Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy:

My Top Story ("My Top Story") operates MyTopStory.com and may operate other websites. It is My Top Story's policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, My Top Story collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. My Top Story's purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how My Top Story's visitors use its website. From time to time, My Top Story may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

My Top Story also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on MyTopStory.com blogs/sites. My Top Story only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog/site where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to My Top Story's websites choose to interact with My Top Story in ways that require My Top Story to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that My Top Story gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up at MyTopStory.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with My Top Story are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, My Top Story collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor's interaction with My Top Story. My Top Story does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

My Top Story may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. My Top Story may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, My Top Story does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

My Top Story discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on My Top Story's behalf or to provide services available at My Top Story's websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using My Top Story's websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. My Top Story will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, My Top Story discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when My Top Story believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of My Top Story, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an My Top Story website and have supplied your email address, My Top Story may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what's going on with My Top Story and our products. If you send us a request (for example via email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. My Top Story takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor's computer, and that the visitor's browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. My Top Story uses cookies to help My Top Story identify and track visitors, their usage of My Top Story website, and their website access preferences. My Top Story visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using My Top Story's websites, with the drawback that certain features of My Top Story's websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If My Top Story, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that My Top Story goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of My Top Story may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Ads

Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by My Top Story and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, My Top Story may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in My Top Story's sole discretion. My Top Story encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a MyTopStory.com account, you might also receive an alert informing you of these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Policy requirements for Google Analytics Advertising Features

Google Analytics Advertising Features allow you to enable features in Analytics that aren’t available through standard implementations. Advertising features include:

Remarketing with Google Analytics
Google Display Network Impression Reporting
Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting
Integrated services that require Google Analytics to collect data via advertising cookies and identifiers
By enabling the Advertising Features, you enable Google Analytics to collect data about your traffic via Google advertising cookies and identifiers, in addition to data collected through a standard Google Analytics implementation. Regardless of how you send data to Google Analytics (for example, via the Google Analytics tracking code, Google Analytics SDK, or the Measurement Protocol), if you use Google Advertising Features, you must adhere to this policy.

You will not facilitate the merging of personally-identifiable information with non-personally identifiable information collected through any Google advertising product or feature unless you have robust notice of, and the user’s prior affirmative (i.e., opt-in) consent to, that merger.

If you’ve enabled any Google Analytics Advertising features, you are required to notify your visitors by disclosing the following information in your privacy policy:

The Google Analytics Advertising Features you’ve implemented.
How you and third-party vendors use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookie) or other first-party identifiers, and third-party cookies (such as Google advertising cookies) or other third-party identifiers together.
How visitors can opt-out of the Google Analytics Advertising Features you use, including through Ads Settings, Ad Settings for mobile apps, or any other available means (for example, the NAI’s consumer opt-out).
We also encourage you to point users to Google Analytics’ currently available opt-outs for the web.

European Union user consent policy
When using Google Analytics Advertising Features, you must also comply with the European Union User Consent Policy.

Interest-based advertising
If you’ve enabled interest-based advertising, including Remarketing, with Google Analytics in connection with other Google services, you must follow the policies applicable to those Google services (like the Google AdWords Policy for Advertising Based on Interests and Location and its sensitive category restrictions, and the DoubleClick Services Platform Program Policies). If you use Google Analytics to collect sensitive information about your visitors, as described in the Google AdWords sensitive category restrictions, you may not use Google Analytics to collect data for the purpose of interest based advertising.

Because laws across countries and territories vary, and because Google Analytics can be used in many ways, Google is unable to provide the exact language you need to include in your privacy policy. Only you understand the unique aspects and special considerations of your business, and your privacy policy should account for this information that only you can provide.

This policy was last updated June 1, 2016.