This Privacy and Information Security Policy ("this Policy") discusses the personally identifying
information ("PII") that we collect about you when you use our website http://www.cracked.com.com/
(the "Site") and the software, games and other services we provide on or through the Site (together
with the Site, the "Service").
Who We Are. We are Cracked.com ("Cracked.com," "Cracked.com.com," "Site,""Service," "we," "us," or
"our"). Cracked.com.com is a popular place to access hundreds of great articles and videos, post
content and to share ideas with others. In conducting our business, as further described below, we
collect information, including PII, about the individuals who use the Service.
of Use (collectively, the "Terms").
BY PROVIDING PII OR OTHER INFORMATION TO US OR BY USING OUR SERVICE, YOU AGREE TO THIS POLICY AND THE
PRACTICES DESCRIBED IN THE POLICY.
Cracked, Cracked.com, the "Cracked" logo, and Demand Media are each a trademark or a registered
trademark of Demand Media, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Copyright ©
2007-2011. Demand Media, Inc.
INFORMATION YOU GIVE US
- The Types of Information Cracked.com Collects. We collect
any information you enter on the Service or give us in any other way (such as through an
email, survey, or letter). The information that we collect varies depending upon how you
use our Service. Our Account registration process requires that you provide us with your
user name, birthday and e-mail address, and that you create and provide us with a
password. We may also request other information, such as your actual first and last
name, gender, and zip code.
- Information in Public Areas of the Site. Please keep in
mind that whenever you voluntarily provide information in public areas of the Service,
such as the user profile pages or forums, that information can be viewed and possibly
used by others. We therefore advise visitors not to disclose contact information,
including phone number, email address, street address or instant messenger address
(within these public areas) that they do not wish to share. We are not responsible for
PII you choose to submit in these public areas. Also, we may highlight content you post
to the public areas of the Service such as reviews or comments, such as by featuring
your content on the Site's home page.
AUTOMATIC INFORMATION COLLECTION
Cookies. Like many Web sites, we use "cookies". Cookies are
alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer's hard drive through your Web
browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser. We use persistent, identifying
cookies to remember your information and to link your activities to you. While you can
take steps to warn of, block or disable cookies, if you do, the Service may not function
and appear as we have designed it. Nonetheless, if you want to take these steps, you can
do so by following the instructions associated with your browser. Our cookies do not
collect PII that you provide to us during the registration process, but they do collect
other information such as:
- the domain name and host from which you access the Internet and the
Internet address of the site from which you direct-linked to ours;
- the date and time you access the Site and pages you visit;
- your computer's IP address and information about its operating
system, platform and the Web browser type and version you use;
- demographic and other non-personally identifiable profile
information about you; and
- information to combat fraud or misuse.
- Pixel Tags. In our e-mails to you, we use "pixel tags" to
determine if your email software or service can display html-formatted e-mail (this
helps us optimize the size of our e-mail messages and conserve bandwidth).
- Collection of Information by Third Parties. Some of the
advertisers and other businesses that advertise or place other content our Site use
cookies on our Site and may place a cookie on your computer. The content posted by these
businesses will be identified as coming from a third party. In addition, we use
third-party advertising companies to serve ads. These companies (1) use information
obtained from your visits to this Site and other sites to serve ads to you and (2) place
unique third-party cookies on your browser. Also, we use Web beacons provided by
third-party advertising companies to help optimize our advertising. Web beacons enable
us to recognize your browser when a cookie has been placed on your computer. Some but
not all third party advertising companies provide a mechanism to opt-out of their
technology. For more information and an identification of advertisers that provide an
opt-out mechanism, please click here: http://www.networkadvertising.org/consumer/opt_out.asp.
- Promotions, Sweepstakes, and Contests. From time to time,
we may host a promotion, sweepstake or contest on the Service. You may be asked to
provide personal information or permit the transfer to a third party of your personal
information in connection with such promotion, sweepstake or contest. It will be
disclosed at the point of collection or transfer who is collecting or transferring the
information and whose privacy statement applies, and it will be your choice whether or
not you wish to permit such transfer to or collection of personal information by a third
CRACKED.COM'S USE AND RETENTION OF YOUR INFORMATION
- Use of PII. We use your PII for such purposes as
responding to your requests; monitoring and providing the Service; maintaining your
Cracked.com account; providing you with advertising and non-advertising content that we
believe would be of interest to you; enforcing our rights and the rights of third
parties, and investigating and ensuring compliance with the Terms. We also may use your
PII to contact you regarding your account, such as to inform you that you have received
an email from another Cracked.com member, or to forward to you user comments about the
content you have posted. We may also email Cracked.com messages of the day, newsletters,
and similar communications about the Service.
- Use of Other Information. We use non-PII for purposes such
as measuring the number of visitors to sections of our Site, making the Service more
useful to visitors and delivering targeted advertising and non-advertising content. We
use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track a user's movement, and
gather broad demographic information for aggregate, nonpersonally identifiable use.
- Retention of Information. We retain information for as
long as required, allowed or we believe it useful, but do not undertake retention
obligations. We may dispose of information in our discretion without notice, subject to
applicable law that specifically requires the handling or retention of information. You
must keep your own, separate back-up records.
CRACKED.COM'S SHARING OF INFORMATION
Cracked.com shares information with third parties, but only as described in this Section 4.
- Advertisers and Others. We share non-personally
identifiable information with advertisers, service providers, and other persons with
whom we conduct business.
- Service Third Parties. We contract with affiliated and
non-affiliated third parties to provide services to us or to you on our behalf. Examples
include providing marketing assistance, providing customer services, sending Cracked.com
email to you, removing repetitive information from customer lists, and analyzing data.
These third parties have access to personal information needed to perform their
- Business Transfer. As we develop our business, we might sell or buy
businesses or their assets, or engage in acquisitions, mergers, restructurings, changes
of control, or similar transactions. In such transactions, customer information
generally is one of the transferred business assets, and your PII is subject to such a
transfer. Also, in the unlikely event of a bankruptcy, customer information may be
transferred to a bankruptcy trustee or debtor in possession and then to a subsequent
- Affiliates. We may share PII, non-PII and other
information with our corporate affiliates. Some of our most significant affiliates are
identified on the website of our parent company, Demand Media, Inc.
(www.demandmedia.com). Corporate affiliates are those entities that we control, are
controlled by us, or are under common control with us and any joint venture in which any
of the controlled entities may participate from time to time. Any use of your
information by our corporate affiliates is subject to this Policy or another policy no
less protective of your privacy. Likewise, we may obtain information about you from our
corporate affiliates or from your visits to other web sites that we or our corporate
affiliates control. We may share information about you with our corporate affiliates and
our corporate affiliates may share information with us using cookie or any other
Compliance and Safety. We may release PII when we believe release is
- comply with applicable law, and to respond to legal process,
including subpoenas, search warrants and court orders, and to respond to or
otherwise address written complaints of copyright infringement;
- make disclosures under programs intended to prevent potential
crimes or investigate persons;
- enforce or apply agreements, including the Terms; or
- protect the rights, property, or safety of Cracked.com, our users,
or others, including exchanging information with other companies for fraud
protection and credit risk reduction.
- Your Obligations. You must protect against unauthorized
access to your password and to your computer. Please sign off when finished using a
shared computer. Your e-mails to us are not necessarily secure against interception so
do not include sensitive information in them - we generally will not ask for passwords
in an email and you should assume that if you get such a request, it might be
fraudulent. YOU MUST DO WHAT YOU REASONABLY CAN TO ENSURE THE SECURITY OF YOUR PERSONAL
- Our Security Measures. We have physical, electronic, and
managerial procedures to help safeguard, prevent unauthorized access, maintain data
security, and correctly use your information. HOWEVER, WE DO NOT GUARANTEE SECURITY.
Neither people nor security systems are foolproof, including encryption systems. In
addition, people can commit intentional crimes, make mistakes or fail to follow
policies. If applicable law imposes any non-disclaimable duty (if any), you agree that
the standard used to measure our compliance with that duty will be one of intentional
The Service contains links to other sites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices
of such other sites. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our Site and to read the
privacy statements of every web site that collects your personally identifiable information.
This Policy applies only to information collected by the Service.
We reserve the right to send you customary business communications such as
acceptance/rejection notices regarding content submissions, general system and
administrative messages, address confirmations, and transactional information about your
account, and we may not offer you the opportunity to opt-out of receiving such
communications. However, we provide you with the opportunity to elect not to receive other
types of communications, such as friend requests or the Cracked.com of the day emails. If
you want to stop receiving these communications, you may opt by going to the Profile tab on
the Site and editing your email preferences.
ACCESS AND RECORD KEEPING
Information relating to our programs is not necessarily maintained in a retrievable form.
However, you may make changes, corrections or updates to some PII provided through the
Service which we use for communications with you, by going to the " Profile" tab on the
Site. We may keep a record of all information that is changed. We may determine what may be
changed. For example, if we are required to keep track of certain kinds of transactions, you
may be prevented from changing relevant information.
CONDITIONS OF USE, NOTICES, AND REVISIONS
- Privacy Concerns. Your use of the Service and any dispute
over privacy is subject to the Terms. If you have any concern about privacy at
Cracked.com, please send us a thorough description to email@example.com, and we will
try to resolve it. If you think we are in default of the Terms, you may contact us at
Our Legal Notices Address in Section 10 below.
- Notice Required by Law. In those jurisdictions that permit
email notice, if we are required to disclose or provide notice of invasion of certain
security systems, we will do so by email to the most current email address provided by
you to us. It is critical that you keep your email contact information correct and
updated with Cracked.com at all times.
- Identity Theft. If you believe that you are a victim of
identity theft entitled by law to request information from us, write us at our Legal
Notice address (see the next section of this Policy) and we will let you know what
additional information you must provide to us. After we have received that information,
we will supply without charge the information legally required to be disclosed that we
then have, subject to applicable law and reserving all of our rights and defenses.
CONTACT INFORMATION AND INFORMATION ABOUT ENFORCEMENT OF OUR POLICY
Contacting Us & Our Address for Legal Notices; Notices to You. For customer service
matters (including questions relating to this Policy), you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To send us a legal
notice, mail it by certified mail (return receipt requested) to: Legal Department, 5808 Lake
Washington Blvd. Ste. 300 Kirkland, WA 98033. Copyright fax 1-425-298-2780. When we need to
contact you, including when we give a legal notice, we may do so to a email address that we
have on file for you or to your Cracked.com email account, or we may post notice on the
Site. You must keep your email address information accurate. If we make a material change to
this Policy, we will notify you by posting notice to the Site for at least 30 days and
sending you an email to your Cracked.com email account or to the non-Cracked.com email
address that we have on record for you.