Privacy Policy

Effective Date: September 29, 2017

Welcome to The Intercept, a service of First Look Media Works, Inc. (“First Look,” “we,” “our” or “us”). At The Intercept, we believe in protecting the privacy of our readers. We seek to be fully transparent with users about our data practices and their privacy implications. We encourage to review our Privacy Philosophy and our Donor Privacy Practices, but this Privacy Policy officially governs our information practices and procedures whenever you visit use the Services (defined below) in any way.

This Privacy Policy describes the circumstances under which we collect, use, and share information about you through your use of The Intercept website available at https://theintercept.com/ and related mobile applications (the “Services”). This Privacy Policy does not apply to any information collected outside of the Services, including offline or through other means (for example, via telephone or through mail), unless otherwise stated below. To the extent there is a conflict between this Privacy Policy and our Privacy Philosophy or Donor Privacy Practices, this Privacy Policy will control.

By using the Services, you agree to our collection, use, and disclosure practices, and other activities as described in this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Service. If you do not agree, discontinue use of the Services. If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us.

1. COLLECTION AND USE OF YOUR INFORMATION

This policy applies to both “personally identifying information”, which is information that identifies you personally (whether alone or in combination), and “Usage information”, which is information generated automatically as you navigate through our Services, such as your IP address, device type, operating system, browser information, screen resolution, and browsing history.

Importantly, we do not control the data collection, use and sharing practices of third parties whose features or content may appear on our Services. The Services include content from and hyperlinks to websites, locations, platforms, or services operated by third parties. Those third parties may independently collect, use and/share your information through those features or content or through Tracking Technologies (defined below) on our Service without first obtaining your consent. The information collected and stored by third parties remains subject to their policies and practices, including whether they share information with us or others, the types of information shared, and your choices on what is visible to others on third party services. We are not responsible for and make no representations regarding the policies or business practices of any third parties and encourage you to familiarize yourself with and consult their privacy policies and terms of use.

Additionally, if you leave our Services, including through a hyperlink on the Services to a third party service, or access our content hosted on a third party service outside of the Services, you should be aware that third parties may continue to collect information about you. If you choose to click on any links outside of our Services, you do so at your own risk.

A list of these third parties used in connection with the Services, which may be updated from time to time, is available here. This list may not be exhaustive, and will change over time – we encourage you to check back periodically to see the most current list.

Below are the circumstances under which we will collect data from you on the Services, and how we will use and share that data. There may be other circumstances under which we will collect data from you, and in such circumstances, we will disclose to you at the time of collection how we will use and share your data.

Newsletters.

If you sign-up for our newsletter, we and our Service Providers (defined below) will collect (1) your email address and (2) Usage information relating to your receipt and viewership of any newsletters through Tracking Technologies (defined below). We and our Service Providers may use this information to:

  • Send newsletters to your email address;
  • Send technical notices, updates, security alerts, and policy changes to your email address;
  • Understand how users engage with our newsletters and help us improve content in our newsletters and on the Services;
  • Prevent and address fraud, breach of policies or terms, and threats or harm;
  • Fulfill any other purpose disclosed to you at the time you provide the information;and
  • Use for the maintenance and improvement of the Services.

Donations and Membership.

If you donate to The Intercept, we and our Service Providers will collect your first and last name, zip code, postal address, email address, donation amount, reason for donating, billing information, and payment card information. We and our Service Providers may use this information to:

  • Facilitate your transaction, including processing and storing your payment card information;
  • Send technical notices, updates, security alerts, and policy changes to your email address;
  • Send newsletters, reports, stories, event invites, event discounts, and thank you letters to your email address;
  • Send exclusive products and thank you letters to your mailing address;
  • Provide you access to our in-person and online events and membership only content;
  • If you give $1,000 or more in a given year, publish your name on our Services and in our annual report. We do this because we believe it is important as a news organization to be transparent about our sources of funding. This disclosure threshold is also in keeping with standards set by certain of our third party donor partners. If you do not wish to have your name published, we invite you to donate at a level below $1,000;
  • Make your donation information visible to select agents, affiliates, and staff. We keep both of these groups as small as possible and strive to control access within our organization and in the relationships we establish;
  • Use for the maintenance and improvement of the Services;
  • Prevent and address fraud, breach of policies or terms, and threats or harm; and
  • Fulfill any other purpose disclosed to you at the time you provide the information.

Comments.

If you leave a comment on any story, feature, or document on the Services, we and our Service Providers will collect your name, email address and comment content, as well as Usage information, including through Tracking Technologies. We and our Service Providers may use this information to:

  • Post, display, and maintain your comment;
  • Send technical notices, updates, security alerts, and policy changes to your email address;
  • Understand how users engage with our content and help us improve content on the Services;
  • Contact you for the purposes of newsgathering;
  • Use for the maintenance and improvement of the Services;
  • Prevent and address fraud, breach of policies or terms, and threats or harm; and
  • Fulfill any other purpose disclosed to you at the time you provide the information.

Keep in mind that any information you choose to include in comments can be seen, collected, and used by the public and your browsing activity and comments may also be collected by third parties using Tracking Technologies as described in more detail in this Privacy Policy.

Social Media Sharing.

If you like or share any stories, features, or documents through a third party social media service sharing tool available on the Services, we and our Service Providers will collect, including but not limited to through the use of Tracking Technologies, information about you in connection with your post, which may include both personally identifying information and Usage information. We and our Service Providers may use this information to:

  • Display and manage your post on our Services;
  • Understand how users engage with our content and help us improve content on the Services;
  • Use for the maintenance and improvement of the Services;
  • Prevent and address fraud, breach of policies or terms, and threats or harm; and
  • Fulfill any other purpose disclosed to you at the time you provide the information.

The third party social media service that you interact with will also collect information associated with your post, including through Tracking Technologies.

Videos and Podcasts.

If you to watch any videos or listen to any podcasts through a third party video or podcast tool available on the Services, we and our Service Providers will collect, including but not limited to through the use of Tracking Technologies, information about you in connection with your use of the third party tool, which may include both personally identifying information and Usage information. We and our Service Providers may use this information to:

  • Manage that content on the Services;
  • Understand how users engage with our content and help us improve content on the Services, including any videos and podcasts we develop;
  • Use for the maintenance and improvement of the Services;
  • Prevent and address fraud, breach of policies or terms, and threats or harm; and
  • Fulfill any other purpose disclosed to you at the time you provide the information.

The third party video or podcast service with which you interact will also collect Usage information, including through Tracking Technologies. Please note that when our content is hosted on a third party video or podcast services, we cannot limit access by third parties to your information. If you choose to access our content outside of our Services, you do so at your own risk.

Documents.

On some pages within our Services, we may embed content from third party document services. If you view any content through a third party document service tool, we and Service Providers will collect your personally identifiable information and Usage information (including through Tracking Technologies). We and our Service Providers may use this information to:

  • Manage the content on the Services;
  • Understand how users engage with our content and help us improve content on the Services;
  • Use for the maintenance and improvement of the Services;
  • Prevent and address fraud, breach of policies or terms, and threats or harm; and
  • Fulfill any other purpose disclosed to you at the time you provide the information.

The third party document service with which you interact will also collect information your Usage Information, including through Tracking Technologies. Please note that when our content is hosted on a third party video or podcast services, we cannot limit access by third parties to your information. If you choose to access our content outside of our Services, you do so at your own risk.

Data Analytics.

On some pages within our Services, we and our Service Providers may collect information about how you navigate the Services. If you access or view these pages, we and our Service Providers will collect your Usage information through Tracking Technologies. We and our Service Providers may use this information to:

  • Monitor and analyse trends, usage, and activities;
  • Improve the Services and other First Look websites, applications, marketing efforts, products and services;
  • Use for the maintenance and improvement of the Services;
  • Prevent and address fraud, breach of policies or terms, and threats or harm; and
  • Fulfill any other purpose disclosed to you at the time you provide the information.

Accelerated Delivery of Services.

On some pages within our Services, we may use services to accelerate the delivery of our web pages, images, and other content. If you access or view these pages, we and our Service Providers will collect your Usage information through Tracking Technologies. We and our Service Providers may use this information to:

  • Manage, deliver, and improve the functionality of the Services and content therein;
  • Use for the maintenance and improvement of the Services;
  • Prevent and address fraud, breach of policies or terms, and threats or harm; and
  • Fulfill any other purpose disclosed to you at the time you provide the information.

Shortened URLS.

On some pages within our Services, we may provide shortened uniform resource locators (URLs: the “addresses” of individual web pages) operated by third parties in order that our content can be shared more easily. If you click on one of these links, we and our Service Providers will collect your Usage information through Tracking Technologies. We and our Service Providers may use this information to:

  • Monitor and analyse trends, usage, and activities;
  • Improve the Services and other First Look websites, applications, marketing efforts, products and services;
  • Use for the maintenance and improvement of the Services;
  • Prevent and address fraud, breach of policies or terms, and threats or harm; and
  • Fulfill any other purpose disclosed to you at the time you provide the information.

The third party link operator with which you interact will also collect your Usage information, including through Tracking Technologies.

Careers.

If you click on a job posting listed on our Services, you will be directed to a third party service’s website, and we and our Services Providers will collect (including through Tracking Technologies) your first name, last name, email address, phone number resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, and website, as well as your Usage information. We and our Service Providers may use this information to:

  • Evaluate and process your job application;
  • Monitor and analyse trends, usage, and activities;
  • Improve the Services and other First Look websites, applications, marketing efforts, products and services;
  • Use for the maintenance and improvement of the Services;
  • Prevent and address fraud, breach of policies or terms, and threats or harm; and
  • Fulfill any other purpose disclosed to you at the time you provide the information.

Email.

If you choose to email us, we and our Service Providers will collect information (including through Tracking Technologies) associated with your email, including any personally identifying information and Usage information. Do not share any confidential information with us through this medium. If you want to share confidential information, you must use Secure Communications (defined below) as set out here. We and our Service Providers may use any non-personally identifying information from your emails in accordance with the broad rights you grant us in Section 5 of our Terms of Service. In addition, we and our Service Providers may use this information to:

  • Respond to your email and address your requests;
  • Improve the Services and other First Look websites, applications, marketing efforts, products and services;
  • Send technical notices, updates, security alerts, and policy changes to your email address;
  • Prevent and address fraud, breach of policies or terms, and threats or harm; and
  • Fulfill any other purpose disclosed to you at the time you provide the information.

2. COLLECTION AND USE OF YOUR INFORMATION FROM OTHER SOURCES

We and our Service Providers may obtain information about you from other sources. This data is not subject to our Privacy Policy. We are not responsible for the accuracy of any information provided by third parties or third party policies or practices.

3. DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION

Our agents, vendors, consultants, and other service providers (collectively “Service Providers”) may receive or be given access to your information in connection with their work on our behalf. These Service Providers are prohibited from using your personally identifying information or Usage information for any purpose other than to provide this assistance.

Further, with respect to all data collected as set forth in Section 1 above, we may share your information with third parties as set forth in Section 1 above and also for the following purposes:

  • To investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, intellectual property infringement, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, or violations of the Terms of Service;
  • To comply with the law, or respond to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process, in which case we will notify you and cooperate with you to submit any lawful objections to such disclosure and/or to seek an appropriate protective order limiting disclosure of the information to that strictly required by law;
  • In connection with, or during negotiations of, any proposed or actual merger, purchase, sale or any other type of acquisition or business combination of all or any portion of our assets, or transfer of all or a portion of our business to another business; and
  • To fulfill any other purpose disclosed to you at the time you provide the information.

Donor information is also shared with our third party donor partners for purposes of those third parties providing advice, technology, and assistance to us for The Intercept membership program. We are not responsible for the policies, practices, or security of our third party donor partners.

If you use a third party video service in connection with the Services, you understand that the information such third party video service collects comes directly from you, and not us or our Service Providers, and that the third party video service may disclose the information its collects to other third parties. We are not responsible for such third party collection, use, and sharing.

4. TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES ON THE SERVICES

By default, we endeavor to treat all visitors as if they have activated “Do Not Track,” a setting in web browsers that communicates to all servers that the visitor does not want information about them tracked. However, we and our Service Providers may collect and store your Usage information in log files as well as through the use of cookies, web beacons (also known as “tracking pixels”), embedded scripts, and other tracking technologies now and hereafter developed (“Tracking Technologies”). We do not affirmatively monitor or take action with respect to “Do Not Track” signals or other mechanisms that contradict your consent. For more information on “Do Not Track,” visit http://www.allaboutdnt.com. The Tracking Technologies on our Services may include, without limitation:

Cookies. Cookies are small files that your web browser places on your hard drive for record-keeping purposes. A cookie may be a session ID cookie or tracking cookie. Session cookies make it easier for you to navigate the Services and expire when you close your browser. Tracking cookies help in understanding how you use Services, and remain longer. Cookies may remain on your hard drive for an extended period of time. You may generally disable or remove cookies by tools available as part of most commercial browsers, and in some instances blocked in the future by selecting certain settings. If you use your browser’s method of blocking or removing cookies, some features and functionalities of the Services may not work.

Web Beacons (“Tracking Pixels”). Web beacons are small graphic images, also known as “internet tags” or “clear gifs,” embedded in web pages and email messages. Web beacons may be used to provide information about how our visitors use our Services and how they interact with our email newsletters and with our stories that appear on other websites.

Embedded Scripts. An embedded script is programming code designed to collect information about your interactions with the Services. It is temporarily downloaded onto your device from our web server or a third party with whom we work, is active only while you are connected to the Services, and deleted or deactivated thereafter.

Third parties may also collect information from you using Tracking Technologies, and we are not responsible for and make no representations regarding their collection practices.

5. YOUR CHOICES

Accessing and Changing Your Information. You may access, update, or remove any personally identifying information or Usage information we have collected about you through the Services, by sending an email to us here. If such information has been collected by third parties through your use of our Services, you will need to contact those third parties about how to obtain access and or removal of such information. We may require additional information from you to allow us to confirm your identity.

However, we will not remove your name from our published lists if you give $1,000 or more in a given year on our Services. We also may not remove your personally identifying information if it is published in any story, feature, or document on our Services to the extent your information was publicly posted in a Comment or obtained from sources outside of the Services.

That being said, any California residents under the age of eighteen (18) who have posted content or information on the Services, can request that such information be removed from the Services by sending an e-mail to us here. Requests must state that the user personally posted such content or information and detail where the content or information is posted. We will make reasonable good faith efforts to remove the post from prospective public view.

Opting-Out of Collection, Use and Sharing. You can opt-out of certain data collection, use, and sharing, as specified below: However, please note that once we have shared your information, we will not be able to retrieve it. Also, the amount of time it will take to complete your request may vary based on the complexity of your request, and we may need to continue sharing your information in some instances.

To opt-out of receiving emails, follow the instructions as provided in any emails you receive to click on the unsubscribe link, or contact us here with the word UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject field of the email.

To opt-out of the use of Tracking Technologies on the Services by certain of our analytics Service Providers, please visit our list of third party opt-outs, which may be updated from time to time, available here. We are not responsible for the effectiveness of any third party opt-outs. Additionally, you can limit the use of Tracking Technologies as explained in Section 4 above.

To opt-out of any specific use or sharing of your information, please email us here or send us a letter to First Look Media Works, Inc., 114 Fifth Ave, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10011. In your opt-out request, you must specify the kinds of use and/or sharing by us from which you want to opt out. We will try, but cannot guarantee that we will honor all requests. Also, please note that we cannot control or opt you out of collection, use and/or sharing by third parties. Depending on the scope of your opt-out, certain features or content on the Services may no longer be accessible to you.

We may require additional information from you to allow us to confirm your identity.

6. YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS

California’s “Shine the Light” law permits customers in California to request certain details about how certain types of their information are shared with third parties and, in some cases, affiliates, for those third parties’ and affiliates’ own direct marketing purposes. Under the law, a business should either provide California customers certain information upon request or permit California customers to opt-in to, or opt-out of, this type of sharing.

We do not share personal information as defined by California’s “Shine the Light” law with third parties and/or affiliates for such third parties’ and affiliates’ own direct marketing purposes. If you are a California resident and wish to obtain information about our compliance with this law, please email us here or send us a letter to First Look Media Works, Inc., 114 Fifth Ave, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10011. Requests must include “California Privacy Rights Request” in the first line of the description and include your name, street address, city, state, and ZIP code. Please note that we are not required to respond to requests made by means other than through the provided email address or mail address.

7. CHILDREN

Our Services are not directed at children under the age of 13 and we do not knowingly collect personal information as defined by the U.S. Children’s Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) in a manner that is not permitted by COPPA. If you are a parent or guardian and believe we have collected information in a manner not permitted by COPPA, please email us here or send us a letter to First Look Media Works, Inc., 114 Fifth Ave, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10011, and we will remove such data to the extent required by COPPA.

8. DATA SECURITY

We employ practices designed to help protect information about you from loss, theft, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction. However, no physical or electronic security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of our servers or databases, nor can we guarantee that information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted over the internet.

9. TRANSFER OF INFORMATION

Our databases are located within the United States. If you access our Services from outside the United States, you consent to transfer, processing, and storage of that data in the United States.

10. CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

We reserve the right to revise and/or reissue this Privacy Policy at any time. If we change this Privacy Policy in the future, we will post the revised Privacy Policy on our Services and update the “Effective Date,” above, to reflect the date of the changes. Any changes will be effective immediately upon posting of the revised Privacy Policy. By continuing to use our Services after we post such changes, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy, as modified.

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