The Internet is an exciting place. It can also be annoying and even dangerous. Here at VideoCritics, we are fully aware of the concern users have that their information will be available to the highest bidder any time they join a site or otherwise share their information. With that in mind, below is a description of what this site does and does not do with your information.
Presently, we do not share your private e-mail address with anyone. This is the e-mail address you provide at the time of registration. It is used strictly for cases where staff need to contact you, and it should not be viewable by anyone other than site administrators. It will be used to send you site updates when necessary (no unsolicited mass mailings), or if an administrator needs to contact you for a different reason, at his or her discretion.
The username you provide at registration will appear throughout the site alongside your work, along with your first and last name. Therefore, you should only provide your real name if you don't mind others seeing it. Your name may also be referenced if you enter and win a site contest, or in certain other circumstances. There are no restrictions in place on the site regarding the use of your name. You can easily modify the name that is referenced by visiting the account settings page. If you would rather that your name not be shared but you would like to participate on the site, you are encouraged to provide a false name of your choosing. We recommend "Mr. Bojangles" but there are plenty of other options.
The present policy regarding your password is that it really isn't our business. A password is required to access user accounts, so you will need one if you register. The number of places your password is recorded may vary as the site evolves, but one thing will never change: we keep it as secure as we can. While you are still discouraged from using the same password on this site as the one you use on all other sites you visit (that's a good policy on every site you might frequent), that's entirely up to you.
We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services that may be of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, you are encouraged to contact the companies that serve our ads. They will be able to address any specifics better than we can.
Primarily, the DoubleClick DART cookie will be used by Google in the ads served on publisher websites like VideoCritics that display AdSense for content ads. When users visit an AdSense publisher's website and either view or click on an ad, a cookie may be dropped on that end user's browser. The data gathered from these cookies will be used to help AdSense publishers better serve and manage the ads on their site(s) and across the web. Additional advertisements that may load on some pages from other ad networks may have similar policies in place.
We make a genuine effort to keep as little information about you as possible in our database. We don't request or store any financial information, which means that the most information we will likely ever have about you is an email address and the username, password, first name and last name that you provide when creating or updating an account profile. Any posts you produce will also be visible and associated with that account. We currently do not log your IP address and that policy will not change unless it becomes necessary, which means that we should never have any information about you that you did not knowingly provide. Details you provide will be shared with law enforcement agencies as required by law, in the event of a formal request, but otherwise none of your information will be shared with any third parties except as described above.
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