Last Updated: 2019-3-27
We have recently updated our policies and we are in the process of translating it into several languages. If you do not have an appropriate language option and you have any questions please contact us via the methods described below.
If you reside in the EEA then the company that is responsible for your personal information is our Irish affiliate IAC Search and Media Europe Limited (SAM EU).
If you reside outside of the EEA then the company that is responsible for your personal information is Mindspark.
We provide you with a range of services, including websites, browser extensions and search applications. All of these are designed to help you manage your browsing experience in a more customizable fashion. We provide further detail below about the MS Services.
The Search Applications provide features to facilitate Internet search services while using the MS Products. This search functionality may be implemented through browser settings and extensions. These set your browser homepage, start page, new tab page and/or default search setting(s), depending on which MS Product you are using and what options you select. We may provide you a way to decline or opt-out of the setting(s) change by unchecking the appropriate checkbox during the download and installation process for the relevant MS Product that provides access to the Search Applications
The MS Products are browser extensions and websites that we offer to you. The extensions can be downloaded onto your browser and offer a range of functions, including allowing you to manage and convert your documents, managing your calendar and providing you access to other functionality across the internet. Some of these MS Products, such as Chrome new tab products, may be available through the online store operated by the browser developer (e.g., the Chrome web store) and the user disclosures and options may vary based on the store's requirements.
For certain MS Products (excluding Excite.com), the search features (and other features such as maps, local radio and document management), may be customized by you on your device. In addition, you may be able to disable or remove the default search features by removing or disabling the applicable extension you downloaded or changing your default search within your browser. This will depend on your browser and its relevant features. Click here to go to our support page.
We may collect information from you in a variety of different ways. This is information that may identify you, and anonymous information, such as the number of your page views, link clicks, and login times. Your information may be kept in an identifiable format, or in an aggregate format which means that you cannot reasonably be identified from it. We provide further detail on the type of info we collect, and how we collect it, below:
Information You Provide To Us. We may collect and store any information you provide when using the MS Services or that you provide in some other manner. This information may include information such as:
Automatically Captured Information.We automatically collect information from your computer and/or device when you use the MS Services. This allows us to assess how you have used the MS Services, the device you have used them on and helps us to analyse how we can optimize the MS Services for you in the future. This information may include:
Third-Parties And Behavioral Advertising.
Third Parties: We may receive information from third-parties, including our authorized service providers, IAC affiliates, advertising companies, and ad networks. These third parties may display ads via the MS Services. These companies may use tracking technologies, such as cookies, to collect information about users who view or interact with these advertisements. (To learn more about cookies generally, please see “Cookies” below.) We may also use this information to better understand you and your interests. This will allow us to improve and customize the MS Services.
Please note, some of these third-party advertising companies may be members of the Network Advertising Initiative, or the Digital Advertising Alliance, each of which offers a single location to opt out of ad targeting from member companies.
Behavioral Advertising. We work with various companies (such as advertisers, ad networks and data management platforms) to tailor online ads that you see elsewhere on the internet, including through behavioral advertising designed to target users' interests and deliver more relevant advertising.
To provide such ads, these third parties may collect and/or we may disclose to these third parties a unique ID that may be associated with your device's platform or a device/internet browser combination
We or these third parties may collect the following information (and similar information):
Our Privacy Centre gives you the option to opt out of receiving personalized ads on the MS Services, but if you want to learn more about online behavioral advertising and how to opt out in general then please go to http://www.aboutads.info/choices, http://www.networkadvertising.org and/or http://www.youronlinechoices.com. Please note, if you do not allow us to collect information from you it may result in you being unable to use certain features of the MS Services including purchase products or services and participate in a contest, promotion, survey, or sweepstakes. Please see our “Cookies” for further information about our use of these technologies and how you can opt out of certain cookies
Do not track signals. MS Services systems are not configured to respond to Web browser "do not track" signals or other mechanisms that provide consumers the ability to exercise choice regarding the collection of personally identifiable information about an individual consumer's online activities over time and across third-party Web sites or online services.
To process your information as described above, we rely on the following legal bases:
A cookie is a small piece of data sent from a webpage and stored in a user's web browser, mobile phone, or other device while the user is browsing that webpage. There are other technologies such as pixels and other similar files and technologies that may perform the same as a cookie.
We provide you with the option to consent or not consent to the use of non-essential cookies in ourPrivacy Centre. Essential cookies are always required for us to provide the MS Services to you. Please note that if you choose to block cookies then the provision of the MS Services may be affected
The types of cookies used by us and our partners in connection with the MS Services can be classified into one of five categories, namely 'Strictly Necessary Cookies, 'Functionality Cookies', ‘Performance cookies', Targeting Cookies', and 'Social Media Cookies'. We've set out some further information about each category, and the purposes of the cookies we and third parties set in the following table.
|Type of cookie||What it does|
|Strictly Necessary Cookies||These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.|
|Functionality Cookies||These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies then some or all of these services may not function properly.|
|Performance Cookies||These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance|
|Targeting Cookies||These cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.|
|Social Media Cookies||These cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools|
We may use information that we collect about you to:
We share your information with others as indicated below:
Authorized service providers: We may share your information with our authorized service providers that perform certain services on our behalf. In certain instances, these service providers may collect information directly from you on our behalf. These services may include:
These service providers may have access to information, which is needed to perform their functions and provide you with the MS Services.
Information we collect, or permit third parties to collect may be transferred to, stored and processed outside your country of residence in any country or territory where one or more of our affiliated group companies, third party service providers or advertising companies or advertising networks are located or maintain facilities, including but not limited to the United States and Ireland.
Depending on your location you may have some or all of the following rights in relation to how we use your information:
If you wish to exercise any of these rights, or wish to object to our use of your information, please write to us at the address listed below and we will consider your request in accordance with applicable laws.
Note to users of Excite.com:
If you have an online account with us, you have the ability to update your personal information by submitting a request to customer support here. If you have registered with Excite.com you also may choose to close your account at any time by also by submitting a request to customer support here. You may be asked to provide information to verify that you are the account holder before any changes to your personal information or account is made. Please note that it may take up to 3 business days for your cancellation request to be processed. If you are unable to sign in to your account due to a lost or forgotten password, please visit our lost password page here. After you close your account, you will not be able to sign in to our website. However, you can open a new account at any time. If you close your account, we may still retain certain information associated with your account for analytical purposes and recordkeeping integrity, as well as to prevent fraud, enforce our terms and conditions, take actions we deem necessary to protect the integrity of our web site or our users, or take other actions otherwise permitted by law. For other questions about your account or using the service, you can contact Customer Support through this url:https://support.excite.com/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=360000017273or by emailing support/at/cs.excite.com.
Keep in mind, we may reject requests for certain reasons, including if the request is unlawful or if it may infringe on the rights and freedoms of another person.
The security and confidentiality of you information is very important to us, thus we take certain security measures (including physical, electronic and procedural measures) to help safeguard your information from unauthorized access and disclosure. Please know that, despite our best efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable.
You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any password you may use to access the MS Services. You agree not to transfer your user name or password, or lend or otherwise transfer your use of or access to the MS Services, to any third party. You are fully responsible for all activity that occurs in connection with your user name or password. You agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your user name or password or any other breach of security related to your account or the MS Services, and to ensure that you log off/exit from your account (if applicable) at the end of each session. We are not liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with any of the foregoing obligations.
For our EEA users, our Data Protection Officer is responsible for ensuring your rights are respected and to review and oversee how we collect and use your personal information. They can be reached by contacting MindsparkDPO/at/iacapps.com
Our MS Services are intended for general audiences over the age of 13 years old (or over the age of 16 if you are resident in the EEA). We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13 years old, or 16 in the EEA. If you are not over 13 years old (or 16 years old in the EEA) then DO NOT DOWNLOAD OR USE THE MS SERVICES
Under the California Shine The Light law, California residents may opt-out of the disclosure of information to third parties for direct marketing purposes (as those concepts are defined in that law) However, we do not currently engage in the type of sharing covered by that law.
Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc.
29 Wells Avenue, Suite 300
Yonkers, NY 10701
ATTN: Privacy Officer/Legal Dept.
EEA users should user the below contact details:
IAC Search and Media Europe Ltd.
10 Earlsfort Terrace
You also have the right to complain to the Irish Data Protection Commission or another supervisory authority. You can contact the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner at:
Telephone: +353 (0)761 104 800 or Lo Call Number 1890 252 231
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