Last Updated: December 2011
Metromix.com strives to offer its visitors many advanced technical features and provides an interactive and personalized experience. This policy covers how we treat personal information that we collect and receive, including information related to your use of our products and services. “Personal information” is information about you that is personally identifiable, such as your name, address, email address, billing information, or phone number, and that is not otherwise publicly available.
How we gather information from users.
How we collect and store information depends on the page you are visiting, the activities in which you elect to participate and the services provided. You can visit many pages on our Site without providing any information. Other pages may prompt you to provide personal information when you register for access to portions of our Site, sign up for membership, request certain features (e.g., newsletters, news updates and other products), upload content to our user content areas or make a purchase. You may also provide information when you participate in sweepstakes and contests, voting and polling activities, and other interactive areas of our Site.
Like most websites, Metromix.com also collects information automatically and through the use of electronic tools that may be transparent to our visitors. For example, we may log the name of your Internet Service Provider, your internet protocol ("IP") address, and information provided by and about your browser. We also may use "cookie" technology or other tracking technology for purposes such as storing your user name and password, to spare you from having to re-enter that information each time you visit, or to control the advertising you see on our Site. As we adopt additional technology, we may also gather information through other means. In certain cases, you can choose not to provide us with information, for example by setting your browser to refuse to accept cookies, but doing so may limit your ability to access certain portions of the Site or may require you to re-enter your user name and password. However, we may not be able to customize the Site's features according to your preferences.
What we do with the information we collect.
If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving promotional emails, there are detailed instructions at the bottom of each email we send to you regarding how to unsubscribe. However, you may not unsubscribe from administrative emails (ie: relating to your purchases, activity on the Site or user account).
Our Site may provide features that allow you to purchase vouchers for yourself or for others. We deliver purchased vouchers via email to the email address that you provide to us. We may also use the email address(es) that you provide to us to communicate information relating to the Site, vouchers, transaction, merchant, security, privacy, and administrative issues. You may use the "Email" feature to send links to articles and other information from our Site to others through email. The email address(es) that you supply to us through this service will only be used to send the requested article or other information.
We may share your personal information with merchants from whom you have purchased goods or services from in order to help them provide you with better service and track the value of our voucher program. We have no control over, and are not responsible for communications merchants make to you.
Personal information collected by Metromix.com may also be used for other purposes including, but not limited to, Site administration and troubleshooting. Certain third parties who provide technical support for the operation of our Site (our Web hosting service and our newsletter provider, for example), or who provide billing, processing, shipping, promotions management or email management may also have access to information you have provided to complete a function or transaction.
Aggregated Information (information that does not personally identify you) may be used in many ways. As one example, we may combine information about your usage patterns with similar information obtained from other users to learn which pages are visited most or what features are most attractive. Aggregated Information may occasionally be shared with our advertisers and business partners, but cannot be used to identify or contact you individually.
Information sharing and disclosure.
(1) We may disclose your information in response to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims.
(3) As we continue to develop our business, we may sell, buy, merge or partner with other companies or businesses. In such transactions, user information may be among the transferred assets.
The quality news and information on Metromix.com is supported by advertising revenue, and a controlled program of email marketing is an important element of our online publishing business. From time to time we send email that advertises our own products and services, and email that advertises the products and services of our advertising partners, to Registered Members who opted in to receiving such advertising email when they registered for a Metromix.com account. In the future, we may allow other advertisers to directly send advertising email to Registered Members who gave us permission by opting in to receiving such email advertising when they registered for a Metromix.com account.
Affiliated sites, linked sites and advertisements.
Metromix.com expects its partners, advertisers and third party partners to respect the privacy of our users. However, third parties, including our partners, advertisers, and other content providers accessible through our Site, may have their own privacy and data collection policies and practices. For example, during your visit to our Site you may link to, or view as part of a frame on a Metromix.com page, certain content that is actually created or hosted by a third party. Also, through Metromix.com you may be introduced to, or be able to access, information, websites, advertisements, features, contests or sweepstakes offered by other parties. Metromix.com is not responsible for the actions or policies of such third parties. You should check the applicable privacy policies of those third parties when providing information on a feature or page operated by a third party.
Please be careful and responsible whenever you are online. Should you choose to voluntarily disclose personal information on our Site, such as in reviews, comments, forums, or in advertising or notices you post, that information can be viewed publicly and can be collected and used by third parties without our knowledge and may result in unsolicited messages from other individuals or third parties. Such activities are beyond the control of Metromix.com and this policy. In addition, if you send us emails, you should be aware that information disclosed in emails may not be secure, possibly making it available to others. While we have security measures in place to help protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control, we cannot guarantee the confidentiality of any communication transmitted to or from Metromix.com through the Site or e-mail.
Metromix allows users to access Facebook Connect. By clicking on “Connect with Facebook” on our Site, you grant Metromix access to your Facebook profile and the personal information contained therein, such as your name, zip code and email address.
If you are currently a Metromix user and you click “Sign in Using Facebook” you will first be asked to enter your Facebook credentials. By proceeding you allow the Metromix Site to access any information that has not already been collected by Metromix from Facebook.
If you are not a registered Metromix user and you click “Sign in Using Facebook” you will first be asked to enter your Facebook credentials and then be given the option to register and create a Metromix profile. If you agree to create a Metromix profile, a Metromix user account will be created for you using the information contained in your Facebook account.
You have the option to disable Facebook Connect at any time by logging into your Metromix profile page and clicking the “unlink Facebook” button and Facebook data will be removed from your Metromix profile (except for your email address).
Children's Privacy Statement
This children's privacy statement explains our practices with respect to the online collection and use of personal information from children under the age of 13, and provides important information regarding their rights under federal law with respect to such information.
- This Site is not directed to children under the age of 13 and we do NOT knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13 as part of the Site. We screen users who wish to provide personal information in order to prevent users under the age of 13 from providing such information. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received personally identifiable information from a user under the age of 13 as part of the Site, we will delete such information from our records
- Because we do not collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13 via the Site, we also do NOT knowingly distribute such information to third parties.
- We do NOT knowingly allow children under the age of 13 to publicly post or otherwise distribute personally identifiable contact information through the Site
- Because we do not collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13 via the Site, we do NOT condition the participation of a child under 13 in the Site's online activities on providing personally identifiable information
We can be reached by contacting:
225 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1600
Chicago, IL 60601
Your California Privacy Rights
If you are a California resident, you are entitled by law to request an Information Sharing Disclosure. If you provide notice to the address below, Metromix.com will provide you with a notice of your right to prevent sharing of your personal information as well as a cost-free means of doing so. To receive such a notice, submit a written request to Privacy Officer/ Metromix, LLC, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600, Chicago, Illinois 60601, specifying that you seek your "California Customer Choice Notice." Please allow thirty days for response.
Changes to this policy.
Metromix.com reserves the right to change this policy at any time. Please check this page periodically for changes. Your continued use of our Site following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes.
This policy and the use of this Site are governed by Illinois law. Any claim related to the Site or this policy shall be brought in a federal or state court in Chicago, Illinois, within one year after the claim arises. You agree no such claim may be brought as a class action. Users of Metromix.com consent to the jurisdiction and venue of such court as the most convenient and appropriate for the resolution of disputes concerning this policy. Metromix.com is controlled, operated and administered entirely within the United States. If you are located outside the United States, please note the information you provide to us will be transferred to the United States. You hereby consent to this transfer.