Effective June 18, 2015

The Coolest Website in the World is an of online publisher committed to complying with responsible business and data management practices. Protecting the privacy and security of consumers’ information is very important to us. Our website serves the following functions:

  • provides consumers with information about news, individuals, products, and history of popular culture;
  • provides a means by which consumers may submit questions or complaints concerning the Coolest Website in the World or Coolest Website in the World member companies;
  • provides information for companies seeking information about Coolest Website in the World membership and allows them to contact the Coolest Website in the World for more information; and
  • contains password-protected pages where Coolest Website in the World members can access member-only materials.

This Privacy Statement describes the collection and use of information on our website. Please read this statement before using, or submitting information to, this site. By using this site, you signify that you agree to this Privacy Statement. Although this site contains links to other websites, please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of those, or any other, sites. If you have questions about how those websites collect and use data, you should carefully read those sites’ privacy policies.

Personal Information Collected on this Website

No personal information is collected on this website from consumers who browse for information or who use opt-out pages, or from individuals who access members-only sections of our website.

The only personal information collected on this website is gathered on our “contact us,” “comment,” “newsletter subscription,” and “copyright infringement report” forms. In these forms, fields are provided so that users can submit questions or comments and provide contact information including name and email address. We collect this personal information so that we can respond to these inquiries, comments, and questions. We may share information submitted by consumers with member companies or other third parties to help resolve users’ complaints. We also may disclose your personal information if required to do so by law, including by search warrant, subpoena, or court order. You do not need to disclose any personal information to The Coolest Website in the World in order to submit a comment or complaint about our company. However, we may be unable to respond or take appropriate action if your information is incomplete.

As discussed below, we also collect non-personally identifiable information on this website. However, we do not merge any of the personal information collected via our contact form with anonymous data collected on our website.

Non-Personally Identifiable Data Collected on this Website

We collect and store in server logs non-personally identifiable information, including but not limited to browser type, IP address, operating system, the date and time of visits, the pages visited on the site, time spent viewing the site, and return visits to the site. We also use Google Analytics, a service that records non-personally identifiable data such as browser type, operating system, the date and time of a visit, where visitors came from, the pages visited on this website, the time spent viewing site, where visitors went when they left the site, and return visits to the site.

We aggregate this non-personally identifiable data to better understand how visitors use our site, and to help manage, maintain, and report on use of our website. We store IP addresses for fraud detection and prevention purposes.

We may share this non-personally identifiable data with third parties for the limited purpose of reporting on use of our website, or to comply with applicable law. We also may share this data with our service providers. We do not rent, sell or share any non-personally identifiable data collected on this website with third parties for marketing purposes.

Cookies

We use cookies on this website. Cookies are small text files created by a web server, delivered through a web browser, and stored on your computer. They provide a means for websites that you visit to keep track of online patterns and preferences, as well as to identify return visitors. Cookies make the personalization of your web experiences possible, so that you do not need to re-enter your information each time you visit a website.

If you login to a members-only section of our site, we set a cookie with a randomly-generated anonymous identifier to allow you to navigate those pages

We also serve cookies to help us anonymously track web traffic, as described above.

You have the ability to manage the use of cookies on your computer using controls in your browser. To learn more about how to manage cookies, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.

Additional Information About Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how consumers use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States . Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above. You can opt out of Google’s advertising tracking cookie or use a browser plugin to opt out of all Google Analytics tracking software.

Additional Information about Google AdSense

This website uses Google AdSense, a web advertising service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). The DoubleClick cookie is used by Google in the ads served on the websites of its partners, such as websites displaying AdSense ads or participating in Google certified ad networks. When consumers visit a partner’s website and either view or click on an ad, a cookie may be dropped on that consumer’s browser. Advertisements are served based on consumer’s prior visits to this website and other websites on the Internet. You can opt-out of this ad serving on all sites using this advertising by visiting http://www.doubleclick.com/privacy/dart_adserving.aspx. Cookies may also be used by other third-party vendors or ad networks to serve ads on this website. You may opt out of some third-party vendor’s use of cookies for interest-based advertising by visiting aboutads.info.

Additional Information about Remarketing

This website uses the Google AdWords remarketing service to advertise on third party websites (including Google) to previous visitors to our site. It could mean that we advertise to previous visitors who haven’t completed a task on our site, for example using the contact form to make an enquiry. This could be in the form of an advertisement on the Google search results page, or a site in the Google Display Network. Third-party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on someone’s past visits to the coolestwebsiteintheworld.com website. Of course, any data collected will be used in accordance with our own privacy statement and Google’s privacy policy. You can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Preferences page, and if you want to you can opt out of interest-based advertising entirely by cookie settings or permanently using a browser plugin.

Additional Information about newsletter subscriptions

This website uses the MailChimp service provided by The Rocket Science Group, LLC. Consumers expressly consent to receive e-mail communications using this service from Coolest Website in the World that may include but is not limited to updates on new stories published, information about new products and services, and promotions. The MailChip service may collect information including your IP address, name, physical address, email address, phone number, and other details like gender, occupation, and other demographic information. By giving this information, you consent to your information being collected, used, disclosed, and stored by MailChimp only as described in their Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The MailChimp service uses cookies to collection information about your use of their website and services and web beacons to track who opens e-mails and which links contained within the e-mails were clicked in order to measure performance of email campaigns and improve features for specific segments of customers. MailChimp may also get more information about consumers including name, age, and participation in social media websites by searching the Internet or querying third parties. MailChimp only collects data that is publicly available or provided by a third party according to its terms of use.

Third Party Content, Links, and Plug-ins

This site contains links to other websites not owned by Coolest Website in the World. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of those, or any other, sites. If you have questions about how those websites collect and use data, you should carefully read those sites’ privacy policies.

This site may also offer you the ability to interact with social plugins from social media sites, such as Facebook (facebook.com), Linkedin (linkedin.com) and Twitter (twitter.com). The social media sites may receive data when you visit a website — such as coolestwebsiteintheworld.com — that has plugins. In some cases, Coolest Website in the World may know that you clicked on a social plugin such as a Facebook Like button, or receive other information from the social media sites. Similarly, if you have previously provided personally identifiable information to a third-party operating a plug-in on this website, then this third-party may recognize you on this website. Your use of social network plugins is subject to each social media site’s privacy statement, which may be different from ours, so please read these policies carefully to understand their policies and your options. As with linked sites, Coolest Website in the World has no control over the information that is collected, stored, or used by social network plugins.

Changes to Our Privacy Statement

As our organization, membership, and services evolve, this Privacy Statement may be revised to reflect those changes. We reserve the right to amend this Privacy Statement at any time, for any reason. Notice of such amendments will be posted as an updated Privacy Statement on this website, and an effective date will be indicated. Users are encouraged to check our site frequently to review the current Privacy Statement in effect.

Questions?

Please contact us with any questions about this website Privacy Statement.