2. Information Collected
At Snopes, we collect personally identifiable information (“PII”) and non-personally identifiable (“Non-PII”) information from you. Personally identifiable information is information that can be used to identify you personally. Non-personally identifiable information is information that must be combined with other information to identify you personally.
Personally Identifiable Information Collected
You will not be required to provide us any information when you visit our Platform. However, in order to fully use our Platform, we may collect PII such as your name and email.
Whenever you use our website, we may collect non-identifying information from you, such as your IP address, location, zip code, age, gender, browsing history, search history, and registration history, interactions with the website, location, referring URL, browser, operating system, data usage, data transferred, cell phone provider, and Internet Service Provider. As we value your privacy, only anonymized interactions will be collected through the Platform. We may also collect information including but not limited to postings you make on the public areas of our website, messages you send to us, and correspondence we receive from other members or third parties about your activities or postings.
3. Use of Your Information
Some of your information will be visible to other users of the Platform to facilitate communication between users. We will never sell your information without your permission; however you agree that we may use your information in the following ways:
- To provide services to you and to operate the Snopes Platform.
- To enhance or improve our users’ experiences.
- To contact you via email or other electronic means regarding or related to your use of the Snopes Platform.
- To share with our advertising partners.
- To share your information with third party partners or third parties hired by us to perform functions and provide services to us on the condition that the third parties use your information only on our behalf and pursuant to our instructions.
4. Accessing, Editing, and Removing Your Information
As we do not allow for account creation, you will not be able to access the PII we have collected. However, if you have any questions or wish to review, change, or access any other PII or Non-PII collected by us, please contact us at email@example.com. Additionally, if you wish to opt out of our data collection practices or would like us to remove any of your PII or Non-PII, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. After you have requested PII deletion we may keep non-accessible copies of your PII for legal purposes.
When accessing the Platform via a web browser cookies may be loaded onto your web browser. Cookies are small pieces of code that help us remember your preferences, understand your advertising preferences, and to remember your computer. If you wish to reject any of our cookies please update your web browser settings. Some of the cookies may be accessible to third parties. Please be aware that disabling cookies through your web browser may affect your user experience.
6. Third Party Access to Your Information
Although you are entering into an Agreement with Snopes to disclose your information to us, we do use third party individuals and organizations to assist us, including contractors, web hosts, and others to allow you to access the Platform.
7. Law Enforcement and Third Parties
8. Opt Out of Commercial, Non-Commercial Communications and Do Not Track
If you decide to provide us with your contact information, you agree that we may send you communications via emails or other electronic means. However, you may unsubscribe from certain communications by notifying Snopes that you no longer wish to receive these communications. Upon receiving your request we will endeavor to promptly remove you from our lists. We currently do not offer functionality for you to opt out through “do not track” listings. If you wish to opt out of certain communications or information collection, please contact us at email@example.com.
9. Third Parties
Snopes or other users may post links to third party websites on Platform, which may include information that we have no control over. When accessing a third party site through our Platform, you acknowledge that you are aware that these third party websites are not screened for privacy or security issues by us, and you release us from any liability for the conduct of these third party websites.
If you would like to opt out of Interest-based advertising, please click here — we cannot vouch for the effectiveness of opting out.
10. Security Measures
We make reasonable attempts to protect your information by using physical and electronic safeguards. However, as this is the Internet, we can make no guarantees as to the security or privacy of your information. For this reason, we recommend that you use anti-virus software, routine credit checks, firewalls, and other precautions to protect yourself from security and privacy threats.
11. Your California Privacy Rights
12. Age Compliance
We intend to fully comply with American and international laws respecting children’s privacy including COPPA. Therefore, we do not collect or process any information for any persons under the age of 13. If you are under 13 and using our Platform, please stop immediately and do not submit any information to us. In the event that we have inadvertently collected any information from users under the age of 13 please contact us immediately.
13. International Transfer
14. Merger and Acquisition
In the event that Snopes is involved in a bankruptcy, merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of assets, your information may be sold or transferred as part of that transaction. Please be aware that once the information is transferred your privacy rights may change.