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Privacy Policy

Consensus Digital Media Privacy Policy

Introduction

Consensus Digital Media is an independent digital media publisher, conceived with a new kind of news consumer in mind.  We are working to highlight and produce uplifting and relevant stories which spotlight the communities, leaders, and businesses who are achieving a sustainable future through innovative and pragmatic solutions. Our properties focus on stories across a wide range of issues, which include stories about agriculture, health, business and the economy.

We have prepared this privacy to explain how we collect, use, and share information and data obtained through the use of the websites, applications, and online services that are operated by, controlled by, or affiliated with Consensus Digital Media, LLC, and any of our affiliates, brands and entities (“we”, “us”, “our”) that we control and are linked to this Privacy Policy.

By using the Services, you consent to such collection, use and sharing of your information and Personal Data and agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy.

Information We Collect

Personal Information” is information that we collect that identifies you as an individual. We collect this data from information you provide directly to us. For example, we collect information when you sign up for our newsletter, fill out a form, respond to a survey, send us an email, request information, participate in a contest or promotion, submit a story or tip, communicate with us via third party social media sites, or otherwise communicate with us. This could include:

  • Name
  • Contact Information 
  • Postal address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • Survey Responses 
  • Other information you choose to provide
  • Other demographic data

 “Registration information” is data you provide when you create an account, enter a promotion, or link your profile on a third-party site or platform with your registration account, such as your first name and surname, country of residence, gender, date of birth, email address, username, and password. From time to time, we, or through a link on a third-party site or platform, may offer you an opportunity to register with us.

Other Information is non-identifying information we automatically gather from your browser when you access our website, software, or platforms which enable us to optimize your viewing experience. The information we collect does not reveal your specific identity or does not directly relate to an individual. Information that is collected include, but is not limited to:

  • Browser information
  • Server log files
  • Information collected through cookies, pixel tags, and other technologies
  • Location information, including location information provided by a mobile or other device interacting with one of our sites or applications (including through beacon technologies), or associated with your IP address, as permitted by law. 
  • Aggregated information
  • Usage, viewing, technical, and device data when you visit our sites, use our applications on third-party sites or platforms, or open emails we send, including your browser or device type, unique device identifier, and IP address
  • Activity information about your use, and the use by any person(s) you authorize through your account, of our sites and applications, such as the content you view or post, how often you use our services, and your preferences.

How CDM Collects Information

Through your browser: Certain information is collected by most browsers, such as your Media Access Control (MAC) address, computer type (Windows or Macintosh), screen resolution, operating system version, and Internet browser type and version.

Log Information: We log information about your use of the Site, including the type of browser you use, access times, pages viewed, your IP address, and the page you visited before navigating to our Site. An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a number that is automatically assigned to the computer that you are using by your Internet Service Provider (ISP), and is identified and logged automatically in our server log files whenever a user visits the Site, along with the time of the visit and the page(s) that were visited. We use IP addresses for purposes such as calculating Site usage levels, helping diagnose server problems, and administering the Site.

Device Information: We may collect information about the computer or mobile device you use to access our Site, including the hardware model, operating system and version, device identifiers, and mobile network information. 

Information Collected by Cookies: We use various technologies to collect information, and this may include sending cookies to your computer or mobile device. Like many companies with web pages, we also use automated collection tools, such as “cookies” and “web beacons,” to gather information from you and your computer while you are visiting our website. A cookie is a small file stored on your computer that lets us know whether you’ve visited our website before and your navigation experience during your visit. We may use cookies to facilitate your access to our services, to enhance your experience, to increase security, and to recognize your computer or device. Cookies allow us to collect statistical information about the usage of our services and website to improve functionality and design.

Other Tracking Technologies: We may also collect information using web beacons (also known as “tracking pixels” or “clear GIFs”). Web beacons are electronic images that may be used in our Site or emails to help deliver cookies, count visits, understand usage and campaign effectiveness and determine whether an email has been opened and acted upon. URLs contained in emails contain an ID that enables us to identify Site users who take an action using a page from the Site, and we may use these URLs to simplify the process of signing petitions and completing surveys. We may occasionally present a shortened URL that references a longer URL that contains an ID. We do this to simplify the display, to prevent links from becoming broken when copied, and to ensure compatibility with email programs that do not handle long URLs. When a shortened URL is displayed in an email, you will see the full URL in the browser’s address bar when you access the page.

By aggregating information: We may aggregate Personal Information so that the end-product does not personally identify you or any other user of the Site. For example, we use Personal Information to calculate the percentage of our users who have a particular telephone area code. Aggregated Personal Information does not personally identify you or any other user of the Site.

Other Miscellaneous Information: We may also obtain information from other sources and combine that with information we collect through our Site. We may also use such information for list matching and other purposes.

Information Collected by Advertising and Analytics Platforms

We may allow others to provide analytics services and serve advertisements on our behalf across the web and in mobile applications. These entities may use cookies, web beacons, device identifiers, and other technologies to collect information about your use of the Site and other websites and applications, including your IP address, web browser, mobile network information, pages viewed, time spent on pages or in apps, links clicked, and conversion information. This information may be used by Consensus Digital Media and others to, among other things, analyze and track data, determine the popularity of certain content, deliver advertising, and content targeted to your interests on our Services and other websites, and better understand your online activity. For example, we may use Remarketing with Google Analytics or other remarketing tools to advertise online. This enables third-party vendors, including Google, to show our ads on sites across the Internet. Such third-party vendors, including Google, may use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookie) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) together to inform, optimize, and serve ads based on your past visits to our Site. For information on how you can opt out of Google’s use of cookies for interest-based ads, please visit Google’s Ads Settings. Other advertising vendors we may use include, without limitation, Yahoo!, MSN, Facebook, Twitter. For more information about Internet-based ads, or to opt out of having your web browsing information used for behavioral advertising purposes, please visit www.aboutads.info/choices.

Social Features

The Site may offer social sharing features and other integrated tools (such as the Facebook “Like” button), which let you share actions you take on our Site with other media, and vice versa. The use of such features enables the sharing of information with your friends or the public, depending on the settings you establish with the entity that provides the social sharing feature. For more information about the purpose and scope of data collection and processing in connection with social sharing features, please visit the privacy policies of the entities that provide these features.

How We Use and Disclose Information

We may use Personal Information

  • to respond to your inquiries and fulfill your requests, such as to send you updates by e-mail;
  • to communicate with you; 
  • to send you important information regarding the Site, changes to our terms, conditions, and policies, and/or other administrative information;.
  • to send you communications from like-minded partner organizations that we believe may be of interest to you;
  • for our business purposes, such as data analysis, enhancing our website, improving our services, identifying usage trends and determining the effectiveness of our campaigns;
  • as we believe to be necessary or appropriate: (a) under applicable law, including laws outside your country of residence; (b) to comply with legal process; (c) to respond to requests from public and government authorities including public and government authorities outside your country of residence; (d) to enforce our terms and conditions; (e) to protect our operations or those of any of our affiliates; (f) to protect our rights, privacy, safety or property, and/or that of our affiliates, you or others; and (g) to allow us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain.

We may use information about you for various purposes, including to

  • provide, maintain, and improve our Site and send you confirmations, technical notices, updates, security alerts, and support and administrative messages;
  • provide and deliver the information you request, process requests, and send you related information;
  • respond to your emails, submissions, comments, questions and requests, provide customer service, request feedback, and otherwise contact you about your use of the Site;
  • send you newsletters and otherwise provide you with information or services you request or that we think will be of interest to you, such as sending you information to keep you informed about various campaigns, candidates, issues, activities, events, resources, promotions, contests, products, and services;
  • monitor and analyze trends, usage and activities in connection with our Site, and other sites;
  • personalize and improve the Site and provide advertisements, content or features that match user profiles or interests or that are based on the information you provide or the actions you take; and
  • carry out any other purpose for which the information was collected.

We may use Other Information

  • with vendors, consultants, and other service providers who need access to such information to carry out work on our behalf;
  • with third parties for their own services and marketing purposes;
  • when we believe in good faith that we are lawfully authorized or required to do so or that doing so is reasonably necessary or appropriate to comply with the law or legal processes or respond to lawful requests, claims, or legal authorities, including responding to lawful subpoenas, warrants, or court orders;
  • if we believe your actions are inconsistent with the spirit or language of our user agreements or policies, or to protect the rights, property, and safety of Consensus Digital Media, its partners, affiliates or others;
  • in connection with, or during negotiations of, any reorganization, asset sale or transfer, financing or lending transaction or in any other situation where personal information may be disclosed or transferred as one of the assets of Consensus; and
  • with your consent or at your direction, including if we notify you through our Site that the information you provide will be shared in a particular manner and you provide such information.

We may also share aggregated or anonymized information that does not directly identify you.

We may disclose information:

  • to third parties (such as elected officials, like-minded organizations, news publications, and others) when you voluntarily provide such information or when you use certain services available on the Site (such as sending messages to third parties, signing petitions, or completing surveys). Please note that any information and materials that you post or disclose through these services may be published on the Site and may become public information that is available to visitors to the Site and members of the general public. We urge you to be very careful when deciding to disclose your Personal Information, or any other information, on the Site;
  • to our third-party service providers who provide services such as website hosting, data analysis, donation and payment processing, order fulfillment, infrastructure provision, IT services, customer service, email delivery services, credit card processing, auditing services, and other similar services to enable them to provide services;
  • to our affiliates to permit them to send you communications;
  • to a third party in the event of any reorganization, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfer, or other disposition of all or any portion of our business or assets (including in connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceedings);
  • as we believe to be necessary or appropriate: (a) under applicable law, including laws outside your country of residence; (b) to comply with legal process; (c) to respond to requests from public and government authorities including public and government authorities outside your country of residence; (d) to enforce our terms and conditions; (e) to protect our operations or those of any of our affiliates; (f) to protect our rights, privacy, safety or property, and/or that of our affiliates, you or others; and (g) to allow us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain.

Because Other Information does not personally identify you, we may use and disclose Other Information for any purpose. For example, we may analyze aggregated information from Site users and their actions for research related to mental health policy reform. In some instances, we may combine Other Information with Personal Information (such as combining your name with your zip code). If we combine any Other Information with Personal Information, the combined information will be treated by us as Personal Information as long as it is combined.

Protecting Information

Whether collected directly from our website or received from a third party, protecting the privacy of your information is important to us. We take security measures—physical, electronic, and procedural—to help defend against the unauthorized access to and disclosure of information in our possession. In addition to the restrictions discussed in this Privacy Notice, our employees are required to comply with information security safeguards, and our systems are protected by technological measures to help prevent unauthorized individuals from gaining access. 

Despite these precautions, no system can be completely secure and there remains a risk that unauthorized access or use, hardware or software failure, human error, or a number of other factors may compromise the security of the personal information maintained by us or our vendors and partners. 

Choices

Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually adjust your browser’s settings to decline cookies, delete past cookies, or otherwise modify your browser’s interactions with cookies. If you choose to disable cookies, it is possible that some of our website’s features may not function or display properly.

Updates

Privacy policies will reserve the rights to update the policy. We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we make changes, we will notify you by revising the date at the top of the policy and, in some cases, we may provide you with additional notice (such as adding a statement to our homepage or sending you an email notification). We encourage you to review the Privacy Policy whenever you access the Site to stay informed about our information practices and the ways you can help protect your privacy.

Third-Party Sites

Our Site may contain links to other websites. Any personal information you provide to third parties through such linked pages is provided directly to that third party and is subject to that third party’s privacy policy. This Privacy Policy does not apply to information you provide to third parties through such linked sites, and we are not responsible for the content or privacy and security practices and policies of these websites or any other sites that are linked to from the Site. We encourage you to learn about their privacy and security practices and policies before providing them with personal information.

Use of the Site by Minors

The Site is not directed to individuals under the age of thirteen, and we request that these individuals do not provide Personal Information through the Site.

We do not knowingly, directly or passively, collect information from children under the age of 13. To respect the privacy of children and to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, children under the age of 13 should not provide any Personal Information on this Site. We ask that parents supervise their children while online.

Jurisdictional Issues

Consensus Digital Media is based in the United States and the information we collect is governed by U.S. law. By accessing or using the Site or otherwise providing information to us, you consent to the processing and transfer of information in and to the U.S. and other countries.

Your California Privacy Rights

California law permits residents of California to request certain details about how their information is shared with third parties for direct marketing purposes. If you are a California resident, California Civil Code Section 1798.83 of the California Consumer Protection Act (“CCPA”), permits you to request information regarding the disclosure of your personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To learn more about your California privacy rights, please send an email to hello@consensusdigitalmedia.com.

How We Respond to Do Not Track Signals for California Residents

California law provides that California residents are entitled to know how we respond to “Do Not Track” browser settings. We do not currently take actions to respond to Do Not Track signals because a uniform technological standard has not yet been developed. We continue to review new technologies and may adopt a standard once one is created.

Contacting CDM

If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Notice, or about Consensus Digital Media’s practices with regard to information we receive, please send us an email at hello@consensusdigitalmedia.com.