach to your Internet device’s browser. Text files let our systems save your user preferences and settings. Once they are in place, our systems will be able to identify your browser to deliver enhanced features. For instance, with cookies, we can store online shopping cart items between site visits. Cookies also allow us to customize our marketing efforts on third party sites and wireless apps. Web beacons are minor code fragments that we and our service suppliers add to gaming offers to observe and gather data about how you use our site. This helps us improve our service.
Social Networking Sites
If you visit GamerMagazines through a third party social networking page, we may receive information from the site. This data includes details about your social networking page profile as well as the information that you’ve decided to reveal publicly. We may gain access to your user identification, full name and photographs. If you invite your social networking friends to participate in a game, we may also collect their user identifications and email addresses.
Mobile Device Use
When you download content from our site to your mobile device, we may receive details regarding your current locale, which comes from your IP address, along with information about your mobile device. This includes data about the hardware that you’re using, your gaming activities and your operating system. We may use this information to send you customized advertising. For instance, you may receive a promotion for your location.
We may gather aggregated, unspecified data through our offerings. When we collect this type of information, it will not identify a specific user or device. This information is used for system improvements and tracking. If you set up a user name with us, avoid creating one that verifies who you are in real life, such as your complete name, to protect your identity.
How We Use and Secure Collected Data
When you sign up for a gaming account with us at GamerMagazines, we may use the screenname that you established along with your password and email address to confirm you as one of our users. We may also use this information to provide our services and complete transactions. For the purposes of competitions, game rankings and sweepstakes, we may display your username, identifying icon or profile picture. To confirm your eligibility, we may access your birthdate.
We will take appropriate steps to keep your information safe from unauthorized access, loss, misuse, theft, destruction and modifications. We may also share your data with our affiliates, which are our credit card processors, prize fulfillment companies and third party business associates. We may also disclose your information with those who complete services for us. This includes our data analyzing companies, marketers and mail distributors. When we share your information with third party vendors, they will only receive the data that they need to complete the services that we require. They will not have access to it for other purposes.
As our company grows, we may sell some of our subsidiaries or business divisions. In this situation, customer data is typically considered an asset. Because of this, your data would be transferred to the new owner. In addition, if GamerMagazines is sold as a complete entity, then the new company would receive the personal information that you shared with us.
Protecting Our Interests
Once you establish a customer account with us or share your email information through one of our promotions, we may automatically register you for our newsletter notifications. When you provide your email, we consider this a request for our information. If you want to be removed from the email list, just click the unsubscribe link displayed near the bottom of the newsletter page. This will forward you to a location to complete the request. Even if you unsubscribe, we do reserve the right to share account or administrative information with you that is not promotion based.
Blocking Cookies and Other Text Files
To block or remove cookies, check your personal browser settings. If Flash cookies are in place, visit the Adobe website for removal instructions. Since cookies allow us to enhance your user experience, we recommend that you keep them active. For instance, you may run into system problems if you want to make a purchase after deactivating our cookies.
Mobile Device Marketing and Social Sites
Your mobile device should include blocking technology that allows you to opt out of systems that gather personal information. If you’re receiving unwanted advertisements, review your device settings to enable blocks. To avoid sharing data through your social networking sites, be sure to activate the system’s privacy settings.
Messaging and Chats
GamerMagazines may offer chat pages and message boards where our users can discuss the site and communicate with one another. If you decide to participate, the information that you share will be displayed online publicly. Because of this, any information that you decide to post is your sole responsibility.
Our systems include coding that is designed to prevent the collection of data from children who are younger than 13 years old. We do this to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. We will not knowingly gather sensitive information about children. You may not apply for an account unless you are 13 years old or older.