Privacy Policy

Last updated: January 8, 2020

The ChooseYourSelfToday cares about your privacy and the security of your information. We want you to understand how we handle your information. We also want you to know your rights and choices.

This Privacy Policy describes how we handle your information when you use the website thechooseyourselftoday.com (the “Site”), our pages or ads on social media networks (“Social Media Pages”), HTML-formatted email message that we send to you (“Emails”), our offline contacts and any other services where we gather information from you and also refer you to this Privacy Policy (“Other Services”) (collectively referenced in this Privacy Policy as the “Services”).

Table of contents

  1. How Are Changes to This Privacy Policy Communicated?
  2. What Information Do We Gather About You?
  3. What Do We Do With The Information We Gather?
  4. With Whom Do We Share The Information We Gather?
  5. What About Sensitive Personal Information?
  6. How Do You Protect My Information?
  7. What Are Your Rights?
  8. How Long Do You Retain Data?
  9. What About Links To Third Party Services?
  10. Are There Guidelines For Children?
  11. How Is Information Transferred Internationally?
  12. What Is Our Legal Basis?
  13. How Can You Contact Us? Who Is the Controller of Your Personal Information?

1. How Are Changes to This Privacy Policy Communicated?

We periodically update this Privacy Policy. We will post any changes on this page by updating this policy.

If we make a significant or material change in the way we collect, use or share your personal information, we will notify you at least 30 days prior to the changes taking effect.

We will do this via email or prominent notice within the Services. If you object to any change, you can stop using the Services.

After we post any changes on this page, your continued use of the Services is subject to the updated Privacy Policy.

2. What Information Do We Gather About You?

The information we collect depends on the context. By and large, it is information about you that can personally identify you—either on its own or when combined with other information.

The following describes the information we collect and how we obtain it.

  • Information collected through the Services.
  • When you sign up to receive our emails, newsletters or other communications, we collect your email address;
  • When you choose to participate in contests, sweepstakes or other promotions offered via the Services, you give us your name, email, and any other information required;
  • When you contact our customer service, or request any other assistance, we collect information from you;
  • When you choose to post content that other users can read (e.g., comments on our blog), anyone can read, collect, and use any personal information that accompanies your posts. Read “User Submissions” in our Terms of Use for more information. We do not have to publish any of your content. If the law requires us to take down, remove, or edit your personal information, we will comply with the required extent;
  • When you choose to take a survey, whether online or offline, or participate in an in-person reader interview, we gather information about you.
  • If you disclose any personal information relating to other people to us or to our service providers (see below for the definition of “service provider”) in connection with the Services, you represent that you have the consent from all those contacts to do so and to permit us to use the information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. This functionality is only meant for U.S. residents. By using it, you acknowledge and agree that both you and your contacts are based in the United States and that you have everyone’s consent for us to use their contact information.
  • Your Media Access Control (MAC) address
  • Your computer type (Windows or Mac)
  • Your screen resolution
  • Your IP address
  • Your location
  • Your operating system name and version
  • Your device manufacturer and model
  • Your browser provider and version
  • Your browser language
  • Your internet service provider name
  • The URLs of any pages you visit on our Site
  • Device identifiers
  • Advertising identifiers 
  • Additional “traffic data” such as time of access, anonymous visitor ID, traffic channel, traffic source, traffic medium, campaign name, date of access, session identification number, access times, and referring website addresses;
  • Search terms and results;
  • Other usage information. 
  • Making the Services available to you
  • Sending service-related communication (e.g., changes to our policies)
  • Providing customer service
  • Send you newsletters and emails
  • Letting you take part in contests, sweepstakes, promotions, surveys and comments
  • Optimize or improve our products, services and operations
  • Arrange access to and communicate with you about your account
  • Respond to your inquiries, requests, suggestions or complaints
  • Send you information about features and enhancements of the Services
  • For auditing: We verify that our internal processes work as intended, and comply with legal, regulatory and contractual requirements.
  • For fraud and security monitoring: We detect and prevent cyberattacks or unauthorized robot activities.
  • For customer satisfaction: We assess users’ satisfaction with the Services and our customer care team.
  • Additional notes:
    • For more about targeted advertising, and how to opt-out with your specific browser and device, go to the DDA Web choices Browser Check and NAI Opt Out of Interest-Based Advertising. You can download the AppChoices app to opt-out in mobile apps. You can also follow the instructions in the “What Are Your Rights?” section below.
      We try to limit how our third-party advertising technology vendors use the information they gather from you. Many of these providers require us to enter into contracts that allow them to optimize their own services and products, or that help them create their own.
    • Essentially, these providers combine any information they gather about you from the Services with the information they receive from their other clients. This helps them target advertisements to you on behalf of their other clients, not just us.
    • These third parties sometimes use other services in order to serve ads; check their privacy policies for more details. For further information on tracking technologies and your rights and choices regarding them, see our Cookie Policy. Effective January 1, 2020, California residents have the right to instruct us not to “sell” their personal information. More information is available below.
  • Within The New York Times CompanyWe share information collected from you with our parent company, The New York Times Company, and affiliates for the purposes listed in this policy.
  • With Service ProvidersWe share information collected from you with service providers, as defined above, to provide support services or perform functions on our behalf, such as marketing, analytics, and customer service. We sometimes allow them to use aggregated or de-identified information for other purposes, in accordance with applicable law.
  • With Other Third Parties. There are situations when we share your information with third parties beyond our service providers. We never share your email address with these third parties without your consent, except in encrypted form to engage in the matched ads process described above.
  • We share information about participants in our sweepstakes, contests and similar promotions on the Services with the promotions’ sponsors. In those cases, we notify you to provide us the information.
  • We can preserve or share personal information if the law requires us to do so. We can also preserve or share personal information if we believe it would be necessary to:
  • Comply with the law or with legal process;
  • Protect and defend our rights and property;
  • Protect against misuse or unauthorized use of the Services;
  • Protect the safety or property of our users or the general public (e.g., if you provide false information or attempt to pose as someone else, we could share your information to help investigations into your actions); and
  • Cooperate with government authorities, which could be outside your country of residence.
  • In the event of any reorganization, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfer or other disposition of all or any portion of our business, assets or stock (including in connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceedings), we would have a legitimate interest in disclosing or transferring your information to a third party – such as an acquiring entity and its advisors.
  • We share information with third parties to help us determine how people use parts of the Services so we can improve our Services and develop new product offerings.
  • Your social security number
  • Your racial or ethnic origin
  • Your political opinions
  • Your religion or other beliefs
  • Your health, biometrics or genetic characteristics
  • Any trade union membership
  • Any criminal background
  • Access, modify, or delete the personal information we have about you.
  • Receive an electronic copy of the personal information we have about you, for data portability.
  • Restrict, or object to, how we process personal information about you.
  • Not to receive discriminatory treatment by us for the exercise of your privacy rights.
  • How long we’ve had a relationship with you, or provided the Services to you.
  • Whether we are subject to any legal obligation (e.g., any laws that require us to keep transaction records for a certain period of time before we can delete them).
  • Whether we have taken any legal positions (e.g., in connection with any statutes of limitations).
  • We transfer your information to countries that have been recognized by the European Commission as providing an adequate level of data protection according to EEA standards (the full list of these countries).
  • We use a service provider in the United States that is Privacy-Shield certified.
  • We take steps to ensure that the recipient is bound by EU Standard Contractual Clauses, to protect your personal data. You can see a copy of these clauses.
  • The consent you provide to us at the point of collection of your personal information
  • The performance of the contract we have with you
  • The compliance of a legal obligation to which we are subject or
  • The legitimate interests of ChoooseYourselftoday, a third party or yourself. “Legitimate interest” is a technical term under international laws, including the European Union General Data Protection Regulation. It means that there are good reasons for the processing of your personal information and that we take measures to minimize the impact on your privacy rights and interests. “Legitimate interest” also refers to our use of your data in ways you would reasonably expect and that have a minimal privacy impact.